Tennishead announced as official partner of World Tennis Day Showdown; One Strings to introduce World Tennis Day string
World Tennis Day and the World Tennis Day Showdown has begun to announce some of its commercial partners. Jerry Solomon is used to brokering commercial deals and the American, who continues to be Ivan Lendl’s agent, has in recent years worked to develop significant momentum around World Tennis Day. March 10, 2015 is a date for your diary when along with initiatives all over the globe, there will be “Showdown” events taking place in the UK and the USA. Although the official announcement about venue and players for the UK event is scheduled for mid- December, Tennishead has been named as official sports magazine and official website. Solomon also announced a new licensing agreement with One Strings, the Italian string manufacturer, who will produce and distribute the Official String of World Tennis Day. Talking about the appointment, Bridget Marrison, Publisher of tennishead said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as official sports magazine and website for the 2015 World Tennis Showdown in the UK.Last year at Earls Court Arena tennis fans were treated to some great tennis when Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi took to court and we aim to ensure that next year tennis fans are aware of another opportunity to be part of some top level live tennis in the UK. ”As part of the deal, tennishead will be offering fans the opportunity to win VIP tickets to the event as well as following the event across all of its media platforms. “It is great to be part of this event as it grows in the UK and we will be using all of the tennishead media assets to lever this sponsorship and raise the profile of this exciting event,” Marrison said. “British Tennis is fortunate to have another major event on the calendar, and anything that extends the UK season outside of the traditional summer months is most welcome by our readers and followers.” "World Tennis Day continues to grow as a global platform and the event in the UK is a major piece of the program" said Solomon. "We are looking forward to working with tennishead and to being back in the UK where the history of tennis is so rich. We are also excited about our first global licensing deal with One Strings which will make the official string of World Tennis Day available to tennis players around the world."
Dates: Sunday, November 23, 2014 (original broadcast)
Sunday, December 7, 2014 (repeat broadcast)
Show: Musselman’s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute
Where: ABC (Check your local listings)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm EST/2:00pm – 4:00pm PST
Theme: This "family themed" show will feature skaters who are parents, along with their children who will be incorporated into at least one of their mom and/or dad’s numbers in the show.
Featured Skaters: Olympic Gold Medalist Ekaterina Gordeeva
Olympic Gold Medalist Ilia Kulik
Four-time World Champion Kurt Browning
Two-time Olympic Medalist Nancy Kerrigan
Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie
Olympic Silver Medalist Linda Fratianne
World Champion and Six-time U.S Champion Todd Eldredge
Three-time U.S. Champion Michael Weiss
Six-time Italian Champion Silvia Fontana
Three-time U.S. Champion John Zimmerman
Six-time British Champions Sinead & John Kerr
Guest Entertainer: Six-time Grammy Award Winner Amy Grant
Taped at Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State University
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“Bridgend” Documentary to Premier on Netflix
BOSTON, MA – (October 22, 2014) – The documentary film, Bridgend, premiering on Netflix on November 11th, shines a light on a story almost too unbelievable to be true. Over the past 5 years, more than 99 young people have been found hanged in Bridgend, South Wales, a small town just two hours north of London. Most of the victims knew each other. They were found hanged the same way. None of them left notes. They were friends, neighbors, family. The striking similarities between the deaths have confounded authorities and struck fear into the hearts of all who live there. Many residents believe the deaths are the result of a clever serial killer. Others believe it’s a suicide pact. Headlines splashed across the UK have earned Bridgend the nickname "Death Town”.
Bridgend is a groundbreaking documentary film that investigates the chain of gruesome events that has caused the sleepy town of Bridgend to become the subject of headlines across the United Kingdom. Through exclusive interviews with family members and friends of the victims, the filmBridgend traces the victims’ final hours, revealing the lives lost in this tragic story. One boy laid out his suit to attend his friend’s funeral, and only hours later, walked to a tree next to the one where his friend had died and hanged himself. Another girl was found hanging in a bathroom just hours after hearing of the suicide of her younger cousin. A young man, having attended several of his friends’ funerals, ended his life in a children’s park after a night at the pub (within weeks, two of his ex-girlfriends were also found hanged). The stories leading up to the tragic deaths are varied, but they are starkly alike in their endings. The victims are left hanging from jackets or cell phone cords or ropes, from playground slides or banisters or the back of a closet door.
In Bridgend, Director/Writer John Michael Williams brings our attention to a difficult topic. Williams spent 5 years filming and investigating a story that he believes was intentionally hidden from most of the world. “The inextricable links between the deaths can't be denied, but officials tasked with the investigation can offer no answers or solace to the families left behind. Bridgend puts a lens on the macabre story still unfolding in a town haunted by one hundred lives lost to suicide,” said Williams. “This was not an easy film to make, but this story needs to be told.” At one point last year Williams was so distraught over the suicides that he was compelled to write and perform music that reflected the anguish of what he was experiencing. His trilogy of songs garnered 75 million views on YouTube, and Williams’ song, “A World Without Love,” plays over the film’s closing credits. Williams also directed the documentary film, “The Gloucester 18,” and the animated feature, “The Easter Egg Escapade,” which Williams also wrote. He also composed the music and performed the love theme with Natalie Cole.
More people committed suicide in the United States last year than were killed in auto accidents. Over 34,000 people in the United States commit suicide every year; about one person every 15 minutes. It’s the third leading cause of death for teen-agers. For 10-14 year-olds, the suicide rate has doubled in the last ten years. Williams believes because of the stigma that exists around suicide, too little is said or written in the media on the issue.“Kids should be taught in school not to kill themselves just as they're taught not to take drugs or to drink and drive or to get in cars with strangers.”
While debate still rages over the cause of the Bridgend hanging deaths, the numbers continue to rise. One thing is for certain: there are innumerable friends and family members in Bridgend who have been directly affected by these tragedies. Bridgend probes the chilling drama unfolding in a town that will be haunted by the one question those are forever cursed to ask: Why?
For more information, please visit bridgendthemovie.com or johnmichaelwilliams.com
Family Skating Tribute
Live Show Location: Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena in Happy Valley, PA
Live Show & Tape Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Original ABC National Telecast: Televised nationally on ABC on Sunday, November 23, 2014 (4:00 to 6:00pm EST; 2:00 to 4:00pm PST), the Sunday before Thanksgiving
Repeat ABC National Telecast: A repeat national telecast will air on ABC on Sunday, December 7, 2014 (4:00 to 6:00pm EST; 2:00 to 4:00pm PST)
Format: This "family themed" show will feature skaters who are parents, along with their children (and in some cases spouses), who will be incorporated into at least one of their mom and/or dad’s numbers in the show. The featured guest artist, Amy Grant, will perform a number of songs live during the show.
2014 Confirmed Skating Cast: The following skaters will be invited to participate in the show: Olympic Gold Medalists Ekaterina Gordeeva (two-time Champion) and Ilia Kulik, four-time World Champion Kurt Browning, Olympic Silver Medalists Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie, and Linda Fratianne, two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist Isabelle Brasseur, along with her husband two-time U.S. Pair Champion Rocky Marval and their daughter 2012 Juvenile U.S. Pair Champion Gabriella Marvaldi, World Champion Todd Eldredge, three-time U.S. Champion Michael Weiss, and six-time Italian Champion Silvia Fontana and her husband three-time U.S. Champion John Zimmerman.
Confirmed Featured Guest Artist: Amy Grant Confirmed Show Hosts: Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and three-time U.S. Champion Michael Weiss Executive Producer: Disson Skating
Showmens for Tennis Classic 2014: McEnroe, Lendl, Bahrami and McNamara!
The seventh edition of the popular tennis exhibition is all about great names. Spectators are going to see great tennis and comedy performances by American legends, rivals and former world number one John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl born in Czechoslovakia. Their clashes in the 80-ties used to raise fans from their seats and there is no reason why it should not be done again.
"We have succeeded in what we had wanted to do for more than 4 years. John McEnroe will come to Bratislava. He is going to play singles with Ivan Lendl. For doubles, we have chosen other great names from the past - favorite Mansour Bahrami and Australian legend Paul McNamara, former world number three in doubles. I believe that we can expect a lot of fun with them," said Roman Smotlak, CEO of the I.S.A.-Group/B&D Ltd., the organizer of the event. After singles match between McEnroe and Lendl, we are going to watch the doubles match Lendl/Bahrami vs. McEnroe/McNamara. Bahrami is the third time participant of the Tennis Classic show after the years 2009 & 2011.
Negotiations between the organizers and participants of the exhibition have taken several months. The American tennis player could not agree on the traditional November or December date. „Mr. McEnroe is not able to come to Slovakia that time because of his family. Moreover, he didn’t know how busy he would be during December when the traditional ATP Champions Tour tournament in London would take place. October was good for him because after the exhibition in Bratislava, he is going to play in Italy with Lendl, too. This is convenient for us,“ added Smotlak.
Tennis Classic exhibition will take place on 15th October 2014 in the National Tennis Centre in Bratislava at 06.00 PM and it will be preceded by a pre-program.
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Enterprising Women 2014 to feature keynoter Nancy Kerrigan
August 1, 2014 –– Women are making great strides in the business world – increasingly earning advanced degrees, growing their presence in boardrooms, and founding and running companies of all sizes. Cape & Plymouth Business’ Enterprising Women 2014 will provide a forum for entrepreneurial businesswomen to explore and embrace their unique experiences and perspectives. Bringing together varied experts to provide advice and inspiration, Enterprising Women is the premier women’s business event in the region. From financial planning to leadership, this event will offer edification to help every woman achieve more.
This year’s luncheon keynote speaker will be Olympic medalist and motivational speaker Nancy Kerrigan. Following the 1994 Winter Olympics, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Kerrigan turned her attention from international competition to exhibitions, benefits and corporate endorsements. Kerrigan has authored two books on skating, and in 1999 she established the Nancy Kerrigan Foundation, in honor of her mother, to help nonprofit organizations that support the vision impaired. In addition to her role as wife and mother of three, Kerrigan has appeared in and hosted numerous television shows and ice skating events.
Enterprising Women 2014, brought to you by Cape & Plymouth Business, will be held November 5, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis and offer a multitude of opportunities to network and learn from prestigious speakers and other prominent businesswomen in our region.
In addition to keynoter Nancy Kerrigan, the roster of speakers will include Nancy Hunter Denney (nancyhunterdenney.com), author of ZING! Your Interactions with Difficult People, who will share her insights on maximizing your influence.
There will also be a panel discussion on Reinventing Yourself with the Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom, led by moderator Kristen Oliveri (institutionalinvestor.com) and featuring the authors of the book The Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom: A Woman's Guide to Enjoying Wealth and Power – Camilla Webster (camillawebster.com) and Carol Pepper (pepperinternational.com).
New this year will be the Cape & Plymouth Business Enterprising Women Awards, which will be given to area women in the following categories – Businesswoman of the Year, Nonprofit Leader of the Year, and Rising Star. To nominate deserving women for these awards, go to www.capeplymouthbusiness.com/nominations.
Sponsors to date for Enterprising Women 2014 include Presenting Sponsor Cape Cod Healthcare and Event Sponsors Convention Data Services, SCORE and Bobbi Brown. Enterprising Women 2014, brought to you by Cape & Plymouth Business, will be held November 5, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. The cost of $75 includes lunch and all sessions. Learn more and register at www.capeplymouthbusiness.com.
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