Vista Group Conference Provides State-of-the-Art Industry Software Update for Global Film Industry Customers and Partners

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND and LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – More than 200 cinema professionals from around the world gathered in Auckland, New Zealand last week for the 8th biennial VISTA Customer Conference. The conference was the largest yet that Vista has held. Vista Group, the world–leading provider of cinema management, film distribution and customer analytics solutions to studios, distributors, exhibitors, and moviegoers, provided state–of–the–industry updates on current and future product developments.

Held Monday, March 6th through Thursday, March 9th, delegates from major multi–territory cinema chains through to independents, heard from Vista experts about the latest exciting innovations in Vista Cinema, ranging from mobile apps and food and beverage solutions, through to new products that Vista Group is imagining and developing. Aligned with Vista's strategy of bringing new and improved synergistic solutions to the industry, Vista's aim of 'Rethinking the Business of the Movies' was evident. In–depth product tutorials were available in the 'Vista Lab,' which was configured especially for the event and proved very popular with delegates.

In his opening remarks, VISTA Group CEO Murray Holdaway said: “Vista Group businesses enjoy very close relationships with our customers in over 80 countries around the world. With more than 500 people in New Zealand, the USA, China, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and Romania, we are well across the global cinema landscape and that helps us to anticipate what new products will have the most effect on a customer's business.”

In a move that highlighted Vista Group's reputation and standing, the opening keynote address was given by New Zealand Government Finance Minister Steven Joyce, formerly Minister of Communications & Information Technology and Minister of Science & Innovation. View remarks from Mr Holdaway and Minister Joyce here.

Minister Joyce has been a longtime supporter of Vista's highly–successful one–stop–shop approach to the software needs of the cinema industry and used Vista to illustrate the overall entrepreneurial spirit that is connected to the extraordinary recent growth in the New Zealand economy.

He attributed the country's solid financial growth to several factors, among them its proximity to the exploding Asia Pacific market including China and Japan, attractive product and service sectors including New Zealand tourism, food and beverage, and an enviable high tech and IT presence. The latter, said Minister Joyce, is best illustrated by Vista Group, which was named New Zealand's 'Hi–Tech Company of the Year' in 2016.

Minister Joyce praised Mr Holdaway for developing what he called a deep niche area of expertise, explaining how going narrower and deeper, as Vista [Entertainment Solutions] had done in the cinema software business, showed how New Zealand companies have exploited a history of innovation.

Attendees were enthusiastic in their response to the conference, many of whom have attended multiple iterations.

“Why do we choose Vista products? For me, it's simple. Vista has a singular focus on the cinema industry from the exhibitor point of view,” concluded Neil Campbell, President & CEO of Landmark Cinemas, Canada. “They've been that way for 21 years and that's why we focus on them. It's why we get really excited about their products and why we come to the conference every two years. Vista is always looking for the best and newest products as well as making everything they've done in the past even better. Their products make it easier for our customers to go to the movies and enable us to make better decisions about running our business.”

“One of the strengths we see in Vista is the people,” said David Doyle, Chief Information Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. “As much as we value technology, our relationship with Vista is primarily about a common care of our business and a meaningful interest in our industry. It's a very trusted relationship. Attending the Vista Customer Conference is a fantastic opportunity to meet cinema exhibitors from many countries and gain an in–depth world view of our industry.”

One of the most heavily–attended panels was a case study on The Rec Room concept. The Rec Room is Canada's premier 'Eats & Entertainment' destination that brings together dining, amusement gaming, technology and live entertainment experiences all under one roof. Part of Cineplex, Canada's biggest cinema exhibitor and a long–time Vista client, The Rec Room is a premier social destination and the ultimate gathering spot for corporate events, groups and parties.

Food and beverage held significant interest for the conference attendees. From recliner seats to a robust array of food and beverage options and the opportunity to order them via kiosk and avoid the concessions queue, theater operators are eager to import these software advancements into their operations.

MoviePass, the nation's largest theatrical subscription service, which recently announced a strategic collaboration with Vista Group International, outlined how theater owners and chains nationwide that use the Vista Cinema ticketing solution will be able to take advantage of full integration with the MoviePass service. By integrating MoviePass directly into the ticketing software, participating theatres will be able to offer MoviePass members enhanced features and new capabilities on mobile devices such as e–ticketing, seat selection and advance purchase capabilities directly from a subscriber's mobile phone. This integration also provides exhibitors with more granular data, including harvesting valuable demographic information on moviegoers.

The use of virtual reality in the online content sector was explored by Vista Group company Powster CEO and founder Ste Thompson. The trend towards using VR in the promotion of films with the added 'call to action' of connecting the content to a theater directory and the ability to purchase tickets, generated huge interest at the Conference.

Lawrence Wang, Head of Vista China, updated attendees on Vista's answer to the practice of third party ticketing used to purchase 80% of movie tickets in China. Vista is working on a product that will allow theaters in other markets to move ticket sales to a mobile device, but will also allow the chain to retain its customer loyalty information, a problem for Chinese theater owners since the third party takes ownership of the ticket buyer's profile data.

Summing up, Kimbal Riley, CEO of Vista Entertainment Solutions, described the conference as a dedicated fiesta of film industry software and creative solutions information and consultation. “The staging and hosting of the event, as well as the level of attendance, is testament to Vista's dedication to our customers, our respect, our committed staff, and our determination to stay ahead of the game and enable our customers to excel.”

About Vista Group International:
Vista Group International (Vista Group) is a public company, listed on both the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges (NZX: VGL) (ASX: VGL). Vista Group provides cinema management, film distribution and customer analytics solutions to companies across the global film industry. Cinema management software is provided by Vista Entertainment Solutions, the core business of the Group. Movio (authority in moviegoer data analytics), Veezi (cloud–based SaaS software for the Independent Cinema Market), MACCS International (film distribution software), Numero (box office reporting software for film distributors and cinemas), Cinema Intelligence by Share Dimension (business intelligence solutions), Powster (creative studio and marketing platform for movie studios) and Flicks (moviegoer 'go to' portal for movie information) provide products that leverage the success of this platform into other parts of the film industry; from production and distribution, to cinema exhibition through to the moviegoer experience. Vista Group has over 500 staff across nine offices in New Zealand (Auckland headquarters), Sydney, Los Angeles, Dallas, London, the Netherlands, Romania and China.

Website: www.vistagroup.co
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/vista–group–limited
Source: Vista Group International Ltd, Auckland, NZ

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The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – February 16, 2017) – The ASCAP Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The program was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30. It carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of the Herb Alpert Foundation's multi–year financial commitment to support this program. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 15 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.

The ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams said, “We congratulate the recipients of our Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and thank the ASCAP composers who selected the winners. We are honored to partner with the Herb Alpert Foundation to recognize these talented young jazz creators.”

The 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients are listed with their age, current residence and place of birth. The youngest winners are listed with their age and state of residence: Emily Bear, age 15 of Illinois; Annie Booth, age 27 of Denver, CO; Michael Conrad, age 28 of Greeley, CO (Arlington Heights, IL); Gizem Gokoglu, age 30 of New York, NY (Izmir, Turkey); Andrew Karboski, age 22, of New York, NY (Seattle, WA); Gene Knific, age 24 of Chicago, IL (Kalamazoo, MI); David Leon, Age 23 of Miami, FL; Scott Ninmer, age 27 of Arlington, VA (Decatur, IL); Luca Mendoza, age 18 of California; Christopher Misch–Bloxdorf, age 25 of Milwaukee, WI (Kenosha, WI); Kai Ono, age 21 of Lawrence, KS (Granada Hills, CA); Chris Ott, age 29, of Brooklyn, NY (Kettering, OH); Robert Perez, age 24 of Chino Hills, CA (Covino, CA); Lucas Pino, age 29 of New York, NY (Phoenix, AZ); Diego Joaquin Ramirez, age 27 of Woodside, NY (Cork, Ireland); Nikos Syropoulos, age 28 of Los Angeles, CA (State College, PA); Zan Tetickovic, age 25 of Long Island City, NY (Ptuj, Slovenia); Matt Wong, age 18 of New York, NY (San Francisco, CA), and Christopher Zuar, age 29 of New York, NY.

Composers receiving Honorable Mention this year are: Lucas Apostoleris, age 23 of Miami, FL (New Milford, CT); Mario Castro, age 28 of New York, NY (Humacao, Puerto Rico); Andrew Leung, age 15 of California; Gina Ramirez, age 19 of Los Angeles, CA; Jordan Seigel, age 28 of Sherman Oaks, CA (Los Angeles, CA); Sara Sithi–Amnuai, age 22 of Los Angeles, CA (Sydney, Australia); and Andrew Van Tassel, age 28 of New York, NY (Short Hills, NJ).

The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2017 competition were: Anat Cohen, Keyon Harrold, and Yosvany Terry.

The Newport Festival Foundation will feature one of the recipients of the Herb Alpert Awards during the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival in August.

Additional funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

About The Herb Alpert Foundation
The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non–profit, private foundation established in the early 1980's, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of Arts, Arts Education and Compassion and Well Being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and Foundation President Rona Sebastian play an active role. [The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.]

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

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Spelman College Museum of Fine Art Launches 2017 with a Solo Exhibition by Acclaimed Artist Mickalene Thomas

ATLANTA, GA—(Marketwired – February 03, 2017) – Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities,” an exhibition featuring new work by acclaimed painter, photographer, sculptor and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas, as a highlight of its 20th anniversary celebration. This solo exhibition, which is organized by the Aspen Art Museum, features photography, mirrored silkscreen portraits, film, video and site specific installations. Thomas edits together rich portraits of herself and iconic women from all aspects of culture–performers, comedians, dancers and other entertainers–at play in her life and in her art.

The exhibition encourages viewers to consider deeply, how personal and public figures have reflected, re–imagined and altered their own self–image to create a larger narrative of what it means to be a woman in today's society.

The exhibition makes its Southeast debut February 9, 2017, and will be on view at the Museum through May 20, 2017. “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities” continues Spelman's emphasis on serving as a cultural hub for the community–forging meaningful collaborations with renowned artists such as Thomas.

Thomas, whose work was included in the Museum's 2013 presentation of “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” and 2009 exhibition “Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities,” is inspired by a range of sources including art history, popular culture and feminist thought. By creating, manipulating and collaging the images and voices of a wide variety of women who inspire the artist, Thomas investigates and deconstructs conventional definitions of beauty, race and gender challenging stereotypes of how the female body is portrayed in the media. However, through collaging the women together — women she personally knows as well as women she admires — the exhibition can be seen as a portrait of the artist's personal world, literally and physically showing the artist alongside her own mentors, muses and celebrities.

“Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers),” a two–channel video projection, is one of the highlights of the exhibition. Through this chorus of sound bites by Black female comedians and singers such as Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Wanda Sykes and musical icons Josephine Baker, Whitney Houston, Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, among others. Thomas creates moving and at times riotous portraits that explore the relationship between language, gender, race and power.

“Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities” includes several noteworthy video–based works. “Angelitos Negros,” for example, features Eartha Kitt, who Thomas has revisited several times throughout her career. In her 1953 emotional performance about racial discrimination, Kitt demands that painters “Paint me some Black angels now,” a remake of a song by Andrés Blanco Guzman based on “Pintame angelitos negros” by Venezuelan poet Andrés Eloy Blanco. By manipulating Kitt's performance, Thomas subtly asserts herself as the conductor of a larger orchestra, as she selectively cues different video montages at a time. The selected footage then serves as her instruments, or as an ensemble, wildly performing in harmony.

“Me as Muse” is a multimedia video installation in which Thomas challenges and disrupts historical perceptions of beauty, fictional spaces, and traditional gender roles. In this video, Thomas incorporates her own reclined nude body; she rehearses the very act of painting and stretches the boundaries of art history itself. As such, she introduces new spaces for Black women to occupy.

“Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities” introduces “Screen Tests,” a series of silent films that are inspired by Andy Warhol's “Screen Tests.” In these experiments, she pushes the boundaries of her practice and constructs a psychological examination of women subjects, allowing the viewer and sitters' gazes to interlock.

The exhibition also presents a new body of mirrored silkscreen portraits that are informed by the movie adaptation of “The Color Purple,” which Thomas initially saw with her mother when she was 14 years old. The interplay between all of the women in the film ignited an interest in gender and language that she regularly explores through her work. These mirrored silkscreen portraits feature layered, superimposed stills of the principal characters that capture their emotion, gestures and reactions, and literally reflect the complicated, shifting and overlapping roles and perceptions of women who represent diverse types of beauty, intelligence and strength.

Thomas transports viewers, inviting them to dwell in the dimly lit 1970s inspired interior settings including chairs, ottomans, and large floor pillows designed by Thomas. Situated throughout the exhibition, these lush salons include books by influential Black writers including Lorraine Hansberry, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, and many others. Within these tableaus without walls, Thomas makes the rich discourses, which are available to visitors, and further encourages them to engage, read, reflect and discuss their personal relationships to the images and ideas on view.

“'Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities' exemplifies the commitment that the Museum has had to championing the aesthetic and technological innovation made by Black women artists since it opened in 1996,” noted Museum Director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., C'93. “Thomas' continued and rigorous engagement with Black women muses resonates deeply with the intellectual, creative and activist charges that the Spelman College community continues to lead.”

Thomas created the works in “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities” in 2016 while she was the Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Aspen Art Museum. “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities” is curated by Courtenay Finn, curator at the Aspen Art Museum. According to Finn, “`Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities' is a timely and important celebration of the Black female body. The women in Thomas' work meet the camera [and the viewer] head on, simultaneously embodying boldness, vulnerability and power. In creating this collage celebrating diverse types of beauty, strength and intelligence, Thomas reminds us all of the multitude of ways to be a muse, mentor and celebrity.”

Thomas said, “The women in my work put up a formidable barrier to the cliches traditionally laid on them, specifically Black women in art. They look right back at the viewer with self–knowledge demanding to be seen while creating the impression of seeing right through the viewer. By depicting women of color, I'm raising their visibility and inserting their presence into an art historical conversation, portraying real women with their own unique history, beauty and background. I'm working to diversify the representation of Black women in art. I'm hoping that someone standing in front of my art will get the same feeling I got when I stood in front of the work of Carrie Mae Weems: a sense of possibility and accessibility. Just as my muses insist on their visibility and identity, I want my viewers to feel present with fierceness and boldness. I want them to claim their rightful space in the world.”

“Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities,” aligns with #BeYourOwnMuse, the Museum's 20th anniversary interactive campaign, which encourages viewers to define their own voices and creative potential.

Due to mature content and adult language, visitor discretion is advised.

“Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities,” is organized by the Aspen Art Museum. Spelman College's presentation is made possible by the Wish Foundation and the LUBO Fund.

RELATED EVENTS

Opening Reception
ART PAPERS LIVE
On Thursday, February 9, the Museum and Art Papers magazine in collaboration with Atlanta Celebrates Photography will host ART PAPERS LIVE. Mickalene Thomas will be in conversation with Beverly Guy–Sheftall, Ph.D., C'66, a Black feminist scholar, the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College, and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies and English. They will discuss the compelling body of work in the exhibition, the array of topics that inform Thomas' work, the role of artists as storytellers, current projects and much more. Admission is free. However, capacity is limited and registration is required through museum.spelman.edu.

Throughout the run of the exhibition the Museum will host several exhibition–related programs including Yoga in the Museum, a panel discussion with artists, Community Conversations, film–screenings and more. Please see museum.spelman.edu for the complete list of programs.

About the Artist
Mickalene Thomas is a 2015 United States Artists Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow and a distinguished visual artist, filmmaker and curator whose work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She is known for paintings that combine art historical, political and pop–cultural references. Her work introduces complex notions of femininity and challenges common definitions of beauty and aesthetic representations of women.

Thomas holds a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She's held solo museum exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, George Eastman House, New York and L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, Monaco. Recent solo exhibitions include “Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady”? at MOCA Grand, Los Angeles, “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities,” at Aspen Art Museum, “Waiting on a Prime–Time Star” at Newcomb Art Museum and “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs” at Aperture Foundation, New York, which is scheduled to travel to several venues across the United States through 2018, featuring her notably curated exhibition “tête–à–tête.” Her work has been a part of numerous group exhibitions, including “Us is Them” at Pizzuti Collection, “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze” at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, “Fifty Years After: Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas, LaToya Ruby Frazier” at James Barron Gallery and the exhibition “30 Americans,” which is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami and has been featured at many institutions since 2008. Thomas' work is in many permanent collections including San Francisco MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Guggenheim, Seattle Art Museum, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, MoMA PS1, New York, among many others.

Thomas is represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels. She lives and works in New York, and serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Museum, Children's Museum of the Arts, MoCADA, MoMA PS 1, BOMB Magazine and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

About Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

In “Six Reasons to Love Atlanta,” CNN.com praised the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art for its “fantastically curated exhibitions” that focus on art by and about women of the African Diaspora. Since the Museum opened in 1996, it has established an impressive track record for organizing first–rate, mission–specific, art exhibitions that expand art offerings in Atlanta and the southeast region. It has garnered a reputation for organizing exhibitions that merit national and international attention. Milestones include being selected as the first institution from the United States that jointly (along with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston) represented the United States at the 2012 Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba. The Museum is poised to continue its trajectory of pursuing ambitious relevant projects that have a lasting impact. For more information visit museum.spelman.edu.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College's picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Sam's Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman's first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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Choral Music Composer Morten Lauridsen, Jazz Composer Maria Schneider and Broadway's Pasek & Paul Among Honorees at the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Honors

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – December 15, 2016) – The ASCAP Foundation last night honored acclaimed choral music composer Morten Lauridsen and groundbreaking jazz composer and bandleader Maria Schneider with The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award. The accolades were presented at The 2016 ASCAP Foundation Honors at the Appel Room and Ertegun Atrium in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award is presented by The ASCAP Foundation to an ASCAP writer member for his or her outstanding accomplishments as a composer, songwriter, performer, arranger or vocalist in any genre. The 21st annual event also honored and featured performances from scholarship and award recipients in an array of music genres including classical, jazz, musical theater, pop, country and rhythm & soul, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation.

Tony and Emmy–nominated songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul received the Harold Adamson Lyric Award. The team opened the show with “Waving Through a Window” from their award–winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen (Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie Award, Helen Hayes Award, Drama Desk Award). Pasek & Paul also have original material featured in recent Hollywood hits La La Land and The Trolls.

The Maria Schneider Duo celebrated Schneider's honor with a performance of her composition “Walking By Flashlight.” Other outstanding performances by this year's honorees included “Good Go Bad,” from Brad Blackburn, Leon Brettler Award winner; “Heart Like a Phoenix,” from Kate Copeland, Robert Allen Award winner; “Breaking Point,” from Roxy Coss, Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award winner; “New York City Lights,” from Charles Duke, “Reach Out and Touch” Award winner in honor of Nick Ashford; “Bad Night in Heaven” from Kison, Desmond Child Anthem Award winner; and “Point G” from Ali Can Puskulcu, Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner.

The show closed with the performance of an excerpt of Morten Lauridsen's “Sure On This Shining Night” by the Schola Cantorum on Hudson Vocal Ensemble. A complete list of 2016 ASCAP Foundation Scholarship and Award recipients follows:

THE ASCAP FOUNDATION 2016 HONOREES

LIFE IN MUSIC AWARD – MORTEN LAURIDSEN

LIFE IN MUSIC AWARD – MARIA SCHNEIDER

Harold Adamson Lyric Awards

Country Lonnie Lee Fowler

Musical Theatre Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

R&S Niré Alldai, Aaron 'ys' Dales,

Raleigh Dunn (of TheVAMP), Maya Milan, Frankie P,

Cesar “Pearl Gates” Perez, Jr. & Rent Money

Pop Justin Hariz & Ben Samama [Oktavian]

Robert Allen Award

Kate Copeland

Cheín Garcia Alonso Scholarship

Jorddy Romero

Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards

Emily Bear, David Bernot, Paul Bloom, Esteban Castro, Mario Castro, Michael Conrad, Roxy Coss, Natalie Dietz, Lukas Gabric, Joshua Green, Dave Hassell, Taylor Herron, Gene Knific, Jodie Landau, Remy Le Boeuf, Roos Plaatsman, Jonathan Saraga, Jeremy Siskind & Christopher Zuar

Honorable Mentions – Andrew D. Herring,

Andrew Karboski, Josh Shpak, Alexander Weitz

& Matthew Whitaker

Harold Arlen Film & TV Award

Jules Pegram

Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award

Andrea Daly

Louis Armstrong Scholarships

at Queens College

Jacques Boudreau

at the University of New Orleans

Jack Vogt

“Reach Out and Touch” Award

in honor of Nick Ashford

Charles Duke

Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship

Arté Warren

Leonard Bernstein Award

Saevar Rodine

Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship

Alexandra Tamashunas

Boosey & Hawkes Young Composer Award

honoring Aaron Copland

Lila Meretzky

Leon Brettler Award

Brad Blackburn

Irving Burgie Scholarship

Shania Wilcox

Irving Caesar Scholarships

Leah Brekke, Marcandrew Martinez

Sammy Cahn Award

Caylee Anna Hammack

Desmond Child Anthem Award

Kison

Eunice & Hal David Merit Award

Caleb Collins

Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship

Willie Beaton II

Matthew Wong

Jamie deRoy & friends Award

Shelly Markham

DreamWorks Animation

Musical Theatre Scholarship

in honor of Stephen Schwartz

Mina Bloom, Rachel Gilbert, Tristan Mclntyre,

Dylan Schifrin, Bailey Share–Aizic & Juan Solis

Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell

City College Scholarship

honoring George & Ira Gershwin

Jasmin Klinger

Max Dreyfus Scholarship

Rachel Dean

Fellowship for Composition at
The Aspen Musical Festival & School

Andrew Hsu

Ira Gershwin Scholarship

Allie Quan

Jay Gorney Award

Scott Evan Davis

Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Natalie Dietterich – Leo Kaplan Award

Paris Lavidis – Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship

Daniel Allas, Ermir Bejo, Trevor Bumgarner, Thérèse–Marie Chaix, Thomas Dougherty, Jess Larsen, Sky Macklay, David Mettens, Ali Can Puskulcu, Marco–Adrián Ramos, Jake Runestad, Barry Sharp & Alyssa Weinberg

Honorable Mentions – Frazar P. Henry,

Joel Rust, Peter Shin & Phil Taylor

Harold Heiberg Vocal/Accompanying

Scholarships

Rebecca Hansen, Levi Hernandez

Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize

Anthony Hurd, Rhetta Kampel,

Brian Ross Klimowski, Morgan Kruger

Fred Ho Award

Marie Incontrera

Bart Howard Scholarship

at Belmont University

Christine Mason Schmitt

at Berklee College of Music

Julia Battistin, Jeffrey Gaiser

BMG Scholarship

in honor of Quincy Jones

Jillian Young

Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Award

Marco ValerIo Antonini

Michelle & Dean Kay Award

Nicolas Repetto

Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarship

Emma Wernig

Frederick Loewe Scholarship

Benji Goldsmith

Barbara & John LoFrumento Award

Music Conservatory of Westchester

Music Therapy Institute

Eastchester School District

Henry Mancini Music Fellowship

Michael Dean Parsons

Johnny Mandel Prize

Christopher Zuar

Vic Mizzy Scholarship

Erik DeLong

Rudolf Nissim Prize

Vincent Calianno

Cole Porter Award

Brett Ryback

Louis Prima Award

Brian Richburg, Jr.

Joe Raposo Children's Music Award

Dan Bern

Joan & Irwin Robinson Scholarship

Anthony Kott

Betty Rose Scholarship

Drew Mikuska

David Rose Award

Dan Martinez

Jimmy Van Heusen Award

Maxwell Karmazyn

Mariana & Paul Williams

Sunlight of the Spirit Award

Nick Patyk

Lucille & Jack Yellen Award

Shaina Taub

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascapfoundation.org, on Twitter @ascapfoundation, and on Facebook.

MARCH: BOOK THREE makes history by winning National Book Award

SAN DIEGO, CA—(Marketwired – Nov 18, 2016) – March: Book Three, published by Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing, a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings (OTC PINK: IDWM), received an unprecedented honor when it became the first graphic novel to ever receive the National Book Award. Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell were present to accept the award.

The March trilogy depicts Lewis's firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting on the role of young people in the “nonviolent revolution” of the 1960s and its direct legacy in the modern day. Its previous honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. March is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“This is unbelievable,” said Congressman Lewis after receiving the award from Katherine Paterson, chair of the Young People's Literature award jury. His voice shook with obvious emotion as he recalled a childhood visit to the public library in rural Alabama, where “we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. Now, to come here and receive this award, with these two… it's too much.”

Nate Powell dedicated the award to his children “and their generation that will inherit this earth,” as well as to the incoming president of the United States, expressing a wish that it might transform his heart.

“There are two important lessons from this,” concluded Andrew Aydin, after many thank–yous. “One is that the story of the Movement must be told. We all must know it, if we are to understand the politics of today. And two: let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.”

Archived video of the ceremony's livestream is available online at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/92795242.

The three volumes of March are available wherever books are sold, separately as well as together in a slipcase set.

About March:
“Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands.” — President Bill Clinton

“With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first–hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” — LeVar Burton

March is one of the most important graphic novels ever created — an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I'm stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis's story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders.” — Raina Telgemeier

“An incredible accomplishment. It is the history of John Lewis, the Civil Rights Movement and his role in it… a book that explains — more deeply than anything else I've ever read — the methods and the moral foundations of the civil rights movement, how civil rights activists did what they did and won what they won, and how they had the strength to do it in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.” — Rachel Maddow

“Brave acts of civil disobedience… [give] March its educational value even as Powell's drawings give Lewis's crisp narration an emotional power.” The New York Times

“There is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than March.” The Washington Post

“Essential reading… March is a moving and important achievement… the story of a true American superhero.” USA Today

“A riveting chronicle of Lewis's extraordinary life… it powerfully illustrates how much perseverance is needed to achieve fundamental social change.” O, The Oprah Magazine

March offers a poignant portrait of an iconic figure that both entertains and edifies, and deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and Maus.” Entertainment Weekly

About Top Shelf Productions
Top Shelf Productions, based in Marietta, Georgia, has published critically acclaimed and popularly beloved graphic novels since 1997. Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, Top Shelf continues to showcase the vanguard of the comics medium, publishing works of literary sophistication, visionary artistry, and personal resonance.

About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing's comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world's most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney's classic characters. At IDW's core is its commitment to creator–owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V–Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci–fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award–winning imprints: Top Shelf Productions, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games' diverse line–up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X–Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment currently serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America's Dirk Gently, based the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network.

Forward Looking Statements
All statements above that are not purely about historical facts, including, but not limited to, those in which we use the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “target” and similar expressions, are forward–looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these forward–looking statements represent our current judgment of what may happen in the future, actual results may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by these statements due to numerous important factors. Our filings with the SEC provide detailed information on such statements and risks, and should be consulted along with this release. To the extent permitted under applicable law, we assume no obligation to update any forward–looking statements.

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MARCH: BOOK THREE makes history by winning National Book Award

SAN DIEGO, CA—(Marketwired – Nov 18, 2016) – March: Book Three, published by Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing, a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings (OTC PINK: IDWM), received an unprecedented honor when it became the first graphic novel to ever receive the National Book Award. Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell were present to accept the award.

The March trilogy depicts Lewis's firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting on the role of young people in the “nonviolent revolution” of the 1960s and its direct legacy in the modern day. Its previous honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. March is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“This is unbelievable,” said Congressman Lewis after receiving the award from Katherine Paterson, chair of the Young People's Literature award jury. His voice shook with obvious emotion as he recalled a childhood visit to the public library in rural Alabama, where “we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. Now, to come here and receive this award, with these two… it's too much.”

Nate Powell dedicated the award to his children “and their generation that will inherit this earth,” as well as to the incoming president of the United States, expressing a wish that it might transform his heart.

“There are two important lessons from this,” concluded Andrew Aydin, after many thank–yous. “One is that the story of the Movement must be told. We all must know it, if we are to understand the politics of today. And two: let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.”

Archived video of the ceremony's livestream is available online at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/92795242.

The three volumes of March are available wherever books are sold, separately as well as together in a slipcase set.

About March:
“Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands.” — President Bill Clinton

“With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first–hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” — LeVar Burton

March is one of the most important graphic novels ever created — an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I'm stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis's story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders.” — Raina Telgemeier

“An incredible accomplishment. It is the history of John Lewis, the Civil Rights Movement and his role in it… a book that explains — more deeply than anything else I've ever read — the methods and the moral foundations of the civil rights movement, how civil rights activists did what they did and won what they won, and how they had the strength to do it in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.” — Rachel Maddow

“Brave acts of civil disobedience… [give] March its educational value even as Powell's drawings give Lewis's crisp narration an emotional power.” The New York Times

“There is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than March.” The Washington Post

“Essential reading… March is a moving and important achievement… the story of a true American superhero.” USA Today

“A riveting chronicle of Lewis's extraordinary life… it powerfully illustrates how much perseverance is needed to achieve fundamental social change.” O, The Oprah Magazine

March offers a poignant portrait of an iconic figure that both entertains and edifies, and deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and Maus.” Entertainment Weekly

About Top Shelf Productions
Top Shelf Productions, based in Marietta, Georgia, has published critically acclaimed and popularly beloved graphic novels since 1997. Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, Top Shelf continues to showcase the vanguard of the comics medium, publishing works of literary sophistication, visionary artistry, and personal resonance.

About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing's comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world's most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney's classic characters. At IDW's core is its commitment to creator–owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V–Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci–fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award–winning imprints: Top Shelf Productions, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games' diverse line–up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X–Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment currently serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America's Dirk Gently, based the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network.

Forward Looking Statements
All statements above that are not purely about historical facts, including, but not limited to, those in which we use the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “target” and similar expressions, are forward–looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these forward–looking statements represent our current judgment of what may happen in the future, actual results may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by these statements due to numerous important factors. Our filings with the SEC provide detailed information on such statements and risks, and should be consulted along with this release. To the extent permitted under applicable law, we assume no obligation to update any forward–looking statements.

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Bobby Bones Honored With Partners in Music Award at 2016 ASCAP Country Music Awards

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – November 04, 2016) – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) presented its Partners in Music Award to Bobby Bones, host of iHeartMedia's “The Bobby Bones Show,” at its 54th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, October 31 at Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The event also honored the writers and publishers of country music's most–performed songs of 2015 before an audience of distinguished Nashville songwriters, top country stars and music industry leaders.

The Partners in Music Award recognizes an ASCAP licensee who has shown exceptional dedication in presenting ASCAP members' music to the public. ASCAP Creative Director Robert Filhart presented the award to Bones for his unwavering support of emerging and established ASCAP songwriters and artists on his nationally–syndicated, award–winning country radio program, “The Bobby Bones Show.” Fast–rising country music star Kelsea Ballerini, whom Bones championed early in her career, opened the show with a performance of her hit song, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

“We salute Bobby Bones for his genuine commitment to exposing new country music on his program,” said Vincent Candilora, ASCAP EVP Licensing. “By giving songwriters the opportunity to be heard by his broad and influential audience, he helps everyone – songwriters and radio succeed, and music listeners get to enjoy great new music.”

Bobby Bones, dubbed by New York Times as “the biggest thing in country radio,” has proven to be one of the genre's most influential tastemakers, breaking some of country music's freshest talent. The host of iHeartMedia's “The Bobby Bones Show” reaches millions of listeners on nearly 100 stations.

“Bobby Bones And The Raging Idiots,” the comedy group comprised of Bones and Producer Eddie, recently released THE RAGING KIDIOTS: KIDDY UP! on Black River Entertainment. With the aim of educating and entertaining the younger set, the album debuted last month as the top downloaded children's album. Sounds Like Nashville declared that the 12–track disc, co–written by Bones, showcases his ability to “fill lyrics with important lessons and a catchy tune that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head and [make you] remember what you learned, no matter how old you are.” The release came hot on the heels of the comedy group's #1 debut EP THE RAGING IDIOTS PRESENTS – THE RAGING KIDIOTS, as well as their #1 comedy album THE CRITICS GIVE IT 5 STARS.

Earlier this year Bones released BARES BONES: I'M NOT LONELY IF YOU'RE READING THIS BOOK (Dey Street Books), which spent four weeks on New York Times Bestsellers List after capturing the #1 spot on multiple lists including USA Today and Wall Street Journal.

About ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best–loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 600,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Outbrain Unveils Partner Network

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – October 18, 2016) – Outbrain, the world's leading premium content discovery platform, today announced the creation and launch of the Outbrain Partner Network (OPN). The OPN brings together a comprehensive range of content solutions and services with Outbrain's content discovery and amplification capabilities. Now marketers can leverage the OPN to successfully develop, distribute, amplify, and measure premium branded content that meets consumers' high expectations and drives engagement. With the rapid growth of Content Marketing and Content Distribution, a powerful ecosystem has emerged. The creation of the Outbrain Partner Network allows Outbrain and its partners to help marketers tap into this ecosystem and drive results.

“Content marketing continues to be a strong area of growth for brands and agencies and marketers are increasingly turning to the power of compelling content–driven customer journeys to drive results,” said Eric Hadley, Head of Marketing at Outbrain. “Outbrain has invested heavily in surfacing new opportunities for brands through innovation in targeting, analysis, and measurement. Now, through the Outbrain Partner Network, we will combine this with the specialist knowledge and solutions of our expert partners to offer a better way to create and scale content, allowing marketers to reach the right audiences in an authentic way.”

The Outbrain Partner Network is the latest commitment in bringing bold and impactful ideas to the digital marketing industry. Created to help align marketers with the best partners to leverage and benefit from the power of Outbrain, OPN offers a full suite of capabilities to build successful content marketing strategies, including: data and insights, tailored content management and optimization solutions, campaign planning and performance measurement tools, mobile–first interactive storytelling and commerce solutions, premium video development, social–media influencer access and distribution, and a full range of editorial content consulting and creation services. Through its full suite of capabilities the OPN affords a huge opportunity for marketers seeking to drive meaningful results from their digital content strategies and reach relevant audiences authentically, simply and at scale.

Outbrain, the first to market with its content discovery platform and the clear category leader, is one of the few marketing technology platforms with enough scale to be a true one–stop content marketing destination for the world's largest brands. Outbrain, which serves over 250 billion personalized content recommendations every month, continues to deliver tools, insights, education, and infrastructure that are as transformational for the marketing world, as its technologies have and continue to be for the publishing industry.

“Outbrain's OPN program provides a simplified solution for brand owners and marketers to curate and distribute premium content that will resonate with their audiences,” said John Hazard, VP of Enterprise Services, Contently. “By working with Outbrain we're truly delivering on the promise of technology platforms to make marketing simpler, better, and more impactful.”

The launch partners assembled to move digital marketing forward through OPN include: LiveRamp, Bluekai, Quantcast, Scripted, Contently, Simplereach, Brax, Bombora, GeistM and Zemanta.

Ryan Buckley, CEO of Scripted, commented: “Outbrain is a critical piece in the modern content marketing technology stack. One question our writing customers always ask at Scripted is how to get distribution for their posts. Outbrain is the answer, and that's why we are in their partner program. Our customers have been asking for this writing + distribution combo for years.”

Notes to Editors:
* Outbrain Amplify is a content discovery platform that enables brands and agencies to have their content appear as recommendations on publisher sites. We bring premium publishers and marketers of all sizes into the world's most vibrant content marketplace.

For almost a decade, Outbrain has been providing leading media properties with innovative solutions that help them engage their audiences. We began as the most robust organic content recommendation engine for publishers. Our publisher partners choose us because we drive deep engagement & discoverability of their organic content and open up new native revenue streams. [www.outbrain.com] .

About Outbrain
Outbrain (www.outbrain.com) is the world's leading premium content discovery platform, bringing personalized, relevant online, mobile and video content to audiences while helping publishers understand their audiences through data. Outbrain serves over 250 billion personalized content recommendations every month and reaches half a billion unique visitors* from across the globe.

Outbrain's expansion to some of the web's largest global properties is a reflection of its rapid growth and its successful innovations in supporting a new era of digital publishing. Top–tier premium publications that currently leverage the Outbrain platform include: ESPN, CNN, Le Monde, Fox News, The Guardian, Slate, The Telegraph, New York Post, Sky News, and Time Inc.

*comScore desktop reach only

Corum Client Punters.com.au to Be Acquired by News Corp Australia

SEATTLE, WA—(Marketwired – October 05, 2016) – Corum Group International, the leading global advisory firm for sellers of Internet, software and related technology companies, announced today that its client Punters.com.au, Australia's largest digital racing publisher, is being acquired by News Corp Australia.

“Luc [Pettett, CEO] and the team at Punters.com.au have built a remarkable online business, in a market where betting and sports are an essential part of Australian culture” said Corum Vice President Dan Bernstein, who led the transaction. “We look forward to watching the combination of Punters.com.au with News Corp bring the business to a whole new level.”

“We're very excited that News Corp will bring long–term security and further investment into the platform and continue to develop our vision,” said Pettett. “And we are grateful to Corum for ensuring we came together with the right partner who shares our vision of the growth of our business and the industry.”

“The acquisition of Punters.com.au deepens News Corp's commitment to racing and provides our 16 million monthly audience with an even more complete and integrated online and traditional media fan experience,” said Michael Miller, Executive Chairman of News Corp Australasia.

“The success of Punters.com.au is typical of many of the exciting Australian technology companies we are working with,” said Andy Hill, Corum's Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Brisbane. “Entrepreneurs who build successful companies in Australia have a unique opportunity in today's increasingly global M&A market. We look forward to more conversations with technology company CEOs, owners and investors as a part of our tech M&A educational series in November.”

Corum Group will present the half–day tech M&A workshop “Selling Up, Selling Out” in Melbourne and Sydney on 8 and 10 November respectively, and the 90–minute “Merge Briefing” market update in Brisbane on 9 November. Each event will be held at the offices of event co–sponsor DLA Piper. Further details can be found at www.corumgroup.com/australia.

About Corum Group
Corum Group is the global leader in merger and acquisition services, specializing in serving sellers of software and Internet companies worldwide. With offices globally, Corum has completed over US $7 billion in software M&A transactions over the last 30 years, spanning six continents. Corum also educates the industry with its popular conferences and publishes the most widely distributed software M&A research. Corum's M&A advisors are highly experienced former tech CEOs, who are supported by the industry's leading researchers, writers and valuators. Corum also does much to educate the industry with its conferences and webinars and the industry's most widely distributed software and IT M&A research.

About Punters.com.au
Punters.com.au is Australia's largest horse racing website. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the company was founded in 2008 and has grown into Australia's largest and most visited website for Form Guides, Tips and general horse racing news, reaching over 2M Australian horse racing fans every year.

About News Corp Australia
News Corp Australia is the country's leading media company and a subsidiary of News Corp, a global leader in media and information services. With a diverse portfolio of websites, mobile sites and apps plus national, metropolitan, regional and community newspapers, the company reaches a monthly audience of 16 million Australians.