October 23, 2009 The Different Skies musicians gave a special performance to a group of students from the neighboring ORME School, as well as to a group of 50 students from the Facultad de Arquitectura y Diserto, Extension Ensenada, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. The students from Ensenada visited Arcosanti for an extensive architectural tour and enjoyed the impromptu liveliness of the music. [photo: Anna Tran & text: hk] 2009 Different Skies participants: [back row from left] Ivan Schwartz, Allen Goodman, Brian Good, Bill Marx, Rus Foster, Jonathan Mills, John Rossi III, Giles Reaves and John Krikawa. [front row from left] Greg Hurley, Bill Fox, Kevin Haller, Mike Metlay, Otso Pakarinen and Tim Walters. The weeks practice sessions culminate into a public performance on Saturday, October 24. 2009. The evening event will start with a complimentary tour at 5 pm, followed by Dinner in the Cafe at 6 pm, and the Concert starts at 7:30 pm. For ticket information call 928 632-7135. [photo & text: hk]
Swedish free and pay broadcaster TV4 Group posted revenues of SEK5.555 billion (€630 million) for the year, up from SEK5.365 billion in 2010. However operating profit fell from SEK826 million to SEK529 million, thanks in part to increased investment in programming.The company said that 2011 was its best year for audience ratings since monitoring began in 1994. The group’s channels scored a collective 31.4% rating in the 12-59 years age range.According to TV4, pay TV arm C More/Canal Plus managed to reverse some of the decline in subscribers that resulted from its 2010 loss of Premier League football rights in the second half of the year. The unit broadened its offering with the launch of the Canal Plus Family channel and the launch of Canal 9 in Norway. Johan Kleberg was named as CEO of C More in January, replacing Jonas Eriksson.
UK local TV operation London Live will stop making and buying entertainment series, and instead focus on news and current affairs programming.Programming execs such as head of programming and commissioning Jonathan Boseley and commissioning executive Derren Lawford – formerly BBC Worldwide’s head of programming and scheduling for the Global iPlayer – will be affected by the decision.They will be “reapportioned” to the London Live’s news and current affairs team, which is planning to create new positions in coming months.London Live, which is part of former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt’s local TV initiative, said a decision to boost news programming would have a “knock-on reduction” to original entertainment commissions and acquired programmes. This would align it closer with sister newspaper the London Evening Standard, itadded.This comes after ESTV, which provides London Live programming, called for media regulator Ofcom to reduce to number of local content the channel must air during peak hours.London Live’s original commissions include Food Junkies, F2 and Drag Queens of London, though the channel has struggled with small viewing figures since launch in March.“I am extraordinarily proud of what Jonathan Boseley and his team have achieved, in record time, and delivered on previously unheard-of tariffs, but I am also excited to take the station in a new editorial direction this autumn that will capitalise on ESI Media’s unique attributes to take the channel from strength to strength into its next season and beyond,” said London Live COO Tim Kirkman.The news is latest blow to Britain’s local TV initiative, coming just eight days after Birmingham’s City TV became the first to collapse and call in administrators.
Sonja BruggerFox Networks Group (FNG) Europe and Africa has appointed Sky buyer Sonja Brugger as vice president of acquisitions across the regions.Brugger will be based in London and begin her new role in October.She will lead content strategy and acquisitions. The regional operations include Fox branded channel feeds and the new non-linear product, Fox+, which was launched in France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Greece.Brugger will join FNG Europe & Africa after nine years at paycaster Sky. She is currently VP of content strategy and acquisitions at Sky Germany.Diego Londono, COO at FNG Europe & Africa, said: “Sonja is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ industry experience.“Her experience in both acquisition and content strategy, combined with her understanding of broadcaster and platform environments across basic pay, free-to-air and VOD will be hugely beneficial to our organisation as we continue to invest in must-have content and innovate in ways to make this content accessible.”UK culture, media and sport secretary of state Karen Bradley recently said she was minded to refer FNG parent 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky to the country’s competition watchdog.
Sky Deutschland will add Netflix to its Sky Q offering tomorrow as part of a new Entertainment Plus package, with Netflix recommendations and search integrated as part of the Sky Q experience.The new package, which will be available to Sky subscribers in Germany and Austria, will combine Sky original productions, international series, Sky box sets and a range of linear channels as well as Netflix, according to the operator.Entertainment Plus will give access to the Netflix standard offering, which provides up to two simultaneous HD streams, bringing shows including Narcos, Stranger Things and upcoming German-language original Dogs of Berlin to Sky Q users.Non-Netflix shows available as part of Entertainment Plus include Sky originals Das Boot, Der Pass and Acht Tage as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously with its US broadcast.All box sets and complete series will also be available as part of the Sky Go mobile TV offering.Recommendations from Netflix will be displayed on the home page of Sky Q and in the series section of the UI. Netflix content will also be integrated in to Sky Q’s text-based search capability.Sky is selling the new package at a discounted rate of €32.99 with a 24-month contract. Subscribers who wish to upgrade to Netflix Premium, offering 4K UHD and four simultaneous streams, can pay an additional €3, with the option to upgrade or cancel this at any time during the contract period.Marcello Maggioni, Sky Deutschland’s chief commercial officer, said that Sky was working with Netflix to enable customers to “find all their favourite programmes in the same place” with an offering that will enable them “to get their money’s worth more than ever”.Sky made Netflix available on Sky Q boxes in the UK market at the beginning of the month, integrating the streaming offering direct into its TV guide as part of a new Ultimate On Demand package, priced at £10 a month with access to Netflix and Sky box sets. In the UK, Netflix’s 4K option is available as part of the premium Sky Q Experience package.Sky Italia is expected to add Netflix to its Sky Q offering next year.
The victim told police that at least one of his attackers was carrying a firearm which was not used in the attack. MAN BEATEN BY ARMED GANG WITH METAL BAR IN BRUTAL DERRY ATTACK was last modified: June 25th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Police at Strand Road appeal after teenager attacked with metal bar in CregganTHE PSNI has launched an investigation after a man was viciously assaulted in Derry in the early hours of this morning.Police say the 19-year old-victim was walking between Glenowen Park and Forrest Park in the Creggan estate at around 4 am when three men pounced.He was struck a number of times with a metal bar, sustaining cuts and bruises to his face and body. Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Donnell said police at Strand Road are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone else with information about the brutal attack.Anyone with information can contact detectives on the 101 number, quoting reference number 332 25/06/17.Or information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111. CRegganFORREST PARKGLENOWEN PARKMAN BEATEN BY ARMED GANG WITH METAL BAR IN BRUTAL DERRY ATTACK