Categories: News,Tedder News State Rep. Jim Tedder today applauded the passage of the FY 2017 General Fund and School Aid budgets, calling them fiscally responsible and good for all students of Michigan.“As it has been in the past few years, we got the budget done far ahead of schedule,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “We’re increasing funding to education on all levels, making strides in infrastructure repairs and supporting veterans and first responders.”Rep. Tedder serves as the vice chair of the Committee on Workforce and Talent Development. He is also a member of the Committees on Education, Health Policy, and Communications and Technology.“I am most happy about the work that went into the school omnibus budget,” Rep. Tedder said. “We fought hard for the boilerplate language intended to improve services to the Oakland County Mental Health Authority. We also expanded the Healthy Kids dental program to under served children in Oakland County, as well as increased funding for adult foster care facilities for seniors.” 09Jun Rep. Tedder praises FY 2017 budget
State Rep. Daniela García today announced a $430,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to GNS America Co. in Holland Township, a company that specializes in metal stamping, hot stamping, welding and assembly.The company is investing $3.5 million to create a 40,000-square-foot addition to its existing facility for housing new machinery and equipment. The grant will create 30 jobs at the new facility. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Nevada.“I want to personally thank GNS America Co. for their continued investment in our community,” García said. “This grant helps create local jobs and contributes to economic growth in our community.”For further information, please contact Rep. García’s office at 517-373-1774 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 14Sep Rep. García announces economic grant to create 30 jobs Categories: Garcia News,News
18Jun Rep. Runestad honors 50th anniversary of Michigan’s district court system House Resolution 367 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Michigan District Court system passed the Michigan House. The resolution was offered by Rep. Jim Runestad, members of the House Judiciary Committee and House members of the state bar.The resolution states, “In its first 50 years, the Michigan District Court system has proven to be comprised of fair-minded and thoughtful jurists who have served the people of Michigan capably and admirably. We honor the contributions that the Michigan District Court system has made to the state of Michigan.”Rep Runestad said: “Our local district courts provide an invaluable service to the residents of Michigan every day. This resolution provides a special opportunity to recognize the institutional influence and everlasting importance of our judicial court system.”The district court is often referred to as “The People’s Court,” as the public has more contact with the district court than with any other court in the state. Those appearing in district court are more often representing themselves without an attorney. District courts conduct preliminary examinations in felony cases prior to transfer to the circuit court and handle a wide range of criminal proceedings, including most misdemeanors and offences for which the maximum possible penalty does not exceed one year in jail.The Michigan District Court system was established by the passage of Public Act 154 of 1968, effective June 17, 1968, amending the Revised Judicature Act to create our state district court system. Categories: Runestad News
State Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland, is joined today by Sgt. Michael Jafri, a Leighton Twp. resident who serves on Gov. Snyder’s public security detail, for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.##### 06Sep Leighton Twp. man who serves on Gov. Snyder’s security detail joins Rep. Johnson for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,Steven Johnson News
07Sep Rep. Theis welcomes Livingston County public safety officials for Sept. 11 ceremony PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, was joined this week by Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy (right), Livingston County Undersheriff Jeff Warder (second from left), 2017 Brighton Area Fire Dept. Firefighter of the Year Sgt. Corey Laber (second from right) and Fire Chief of Brighton Mike O’Brian for the Michigan House of Representatives annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.##### Categories: News,Theis News
Share4TweetShareEmail4 SharesAugust 21, 2018; Oswego PatchThere is nothing that delights NPQ more than to amplify hyperlocal news for the edification of our entire sector. The Village of Oswego in Illinois submitted news to its local Patch about taking a new approach to its sustainability efforts by transforming the village-run ECO Commission (Environmentally Conscious Oswego) into a separate nonprofit organization. The village board is expected to finalize a change in the village code today to allow ECO to dissolve to pave the way for former commissioners and interested Oswego residents to embolden “the mission of a sustainable community.”Founded in 2007, ECO membership has been on the decline recently, so the remaining members decided to double down.“Part of the membership issue we identified was not a lack of interest in environmental issues so much as it was the challenges inherent in the commission structure and the rules that guide them,” said Village President Gail Johnson. “ECO members want to be more adaptable and hands-on, and we want to encourage them and all interested residents to take that more active role in promoting sustainability in Oswego.”Like the ECO Commission before it, this new nonprofit will advise the Village Board on issues like residential solid waste, electronic waste recycling, and curbside compost collection. It will continue to produce events such as the annual Recycling Extravaganza, Community Garage Sale, and Fox River Cleanup.The Village is also forming a Green Team of staff from public works, community relations, community development and other departments that will meet regularly to review and implement best practices.Partnerships with other environmental organizations like The Conservation Foundation provide Oswego with such measurable benefits as rain barrels and butterfly gardens, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the new Police Department headquarters, and LED lighting for streets and Village-owned buildings. Oswego just signed the Greenest Region Compact.Oswego joins other villages, towns, cities, and especially states in putting forth a significant and impassioned counterforce to the anti-environmental policy push of the Trump administration and the beneficiary corporations. They are articulating their opposition, and state attorneys general are fighting the rule rollback in the courts. Under our federal system, states have sovereignty and the legal right and obligation to protect the health and welfare of their residents. In addition to state attorneys general offices trying to delay changes in regulations, communities such as Oswego add their incremental interventions and moral courage to the fight to protect the environment and the health of their community’s residents.Yesterday, we read about the “Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record. Also yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, a replacement to Obama’s signature climate rule that will permit coal plants to release more pollution into the air, the second-largest source of climate emissions in the US. These, as we know, are not good times for environmental protection advocates. But on the same day, the Village of Oswego amplified its voice and reasserted its efforts to protect the planet in its modest ways—and that is news worth celebrating.—Jim SchafferShare4TweetShareEmail4 Shares
Polish broadcaster TVN’s pay TV platform ‘n’ added 32,000 subscribers in the last quarter and 119,000 in the year to September taking its total to 858,000. TVN said it was on target to achieve 900,000 subscribers by the end of the year.Revenue for ‘n’ for the quarter was up 16% to PLN185 million (€42 million), while EBITDA was down 35% to PLN5 million thanks to increased marketing activity. Quarterly ARPU for ‘n’ stood at PLN61.40, up 2% year-on-year. TVN confirmed its EBITDA for the platform for the year.‘n’ activated 15,000 pre-paid cards in the third quarter, driven by uptake of the HD offering, and pre-paid HD ARPU stood at PLN22.80.
The Finnish government has reduced its stake in Nordic telco and pay TV operator TeliaSonera.The government sold 89 million shares or 2.1% of the company, through its state investment company Solidium, to institutional investors for SEK45.20 (€5) per share. This means that Solidium’s stake in the company is now at 11.7%. The government has promised not to sell any further shares in the company for 90 days.This comes as TeliaSonera ended 2011 with 1.2 million pay TV subscribers, up from 935,000 from the previous year. The company saw a 60% year-on-year increase in subscribers in Finland as well as growth in Sweden, where it now has an 11% market share.
French media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi has completed the early refinancing of two credit lines totaling €2.7 billion, which had been due to expire in February and August 2013 respectively.Vivendi has secured a new five year credit line of €1.5 billion, due to expire in June 2017. Vivendi said its objectives were to maintain the company’s average debt maturity at more than four years and to increase the proportion of financing through bond issues to more than 70% of its total borrowing.
RTL Group-owned production company FremantleMedia’s French subsidiary is creating a subsidiary dedicated to digital-terrestrial channels, according to local reports.The new unit, 123 Production, will focus on supplying content to digital channels, soon to grow in number to 25 national services following the launch of six new channels at the end of this year. The new subsidiary is likely to focus on the development of reality shows, according to the reports.
Russian broadcaster CTC Media has launched a hands-free cooking app as a tie-in to its female-skewing lifestyle channel Domashny.The iOS and Androids app was developed cross-media production firm Screenz, which is a joint venture between Israeli broadcaster Keshet and Tel Aviv-based ad firm The Box.The app is motion-activated, relying on a mobile phone’s built-in camera, and contains more than 400 recipes and instructional videos from the Domashny channel and website.“The Domashny channel is the first on the Russian market to offer viewers a whole range of lifestyle shows and we plan to broaden the range of genres available in the channel’s future development,” said Natalia Korotkova, head of the Domashny Channel.“New media is of particular interest to us currently and we are actively working on developing this area, focusing on innovative and useful apps for our audience.”
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting has terminated its agreement with Bulgarian broadcast services provider Neterra to provide a white label DTH platform to offer pay TV services in Bulgaria.Telenor’s satellite arm said that the project was not progressing according to its expectations and that it had therefore terminated the contract.Telenor Satellite Broadasting and Neterra signed an agreement in March whereby the latter took two transponders on the Thor 6 satellite at 1° West to broadcast a bouquet of channels that would be offered to third-party operators on a white-label basis.In December, Neterra also signed a DTH deal with Israel’s Spacecom for capacity at the 4° West position.Telenor plans to increase its capacity for central and eastern Europe in the second half of next year with the launch of Thor 7.
Over-the-top wrestling channel WWE Network has launched outside the US for the first time.The network, which sports entertainment giant WWE launched earlier this year in the States, is rolling out in 170 territories including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics.The WWE expects the network to be available in the UK by October, and launch dates for Italy, UAE, Germany, Japan, India, China, Thailand and Malaysia will follow at a later date.Consumers will be able to access the service via WWE.com, with a commitment to a six-month contract at US$9.99 a month giving them access to 24/7 programming, 12 live pay-per-view- events and the WWE library on-demand.Alternatively, a monthly US$12.99 contract allows customers to cancel at any time.The WWE has also announced WWE Network will be available through Sony net-connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and Blu-rau home theatres. Samsung Smart TV devices, Blu-ray players and home theatres systems will be added on Friday.The service has struggled to attract subscribers since launch in the US despite the attractive price points.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has written to the European Commission to express its concerns about the merger of Belgian media groups Corelio, W&W and De Vijver Media with Liberty Global-owned cable operator Telenet.The EBU is concerned that after the merger, Telenet will act as both gatekeeper through its hold on TV distribution in Flanders, and content provider. The acquisitions will give it control of production group Woestijnvis and TV channels Vier and Vijf, which will compete with other commercial and public broadcasters.The EBU said that “the merger could have a severe impact on competition in the Belgian broadcasting markets, since the new company will have the incentive to squeeze out other broadcasters from the network to build its own retail market share”.The EBU said that there is currently no legal guarantee that public service broadcasters’ on-demand services will be carried on cable. The EBU said that, if the merger goes ahead, the EC should impose remedies to ensure that public broadcasters receive non-discriminatory and fair access to the Telenet network.
BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for the body she heads, which is charged with regulatory oversight of the BBC, to be scrapped and replaced with an external regulator after the public broadcaster’s Charter renewal in 2016.Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Fairhead highlighted the “complicated area of governance is the oversight of financial and operational management and strategy” as the key area of consideration, and said that “the strongest case for more significant change is in this area of oversight, where a fault line continues to lie in the blurred accountabilities between the Trust and the Executive board”.Fairhead said that the Trust had worked with the executive board to “clarify the boundaries” between the pair and said she was “confident” that the existing regime could be make to work to the end of the current BBC Charter. However, beyond that, she said that the complete separation of regulation from management and the creation of a dedicated external regulator would be the best option. “Responsibilities for strategy, financial and operational management need to sit with the BBC Executive – to allow them to respond to a rapidly changing environment. Responsibilities for regulation and broader accountability need to sit at one remove. That way, there should be no possibility of vagueness or uncertainty about who will be held responsible for what, when the chips are down,” said Fairhead.“At a minimum, we would want to propose some reform of the current model. To keep the Trust as part of the BBC but to be much more specific, in any future Charter, that its responsibilities were focused more clearly on regulation and accountability, with strategy and oversight left to the Executive Board. But the cleanest form of separation would be to transfer the Trust’s responsibilities for regulation and accountability to an external regulator. And that’s an approach we want to explore further. I think it’s the front-runner.”She said the external regulation model would require the BBC to set up a stronger unitary board, with an independent chairman and a majority of non-executive directors, while the external regulator would have responsibility for “all matters of regulation and those matters of licence fee payer representation which require a broader, more regulatory perspective”.Fairhead said she had some concerns about the culture Select Committee’s call for a Public Service Broadcasting Commission with wider responsibility, as this would not have authority to set BBC service licences, while “carving up the licence fee” could weaken “the direct line of ownership and accountability that runs between the public and the BBC”.Fairhead has attracted media attention recently over her role as a non-executive director of scandal-hit bank HSBC. The BBC Trust has said there was no conflict of interest between her roles at the two organisations and that the Trust had no input into BBC coverage of events at HSBC.Delivering his own speect at the Oxford Media Convention, digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said the government would not launch a debate on BBC governance and the Charter Review ahead of the general election, “except to confirm that we ‘heart’ the BBC”.“We want to see a BBC that is fit for the digital age, able to fulfil the many roles that the BBC has done so successfully for many years – not just great content, but education and training, technical innovation, and a huge and irreplaceable contribution to civic society,” he said. Vaizey also said that a digital single market across the EU would benefit the UK, which is home to over 500 broadcasters. “Major companies like Discovery, Disney and Viacom not only employ thousands of people here, they are major investors in UK content. We want to give them reasons to continue to invest here,” he said.
Nasser Al KhelaifiThe fast-growing Qatar-based beIN Media Group has bought US studio Miramax.The deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, hands beIN 100% of the LA-based Miramax, which has been on the block since last year.Shareholders cashing out include Qatar Investment Authority and Colony Capital, who led a takeover of the studio six years ago.beIN said Miramax would continue to operate as an independent film and TV studio following the closure of the deal.Miramax launched in 1979, founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein. It currently has a library of more than 700 titles, including the upcoming Bad Santa 2, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Southside With You. On the TV side, From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series is heading into a third season.The Weinstein brothers sold Miramax to The Walt Disney Company in 1993 and remained until 2005. An investor group led by QIA and Colony acquired the studio for US$660 million (€608 million) in 2010, and a series of refinancing agreements and structures have followed, while a significant content deal with Netflix was scored in 2011.“By riding the secular wave into online streaming, we successfully returned our partners’ capital many times over and safeguarded the passion, dedication and hard work of the library’s true artistic masters,” said Colony founder Thomas J. Barrack today.“Colony has done its job in repositioning the company to independent prominence and profitability as not only a library but a renowned producer of independent film and television.”beIN has been ramping up its entertainment offering having first spun out of the Al Jazeera Group as a sports pay TV broadcaster in December 2013. It operates around 34 channels.Digital TV Research recently forecasted that owning exclusive content would soon become the critical factor in driving pay TV subscriptions in the Middle East and North Africa region.News of beIn’s interest in Miramax first broke earlier this year, with reports putting the value of the deal at around US$1 billion.“We are extremely excited to have achieved this key milestone within our strategy,” said Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, chairman and CEO of beIN Media.“Miramax is a successful film and television company, providing a strong and recognizable brand, a unique library and industry expertise that complement beIN Media Group’s plans to grow across the entertainment industry and develop new content production.He added beIN would “support Miramax in continuing to build this exciting platform”.“In concert with beIN leadership, we look forward to further expanding our film and television output, broadening our distribution capabilities and fortifying our position as the premiere independent studio brand,” said Miramax CEO Steve Schoch.
Amazon is opening up its Prime Video service to “creators and storytellers”, in a move widely seen as a direct shot at online video rival YouTube.Amazon Video Direct is a new self-service program that will let users make their video content available to Amazon customers, including tens of millions of Prime members.Content creators can choose to make their videos available for free to Amazon Prime Video customers and earn royalties based on hours streamed.They can also opt to offer content to all Amazon customers on an ad-supported basis, to rent or own for a one-time purchase price, or as an add-on subscription through Amazon’s Streaming Partners Program. The latter already lets viewers stream content from premium networks like Starz and Showtime.“There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service,” said Jim Freeman, vice-president of Amazon Video.“We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content.”Amazon Video Direct (AVD) is now available in all the countries where Amazon Video is available – the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.Amazon customers will be able to access new movies, TV shows, docu-series and music videos from content creators, while those creators will get performance metrics on how their videos are performing on the site.These metrics include the number of minutes a title was streamed for, projected revenue, payment history, or number of subscribers, letting video providers optimise the way they offer and promote content to customers.At the same time, Amazon announced it is Amazon Video Direct Stars program, which gives video providers the chance to earn a “monthly bonus” based on customer engagement.This bonus will come from a US$1 million per-month fund, which will be shared among the creators of the 100 most popular AVD titles on Prime Video each month, and will be paid out on top of any other revenue earned.Video creators and providers who use AVD to make their titles available in Prime Video will automatically be enrolled in the scheme, according to Amazon.Toy brand Mattel, fashion MCN Stylehaul, Conde Nast Entertainment and other major online brands such as The Guardian, Mashable, Business Insider and Machinima have all signed up as launch partners for AVD.
The BureauAmazon Prime Video has acquired French dramas for the first time, as speculation over an international SVOD launch grows.The platform has bought The Bureau, which comes from Federation Entertainment and The Oligarchs Productions, and Baron Noir, which Eric Benzekri and Jean-Baptiste Delafon created.This comes soon after the European Commission indicated plans to force SVOD platforms such as Amazon and Netflix to ensure 20% of their catalogue is European.It also comes amid increasing speculation Amazon will expand its streaming service beyond the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Japan with a full international offering. Earlier this week, Ampere Analysis said such a launch was “imminent”.The new dramas will launch on Amazon later this month, with season one of The Bureau debuting on June 17 and season two going out on August 26.The Bureau follows a member of a clandestine branch of the French Secret Service, who returns home after a six-year mission in Damascus.Baron Noir, which Pulp Fiction’s Ziad Doueiri directs, follows a French politician who wants revenge against his political enemies, while concurrently fighting to save his election after he is double-crossed.Other recent Amazon acquisitions include AMC martial arts drama Into the Badlands and ITV’s children’s toon Thunderbirds Are Go.Earlier this week it was reported the entertainment arm of the e-commerce conglom has ordered five new pilots, namely Benicio Del Toro’s Carnival Row, Kevin MacDonald’s Strange New Things, period drama Tropicana, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Legend of Master Legend.
German cable operator Tele Columbus is upgrading the former Primacom network in the town of Schwarzenberg in Saxony in eastern Germany.The operator has extended high-speed services to about 2,500 homes in the city after striking agreements with its two largest housing groups, SWG Schwarzenberg and WG Schwarzenberg.According to the operator, the upgrade will be completed by the end of July.The latest upgrade follows the extension of key housing group supply agreements in Saxony’s largest city, Leipzig, over the last year.
Cable and telecom group Altice is in ‘exploratory discussions’ with Iberian media group Prisa to take over Portugal’s Media Capital.Confirming the talks following a request by the Portuguese Securities Market Commission, the Commissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários, Altice said that it was discussion the potential acquisition of Prisa’s stake in Media Capital.TVI’s IOL portalLisbon-based Media Capital owns leading TV station TVI, which operates the flagship channel, news channel TVI24 and thematic channels TVI Ficción and TVI Reality as well as international services TVI Internacional and TVI África. It also owns internet portal IOL and a number of radio stations and press titles.Prisa owns a 94% stake in Media Capital. According to local press, the Spanish media group is looking for between €400-450 million for the group, although some observers consider this to be an unrealistically high price.Altice’s interest in Media Capital indicates that it wants to combine ownership of content assets with distribution networks in Portugal on the model followed in France with SFR. In Portugal Altice owns Meo/PT Telecom, the leading telco in the country.However, a move to take control of TVI could face regulatory hurdles. Rival service provider NOS’s chief executive Miguel Almeida last year told local newspaper Expresso that if Altice took control of Media Capital and the country’s regulators took no action, there would be “war” to ensure that the leading broadcaster’s content remained accessible to his subscribers.Almeida said it was vertical integration of service providers and TV broadcasters such as TVI or the country’s other leading commercial player, SIC, was “not welcome” and that he expected any such deal to be blocked.Last year, Portugal’s service providers were involved in a bitter battle over the exclusivity of top-tier football rights, which was eventually resolved when, after a series of indicatives driven by NOS, the main players agreed a reciprocity deal and joint ownership of the Sport TV channel to ensure that all matches would be available to subscribers of the different operators.