10 Aug

November 8 2002 The olive trees at Arcosanti are

first_imgNovember 8, 2002 The olive trees atArcosanti are all descendents of a rescue mission in the early 1960’s.Camelback Road in Phoenix was widened and the olive trees lining thestreet were to be removed. Soleri and the Cosanti staff rescued a fewof the trees and planted them at Cosanti. From those trees, Solerisuccessfully propagated hundreds of new ones to fill the landscapingneeds for Cosanti and Arcosanti. The October workshop spent a morning with the landscapingdepartment harvesting this years crop of rich black olives in the MindsGarden. [Photo: nk & text: sa] Workshopper NancyHackenmiller is picking olives in front of the vaults. [Photo: nk &text: sa] Workshopper StevenTalcott is checking the crop. The next step will be to pierce the skinof each olive to help release the bitterness. The olives are soakedtwice in a salt brine for 2 – 3 month each. Then resident RandallSchultz takes over the rest of the process at his company ‘High DesertFarms’. High Desert Farms is located in Cordes Lakes and providesdelicious canned and dried goods to shops all over the country. Therethe olives are pulled out of the brine, rinsed thoroughly, sorted bysize and color and then canned with various herbs and spices. They aresold at the ArcosantiGallery and Visitors Center and used at special dinners at theArcosanti Cafe. [Photo: nk & text: sa]last_img read more

7 Aug

JB Perrette JB Perrette has been named as Mark Hol

first_imgJB PerretteJB Perrette has been named as Mark Hollinger’s successor as president of Discovery Networks International.Perrette takes over to lead Discovery Communications’ international channels and content business, which operates in 220 territories and has more than 190 worldwide television channels. All of Discovery’s regional and functional bosses will report into him.Perrette is succeeding Hollinger, who announced he was stepping down in September last year after 23 years with the firm.“Through strong organic growth as well as selective strategic acquisitions and partnerships, Mark and the team have built Discovery Networks International’s unrivaled footprint with powerful brands that are valued by viewers, advertisers and distribution partners around the world,” said the incoming exec.Perrette has been with Discovery since 2011, having joined as chief digital officer from NBCUniversal, where he was president, digital and affiliate distribution and content distribution strategy. His promotion indicates Discovery is placing digital content and distribution at the heart of its international business going forward.He was behind the acquisition of online channels infrastructure firms Revision3 and DeFranco Creative, as well as leading and implementing digital initiatives such as SKYWIRE Live and Animal Planet L!ve, investing in Lumosity and Learnist and launching YouTube channels Animalist and TestTube.“JB is one of the smartest and most versatile executives I have worked with in the media business.  Since his time at NBC as a leader in business development, distribution and digital to all the success and value he has built at Discovery, JB has it all – strong strategic vision, operational expertise and exceptional team-building skills,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications.“This is a demanding role like no other, which I believe requires a corporate executive with a broad background to oversee all aspects of the business across 220 countries.  Having spent half his career internationally, and with a unique mix of distribution, digital, strategy and business development experience, JB is the perfect fit to lead Discovery’s international operations.”Discovery has subsequently appointed Sean Atkins at acting digital head as it searches for a permanent chief digital officer. Additionally, the company’s IT/EOS teams, which Kevin Loftis and Larry Laque lead, now report into Discovery CFO Andrew Warren.Discovery claims to be the number one pay TV programmer in global television and last year made its largest ever acquisition by acquiring the SBS Nordic channels for close to US$2 billion. DNI’s profits now match the level the entire Discovery business was achieving seven years ago, a fact Zaslav trumpeted at MIPCOM in Cannes in October.It also acquired a 20% stake in European pay TV channel Eurosport and made a number of key channels launches, including female-skewed TLC in the UK.The news comes soon after Discovery extended Zaslav’s contract as CEO until 2020 and after senior changes such as Asian business boss Tom Keaveney relocating to the UK to replace Caleb Weinstein as president, affiliate sales.last_img read more

7 Aug

News channel Euronews has teamed up with Microsoft

first_imgNews channel Euronews has teamed up with Microsoft to provide a selection of programming to MSN users in 10 languages.Euronews content will be delivered via the recently-launched new MSN news portal in 29 countires. Euronews on MSN will be available on multiple deivces including desktop computers, smartphones and tablets.Euronews content will be available on MSN in Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish, and the service will be delivered in 15 countries in the Middle East in English and Arabic as well as in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden – in English – Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.“We are very pleased to offer Euronews’ trusted and rich content to the new MSN, which fits perfectly our strategy to deliver the right content at any time and on any device,” said Arnaud Verlhac, director worldwide distribution, Euronews.“Built from the ground up for a mobile first, cloud first world, the new MSN focuses on providing people with the tools and knowledge they need to navigate both the digital world and everyday life,” said Amanda Morgan, head of global marketing for MSN at Microsoft. “Our partnership with Euronews furthers that commitment by providing our users with content from some of the world’s best and most authoritative media sources, data and services to enable users to do more. Integrating groundbreaking stories from Euronews will allow us to deliver on that goal.”last_img read more

7 Aug

The UKs Royal Television Society RTS has named

first_imgThe UK’s Royal Television Society (RTS) has named the winners of its 2016 undergraduate bursaries scheme, designed to widen participation in media and related industries and support talented students from lower income backgrounds seeking to pursue a career in television.This year’s scheme offers 20 bursaries for TV production and broadcast journalism students and seven bursaries for computing and engineering undergraduates.Broadcast journalist and TV production bursary winners include Katie Brown; Peter Chapman; Jamie Davidson; Leeford Dean; Aaron Dimes; Shona Fegan; Amber Fisher; Emily Friend; Natasha Graham; Alexander Greensmith; Lee Hodgetts; Lauren Jones; Colin MacRae; Alicia Newing; Lydia Noakes; Timothy Payne; Charlie Schultz; Hannah Spary; Alysha Takoushian and Mark Tran.Computijng and engineering bursary winners include Ertug Aytug; Keoni D’Souza; Danial Farooq; Embla Hocking; Oliver Hope; James Mailey and Yasmin Voong.During their studies, each recipient will be given £1,000 a year to help with expenses and living costs. In addition, each beneficiary will receive free membership of the RTS and The Hospital Club – a private members club for those in the creative industries – while studying, and one year’s free membership of the RTS after they graduate. In their final year of study, the RTS will also aim to set up mentoring opportunities with one of its industry members.“The RTS is committed to supporting UK undergraduates seeking to work in television and its related fields. Since its launch in 2014 we have provided vital support to 45 talented individuals – offering not only the bursary itself but also mentoring and access to contacts within the broadcasting industry,” said RTS CEO Theresa Wise.“2016 sees us continue this work. The response to our two schemes has been fantastic and it’s hugely exciting to see such a high number of people seeking to work in the TV industry. The calibre of applicants has been outstanding and those applying have demonstrated real ambition and commitment to learning. Due to this we have decided to award two additional bursaries to Computing and Engineering undergraduates bringing the total number of recipients this year to 27. We look forward to following their future career progress and achievements.”last_img read more