Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland. (more...)
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Building off the momentum they've sparked with Las Vegas-based clients over the last two years, partner marketing agencies Allied Integrated Marketing and 87AM have opened an office together in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. The office is located inside the historic Holsum Lofts at 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 150, Las Vegas, Nev. 89102. (more...)
The national tour of THE LION KING returns to kick off the 10th Broadway In Boston season at the Boston Opera House, most fittingly as the musical reopened the venue following its historic renovation in 2004. Some of the effects have diminished over the years, but the opening night audience roared its approval. (more...)
Walt Disney Studios has shared a new clip from Disney's ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014. (more...)
Hollywood's legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" Oct. 10-22, 2014, which follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life. (more...)
Internationally renowned artists Steve Aoki and Pink Martini have joined the Honorary Committee for the 13 th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a global network of performances organized by the Daniel Pearl Foundation. (more...)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AccelOps, Inc., the leading IT operations analytics platform for the modern data center, announced today that it has hired Dan Turchin as Chief Product Officer. He will oversee the company's product roadmap and strategy. (more...)
Violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most acclaimed classical musicians of today - renowned for his expressive, elegant, intelligent playing and his deep commitment to bringing the classical tradition to wider audiences. Over the past three decades he has recorded more than 40 albums including most of the great violin repertoire. Now, Sony Classical is excited to announce that Bell has for the first time recorded the masterpieces of J.S. Bach with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. In his third season now as their music director, Bell performs Bach's sublime Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, along with a never-done-before 'violin and orchestra' arrangement of the famous Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 (adapted from Mendelssohn's piano accompaniment), the Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 for solo violin (using Schumann's accompaniment), and the universally beloved 'Air on the G string'. The new album, Bach, is available September 30. On September 22 through September 28 U.S fans can enter for the chance to meet Joshua Bell on one of his 2014 U.S tour dates by entering here. (more...)
I HEAR VOICES: SONGS FOR PSYCHOSIS, a benefit concert with proceeds going to Medicinal Missions, produced by Kevin Field and Adam Kern with music direction by Kevin Field and Bryan Blaskie, is set for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM. (more...)
Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman announced today that a group of political, cultural, and human rights leaders have come together to form an “Honorary Committee” in support of Tony and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa's new oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, which will have its New York premiere on Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. (more...)
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced two conductors who will participate in the 2014/15 Dudamel Fellowship Program - Christian Kluxen and Gemma New. Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, created the Dudamel Fellowship Program in 2009 to provide a unique opportunity for promising young conductors from around the world to develop their craft and enrich their musical experience through personal mentorship and participation in the LA Phil's orchestral, education and community programs. (more...)
On Sunday, October 5th at 5:00 PM, Marge Champion and Richard Skipper will sit down at the Spiral Theater Studio to discuss Marge's vast and wonderful career and how she is doing today, at 95 years young. A Q&A with the audience and 'meet and greet' follows. (more...)
T.J. Martell Foundation's 6 th Annual Family Day Los Angeles, one of the organization's signature events, returns Sunday, November 16 with live music performances by pop/rock group R5, singer/actress Lucy Hale and co-star of the Disney Channel hit show 'Girl Meets World' Sabrina Carpenter. (more...)
UNIVERSITY PARK, ILL., Sept. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Applied Systems today announced the presentation of its annual Pinnacle Awards to an elite group at Applied Net 2014, the largest independent agency and brokerage technology conference, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. As the company's highest customer honor, the Pinnacle Award recognizes partnership with Applied Systems and innovative usage of the company's technology in making significant contributions to the recipient's business and the insurance industry.
The 2014 Pinnacle Award winners are Assurance Agency Ltd., Beneficial Insurance Services, Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO), The Hartford (NYSE: HIG), and Megson FitzPatrick. Award recipients were selected based on their embodiment of the spirit of the Pinnacle Award, including innovation in product deployment, the power of partnership, and the ability to deliver tangible business results to their organizations and the industry.
'As digital technology continues to create new possibilities throughout the insurance industry, Applied Pinnacle Award winners represent the leading edge of innovative technology adoption and outstanding achievement in developing new business and customer service models that drive strong business results,' said Reid French, chief executive officer, Applied Systems. 'We are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these wonderful organizations and look forward to continued partnership with them as they continue to move our industry forward.'
Pinnacle Award Winner Profiles
Assurance is an IIABA Best Practices Agency, 'Top 50' broker, repeated national 'Best Place to Work' winner and Fortune magazine 'Great Place to Work.' Assurance is minimizing risk and maximizing health by providing property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, financial services, and surety solutions to more than 6,000 clients nationwide across a multitude of industries. Using Applied Epic and Applied CSR24, Assurance has experienced a double-digit organic growth rate annually for the past 10 years. Assurance leverages Applied technology to attract the best and brightest talent, providing employees opportunities to work on state-of-the-art systems and enabling remote access for teleworking.
Beneficial Insurance Services (BIS), a full-service independent agency for commercial, personal and benefits products in Pennsylvania, has more than 100 years of experience in the insurance industry. Applied Epic has enabled BIS to gain greater visibility into its book of business to enhance client service and increase revenue. By analyzing key performance indicators within Applied Epic, BIS has developed more engaging marketing strategies to create stronger client relationships and higher retention across their client base.
Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO) is currently the sixth largest independent insurance intermediary organization in the U.S. and seventh in the world. As an Applied customer for 20 years, Brown & Brown is an extensive user of Applied agency management systems, with 2,500 users in active production across the United States. Today, Brown & Brown represents the single largest user of Applied TAM in the world. Applied has supported Brown & Brown for many years with agency management system consolidation as the company executes its unique growth model that combines niche program development with strategic M &A. By providing a broad spectrum of coverage in unique business areas, Brown & Brown leads by example with innovative products and services to satisfy all clients.
The Hartford (NYSE:HIG) is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds with more than 200 years of expertise in the insurance industry. The company is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity. Applied IVANS Insurance Solutions has enabled The Hartford to significantly enhance its commercial real-time quoting and issuance capabilities for agents and its clients.
Megson FitzPatrick, a leading commercial and personal lines broker in British Columbia, Canada, has rapidly expanded its business to more than 100 professionals in four locations. Applied EpicOnline is enabling Megson FitzPatrick to redesign its business around its customers to build stronger client relationships in today's digitally connected marketplace. Applied Rating Services, including Applied WebRater, also play a key role in the brokerage's mission to grow through better customer service by enabling its prospects to obtain a quote in minutes and receive a policy the same day.
Applied Net 2014 includes approximately 2,700 agents, brokers, carrier executives and other insurance professionals convened to discuss technology innovations, strategies, and industry best practices. As the flagship conference for users of Applied software, Applied Net 2014 includes more than 200 education sessions and networking to ensure users gain the greatest value from their Applied Systems investment, making agency and brokerage businesses more valuable and productive. Click here for all the conference developments. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AppliedNet.
Applied Systems is a leading provider of software that powers the business of insurance. Applied is recognized as a pioneer in agency and brokerage management systems and data exchange between agencies, brokers, carriers and their clients. Automating the insurance lifecycle for more than 140,000 insurance professionals, 12,000 agencies and brokerages, and 350 carriers worldwide, Applied enables millions of people around the world to safeguard and protect what matters most. (more...)
UNIVERSITY PARK, ILL., Sept. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Applied Systems today announced innovative product updates across its product portfolio at Applied Net 2014, the largest independent agency and brokerage technology conference, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. To address the evolving needs of insurance agencies and brokerages, the company will introduce new capabilities into Applied Epic, Applied TAM, Applied PerformanceManagement, Applied Rating Services, and Applied MobileProducer that will allow agencies and brokerages to capitalize on a connected technology experience to reduce operating expenses and quickly identify market opportunities to drive business profitability. All product updates are scheduled to be released in Q4 of this year. (more...)