Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Arthur Wylie and Rollins Family Commit $90 Million To Produce Epic Film Trilogy In Jamaica With Creator Of Final Destination

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Rose Hall Estate, and the creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise will bring the legendary story of the White Witch of Rose Hall to the silver screen.

LOS ANGELES and MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, Director of Rose Hall Developments, Ltd., announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer – The White Witch Of Rose Hall.  Details were announced Friday, September 26th at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million “Final Destination” franchise. The trilogy will be produced by CEO, Arthur Wylie and COO, Dale Godboldo for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., and Co-Executive Produced by Michael Rollins, owner of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay. Stephanie Denton, former President of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate, will handle worldwide distribution for the films, leveraging her success with “Underworld,” “Saw,” and “Hostel.” The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global’s multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming “Superstition” franchise.

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20141003/150134

“White Witch of Rose Hall” is based on a well known story in Jamaica about “Annie Palmer” – an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and numerous male plantation slaves. Annie’s spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

“I am honored to collaborate with Michael and his family on a project that pulls from such a rich culture and vivid history,” says Arthur Wylie. “We not only share a love for Jamaica and commitment to paying homage to this extraordinary tale, the Rollins also bring an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and business acumen that stems from building a billion dollar empire from industries as varied as real estate, casinos, and hotels.”

“Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart,” said Michael Rollins. “To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over fifty years now. I’m excited to be working with Arthur, Jeffrey, and Dale to finally make it a reality.”

The Producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global’s goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.

“JAMPRO is pleased to be associated with a project of this magnitude,” says Carole Beckford, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO. “The impact it can have on the local industry is incredible, and we anticipate a great working relationship with the team. We look forward to the end result.”

To mark the announcement of the films, Global Renaissance invited both US and local media, business associates, investors, and other VIPs to a weekend filled with activities centered on the celebration of Jamaica. Guests were hosted at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay, led on island excursions by Chukka Tours, and treated to an exclusive finale party called “The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance” at Goldeneye Resort. Sponsors included Visa Signature, Range Rover, Jaguar, Virgin Atlantic, and Magellan Jets. Transportation throughout the weekend was provided by JTL Tours.

For more information on Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.: www.theglobalrenaissance.com. For media inquiries, contact: Shehawnee Prescod of Earth Angel PR at sprecod@earthangelpr.com or 404-889-1248. Connect with us on Facebook:  facebook.com/GlobalRenaissanceEntertainmentGroup and facebook.com/White-Witch-Of-Rose-Hall.

Additional pictures are available upon request.

About Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group (an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company) is a film and television production company joint ventured with the principals of Cherokee Investment Partners – a $2B investment firm. Managers attached to our upcoming projects have generated over $9B in worldwide sales. GR recently partnered with Lionsgate Films’ Codeblack division to launch movies adapted from Global’s catalog of novels by NY Times Best Selling author, Omar Tyree (8 million readers, and $30 million generated for Simon & Schuster).

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141003/150134

Click Here for More Information »

Jamaica’s Virtuoso Monty Alexander Is The Star In Jazz Around the West Indies

Monty Alexander's will ‘star’ in "Jazz around the West Indies" at the Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City from Sept 17-21, 2014.

Monty Alexander's will ‘star’ in "Jazz around the West Indies" at the Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City from Sept 17-21, 2014.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. September 8, 2014: From Grammy nominee to Commander in the Order of Distinction and Caribbean American Heritage Luminary, Jamaica’s virtuoso, Monty Alexander, has achieved them all in his more than five decade career. This September, Alexander will add another stripe to his lengthy portfolio as he ‘stars’ in “Jazz around the West Indies” at the Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City.

Alexander and his award-winning group, the Harlem Kingston Express, are set to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center show from September 17-21 in the five-day series that is a first for the legendary New York City jazz venue.

“I’m urging all my West Indian fans to come on down to Dizzy’s and experience this unique showcase of genre-and culture-blending music that is evocative of our Caribbean region,” said Alexander. “It will be a West Indian party in the shadows of Central Park.”

Reservations for the historic show at Broadway and 60th Street on the 5th Floor in Manhattan can be obtained here or by logging on directly to http://dizzys.jalc.org/index.php?option=com_dizzyclub&view=performances&event_id=12895. Show times nightly are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. For bookings call 212-258-9595. Tickets are  $40 nightly and $45 for the Saturday night performance.

Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. With 70 recordings under his belt, he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

ALEXANDER’S 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE

September 13 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Jazz at the Capitol Theater w/ Harlem Kingston Express

October 7 – Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre

October 8 – Roswell, NM, The Liberty

November 8 – Cape May, NJ, Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

November 14 – France, Conilhac Festival de Jazz, w/Trio

November 15 – Bordeaux, France, Bordeaux Auditorium, w/Trio

Dec. 26-31 – Washington, DC, Blues Alley.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia at caribpr dot com (email)

Click Here for More Information »

Jamaica’s Monty Alexander & The Harlem Kingston Express Get Ready To Roll Into Seattle

Monty Alexander’s Seattle performance will comes on the heels of the release of his new album Harlem-Kingston Express 2-The River Rolls.

Monty Alexander’s Seattle performance will comes on the heels of the release of his new album Harlem-Kingston Express 2-The River Rolls.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon July 21, 2014: With his new album riding high on the Jazz radio charts, Grammy-nominated international jazz pianist, Monty Alexander, will roll into The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle, Washington aboard the Harlem-Kingston Express this July 24th for a three-night performance.

The Jamaican-born musical virtuoso and his band will perform through July 27th and will be treating fans to some of the latest tracks from his new album, ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ which was released on April 8th on the Motéma Music label and has remained for seven weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

“We are bringing my birthday party to Seattle,” commented Alexander who turned 70 in June. “The band and I look forward to treating fans to some of the latest from the new album such as “Love Notes,” with my friends George Benson, Ramsey Lewis and Joe Sample; a live version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” recorded live in 2005 with vocalist Wendel Ferraro; previously unreleased live recordings of the Jamaican folk song “Linstead Market;” “Regulator (Reggae-Later),” as well as  a mix of interpretations including “People Make the World Go Round,” “What’s Going On” (“Wa’a Gwan”) and Jimmy Cliff’s reggae landmark “The Harder They Come.”

Alexander will be joined for the Seattle performance by band members Hassan Shakur (acoustic bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums), Andy Bassford (guitar), Joshua Thomas (electric bass) and Karl Wright (drums/percussion).

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on July 24th through 26th for two nightly performances – at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.  On Sunday July 27th, Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express will only perform at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26.50 per performance. To reserve your seat today, log on here or to http://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=1403

Seattle’s Jazz Alley is a fixture of the Seattle live music and dining scene, family-owned and operated since 1979.

ALEXANDER’S 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE

August 1 – Telluride, CO, Telluride Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

August 2-3 – Denver, CO, Dazzle Jazz w/ Monty Alexander

August 7 – Vail, CO, Vail Jazz Festival w/ Monty Alexander Trio

August 8-9 – Aspen, CO, Aspen JazzSnowman w/ Harlem Kingston Express

August 10 – San Jose, CA, San Jose Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

August 30 – Easton, MD, 6th Annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival

September 13 – Salt Lake City, UT, Capitol Theatre w/ Harlem Kingston Express

November 8 – Cape May, NJ, Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

ABOUT MONTY ALEXANDER

In a career spanning five decades and with 70 recordings under his belt, Alexander has built a reputation that bridged the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica to create his own musical brand.

His collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations and he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

Click Here for More Information »

West Indies ODI Skipper Dwayne Bravo Dazzles With Debut Solo Hit Single

Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo

CaribPR Wire, LONDON, England, Fri. Jun. 6, 2013: He’s the enigmatic captain of the dynamic West Indies One-Day International (ODI) cricket team. He continues to dominate the global cricketing arena and is adored by millions the world over. Now, following his much-talked about win as ODI Player of the Year at the prestigious West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Awards, that took place in Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday evening, Dwayne Bravo is finishing off what has been an exhilarating week, by adding yet another glamorous accolade to his ever-growing repertoire.

Bravo, earlier this week, released his debut solo hit single, ‘Go Gyal Go,’ in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, and is now set to take the world by storm, by recording his first full album shortly.

The video to the catchy ‘Go Gyal Go’ track, directed by the highly-acclaimed Jason Williams and featuring fellow West Indies cricketing superstar Fidel Edwards, already has fans abuzz and has been touted as one of this summer’s biggest dancehall-soca anthems

Written by leading songwriters Dale Ryan, Emmanuel Rudder, Patrice Millien and Danielle Millien, and produced by powerhouse production units Millbeatz Entertainment and Mad Men Productions, ‘Go Gyal Go,’ typifies Bravo’s energetic and vibrant personality, which has endeared him to masses of adoring cricketing fans around the world.

“Cricket has given me the opportunity to widen my horizons. I have achieved so much in cricket and as a result, I am now also able to expand my creative sphere,” Bravo stated emphatically. “Music is a passion and a way of life for me. I always maintained that, had I not carved out a career as a cricketer, I would have ended up in the entertainment industry. I am now developing my own artistic ideas for further tracks that will feature on my new album, and I am excited that I have come such a long way and developed my own style and confidence in the musical arena, from when I first dabbled in this industry with the guidance of my best friend, the Grammy-Award winning dancehall artiste, Beenie Man. This is an avenue I am seriously considering as a career, following my eventual tenure in world cricket.”

Bravo leads a new generation of young, highly successful, West Indian cricketers, who are revered for their dynamism and entertaining style of cricket and who subsequently, have taken advantage of the many alluring off-field commercial and business opportunities that are also showered their way.

“Cricket is a game but also a lucrative business framework these days,” he added. “The game now brings with it many and varied opportunities, particularly, for in-demand players. I work closely with my Agent in deciding which such ventures, when presented, would benefit myself, my image and my public profile in the longer-term. The priority is that I never jeopardize my position as a senior member of the West Indies Cricket team and the privilege such a position holds. However, it is of course wonderful to have opportunities and offers to act in big-name movies, partner with billion-dollar Chinese firms, be the face of telecommunications giants and have the flexibility to explore my musical ability and aptitude, for example. I feel extremely blessed.”

The T20 superstar is also said to be expanding his business portfolio further, by partnering with his Agent and several high-profile West Indian cricketers in pioneering an exciting, celebrity landmark development, details of which are being kept under wraps.

“There are a lot of exciting plans in the pipeline for Dwayne Bravo. I want to explore as many of my creative and business capabilities as I can around my cricket, which obviously continues to remain my number one goal,” he said, displaying his usual charisma and confidence.

Bravo’s promotional tour for his debut solo single, ‘Go Gyal Go,’ commences this week and will include a highly anticipated appearance at a star-studded promotional kick-off event for the forthcoming Canadian Premier League tournament, which is also set to feature other global cricketing superstars such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The single is expected to be available on iTunes, shortly.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Emma Everett

agent@officialdwaynebravo.com

Click Here for More Information »

Nexus Networks Announces Launch Of Premier Lifestyle Channel Featuring Island Life

Producer and Journalist Jeanille Bonterre, Award-Winning Filmmaker Sean Michael Field Position Network as the Caribbean Connection to the World

CAYMAN ISLANDS, Caribbean, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Nexus Networks, co-founded by MTV TEMPO’s Jeanille Bonterre and award-winning filmmaker Sean Michael Field, today announced the launch of its premier lifestyle channel, which will be dedicated to bringing island life to the forefront through original programming.

Powered by LIME Cayman Islands, Nexus Networks presents the rhythm of the islands with universal appeal. Fusing the founders’ extensive professional experience and passion for Caribbean lifestyle, Nexus Networks is positioned as the Caribbean connection to the world.

As Nexus Networks CEO and executive producer of the popular travel series “Island Xclusive,” Bonterre is an innovator in the new era of the Caribbean media industry.

“Nexus means ‘core,’ and that is exactly what the Caribbean is to this authentic channel. Sean and I will show the world that the Caribbean is not just a destination, but a lifestyle to embrace,” Bonterre said.

This new channel will feature films, documentaries and reality shows as well as cultural and educational programming that will excite and intrigue a broad spectrum of viewers. To get a feel for the riddim of Nexus Networks, click here.

As COO, Field brings his multifaceted expertise, innovative ideas and industry experience to Nexus Networks. Field starred in the film “Wedding Day” and wrote the screenplay “Egress,” which recently won the Metropolitan College of New York Film Festival.

“In addition to building the Caribbean brand, we want to serve as a home for producers who seek to develop and deliver original multi-cultural programming,” Field said. “All programming on Nexus Networks has a local component, which is what makes it groundbreaking and essential to our mission to stay Caribbean while providing mass appeal.”

To learn more about channel availability or request programming in your area, visit http://www.nexusnetworks.tv/.

About Nexus Networks
Nexus Networks delivers the Caribbean Islands. From the sights and sounds to the action and excitement, the beat that makes the islands unique lives on Nexus Networks. The network embraces the mission of producing quality multi-cultural media featuring the Caribbean’s priceless resources, undeniable destinations and extraordinary people. For more information, visit http://www.nexusnetworks.tv/. Follow Nexus Networks on Twitter at @NexusNetworksTV and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nexusnetworkstv.

CONTACT:  Nexus Networks, info@nexusnetworks.tv, 345-924-6248

Click Here for More Information »

HBO Renews Game of Thrones for Fifth & Sixth Seasons

MIAMI, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Due to its outstanding worldwide success, HBO announced the renewal of its original series Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The award-winning series recently launched its 10-episode fourth season on Sunday, April 6th.

In addition to new characters this season, returning cast regulars include Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Alfie Allen, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Kristofer Hivju, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon and Carice van Houten.

Game of Thrones is executive produced by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive produced by Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin; and produced by Chris Newman and Greg Spence.

For images and additional information on the series, visit www.hbolapress.com

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader that, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 24 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, Cinemax, MAX, MAX Prime, MAX HD and MAX Caribbean.

Press Contacts

HBO Latin America

Melody Regalado

Tel: +1-305-648-8114

mregalado@hbo-la.com

Burson-Marsteller

Daniela Morgenstern

Tel: +1-305-347-4388

daniela.morgenstern@bm.com

Click Here for More Information »

Brooklyn Gets Ready To Welcome International Jazz Virtuoso Monty Alexander This Saturday

Monty Alexander’s Brooklyn performance will come just days before he releases his new album.

Monty Alexander’s Brooklyn performance will come just days before he releases his new album.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Sun. Mar. 23, 2014: Just 11 days before award-winning, New York-based artist Monty Alexander releases his new album, the jazz virtuoso is set for a scintillating performance at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.

The Jamaican-born, Grammy-nominated performer and his band Harlem-Kingston Express are set to raise the roof in the Caribbean-populated borough of Brooklyn on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8 p.m.

“We are bringing a party that will fuse the smooth sounds of jazz classics with the infectious rhythms of reggae to create a singular sound unlike any other for our fans at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts this weekend,” said Alexander, whose ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On’ album will be released on April 8th on the Motéma Music label.

Tickets to see Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express are $40 for orchestra and $30 for the mezzanine level and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 between Tues-Sat, 1 -6 p.m. or online at BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

Hailed as “an effervescent pianist and one of Jamaica’s proudest musical exports” by the New York Times, Alexander will take the Harlem Kingston Express on the road beginning this June for a 12-city tour that will include New York to Washington, D.C., Seattle, Colorado, California, Maryland and New Jersey.

His new album encapsulates the many moments in Alexander’s remarkable career and finds him returning to its earlier stages: both his teenage years, when he played on sessions helmed by pioneering reggae producers Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, Duke Reid and Chris Blackwell, and his first decades in the U.S., when he had the occasion to record and perform with icons such as Frank Sinatra, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown, among countless others.

The album features  “Love Notes,” with Alexander and his friends George Benson, Ramsey Lewis and Joe Sample; a live version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” recorded live in 2005 with vocalist Wendel Ferraro; previously unreleased live recordings of the Jamaican folk song “Linstead Market;” Alexander’s “Regulator (Reggae-Later),” as well as  a mix of interpretations including “People Make the World Go Round,” “What’s Going On” (“Wa’a Gwan”) and Jimmy Cliff’s reggae landmark “The Harder They Come.”

2014 TOUR SCHEDULE

June 12 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club w/ Harlem Kingston Express

June 13 – Washington, D.C., Howard Theater w/ Harlem Kingston Express

July 24-27 – Seattle, WA, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley w/ Harlem Kingston Express

August 1 – Telluride, CO, Telluride Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

August 2-3 – Denver, CO, Dazzles w/ Monty Alexander Trio

August 7 – Vail, CO, Vail Jazz Festival w/ Monty Alexander Trio

August 8-9 – Aspen, CO, Aspen JazzSnowman w/ Harlem Kingston Express

August 10 – San Jose, CA, San Jose Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

August 30 – Easton, MD, 6th Annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival

September 13 – Salt Lake City, UT, Capitol Theatre w/ Harlem Kingston Express

November 8 – Cape May, NJ, Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

ABOUT MONTY ALEXANDER

In a career spanning five decades and with 70 recordings under his belt, Alexander has built a reputation that bridged the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica to create his own musical brand.

His collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations and he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, legendary bassist Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit montyalexander.com or follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

Click Here for More Information »

Absolut Karnival Takes Carnival by Storm in Trinidad and Tobago

MIAMI, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Absolut is proud to announce that the world-renowned vodka will be unveiling its newest flavor and bottle, Absolut Karnival, at one of the world’s most prominent carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. The passion fruit and orange blossom-flavored limited edition Absolut Karnival will capture the transformative energy of Carnival.

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140227/FL73910)

Inspired by carnival and launched in a big way, Absolut will be participating, or “playing mas” as it is known locally, in Port of Spain for the first time with the bottle’s exclusively designed characters. The Absolut Karnival Cocktail truck that features the distinct shape of the Absolut bottle will be strutting down the parade route with one of the island’s most revered bands, Harts.

The alignment with Harts joins one of the island’s most premium bands with the premium vodka brand. The family owned band that has been around for more than 50 years and has won Carnival five times is welcoming the Absolut Karnival Cocktail truck for the first time.

Absolut unveils the newest Karnival bottle design, featuring artwork by the Brazilian graphic novel artist and writer Rafael Grampa. The five characters symbolize freedom, spirit, smoothness, style and happiness; elements that are vital to the joy and celebration of carnival.

All five characters, along with stilt walkers, will be playing mas on Carnival Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 with “masqueraders” and Absolut personnel will be handing out complimentary samples.

Look for the Absolut Karnival Cocktail truck playing mas with Harts and get your taste of Karnival.

The Absolut Company has the worldwide responsibility for the production, innovation and strategic marketing of Absolut Vodka, Malibu, Kahlua, Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Fris. Absolut Vodka is the world’s fourth largest premium spirits brand. Every bottle of Absolut Vodka is produced in Åhus, southern Sweden. Malibu is the number one rum-based coconut spirit in the world, sold in more than 150 countries. Kahlua coffee liqueur is the world leader in its category. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. The Absolut Company is a part of Pernod Ricard, which holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector.

For additional information on Absolut Karnival, artist Rafael Grampa, and Absolut products, please visit www.absolut.com.

CONTACT: For additional information and images of Absolut Karnival’s participation in Trinidad & Tobago’s carnival, contact: Jessica Drouet, MGSCOMM, Jessica@mgscomm.com, +1 786 433 4069

Click Here for More Information »

Jamaica’s International Jazz Great Monty Alexander To Bring Warmth To Atlanta

Monty Alexander brings a special blend of jazz to each performance. (Crush Boone image)

Monty Alexander brings a special blend of jazz to each performance. (Crush Boone image)

CaribPR, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Feb. 18, 2014:  Jazz great and Jamaican-born Commander in the Order of Distinction, Monty Alexander, is set to bring a musical wave of sunshine to the Peach State this Saturday.

Described as “one of the most eclectic pianists you’ll ever hear” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Alexander will play the famed Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia this Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 8:15 P.M.

Spivey Hall is renowned internationally for its superb acoustics, is home to the award-winning Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and Spivey Hall Young Artists and has become one of the places to play on the American classical and jazz music circuits.

The Grammy-nominated musician says he hopes the thousands of Caribbean nationals in Atlanta will come out as well this Saturday to enjoy the musical blend he will be offering – a unique blend of traditional jazz coupled with the contemporary Caribbean up-tempo reggae blend that has made him popular around the globe.

Atlanta jazz fans can get tickets here now or by logging on directly to https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/CLAY/

ABOUT MONTY ALEXANDER

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others.

Alexander’s collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991 (the resulting album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. Two collections were released in 2011 that capture the excitement of Monty Alexander’s live performances around the world: Uplift, a trio album on JLP Records, and Harlem-Kingston Express on Motema Music.

‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination in 2012.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” and in November 2012 he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Click Here for More Information »

Legendary Jamaican Piano Man To Play The “Blues”

Jazz Great Monty Alexander.

Jazz Great Monty Alexander.

CaribPR, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Dec. 23, 2013:  On the heels of his London Jazz Festival performance, Grammy-nominated international jazz pianist, the legendary Jamaican-born Monty Alexander, will catch a good case of the “blues” beginning next week and lasting into January 2014.

Alexander, who is gearing up for the release of his “Harlem Kingston Express 2,” next year, will begin the “blue-bration” with his annual holiday performance at the legendary Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., from December 27th through the 31st.

Blues Alley has earned rave reviews globally for showcasing internationally renowned concert hall artists in a small intimate setting and for the past two years, Alexander has been the act booked to ring in the New Year. Tickets for this show are in demand so book early.

Show times nightly will be 8 and 10 p.m.  For a full schedule of Alexander’s performance and to book advance tickets log on to http://www.bluesalley.com/events.cfm.

THE BLUE NOTE

Alexander will continue his musical celebration with a historic performance in January 2014 at New York’s legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, under the theme, “A History of Jamaican Music – Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady and Jazz.”

“This show will be one of the most incredible that I have ever been a part of,” commented Jamaica’s acclaimed Piano Man. “It will truly be called a musical presentation of the history of reggae and Jamaican music!”

The New York performance at the legendary jazz club will run from January 13th for one night only before returning for six consecutive nights, from January 21st with vocalist, Caterina Zapponi & the Pizzarellis on guitars and bass and John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton from the 22nd to the 24th . All of the artists will be backed by Alexander’s Grammy-nominated band, the Harlem-Kingston Express.

HISTORY OF REGGAE

“A History Of Reggae,” will take the show to higher heights on January 25th and 26th and will not only feature Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and ‘Luminary Award’ 2012 recipient, Alexander, but Ernest Ranglin, Jamaica’s Master of the Guitar and the pioneer and innovator of reggae and Jamaican music; and the new Prince of Reggae and Jamaica’s most buzzed about reggae act, Chronixx.

Ranglin played guitar on many early ska recordings in Jamaica and helped create the rhythmic guitar style that defined the music form. He has worked with Jimmy Cliff, The Skatalites and the late great Robert Nesta Marley and is a known for a chordal and rhythmic approach that blends jazz, mento and reggae with percussive guitar solos incorporating rhythm ‘n’ blues and jazz inflections. In 2008 Ranglin was inducted into the Jamaican Music Hall of Fame by the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA).

Chronixx, born Jamar McNaughton, 21, has been lauded recently as reggae’s next superstar. The first single from his “Dread and Terrible” EP, “Here Comes Trouble” recently topped the BBC’s digital urban station Radio 1Xtra chart, is in rotation on Sirius XM’s reggae channel.

Show times on January 13th and January 21-26th at the Blue Note will be 8 and 10:30 p.m. For more and to make reservation, log on to http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=11634

ABOUT MONTY ALEXANDER

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others.

Alexander’s collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991 (the resulting album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. Two collections were released in 2011 that capture the excitement of Monty Alexander’s live performances around the world: Uplift, a trio album on JLP Records, and Harlem-Kingston Express on Motema Music.

‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination in 2012.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” and in November 2012 he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Click Here for More Information »

HBO Negotiations with WestStar TV Reach an Impasse

WestStar continues its unauthorized interception and rebroadcast of HBO programming

MIAMI, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Negotiations between HBO Latin America and Cayman Islands cable television operator WestStar TV have reached an impasse, after WestStar management did not accept HBO’s proposals that would have legalized WestStar’s rebroadcast of HBO programming under a licensing agreement with HBO LA.

“We had hoped that after we explored every possible business scenario with WestStar’s management, they would recognize their violation of international intellectual property rights and would have seen an end to WestStar’s unauthorized interception and rebroadcast of HBO programming in the Cayman Islands,” said Miguel Oliva, Vice President for Public Relations and Corporate Affairs at HBO Latin America.

WestStar was reported to have temporarily suspended HBO programming broadcasts for several days after receiving official notification that it lacked the consent and authorization of the copyright owners of the programming to legally distribute the broadcasts. Since then, the signal has been restored under the same non-ethical process. HBO Latin America will continue to pursue WestStar for its ongoing intellectual property rights violations by all means available and through any appropriate regulatory body in the Cayman Islands, the U.S. and Great Britain.

“We are hopeful that the Cayman Islands Government and the local regulatory authority will recognize that local companies such as WestStar should not be allowed to operate in this manner as it is affecting the island’s standing and reputation in the international business community,” said Oliva.  “We intend to pursue this matter with the newly elected government and remain confident that we may still avoid litigation, though HBO will pursue all legal options to enforce its rights and those of the copyright owners.”

HBO Latin America is proud of its licensed and authorized Cayman Islands partners, LIME and Logic, who offer world class HBO and MAX programming to their subscribers with the authority and license of the copyright owners.

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader that, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 24 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, Cinemax, MAX and MaxPrime.

Click Here for More Information »

Jamaica’s International Jazz Pianist Brings ‘One Love’ Vibrations To Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, NYC

Jamaican-Born Jazz Great, Monty Alexander.

Jamaican-Born Jazz Great, Monty Alexander.

CaribPR, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Aug. 6, 2013:  Monty Alexander, Jamaica’s legendary, international jazz pianist, will celebrate the 51st independence anniversary of his homeland with a return to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City from August 14-18, 2013.

Alexander and his Grammy-nominated Harlem-Kingston Express band,  will soar with his positive vibrations of ‘One Love and Upliftment several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner building, 10 Columbus Circle in New York City.

Show times each day are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

The musician, whose 50th anniversary album, “Harlem-Kingston Express: Live!” was nominated for a Reggae Grammy and won rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The London Evening Standard and Jazz Times among dozens of other media houses, will return to his home state of New York from performances  in Seattle, WA.

Tickets for The Dizzy’s show are $40-45 and can be obtained by logging on here or to https://jalc.org/dizzys/events/event/av-136063#.UcSCc5wmwdo

“This is a celebration of my Jamaican roots and of Jamaica’s 51st anniversary of independence and I look forward to seeing my Caribbean music fans in the house,” said Alexander. “My band and I will be celebrating the vibes of one love and positive upliftment.”

Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and ‘Luminary Award’ 2012 recipient, will next head to Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts for an August 25th performance and celebrate Labor Day Weekend, August 29th to September 1st with the ‘Monty Alexander Jazz Festival’ in Easton, Maryland.

About Monty Alexander

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others.

Alexander’s collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991 (the resulting album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. Two collections were released in 2011 that capture the excitement of Monty Alexander’s live performances around the world: Uplift, a trio album on JLP Records, and Harlem-Kingston Express on Motema Music.

Harlem Kinston Express: Live! was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination in 2012.

In the summer of 2012 Monty Alexander was awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” and in November 2012 he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Click Here for More Information »

CARIBBEAN FEVER IRIE JAMBOREE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 TO KICK OFF WITH ALL-STAR HAITIAN AND FRENCH-CARIBBEAN ARTISTS AT BARCLAYS CENTER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

caribbeanfeverlogo

Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Tabou Combo And Djakout #1

To Perform On Opening Night Of Three-Day Concert Celebration In New York

Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival International Night

CaribPR Wire, New York, NY, Thursday, June 27, 2013: – Today, Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival announced the official line-up for the International-themed opening night of the three-day festival, a premier celebration of Caribbean cultures, cuisine, fashion and music. The event is scheduled to take place during Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the landmark Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, New York.  Iconic artists from the French-speaking Caribbean Diaspora slated to perform on Friday’s “International Night” include Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Tabou Combo and Djakout #1. The festival’s Saturday and Sunday night performances will feature big-name Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso, Soca and World Beat superstars.

As a lead-up to the famed West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn that attracts over three million participants, the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival will be a highlight of the Labor Day Weekend cultural activities for New York’s vibrant Caribbean-American communities.  The French-Caribbean musical genres of Zouk and Kompa will be taking center stage during the festival’s opening “International Night” with powerhouse performers.

Award-winning and multi-platinum musician and producer Wyclef Jean will headline the opening night’s festivities.  One of the world’s most talented artists, Haitian-born Jean has risen to the top of the American and international music scene over the past two decades as front man of the musical trio Fugees and during his solo career. Jean’s April Showers mixtape was released in April 2013 as fans await his upcoming album The Carnival Begins. Jean is guaranteed to electrify the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival audience with his eclectic mix of world carnival rhythms, Hip-Hop and Caribbean island vibes.

Hailed for their dynamic concert productions, the 2013 Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival will mark Kassav’s return to New York City after two years.  For over 30 years, the beloved show-stoppers have popularized the Zouk-style of music originating from Guadeloupe and Martinique.  With a new album released in May 2013 entitled Sonjé, Kassav’s French Antillean Creole lyrics and beats captivate loyal global fans.

The showcase of legendary musicians will also include the original ambassadors of Haitian Kompa music – Tabou Combo.  The internationally-renowned band has taken Kompa dance music to new heights as one of the most famous and successful bands from the Caribbean. This year, Tabou Combo commemorates its 45th anniversary and continues to sell out live shows and major festivals around the world.

Carnival will come alive on the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival stage with Djakout #1, one of Haiti’s most sought-after music groups.  Crowned as a top band in Haiti for their high-energy performances, Djakout #1 is well-known among the younger generation of “Kompa Dirèk” contemporary music lovers.

The Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival’s “International Night” will also present master DJ’s to entertain avid concert-goers.  New York’s most popular Haitian-American DJ Stakz Hi-Profyle will hit the stage as the main DJ for Friday’s sensational performances.  Additionally, a “DJ Battle for the Barclays” is being produced by festival organizers, and the grand-prize winner of the DJ search will share the stage with the event’s prominent musicians and bands. The “DJ Battle for the Barclays” will be hosted every weekend at Liquid Bar and Lounge located at 322 North Central Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580.

“Music is a universal language and we’re thrilled to showcase a fusion of iconic artists from the French Caribbean on the opening night of this year’s historic Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival weekend at the Barclays Center,” said Blandine Jean-Paul, principal and executive marketing director of White-Mark Entertainment.

The Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival weekend is a joint production with Irie Jamboree, North America’s leading reggae festival.  Since its 2003 launch, Irie Jamboree has built a solid reputation globally for being the best one-day reggae festival in the U.S.  Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Irie Jamboree reggae showcase is being presented on the closing night of the three-day Caribbean Fever Music Festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of Irie Jam Radio, New York’s primary source for Caribbean local radio entertainment.

Following “International Night,” the 2013 Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival will feature the hottest Reggae, Dancehall, Soca and Calypso entertainers.  Saturday night’s “Carnival Mania” line-up of Soca and Calypso will include Bunji Garlin; Iwer George; Alison Hinds; Fay-Ann Lyons; and Edwin Yearwood.  Sunday night’s Irie Jamboree roster of roots Reggae and Dancehall music will feature Damian “Jr Gong” Marley; I-Octane; and Shabba Ranks.  Additional A-list artists will be announced.

The Barclays Center, which celebrated its grand New York opening in 2012, will be home to thousands of Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival concert goers, music press and supporters from across the United States and around the world.  Production of the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival weekend is led by a management team of prominent media and entertainment industry insiders: Robert Clarke, executive director and founder, Irie Jam Media Group; Dahved Levy, executive director, Devonish Productions and founder of Caribbean Fever Music Festival; and Steven Williams, executive director and founder, Irie Jamboree.

Tickets are available for sale via Ticketmaster.  For additional event information and sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival, contact Blandine Jean-Paul, principal and executive marketing director, White-Mark Entertainment, at 516-984-6286 or via email at info@white-markentertainment.com

ABOUT CARIBBEAN FEVER IRIE JAMBOREE MUSIC FESTIVAL

The festival will take place over three days (Friday August 30 – Sunday, September 1, 2013). The event will transform the Barclays Center into an explosion of Caribbean cultures such as cuisine, fashion, reggae wear, music products, beverage, books, magazines, flags and other assorted Caribbean paraphernalia will be on display and on sale. The festival is expected to be a media feeding frenzy for the international music press, with coverage expected from journalists from Japan, Europe, Canada, South America, the Caribbean, and various states across the USA.

ABOUT WHITE-MARK ENTERTAINMENT (WME)

White-Mark Entertainment (WME), which is serving as the full service event sponsorship and marketing agency for the 2013 Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival, is also leading promotion and marketing strategy for the festival’s “International Night” and has secured an exclusive performance contract with Kassav through Labor Day Weekend 2013.  White-Mark Entertainment (WME) is a new entertainment marketing company that leverages nearly three decades of unparalleled industry experience among its founding partners.  Founded in 2012, White-Mark Entertainment’s mission is to change the landscape for multicultural events and help more brands maximize their reach and target affluent Caribbean immigrants, Caribbean-Americans and Hispanics. For more information, regarding White-Mark Entertainment and its services, please contact info@white-markentertainment.com

Click Here for More Information »

Jazz Great Takes His “Uplift” Rhythm To Three States

D.C. – June 20th-23rd; PA – June 28th; Rochester, NY – June 29th

Jamaican-born, jazz great, Monty Alexander. (Photo credit: A. Nahigian)

Jamaican-born, jazz great, Monty Alexander. (Photo credit: A. Nahigian)

CaribPR, NEW YORK, NY, Mon., June 17, 2013: Grammy-nominated, Jamaican-born jazz great, Monty Alexander is on a mission in his 51st year of music – taking his “Uplift” rhythm to as many fans as possible across the U.S. and around the world.

Fresh from headlining the Dominica Creole Music Festival in the Caribbean, Alexander and his Grammy-nominated band, The Harlem Kingston Express, will bring their foot-tapping, hip swinging jazz to Washington, D.C.’s prestigious club, Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, from June 20th through 23rd.

The performance at 8 and 10 p.m. nightly comes as Alexander’s new album release “Uplift 2” on the JLP label, remains on the Jazz charts amidst rave reviews.

Tickets for the shows are $40 and can be bought online at http://www.bluesalleylive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=278567D9-D3AC-41FC-D138A9D50A1510B2

“I look forward to having another opportunity to play with my ensemble, Harlem-Kingston Express, for my long-time, faithful friends, as well as new friends who may visit with us,” said Alexander. “I and my colleagues will be celebrating our ‘One Love’ experience as well as the ‘Joy of Life.’”

From D.C., Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and The Harlem Kingston Express will head to Allegheny, PA for a free performance at the South Park Amphitheater from 7:30 p.m. on June 28th.

He will end Caribbean American Heritage Month in Rochester, NY at the Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 29th from 9 p.m. where he is one of the headliners at the free show, set for the City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage.

For more see http://www.rochesterjazz.com/artist_lineup/?artist_id=934.

About Monty Alexander

Over his stellar career, Alexander, whose influence combines that of Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris and Nat “King” Cole, has performed with international stars including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

In fact, it was Sinatra and his best friend Jilly Rizzo who hired Alexander after he moved to the United States in 1961 at the age of 17.  And it was at Jilly’s famed New York City nightclub that this Jamaican teen caught the ears of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt “Bags” Jackson.

Bags introduced him to the great bassist Ray Brown, and the rest as they say, is history, including Alexander’s 1976 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival performance with drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton, which has become one of the most celebrated live recordings in contemporary jazz.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Click Here for More Information »

WHITE-MARK ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES CONTRACT WITH CARIBBEAN FEVER MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR HISTORIC THREE-DAY SHOW AT BARCLAYS CENTER

white-mark stacked logocaribbeanfever

Caribbean-Themed New York Concerts Scheduled For Labor Day Weekend 2013


CaribPR Wire, New York, NY, Weds. May 22, 2013: Today White-Mark Entertainment (WME) announced its contract with the 2013 Caribbean Fever Music Festival, a premier celebration of Caribbean cultures, cuisine, fashion and music.  Presented in partnership with Irie Jamboree, Inc., the Caribbean Fever Music Festival is a three-day live event taking place during Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the landmark Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, New York. The music festival will feature big-name performers and bring together thousands of concert goers, music press and supporters from across the United States and around the world.  The Caribbean Fever Music Festival will also enhance Labor Day Weekend cultural activities for New York’s vibrant Caribbean-American communities as a lead-up to the famed West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn that attracts over three million participants.

The Caribbean Fever Music Festival weekend is a joint production with Irie Jamboree, North America’s leading reggae festival.  Irie Jamboree built a solid reputation globally for being the best one-day reggae festival in the U.S. and set a record attendance in 2008 with 25,000 patrons.  Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Irie Jamboree reggae showcase is being presented on of the three nights of the Caribbean Fever Music Festival and is moving from its regular venue in Queens for a grand debut at the state-of-the-art Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.  As one of New York’s most sought-after arenas, the Barclays Center has featured some of the world’s leading entertainers since its opening in 2012 and is also home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.  The Caribbean Fever Music Festival will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of Irie Jam Radio, New York’s primary source for Caribbean local radio entertainment

White-Mark Entertainment, a new entertainment marketing company targeting multicultural audiences across major live-event platforms, is serving as the full service event sponsorship and marketing agency for the 2013 Caribbean Fever Music Festival.  Launched in 2012, the newly formed company is comprised of a seasoned marketing and creative team led by founding partners Blandine Jean-Paul and Jean “Marco” Guerrier. Together Jean-Paul and Guerrier bring more than 27 years of combined industry experience.  Created to deliver unparalleled services and change the landscape for multicultural events, White-Mark Entertainment’s mission is to help more brands maximize their reach among affluent Caribbean immigrants, Caribbean-Americans and Hispanics.

Haitian-American marketing executive Jean-Paul is principal and executive marketing director of White-Mark Entertainment and has led marketing initiatives for the annual Irie Jamboree event since its 2003 launch.  With nearly two decades of multi-media experience leading all facets of partner activation and integration across various platforms, Jean-Paul is a key playmaker and strategist for some of the biggest sporting events and awards shows, driving millions of dollars in advertising and sponsorship revenue.

Commenting on White-Mark Entertainment’s key role with the 2013 Caribbean Fever Music Festival, Jean-Paul noted, “We are very proud to partner with this year’s dynamic Caribbean Fever Music Festival and look forward to delivering a memorable three-day experience for sponsors and guests at the renowned Barclays Center.”

Haitian-born Guerrier, who serves as principal and executive creative director of White-Mark Entertainment, has over a decade of experience helping businesses design, create and implement creative solutions that increase their presence in the marketplace.  As founder of Icon Graphix, Guerrier has a strong track record of working with diverse clients and exceeding their marketing and sales objectives.

“It is very exciting to join creative forces with this year’s Caribbean Fever Music Festival, which will be a non-stop weekend of spectacular music, culture and entertainment,” stated Guerrier.

The 2013 Caribbean Fever Music Festival and Irie Jamboree co-production will feature a stellar lineup of legendary reggae, dancehall and soca artists across the Caribbean Diaspora, as well as several other genres of music.  Notably, one of the three nights will showcase R&B music with iconic performers spanning the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Previous Irie Jamboree musical acts have included:  Admiral Bailey; Anthony B; Beenieman; Buju Banton; Baby Cham alongside hip-hop pioneers KRS-One, Doug E Fresh, Chubb Rock, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane and Black Sheep; Da’Ville; Macka Diamond; Etana; Beres Hammond; Morgan Heritage; Queen Ifrica; Gregory Isaacs; Barrington Levy; Luciano; Beenie Man; Elephant Man; Jr. Gong Marley; Stephen Marley; Wayne Marshall; Tony Matterhorn; Freddie McGregor; Tanto Metro & Devonte; Gramps Morgan; Munga; Frankie Paul; Sean Paul; Tarrus Riley; Lady Saw; Shabba; Sizzla; Richie Spice; Tanya Stephens; Coco Tea; Mr. Vegas; Wayne Wonder; and Yellowman, among others.

Production of the Caribbean Fever Music Festival weekend is led by a management team of prominent media and entertainment industry insiders: Robert Clarke, executive director and founder, Irie Jam Media Group; Dahved Levy, executive director, Devonish Productions and founder of Caribbean Fever Music Festival; and Steven Williams, executive director and founder, Irie Jamboree.
For additional event information and sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 Caribbean Fever Music Festival, contact Blandine Jean-Paul, principal and executive marketing director, White-Mark Entertainment, at 516-984-6286 or via email at info@white-markentertainment.com

ABOUT WHITE-MARK ENTERTAINMENT (WME)

White-Mark Entertainment (WME) is a new entertainment marketing company that leverages nearly three decades of unparalleled industry experience among its founding partners.  Founded in 2012, White-Mark Entertainment’s mission is to change the landscape for multicultural events and help more brands maximize their reach and target affluent Caribbean immigrants, Caribbean-Americans and Hispanics. For more information, regarding White-Mark Entertainment and its services, please contact info@white-markentertainment.com

ABOUT CARIBBEAN FEVER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND IRIE JAMBOREE

This year, the annual Irie Jamboree reggae festival is presented as part of the Caribbean Fever Music Festival at a new home, the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn. The festival will take place over three days (Friday August 30 – Sunday, September 1, 2013). The event will transform the Barclays Center into an explosion of Caribbean cultures such as cuisine, fashion, reggae wear, music products, beverage, books, magazines, flags and other assorted Caribbean paraphernalia will be on display and on sale. One of the three nights will be dedicated to R&B music and will feature some of the most accomplished stars from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s era. The festival is expected to be a media feeding frenzy for the international music press, with coverage expected from journalists from Japan, Europe, Canada, South America, the Caribbean, and various states across the USA.

Click Here for More Information »

Caribbean Jazz Great Returns To Premier NY Jazz Club

Jamaican-Born Jazz Great, Monty Alexander. (Photo credit: A. Nahigian)

Jamaican-Born Jazz Great, Monty Alexander. (Photo credit: A. Nahigian)

CaribPR, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 1, 2013: Birdland Jazz Club will be springing to life this May, as Grammy-nominated artist Monty Alexander and his Grammy-nominated band, The Harlem Kingston Express, returns with their foot-tapping, hip swinging Caribbean infused jazz.

The Jamaican-born, Caribbean-raised jazz great, who recently released his new album and entered his 51st year as a musician, will play New York’s premier live music venue, Birdland, at 315 West 44th Street in New York City, from May 7th to 11th at 8:30 and 11 p.m. nightly.

The performance comes as Alexander’s new album release “Uplift 2” on the JLP label, sits at #4 on the Jazz charts. Tickets for Birdland are $30-40 and can be obtained by logging on here or to http://www.birdlandjazz.com/event/243141-monty-alexander-harlem-new-york/

“I look forward to having another opportunity to play with my ensemble, Harlem-Kingston Express, in one of the finest music venues in the world – Birdland – for my long time faithful friends, as well as new friends who may visit with us,” said Alexander. “I and my colleagues will be celebrating our One Love experience as well as the Joy of Life.”

The musician, whose 50th anniversary album, “Harlem-Kingston Express: Live!” was nominated for a Reggae Grammy and won rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The London Evening Standard and Jazz Times among dozens of other media houses, is fresh from performances  at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Boston’s legendary Scullers Jazz Club.

Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and ‘Luminary Award’ 2012 recipient, will next head to the nature isle of Dominica for the first time, where he will headline the increasingly popular, Dominica Jazz ‘n Creole Festival on May 19th at the Cabrits National Park.

Following his Dominica debut, Alexander, will again join his Harlem Kingston Express to bring his brand of jiving jazz, to Washington, D.C.’s popular Blues Alley from June 20th to 23rd and Pittsburgh, PA on June 28th at the South Park Band Shell.

He and his band will wrap up the first half of 2013 in Rochester, NY with a scintillating performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 29th. For more see http://www.rochesterjazz.com/artist_lineup/?artist_id=934.

Monty’s Other 2013 Performance Dates:

Dominica, W.I. – Dominica Jazz ‘n Creole Festival – May 19th.

Washington, D.C. – Blues Alley – June 20th to 23rd.

Pittsburgh, PA – South Park Band Shell – June 28th.

Rochester, NY – Rochester International Jazz Festival – June 29th.

About Monty Alexander

Over his stellar career, Alexander, whose influence combines that of Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris and Nat “King” Cole, has performed with international stars including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

In fact, it was Sinatra and his best friend Jilly Rizzo who hired Alexander after he moved to the United States in 1961 at the age of 17.  And it was at Jilly’s famed New York City nightclub that this Jamaican teen caught the ears of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt “Bags” Jackson.

Bags introduced him to the great bassist Ray Brown, and the rest as they say, is history, including Alexander’s 1976 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival performance with drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton, which has become one of the most celebrated live recordings in contemporary jazz.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Click Here for More Information »

Disney Parks to Kick Off a ‘Monstrous Summer’ With 24 Hours of Magic on Both Coasts

Spaceship Earth Transforms into “Monsters University” Star Mike Wazowski To Announce All-Night Parties for Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resorts

ANAHEIM, Calif. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a Monstrous Summer by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season.

The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time* marking the beginning of a summer of fun inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University.

The oversized fun of a 24-hour Disney park “All-Nighter” called for an equally epic announcement, and the huge sphere of Spaceship Earth was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney•Pixar “Eye-con,” becoming a 180-foot-tall, fully animated Mike Wazowski, the loveable green-bodied, one-eyed monster who joins best pal James P. Sullivan (”Sulley”) in the prequel to Monsters, Inc., this summer as college students with hopes of becoming Scarers.

Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis joined Mike to share the news of the first-ever, three-park All-Nighter.

“This summer, Disney Parks are bursting with a monstrous lineup of new thrills, shows and happenings,” said Kalogridis. “Guests can start Memorial Day Weekend with a 24-hour-marathon of memory-making as three Parks stay open all day and all night to celebrate the bi-coastal kick-off of a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks.”

Mike and Sulley will take a break from collegiate life and their Scare studies at Monsters University to host the All-Nighter, dropping in to scare up some school spirit. Guests will scream and giggle with delight at the lineup of thrills and entertainment that promises to make this a day and night to be remembered for a lifetime.

In Florida, the Magic Kingdom will feature a Monsters University theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade – complete with pomp and circumstance – and make appearances in Tomorrowland. Guests also will find extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

In California, guests can party the night away at both parks with special entertainment, including a Monsters University “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland, and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing, and guests of Disney California Adventure will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new Monsters University “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new Monsters University float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day.

The All-Nighter is just the beginning of the fun. In California, vacationers at “The Happiest Place on Earth” will see how Disneyland Resort “Just Got Happier” with great new attractions such as the “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show. It is also the first summer for guests to experience the new Fantasy Faire with Disney Princesses at Disneyland, and they continue to enjoy the exciting new offerings of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure.

Walt Disney World Monstrous Summer includes new offerings and popular favorites in all four parks. This is the first summer for New Fantasyland, which has received rave reviews from guests since its December grand opening as the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Guests also will find new, engaging offerings for the entire family throughout the Walt Disney World Resort this summer such as an interactive “Pirates Adventure” game at Magic Kingdom, the newly re-imagined Test Track at Epcot, the new Disney Junior show, featuring Sofia The First and Doc McStuffins, as new additions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plus Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that will bring families together in exciting new ways.

ABOUT “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY”

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer.  The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (”Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (”Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (”Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3″). For more information, like us at facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity, and follow us on twitter.com/disneypixar. The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters. For more information, check out disney.com/MonstersU.

For more information on Monstrous Summer, check out http://www.disneyparks.com/MonstrousSummer

* Hours of operation: 6 a.m. on 5/24/13 to 6 a.m. on 5/25/13; subject to capacity restrictions. Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park admission required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Click Here for More Information »

Caribbean Jazz Great In High Demand As Monty Releases New Album

CaribPR, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 2, 2013: Jamaican-born, Caribbean-raised jazz great and Grammy-nominated artist, Monty Alexander, is in high demand this year, with performances that has him globetrotting and city-hopping on the heels of his new album and his 51st year as a musician.

Alexander, whose 50th anniversary album, “Harlem-Kingston Express: Live!” was nominated for a Reggae Grammy and won rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The London Evening Standard and Jazz Times among dozens of other media houses, is set to take his brand of stirring jazz to the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland from Tuesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 20th.

The performance comes as Alexander’s new album release “Uplift 2” on the JLP label, sits at #2 on the Jazz charts.

The stellar musician will then return to the U.S. to share a similar kind of joy with his fans at Boston’s legendary Scullers Jazz Club on April 26th and New York City’s famous Birdland Club Jazz Club from May 7th to 11th.

Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and ‘Luminary Award’ 2012 recipient, then returns to the U.S. for performances in Boston and New York City, before heading to the nature isle of Dominica for the first time, where he will headline the increasingly popular, Dominica Jazz ‘n Creole Festival on May 19th at the Cabrits National Park.

“For many years I have harbored the desire to be able to visit one of the beautiful island if the Caribbean – Dominica,” commented Alexander. “I have had friends of Dominica heritage, including Connie Kay, the great drummer from the great Modern Jazz Quartet.  To be able to bring a musical offering to Dominica makes my visit extra special.”

Dominica’s jazz fans are sure to experience a different kind of jazz from Alexander – the kind that will have them putting on their dancing shoes on and keeping them on.

And his Grammy-nominated band, The Harlem Kingston Express, will add to the experience that combines traditional jazz with the rocking rhythms of Jamaica which results in a sound that is uniquely Alexander’s and The Harlem Kingston Express!

Tickets for his Boston and New York performances are $30 per person. For Scullers, get tickets at http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3466214&pl=scullers and for Birdland, log on to http://www.birdlandjazz.com/event/243141-monty-alexander-harlem-new-york/

Following his Dominica debut, Alexander, will again join his Harlem Kingston Express to bring his brand of jiving jazz to Washington, D.C.’s popular Blues Alley from June 20th to 23rd and Pittsburgh, PA on June 28th at the South Park Band Shell.

He and his band will wrap up the first half of 2013 in Rochester, NY with a scintillating performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 29th. For more see http://www.rochesterjazz.com/artist_lineup/?artist_id=934.

2013 Performance Dates:

Switzerland – Bern Jazz Festival – April 16-20th.

Boston, MA – Scullers Jazz Club  – April 26th.

News York City – Birdland Club Jazz Club- May 7th to 11th.

Dominica, W.I. – Dominica Jazz ‘n Creole Festival -  May 19th.

Washington, D.C. – Blues Alley – June 20th to 23rd.

Pittsburgh, PA – South Park Band Shell – June 28th.

Rochester, NY – Rochester International Jazz Festival – June 29th.

About Monty Alexander

Over his stellar career, Alexander, whose influence combines that of Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris and Nat “King” Cole, has performed with international stars including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

In fact, it was Sinatra and his best friend Jilly Rizzo who hired Alexander after he moved to the United States in 1961 at the age of 17.  And it was at Jilly’s famed New York City nightclub that this Jamaican teen caught the ears of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt “Bags” Jackson.

Bags introduced him to the great bassist Ray Brown, and the rest as they say, is history, including Alexander’s 1976 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival performance with drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton, which has become one of the most celebrated live recordings in contemporary jazz.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Click Here for More Information »

HBO Latin America and Cable & Wireless (LIME) Reach Broadcast Agreement

The Cayman Islands cable operator leads the way for the island

MIAMI, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — HBO Latin America Group and LIME, the Caribbean brand of Cable & Wireless Communications, announced an agreement today for the transmission of the HBO channels in the Cayman Islands on its new pay TV service, which will launch later this month.

Under the agreement, LIME will broadcast the HBO/MAX premium package developed specifically for the Caribbean, which includes 9 channels: HBO Caribbean, HBO (East), HBO2, HBO Plus (East & Pan Regional), HBO Family (East), HBO Signature, MAX, Max Prime (East & Pan Regional) and Max HD. Viewers will be able to select and subscribe to their favorite HBO and MAX channels via LIME’s HBO MAX movie package to enjoy over 300 new releases and series per month, offering the most award-winning and nominated series made exclusively for HBO, along with hit Hollywood movies, thought-provoking documentaries, concerts, comedy specials, original HBO Films and critically acclaimed programming, all with no commercial breaks.

“HBO Latin America is very pleased to announce this agreement for a new and long-lasting partnership with LIME and its subscribers. LIME is now able to provide its customers the option of enjoying premium programming, just in time for them to tune in to new seasons of original series like Game of Thrones, True Blood, Veep and The Newsroom,” said Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President of Sales for HBO Latin America. “We both have an aligned goal of delivering the highest quality in entertainment with the best technology available to the market.”

In addition to the paid channels above, LIME will also add the following HBO channels to their basic line-up to enhance their channel offerings: Cinemax, Warner Channel, Sony Entertainment Television, AXN, Sony Spin and E! Entertainment Television.

“We are delighted not only on the long awaited launch of LIME TV in Cayman but we’re also excited to offer Caymanians quality programming that’s always on.  The launch of HBO/MAX adds a new, unique and compelling dimension of choice and value to our premium movie channel platform,” said Dianne Bissoon, VP Television & Entertainment.  “This further strengthens our partnership with HBO in other LIME TV islands such as Barbados and St. Lucia and we look forward to enhancing our partnership in years to come.”

This agreement makes LIME the first cable operator in the Cayman Islands to legally offer its subscribers quality programming from HBO. Joining several cable partners throughout the Caribbean who have already established agreements with HBO, LIME is positioned to provide the best entertainment value for its subscribers now and in the future.

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader that, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 24 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, Cinemax, MAX and MaxPrime.

About LIME

LIME has a proud history in the Caribbean region and is always working to improve life in the region.

We deliver the very best telecommunication services to governments, businesses and families in 13 Caribbean countries with one unifying promise – building, connecting and serving communities.

Our four key values are:

  • Respect – we treat our customers and each other as we want to be treated;
  • Deliver – we keep our word. We do what we say we’re going to do;
  • Win – Caribbean people are winners. We win by helping our customers and communities to win;
  • Innovate – We always find a way to help our customers and communities and love coming up with new ways to do it.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.lime.com

Click Here for More Information »

CARIBBEAN’S NEXT TOP MODEL™ ON-AIR APPEAL

Wendy FitzwilliamCaribbean’s Next Top Model Emerges With Lifestyle Brands

CARIBEPRWIRE, NEW YORK – MARCH 26, 2013 – Caribbean’s Next Top Model, a new model competition series created in collaboration with CaribeNTM, Inc. emerges across 25 Caribbean countries with partner brands to promote 11 episodes of the most popular and first of its kind reality television.   The show debuted on Monday, February 18, 2013 on free-to-air – various Caribbean local TV stations, CaribVision and One Caribbean Television, WSEE TV in Puerto Rico during primetime.

Mark Rowen, President of Blue Collar Productions said, “We have been able to partner with CaribeNTM, Inc. to custom design and tailor television production content which highlights the unique attributes of the respective host countries.”

This one hour Reality TV program, co-produced by Blue Collar Productions, one of the leading producers of creative content for licensed television shows, provides a comprehensive look at eleven contenders competing individually and in teams for the chance to be Caribbean’s Next Top Model.  Miss Universe ‘98, Wendy Fitzwilliam serves as the celebrity host and judge, along with associate judges Pedro Virgil, International Photographer, Richard Young, Runway Coach and Creative Director of Trinidad and Tobago’s Fashion Week, and other special guest appearances from experts in the fashion industry and related fields.

Mr. Rowen adds, “We are excited to have had the opportunity to work with Caribbean’s Next Top Model television show.  We have plans to continue working together to produce leading international content with a focus on television production, distribution, marketing and syndication.  Our combined companies have the ability to broaden the future scope of entertainment television.”

The partner brands are included in the episodes in ways that range from product placements, credits, mentions in lines of dialogue, to numerous endorsements on the screen.  “If you are watching the show, chances are you aspire to emulate the lifestyle of the CNTM program’s cast,” said Wendy Fitzwilliam.  “So we want to align with those partner brands that add competitive value and reach.”

Brands such as bMobile, SACHA, and CHI were heavily featured to establish the reality of the worlds the girls lived in.  Beverly Morrison, CEO of Caribbean CHI Ltd., and Juliana Fermin, Director of Ansura Wholesalers in Trinidad and Tobago are excited to be official hair sponsors of the first season.

Beverly Morrison says, “We remain committed to the Caribbean aesthetic and we look forward to the refinement of the contestants as the imagination and execution of CaribeNTM, Inc, beauty with CHI Biosilk exceeds expectations.”

Making brand connections that were organic to the characters became the signature for show.  Juliana Fermin said, “We saw Caribbean’s Next Top Model as a vehicle for the enhancement of many industries that span; fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and television…week after week.”

Executives at SACHA Cosmetics have helped to position our footprint from the beginning to predominantly celebrate women.  “As the official cosmetics of the inaugural season and leader in the cosmetics industry in the Caribbean and as we continue on our drive toward global expansion, we recognize that partnerships like these truly complement our journey,” said Kamla Regrello, Marketing and Retail Manager.

KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, a licensed full service investment firm based in Trinidad became involved to provide authenticity in the television series financing.  As stated by the company’s CEO Kerwyn Valley, “KCL is committed in its support for creative industries across our region.”

Other partners include Caribbean Airlines, The Carlton-Savannah, Lime Trinre, Factor Women, Caribbean Belle, Blue Waters, Kalloo’s, and Micles.

The CNTM series airs for 11 episodes and is midway through its inaugural season. The show is broadcast in over 25 Caribbean islands on terrestrial and cable television.

For a complete review of CNTM, our broadcast details, to share your thoughts on the show and to become a member fan, like us at www.facebook.com/caribbeansnexttopmodel or log on to: www.caribbeansnexttopmodel.com. Follow us  @CaribeNTM on Twitter.

About Caribbean’s Next Top Model

CARIBBEAN’S NEXT TOP MODEL was founded in July 2011. CNTM’s mission is to unleash island beauties and the enchantment of the Caribbean.  Executive Producers are Wendy Fitzwilliam and Dionyse Fitzwilliam of CaribeNTM, Inc., a production company created in association with AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL under license by CBS International, and Mark Rowen, CEO of Blue Collar Productions (USA).

About America’s Next Top Model

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company.  The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. Tyra Banks also hosts the series, which will soon begin airing its 20th cycle in the United States. Currently, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production.  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and the AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.

About Blue Collar Productions

Blue Collar Productions, is one of the leading producers of creative content for studio released motion picture films and licensed television shows, amassing a high caliber library that includes the production of Caribbean’s Next Top Model.

Click Here for More Information »