first_imgTwo weeks after openly giving his support for Pink for Africa, a non-profit organization that raises awareness on breast cancer in Africa, movie icon Van Vicker gave the real reason behind his support.“Breast cancer kills one out of eight affected women. This statistics might be higher in Africa, and the education of early detection only helps to prevent and eventually save a life. I believe my voice added to that of the organization will help reach more people by way of education; and hopefully, that will generate more sympathizers, which is a key,” he said.He added that giving support to the organization has nothing to do with what other stars do or are doing, adding that he is not expecting them to jump on this bandwagon because of him. “I participate in an activity because I have it at heart and I want to believe we all have different interests. What we engage in is a resonance of what we believe in. It would be encouraging though to have as many on board because I think this is a good campaign to reach more people, especially women, to raise awareness since breast cancer is killing our people,” the award winning actor said.“My inspiration for the movement is simple. The most recent lady to die of breast cancer could have been my mother, my sister, my spouse or my daughter. If there is anything to help elevate us from such tragedy, I’m all for it.“I listened and watched what the organization is currently doing in Ghana and I aligned myself with them. I would wish to see them reach out to Liberia in the same capacity.” Van Vicker described as “an incredible job” the organization’s work having reached over five schools and over 1,000 young girls, adding “please donate to help save a life.”Pink for Africa was founded by breast cancer survivor Juliette Mills-Lutterodt. Her survivor story has become a strong influence and support for many African women battling cancer.Launched in 2013, the organization has managed to provide for hundreds of cancer patients, including breast cancer awareness campaigns through the media, seminars in schools and collaboration with other women’s groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgJuly 28, 2010 Congratulations to the June 20. 2010 graduating workshop participants!! [back from left]: Todd Reibold, Michael Borowski (face obscured- sorry!), Zachary Feirer, Aaron Sherwyn and Fabio Brochetta. [front from left] Chiara Cascella, Alexandra Dahlman, Audry Williams, Rebecca Valencia, Scottie Belissemo and Kylee Cumby. [photo & text: Anita Baker]last_img


first_imgLG Electronics USA has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Studios that will see 3D Disney movies added to the 3D World rental application on LG’s Smart TV platform.3D titles including Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland are now available for rental. Future titles including Marvel’s The Avengers and Brave will be added to the Smart TV platform.“Providing consumers with the latest blockbuster hits from Disney is another boost for Smart TV in the home and a perfect fit for our family approach to enjoying our home entertainment products,” said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA.last_img read more


first_imgStarz has inked a deal with AT&T’s DirecTV that will see its channels launch on the pay TV platform’s streaming service.Lionsgate-owned Starz has been aggressively expanding its TV Everywhere and streaming footprint in the US and the new agreement will see the Starz and Starz Encore services launch on DirecTV Now.The channels will cost US$8 (€7.50) per month on the streaming service and give subscribers access to over 2,500 series episodes and feature films.There will be Starz and Starz Encore programming on-demand and linear versions of both as well as Starz Kids and Family.New series covered by the deal include Starz’ Power and Outlander, and the upcoming Neil Gaiman project American Gods will also be available. Movies will include Star Wars: The Force Awaken and Inside Out.“With today’s launch on DirecTV Now, Starz is continuing to extend the reach of its flagship STARZ products in the marketplace,” said Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch.“With DirecTV Now, AT&T is opening up barriers to entry that prevented a wide swathe of audience from accessing our groundbreaking slate of originals and we are thrilled to work with them.”Dan York, chief content officer for AT&T added: “With the addition of Starz, we’re continuing to broaden the appeal of DirecTV Now, creating an unmatched entertainment experience.”last_img read more


first_imgViu, the Asian rival to Netflix from telco giant PCCW, has hit six million subscribers in the region.The streaming service, which is both freemium and SVOD, launched in late 2015 and said it had hit four million subs last November. That total has increased sharply in the latest subs announcement as Viu has gained traction in new territories.Viu is now in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and Bahrain.PCCW in investing in local originals for the service. Its current slate includes a colalboration with Korean celebrity Song Ji Hyo (Running Man). SYS Productions is making fashion series Song Ji Hyo’s Beauty Views.For Chinese-speaing viewers there is romantic drama Margaret And David – Green Bean, in India, Hindi-language dramas Gehraiyaan and Spotlight and Telegu-language pillA and Pelli Gola.“It is indeed very encouraging to see the high engagement with our users who spend almost 100 minutes a day viewing their favourite content on Viu,” said Janice Lee, managing director, PCCW Media Group.“This stickiness helps propel the business of our telco partners, benefits content providers, drives subscriptions and boosts the consumption of online advertisements for advertisers who leverage Viu’s regional platform to reach the millennials who are more receptive to digital advertisements.”last_img read more