Bethesda, MD(BlackNews.com) -- RLJ Entertainment Inc., (NASDAQ: RLJE), created by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and The RLJ Companies, today announced the launch of two paid channels on YouTube under the "Acorn TV" and "OnCue" brands. RLJ Entertainment is a leading creator, owner and distributor of media content across digital, broadcast and physical platforms, which leverages its branding expertise, access to content and direct to consumer skills to optimize the value of its programs for distinct audiences. RLJ Entertainment was formed in October 2012 through the business combination of RLJ Acquisition, Inc., Image Entertainment, Inc. and Acorn Media Group, Inc.
As with RLJ Entertainment's existing Acorn TV digital channel, the YouTube version (www.youtube.com/AcornTV) will provide viewers with access to the best of British TV with a variety of unique, specially-curated content for consumers who have interest in high quality British TV programs. Content will include the ever popular pastoral mystery Midsomer Murders, Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) starring in the new series Jack Taylor, engaging comedy drama Honest with Amanda Redman, David Suchet (Poirot) in the fantasy series Going Postal, the Royal Shakespeare Company's master acting class starring Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, and Ben Kingsley in Playing Shakespeare, and many others.
OnCueNetwork is RLJ Entertainment's newest digital channel, offering selected urban themed programming, to include original content, that features some of today's most recognized African American and minority talent. OnCueNetwork (www.youtube.com/oncuenetwork) will provide viewers with an alternative to conventional subscription-based channels by showcasing the best digital films and series, in action, drama, romantic comedies, as well as stand-up comedy, documentaries, music and stage plays. Among the programming features will be: 35 & Ticking starring Kevin Hart and Meagan Good, All Things Fall Apart, starring 50 Cent and Lynn Whitfield, The Last Fall featuring Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, and Vanessa Bell Calloway, and I Ain't Scared of You(stand-up/documentary), featuring the late comedian Bernie Mac.
"We are pleased with today's launch of these two new subscription-based channels, Acorn and OnCue, that will offer exciting British and urban entertainment across this innovative platform," said Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment. "This announcement marks the beginning of RLJE's goal to become a major player in producing targeted digital entertainment to audiences that are underserved by existing outlets. We believe the subscription model presents not only an opportunity to develop original programming but also create further shareholder value," he concluded.
Miguel Penella, RLJ Entertainment Chief Executive Officer commented on the partnership, "We are thrilled to be in an alliance with Google to bring our unique programming to the over one billion unique users that visit YouTube each month. As the demand for our targeted content continues to grow and we build a following among passionate audiences, YouTube offers a way to diversify the manner in which the content is consumed and another new revenue stream for our business."
RLJ Entertainment is focused on driving growth through the development of interest-based lifestyle entertainment services for targeted audiences in niche genres including British drama and mystery, stand-up comedy, fitness, faith and urban by using new technologies to deliver that content to consumers.
About RLJ Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.
Via its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited ("ACL"), RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
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Nationwide(BlackNews.com) -- The Explore Microsoft Internship Program is a 12-week summer internship program that is specifically designed for college underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) and offers the opportunity to experience working at Microsoft. This program is designed to expose students to the field of software development and encourage students to pursue degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or related technical disciplines through hands-on training and group project experience.
Candidates must be a freshman or sophomore enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with a demonstrated interest in majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or related technical major. Students must have completed an Introduction to Computer Science course (or equivalent class) as well as one semester of calculus (or equivalent) by the start of the program. Finalists will be selected on the basis of eligibility and demonstrated interest in the software industry.
All candidates who meet the above criteria may apply, but they especially encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in the field of computer science - women, minorities (African American, American Indian, Hispanic), and individuals with disabilities.
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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- GiftsCollectiblesAndMore.com is an online shopping platform that sells affordable and unique African American gifts and collectibles. Created by entrepreneur Cassandra Watts of Bowling Green, Kentucky, products on the web site include figurines, Christmas ornaments, religious and inspirational gifts, collectibles from eastern Africa, art prints and a selection of ethnic greeting cards.
Having witnessed poverty in Africa, Cassandra desired to make a difference in the lives of African people. This was particularly so after seeing African women use their artistic skills to weave beautiful handmade baskets, bags and make jewelry. These women needed an outlet for their profits. Cassandra desired to help these women sell their products so that they are empowered to help themselves and support their families.
African American figurines and collectibles were of interest because they are reflections of African American history, culture and experience. Each piece of African American artwork has its own unique story. Some highlight historical events, religious traditions, family celebrations, trends of the past and other social activities. African American consumers find the products interesting because they inspire, promote pride for one’s culture and connects with African and African American heritage and culture.
The website is 100% safe and secure for online shopping, and there is even a mobile version of the store for consumers who like to shop with their smart phones. There is also a toll free number for those who wish to order by phone. Most items are shipped within 24 business hours, and all major credit cards and PayPal are accepted methods of payment.
GiftsCollectiblesAndMore.com is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau in Louisville, KY and a member of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce in Bowling Green, KY.
For more details, visit www.giftscollectiblesandmore.com
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- The Academic Network, Inc., an academic diversity corporation, has introduced the National Minority Student Database (NMSD). The NMSD is free for students interested in being recruited by graduate schools. To be listed in the database, students can go to the NMSD page at www.tandiversity.comand enter their contact information, including name, email address, major, gender, city and state.
"When I was a graduate admissions dean, I was always searching for productive ways to locate qualified, diverse candidates," says Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire, President of The Academic Network. He continues, "NMSD is absolutely free for students and will allow them to be directly recruited by graduate programs across the country."
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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) -- The new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM - featuring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Tata Vega, Patti Austin among others - spotlights the untold true stories of the backup singers to some of the greatest musical legends of our era. And, because their stories begin most often in church, where preachers’ kids learned to sing and sustaining faith grew, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM testifies to the rich roots and far reach of gospel music.
"Backup singers pretty much all started in church choirs and can sing circles around most lead singers," said Morgan Neville, the award-winning director of TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. "These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of super-stardom."
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOMpresents rare archival footage, a peerless soundtrack and intimate interviews with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Sting, to name a few. Such world-famous figures take a backseat, however, to the backup singers whose lives and stories now move to center stage.
Enter Dr. Mabel John, former solo artist who joined the "Raelettes," backing up music legend Ray Charles. Dr. John now sings from the pulpit at Joy in Jesus Ministries where she has returned to her church and gospel roots.
Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices that brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
Released by RADiUS-TWC, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOMheld the coveted slot of opening this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film launches in theaters nationwide June 14.
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