Friday, July 21, 2017

Squadeo launches Widevine everywhere on mobiles, tablets, PC, Mac

Squadeo, a leading provider of multimedia software for the OTT industry, announced today the availability of Widevine DRM across mobiles, tablets, PC and Mac, allowing video service providers to simplify deployments by relying on "one single protocol, one single DRM and one single player" across all platforms for any Android, iOS or web application.

This approach brings many benefits:
- Ensure same streaming experience and functionality across all connected screens;
- Reuse existing backend and legacy contents;
- Simplify video platform solutions deployment and maintenance;
- Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) such as to (i) optimize edge cacheability resulting into minimizing requests to the origin server, also decreasing the video playback start-up time, (ii) trade server cost into storage cost, (iii) minimize maintenance cost by reducing the engineering complexity and IOT risks.

"The combination of Squadeo player and cost-effective Widevine technology on smartphones, tablets, PC, Mac allows video service providers to deploy one single stream that will work in the same way across a variety of consumer devices, all in compliance with studio security requirements," said Benoit Brieussel, director of Sales & Marketing at Squadeo.

Squadeo will have a booth at Broadcast Asia, Singapore (May 23-25). If you want to know more about this product, then please schedule a meeting by contacting us at

About Squadeo

Squadeo is a global provider of secure cross platform video software solutions to the broadcast and TV-industry worldwide. Squadeo's mission is to solve today's and tomorrow's OTT challenges by providing premium video players on open platforms, with a constant focus on enhanced visual experience in compliance with Studio requirements, and pre-integrated with major DRMs.

Squadeo is made up of a team of professionals originating from Philips and NXP with extensive expertise in its domains, and a track record of creating valuable products and IP. Squadeo is a privately held company with headquarters in Paris La Defense, France.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"I AM BATTLE COMIC" Movie To Benefit Veterans Suffering From PTSD

In an effort to help veterans suffering from PTSD, The Las Vegas Premiere of I Am Battle Comic will donate 100% of tickets sales to the For Veterans Sake Foundation providing service dogs to veterans.

The film follows the Battle Comics (Don Barnhart, Slade Ham, Bob Kubota and Jeff Capri) touring the frontlines performing for our U.S. Troops for Armed Forces Entertainment and visited those stationed in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Heartfelt interviews with top professional comedians (George Lopez, George Wallace, Dave Attell, Wayne Federman, Tammy Pescatelli and more) are woven in with the filmmaker's boots on the ground reality.

I Am Battle Comic is sure to spark conversation and create a deep appreciation for our military non-profits and families. In March of 2016, comedian/director Jordan Brady joined the Battle Comic Team and traveled to the frontlines to perform for our military men and women and visited many of the troops based in Nevada including the 17th Sustainment Brigade.

Judd Apatow calls I AM BATTLE COMIC "An excellent heartfelt film that pays tribute to our troops … and the comedians who travel the world to make them laugh."

Thanks to Rev. Russ Smethers and his wife Rena, The Battle Comic team brought thank you letters from Gibson Middle School to give to the troops along with four overstuffed boxes of gifts and essentials that were well received. The camera follows the comedians confronting the highs and lows facing them and our brave men and women in uniform while weaving in current events such as the brutal terrorist attacks in Brussels, Turkey, and Iraq. The dangers faced at the front and around the world underscore the mission to provide laughter for the men and women serving in our military.

100% of ticket sales from the Las Vegas Premiere of I Am Battle Comic will go to the For Veterans Sake Foundation - For Veteran's Sake Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 Non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD. All this is done at NO COST to the veteran or their immediate family. For Veterans Sake believes in doing everything possible to keep the family together.

Fender Guitar has donated a beautiful Paramount Acoustic Guitar to auction off with proceeds going directly to For Veterans Sake Foundation. The premiere will include a funny yet serious Q/A with the filmmakers and some of the comedians featured in the film including Don Barnhart.

Barnhart is a resident of Las Vegas and can be seen performing nightly at Jokesters Comedy Club inside the D Casino Hotel when he's not on tour. He currently stars in the new sitcom Class Clowns and can be seen in Finding The Funny with Brad Garrett and Louie Anderson and plays a disgruntled comedian in Tribute To Fluffy. He also appears as the crazed shooter in the web series Max Justice.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Multi-awarded Jodi Sta. Maria to face life-changing decision in the Star Cinema film Dear Other Self

A woman in search of herself is the center of the story of the upcoming Star Cinema film "Dear Other Self", which stars 2016 International Emmy Awards nomineeJodi Sta. Maria and Philippine heartthrobs Joseph Marco, and Xian Lim, screening in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies starting May 25.

The film's director Veronica Velasco shares that she and co-writer Jinky Laurel took inspiration from the former's teenage daughter. "I noticed that because of the things they read on the internet, they become aware of different places around the world and they want to travel there", she recalls. "These days, there is a concept of yolo or you only live once where some feel the need to leave everything behind and travel the world.  I was thinking, 'what if that is the life she chose,' and thus 'Dear Other Self' was born."

""Dear Other Self" tells the story of Becky (Sta. Maria), the breadwinner of the family who faces a life-changing decision in her life one day. One has her starting her day right, nailing a presentation, and getting promoted. The other has her waking up on the wrong side of the bed, flunking a presentation, and getting fired.

Sta. Maria believes that this situation is something relatable for many people. "I think we all, at one point of our lives, think of things we want to do but couldn't because of our obligations.  So, I think all of us face that one critical decision in our lives that could change everything", she explains.

"Dear Other Self" is the first movie where Sta. Maria is teamed up with Marco and Lim. The two Kapamilya actors are grateful to be paired with Sta. Maria, who they describe as someone easy to work with.

"Hindi ko naramdaman 'yong pressure," Marco says about Sta. Maria. "When you work with Jodi, she makes you feel comfortable. She is very nice. I love working with her", the actor ends.

Marco and Lim will give life to the characters of Chris (Marco) and Henry (Lim). Chris is the guy-next-door who have everything planned out for his life. Meantime, Henry is the happy-go-lucky guy who lives life one day at a time. They will be the men that Becky meets in the two different scenarios in her life.

The two leading men can relate to their respective characters --- Chriswants everything in his life planned, while Henry follows what his heart desires.

Although Lim believes in following what one's heart desires, he reminds himself that it is equally important to gauge the consequences of your actions.

"Deep inside, responsibilities seem daunting to us.  You decide to do what you want, you decide to live life to the fullest, but you also have to slow down. You also have to think of the consequences because everything has a trade-off.  Life is a trade-off," he explains.

Sta. Maria also encouraged everyone not to give up on their dreams, even if there will be delays. This is something that the Kapamilya actress could relate with it seemed because success came to her after some years.  She admits, she also still dreams of getting a degree in medicine.

"I believe if God puts a dream in our hearts, it is with an intent to fulfill it and we just have to wait for the right time," she says. "Sometimes, it doesn't happen right away but later in life, it will be realized", Sta. Maria ends.

Also part of the cast are Carla MartinezBodjie PascuaAnna Luna, and Paul Salas.

Will Becky do what makes the people around her happy or will she go after her personal happiness? Find out as "Dear Other Self" screens in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies on the following dates: UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Papua New Guinea on May 25; U.S., Canada, and Saipan on May 26; London, UK on May 27; Rome and Milan, Italy on May 28; Australia and New Zealand on June 1; Hong Kong on June 11; and coming soon in Brunei, Singapore, and Malaysia.

For more updates about the film, visit,, or visit the TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dates Announced For 12th Annual Women's Int'l Film & Arts Festival-Call For Entries Now Open

The Women's International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) today announced that its 12th Annual Festival and Conference will take place November 29-December 3, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

Twice awarded as South Florida's Best Film Festival by the Miami New Times Newspaper, WIFF 2017 will include the screening of more than 30 films, a two-day conference, a fundraising gala, an awards brunch and more.

"We're really excited to have reached our 12th year of supporting and empowering women artists around the world.  As women galvanize across the globe for economic, social and political equality, WIFF continues to be a leading voice for women in film, tv and entertainment," said Yvonne McCormack-Lyons, Founder and President.

WIFF is currently accepting submissions in two main categories, US Fem-Cinema, for women from or living in the United States and World She-view for women who come from other countries.  Filmmakers may enter feature length (50 minutes or longer) narrative/dramatic films or feature length documentaries.  The Festival will also accept dramatic shorts and short documentary films (films 49 minutes or less).  Animated films are also accepted.

Filmmakers can submit their films to:  Festival Programmer, Women's International Film Festival, PO Box 460577, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33346 or logo onto www.womensfilmfest.comwhere they can view online submission information and complete submission rules for the 2017 Festival.  Submission deadlines and processing fees are:  Early Submission Deadline: June 30, 2017, $40 features and $30 shorts; Official Submission Deadline, July 31, 2017 $55 features and $45 short films; and Late Deadline, August 31, 2017 $75 for feature films, and $65 for short films.

About WIFF
The Women's International Film & Arts Festival and Conference is the leading annual international cultural event addressing the issues of women in the film and entertainment industry. The annual event, the Reel Girls: Real WomenTM media literacy and filmmaking project for teen girls and year-long programs feature films, workshops, visual and performing arts, produced by or about women.

For more information about the Women's International Film & Arts Festival, media professionals may email

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Carmen" gets The Great Kat Guitar/Violin Shred treatment with new Tango Dance inspired Music Video

"Carmen" gets The Great Kat Guitar/Violin Shred treatment with new Argentine Tango Dance inspired Music Video: Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" Coming Soon to iTunes, Amazon & Google Play!

OLÉ! The Great Kat's Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" stars the Shredding Senorita, The Great Kat, shredding Guitar AND Violin, while bringing the tragic story of "Carmen" to life. Starting with Carmen's famous "Habanera" song of seduction, The Great Kat gives Carmen the shred treatment with Carmen & Don José dancing a violent Argentine Tango featuring ganchos, ochos, dips, kicks, and more fast Argentine Tango steps. Matadors and bullfighters fight charging bulls, while the world's fastest guitar/violin shredder, The Great Kat whizzes by with lightning speeds. Kat then transforms into "Madame Kat" Fortune Teller predicting Carmen's future with a recurring death tarot card. S&M Kat and gimp slave then appear, before over the top shred insanity lets loose!

Stay tuned for World Premiere on AMAZON, iTUNES, GOOGLE PLAY & MORE!

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PRESS/TV/RADIO: Get your Free CD REVIEW COPY of The Great Kat's "Bloody Vivaldi" CD Featuring Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" & To Set up Great Kat Interviews:  contact: Karen Thomas, Thomas PR:
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NEW Great Kat DVD coming in 2017!! Featuring ShredClassical masterpieces from Vivaldi, Sarasate, Rossini, Liszt, Terror, Bazzini & More insanity from The Great Kat Guitar/Violin Double Virtuoso!!

About The Great Kat:
Legendary Guitar/Violin Double Virtuoso, The Great Kat is the world-famous Juilliard graduate Classical Violin Virtuoso/Carnegie Recital Hall Violin Soloist/Winner of "Artists International Competition". The Great Kat performed as a Prodigy Violin Soloist for NYC Mayor Ed Koch at Gracie Mansion and for Coahuila, Mexico Governor Flores Tapia at the Centennial of General Vito Alessio Robles' birth and at the famous Teatro Fernando Soler in Saltillo, Mexico and was awarded the "Certificate of Merit" from New York Governor Mario Cuomo. The Great Kat is now the world's fastest Shred Guitar Virtuoso/"TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS OF ALL TIME" (Guitar One Magazine)/ "FAMOUS JUILLIARD SCHOOL ALUMNI" ("50 SENSATIONAL FEMALE GUITARISTS" (Guitar Player Magazine)/Reincarnation of Beethoven and the ONLY Guitar-Violin Double Virtuoso since Niccolo Paganini. Timothy Leary, cultural icon collaborated with The Great Kat Violin Virtuoso on the rock song "Right Brain Lover". Steve Allen, the comedian and composer, especially composed a jazz piece, "Sonatina", for Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat). Katherine performed the World Premiere of the work as a Violin Soloist at the Thamesdown-Hambro festival in Swindon, England. Calyx Picture Agency in Swindon, England Features Katherine Thomas Violin Virtuoso in "The Great Kat is from Swindon" by Richard Wintle.  Retailing giant Tesco is now featuring The Great Kat's virtuoso Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" music in the TV commercial for the popular Activision video game "Call of Duty: Ghosts" . Warner Music Group has just released The Great Kat's legendary "Worship Me Or Die!" and "Beethoven On Speed" Speed Metal Albums as digital downloads on iTunes and more:!/id1086423634 & ."Beethoven On Speed" and "Beethoven Shreds" are now featured in "America's Beethoven" Exhibit at the "American Beethoven Society". MVD Entertainment Group is distributing The Great Kat's Albums & Music Videos worldwide The Great Kat's CDs,DVDs & Downloads are available at Walmart, Amazon, Target, iTunes, Barnes and Noble and more stores worldwide. BBC Radio's "The Arts Hour" features The Great Kat Shredding Beethoven's "5th Symphony" and Interview from "Fast And Furioso" Show (heard on BBC Radio 4). New Great Kat ShredClassical DVD coming in 2017, featuring blistering violin/guitar shreds of Vivaldi, Rossini, Sarasate, Bazzini & Liszt. More info:

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