Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Fresh Beat Band To Perform At The Pacific Amphitheatre At The 2014 OC Fair On Friday 1st August 2014

The OC Fair & Event Center has announced in the following Press Release, from Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance, the exciting Nickelodeon Preschool News in the following press release that "The Fresh Beat Band", Nickelodeon's preschool music group and stars of the hit television series of the same name, will be performing at the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2014 OC Fair on Friday 1st August 2014 at 6:45pm!

Tickets to attend The Fresh Beat Band's performance at the 2014 OC Fair, Nickelodeon's hit preschool band, are available to buy via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open Wednesday 5-9pm, Thursday 10am-2pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone (800) 745-3000. Tickets prices start at US$24.50.

The 2014 OC Fair, themed "Summer Starts Here", is Friday 11th July - Sunday 10th August 2014 and will bring 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Super Pass, Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre and events in The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at or from the on-site Box Office.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit, become a fan at, follow us at or call (714) 708-1500.

Also on sale are tickets for a performance by rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd in the Pacific Amphitheatre on Friday 1st August 2014 and performances in The Hangar at the 2014 OC Fair from MenAlive - Orange County Gay Men's Chorus Performing the Music of The Beatles on Sunday 20th July 2014 and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez on Sunday 10th August 2014.

"The Fresh Beat Band" (formerly "The JumpArounds") is a musical preschool series that centers on four best friends – Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout– in a band who love to sing and dance. In each episode, preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges. Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other's differences. The series premiered in 2009.
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Nick Jr. To Be A Partner Of's First-Ever The Craftys Awards Event; Nick Jr.'s Lasette Canady To Be A Judge, a popular community site for crafters, has announced in the following press release, from PRWeb, that Nickelodeon's preschool brand, Nick Jr., will be a partner in's inaugural The Craftys awards event, a brand-new annual awards event that celebrates the best in craft across the United States. Like the Emmys or the Grammys, The Craftys is positioned to become the ultimate prize for crafters in many different disciplines. The Craftys' Best in Show winner will receive US$1,000 and each category winner gets US$200.

Additionally, has also announced in the same press release, below, that Lasette Canady from Nick Jr. will be part of the acclaimed panel of judges of The Craftys.

Original Press Release:

'The Craftys' Awards Launches April 28, 2014, A New Event that Celebrates the Best in Craft

Crafters compete for $3,000 in cash and more in prizes.

"This Musicians have the Grammys. Movie stars have the Oscars. Crafters now have The Craftys."

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 21, 2014

The Craftys is a new annual awards event that celebrates the best in craft across the United States. Like the Emmys or the Grammys, The Craftys is positioned to become the ultimate prize for crafters in many different disciplines. The Craftys' Best in Show winner receives $1,000 and each category winner gets $200.

"Crafts deserve to celebrated as much as any popular American art form," says Neil Gladstone, who co-founded, the organization behind The Craftys. "There are great crafters and designers whose creations are rarely seen beyond the walls of their living room. The Craftys can help change that."

Several companies are partnering with the inaugural event, including Red Heart Yarn, Nick Jr. (Nickelodeon), Blick Art Materials, We R Memory Keepers, Workman Books, FaveCrafts, LolliPics and Instructables.

"Red Heart Yarn is committed to celebrating crafters' creativity in big ways," says Carrie Leahew, Marketing Manager for Coats and Clark, a division of the world's largest supplier of crafting products. "The Craftys have the potential to grow into a huge event for creators and the industry."

Crafters can enter their best projects online at and fans can nominate their favorite makers through May 26. Entry categories include knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry-making and edible crafts. A special award will also be given to the Best Young Crafter under 18. Even craft enthusiasts have a chance to win a Crafty for the best DIY Pinterest Board or Best Craft Blog. The "Best of Show" award will be presented to one of the category winners for the craft that has it all – creativity, great design and that elusive "It" factor.

The Craftys is proud to introduce an acclaimed panel of judges:

Lasette Canady – Nick Jr.
Andrea Zimmerman – Disney / Babble
Mark Montano – The Big-Ass Book of Crafts
Brie Dyas – Huffington Post
Timothy Adam – Handmadeology
Wade Wilgus – Instructables
Brett Bara – Manhattan Craft Room
Simone Collins – FaveCrafts
Rachel Faucett – Handmade Charlotte
Dory Carr-Harris – PSFK
Amy Anderson – Mod Podge Rocks
Perry A. Price – American Craft Council
Heather Mann – Dollar Store Crafts
Haley Pierson-Cox – Make: Craft

Plans are already underway for The Craftys to expand in 2015 and 2016 to include more sponsors and a live event. Visit to learn more.

About has been a popular community site for crafters since 2010. Creative minds from around the globe come together on the site to meet, chat and share their ideas. Launched by Loren Lankford (formerly from Etsy), Neil Gladstone (formerly from MTV and AOL) and Lindsay Conner, author of Modern Bee, a book on quilt-making, CraftFoxes offers tutorials and a designer marketplace for a wide variety of crafts such as knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, baking and jewelry-making.

For more information about The Craftys contact: Neil Gladstone info(at)thecraftys(dot)com; Lisa Fulmer lisafulmerwrites(at)gmail(dot)com

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John Conlon, VP Of Research At VIMN UK, Australia, Central & Eastern Europe, To Attend Develop Conference In Brighton 2014

The computer and video game industry news magazine MCV is reporting in the following article that John Conlon, the Vice President (VP) of Research at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) UK, Australia, Central & Eastern Europe, will be attending Develop Conference in Brighton 2014, which will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole between Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th July 2014.

At Develop Conference 2014, John Conlon will lead a discussion about "What Second Screens Really Mean", which will talk about the importance of utilising the second screen, a computing device (commonly a mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone) which provides an enhanced viewing experience for content on another device, such as a television, how second screen's are used at different ages and development stages and what it could mean for broadcasters and app developers:
Twitch, Crytek and Amazon confirmed as first speakers for Develop Conference 2014

Nine of the biggest brands in the games industry have signed-up to speak at this year's Develop Conference in Brighton.

Leading the new speakers is Twitch, as regional director EMEA Stuart Saw will explore the live streaming phenomenon and how developers can maximise the potential of their games on the platform.

Nickelodeon's John Conlon will lead a discussion on the importance of utilising the second screen, how they're used at different ages and development stages and what it could mean for broadcasters and app developers.

Meanwhile, Boss Alien's Jason Avant will host a talk on how marketing is no longer something that happens outside of game development, but how gameplay itself has become a marketing tool to be taken seriously throughout the development process.

Elsewhere and other announced speaker will chair discussions on the hot topics of the development industry, including the rise of virtual reality, funding, new publishing methods and the psychology behind player interaction.

Also new for this year's Develop Conference is a marketing track, free indie Boot Camp session and the inaugural Develop Game Jam.

"Games development is going through an exciting era of innovation and creativity," said Andy Lane, managing director of Develop in Brighton organiser Tandem Events.

"From producing exciting and compelling content for new technology such as VR or next gen consoles to the increasing importance the role of the indie developer plays on the industry, there's a lot to get excited about in 2014."

"As always, Develop in Brighton will provide top class content designed to help developers from all spectrums of the industry. And being in Brighton also makes it a fantastic place for networking and sharing experiences with fellow developers which is always invaluable."

This year's Develop Conference in Brighton takes place from July 8th to 10th at the Hilton Metropole. It kicks off with the Evolve Conference on July 8th and continues with the Develop Conference, Expo, Indie Showcase, Indie Dev Day, Boot Camp and Audio track throughout July 9th and 10th.

A full list of the confirmed sessions and speakers for the Develop Conference 2014 can be found below.


What Second Screens Really Mean
John Conlon, Nickelodeon

Creating 'Sherlock: The Network'
David Varela, Freelance/The Project Factory

Designing for Virtual Reality
Patrick O'Luanaigh, nDreams


Super Sleep Fighter II : Hyper Edition
Gavin Strange, Aardman Studios

The You: Designing Tearaway around the Player
Rex Crowle, Media Molecule


Total Immersion: Music and Sound in The Chinese Room
Jessica Curry & Dan Pinchbeck, The Chinese Room

Panel: AAA Audio Attitude for Tablet and Mobile
Chair: John Broomhall


Indie Spirit, Under Control
Roberta Lucca, Bossa & Siobhan Reddy, Media Molecule

Three Years an Indie - An Adventure from Boxes to Clouds
Nick Baynes

23 Simple Steps for Publishing on PlayStation
Rob Clarke, Curve Digital


Game AI vs Real AI
Richard Evans, Versu

Lessons Learnt from Making a Hit Mobile Game with Unity 3D
David Jefferies, PaperSeven

Coding a Maya Production Pipeline with MetaData
Mark Jackson, Crytek


Why User Experience Design is a Must for Games?
Ella Romanos

Practical Advice for Turning a Promising Idea into an Award Winning Game
Kirsty Rigden, FuturLab Limited

Connected Audience: Practical Lessons on Twitch & Sharing
Claire Blackshaw, Climax Studios


Failing and Learning to be an Indie
Mike Bithell, Independent Developer

Tango Fiesta: From Indie Dream To Published on Steam
Andrew Smith, Spilt Milk Studios

How Publishers Help Indie Devs Tackle the Freemium Conundrum
Ed Rumley, Chillingo

Indie Bootcamp

Why Being Indie Means Business
Simon Bennett, Roll7

Blast Off: How to Get a Game Startup Off the Ground
Russ Clarke, West London Games

How to Build a One Man Band
Nicoll Hunt, I Fight Bears


Being Mike Bithell - The Best Way to Develop Your PR Alongside Your Game
Simon Byron, Premier

How to Maximise a Games Streaming Potential
Stuart Saw, Twitch

The Business of Designing Games
Jason Avent, Boss Alien


Player Driven Development – 10 Ways to Leverage Your Community to Give Them a Better Game
Phil Mansell, Jagex Game Studios

Managing the Creative Process for a AAA Production
Sebastien Ebacher, Ubisoft Montreal

Remote Work the Indie Way
Eduardo Jimenez, Eclipse Games

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