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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc CEO Nigel Newton Reflects on Exceptional Year and Upgraded Forecasts

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Chief Executive Officer Nigel Newton joined Steve Darling from Proactive to share exciting news about the company's outstanding performance, marked by a remarkable 57% rise in annual profits. Bolstered by strong sales of titles from acclaimed authors like Sarah J Maas, Katherine Rundell, and Samantha Shannon, as well as the enduring popularity of the Harry Potter series, Bloomsbury Publishing is experiencing a surge in success. Maas, whose latest book 'Crescent City: House of Flame and Shadow' soared to the bestseller list in January, achieved an impressive 161% growth in sales, contributing significantly to the 49% jump in revenues from Bloomsbury's consumer division. Overall, the publisher's revenues surged by 30% to £342.7 million in the 12 months ended February 29, resulting in pre-tax profits of £48.7 million. Shareholders are set to benefit from a dividend of 39.11p per share, marking a substantial 59% increase compared to the previous year. Buoyed by its exceptional performance, Bloomsbury is confident in exceeding current consensus expectations for revenue and profit in the 2024/25 fiscal year. With a robust cash balance of £65.8 million, the company is well-equipped to invest in its business, authors, employees, and organic growth initiatives. Having completed 33 acquisitions since its inception, Bloomsbury remains actively engaged in seeking further opportunities, particularly in the realm of academic publishing. Newton attributes the company's success to the exceptional talent of its authors, the dedication of its global workforce, and its unique blend of literary and scholarly publishing. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

May 24, 2024 11:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Online Casino Site Instant Casino Partners with Italian Serie A Team Juventus

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Iconic Italian football club Juventus has announced top online gaming site Instant Casino will be its new regional partner in Europe. The agreement promises a wide range of entertainment opportunities and exclusive rewards for both Juventus fans and Instant Casino players. Alexandre Zodmi, Juventus Head of Partnerships Development and Academies, commented on the new partnership: “We are delighted to welcome Instant Casino to the Juventus family. Instant Casino shares our commitment to excellence and innovation, and we are confident that together, we will create unforgettable experiences for our fans.” Juventus & Instant Casino Sign Landmark Partnership The partnership between Juventus and Instant Casino aims to deliver an unforgettable chapter in sports entertainment. Despite being a relatively new brand, Instant Casino has quickly made a name for itself in the online gaming market, thanks to its instant payouts. The partnership aims to increase its brand visibility to a whole other level, making Instant Casino one of the most prominent new players into the iGaming industry. As per the agreement, Instant Casino will become an integral part of the Juventus ecosystem. For instance, the LED system at Allianz Stadium will feature the Instant Casino logo, accompanied by a range of exciting promotions. Moreover, the platform will offer opportunities for fans to win official jerseys and tickets to Juventus games. “We are honoured and excited to partner with the iconic Italian club Juventus”, said Greg Turner, the head of PR at Instant Casino. “We are looking forward to starting to work with Juventus, which has a rich history and has won countless trophies both domestically and in Europe. At Instant Casino, we will continue to disrupt the market with our simplified casino product, while also offering our players the fastest experience in the business” Website: Instant Casino X: https://twitter.com/_InstantCasino Telegram: https://t.me/Instant_Casino Contact Details PR News Group Alex Brown alex@prnewsgroup.com

May 24, 2024 08:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Catalyst Marketing Agency Wins Prestigious Awards for Creative Brand Campaign

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Catalyst, a leading global marketing agency headquartered in Denver, Colorado, wins multiple awards for the high-performing brand campaign they created for Streamlabs, a division of Logitech. These accolades highlight the agency’s commitment to creativity, strategic execution, and impactful storytelling. The award-winning campaign, titled “Unleash Your Live,” showcases live streamers who have built communities around their passions by using Streamlabs’ comprehensive suite products. This initiative not only captivated the live-streaming creators, but also significantly boosted brand awareness and engagement for Streamlabs. “We are incredibly honored to be recognized for our work on the Unleash Your Live campaign,” said Carlos Musquez, executive creative director at Catalyst Marketing Agency. “Our team put a tremendous amount of passion and creativity into this project, and it is rewarding to see our efforts acknowledged by industry peers and professionals.” The campaign earned accolades in the following categories: Silver Telly Award for Online Commercials Silver American Advertising Award for Internet Commercials Platinum Muse Creative Award for Social Media Gold Hermes Creative Award for Strategic Campaigns Each award underscores the agency’s expertise in delivering highly creative marketing solutions that drive results. The Unleash Your Live campaign was particularly noted for its creative design, strategic insight, and unique collaboration. Streamlabs also shared in the excitement of these achievements. Mikey Kilun, global head of marketing at Streamlabs, stated, “Working with Catalyst has been a transformative experience for our brand. Their ability to understand our vision and translate it into a compelling and effective campaign has been instrumental in our success.” As Catalyst Marketing Agency continues to push the boundaries of creativity and strategy in the marketing world, these awards serve as a testament to the agency’s dedication to excellence and innovation. About Catalyst Marketing Agency Catalyst is an award-winning creative marketing agency that prevents brands from being ignored. The agency offers a wide range of services, including branding, digital marketing, content creation, and strategic planning. Catalyst is dedicated to relentlessly helping brands connect with their audience in more meaningful ways, even when it defies convention. Contact Details Catalyst Marketing Agency Robin Emiliani robin@catalystmarketing.io Company Website https://catalystmarketing.io/

May 23, 2024 01:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

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Comcast Announces Major Fiber Network Expansion in UT

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Comcast announced today it will continue to significantly expand its next-generation Xfinity network across several Utah counties over the next three years. The media and technology company will invest more than $138 million to install hundreds of miles of new fiber highways capable of delivering multi-gigabit speed. The planned expansions add to Comcast’s ongoing $500 million investment in Utah over the last three years. In 2024, Comcast’s fiber network expansion will include communities in the counties of Box Elder, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch, Weber and Utah County, parts of which already have access to Xfinity and Comcast Business services. These locations will have the foundational next-generation network in place to begin deploying DOCSIS 4.0, setting the stage for the introduction of new symmetrical multi-gigabit Internet options. “Comcast’s $138M multi-gig speed fiber network expansion in Utah is a visionary investment in our state’s future,” said Utah Governor Spencer Cox. “By bolstering our fiber infrastructure, we’re not just enhancing connectivity; we’re future-proofing Utah’s economy and ensuring more Utahns have access to the digital opportunities of tomorrow.” “Reliable high-speed Internet is essential in today’s digital economy, which is why Comcast continues its commitment to connect more Utahns to the moments that matter most,” said J.D. Keller, Senior Vice President, Comcast Mountain West Region. “By establishing the best broadband infrastructure today, we are securing the economic prosperity of these communities for tomorrow.” Comcast’s commitment to new communities goes beyond the build, addressing digital opportunities in communities through Project UP, the company’s $1 billion dollar commitment to help tens of millions of people connect to the Internet and build futures of unlimited possibilities. Last year, Comcast Utah invested more than $4.6 million dollars to help local community organizations provide hands on digital skills training, offer workforce development/readiness workshops and other tech education to students, adults and people with disabilities. The funding also supports ongoing efforts to build awareness about affordable connectivity services like Internet Essentials, which offers eligible households high-speed Internet for $9.95/month or Internet Essentials Plus for $29.95/month. Affordable computers are also available through Internet Essentials. “Comcast’s major fiber network expansion in Tooele heralds a new era of connectivity for Tooele County,” said. Andy Welch, Tooele County Manager. “With this expansion, we’re not just bridging the digital divide; we’re laying the foundation for our community’s future. As the fastest growing county in Utah, Tooele is poised for unprecedented population growth and business development. This investment ensures we have the infrastructure in place to support and empower every resident and entrepreneur as we pay the way for a vibrant, connected future.” Through Project UP, Comcast is partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake to offer youth opportunities to develop the technology skills necessary to compete in today’s competitive workforce and obtain sustainable employment. Over the last two years, Comcast provided $140,000 in cash and in-kind to Utah Boys and Girls Clubs to fund technology training and six community WiFi-connected Lift Zones so families can get online when they need it most. One of those Lift Zones is the Tooele Boys and Girls Clubs, where Comcast is supporting their STEM learning – specifically in Esports. "Comcast's network expansion is pivotal for Tooele Youth," said Amanda Hughes, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, CEO. "With this project and the new Comcast Lift Zone, we're not just connecting homes; we're overcoming the digital divide. Partnerships – like this one with Comcast – empower our young minds with vital tech skills and ensure access to the tools they need to thrive in today's digital landscape." For more construction details and updates, visit https://utah.comcast.com/network-expansion/ Powered by Xfinity Comcast’s network and Internet experience are powering homes today and into the future. Ultimate Capacity: Xfinity customers connect more than 1 billion devices across the company’s network annually. With the next-generation Xfinity gateways we deliver the most advanced WiFi technology carrying three times more bandwidth to power streaming, gaming, videoconferencing, and more, simultaneously. Fastest Internet: Approximately a third of Xfinity Internet customers subscribe to gigabit speed products. Recently Comcast connected the first customers in the world to a DOCSIS 4.0 connection, delivering symmetrical gig speeds over existing connections in customers’ homes with plans to continue to rollout these speeds across the country over the coming years. Unprecedented Coverage: The latest Xfinity Gateway provides a more reliable connection throughout the home. Customers can get wall-to-wall WiFi coverage with a powerful WiFi Boost Pod that extends coverage to hard-to-reach areas of the home. Most Reliable Connection: Comcast is scaling the nation’s largest and most reliable network that passes 62 million homes and business and counting. The company launched Storm-Ready WiFi, a new device that comes powered with cellular and battery backup to help keep customers connected even when the power goes out. Ultra-Low Latency: The Xfinity network and the latest Xfinity Gateway are a powerful combination that deliver ultra-low latency for those moments when response times matter most like video games, a fast-growing category with Xfinity households averaging more than one gaming console per home. The Xfinity network is also self-monitoring and uses artificial intelligence to detect potential problems before they arise, delivering a reliable connection that is up and running in customers’ homes 99.9% of the time. For local businesses, Comcast Business offers a suite of connectivity, communications, networking, cybersecurity, wireless, and managed solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest-growing providers of Ethernet services. Contact Details Deneiva Knight +1 520-345-9792 deneiva_knight@comcast.com Company Website https://utah.comcast.com/

May 22, 2024 03:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

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Jessica Dalziel Elevated to Chief Client Officer at Avenue Z

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Avenue Z, a strategic marketing and communications company announces the appointment of Jessica Dalziel as its Chief Client Officer. Dalziel brings over 15 years of experience in unlocking top-tier solutions, fostering innovative thinking, and harnessing exceptional talent across strategic accounts. With this appointment, she will oversee the full breadth of client relationships across the Company. "Our strategy revolves around nurturing the growth and success of our clients across multiple channels. To accomplish this, we're embracing a more client-centric approach than ever before," stated Jeffrey Herzog, Chairman and CEO of Avenue Z." Jess’ natural leadership talents and steadfast connections bolster and accelerate our commitment to industry-wide revolution, amplifying customer experiences along the way." Dalziel will enhance client experience through solutions tailored to each client's unique needs and business goals, elevate service delivery standards, and fortify Avenue Z's reputation as a trusted advisor in the industry. In this role, Dalziel will report to the company’s COO, Dave Johnson. “Jess has been pivotal in shaping NightWise’s strategic marketing initiatives, elevating our brand's presence, and fostering smooth, productive collaborations with her exceptional talent and friendly demeanor”, said Danny Rinaldi Founder & CEO of NightWise. "Her adept management of complex projects has positioned us as frontrunners in the sleep industry, while her partnership with every team member has greatly contributed to our successes." Dalziel shared, “Many agencies focus solely on advancing technologies such as AI or the latest trends. A successful client strategy harnesses both but never loses sight of human empathy and trust. It delves into the intricacies of each client's needs, enabling our teams to tailor solutions that resonate on a deeper level and drive impactful results. I’m thrilled to leverage my background to strengthen our client relationships and bring unparalleled value alongside the talented team at Avenue Z”. Before joining Avenue Z, Dalziel served as the VP of Strategic Accounts at Investis Digital in New York. In this role, she spearheaded business growth, innovative processes, and resources, with a keen focus on business development and nurturing client relationships. Prior to that, Dalziel held value-creation positions at Isobar, a dentsu company, where she adeptly coordinated project plans on a global scale, seamlessly integrating them across diverse stakeholders. Dalziel earned her MBA from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and a bachelor's degree in Advertising from Grand Valley State University. Avenue Z is a strategic marketing and communications company breaking traditional boundaries between marketing, advertising and PR. From the Wall Street Journal to TikTok, PR to social and search, we create narratives that drive commerce, connections, and conversion, across all channels. With experts, tech and teams based in New York, Boston, Orlando, Miami and global reach - we drive influence. Visit www.avenuez.com Contact Details Avenue Z Madeleine Worrall +1 817-808-1521 madeleine.worrall@bevelpr.com

May 21, 2024 09:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Mediazest's Geoff Robertson on audio-visual solutions for big brands and market expansion

Mediazest PLC

Mediazest PLC CEO Geoff Robertson gives Proactive's Stephen Gunnion an overview of the company's operations and recent developments. Mediazest, an audiovisual solutions provider, operates in markets such as retail, automotive showrooms, and workspace offices. The company, established nearly 20 years ago, counts well-known brands like Pets at Home, Hyundai, and Jaguar Land Rover among its clients. Mediazest focuses on a holistic, consultative approach, ensuring high-quality delivery and ongoing support. Robertson highlighted the company's European expansion with a Dutch subsidiary established in late 2022, which has enabled better service for EU clients. Following a challenging 2023, Mediazest has seen improvements in 2024, with a positive trading update indicating a strong first half and a promising second half of the year. Robertson mentioned the potential for both organic growth and acquisitions to expand their market presence, noting the ripe conditions for consolidations within the industry. Looking ahead, Mediazest aims to capitalise on opportunities in digital signage, electric vehicle showrooms, and hybrid meeting technologies. Robertson expressed optimism about the company's ability to leverage these trends and deliver value to its clients. Contact Details Proactive UK Proactive UK +44 20 7989 0813 UKEditorial@proactiveinvestors.com

May 17, 2024 02:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Phrasly.AI introduces AI Bypass Technology for Digital and Content Creators.

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Phrasly.AI is a newly established digital platform for AI-powered content creation and humanization. In the latest record, the company has announced the launch of its new feature of AI Bypass Technology. This feature is developed to improve and alter the landscape of AI-humanized content. The AI humanizer feature of Phrasly.AI enhances capabilities, empowering writers to produce more nuanced and contextually accurate human-like content. Since its launch in the late 2023, Phrasly.AI has quickly grown as preferred tool for writers aiming to bypass AI detectors. In just a year, Phrasly.AI has changed the narratives and set new boundaries of content creation, enabling professional writers, marketers, and students to produce content that truly engages readers by making robotic content sound human. Moving forward, the AI detector of Phrasly.AI distinguishes itself from other AI bypass tools through its advanced AI detection technology and user-friendly interface. These features ensure that users, regardless of their technical knowledge and experience, can easily bypass AI detectors. Phrasly.AI’s innovative technology generates accurate, reliable and adeptly distinguishing between human and AI-generated content- a feat even human struggles with. With the new developments, AI Bypass Technology facilitates its users with following features: AI Detection: AI Humanization: Content Creation: Furthermore, the AI Bypass Technology leverages advanced natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning algorithms to analyze the content’s purpose and target audience. It then applies sophisticated linguistic adjustments, incorporating industry-specific jargon, regional dialects, and appropriate tones to make the content sound naturally human. Writers can easily access the feature through Phrasyl.AI’s intuitive interface. By simply selecting the desired context from a dropdown menu, users can instantly transforms their content to meet the specific requirement of their audience. This new feature integrates seamlessly with Phrasly.AI’s existing tools, providing a comprehensive solution for content creation and humanization. Consequently, with the release of the AI Bypass Technology, Phrasyl.AI continues to focus on to address a significant need for businesses and individuals alike, offering a powerful tool to overcome the challenges posed to traditional content detectors and creating content that truly speaks human readers. About the Company – Phrasly.AI Phrasyl.AI is an AI-powered platform developed to empower writers, marketers, and business with innovative AI bypass technology. Since its launch in 2023, the platform has transformed content creation by providing tools that make robotic content sound human. For further details, potential content creators and writers can visit the following links: Website | LinkedIn | X Contact Details Phrasly LLC Daniel P. +1 302-203-9836 daniel@phrasly.ai Company Website https://phrasly.ai

May 17, 2024 12:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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How WiSA Technologies’ (NASDAQ: WISA) Latest Product, WiSA E, Is Revolutionizing The Audio Industry

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By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga WiSA Technologies (NASDAQ: WISA) has emerged as a leader in the audio and video entertainment sector through its pioneering wireless technology. With its latest innovation launched in 2023, WiSA E, the company looks poised to revolutionize the industry and solidify its position as the premier solution for high-quality wireless audio for home entertainment (across multiple channels). This innovative spatial audio technology offers up to eight independent channels of HD audio, providing an immersive listening experience. WiSA E transmits and receives uncompressed 24-bit 48 kHz sound over a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network. As a result, users can enjoy high-quality audio without any lag or latency issues. One of the key features of WiSA E is its interoperability with other certified WiSA E-enabled devices. The WiSA Association has established an interoperability standard that certifies products as compatible with each other, thus creating an industry benchmark for superior audio quality. This means that WiSA E-enabled products can work flawlessly with any other certified WiSA E-enabled device, providing a hassle-free setup. “This is a game changer in the industry,” shared Brett Moyer, CEO of WiSA Technologies. “WiSA E will be used by a major CE manufacturer to embed high-quality immersive audio functionality in their devices – functionality that can be activated by the consumer in their home. This is significant because this new model seeds the market with WiSA E and gives the consumer the ability to upgrade their home entertainment system at any time they choose. With this model, WiSA has a built-in aftermarket revenue stream for the major consumer electronics TV, projector, and set-top manufacturers with each activation of its software. This was a strategic move for WiSA Technologies to convert its award-winning hardware into a software model.” WiSA Technologies Has Always Focused On Elevating Industry Standards From the beginning, the company focused on assembling talented teams across various departments, including research and development, sales, marketing and management. This strong foundation allowed WiSA to consistently prioritize innovation and deliver superior entertainment experiences. The formation of the WiSA Association was a pivotal moment in the company's trajectory. With over 70 members, the association has helped foster relationships with leading consumer electronics manufacturers. To ensure the success of WiSA E, WiSA Technologies has also introduced the Propel program, which encompasses several strategic initiatives. These initiatives include efforts to standardize industry solutions, achieve consistent revenue performance, reduce infrastructure costs and maximize long-term shareholder value. By forging partnerships with TV/audio speaker and chip manufacturers, WiSA Technologies aims to create new revenue streams through enhanced WiSA E technology. The company has developed stringent specifications compliance and fostered close working relationships with consumer electronics manufacturers and chip makers, enabling WiSA to produce high-volume, lower-cost solutions that will have a direct impact on the company's bottom line. By expanding interbrand operability among premier audio manufacturers and delivering premium technology solutions to mass-market audio systems, WiSA is solidifying its position as an industry innovator. Featured photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

May 17, 2024 08:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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THE MTV OF INDEPENDENT FILM!

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The 6th Annual Transparent Film Festival is set to take place at the iconic Producers Club in midtown Manhattan's Theatre District on June 13th, this festival will not only feature some of the best in Indie Film from over 1000 submissions world-wide but will also include the launch of ABFAB.COM, it’s digital app free streaming platform. ABFAB.COM aims to be the go-to hub for indie filmmakers, akin to what MTV did for musicians when it debuted in 1981, but with an expanded scope. With a commitment to showcasing diverse talents from across the globe, ABFAB.COM is not only partnering with festivals like Transparent Film Festival but also welcoming submissions directly from content creators. Phase 2 of its launch will broaden its scope to include comedians, theater groups, musicians, and more, in line with the original MTV ethos of celebrating creativity in all its forms. Brian McLane, the founder of Transparent Film Festival, emphasizes the need for platforms like ABFAB.COM to provide exposure and recognition to independent filmmakers, echoing the success of the festival in highlighting the abundance of talent in the indie film scene. Through ABFAB.COM 's 24-hour streaming network, every content creator will have a chance to display their work without the clutter of an app. “We want to do everything we can to promote independent filmmaking and independent filmmakers, so having been around when MTV first came out and seeing what that did for the music world, we wanted to create ABFAB.COM so all types of films from all over the world will have a home and a place to get exposure”, said McLane. Embracing the spirit of MTV's on-air VJs, ABFAB.COM is gearing up for worldwide auditions to find presenters who embody unity and individualism, much like the iconic personalities of MTV's golden era. Festival Co-Founder, Michael Farr said “It’s a cool time for content creators and on-air personalities so in addition to in-house productions like “Director’s Spotlight hosted by James Ylisela,” other ABFAB.COM original programming, plus the amazing content that gets submitted to us, we will pay homage to the MTV era by casting VJ’s to intro films and host content on the channel. As submissions for the 6th Annual Transparent Film Festival are now closed, the festival's commitment to reviewing every film in its entirety sets it apart, providing valuable feedback to content creators and ensuring a fair evaluation process. ABFAB.COM seeks to offer viewers an alternative to mainstream platforms, focusing on independent content creation and delivering a quality viewing experience. Festival Judge, Marc Mifsud said “We take great pride in the fact that we review each and every film that is submitted and provide direct feedback to filmmakers, I think the people who submit feel good knowing that their film will be reviewed and not just end up in a pile of films that never get a chance to be truly judged.“ For tickets to this year's festival or more information about Transparent Film Festival and ABFAB.COM, visit www.transparentfilmfest.com Don't forget to tune in to Transparent TV on Manhattan Cable Channel 34 Spectrum every Friday night at 12 midnight ET. About Transparent Film Festival: Founded by Brian McLane, Transparent Film Festival celebrates independent filmmaking by honoring each submission with a thorough review process that includes full viewing of every film submitted. With over 2500 films submitted in its first five years, the festival remains dedicated to its mission and is now in its 6th year, aiming for IMDb certification. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

May 16, 2024 02:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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