Project Angel Food celebrates its 25th Angel Awards Gala on Sat., August 22 at 6 p.m. at Taglyan Complex.The event will honor Entertainment Industry Foundation and Project Angel Food’s founder Marianne Williamson and founding team David Kessler, Ed Rada, Howard Rosenman and Freddie Weber for their many contributions to fulfilling the organization’s mission.Project Angel Food, which cooks and serves nutritious meals to Los Angeles residents battling critical illnesses, was founded by Marianne Williamson 25 years ago when the AIDS and HIV crisis emerged. Marianne and the founding team saw an urgent need to prepare and deliver nutritious meals for seriously ill individuals who were unable to shop and cook for themselves.“It’s wonderful to participate in Project Angel Food’s 25th Anniversary celebration – to both remember what was, and help them usher in a new chapter in the life of the organization,” says Marianne Williamson, Founder of Project Angel Food.Over the years, Project Angel Food has expanded its program to cook medically tailored meals for men and women who suffer from critical illnesses such as cancer, renal failure, congestive heart failure and diabetes. In 2010, the organization initiated its Urban Gardens program by turning donated land into community gardens to grow and harvest organic produce for inclusion in its meal preparation. As of today, Project Angel Food has served nine million meals and prepares 1,200 meals a day.Honoree recipient, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is a charitable organization that harnesses the collective power of the entertainment industry to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues. The Entertainment Industry Foundation has been proud to help Project Angel Food accomplish their goals and mission. Actress and model, Eva Mendes will accept the angel award on behalf of EIF.“For nearly two decades, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has been honored to support Project Angel Food in its mission to provide essential nourishment to those battling critical illnesses, including people living with cancer. Many of EIF’s health initiatives over that same period have focused on advancing cancer research, to improve how the disease is treated. Supporting Project Angel Food has always been a wonderful complement to those efforts, enabling EIF to positively impact more than just one facet of patients’ journeys,” said EIF president and CEO Lisa Paulsen. “It is humbling for EIF to receive this honor, and a privilege to continue supporting Project Angel Food’s truly important work.”Project Angel Food has benefitted from the continued support by members of Hollywood and the entertainment and fashion industries over the years. Longtime supporter and actress Frances Fisher and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette will present at the gala with a special performance by comedienne and actress from the hit TV show Glee, Jane Lynch.“The role that nonprofits play in our community is so important. Businesses must recognize this and demonstrate their support for organizations and their mission to better our local neighborhoods,” said longtime supporter Paul Marciano, co-founder of Guess? Inc.The Angel Awards Gala is the organization’s top fundraiser that enables them to feed and nourish the sick battling critical illnesses and in need of nutrition to survive. To learn more about the Awards Gala, to volunteer or to donate, please visit www.angelfood.org/angelawards2015.
ADVANTAGE COMPUTING SYSTEMSCindy MikolMarketing Director 1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? Consolidating, outsourcing—we are a fulfillment software business so it’s a little different than some of these other vendors. They want to try to get more functionality in one place. They kind of want one stop shopping. More people are asking us can you just do everything. They don’t want to have a server and hardware people. They want someone to provide it soup to nuts. That’s what we are hearing.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We are trying to be bullish. We are working really hard to adapt to the changes in the industry and it looks like we can do it. It looks to us that there will still be a place for our kind of software—at least for the near future. I don’t know beyond that what is going to happen to the industry, but I don’t think it’s going to go away. We are certainly are seeing less new business opportunities than we have in the last five years, but business is still good and we are getting new clients. Unfortunately a lot of them are in Europe, but that’s ok. The clients are a lot more global. We have to be bullish on it. It’s our life blood!3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?Significant not in a good way was the drying up of advertising in the business-to-business market. That just cut off a whole area of clients for us. But people want more business intelligence and we work to provide information on that. That’s a trend.LITLE & COJames KeoghBusiness Development Representative1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? It’s too early to say that. It’s kind of hard to answer that. 2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. The publishing industry has a lot of subscription and recurring billing and we as a payment processor that specializes in pay commerce and helping clients with recurring billing with value added services that mitigate risk of losing transaction and publishing is a good niche for us because they have a lot of subscription models and we can help maximize their return on investment.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?The push to go digital; the continued push I guess I would say.SUPERIOR MEDIA SOLUTIONSBill WalkerCEO1.What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? They need to figure out how to balance their legacy business and their digital business. They are really excited about how Superior Media Solutions is helping them do so.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. It’s in my blood. I have been around it for so many years. My wife is the president and COO of Vance publishing and I am a believer.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?[It’s] the trend toward mobile, which in the magazine business means more tablet than smart phone. And the ability to expand the content that’s deliverable—integrating not only data, but other functions—functionality I should say.ATTIVIOKarthik Chelladurai1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? Actually we are here today to know their top priorities. We don’t know yet. I think there are certain areas where we can really add value like being able to monitor a brand’s intelligence—the information that is positively or negatively impacting a given brand, or being able to monitor a personality in the unstructured world of social media. Or how to you keep a handle on things since there are so many tweets and blogs that spread very fast.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We are bullish because there is a big transition to the digital moment. The digital consumption is happening because of the tablets and other devices that are in everyone’s hands. The consumption is happening and to be able to give them a personal experience when they consume digital publishing, that requires a lot of technology to provide that experience and this opens new opportunities for software companies like ours which brings disparate information together on one dashboard, so we are extremely bullish on the industry. 3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?The one thing that we are seeing a lot of is the ability to get a handle on social media. A company’s perception is good or bad just by people tweeting or writing about them. How do you keep a handle on that? In publishing I think that is a very big deal. THE MAGAZINE MANAGER, MIRABEL TECHNOLOGIESAndy Balch Vice President, Sales and Marketing1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? They are very interested in digital solutions and executing the multiple digital disseminating of their content and being able to do that with the resources on hand and trying to get some revenue out of it. 2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. Publishers have all the credibility in the world with their brands and their products and there is an opportunity to reach a broader audience whatever the platform is. 3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?I would say the proliferation of mobile devices and being able to connect off of systems with tablets and smart phones and enabling the sales team to be so much more productive. INQURY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMSMarc HighbloomVice President and General Manager1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014?For what we do I would say its lead generation.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We’re not! Magazines have to do a better job. We were just talking about how Google changed up how they do their site and content is king, so if you are a large publisher and you have great content you are ok. But for everybody who is a small business now, Google doesn’t care about your key words any more; they care about your content. Magazines need to do a better job at providing content online and building their brand.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?For us it would be reinventing ourselves and providing more services for the magazine clients that are out there and integrating with other technologies that are more advanced. It’s keeping pace. We reinvented our systems and for the directories that we build for our clients we went out of house and integrated with more advanced third party systems. You can’t just build a single platform any more you will get killed. You have to integrate with Google, DoubleClick, and all these other technologies; otherwise you are dead in the water.CUMMINGS PrintingMark NakosSales Manager1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? I would say the top priority is looking to monetize their online/ digital presence.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. There is no substitute for good content. Readers and customers are thirsty for good content.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?It kind of ties into the first question; people are still searching for that magic bullet to make all the capital that they are investing with their online presence and trying to capture revenue from that. It’s the conundrum. People are throwing a lot of money at the space and not really getting a return for it.MERIT DIRECTDanielle ZaborskiVice President, Data & Media Services1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? They want smarter marketing. Everyone is vying for the same marketing dollar, so they have to be very smart in how they are spending those dollars.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. With many publications ceasing, it’s a different atmosphere. There are fewer players in the game and the smaller players are a little more vulnerable in terms of ad spends and exposure in the market place. The competition is fierce. It’s a different environment, but it is always going to be a viable channel. A lot of publishers are going online, but publishing is not going anywhere. It may shift to a digital forum, but it is by no means dying.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?Again, going back to digital, I think a lot of major publishers and smaller niche publications are trying to transition people to a digital version or shifting completely to an online only model—obviously with the mobile units being key. All industry data show that mobile and tablet readership is up and that is something that all smart publishers will key into in order to keep their business viable moving forward. MEICraig RothSenior Vice President, Sales1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014?They are still transitioning to digital.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We are bullish on the media in general. We don’t look at them as magazines, we look at them as part of the whole communications market place. They are all community experts and they are all becoming media agnostic and we are a supplier to that initiative. Thankfully we are very successful and our clients by default are very successful.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?I think the acceptance that information doesn’t have to be in the form of a piece of paper.DIGARATIKevin KennedyVice President1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? I would say the two major challenges that we are seeing that people want to solve are: Number one, how to you monetize things appropriately? And the second challenge would be, how do you distribute to multiple devices like your computer, your tablet, your smart phone, without having to use three different solutions to do that? Can I distribute to all those platforms from one place and then monetize across those platforms?2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. When I think about magazines I think about content. I think in terms of content rather than just in terms of magazines. It’s a point of gathering that will always appeal to like-minded people. I am still bullish on the way of consuming content in the way of a magazine is still going to be the way of the future. But we have to continue to evolve in how we distribute that content and get it into the hands of people and allow them to consume it in ways that are convenient for them.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?It’s hard to say because there are too many things going on at the same time—better ways of distributing content on mobile devices. It leads back to those challenges. I think the trend is monetizing on platforms like mobile.WRIGHTS MEDIAMichelle WolfNew Business Development1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014?The top priority is to generate more revenue through existing assets.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. What better place is there for people who are creating content, are protective of their brand and who better know the value of their brand? That’s a perfect market for us. We work with content creators. They are well aware of the value of their brand and how that brand can be leveraged to create extra revenue. 3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?For the 1400 brands that we represent, it’s taking those existing lists. Publishers are finally realizing not to give away those assets and to monetize them. The editorial is for the reader; the brand is for the marketer, really. We have gone from ancillary revenue to substantial revenues for a lot of our publishers and that’s a big deal.REALMATCHRod GarciaInside Sales1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? Creating new revenue.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We find that it has a readership that is very loyal and they haven’t really begun to monetize their audience. I also think with the shift to mobile there is an audience shift.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?The shift to pay for performance model, the evolution of e recruiting has changed dramatically from the inception of newspapers. It shifted from offline to online. You had your newspapers and job board and then you had your job aggregators and Linkedin and now you have more of a pay for performance model where your employers are trying to gage on one specific avenue to capture their job seeker audience rather than to pay for 20 different licenses and have it all over the place.IPACESETTERSKeith StrehleAccount Executive1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? Primarily [it’s] price point, making sure of quality and also concerns about the new DPA regulations.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We think there’s excellent opportunity for growth with the ability for email marketing. 3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?The changes in DPA regulations and also the FCC wireless regulations.KNOWLEDGE MARKETINGSuzanne DunhamRegional Director of Sales1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? It’s Integrated data—the ability to look at their disparate data across all their different audiences. If you think about how Suzanne attends the MediaNext conference, she also receives FOLIO: magazine, she also subscribes to the e-newsletter. The problem is all of that data exists in silos today and they are trying to figure out the best way to put them together. Looking at the demographics from a behavioral and textural standpoint and then enabling everybody across their organization—from marketing to sales to editors—to really leverage unified data and create a more stable and better partnership with their advertisers.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. Because, believe it or not, we look at it as one of the most innovative industries out there. If you think about how traditional magazine publishers went through a stage of digitizing their brands, they have gone from transforming their sales mythology, their partnerships and their technologies, going from being circulation centric to audience centric and that is a sweet spot for us because we can help publishers to look at their data differently and having a unified data base, which is different than its always been. So it’s a great spot to be in.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?I think it’s similar to these other two areas, the transformation in marketing methodologies [and] sales methodologies. I think in 2013 everyone is going from talking about how to leverage their audience differently to actually doing something about it. So we are seeing that as a trend, taking action to integrate data and leveraging their gold mine of an audience in a different way—a full 360 degree profile of their audience members.FRY COMMUNICATIONSCheri StrykerSales Team Leader1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? I would say cost savings and further revenue.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. I don’t think print is going to go away just like radio didn’t go away. I think that Fry Communications has a lot of sexy print to offer and we are continually investing in our company to make brands more attractive.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?We have something new. We have the Komori cover press. It’s one of a kind in the United States. I think it’s a big door opener for our company. It does special effects with your printing all in one pass. It does dye cutting, embossing, spot UV, foil and it really has helped our publishers stand out in the newsstand area and also in advertising.OMEDADon RossClient Service Manager1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? From my viewpoint it is how to manage all the various data that they are getting from all their various silos and products, whether it is magazines, newsletters, webinars, website activity and behaviors. How do I manage that?2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media.Content is still king. And magazines are just one delivery method, but it’s still a reliable one.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?You are probably asking the wrong person, I really don’t have a good answer for that right now.PUBLISHERS PRESSDavid MarxRegional Sales Manager1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014?Not specifically just to do better. They want to attract more ads, more efficiencies and look for additional revenue streams.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We are very bullish on the industry. It is still the preeminent media to deliver content.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?Looking for additional revenue streams using their content.LESTERLisa PistilliDirector, New Business Development1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? It’s building circulation and audience development and engagement within their own budgets, while complying with current audit regulations and government regulations.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. The subscribers still want to read content that is relevant and what I am seeing here is to getting editors and publishers to provide relevant and up to date content for their readers.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?The DPA changes and rules and the TCPA legislation were the most significant development—TCPA being far more important.NXTBOOK MEDIAMarcus GrimmMarketing Director 1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014? Cross platform publishing. The want to take their content to as many platforms as possible so that they can deliver audience to their advertisers and maximize the value to their advertisers.2. Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. We are bullish. Magazine publishers in particular—the niche magazine publishers—provide tremendous focused value for their advertisers. And while the Internet is a great way to do brand spending, the reality is that those advertisers who serve a niche business (and there are a lot of them) do best if they can find a magazine that serves their core audiences.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?I think that most publishers made the transition to mobile and tablet devices. Cross platform publishing has definitely hit the main stream. Those publishers who said a year or two ago that we are going to wait and see how it plays out are no longer waiting.STATLISTICSJohn PapaliaPresident, List Management1. What are your clients saying is their top priority this year and for 2014?Mainly, to be more successful, make more money and move more into the social media world.2.Tell us why you’re bullish on magazine media. Although it has to evolve, the magazine business will always be there. Human beings like magazines. They like the whole aspect of printed or digital content.3. What trend or development was most significant in 2013?I would say the whole increase or use of portable devices. Everyone is using iPhones and iPads these days. The exhibitor floor at FOLIO:’s annual MediaNext event is likely the one place to experience the full breadth of services for the magazine media industry. It’s also a unique opportunity to take the pulse of the market from the perspective of those who are on the front lines driving the changes in technology and adapting to what publisher clients—and their audiences—are demanding from the marketplace. Here, we present part one of a collection of commentary from some of the top media service providers straight from the show floor of MediaNext 2013.
Gaming Internet Services 2:37 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Forza Horizon 4, phone-style. Microsoft Microsoft gave us a live demonstration of its Project xCloud game streaming service Tuesday, showing Forza Horizon 4 being played on an Android phone.Conveniently, the Inside Xbox video came a week before Google is expected to reveal its game-streaming service at Game Developers Conference (GDC) and days after Sony brought PS4 Remote Play to iPhone and iPad.Microsoft’s video shows Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of cloud gaming, letting presenter Julia Hardy play the the open world racing game as it’s streamed to a phone, using an Xbox One controller connected via Bluetooth. Post a comment A real life Forza Horizon 4 road trip is a thing of beauty Google Microsoft Sony Share your voice Forza Horizon 4 only hit Xbox One and PC last October, so it’s visually impressive and appears to run smoothly on a phone. We’d have to play it for ourselves to check for input lag (where a game doesn’t respond instantly to our button presses) and see how the visuals hold up out in the real world.Choudhry noted that Microsoft is on track to have gamers help it test Project xCloud “in real-world scenarios” later in the year. 50 Photos 0 Comparing Project Stream to a console “We’re developing Project xCloud not as a replacement for game consoles, but as a way to provide the same choice and versatility that lovers of music and video enjoy today,” Choudhry wrote in an accompanying blog post. “We’re adding more ways to play Xbox games.”So don’t go trading in your Xbox One just yet.
Elden Ring is Xbox’s newest game Screenshot by Jackson Ryan/CNET Microsoft on Sunday took the wraps off Elden Ring, a new Xbox video game, during its E3 expo briefing at Microsoft Theater. The new game is the creation of From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones’ author George R. R. Martin. Check out the trailer here: Post a comment Share your voice pic.twitter.com/cz8HniRFoD— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) June 7, 2019 • Details about the game leaked on Friday, ahead of the expo, when Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, tweeted the poster for Elden Ring and said it would be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. In Elden Ring you’ll apparently be exploring kingdoms. If you kill each kingdom’s ruler, you unlock their special abilities and supernatural powers. E3 2019 On Saturday, Electronic Arts showed off the first 15 minutes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay, new free-to-download features of Apex Legends, and a new tropical expansion pack for the Sims 4. EA also touched on the action-adventure RPG Anthem, that had a rocky launch earlier this year. Bethesda also has a press conference scheduled for Sunday with Microsoft’s Xbox.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)Ubisoft — 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET)Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo — (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)Originally published June 9 at 2:21 p.m. PT.Update, at 3:00 p.m. PT: Adds background. Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know E3 2019 reading • E3 2019: George R.R. Martin game Elden Ring coming to Xbox Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action EA Play opens the doors on new games at E3 2019 Culture Gaming Video Games 16 Photos See All Prior to the leak, there were rumors in May that Martin would be a game consultant for Dark Souls developer From Software. Martin confirmed in a blog post that he consulted on a video game out of Japan.At E3, most of the big announcements happen during the weekend pressers before the show starts. Sony won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth. More from E3 How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Check out the new #EldenRing trailer 🔥#Xbox #E32019 pic.twitter.com/1HblMIBa2N— GameSpot (@GameSpot) June 9, 2019 0 Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoft Sony Nintendo Tags