Jackpotjoy PLC Announces Board and Management Changes

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM—(Marketwired – Oct 16, 2017) – Jackpotjoy PLC (LSE: JPJ)


Jackpotjoy plc


LONDON (UK) 16 October 2017 – Jackpotjoy plc (the “Company”) (LSE: JPJ), the largest online bingo–led operator in the world, announces that Andy McIver is to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer, having completed the successful listing of Jackpotjoy plc on the London Stock Exchange (the “Listing”) earlier this year.

As a part of the Company's continuing strategy to strengthen the group's operational focus, which included the recent appointments of our highly experienced divisional managing directors, the Board has decided, after several months of careful consideration and in consultation and agreement with Andy, that further operational expertise is needed to ensure the Company is best placed to maximise future growth prospects through its core business segments.

Under the Company's new management structure, Neil Goulden, currently Chairman of the Company, will become Executive Chairman, responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company's long term strategy. 

The Board has appointed experienced gaming executive, Simon Wykes, as Group Managing Director to provide additional operational expertise. His main role will be working in the Company's global markets with the senior management teams across each of the Company's three business segments – Jackpotjoy, Vera&John, and Mandalay; and he will also join the Board of the Company. Both appointments will become effective from 1 November 2017.

Simon has just completed an external consultancy role with Ladbrokes Coral on their merger integration plans. He was previously Chief Executive Officer at Gala Leisure and Managing Director at Gala Coral Group, where he oversaw the execution of a successful strategic turnaround plan of its bingo division. He also served as Managing Director of Rank Group for over four years. He is also a Non–Executive Director for both Leisure Electronics Ltd and Wexel Gaming.

Andy will remain with the Company until 31 January 2018, to ensure a smooth transition of duties to the new members of executive team.

Commenting on Simon's appointment, Jackpotjoy plc Chairman Neil Goulden said: “Simon is a highly–experienced executive with an extensive knowledge of the bingo sector and considerable expertise in managing high–volume consumer businesses. His experience in the digitalisation of gaming businesses will be invaluable in achieving synergies across our main business segments and to drive the future growth of the group.

“On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Andy for the commitment, leadership and integrity he showed during his tenure, which has seen Jackpotjoy plc cement itself as the world's largest online bingo–led company following its successful listing on the London Stock Exchange. We wish him well with his future endeavours.”

Simon Wykes added: “I am thrilled by this new challenge at Jackpotjoy plc and look forward to bringing my experience from leading digital gaming businesses to the Company as well as significant operational experience to market leading brands.”

The strong trading from H1 has continued into Q3 and Management are confident of meeting the upper end of market expectations for FY17[1]. The Company is due to announce Q3 results on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

The person who arranged for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company was Dan Talisman, Chief Legal Counsel & Company Secretary.

There are no disclosures to be made pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13.

About Jackpotjoy plc

Jackpotjoy plc is the parent company of an online gaming group that provides entertainment to a global consumer base through its subsidiaries. Jackpotjoy plc currently offers bingo and casino games to its customers through its subsidiaries using the Jackpotjoy (www.jackpotjoy.com), Starspins (www.starspins.com), Botemania (www.botemania.es), Vera&John (www.verajohn.com), Costa (www.costabingo.com) and InterCasino (www.intercasino.com) brands. For more information about Jackpotjoy plc, please visit www.jackpotjoyplc.com

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[1] The range of normalised EBITDA estimates (pre share–based payments) in the market for FY17 is £104.0m to £106.7m

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MediaValet Wins Seal of Excellence 2nd Year in a Row

VANCOUVER, BC—(Marketwired – October 10, 2017) – MediaValet, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: MVP), a leading provider of cloud–based digital asset management (DAM) software, is excited to announce that Computer Dealer News (CDN), Canada's most widely read and trusted source of technology & IT information, has named MediaValet the Silver winner at the CDN 2017 Channel Elite Awards for Best Service Organization.

CDN's Channel Elite Awards recognize [Canadian] IT Solution Providers for their innovation, leadership and commitment to creating business value and game changing solutions for customers. The award for Best Service Organization honours service providers who go above and beyond industry norms in delivering exceptional customer service and value. Judges name Bronze, Silver and Gold–level winners, with all winners receiving the Channel Elite Award Seal of Excellence.

In 2016, MediaValet received its first Seal of Excellence when it was named Solution Provider of The Year by Computer Dealer News — the highest honor in CDN's annual award competition. Solution Provider of The Year is the only award category that names a single winner that has demonstrated a total end–to–end solution that solves a major customer problem through high–level innovation and has an impeccable customer service record.

“We take great pride in receiving CDN's Seal of Excellence two years in a row,” commented David MacLaren, founder and CEO of MediaValet. “Our commitment to providing the highest level of customer service in our industry is one of our key competitive differentiators and it helps us win deal after deal, both home and abroad, with mid to enterprise organizations alike.”

Continued MacLaren, “At the end of the day, our job is to make our customers' lives easier. We do this by providing our customers with the tools they need to easily, quickly and securely manage their digital assets, no matter how many assets or users they have or where they're located in the world, and supporting those tools with unlimited, friendly and free support.”

About MediaValet Inc.
MediaValet stands at the forefront of the cloud–based digital asset management industry. Built exclusively on Microsoft Azure and available on 40 Microsoft data centers around the world, MediaValet delivers unparalleled enterprise level security, reliability, redundancy and scalability while offering the largest global footprint of any DAM solution. In addition to providing all core DAM capabilities, MediaValet offers industry leading integrations into Slack, Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office 365, Oracle Marketing Cloud (Eloqua), Drupal 8, WordPress, Hootsuite and many other best in class 3rd party applications.

Follow MediaValet: Blog, Twitter and LinkedIn

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McDonald's USA To Celebrate Literacy Month with Popular Children's Books in Happy Meals

OAK BROOK, IL—(Marketwired – Aug 17, 2017) – In celebration of National Literacy Month in September, McDonald's USA (NYSE: MCD)  is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of the latest Happy Meal Books promotion. Happy Meal Books will return to restaurants nationwide from September 5–18 helping spread the gift of reading to families across the U.S.

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading publishers of children's books, is joining forces with McDonald's USA to bring families a collection of four Happy Meal–sized books featuring popular titles — “Pete the Cat's Got Class” by James Dean, “Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School” by Herman Parish, “Just A School Project” by Mercer Mayer and “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff. Books are available in English and, in select restaurants, in Spanish.

McDonald's is also a proud supporter of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy organization, which seeks to promote literacy by creating needs–based content and scalable community solutions so every child can experience the life–changing power of literacy. By 2018, McDonald's will have donated approximately 400,000 books from the Happy Meal Books promotions to RIF literacy efforts and programs across the country.

“HarperCollins is pleased to be part of McDonald's Happy Meal Books promotion again this year to place beloved books in the hands of millions of children,” says Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children's Books. “Reading has a profound impact on the educational development of a child and through this program along with our donation to Reading Is Fundamental, we hope to make book ownership for children more accessible.” 

“McDonald's partnership with RIF is a celebration of the power and joy of families reading together,” said Beth Meyer, Chief Marketing Officer of Reading Is Fundamental. “Six out of 10 low–income families still have no age–appropriate books in their homes, so providing children with books coupled with supplemental literacy resources they need to achieve their full potential has never been more important.”

McDonald's Happy Meal Book promotion is among a list of the company's actions supporting a commitment to promote children's well–being by inspiring kids to engage in active and imaginative play in a fun way and help develop a sense of community. This announcement follows a number of changes McDonald's has made to its Happy Meal, including:

“As we continue to raise the bar for our customers, we're excited to add to the fun of the Happy Meal experience by inspiring more family time together,” said Julie Wenger, senior director of U.S. marketing at McDonald's. “We're proud to partner with HarperCollins and Reading Is Fundamental and invite families to spread the joy of reading through these fun, classic books in our Happy Meals.”

Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills.

Through McDonald's partnership with RIF, families can extend learning after reading “Pete the Cat's Got Class,” “Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School,” “Just A School Project” and “If You Take a Mouse to School” through Literacy Central. This new, free digital portal, will feature lesson plans, puzzles, activities, and leveled reading passages designed to help build literacy development in children with a focus on the books from the Happy Meal Books program.

For more information about Happy Meal Books, visit www.McDonald's.com.

About McDonald's USA
McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi–Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/McDonaldsUS/.

About HarperCollins Children's Books
HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's and teen books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award–winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures and bestsellers such as Charlotte's Web, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Where the Wild Things Are, The Graveyard Book and series including The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Warriors, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Divergent, and The Selection. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children's Books delights readers through engaging storytelling in all formats, including eBooks and apps. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English–language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) (NASDAQ: NWSA) (ASX: NWS) (ASX: NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has operations in 18 countries. You can visit HarperCollins Children's Books at www.harpercollinschildrens.com and www.epicreads.com and HarperCollins Publishers at www.hc.com.

About Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 412 million books in the hands of more than 40 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more, visit RIF.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Based on US Census data projections for 2015 – 24 million children ages 0–5 and 24.7 million children ages 6–11

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USAA, Costco, Virgin America, and YouTube Lead in Customer Loyalty in Satmetrix 2017 NPS(R) Benchmarks

SAN MATEO, CA—(Marketwired – June 27, 2017) – Satmetrix®, the leading global provider of customer experience solutions, today released its annual U.S. Consumer Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) Benchmarks. The 2017 study reveals data–driven insights on brand loyalty and drivers of customer satisfaction for nearly 190 individual brands across 23 U.S. industry sectors, including banking, financial services, insurance, retail, telecommunications, travel and hospitality, and more.

Now in its 16th year, this research draws on the world's most comprehensive repository of customer experience data and provides business leaders with the objective confidence necessary to set performance targets.

“Executives around the world rely on our Net Promoter benchmarks to ground themselves in what best–in–class looks like as they develop short– and long–term business plans,” said Richard Owen, Chief Executive Officer at Satmetrix. “And the more progressive business leaders study the behaviors of top performing customer experience teams outside of their immediate industry to really understand what drives excellence. The most innovative ideas often come from peers that don't look like you at all.”

Benchmark users can review NPS performance and drivers of customer satisfaction for their entire industry or just a select group of their closest competitors, using the intuitive design features of the company's enhanced reporting tool. Users have the flexibility to tailor the type of reporting used – line graphs, bar charts, tables – and export both images and data files for the individual charts. The U.S. Consumer NPS Benchmarks are exclusively available via subscription to Satmetrix Academy & Research, which also includes access to the industry's most respected Net Promoter Certification and an advanced training course in Net Promoter Economics.

Notably, USAA continues its impressive eight–year run at the top of three different industry sectors (auto insurance, banking, and home and contents insurance). In addition, Satmetrix observed a number of interesting shifts in this year's rankings. Some highlights:

  • Costco sits atop the rankings across all industry sectors, regaining its leadership position from Nordstrom after a brief one–year hiatus from the top spot for department and specialty stores. Nordstrom tumbled to the fourth position.
  • Virgin America edged out Jet Blue (last year's leader) and Southwest Airlines (a historical leader) among major airlines.
  • American Express beat out Discover in the credit card category; both are consistent top performers.
  • Publix edged out a crowd of other grocery stores and supermarket chains as it ascended to the top of this year's rankings. The industry has seen four different leaders across the last five years (Publix, H–E–B, Wegmans, and Trader Joe's, twice).
  • YouTube caught up to back–to–back industry leader, Netflix, in the online entertainment industry.
  • Apple regained leadership in the smartphone industry, beating out last year's winner, Samsung, but the company lost its longstanding position atop the tablet industry to Amazon.

Additionally, the following companies retained their leadership position in their respective industries: Vanguard (brokerage and investments), Verizon (cable and satellite TV), Cricket Wireless (cell phone service), Walgreens (drug stores and pharmacies), Kaiser Permanente (health insurance), Ritz Carlton (hotels), Fios Internet (internet service), Apple (laptop computers), Amazon (online shopping), State Farm (life insurance), USPS (shipping services), Turbo Tax (software and apps), and TripAdvisor (travel websites).

The 16th annual Satmetrix Net Promoter Score Benchmarks draw on insights from more than 65,000 brand ratings from more than 20,000 U.S. consumers. NPS has a proven track record as leading indicator of revenue growth, and it is widely acknowledged as the most effective overall metric for managing customer experience. NPS is based on answers to the question “How likely is it that you would recommend [brand] to a friend or colleague?” It is calculated as the difference between the percentage of customers who are Promoters, rating the company 9 or 10 on a 0– to 10–point scale, and the percentage who are Detractors, rating 6 or lower. Consumers also rated each brand on various aspects of customer experience, including product or service features, customer service, and overall value, enabling Satmetrix to identify the key drivers of loyalty and recommendation.

NPS®, Net Promoter® and Net Promoter Score® are registered trademarks of Satmetrix Systems, Inc., Bain & Company and Fred Reichheld.

About Satmetrix

Satmetrix is the leading global provider of customer experience software for companies who demand differentiated knowledge about their customers. As co–developer of the Net Promoter® methodology, Satmetrix combines unrivaled Net Promoter expertise with its powerful, yet cost–effective NPX product, a complete, always on–customer experience management (CEM) SaaS solution battle tested by the leading NPS–driven, customer–first companies in the world.

8i launches Holo to let you add holograms of real people to your videos and photos

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – Jun 22, 2017) – Today at VidCon 2017, holographic technology company 8i announced the global launch of Holo, the first mobile app of its kind which allows you to add 3D holograms of real people (and animals) into your real–world and create videos and photos to share with friends. 8i also announced it has teamed up with leading entertainment and media companies to bring relevant and engaging content to Holo. In partnership with Columbia Pictures, Holo features a collection of Spider–Man: Homecoming holograms to promote the film's theatrical release. The app also features exclusive content in partnership with Hearst Magazines Digital Media's Cosmopolitan and go90. Holo is available today as a free download on the App Store for iPhone and on Google Play Store for Android devices.

“People are creating, augmenting and sharing content like never before directly through the cameras on their phones,” said Steve Raymond, CEO of 8i. “With Holo, we're introducing a new way to create and express yourself using holograms of real people combined with the AR capabilities of smartphones. Until now, it's never been possible to direct your own videos using recognizable characters and celebrities and we're seeing lots of creative storytelling from Holo users. It's fun to see what people come up with.”

To use Holo, simply add a character into the camera view, start recording, and the holograms will appear as if they are there in real life. Holo will regularly release new hologram collections featuring movie characters, memes, athletes, musicians, and original characters with poses to personify every mood and reaction. You can even snap a video with your friendly neighborhood superhero from Spider–Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, doing flips down your street, facepalming on command, and posing heroically for a selfie.

“We're thrilled to be a launch partner for Holo,” said Elias Plishner, EVP, Worldwide Digital Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Now, you can send your friends images of yourself hanging out with your friendly neighborhood Spider–Man. It's a fantastic way to get excited for the movie.”

“We are constantly innovating and finding new ways to entertain and engage the millions of consumers who connect with our brands each day,” said Sheel Shah, director of Mobile Growth and Innovation at Hearst Magazines Digital Media. ”Mobile AR is an experience that they have an increasing appetite for and the timing of the Holo launch couldn't have been better.”

At VidCon, where Raymond will be speaking on June 23, conference–goers will be some of the first to experience the new app as part of the go90 Holo experience, created by RYOT Lab in partnership with 8i. Fans can take photos and videos with holograms of favorite go90 stars, including Caleb Marshall (aka Fitness Marshall), Kenny San Jose (Boy Squad), and Jeremy Shada (Mr. Student Body President). The go90 collection is also available in Holo. Also at VidCon, dance phenom and YouTube star Matt Steffanina will perform on June 24, as fans of his freestyle moves can dance alongside his hologram in Holo.

Holo also features a variety of other engaging content and familiar faces:

  • “Magic Mike Live” dancers presented by Cosmopolitan, fun for #holobombing pretty much anyone. 
  • Actress Debby Ryan, who stars in the upcoming Netflix show “Insatiable.”
  • Fun and original characters, including the infamous llama from Fall Out Boy's “Young and Menace” video, a tiger named Lola, and a French bulldog in a hot dog costume.

Following launch, you can expect to see more holograms from Cosmopolitan and other Hearst brands as part of an ongoing partnership. Holo will also feature celebrated astronaut Buzz Aldrin, professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston, pop duo Superfruit, mixed martial artist Anderson Silva, LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Marsh, comedic actor Flula Borg, Anna Brisbin, aka Brizzy Voices, plus a JASH comedy channel debuting with comedian Nathan Barnatt, and others.

Holo is powered by 8i's proprietary technology which transforms video of human performances into 3D holograms that look real and can be viewed from any angle. Once the performance is volumetrically captured, holograms are easy and fast to create and publish on Holo.

Hearst Ventures and Verizon Ventures are investors in 8i.

To learn more, visit thisisholo.com. For assets and additional information, visit: http://bit.ly/2rT9fEl

About 8i™
8i's mission is to give people the best way to connect with each other and express themselves through holograms. We provide the easiest way to create, use and experience human holograms that look real, and can be viewed from any angle, on any device for virtual, augmented or mixed reality. Our proprietary technology transforms video from an array of cameras using volumetric capture into a photorealistic hologram that can easily be integrated into a variety of 3D computing experiences. Founded in May 2014, 8i is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. Learn more at http://8i.com/.

About Spider–Man: Homecoming
A young Peter Parker/Spider–Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web–slinging super hero in Spider–Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider–Man — but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Screen Story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. 

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo–based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

About go90
go90 is a free, digital entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover and view content from the most beloved networks, distributors, creators, audiences and brands in online entertainment. Available on the web, iOS and Android, go90 brings together and delivers premier entertainment experiences across every screen. go90 is part of the Verizon Communications family of companies. Anyone with a smartphone can download go90 for free via the App Store or Google Play. Start watching now on go90.com.

About Hearst Magazines Digital Media
Hearst Digital Media reaches nearly 80 million site visitors each month [comScore] and 132 million social media followers, with 22 digital brands including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Marie Claire, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper's BAZAAR, Seventeen, and Delish. The portfolio also includes Sweet, a collaboration with Snapchat on its Discover platform. Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst (www.hearst.com), one of the nation's largest diversified media information and services companies.

RYOT Lab is Oath's technology and innovation hub for immersive formats and emerging technologies. The Lab is a growing team of technologists and engineers working hand–in–hand with Verizon Labs to empower advertisers and publishers to tap into the opportunity of immersive formats and interactive experiences. Through RYOT Lab, brands, publishers and advertisers can now tell their stories through a combination of formats including virtual reality, 360 video, augmented reality, volumetric capture (holograms) as well as physical activations and events. 

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Blue Man Group World Tour Heads Out to New Territories for Year Two

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – May 12, 2017) – Blue Man Group is bringing audiences around the globe together for an unforgettable, euphoric celebration of life in full color with year two of the World Tour which began in Singapore in 2016. After performing in New Zealand, China, South Africa, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, fourteen new cities have been added for 2017. 

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state–of–the–art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Three bald and blue men explore our cultural norms with wide–eyed wonder, poking fun at our collective quirks and reminding us how much we all have in common. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show's celebratory finale — an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

Blue Man Group is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories and custom instruments and the World Tour is no exception.

Tickets for Blue Man Group's World Tour are on–sale now and can be purchased at www.blueman.com
Initial dates are as follows, with additional cities and countries to be announced soon:

  • Tel–Aviv
    The Mann Auditorium
    Aug. 7 – 26, 2017

  • Zurich, Switzerland
    Theater 11
    Oct. 3 – 29, 2017

  • Luxembourg
    Grand Théâtre
    Oct. 31, 2017 – Nov. 4, 2017

  • Milan, Italy
    Teatro Arcimboldi
    Nov. 8 – 12, 2017

  • Trieste, Italy
    Politeama Rossetti
    Nov. 22 – 26, 2017

  • Cologne, Germany
    Musical Dome Köln
    Nov. 29, 2017 – Dec. 17, 2017

  • Barcelona, Spain
    Auditori Forum
    Dec. 20 – 23, 2017

  • Birmingham, UK
    The ICC Hall 1
    Dec. 27, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018

  • Lausanne, Switzerland
    Théâtre de Beaulieu
    Jan. 10 – 21, 2018

  • Vienna, Austria
    Wiener Stadthalle
    Jan. 24 – 28, 2018

  • Bregenz, Austria
    Platz de Wiener Symphoniker 1
    Jan. 30, 2018 – Feb. 4, 2018

  • Hamburg, Germany
    Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt
    Mar. 13 – 18, 2018

  • Munich, Germany
    Deutsches Theater München
    March 21, 2018 – April 1, 2018

  • Frankfurt, Germany
    Alte Oper (Grosser Saal)
    April 3 – 8, 2018

“They say seeing is believing and observing them [Blue Man Group] in action at the Teatro, Montecasino, is a rare treat, an extraordinary journey where music, movement and striking examples of modern technology are brought to the boil and spilling over into an audience ready to accept something completely different,” said Peter Feldmen of Artslink.co.az. who recently experienced the show in Johannesburg, South Africa on opening night.

Camillia Dass from Yahoo! Singapore writes, “With their vibrant energy and electrifying colours, the Blue Man Group took to the stage and blew the crowd away. Their thundering sound and otherworldly behaviour came together to form one of the most magical and heart stopping experiences that I have ever experienced.”

“When we first began creating performances centered on this innocent, curious character called Blue Man, we never dreamt where he would lead us. It's exciting to see the places around the world where that show brings us. We believe the Blue Man's universal message of joyful exuberance and euphoric celebration resonates within all of us,” said Blue Man Group Co–founder, Chris Wink.

About Blue Man Group

Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award–winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show's euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state–of–the–art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.

This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeira~o do Huck” (Brasil).

Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy–nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE. Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group's recently published first–ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.

Artist–owned–and–operated and based in New York City, Blue Man Productions has extensive production facilities, a training center, recording studios and a 6,000 square foot Research & Development Lab with numerous new creative projects in the pipeline.

TWEET IT: The @BlueManGroup #WorldTour is back on the road for year two! Tickets are on–sale now at www.blueman.com.

Feature Documentary The Royal Art of Freemasonry Releases Teaser Trailer and Key Art Worldwide

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – April 21, 2017) – The Royal Art of Freemasonry, seven years in the making, written & directed by Johnny Royal, has released the Teaser Trailer today which you can see here. The feature length documentary presents never before seen footage of the world's oldest and most powerful secret society, the Freemasons. The film provides insight into the unique culture surrounding the fraternity, asks the question of why people join, explains in depth the entire masonic structure including the Blue Lodge (degrees 1 – 3), the Scottish Rite (degrees 4–33), and the York Rite (Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons, Knights Templar), and where members feel their ancient society is headed as the future unfolds.

“It feels like everything I've ever done in my life has gone into making this film,” says Writer and Director Johnny Royal. “It has been the most challenging thing I've ever done.”

This year, the United Grand Lodge of England, founded in 1717, celebrates its 300th year anniversary. However, Freemasonry has roots that reach much further back as evidenced by the recorded minutes of the Lodge of Edinburgh No. 1 in Scotland in 1599. Never before has a documentary been able to tell the story of all of the Masonic degrees and provide a glimpse of what happens in the masonic allegory after a candidate achieves the Master Mason or 3rd degree.

“One of the reasons The Royal Art of Freemasonry took so long to make was figuring out the actual overarching narrative. Eventually, I realized that the story arch was the hero's quest. What begins to surface is a realization that we [the candidates] are able to be the hero or the villain in our daily lives, based on the choices we make. Freemasonry truly is a progressive moral science interlaced throughout the narrative structure of the Hero's Quest.”

Royal's team on the film are comprised of a powerful lineup including Music Supervisor, Composer, and Re–Recording Mixer Sean Beavan (The Lost Highway, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Ernest Chapman and Juliette Beavan, both who are credited as composers and associate producers, Robert Doan as producer, Dene Anderberg as Executive Producer, Jason Pachomski as Supervising Editor (Game of Thrones), and Zach Brinkerhoff as Visual FX Supervisor (Thor and X–Men First Class).

To see the Teaser Trailer, visit: THE ROYAL ART TEASER TRAILER

For more information on The Royal Art of Freemasonry, visit Facebook.com/TheRoyalArtMovie.