Shout! Factory Kids Announces Release Date For First ‘Kuu Kuu Harajuku’ Collection

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The first collection of Nickelodeon’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku is set to be released in stores and online this summer.

The series, which features the voice talent of Gwen Stefani (No Doubt, The Voice), will see its first volume of episodes, Kuu Kuu Harajuku : Music, Baby!, released in stores and online on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  It will feature 14 episodes from the series’ debut season.  The collection’s episodes are noted below.

Episodes Include:

Totally Teen Genie / Angel’s Flight

Music, Baby / Wanted Audience

Game Over / Phony Ponies

Hello Puppy / G, This Is Awfully Deep

Baby’s Birthday / Labor Of Love

Bad Boy and Little Girl / Yummy Bear Nado

Drums of Doom / Adventures In Housesitting

*Special Features TBD

Early shipments of the DVD will include a bonus code to download the series’ theme song while supplies last.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Amazon and ShoutFactory.com.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the all-girl band HJ5 through its world of music, fashion and style.  It is Stefani’s brainchild and aimed directly at young female audiences, encouraging them to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and use their imaginations.

The series is co-created and produced by Moody Street Kids (Australia), Vision Animation (Malaysia) and Gwen Stefani.  It is commissioned by Network Ten with investment funding from Film Victoria (Australia) and MyCreative Ventures (Malaysia).

DHX Media distributes the series internationally and licensed the series to Shout! Factory.

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Remark Hoping To Get Positive Remarks Across America With Its Music

Russia has been in the news quite a bit lately thanks to everything going on in Washington, D.C. – but for all of the negativity coming out of the news concerning the former Communist nation, some good musical news has been coming out of Russia lately.

Russian rock outfit Remark released its debut, self-titled album last year, and has been making waves overseas with the record.  Now the band has its eyes set on the U.S. with its latest single ‘Falling.’

The released its lead single in its home county last year, and is now spreading the song across America with the song’s companion video.  The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

It is just one of the latest songs to be released from the band’s debut record.  Also out now are the videos for the band’s singles ‘Vesna’ and ‘Wild Run.’

Remark’s name has been building over the years as it has shared the stage with major American acts such as Slash and Myles Kennedy, Tom Keifer, W.A.S.P., Dope and others.

 

More information on Remark is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.remarkband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/remarkofficial

 

 

 

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New WWII Doc Presents Stories From The War Below The Waves

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Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel are partnering to bring audiences some rarely told tales from World War II this spring.

Hell Below will be released on DVD on Tuesday, April 8. The six-part series presents stories of the war below the waves throughout World War II. It starts in 1940 as Hitler’s U-Boats start attacking allied convoys in the Atlantic and the Allies’ response to the attacks.

The series’ second segment, “Hitler’s Revenge,” begins in December 1941.  Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Karl Donitz, German Commander of U-Boats, looks to capitalize on the chaos that ensued with what was dubbed Operation Drumbeat.  He orders five German subs to sail to New York Harbor and launch an attack there, which they did with some success.

The impact of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and New York are presented in the series’ next segment, “America Fights Back.”  This segment shows America’s efforts to transform its sub fleet from patrol vehicles to predators.  The effort is fraught with danger, too, as is evidenced in this episode.

The segments listed here are just part of the story presented in Hell Below.  The series has three more episodes for audiences to take in, including a gripping story about a June 1944 effort by an Allied sub crew to save Allied commandos in Japanese-held Borneo and an equally powerful story about the USS Tang that will keep audiences just as engaged.

The six segments that make up the body of Hell Below span almost five hours on two discs.  The double-disc set will retail for MSRP of $29.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $24.99.

More information on this and other programs from Smithsonian Channel is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Chino XL, Rama Duke Create New Take On Chili Peppers Classic

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song ‘Under The Bridge’ is one of the greatest, most iconic rock songs of the 20th century.  That is because of the song’s subject matter in its lyrical content and a musical arrangement that expertly captures that emotion.  Now, that iconic composition has been re-worked by the duo of Chino XL and Rama Duke and given a whole new life and identity.

The duo’s new re-working of the band’s song has given it a hip-hop vibe that also maintains the guitar riff that helped the original composition become so beloved, adding to the song’s interest even more.

As if that is not enough, the song’s companion, which can be viewed online now here, touches just as much on the new lyrics, making the new take on the classic hit even harder.

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Jarred Gosselin, 1520 Entertainment partner, said he hoped this updated take on the timeless RHCP song would hit this generation just as hard as the original song.

“We hope that our hybrid version of ‘Under The Bridge’ might save some lives and inspire a new generation,” Gosselin said. He added the inspiration to craft the song came after he heard her working on a cover of the song with a band in the early 2000s.  That take on the song was never released, said Gosselin.

Chino XL and Rama Duke’s updated take of ‘Under The Bridge’ is playing at radio stations nationwide now.  It is also available for download at all major digital distribution sites.

A portion of the song’s sales will go to benefit the California-based Action Family Foundation, which works with young people and their families to resolve issues related to drugs, alcohol, sex and drugs.

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CBS Sports, Turner Sports Partner Again For 2017 March Madness Coverage

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced their broadcast schedules for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship tournament.

The networks will launch their coverage of the annual tournament with a live broadcast of Selection Sunday on CBS this Sunday, March 12.  The annual tournament kickoff show will air from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Greg Gumbel will anchor CBS’ Selection Sunday broadcast  He will be joined by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis for additional commentary live from CBS Studios in New York.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith will provide commentary from Turner Studios in Atlanta, Ga.

Following the broadcast, the networks will partner to carry full coverage of the tournament’s games, airing a total 67 games throughout the month.  Those games will be broadcast on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV.

Regional Final games will be split between TBS and CBS.  TBS will carry Regional Final games on March 25 while CBS will carry Regional Final games on March 26.  CBS will carry the Final Four semi-final matchups Saturday, April 1 and the National Championship on Monday, April 3.

Those that won’t be near a television during the games’ broadcasts won’t have to worry about missing out on all of the action. Every game will be simulcast live online via NCAA March Madness Live.

The full schedule for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship tournament is available online now at http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2017-03-01/march-madness-dates-schedule-times-key-numbers-2017-ncaa.

More information on CBS Sports’ coverage of the tournament is available online now along with all of the organization’s news at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/CBSSports

 

 

 

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Facebook: http://www.turnerbroadcasting.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TurnerSportsPR

 

 

 

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Verizon Indycar Series To Open Its 2017 Season Live This Sunday On ABC

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The Verizon Indycar Series opens its 2017 season this Sunday, and ABC will have full coverage of the series’ season-opening race live from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Green flag for Sunday’s 110-lap race is scheduled to fly at 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC.  Coverage of Sunday’s race will also be simulcast live online via WatchESPN.  The 1.8-mile track includes some of St. Petersburg’s streets and features 14 turns through which drivers must navigate on their way to the checkered flag.

This year’s telecast of the series’ season-opener will feature some new tech to enhance the viewing experience for fans.  One of those new improvements is a new analytics system designed for ABC and ESPN by tech company Pit Rho.

The analytics system will include everything that audiences have come to know from ESPN’s Verizon Indycar Series coverage including tickers and graphics.  Included in the tech this year is teams’ tire compound choices, laps on tired, fuel windows, optimal laps for pitting and much more.

Another new improvement that audiences will see in the network’s tech this year is the inclusion of a helmet cam that will be used during pre-race coverage.  The mini-cam will show audiences the effects of G-forces on drivers’ heads and bodies as they navigate the tracks’ tight turns.  Network officials stressed the cams would not be used during the race coverage as they might interfere with competition.

Along with its coverage of the series’ season-opening race in St. Petersburg, ESPN will carry full coverage of the 101st Indianapolis 500 on May 28 and the race’s two-day qualifying session on May 20 and May 21.  The series’ road race at the Indianapolis Speedway on May 13 and two races from Detroit’s Belle Isle circuit on June 3 and 4 are also on the networks’ schedule.

Allen Bestwick will once again anchor broadcasts of ABC and ESPN’s Verizon Indycar Series races this year.  He will be joined in the booth by former Indycar drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever for additional analysis and insight.

This season marks the 16th season that Goodyear has served as an analyst for ABC and ESPN’s Indycar broadcasts.  Cheever returns for his 10th season of Indycar broadcasts.  Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. Jerry Punch will be on pit road once again, too.

More information on ABC and ESPN’s coverage of the Verizon Indycar Series is available online now along with all of the networks’ auto racing coverage at http://www.espn.com/racing.  More information on the Verizon Indycar Series’ and its latest news is available online now at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Deportes To Carry Exclusive Spanish-Language World Baseball Classic Coverage

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Courtesy: ESPN Deportes/ESPN

ESPN is expanding its coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The worldwide leader in sports is expanding coverage of the annual baseball event this year to include coverage from ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN and a Spanish-language simulcast of Final on Match 22 on ESPN2.

ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the tournament begins March 6 at 10 p.m. ET with first-round pool play featuring Israel vs. Chinese Taipei.  On March 9, things pick up even more as defending champion Dominican Republic makes its debut against Canada at 6 p.m. ET.  Mexico vs. Italy airs immediately after Dominican Republic vs. Canada at 9 p.m. ET.

MLB Network will partner with ESPN for additional coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic will feature some of Major League Baseball’s biggest names.  They include Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela), Nolan Arenado (United States), Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico) among many others.  In all, 63 MLB All-Stars have appeared through the years at the World Baseball Classic.

Adding to the tournament’s international feel, ESPN Deportes has launched a new marketing campaign for its coverage of the World Baseball Classic featuring Latin Grammy ®-winners ChocQuib Town.  The group’s song ‘De Donde Vengo Yo’ will serve as the music base for the network’s World Baseball Classic-related television promotions.

The tournament’s extensive coverage and list of superstars to appear is just part of what will make ESPN networks’ coverage stand out this year.  The networks’ list of talent covering the tournament stands out just as much as the superstars playing in the games.

ESPN Deportes’ experts tapped to help cover the tournament includes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis, Eduardo Perez, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Eitan Benezra, Fernando Alvarez, Carolina Guillen, Renato Bermudez, Carlos Nava, Jorge Morejon, Jose Francisco Rivera, Kenneth Garay and Enrique Rojas.

Former MLB player and manager Ozzie Guillen will join ESPN Deportes’ staff for additional commentary throughout the tournament.  Fellow legends Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Ismael Valdez will also join the networks’ staff for more insight.  Pedro Gomez and Marly Rivera will serve as bilingual reporters for SportsCenter, Nacion ESPN on ESPN2 and Baseball Tonight.

The ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the World Baseball Classic is noted below.

Detailed schedule below includes live events for Round 1 and Round 2:

DATE

TIME (ET)

MATCH

NETWORKS

Mon, March 6

4:30 a.m.

Israel vs. Korea

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

Israel vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Tue, March 7

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Cuba vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

China vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Wed, March 8

4:30 a.m.

Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Japan vs. Australia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Netherlands vs. Israel

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Thu, March 9

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

5:00 a.m.

Australia vs. China

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Canada vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Australia vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes+

Fri, March 10

5:00 a.m.

China vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sat, March 11

12:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. Canada

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

6:30 p.m.

United States vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:30 p.m.

Puerto Rico vs. Mexico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sun, March 12

12:30 p.m.

Dominican Republic vs. Colombia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:30 p.m.

Italy vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

7:00 p.m.

Canada vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Venezuela

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

 

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