Thursday, June 30, 2016

Florian Picasso

Florian Picasso burst onto the radar of fans and industry members alike with his hit "Origami" last year, which was chosen as track of the year by DJ Mag France. His blend of progressive house infused with energetic, electro-tinged drops is dynamic enough to fit both the club and festival circuit, making Florian a rising star in the EDM scene. Today's music is always evolving, and Florian is at the forefront of developing a fresh sound for the modern era of the progressive house genre. The vocal rendition of "Origami", entitled "Want it Back", was another hit, having reached 2.5 million plays on Spotify. Protocol's support of Florian was personified when he mixed the Protocol presents Miami 2016 compilation in March with fellow member Blinders. Florian Picasso, the great grandson of the world famous artist Pablo Picasso, enabled listeners to relive such magical experiences on "Final Call", his third single released on house mega-label Protocol Recordings on May the 13th. Featuring emotive lyrics over a lively melody, "Final Call" came to its pinnacle with an electro-influenced drop that elevates it from sing-a-long status to club-friendly tune, just in time for the height of festival season. Following up the success of the audio release, we are stoked to present you a video for "Final Call". The animated masterpiece has been produced by Festival de Cannes nominated crew Fauns / Clubbing Vision, who have also worked on projects for the acclaimed movie Mad Max. They’ve also produced a lot of content for Canal+, one of the world’s leading TV networks. The video tells the poignant story of Chanh, the main character, who worked in the minefields of Vietnam in the minefields. After seeing his grandma killed by a mine explosion Chanh left everything behind and moved to Hanoi to begin a new life. Now he works at a factory, but his daily routine still remains the same: wake up, go to work. Then one day, everything changes. Check out what happens to Chanh by watching the "Final Call" video.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Rosamund Stone Zander

In The Art of Possibility, which has more than 600,000 copies in print, family systems therapist and executive coach Rosamund Stone Zander showed readers how to become passionate communicators, performers and leaders by embracing and radiating a mindset of possibility. Zander’s new book, PATHWAYS TO POSSIBILITY: Transforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World, stimulates a distinct but equally powerful mental shift that promises to bring readers into greater harmony with themselves, others, and the world around them. In PATHWAYS TO POSSIBILITY, Zander shows us that life is a story we tell ourselves, and that we have the power to change that story. She invites us to shed the childhood stories or behaviors that hold us back, illuminating how breaking old patterns and telling a new story can transform not just our own lives, but also our relationships with others—whether in a marriage, a classroom, or a business. She shows that when we become aware of patterns in our behavior and learn to identify and rewrite the stories that form the core of our identities, we can gain passage into a realm of true maturity and fulfillment, where limitless growth becomes possible. Galvanizing and illuminating, PATHWAYS TO POSSIBILITY expands our notions of who we are, the effect we can have on others and the world at large, and how much freedom and joy we can experience. About the Author Rosamund Stone Zander is the author, with Benjamin Zander, of The Art of Possibility. Trained as a family systems therapist, she coaches organizations from the inside out. Ms. Zander has brought wisdom, humor, and enlightenment to people in a wide variety of settings, from school systems, hospitals, and corporations, to the World Economic Forum.

David Daley

The way dark money was translated into congressional majorities is one of the great, sinister stories of our time. But in David Daley the shadowy figures have finally met their match.” —Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? “An alarming study of the GOP’s redrawing of the American political map across the country… Daley takes on each significant state race in turn and notes that despite the country’s pulling more center-left on many issues, the far right is going to be calling the shots until 2020. The author looks at the masterminds behind the strategy and the mapmaking technology as well as the roles of restrictive voting rights laws, ‘dark money,’ and voter turnout. A chilling intimation of the growing entrenchment of partisan politics.” —Kirkus Reviews What happens when a team of canny Republican operatives spend $30 million to influence down-ballot political races and tip state legislatures from blue to red? A massive redrawing of electoral lines that has locked Democrats out of power in Congress for years to come, exacerbated gridlock, and fostered the kind of political climate that has given rise to Donald Trump. Welcome to the world David Daley vividly describes in RATF**KED, where Moneyball meets the Beltway. Back in 2008, the Democratic Party was riding high and feeling a tad cocky due to their sophisticated methods at mobilizing the vote for Barack Obama. Modern politicking and grassroots fund raising were redefined for the Facebook era—and Republicans looked woefully out of touch with the electorate. Yet out of that defeat was hatched a brilliant, and very low tech and low profile, revenge. Enter Operation REDMAP (aka, Redistricting Majority Project), a 21st century gloss on a 19th century game of political subterfuge: gerrymandering. Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and a young, up-and-coming operative named Chris Jankowski quickly realized that redistricting—essentially where voters vote—would be up for grabs with the latest census results in 2010. Flip as many legislatures in key swing states, and districts could be redrawn to reflect Republican interests. David Daley, editor in chief of Salon, lays out in fascinating detail the efforts (sometimes ruthless, often comical) to spread dark money around unglamorous local contests where Tip O’Neill warned us the real power lies. While the Democrats were essentially on autopilot, focusing on Obama’s re-election and maintaining their majority in the Senate, Jankowski and his crew got granular and took on contests for state house seats, states attorneys general, and local judgeships in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina. Succeeding beyond their wildest dreams, the resulting Republican legislatures got down to work with a diabolical artistry, though the results may have looked more Rorschach than Jackson Pollack. In Pennsylvania, for example, the 7th Congressional District is now so perversely redrawn—extending from Lancaster and Reading, through parts of Philadelphia and Amish Country—that it now looks like Donald Duck kicking Goofy. And Michigan’s 14th –coiled like a snake around impoverished Detroit—carves lines between rich and poor, black and white with scary proficiency. Driving the perimeter of the district, Daley discovers the mapmaker’s cruel joke of making the end of the line a garbage dump. The great untold story of the Republican comeback that gets at the roots of our contemporary political dysfunction, RATF**KED is a thrilling work of reportage that calls to mind the best of Michael Lewis or Richard Ben Kramer. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: David Daley is the editor in chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow for the Wilson Center for Humanities and the Arts and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Randy Ramaglia

FROM THE PRODUCERS OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES LOCKED UP ABROAD, NEW SERIES NO MAN LEFT BEHIND SHEDS LIGHT ON THE MODERN WAR HEROES AND SPECIAL AGENTS, STRANDED IN ENEMY TERRITORY, WHO TOOK SURVIVAL INTO THEIR OWN HANDS In Premiere Episode, The Real Black Hawk Down, Soldiers Are Reunited for the First Time on Camera as They Recount the Extraordinary Story Behind the Devastating Battle That Sparked a Best-Selling Book and Feature Film New Series No Man Left Behind Premieres Tuesday, June 28, at 9/8c on National Geographic Channel (Washington, D.C. – May 25, 2016) To be trapped behind enemy lines is every soldier’s worst nightmare: a situation all fighters train for, few experience and even fewer survive. From the producers of National Geographic Channel’s critically acclaimed Locked Up Abroad and Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers, new series No Man Left Behind combines gripping personal testimony with vivid reenactments and archival footage to shed light on the stories of modern war heroes and special agents who overcame incredible odds in some of the most hostile environments on earth. Premiering in the U.S. on Tuesday, June 28, at 9/8c, No Man Left Behind is produced by Raw TV and will premiere globally on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries in 45 languages. For more information, visit or our press site, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brad Whitford

Brad has always had a connection with Derek St John. Both have toured with the two biggest names in Rock history. Aerosmith and Ted Nugent. Several years ago they created a classic rock album that got some attention, Today in the center of where is music they return with Reunion.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Marc Cohen

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of winning a GRAMMY for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. Marc has proudly released Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and the bonus album, Evolution of a Record, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the Grammy Award that followed. In addition to releasing new music, Cohn has put together a 25th anniversary concert tour where he is performing his debut record in its entirety from start to finish. To makes these shows even more intimate, photographs and video from Marc’s personal archives will be shown, allowing fans to not only hear the music that has become part of their own personal soundtrack, but to also see some of the people and places that populate those songs.

Laura Lippman

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to burnish her reputation by trying a homeless man accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that makes national headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn’t see many homicides. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only 18n at the time, AJ was found to have acted in self-defense. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. Long discrete memories began to fit together, revealing connections and secrets that Lu never suspected. As Lu immerses herself in trial preparations, she cannot stop thinking about the past. Why was her brother's friend attacked? Who was the true victim? Lu discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her life, can no longer provide comfort or even reliable answers. If there is such a thing as the whole truth, Lu realizes—possibly too late—that she would be better off not knowing what it is. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura Lippman is the author of 6 New York Times bestselling novels in an oeuvre that includes the award-winning Tess Monaghan series, a collection of critically acclaimed stand-alone novels, and an anthology of award-winning short stories. She began her career as a journalist; she was a reporter for 20, twelve at The Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full-time, and published seven Tess Monaghan books before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her Tess books, 11 in all, have won virtually every major mystery prize including the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Nero Wolfe, Shamus, Gumshoe, Barry, Quill, and Macavity awards. Laura has also received wide critical acclaim and awards for her stand-alone novels, 3 of which were New York Times bestsellers—What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and I’d Know You Anywhere. Laura lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

David Fishof

Over the past 30 years, David Fishof has been hailed as one of the most creative and innovative entertainment producers in the world. David has brought to the world some of the most original, successful and exciting live shows in music. David Fishof is the founder and creator of the famed Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp where rock dreams become reality. The idea came to him after years of producing rock tours throughout the word. He's been honored to work with veteran rockers, Roger Daltrey, Levon Helm, Joe Walsh, Roger Hodgson, Todd Rundgren, Jack Bruce, Dr. John, Randy Bachman, and so many more. He feels fortunate to have seen their talent first hand. David's desire to share this experience with you, gave him the inspiration to produce the one-of- a-kind, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. David produced, along with Mark Burnett Productions (Survivor and Apprentice), a television docu-reality series based on and filmed at "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp." This 5 part series, titled, "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp," premiered in 2010 on VH1 Networks. David is responsible for reuniting The Monkees and introducing them to a new generation of MTV fans with a string of blowout tours across the globe in 1986. It was David who went to Ringo Starr and together they created the All Starr Band concept and began touring in 1989. David has produced 8 All Starr Band tours around the world over the past 15 years. David has also produced: Dirty Dancing: The Concert Tour, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Tour, The Happy Together Tours, Classic Superfest, American Gladiators Live Tour, Mortal Kombat Live Tour and the British Rock Symphony with feature vocalists Peter Frampton, Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper and Jon Anderson.

Larry Loftis

August 1941: Casino Estoril, Portugal An affluent Serbian playboy throws down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent and creates a stir in the casino. What nobody knows is the Serbian in question is actually a British double agent by the name of Dusko Popov, and the money―which he just stole from the Germans―belongs to the British. From the sidelines, watching with intent interest, is none other than Ian Fleming, who would be inspired by the curious figure and this exact night and location to create his most famous and recognizable character: James Bond. Author Larry Loftis examines international spy and double agent Dusko Popov’s life and work in INTO THE LION’S MOUTH: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond. As a youngster, Dusko Popov was expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters: the German Abwehr, the British MI5 and MI6, and the US FBI. On August 10, 1941, the Abwehr sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and, specifically, to gather information on the defense installations at Pearl Harbor. What they didn’t know was that Popov was actually working as a double agent for the British. Upon arrival in New York, Popov contacted the FBI and warned them that the Germans wanted this information on behalf of Japan, and that an attack was imminent. The FBI ignored this, and then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who did not trust him, succeeded in blowing his cover. While MI5 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-Day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German Secret Service Headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anyway. INTO THE LION’S MOUTH is the account of one extraordinary man’s globe-trotting entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers―including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge, seduction, patriotism, and courage—themes that Ian Fleming would incorporate into the tales involving his iconic hero, James Bond. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Larry Loftis is an attorney, author, and adjunct professor of law. He has published legal articles in the University of Florida Law Review, Suffolk Transnational Law Journal, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law,Florida Bar Journal, National Law Journal, and Florida Banking. He received a BA from the University of Florida, an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a JD from the University of Florida Law School, where he served on the Law Reviewas the senior executive editor and senior articles editor. He also served at the law school as a teaching fellow for Legal Research and Writing/Appellate Advocacy.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ricky Skaggs

His loyalty to the roots of Grassroots has inspired a new generation to grow forward. Ricky Skaggs is deeply driven to bring out the texture of the South with brilliant harmonies, unforgotten lyrics and brilliant craftsmanship on the musical instruments. Authenticity like it was just created for the first time. Ricky Skaggs performs in Charlotte at the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square on June 23.

Tim English

Have you ever heard a song and thought “Hey, they ripped that off!”? Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped off Riffs, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll 2016 Edition is the first book EVER to examine the phenomenon of songs that appear to have “borrowed” their melodies from earlier songs. Did you know… That a novelty song his father recorded might have inspired John Lennon’s “Imagine?” That the explosive guitar riff that powered Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was inspired by Boston’s “More Than a Feeling?” That Bob Marley’s song “Buffalo Soldier” shares its melody with the theme song of The Banana Splits, a 1960s kids TV show? Sounds Like Teen Spirit dissects recent cases of musical plagiarism involving Coldplay, Robin Thicke, Sam Smith and Mark Ronson as well as songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the most notorious of all musical thieves, Led Zeppelin.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Greetings From Bunezuela! is a rocking and eclectic set of tunes drawn deep from a serious record collection, mixing the reasonably familiar (“Tell Me” by the Rolling Stones,” “I Can Only Give You Everything” by Them, “Him or Me” by Paul Revere and the Raiders and Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”) with lesser-known classics (“Armenia City in the City,” the cover that opens The Who Sell Out; “Idea,” a 1968 Bee Gees album track) and expert-stumping selections (“I Love You No More” by the Blackstones, “Le Cactus” by Jacques Dutronc, and “Count on Me” by the Norwegian new wavers Fra Lippo Lippi). What you won’t hear is a drum solo or Carlos vocals. The goal for Greetings From Bunezuela! was not to put the star up on a throne. “I just went in to do what Bun E. Carlos does. I had no drummer statement I insisted on making. This record we served the songs.” Now that it’s done and he’s had a chance to reflect, Bun says, “I could have done the whole album with any one of the singers. Every singer on the record, when I heard the tracks, it was even better than I expected. I'm really proud of it. And I'm proud that these guys said they'd do it. They could have just gone ‘I'm busy," but that didn't happen.” Once the record is out, Bun may do some showcase gigs with some of the singers and players who are available. And he can’t wait to make a follow-up to try more of the songs and vocalists on the wish list. Since he no longer tours with Cheap Trick (while remaining an official member of the band), Bun plays when and where he wants with whomever he wants. His Monday Night Band gigs regularly in Rockford, and he’s played out with a version of his high school band, The Paegans. Candy Golde might pop up again, and you never know what else he might get up to. Meanwhile, he’s “thinning the herd” on his drum collection – he reckons he’s down to 50 kits and 150 snares. While you’re chewing over that concept, add this surprise: “In Rockford, IL, that bustling metropolis, I only have about the third biggest drum collection. Drummers are goofier than guitar players.”

John Coehn

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. The film also features a hilarious all-star voice cast including Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River) and many others. John Cohen most recently produced Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures' Despicable Me in 2010 and executive produced Illumination/Universal's Hop in 2011. Before Illumination, Cohen was VP of Production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation. He worked closely with Blue Sky Studios on films including Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who. Cohen had the idea to reimagine Alvin and the Chipmunks and developed the 2007 film.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dan White

Dan White has been obsessed with camping ever since he was a child, when his father would drag the family out to the woods and stomp around in army-issued boots. In his latest book, UNDER THE STARS: How America Fell in Love with Camping (Henry Holt; on sale June 14), White demonstrates that he is far from alone. This August marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, and White pays tribute to “America’s Best Idea” by visiting those protected places while introducing the players who helped them achieve that status, including John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Wallace Carothers, whose invention of nylon allowed adventurers to push even further into the backcountry and catalyzed the commercialization of the camping industry. All the while, White works to unpack the fact that indigenous peoples once thrived year-round on the lands that are now frequented by predominantly white male tourists. White travels to the Adirondack Mountains where he convinces sympathetic Canadians to rent him a car without a valid driver’s license; to the Florida Everglades with the Miami chapter of Inspiring Connections Outdoors, a group that takes children from urban locales on weekend camping excursions; and to the Santa Cruz Mountains where he is attacked by yellow jackets while camping in the nude without food or shelter. In Sequoia National Park, he and his family have a run in with antifreeze-addicted marmots who will chew through brake lines to get to the sweet stuff. White tries his hand at “glamping” (glamorous camping), lauded by Justin Bieber, as well as navigating an RV from state park to state park with stopovers in Wal-Mart parking lots (White notes that this is a favorite pastime of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia). Adventures and mishaps abound, highlighting the “two funs” of camping: the fun had in the moment, and the fun one has at recalling the calamities of a trip. About the Author: Dan White is the author of The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind—and Almost Found Myself—on the Pacific Crest Trail and is a contributing editor at Catamaran Literary Reader. He has taught composition at San Jose State, and Columbia University, where he received his MFA. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife and daughter.

Jensen Karp

After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend—and then almost became a star. When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey—one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of. On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening, southern California classmates, who tell him that "rap is for black people," and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest “The Roll Call”—a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early ‘00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and Finally, he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory. Full of rollicking stories from his close brush with fame, Karp’s hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion—trying to crack the rap game—despite what everyone else says. It’s 30 Rock for the rap set; 8 Mile for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley.

Monday, June 13, 2016

MIKE HOLMES RETURNS WITH AN ALL-NEW TWIST FOR HOPEFUL HOMEOWNERS ON THE SEASON TWO PREMIERE OF “HOME FREE” THURSDAY, JUNE 16, ON FOX Tim Tebow Joins Mike Holmes as Co-Host! Last year, Mike Holmes led nine deserving couples on their journeys toward owning their dream home. In the Season Two premiere, Mike is back, along with new co-host and former NFL player, Heisman Trophy winner and sports analyst Tim Tebow, for more construction challenges and even higher stakes. This season, each team will be competing to win the ultimate dream home for their hero in a beautiful new neighborhood – on HOME FREE Boulevard. What they don’t know is that they are also competing for their own grand prize! New twist and endless surprises are featured in the all-new “Tebow Time” season premiere episode of HOME FREE airing Thursday, June 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HF-201) (TV-14 L)

Caitlin O'Connel

Caitlin O’Connell is a consulting faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine who has studied elephants in the wild for the past 25 years. She demonstrates how incredibly sensitive elephants are to underground vibrations. This superhero trait gives them a long-range communication system to aid in detecting potential threats for miles around. She is the author of Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse MIND OF A GIANT Premieres Sunday, June 19, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD (WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 1, 2016) Across Africa, elephants are in crisis. Each day, 96 elephants fall victim to poachers, human-elephant conflict and habitat loss. In 2013, Paul G. Allen launched the Great Elephant Census, the first pan-African aerial survey of savanna elephants in more than 40 years. Soon after surveyors began their work, they observed something that truly surprised them. In the past 40 years, in the face of growing threats, elephants have changed where and how they live in their historic ecosystems. This incredible discovery, combined with the latest studies from the top elephant researchers in the world, revealed that elephants are learning to adapt and survive in ways we’ve never seen before. We join the experts in Africa to see their work firsthand in Mind of a Giant, premiering Sunday, June 19, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD. For more information, visit or our press site, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR. “Mind of a Giant started with a noble cause that turned into revolutionary research that may help save a beloved and threatened species,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “The dedicated scientists and conservationists featured here are pushing the boundaries of elephant research to reveal a smarter, more thoughtful animal than ever known before. We are thrilled to share their story of hope with our viewers who love animals and the people working to save them.” Never before has this volume of compatible elephant research been featured in a single film. Mind of a Giant is a window into the world of the modern elephant, supremely intelligent creatures living and fighting for their lives in a world of poachers, new human settlements and other dangers. Together with the top elephant researchers in the world, we learn about how these gentle giants exhibit empathy, grief, joy, fear and vengefulness. The more we understand these majestic creatures, the more we can help them live on for future generations.

J Todd Scott

J. Todd Scott has been a Special Agent with the DEA since 1995. In his years at the agency, he worked as part of a crew on an undercover vessel in the South Pacific during an investigation of international maritime smuggling, trained Haitian police officers on drug investigations, worked undercover in meth lab cases in his Kentucky hometown, and led a multi-agency Strike Force dedicated to attacking Mexican cartel smuggling routes—an effort profiled by Colonel Oliver North on War Stories: On the Border for Fox News. Todd was also featured on National Geographic's series Drugs Inc. During his rotation to the DEA's office in Washington DC, he consulted with filmmakers on DEA-related stories and movies, and, encouraged by this exposure to working writers, renewed his lifelong passion for creative writing. He has a law degree from George Mason University, is a father of three, and now resides in the Southwest, which provided the backdrop for The Far Empty. ABOUT THE FAR EMPTY: Seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff’s deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together as their efforts to uncover Murfee’s darkest secrets lead them to the same terrifying suspect: Caleb’s father and Chris’s boss, the charismatic and feared Sheriff Standford “Judge” Ross. Dark, elegiac, and violent, The Far Empty is a modern Western, a story of loss and escape set along the sharp edge of the Texas border.

Kyle Martino

Inspired by Spartan Race — the creators of the world’s most demanding obstacle course races — “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” raises the bar on team competitions. Groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance and will. Teams of five will compete on one the most demanding courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Philly K and Madi

They met at a band audition. Being songwriters they took a chance and ended up creating a California wave. Pop music to them is every format. Therefore that gives them the freedom to design in any direction. Connect with Madi: Connect with Philly K.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jo Koy

It's not everyday when you stand in the right place at the right time. I was invited to share a conversation with nationally recognized comedian Jo Koy at WCNC NBC 36 and in walked NFL great Eugene Robinson. One of Jo's ultimate super heroes from the Seattle Seahawks. I captured the moment. When a football hero becomes Superman.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

In this choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet, you choose where the story goes every time you read! What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? Whatever your adventure, you're guaranteed to find lots of romance, lots of epic fight scenes, and plenty of questionable decision-making by very emotional teens. UNUSUAL BOOK FORMAT ROMEO AND/OR JULIET has over 40 QUADRILLION (read: 40,000,000,000,000,000) possible journeys for a reader to take. Readers can choose to play as Romeo or Juliet, as Romeo and Juliet together, as Juliet’s nurse, or even as an unlockable fourth mystery character. All of the endings—there are more than a hundred—feature original illustrations from incredible artists including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe, and Jon Klassen. FUN NEW LOOK AT SHAKESPEARE Written with the unique humor that fans of Dinosaur Comics and the Adventure Time comics know and love, ROMEO AND/OR JULIET turns the Bard's beloved play into fodder for madcap comedy. Shakespeare has never been this entertaining, or this weird. We can’t think of a better way to… “celebrate” the 400th anniversary (2016) of Shakespeare’s death. PROLIFIC AUTHOR AND JACK OF ALL TRADES RYAN NORTH Ryan North is a New York Times–bestselling author and cartoonist. North writes the popular webcomic Dinosaur Comics and the critically-acclaimed Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comic for Marvel Comics. He also wrote the first 35 issues of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, for which he won an Eisner Award, which is essentially the Oscars of the comics world. GROUNDSWELL OF FAN SUPPORT Ryan’s last choose-your-own-path Shakespeare book, To Be or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched in 2013, raising nearly $600K. Ryan’s massive following and supportive fans turned a few tweets about ROMEO AND/OR JULIET into thousands of pre-orders of the book.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam

This eight-episode series takes place deep in the heart of Texas, where self-made multimillionaires Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam carved their fortunes from a harsh and unforgiving land. For the past several years, they’ve chosen to pass on that success by investing in promising entrepreneurs – but only on their turf and their terms. Along with their close friend and confidante Gil Prather, Rooster and Butch invite ambitious entrepreneurs from across the country to come down to West Texas and make their case. These folks know that they’re getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure funding…but what they don’t know is that clever products and beautiful balance sheets will only get you so far with these investors. No, Rooster and Butch won’t make a deal until they’ve peered into your heart and soul – and taken the true measure of your character and your company. About Rooster McConaughey Mike “Rooster” McConaughey started working with his father at age 12 in the oil fields of Texas. An honest, self-made man who lives the saying, “high risk means high reward,” McConaughey never finished college, but made his first million at age 30 working in the oil pipe business. One year later, he lost it all, but this taught him everything he needed to know to become the multi-millionaire he is today. Armed with a larger-than-life personality and a trusted reputation, this wheeler-dealer built a business empire worth millions out of a field of rusted pipe. He takes calculated risks (and sometimes not so calculated), relies on his experience and good old fashioned gut-instincts when analyzing risk for a potential investment. Having been the beneficiary of other people believing and investing in him, Rooster has chosen to pass along his own success by investing in others through West Texas Ltd., an investment group he started with his friend and business partner Butch Gilliam. About Butch Gilliam Wayne “Butch” Gilliam is widely known as one of the most reputable pipe salesmen in Permian Basin. He is currently co-owner of Patriot Premium Threading Services. Gilliam dropped out of high school at 15 years old to work at Curley’s, his father’s machine shop. He started at the ground floor as a “shop-sweep,” where he kept the shop clean by sweeping and shoveling up metal shavings. Gilliam worked day and night during the oil boom of the 1980’s and was quickly promoted to machinist and later, became president of the company. Gilliam used the knowledge gleaned from his years spent at every level of the business to grow the company from a relatively modest fishing tool manufacturing and repair machine shop to an expansive pipe yard. He later sold Curley’s for a significant profit. Butch continues to build, invest and operate companies across many industries including mining, technology, consumer products and real estate. He holds a board position on West Texas Ltd., the investment group he started with his friend and business partner Rooster McConaughey. Season 2 of WEST TEXAS INVESTORS CLUB begins Tuesday June 7th at 10PM eastern and pacific on CNBC.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Desiree Hartsock

Desiree Hartsock shares her secrets for a beautiful, blissful, budget-friendly wedding in her first book, entitled MY FAIRYTALE WEDDING: Planning Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank Desiree Hartsock was the star of Season 9’s "The Bachelorette,” on ABC-TV. In the book, Desiree walks every bride-to-be through "wedding planning 101,” drawing on over ten years of working as a bridal stylist and wedding gown designer, as well as the "in-the-trenches” time she spent planning her own wedding with Chris Siegfried, whom she met on TV show. (FYI, Desiree and Chris have just celebrated their first anniversary and are expecting a baby.) MY FAIRYTALE WEDDING reveals the secrets to becoming a B.O.B. (Bride-On-a-Budget), with tips on how to: • choose the best wedding day, time, and place after considering travel and lodging for guests, logistics in the layout (like dance floor size), seasonal deals, and the weather • find inspiration for the right wedding style, colors and themes—whimsical, beachy, sophisticated, rustic • tap into your DIY talents and free online templates to design important paper goods—"Save the Date," invitations, the program, table place cards • shop strategically for the perfect wedding gown, from when to consider off-the-rack, what and who to bring to a fitting, and how much time and money to budget for alterations • select the best and most cost-effective florist for creating boutonnieres, bridal bouquets, table arrangements, and more. STORY ON DES AND CHRIS FROM E! Desiree Hartsock and husband Chris Siegfried have some exciting news...They're expecting their first baby come fall! Just over a year after they tied the knot, the couple—who were made famous on the ninth season of The Bachelorette—has confirmed they are pregnant, discovering the news during a Valentine's Day trip to Maui earlier this year, according to Us Weekly. "I kinda knew, like, 'You know something, I think I'm pregnant,'" she told the publication. "We were in Hawaii when we went for our one-year anniversary. That's when we took a test and found out!" Since then, the reality star admits she's definitely been a victim to the cravings. "Each day is something new. Like one day I'm like, 'Babe, I really need Italian.' And then the next, it's Mexican and the next it's dessert for dinner," Desiree said. "[Chris] is just so supportive and if I'm craving ice cream, he's like, 'Okay, let's go get it!'" Meanwhile, the pair said "I do" on January18, 2015, in Palos Verdes, Calif., two years after Chris proposed to Desiree on the season finale of The Bachelorette. "They were so excited to get married. They didn't want to wait another day," an insider shared with E! News at the time. "When Chris first saw Des walking down the aisle he was amazed at how beautiful she was. The ceremony was very emotional and sweet. They kept it very short and they walked out holding hands and kissing."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Michael D Antonio

A revealing unauthorized biography featuring firsthand interviews, including one with “the Donald” himself, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio. In the summer of 2015, as he vaulted to the lead among the many GOP candidates for president, Donald Trump was the only one dogged by questions about his true intentions. This most famous American businessman had played the role of provocateur so often that pundits, reporters, and voters struggled to believe that he was a serious contender. Trump stirred so much controversy that his candidacy puzzled anyone who applied ordinary political logic to the race. But as Michael D’Antonio shows in The Truth About Trump, Trump has rarely been ordinary in his pursuit of success, and his trademark method is based on a logic that begins with his firm belief that he is a singular and superior human being. Drawing upon extensive and exclusive interviews with Trump and many of his family members, including all his adult children, D’Antonio presents the full story of a truly American icon, from his beginnings as a businessman to his stormy romantic life and his pursuit of power in its many forms. For all those who wonder: Just who is Donald Trump?, The Truth About Trump supplies the answer. He is a promoter, builder, performer, and politician who pursues success with a drive that borders on obsession and yet, has given him almost everything he ever wanted. ABOUT MICHAEL D’ANTONIO As part of a team of journalists from Newsday, MICHAEL D’ANTONIO won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting before going on to write many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest and The State Boys Rebellion. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Miller Place, New York.

Charlotte Stewart

Director David Lynch writes, “Charlotte Stewart is my kind of girl - a talented, courageous actress - a loyal friend and one who brings happiness to work.” Charlotte Stewart is known by millions of fans worldwide for her role as the beloved schoolteacher Miss Beadle on the iconic TV show Little House on the Prairie, currently broadcast in syndication in more than 100 countries around the world. Here for the first time an adult cast member writes about the experience of making the show - the challenges, the joys, and the sometimes-turbulent behind-the-scenes relationships. LITTLE HOUSE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS: A Bad Girl's Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X, and Me (Bear Manor Media) by Charlotte Stewart and Andy Demsky is the no-holds-barred, heart-breaking and ultimately joyful account of 50 years in film and television - offering a back-stage pass to Hollywood's cocaine-fuelled glory years in the 1970s - including her celebrated work with David Lynch in his cult classic film Eraserhead as Mary X, and later in the blockbuster television show Twin Peaks as Betty Briggs, the eternal optimist who wore a smiley face button to Laura Palmer's funeral. Little House in the Hollywood Hills is a memoir of working with leading men from Jimmy Stewart and Elvis Presley to Kevin Bacon and Kyle MacLachlan. It also details off-stage friendships such as those with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, as well as with relationships and flings with some of TV, film, and music's biggest names including Jon Voight, Richard Dreyfuss, Victor French, Tim Considine, Bill Murray, and Jim Morrison. Ultimately, Charlotte's story is of a survivor. Six years after her career-making role on Little House on the Prairie she'd lost everything and was living on vodka and hotdogs. Yet through the darkest periods of her life - divorce, drug-use, cancer, financial ruin, the death of a spouse, and alcoholism - she never lost her humanity or sense of humor. Charlotte's Stewart's story is far from over. She is set to reprise her role of Betty Briggs in the new Twin Peaks, series to be seen on Showtime in 2017. Throughout the year, she is a featured celebrity in fan events and festivals for Little House on the Prairie and Twin Peaks both in the U.S. and abroad.