Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Calling All Dog Lovers, iPhone Photographers and Cake Bakers Extraordinaire! Bake a Cake for Dog Whisperer's 150th Episode and Get a Call From Cesar Millan

Nat Geo WILD Hosts Instagram Photo Contest to Celebrate the 150th Episode, Premiering Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2012 -- Dog Whisperer is turning 150 on Saturday, February 11th – 150 episodes that is. To celebrate, Nat Geo WILD is hosting a photo contest on Instagram, the popular photo sharing iPhone app with over 15 million users and hundreds of millions of photos.

Since it isn't a birthday without cake, Nat Geo WILD is inviting viewers to put on their party hats and bake Cesar up a birthday cake for the big day. Starting Tuesday, January 31st through Friday, February 10th at midnight, viewers can share pics of their freshly baked cakes to Instagram with the tags #natgeowild and #happy150.

Select photos will be featured on the Nat Geo WILD Facebook page throughout the week leading up to the premiere of Dog Whisperer's 150th episode, Home-Wrecking Hounds, on Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Cesar's favorite cake will be announced on Instagram during the premiere - the winning photo will be featured on the homepage of CesarsWay.com and the winner will receive a call from the Dog Whisperer himself!

Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic Channel recently joined Instagram as @NatGeoChannels to share photos of upcoming shows and behind-the-scenes happenings. Follow @NatGeoChannels on Instagram for more information.

NAT GEO WILD
For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society.

Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in 54 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 96 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.

SOURCE Nat Geo WILD

Tom Hanks to Present at 84th Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA – Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor Tom Hanks will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

Hanks, who is a governor of the Academy, won consecutive Oscars® in 1993 and 1994 for his lead performances in "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump." He was also nominated for his leading roles in "Big," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Cast Away." Hanks can currently be seen in the Best Picture-nominated "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." His other film credits include "Larry Crowne," "Toy Story 3," "Charlie Wilson's War," "The Da Vinci Code," "The Terminal," "Catch Me If You Can," "Road to Perdition," "Apollo 13" and "A League of Their Own."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

GRAMMY® Nominee Adele to Make Much Anticipated Return to the Stage on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Singer Will Perform Live for the First Time Since Undergoing Vocal Cord Surgery Last Fall


Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted by Rapper/Actor LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 ET/PT


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 -- Current GRAMMY® nominee Adele will make her much anticipated return to the live stage on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards ( www.grammy.com ). This will be her first time performing live in nearly five months since being forced to cancel a sold-out U.S. tour to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Music's Biggest Night® — hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J — takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys .
Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .

"I'm immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year's GRAMMY Awards," said Adele. "It's an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all."

Two-time GRAMMY winner Adele has six nominations: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep"; Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21; and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You."

Previously announced performers for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards include Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson ; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton ; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters; Bruno Mars ; Paul McCartney ; Nicki Minaj; and Taylor Swift . Aldean, The Band Perry, Minaj, and Shelton will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time, while Adele, Campbell, Clarkson, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Mars, McCartney, Rihanna, and Swift are returning to the GRAMMY stage. LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and this is his first time hosting the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.


Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

SOURCE The Recording Academy

Volkswagen Joins With Rolling Stone to Host Indianapolis Fan Tailgate Party on Game Day

Joe Montana, Musical Guests Take Center Stage for Fan Event



HERNDON, Va., Jan. 31, 2012 -- Volkswagen is proud to announce a yearlong calendar of experiences that celebrate fans of music, sports, lifestyle, and culture. To kick off the year, Volkswagen will be on the ground in Indianapolis on Game Day, partnering with Rolling Stone to host the Volkswagen Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate Party for 3,500 guests just three blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium at The Crane Bay.

The fan experience will feature live performances from Jane's Addiction, The Roots, and Pete Wentz. Renowned chef John Besh will design and create a game day menu that reinvents classic, regional cuisines.

Taking Volkswagen's fan celebration even further, legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, will make a guest appearance. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of "The Catch," Joe will throw passes to eight lucky fans in the Volkswagen end zone in celebration of one of the most memorable moments in football history.

The Volkswagen fan experience continues after the tailgate ends as one lucky Volkswagen fan will win the opportunity to attend the game with the legend himself, Joe Montana, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I am grateful to be a part of such an honored moment in football history that still resonates with fans on its 30th anniversary. It means so much to share one of my favorite sports memories with the great fans that turned a catch into 'The Catch,'" said Joe Montana, former San Francisco quarterback and three time Super Bowl MVP. "The Rolling Stone Volkswagen Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate Party is a fun way to relive an iconic moment of the Big Game and celebrate history in the making with football fans in Indianapolis."

"Having Joe Montana at the Fan Tailgate Party takes the event to another level," said Tim Mahoney, Chief Product and Marketing Officer for Volkswagen of America, Inc. "The Fan Tailgate Party is an ideal place for Volkswagen to celebrate with and for our fans – it's our way of celebrating the Volkswagen enthusiasts who helped create our brand momentum."

Throughout the Volkswagen fan experience, interactive engagements including photo and video booths and games will prompt fans to update and share their team spirit with friends and followers across major social media networks.

Volkswagen's fan experience also includes shuttles from the airport to fans' hotels. Additionally, premiums like free parking onsite will connect with Volkswagen owners driving into Indianapolis to attend the Fan Tailgate.

Volkswagen will also display two all-new Volkswagen Beetle models on center stage at the Fan Tailgate Party. The sporty 2012 Beetle, redesigned for only the second time in history, will be wrapped in colors to match the competing teams.

The Rolling Stone Volkswagen Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate Party kicks off Volkswagen's one year partnership with Rolling Stone that will continue at other major music events throughout the year.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

"VW", "Volkswagen", all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. "Super Bowl" is a registered trademark of the National Football League.

About Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone has been the leading voice of music and popular culture since its inception over 40 years ago. The magazine features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning investigative journalism. Rolling Stone provides all the news that fits to 12 million readers every two weeks.

SOURCE Volkswagen of America, Inc.

"Best New Band in the Last Decade" to Release Live Double CD

Black Country Communion to Release Rip-Roaring Double Concert CD "Live Over Europe" on February 28, 2012


BCC to go back into the studio for third record this Summer


LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2012  -- Black Country Communion, the English-American rock band featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa , drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), will release their first concert CD Live Over Europe on February 28, 2012 on the J&R Adventures imprint. This 2-disc CD follows up the October 2011 release of the 2-disc DVD by the same name. The album is available for pre-order at: www.bccommunion.com. Get your free download of the single "Cold" from the live album at: http://bitly.com/BCCPRERORDER.


Recently named by Eddie Trunk and co-hosts as "Best New Band of the Last 10 Years" on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, BCC taped Live Over Europe during its debut tour in the summer of 2011. On the album, the band blazes through 17 tracks, recorded in surround over three nights, playing to packed venues in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin. The set list includes songs from both of BCC's albums – 2010's self-titled debut and 2011's sophomore release 2 - including "Black Country," "One Last Soul," "Save Me," "Man In The Middle," "Cold," and "Song of Yesterday." Also included in the mix is "The Ballad Of John Henry," from Bonamassa's 2009 solo album and the Deep Purple classic "Burn."

Producer Kevin Shirley explains, "We saw that this live act could be an awesome force of nature to behold; one that promised legendary performances like those of our heroes of Classic Rock. The plan was to get them out there for the entire world to hear. Records allow a certain musical finesse, but live performance promises so much in the very transient nature of a gig; chances are taken, boundaries are crossed and the most exciting performances explode. Two studio albums built a repertoire big enough for a full concert which allowed us to unleash the monster for all the world to see and feel."

Guitar World named BCC's 2 as #12 in their Top 50 Albums of 2011. In November, BCC scooped up the Breakthrough Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. ClassicRockRevisited.com called BCC the "Great Last Hope for Classic Hard Rock."
BCC debut tour took the band around the world, playing to cities in North America and Europe. On June 10, at Anaheim, CA's Grove of Anaheim, The Orange County Register exclaimed, "The four members of BCC truly recast the heavy rock of the '60s and '70s and yank it into the 21st century as well as anyone in recent memory."

Live Over Europe Track List:

Disc 1 1. Revolution of the Machine
2. Black Country
3. One Last Soul
4. Crossfire
5. Save Me
6. The Battle For Hadrian's Wall
7. Beggarman
8. Faithless
9. Song of Yesterday
10. I Can See Your Spirit

Disc 2 11. Cold
12. The Ballad of John Henry
13. The Outsider
14. The Great Divide
15. Sista Jane
16. Man In The Middle
17. Burn

Essential Links:


SOURCE J&R Adventures

Janice Dickinson Teams Up With Erik "Miss USA" Desando to Launch the Internet's Next Hot Model Live on FilmOn.TV

Live Streaming Site FilmOn.TV launches exclusive show with Janice Dickinson and Erik "MISS CA USA" Desando, after making World news with her comments about Tyra Banks' show.

Beverly Hills California, Live Streaming Site FilmOn.TV announced today that on Thursday 2nd Feb 12.30 PM PST, 3.30 Pm EST. 8.30 PM UK Janice Dickinson and Erik Desando, the official recruiter for the Miss CA USA pageant, along with Bikini Designer babes Jennifer Stano David and Lilly Ghallici host Round 2 of, THE INTERNET'S NEXT HOT MODEL.


"The audience participates by voting online for their favorite models, this totally real! Anyone can enter just turn up to 9021Go on Thursday at or submit your entry online" Said the show's host Janice Dickinson.

"This show is much more exciting than the previous model search Janice was on." Said Alki David CEO and Founder of FilmOn.TV . "This is truly interactive, live and exclusive only on FilmOn.TV. With Janice leading the show anything can happen!"

Supermodel Janice brings her years of experience to find THE INTERNETS NEXT HOT SUPERMODEL on FilmOn.TV. The model search, hopes to find six great models for the show's sponsor Have Faith Swimgerie. Winners earn modeling contracts from a number of elite agencies and luxury gifts from the 9021go Boutique.

STREAMING LIVE EXCLUSIVELY AT FILMON.TV

IF YOU ARE A MODEL AND WANT TO ENTER THE SHOW BUT ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOU CAN ENTER ONLINE BY MAKING A VIDEO - no more than three minutes long. Follow the instructions seen below and send your email to me@filmOn.com.

Thursday, Feb 2nd 2012, 12.30 PM Arrive promptly at the 9021Go Store 12.30 PM - 342 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Janice, Erik, Jen and Lilly will review the entries. Internet Audiences will select the final Twelve Finalists from FilmOn.TV
At the May Faceoff, streaming live on FilmOn.TV - Six lucky winners will be selected to walk the Runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Have Faith Swimgerie!
    
    a.      GIRLS & GUYS WELCOME

    b.      YOU MUST STATE YOUR FULL NAME, AGE, CONTACT NUMBER & EMAIL

    c.      YOU MUST BE IN SWIMWEAR

    d.      TELL US WHY YOU SHOULD BE THE INTERNET'S NEXT TOP MODEL

    e.      YOU MUST BE OVER 18+ AND HAVE A VALID ID

ABOUT HAVE FAITH SWIMGERIE
Have Faith and Swimgerie are two hot and sexy swimwear labels created by fitness model Jennifer Stano David and hottie lawyer Lilly Ghalichi. The ladies joined the exciting brands in 2011 to create the superhot super brand which is taking the swimworld by storm. Worn by sexy ladies like Miranda Kerr, Joanna Krupa, Kendra Wilkinson, Nicole Richie, Jenna Jameson and Jade Nicole. Featured in Sports Illustrated, Maxim, Esquire, FHM and many more. Have Faith Swimgerie is proud to sponsor The Internet's Next Hot Model.

ABOUT FilmOn.TV With roots in the film and television, FilmOn.TV develops live television technology, producing original content and distributing an extensive library of films and television channels to Computers, Mobile Phones and IP Connected Devices. The company operates the FilmOn Network from offices located in Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Odessa and Hong Kong.

ABOUT 9021Go.com Store Located in the heart of exclusive Beverly Hills, 9021Go.com is boutique and live TV Streaming Website in one. Broadcasting daily shows with Hollywood Stars right from the store-front, featuring Celebrity branded products and Star branded goodies.

ABOUT ALKI DAVID The creator behind this mix of Entertainment, Fashion and Technology is Media Entrepreneur Alki David aka The Eccentric Billionaire listed by the Times as the 45 Richest man in the UK.

Source: FilmOn.TV

AM2 ANNOUNCES MORE FUN FOR ATTENDEES WITH ITS MATSURI SUMMER FEST 2012

The Rodin of Lollipop Returns and Brings the Ancient Candy Making Art of Amezaiku to this Summer's Most Anticipated Anime, Music and Manga Convention in Southern California, June 15-17, 2012 in Anaheim, California!

Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (January 31, 2012) ­- The ancient folk art of candy
sculpting, Amezaiku ("sweet candy craft"), is one of the most beautiful art forms that involves delectable edibles in which only a few master performers
exist in the world. One of these masters is Shan Ichiyanagi aka the Rodin of Lollipop will be attending this summer's most anticipated animation, music
and manga event's, AM2, Summer Festival to the delight of attendees. More
info can be found at www.am2con.org .

With a large palette of boiling corn syrup and a variety of precision tools,
Shan utilizes highly choreographed gestures and flourishes as he dips,
molds, pinches and pulls at the jewel-toned "goo" while it cools and hardens
into astonishingly intricate sculptures of fantastic animals and objects
that are worthy of almost any mantel. While he has sculpted well over 100
different objects, Shan can sculpt any object his audience can think of. A
unique and appealing candy sculpture can be magically made in less than 5
minutes as you watch with fascination!

"Fans are in for a real Œtreat," states Chase Wang, AM2 representative,
"Shan is an amazing artist that will create some of the most beautiful
pieces of edible art. Come check out one of the few remaining masters of
candy art. Get your Passports today and experience the difference!"

Attendees can avoid the anticipated huge lines at autographs, premiere
screenings, workshops, main events, concerts and panels by purchasing a
Passport fast pass for the event. The Passport fast pass will also provide
holders with premier seating options at Main Events and at Concert events as
well as major discounts with theme parks, retailers and local restaurants.
Bypass the lines and get your Passport today and experience the difference!

AM2 current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV's, Arcade, Summer Festival,
Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Masquerade, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table
Top, Console Gaming, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more!

Follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AM2Con

Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/AM2Con

About AM2Located in Anaheim, California ­ AM2, established in 2010, is a multi-day (3
days) 24 hour event with no general attendance/badge purchase requirement
and is aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common
interest in Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga. Nominal fees
are charged for certain activities that attendees choose to participate in.
AM2 will be held on June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in
sunny Anaheim, California. More information can be found at www.am2con.org .

"The River", Chilling New US Series From Steven Spielberg, and Oren Peli, Creator of "Paranormal Activity", to Debut on Itunes Before its TV Broadcast

LONDON, January 31, 2012 -- The much-anticipated new US thriller series "The River", from Steven Spielberg, and Oren Peli, the creator of "Paranormal Activity", is set to make its UK debut on iTunes on 8th February, just 24 hours after its US broadcast on ABC. iTunes customers will be first in the UK to see this chilling drama series. A Season Pass of all eight episodes of the much-anticipated show will be available to pre-order from today, with episodes one and two launching on 8th February.


"The River" is produced by ABC Studios ("Lost", "Desperate Housewives") and Amblin Films. It follows the story of world famous wildlife expert and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood - "Star Trek"). After Cole goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him. Led by his wife, Tess (Leslie Hope - "24"), and his estranged son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson - "The Twilight Saga"), and filmed documentary-style by Cole's ex-producer, Carl (Paul Blackthorne - "Lipstick Jungle"), the rescue mission will take them deep into the unexplored reaches of the Amazon River. A place where nature is cruel, magic is real, and nothing is what it seems. As the journey continues, the show will take audiences along for a scary new mystery each week.

"The River", from Amblin's Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, and showrunner/executive producer Michael Green ("Heroes," "Kings"), is also executive-produced by Oren Peli (creator of "Paranormal Activity"), Zack Estrin ("Prison Break"), Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity 1, 2 and 3") and Steven Schneider. Teleplay by Michael R. Perry and Michael Green, story by Oren Peli & Michael R. Perry and Michael Green. The series is produced by ABC Studios and Amblin Films, and distributed by Disney UK.

Executive producer Oren Peli said: "Right from the start, we've had a global audience in mind for "The River" - the show preys on universal human fears, and follows a journey to an exotic, remote setting. I'm excited to be debuting the show on iTunes."

The River is available for pre-order from iTunes at http://www.itunes.co.uk/tv/theriver. Once downloaded, the show can be enjoyed at the viewer's leisure, either at home via home computer or Apple TV, or on the move with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. A full Season Pass is GBP9.99 (SD) or GBP12.99 (HD), and single episodes are GBP1.89 (SD) or GBP2.49 (HD).

Follow "The River" at:


Twitter: @TheRiverABC

Source: Disney UK

Monday, January 30, 2012

Event: 2012 Artists In Music Awards

Brought to you by The Great Unknowns Presents and TigerHeat.

Sponsored by SIX CHAMBERS, MUSIC XRAY, & 101DISTRIBUTION


Date of Event: February 10, 2012

Location: Key Club, 9039 West Hollywood, CA 90069

Schedule:
  • 7pm to 8pm Red Carpet (Green Carpet)
  • 8pm to 10:30pm Award ceremony and 7 live performances
  • 10:30pm to 2am - Artists In Music Awards after party

Purchase tickets at: http://aimusicawards.ticketleap.com



Live performances by Monks of Mellonwah, Monte Pittman, Donny B. Lord, Katie Cole, Breaking Day, Twin Towers (92 Fam), & Nobody Gets Killed. After party with Z LaLa, Dayda Bass, DJ Ray Rhodes, and DJ Broadway & DJ True: 129.

Join the Red Carpet event and watch winners receive award trophies in 21 nomination categories:

- Artist of the Year
- Album of the Year (EP's are eligible)
- Alternative
- Blues
- Indie Rock
- Country
- Dance
- DJ
- Electronica
- Folk/Acoustic
- Hip Hop
- Latin
- Jazz
- Metal
- Pop
- R&B/Soul
- Rock
- Punk
- LGBTQ Person of the Year

Roberta Flack's Single "We Can Work It Out" Debuts On 2 Radio Charts

NEW ALBUM "LET IT BE ROBERTA: ROBERTA FLACK SINGS THE BEATLES" AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 7TH


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2012  -- Roberta Flack the four-time Grammy Award-winning artist is back after an eight year absence with a brand new album, "LET IT BE ROBERTA: ROBERTA FLACK SINGS THE BEATLES"—a collection of Beatles song interpretations. The first single "We Can Work It Out" made a spectacular debut on two different radio charts this past week garnering #1 Most Added at Mainstream AC Chart and #2 Most Added at Urban AC. In addition, the single moved into the Top 20 at Smooth AC radio. Buzz continues to build as key press such as NPR, Billboard, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, AARP and More Magazine are already confirmed. Newly signed to a partnership of 429 Records, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Flack's RAS Records, the album which was produced by Sherrod Barnes, who has also produced Beyonce' and Angie Stone, with contributing producers Jerry Barnes and Barry Miles, is slated for release on February 7th worldwide (Sony Music will release the album in Japan).

Roberta Flack has long been known as an unparalleled musician who effortlessly inhabits the worlds of pop, soul, R&B, jazz and folk. From her very first recording, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" which hit #1 in the U.S across all charts, Flack has created strong emotional bonds with her listeners through her poignant musicality and unerring stylizations while also shining an uncompromising light onto the culture and politics of the times.

Since bursting onto the scene in 1969 with the blockbuster album "First Take" (produced by the legendary Joel Dorn), she's followed her fiercely uncompromising lyrical and musical muses earning her a place alongside pioneering artists such as Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Nina Simone. A multiple Grammy winner, she is the only artist along with U2 to win "Record of the Year" in consecutive years (for "The First Time, Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly"). Although she's taken some time between recordings, she's never stopped performing having constantly toured worldwide. Flack, a national treasure gives her time freely to a host of charitable and humanitarian causes--among them, the ASPCA (spokesperson of the year for 2011) and the Roberta Flack School of Music in Bronx, NY (which she founded in 2006).

Track Listing:
  • In My Life
  • Hey Jude
  • We Can Work it Out
  • Let It Be
  • Oh Darling
  • I should Have Known Better
  • The Long & Winding Road
  • Come Together
  • Isn't It A Pity
  • If I Fell
  • And I Love Her
  • Here, There, and Everywhere

For more information visit:
http://www.429records.com/sites/429records/429details/d_robertaflack.asp

About 429 Records
429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

About Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson. Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns or administers over 750,000 copyrights by such artists as The Beatles, Beck, Brooks & Dunn, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Fall Out Boy, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Linda Perry, Richie Sambora, Kraftwerk, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams, KT Tunstall, and Diane Warren, among others. Sony/ATV recently acquired both the Leiber Stoller and Famous catalogues.

SOURCE 429 Records

Romantic Horror "I Love You To Death" To Be Released Early Spring

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 30, 2012 -- Lloyd Lee Barnett's debut independent film, "I Love You To Death" (formerly Death Do Us Part), will have a limited theatrical release early this spring. Produced, written, and directed by Lloyd Barnett (known for his visual effects on Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, Rocky Balboa, Apocalypto, Superman II, and Speed Racer), "I Love You To Death" has already received rave reviews from horror magazines and a large group of fans on the web.

His movie caught the eye of Producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis, who has now come on as an Executive Producer. "Lloyd is extremely talented and I was very impressed with his writing, directing and the film's visual effects."

This unique romantic horror film revolves around the maddening psychosis of Clay Foster and his dead wife Lily. Clay keeps his wife's corpse, while investigating the mystery of her murder. Clay pleads with Death on three different nights to let him keep Lily. Is it Lily for which Death has come?

The movie stars Travis Mendenhall, Shannon O'Dowd, and John Klemantaski. Additional producers include Brian A. Jones, Samuel Keirzenblat, and Tim and Sandy Lawson. For further information please go to www.deathdouspart.net.

SOURCE Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions

Legendary DJs and Iconic Rapper to Crown America's Hottest DJ at McDonald's 2012 Flavor Battle in Miami Beach

Grammy Award-Winner Spinderella, Spin Veterans DJ Irie, DJ Skribble, DJ JayCeeOh Join Celebrity Hosts Doug E. Fresh and Teyana Taylor at National Finale Event


OAK BROOK, Ill., Jan. 30, 2012 -- Grammy-Award winner Spinderella and spin veteran Disc Jockeys DJ Irie, DJ Skribble and reigning Flavor Battle champ DJ JayCeeOh will join iconic rapper and "human beat boxer" Doug E. Fresh and singer/actress/rapper Teyana Taylor in Miami Beach as three of America's hottest DJs scratch, mix and battle for the McDonald's 2012 Flavor Battle Championship title. McDonald's Flavor Battle is a national DJ competition celebrating artistic mix-masters who spin their creative blend of hip-hop music in nightclubs across America.

McDonald's 2012 Flavor Battle will take place on February 9 and will be broadcast live via online simulcast at http://www.flavorbattle.com. Flavor Battle is conducted with Complex Media, the men's style and lifestyle network dedicated to young men 18-34, and is a private, ticketed event. DJ Rock T will serve as the house DJ for the event.
Three DJ finalists from across the U.S. – each representing a McDonald's Big Burger – the Angus Third Pounder, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Big Mac, will take to the turntables before a packed house in an epic, best-in-booth battle to earn bragging rights as the nation's top mix-master. Doug E. Fresh will emcee Flavor Battle as Spinderella, DJ Irie, DJ Skribble and DJ JayCeeOh judge the competition based on mixing skills, technique, performance flow and crowd appeal. Teyana Taylor will take Flavor Battle global by hosting the Twitter conversations and sharing photos generated from the live event.

"Flavor Battle has attracted the attention of hip-hop legends because it's a dynamic competition that lets up and coming DJs step into the national spotlight and show off their unique talent," said Rob Jackson, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "McDonald's strives to connect with the community inside and outside of our restaurants and this is just one example of how we can inspire creativity within communities across the nation."

McDonald's launched Flavor Battle in 2009 as an extension of McDonald's 365Black initiative. McDonald's 365Black platform was created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.

About Complex Media Complex Media is the leading provider of style, entertainment, lifestyle and product content dedicated to emerging trends for young male tastemakers. The company launched in 2002 with Complex magazine, a men's style guide and lifestyle publication with a current circulation of 345,000. Complex Media expanded to include flagship web site Complex.com (http://www.complex.com), which attracts more than 4.4 million unique monthly visitors; as well as the Complex Media's network of 90+, 100% exclusive Web sites targeting men 18-34 which generates more than 437 million page views and 41 million unique visitors per month.

About McDonald'sMcDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit http://www.mcdonalds.com , or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (http://www.Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and products.

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JENNIFER LOPEZ TO PRESENT AT 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

Beverly Hills, CA – Jennifer Lopez will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

Lopez, who serves as a judge on "American Idol," will be seen next in the feature "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and recently completed work on "Parker" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift." Her other film credits include "The Back-Up Plan," "El Cantante," "Monster-in-Law," "Maid in Manhattan," "Enough," "The Wedding Planner," "Out of Sight" and "Selena."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Pepsi's Return to the Super Bowl is Fit for a King

Super Bowl Ad Features Sir Elton John, THE X FACTOR 2011 Winner Melanie Amaro and 'Pepsi for All'

Fans To Receive Music Video of Melanie Amaro's Exclusive Single through Pepsi's Social TV Platform, Sound Off, and Shazam Partnership

PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2012 -- PepsiCo today released details about its iconic Pepsi ad to air during Super Bowl XLVI, which will be broadcast on NBC. Pepsi also announced digital partnerships that will enhance fans' Super Bowl experience on-line.

The new ad titled "King's Court" features Melanie Amaro, THE X FACTOR 2011 winner, singing for multi Grammy-winning music legend Sir Elton John who plays a "king of rock" in the commercial. The ad was produced by TBWA/Chiat Day and directed by Noam Murro. During the commercial, Amaro performs a song she recorded exclusively for the ad, a contemporized version of RESPECT, by Otis Redding, and made popular by the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin. Pepsi fans who "Shazam" the spot during the big game will be able to view Amaro's music video for RESPECT.




Set in a rock-fantasy version of medieval times, the 60 second commercial features Melanie Amaro performing in front of a "royal court of rock," including Elton John's character, the King. The ad establishes Pepsi as the brand for people who are not afraid to take a chance, raise their voice and give it their all. It also highlights the fact that Pepsi has an irresistible taste worth challenging a king for. With epic Pepsi scale and a big dose of humor, the commercial ends with a twist and the tagline, "Where there's Pepsi, There's Music".

"Pepsi wanted to make me 'King for a Day' on Super Bowl Sunday. How could I possibly pass that up?" said Sir Elton John.

"For decades, Pepsi has showcased musical talent in its commercials on television's biggest stage - the Super Bowl," said Simon Lowden, CMO, PepsiCo Beverages Corporation. "This year's spot takes our legacy to the next level by spotlighting a rising pop artist alongside a music legend and engaging fans on a deeper level through powerful digital programming."

Amaro's appearance in Pepsi's Super Bowl XLVI spot is part of her historic grand prize win on FOX's, THE X FACTOR. The deal also includes a $5 million recording contract for the winner, making it the largest guaranteed prize package in television history.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be starring in a Pepsi Super Bowl commercial, following in the footsteps of some of music's biggest legends," said Melanie Amaro. "Winning THE X FACTOR has changed my life," she continued.

In addition to the Shazam offering during the big game, Pepsi will enhance the fan Super Bowl experience through integrated digital programming. Highlights include: an NFL-themed version of Pepsi Sound Off , the first brand-led social TV platform, which was launched during THE X FACTOR to engage consumers in a real time viewing party with celebrity hosts. Digital programming also extends to a partnership with Pandora providing fans with a Pepsi-curated Super Bowl-themed station to listen to before, during and after the game. Lastly, a partnership with social network, Get Glue, which allows users to check-in and unlock exclusive content and free Pepsi.

King's Court is one of the two commercials PepsiCo plans to air during this year's Super Bowl. Pepsi MAX, the official soft drink of the NFL, will also debut a commercial on this year's Super Bowl, featuring legendary television personality Regis Philbin.

Pepsi and Pepsi MAX will provide fans with engaging Super Bowl XLVI activities from January 27- February 5 in Indianapolis, including:
  • A Pepsi MAX footprint at NFL Experience where fans can win "Pepsi MAX for Life"
  • The Pepsi Fan Jam Concert Series
  • Tazon Latino VI, the annual celebrity flag football game featuring notable NFL alumni and Hispanic celebrities
  • Pepsi Rookie of the Year
  • NFL Honors
Pepsi is the official sponsor of the Fan Jam Concert Series and Tazon Latino VI.
The popular Univision Pepsi Musica Fan Jam Concert, the ultimate Latin music celebration, will take place on February 1 and feature world famous musicians Don Omar and L. Hernandez among others. On February 2, Pepsi will keep the music coming with the VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam, a premier, nationally-televised (live on VH1) concert featuring star-studded performances by Gym Glass Heroes, B.o.B and the All-American Rejects, with guest appearances by top celebrities and NFL players. In addition, PepsiCo will hold its annual pre-Super Bowl party on Friday, February 3, featuring musical performances by One Republic and Melanie Amaro. The third Pepsi Fan Jam concert, the CMT Crossroads Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam will take place Saturday, February 4 with Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler.

This year, the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award will be presented during the inaugural NFL Honors award show, airing Saturday, February 4 at 9 PM EST on NBC. The five Pepsi Rookie of the Year nominees are: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals; Von Miller, Denver Broncos; Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers; Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals; Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers. Pepsi MAX is also the presenting sponsor of the AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 22 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses -- Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola -- also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which also we believe means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment, including by conserving energy and water usage, and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support, and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.

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HBO Documentary Films, Comcast and the ACLU of Virginia to Host Premiere Screening of "THE LOVING STORY" at the Caroline County Community Services Center on February 4

Filmmakers Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James, Film Subjects Peggy Loving Fortune and Attorney Bernard S. Cohen, and HBO Senior Producer Nancy Abraham Scheduled to Participate.

What:
HBO, Comcast and the ACLU of Virginia will host the invitation-only Caroline County premiere of the HBO Documentary Film THE LOVING STORY in the community where the Lovings first met and fell in love.
THE LOVING STORY tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 despite Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws. Arrested by local police in their Caroline County home in the middle of the night for the crime of "mixed marriage," Mildred and Richard were later convicted on felony charges and banished from Virginia. But the Lovings fought back with the help of the ACLU and ultimately changed history through a watershed Supreme Court case that overturned bans on interracial marriage in 16 states.
Who:
-Nancy Buirski - producer and director, THE LOVING STORY
-Elisabeth Haviland James, producer and editor, THE LOVING STORY
-Nancy Abraham - HBO senior producer for THE LOVING STORY and senior vice president, HBO Documentary Programming
-Peggy Loving Fortune - daughter of Richard and Mildred Loving who was a young child during most of her parents' ordeal
-Bernard S. Cohen - attorney and former ACLU lawyer who, with Philip J. Hirschkop, argued Loving v. Virginia in the U.S. Supreme
Court in 1967
-Kent Willis - executive director, ACLU of Virginia
When:
Saturday, February 4, 2012
4:00 p.m. - Reception
5:00 p.m. - Screening of THE LOVING STORY
6:30 p.m. - Discussion with filmmakers and film subjects
Where:
Caroline County Community Services Center, 17202 Richmond Turnpike, Milford, VA
Formerly Union High School, where Richard Loving attended

Details: THE LOVING STORY combines newly discovered and never-before-seen vintage film and photos of the Loving family shot in 1965 and a compelling present-day interview with the Loving's daughter, Peggy, neighbors, police and their young, intrepid ACLU lawyers Bernard S. Cohen and Philip J. Hirschkop. The attorneys argued the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case that finally brought justice to the Lovings. The exclusive HBO documentary THE LOVING STORY, the uplifting saga of these unlikely Civil Rights heroes, debuts on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14 (9:00-10:30 pm ET/PT) during Black History Month.

The film has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

THE LOVING STORY is an HBO Documentary Films and Augusta Films, LLC production; produced and directed by Nancy Buirski; produced by Elisabeth Haviland James; executive produced by Scott Berrie and Marshall Sonenshine; co-produced by Patricia Romeu; cinematographers, Rex Miller, Steve Milligan and Abbot Mills; editor, Elisabeth Haviland James; original music, David Majzlin. For HBO: senior producer, Nancy Abraham; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

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Getty Images Music Launches GUESTLIST At Midem

Grammy-Winning Singer and Songwriter Joss Stone Joins an Impressive Roster of Industry-Leading Artists Partnering with Getty Images


CANNES, France and NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2012 -- Getty Images, Inc., today at Midem, announced the launch of GUESTLIST featuring new, fresh sounds from established artists like Joss Stone, as well as rising indie bands. This distinct music offering will, for the first time, present tracks which have been custom-selected for high profile projects that can command premium licensing fees for a single track. GUESTLIST tracks are very selective and consistently refreshed to deliver unique sound to content creators and music supervisors who are working on highly visible projects such as trailers, films and commercials.

In addition to Joss Stone, GUESTLIST features Visqueen, J-Zone, Melissa Ferrick (with tracks featuring Ani Difranco and Kaki King), Sprindift, I'm Kingfisher, The Orion Experience, The Peach Kings, Pull A Star Trip, Simian Ghost and Flowers in The Air, along with partners Playground Music, Stone'd Records, Blackheart Records and Uncensored Interview.

"Getty Images Music has a truly distinct offering and I am excited to be part of this innovative music offering that brings my music to a whole new audience," said Joss Stone, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter. "It is great for music artists and bands hoping to get greater exposure through a high profile placement for that track or band," Stone added.

"We are thrilled to share our diverse and custom-selected tracks on GUESTLIST that spans multiple music tastes from well-known, critically-acclaimed artists like Joss Stone, to breaking bands like 100 Monkeys," said Vince Bannon, Vice President of Entertainment Partnerships and Development, Getty Images. "Getty Images Music remains committed to providing a high value, compelling music collection, and with GUESTLIST, we are delivering a truly current catalogue of hip, new music that offers a perfect fit and solution for higher value licensing and projects."

With a global reach across the media and advertising agency industry, Getty Images Music has a unique perspective to tastemakers and trendsetters, curating a targeted offering to match the needs of content creators. The company currently licenses more than 200,000 tracks per year across film, television, movie trailers, commercials and multimedia projects globally and is dedicated to supporting content creators, including contributors, artists, bands and composers.

Multiplatinum-selling singer and songwriter Joss Stone formed Stone'd Records in 2011. The new music company roster includes include Joss Stone as well as ska/rock band Yes Sir Boss. Stone'd Records is devoted to finding unique artists and helping them develop.

For more information about Getty Images Music and the GUESTLIST, please visit: www.gettyimages.com/Music .

About Getty Images
Getty Images is one of the world's leading creators and distributors of still imagery, footage and multimedia products, as well as a recognised provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world's most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites.

Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Material Girl is Back on the Dance Floor

MADONNA'S FIRST SINGLE "GIVE ME ALL YOUR LUVIN'" FEATURING NICKI MINAJ & M.I.A. OUT FEB. 3rd

MDNA New Studio Album For Interscope Records To Be Released March 26th

Limited Time iTunes Pre-Order of Exclusive MDNA Deluxe Edition Begins Feb. 3rd

AMERICAN IDOL To Air Exclusive Video Preview of Single on Thursday, Feb. 2nd on FOX

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2012  -- Madonna will be releasing her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. on February 3rd, three days before her highly anticipated Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime performance, it was officially confirmed by Interscope Records. "Give Me All Your Luvin'" is the first single from Madonna's upcoming album MDNA , her 12th studio album and follow up to 2008's Hard Candy which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The song was written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A, composed by Martin Solveig and Michael Tordjman and produced by Madonna and Martin Solveig.


iTunes will offer an exclusive global pre-order of an 18 track Deluxe Edition of MDNA including one exclusive remix from Madonna's new album. The bonus remix will be available from Friday, February 3rd through Monday, February 6th only. During this time period the album will be available for $9.99 and fans will also receive the digital single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" immediately. This single is also exclusive to iTunes during this limited time. At launch, the offer can be found at www.iTunes.com/Madonna.


The video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'," directed by Megaforce, is football and cheerleader themed - inspired by her upcoming Super Bowl appearance. In an AMERICAN IDOL exclusive, Madonna will world preview the video for her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during IDOL Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The full video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'" will premiere on Madonna's YouTube channel on February 3rd at 9am EST/6am PST. www.youtube.com/Madonna .


MDNA, recorded in New York and LA, reunites Madonna with former collaborator William Orbit ("Ray of Light") who co-wrote and co-produced several cuts on the new album. Other co producers include Martin Solveig, The Demolition Crew, Marco "Benny" Benassi and Alessandro "Alle" Benassi, Hardy "Indiigo" Muanza, Michael Malih and Madonna.


The Golden Globe Award winning song "Masterpiece" from the Madonna directed Weinstein Company film "W.E." which opens in February is also included on MDNA as well as on W.E. – Music From the Soundtrack which is scheduled to be released on January 31st at digital retailers on Interscope as well. The Compact Disc version of the soundtrack is scheduled to be released exclusively at Amazon.com on February 14th. The score was composed, orchestrated and produced by Abel Korzeniowski.
Madonna is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show on January 30th.


SOURCE Interscope Records

Stonyfield Declares 2012 the Year to Get to Know Your Food

Year-long campaign helps people know more about their food from farm to fridge with online resources and Know Your Food Adventure giveaway!

LONDONDERRY, N.H., Jan. 27, 2012 -- This year, Stonyfield is making it easier to get to know more about the food we eat. The world's leading organic yogurt maker is launching a year-long Know Your Food campaign aimed at helping people get to know more about the what's really in the foods in their refrigerators, freezers and pantries. At a time when the origins and ingredients of what we eat are becoming increasingly hard to decipher, Stonyfield is offering tools and resources to help empower people to make the best food choices for themselves and their families.

The Stonyfield Know Your Food campaign kicks off with a new website www.IWillKnowMyFood.com, where people can learn about the farm-to-fridge journey and why what we eat matters. The site will feature a frequently changing roster of food, agriculture and health experts offering insights into how food is produced, what's really in the things we eat, and how all of this impacts our bodies, our communities and our planet. The site also showcases a selection of short mini-documentaries for people to watch and share with friends and family.

"We all know the saying – you are what you eat. Today, with the overwhelming variety of food choices available, it's important that people have resources to help them understand how what they are putting in their bodies impacts their health, from helping boost energy to preventing disease and more," said Ashley Koff RD, author of Mom Energy and contributor to the Stonyfield Know Your Food campaign website. "It's so important for us all to know the truth about our food and feel empowered when we make quality food choices."

To celebrate the launch of the Stonyfield Know Your Food campaign, people are invited to log on to www.IWillKnowMyFood.com and enter a photo of their refrigerator for a chance to win a Know Your Food Adventure including four nights at a bed and breakfast in Vermont, complete with organic breakfasts, real-life farm experience, and an abundance of information about organic farming. The winner will also get a fridge makeover, including a consultation with a nutritionist, a year's worth of free Stonyfield Organic products and a $500 shopping trip to stock the fridge and pantry with healthy food!

"It's no wonder people are hungry for knowledge and seeking food sources they can trust, with the abundance of studies proving that chemical agricultural practices are harming us and the planet," said Stonyfield Co-Founder and Chairman Gary Hirshberg. "It's clear that we're in a time when, more than ever, people want to know everything possible about their food. Stonyfield got its start as a nonprofit sustainable farming school and we see this campaign as yet another extension of our roots."

The Stonyfield Know Your Food campaign will last throughout 2012, with new and fresh information updated frequently, as well as additional contests and interactive features to come. To stay informed, sign up for updates at www.IWillKnowMyFood.com.

Learn more about Stonyfield and its organic yogurts and dairy products at www.Stonyfield.com and www.Facebook.com/StonyfieldFarm.

About Stonyfield
Stonyfield, celebrating its 28th year, is the world's leading organic yogurt company. Its certified organic yogurt, smoothies, milk, cultured soy, frozen yogurt and ice cream are distributed nationally. The company advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet. Its use of organic ingredients helps keep over 200,000 farm acres free of toxic, persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers known to contaminate soil, drinking water and food. To help reduce climate change, Stonyfield offsets all of the C02 emissions generated from its facility energy use. The company also started a nonprofit called Climate Counts (climatecounts.org) which shows people how they can help fight climate change by the way they shop and invest. Stonyfield also donates 10% of its profits to efforts that help protect and restore the Earth. For more information about Stonyfield Farm, its products and initiatives, visit www.stonyfield.com or follow Stonyfield on Twitter @Stonyfield and on Facebook www.facebook.com/StonyfieldFarm.

Michel Rolland Turns Wine To Water in Africa:

Partnership with Doc Hendley of WTW and Montesquieu Wines Saves Lives in Ethiopia

NAPA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2012 -- World-famous winemaker Michel Rolland built his reputation by working wonders in the cellar. Now he's doing miracles of a different sort by turning his South African wine into water for Ethiopians in desperate need.

A crisis of epic proportions is unfolding in Ethiopia, where every day millions struggle for their very lives due to drought and contaminated water. Recognizing this urgent need and the critical role that water plays in the production of fine wine, Michel Rolland has partnered with CNN Hero Doc Hendley, founder of Wine To Water, and Montesquieu Wines, a California winery and importer, on a special project – the Bonne Nouvelle, a wine from the land of Africa, for the people of Africa.


The 2003 Bonne Nouvelle, Michel's signature Cabernet blend from Stellenbosch, is aptly named: it means "good news" in French. Proceeds will go directly to Wine To Water to dig deep bore wells in the Dale region of Southern Ethiopia, where 6 out of 10 people lack access to clean water, causing life-threatening diseases to run rampant. The project's initial goal is to raise $40,000 – enough to fund four wells, providing permanent water access for over 8,000 people. The Bonne Nouvelle is available at www.winetowaterstore.com, where wine lovers can learn how they can save a life with each bottle they drink.


Montesquieu Wines' founder Fonda Hopkins, who works separately with Michel Rolland and Doc Hendley on several other projects, brought them together to forge this partnership. "Michel and Doc come from completely different backgrounds," observes Hopkins. "But both men are so passionate about life and committed to excellence that this project came together as a natural fit." Montesquieu is facilitating the partnership by importing and distributing the wine at no charge.


Hendley, whose organization has provided water to approximately 100,000 people in twelve countries, says, "It's wonderful to see some of the top players in the wine community step up to the plate to make such a difference." In 2009, Hendley was named a CNN Top 10 Hero for his work. He is currently touring the nation discussing his new book Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World, published by Penguin.


For more details, please visit www.winetowater.org or www.montesquieu.com.


SOURCE Montesquieu Wines