Canalys: China overtakes US in fast growing smart speaker market

Global smart speaker shipments by country Q 2017 to Q1 2019

China is 51% of the global smart speaker market

Amazon still leads the smart speaker market in Q1 19

Worldwide smart speaker shipments and growth

Throughout this year we expect Alibaba and Baidu will continue to spend in exchange for more users, given that scaling-up has become their top priority over monetization.”

— Nicole Peng, VP Mobility, Canalys

PALO ALTO, SHANGHAI, READING, SINGAPORE, May 20, 2019 / — Smart speaker market share data from Canalys shows China reached 10.6 million units by growing nearly 500% year-on-year in Q1 2019. Driven by festive promotions, smart speaker sell-in shipments in China bucked the global seasonality trend by growing 23% sequentially. This made China the largest smart speaker market, overtaking the US where 5.0 million smart speaker units were shipped during the quarter. The global smart speaker market has reached 20.7 million units, returning to triple digit growth of 131%. China alone takes up 51% of global smart speaker shipments, with US dropping to 24% in Q1 2019 from 44% of Q4 2018.

The competitive landscape inside China has shifted significantly. Baidu topped the market for the first time. Baidu had a stellar quarter building up from Q4 last year and the amount of marketing promotion around its smart speakers was unprecedented. The company struck an exclusive sponsorship deal with CCTV, the national TV channel, on its New Year’s Gala on Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is the biggest entertainment show in terms of viewer numbers in China. This sponsorship allowed Baidu to generate significant downloads of its mobile app, which distributes over 100 million coupons to a 1.2 billion audience during the show, and to drive country-wide awareness around its smart speakers.

“The lightning fast development in China is largely driven by vendors pouring in large amount of capital to achieve dominant share quickly. This strategy is favored by internet service providers like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent who are used to spending billions on traffic acquisition and know how to reach critical installed base fast,” said Nicole Peng, VP of Mobility at Canalys.

Alibaba and Xiaomi maintained growth after a strong Q4, by promoting gift sales around Chinese New Year. “Throughout this year we expect Alibaba and Baidu will continue to spend in exchange for more users, given that scaling-up has become their top priority over monetization. It is great for mass market education and fast consumer adoption, as consumers are paying very little for a device and the countless content and services,” continued Peng.

Global vendors including Amazon, Google and others, are focusing on enhancing interactions with smart assistants across different forms of speaker devices, especially with the help of third-party developers. “Multimodal user interaction is the theme this year. Smart assistants in smart speakers are gaining more capabilities via additional components such as displays, cameras and sensors. However, skills and actions are there to enhance assistants’ abilities to operate and to provide value to users,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Jason Low. “First party smart assistant features such as Google Duplex is attention-grabbing. Yet, the smart assistant ecosystem will only be boundless with the help of the extended developer community.”

Canalys defines a smart speaker as a stand-alone speaker designed to interface first- and third-party content, applications and skills through a cloud-based voice assistant, over a wired or wireless network.

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Lebanese Singer-Songwriter Imad Jack Karam (IJK) Wins Prestigious Award at 14th Anim’Arte Film Festival

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Imad Jack Karam: Award for Johnny & June

I couldn’t be more pleased with this award. I put my heart and soul into all of my music, and it is such an honor to be recognized for my efforts and passion.”

— Imad Jack Karam (IJK)

DUBAI, UAE, May 18, 2019 / — Dubai-based Lebanese rock singer, Imad Jack Karam (IJK), is pleased to announce he has won a prestigious award at the 14th Anim’Arte Film Festival in Brazil.

In the festival, IJK placed 2nd in the Best Film Asia category for his animated music video, Johnny & June. Johnny & June is a catchy tune that uses 2D animation with an engaging script and striking characters to tell the exciting story of two young lovers in the 50’s.

In the video, viewers follow the journey of these two lovers, Johnny & June, as they face imminent danger. The story is a tale of adventure and love, with exciting music and a catchy beat in the 3-minute, action-packed video.

“My idea for Johnny & June came from one of my inspirations, the great Johnny Cash,” says IJK. “The script for the video is loosely based on Cash’s own story and it was an incredible journey putting this project together.”

According to the festival’s organizers, Johnny & June was screened for large audiences in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Luis, and Sao Paulo. As a result of this screening and subsequent voting process, Johnny & June was awarded 2nd place in the Best Film Asia category.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with this award,” says IJK. “I put my heart and soul into all of my music, and it is such an honor to be recognized for my efforts and passion.”

Music, lyrics, and script for Johnny & June were written and performed by Imad Jack Karam. The video was recorded at Turtle Studio London, UK, and was produced by Pete Turtle. Backgrounds, drawing and animation for Johnny & June were designed and executed by Matias Alejandro Cabrera.

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The Popularity of Modern Fresca is Growing Fast – Viral Fast

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The Popularity of Modern Fresca is Growing Fast as More Consumers Discover the Online Women's Fashion Retailer

LAUREL SPRINGS , NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES , May 18, 2019 / — Modern Fresca has set the goal of becoming the top fashion retailer in the US. Gaining its popularity via social media and viral marketing, consumers are enjoying the large and unique fashion options Modern Fresca provides. Modern Fresca offers a wide selection of categories including floral dresses, accessories to even comic graphic tees. Consumer satisfaction has been high, with most customers rating the selection as their top reason they keep coming back.

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Rapper Jalen McMillan Releases Instant Classic EP ‘Triple Threat’

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Triple Threat by Jalen McMillan

Triple Threat comes with three new songs in which I rap, sing, and produce each track. I want to be as involved as possible…to make sure my fans truly understand who I am as an artist.”

— Jalen McMillan

TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA, May 17, 2019 / — Rapper Jalen McMillan released his new single and EP Triple Threat on May 17, 2019. The new album includes three songs entitled 'Azz Back','Call My Name,' 'Nykee,' and one bonus track,'Keep it 1000.' 'Call My Name' has already been released and has gone instantly viral on Soundcloud.

Industry experts anticipate 'Azz Back' to be the hottest song of the summer, with renowned blogs and Spotify playlists already picking up the track. 'Azz Back' was mixed and mastered at Goldie Sound Productions, the largest and most top rated studio in the north Florida region. The song was produced by Fly Melodies and features co-production by Jalen himself.

"'Azz Back' is one of my favorite tracks and we’re all set to start shooting the music video for this song starting May 25th in Orlando,” says Jalen. “Our plan is to release the video sometime in mid-June.”

'Call My Name' has already garnered an impressive 50k plays and is gaining momentum every day. The track is produced by ThaiBeats and has received a lot of buzz and radio play by DJ’s in Tallahassee.'Call My Name' is mixed and mastered at Goldie Sound Productions.

The album’s third track, 'Nykee,' is also produced by Fly Melodies and features popular Tallahassee rapper, Bachi. Bachi recently released his project 'HGL' and the duo recorded this song in his room with a cheap mic and without any mixing or mastering, giving it a deeply raw feel.

Triple Threat’s bonus track, 'Keep it 1000,' is produced by Jalen, Othello Beats, and WeDreaming Beats.

“This track is incredibly creative because it’s actually two songs in one,” says Jalen. “In this piece, the beat transitions half-way through the track, giving the listener an entirely unique experience.” 'Keep it 1000' is mixed and mastered at Goldie Sound Productions.

When asked about the rationale behind the name of the album, Jalen indicates, “Triple Threat comes with three new songs in which I rap, sing, and produce each track. I want to be as involved as possible in the creation and release of my music to make sure my fans truly understand who I am as an artist.”

Jalen fans will be delighted to know that he also has plans to release a mix-tape called 'Miami Ten' after the music video has been released.

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Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2 Features Reggae Superstars Anthony B, Sizzla, Marlon Asher and Rising Stars

Rastafarian Superstars Collaborate on Life of A Ghetto Youth Chapter 2 Executive Produced by Ricardo Vasconcellos and Vychalle “Kid” Singh. Seated is Marlon Asher; front row (L-R) Singh, Pressure Busspipe and Orlando Octave; back row (L-R) Anthony B and Vasconcellos.

Shaquille Selkridge aka Izah King made his freshman debut on “Life of A Ghetto Youth,” the first compilation album featuring Sizzla Kalonji, Jah Cure, Marlon Asher, Ras Shiloh and Pressure Busspipe.

Grammy-nominated Sizzla Kalonji has released more than 75 solo albums and more than 15 compilation albums, crossing different genres of Reggae. His album, “The Messiah,” was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Melech Miguel-Kayodeye Collins also known as Melekú is a young and upcoming reggae artist. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in the areas of August Town, Liguanea and Barbican. Melekú is definitely an artist to watch.

Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2 Album Cover Concept by Art Director Qadir “Q Lion” Maharaj.

The Compilation Album, Based on True Events About the Dangerous Life in Trinidad, Drops on May 17 and Will Benefit Families Affected By the Country's Violence

Life of A Ghetto Youth is the story of my life in Trinidad. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of the Chapter 2 album will be donated to families who are affected by the violence in Trinidad.”

— Ricardo "Rico" Vasconcellos, founder of VAS Productions LLC

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, May 17, 2019 / — Atlanta-based VAS Productions, LLC drops "Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2" on Friday, May 17, which follows the 2017 critically acclaimed compilation album and sold-out tour dates. The second compilation album, a fusion of quality Caribbean entertainment, is available on all digital platforms. It was executive produced by Ricardo "Rico" Vasconcellos and Vychalle "Kid" Singh.

"The project is our labor of love and features songs by top reggae artists: Sizzla Kalonji, Anthony B, Pressure Busspipe, Marlon Asher, Izac King, Meleku’, and Orlando Octave," said Vasconcellos who is the founder of VAS Productions LLC and the brainchild behind the "Life of A Ghetto Youth" movement. "We all share a common thread of our backgrounds, religious beliefs and experiences, so it is no surprise that we all agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Chapter 2 album to families who are affected by the violence in Trinidad," said Vasconcellos.

The first compilation project yielded $30,000 in donations for the victims and survivors in Trinidad and Jamaica. "We expect our second project to triple in the amount of donations to help our friends and families."

Vasconcellos grew up in an extremely dangerous area of Trinidad. According to the Inter-American Development Bank, Trinidad and Tobago is currently on track to have its highest homicide rate ever in history. "During my formative years, there was so much youth on youth murders. I made a promise to my mother that this would not happen to me," said Vasconcellos. "I left the gang life and focused on the music and entertainment industry."

Vasconcellos' mother told him, "If you can start a gang, you can start a business."

Music has been in his blood since the age of 10. "I grew up in a loving, single parent household," he said. "To help out my mom financially, I burned CDs and sold them on the streets of Trinidad." Vasconcellos left Trinidad in 2012. In a few short months after arriving in the United States, he arranged for his long-time friend, Marlon Asher, to meet him in the US and signed him to his record label. "Music was my way out, it saved my life," said Vasconcellos.

"Life of A Ghetto Youth musically tells the story of Vasconcellos' life in Trinidad. "One tragic night, Marlon's family was the victim of a home invasion and robbery. Unknown assailants murdered Marlon's brother and sister and wounded other family members," he said. "Out of that unspeakable tragedy, Marlon and I decided to make a difference. The project took on a spiritual force of its own and is very close to my heart."

"This album truly encompasses the definition of Caribbean peace, love, and unity," said Singh, a man of many talents as an audio engineer, producer, writer, musician, record executive and concert promoter. "My goal was to incorporate the producers, musicians and artists who took the "rootical" vibe of reggae to a new place sonically." Singh is a Grammy-Nominated Producer and Engineer for “Sizzla Kalonji” and the Engineer on DJ Khaled's album, “Father of Asahd” on the song, “Holy Mountain."

Singh was born in New York City but raised in Trinidad. He left New York with his family when he was ten. His father was a DJ.

"When I turned 16, I followed in my dad's footsteps and became the No. 1 DJ in Trinidad. I did that for one year while going to school," he said. "I would DJ from midnight to 5 a.m., go to school from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., perform household chores, sleep for about 3 hours then head back to the nightclub."

Singh was seriously devoted to his music; however, he graduated at the top of his class for Civil Engineering. "Unfortunately, my passion was not in civil engineering," said Singh. "It broke my parents' heart but I had to follow my heart and pursue music."

At 17, Singh moved back to New York and was on his own. "I studied at the Institute of Audio Research for three years and graduated at the top of my class," said Singh. "I returned to Trinidad and opened a recording studio which led me to meet Sizzla."

Sizzla told Singh, "I will take you out of here and make something of you." Three months later, Sizzla and Singh recorded an album. Sizzle flew Singh to his native Jamaica to mix the album. Singh considers that experience his first big break. The album was released as a mixed tape, which made a lot of noise in the music industry.

At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Singh and Sizzla were nominated for a Grammy for "The Messiah," in the Best Reggae Album category. In 2016, their mutual friend Marlon Asher introduced Vasconcellos to them and brought them on the Life of A Ghetto Youth Chapter 1. "It didn't take much to convince Sizzla and Anthony B to sign onto the project," said Singh. "Rico's vision was so powerful, we immediately clicked and began to make music magic."

The Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2 takes the listener through a musical journey featuring some of the Caribbean’s most prolific artists.

"This project shines the light on the struggle and our message is heard in our music," said Singh. "I want the youth to take their minds away from material things that have no meaning and show them love and the importance of living a positive life."

The Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2 cover art concept was designed by Art Director Qadir “Q Lion” Maharaj.

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Christian French Takes You “head first” Into His Reckless Infatuation on New Alt-Pop Single

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, May 17, 2019 / — Exceeding over 50 million cumulative streams, 22-year-old alternative pop singer-songwriter Christian French maintains his staggering momentum on the new single “head first.”

Get it HERE via Disruptor Records:

Produced by Andrew Luce [LANTERNS], the track bobs along on dreamy clean guitar, lush synths, and a slick and steady beat. Shades of alternative, electro, and pop glisten alongside his bright delivery. Everything builds towards a swooning and soaring refrain, “I’m diving head first hoping I can love you!”

About the track, Christian details the total infatuation hinted at by the lyrics. He explains, “You’re completely hooked on this person, and they don’t even know it. This song is confessing these feelings in sort of a hypnotic way – being helplessly obsessed.”

That feeling of obsession can also describe the enthusiastic embrace of Christian by fans and audiences everywhere. Following the release of last month’s breezy “breaking all the rules” and raw “heavy snow”, Christian’s music explores various soundscapes and emotions leaving listeners craving more.

Right now, he is hard at work on more music for release very soon as well as a Fall tour.

Get ready for more big news from Christian French soon.

Chances are, you’ll fall head first for him in 2019.


Self-taught and self-started, Indiana native Christian French went from posting acoustic covers on Soundcloud in high school and while attending Indiana University, to collaborating with producers such as Triegy and GRAMMY® Award-nominated Dru Decaro and touring with the likes of Chelsea Cutler and Quinn XCII. He landed a hit on Spotify’s US Viral 50 with “Fall For You.” Meanwhile, the single “By Myself” generated 19 million streams within a few months’ time. As his 2018 EP natural colors picked up steam, his monthly listenership on Spotify averaged over 1.9 million fans.

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Iakopo Signs Label deal with SM1 Music Group / Sony Music.

Cover art for the New Single entitled "STAY" by Iakopo and Drei Ros Featuring Joey Djia

Cover art for the New Single entitled “STAY” by Iakopo and Drei Ros Featuring Joey Djia

Iakopo looking into the future

Iakopo looking into the future

Iakopo playing his guitar

Iakopo playing his guitar

Iakopo Signs Label deal with SM1 Music Group / Sony Music.

The Label is very excited to be working with such a talent”

— Glenn Maginnis

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, May 17, 2019 / — It is with great enthusiasm and pleasure that we announce the signing of Iakopo to SM1 Music Group / Sony Music. Iakopo is a Los Angeles native who spent his teenage years in Samoa. Iakopo was merely a lover of Reggae music. Upon garnering the attention of top record label executives: Iakopo promptly signed a deal with Sony Japan, and then he took the Reggae market by storm. In 2016 his hit single “Touch Down” featuring Reggae sensation Shaggy would go on to break into the Billboard’s top 40. He would then go on to work with heavy hitters such as Jah Cure, Gramps Morgan and Producer RVSSIAN to name a few Iakopo’s diverse background has allowed him to both experience and share music from both sides of the Globe. He has an undeniable ability to fuse genres to create a sound that is easily distinguishable: which has proved to be a powerful tool in today’s market. As the newest member of SM1 Music Group / Sony music: Iakopo is well on his way to becoming a mainstream success. Iakopo is going to bring his Reggae influences to the mainstream of music with his new single “Stay” which will be released immediately on the Orchard Platform to hit 651 music distribution platforms worldwide.

Contact information Glenn Maginnis, VP of SM1 Music Group / Sony Music at

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Scientology Information Center to Showcase a Musical Tribute in Honor of Father’s Day

The Scientology Information Center housed in the historic Clearwater building with its gallery of displays, video screens and information panels. The center is open daily from 10am-10pm and requires no appointment to visit.

Mr. Ruben Celiberti, a singer, pianist and dancer, will present: “A Tribute to My Father – an Evening of Music, Song, and Dance” at the Scientology Information Center in Downtown Clearwater on June 15th.

We are pleased to be able to showcase Ruben’s extraordinary talent as a tribute to all fathers and father figures,”

— Amber Skjelset, Manager of the Scientology Information Center

CLEARWATER, FL, US, May 16, 2019 / — On Saturday, June 15th, renowned international performer, Ruben Celiberti, will present “A Tribute to My Father – an Evening of Music, Song, and Dance” at the Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater. The event begins with a reception at 6:30pm followed by the performance at 7pm.

Ruben Celiberti is a world-class dancer, singer, and pianist who has performed with the leading stars of theater, ballet, and television in Europe and Latin America. Born in Rosario, Argentina, he trained at the Conservatory of the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires and went on to an illustrious career with the biggest names in Argentina, France, and Italy.

The Italian-Argentinian performer will share memories of his father through an eclectic mix of international music filled with color, beauty, and passion and share how his father inspired him to embark on his artistic career spanning half a century.

Ruben Celiberti has been hailed by the international press as “a musical genius”, “brilliant”, “sensual”, and "charismatic". He is winner of Argentina’s Critics Award as “Outstanding Performer of the Year”.

“We are pleased to be able to showcase Ruben’s extraordinary talent as a tribute to all fathers and father figures," said Amber Skjelset, manager of the Scientology Information Center. "His work embodies and reflects the precept 'Honor and Help Your Parents,' from the book, 'The Way to Happiness' written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard." In the book, Mr. Hubbard wrote, “In spite of all, one must remember that they are the only parents one has. And as such, no matter what, one should honor them and help them.”

To attend this performance or to learn more about the Scientology Information Center, please contact Amber at 727-467-6966 or

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The Scientology Information Center, located in the century-old Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

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Horn Player Jeff Oster to Appear this Saturday in New Orleans at the ZMR Awards; he is a 2x Music Nominee for REACH

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REACH is the latest album by horn player Jeff Oster, who is playing at House of Blues New Orleans this Saturday.

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Horn player Jeff Oster is nominated for several ZMR Awards, happening this Saturday at House of Blues New Orleans.

Jeff in red hat.

Jeff Oster, trumpet and flugelhorn player.

Retso Records announces that Jeff Oster is a nominee in both the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Awards and the Independent Music Awards (IMA) for his album REACH.

Smooth as silk and filled with rich soundscapes vibrating with Jeff’s signature chilled out horn playing.”

— Michael Foster, AMBIENT VISIONS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, May 16, 2019 / — Next stop New Orleans for renowned horn player Jeff Oster, whose latest album, REACH, is nominated for two key Zone Music Awards, including ZMR Album of the Year and ZMR Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Oster will make several cameo appearances at the ZMR Global Airplay Chart’s broadcaster-voted award show and concert this Saturday, May 18th at The House of Blues New Orleans presented by Cricket Wireless. Tickets are available to the public beginning at $30 (

Ambient Visions editor Michael Foster describes REACH as “Smooth as silk and filled with rich soundscapes vibrating with Jeff’s signature chilled out horn playing.”

Oster was named by Music Resource Group’s Independent Music Awards on April 10, 2019 as a Best New Age Album nominee for his latest album REACH, and for Best New Age Song nominee for a song from that album titled “Five Great Mountains.” Oster is slated to attend the 17th IMAs on June 21-22nd in NYC; tickets are available to the public. The annual IMA ceremony and Independent Music Party industry event celebrates the year’s best artists and their fans with showcases, presentations, parties and awards in thirty-six genres of music, from A Capella to World Traditional, and more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Video, Producer, Photography and Design categories. More info:

Oster has also garnered several award nominations as a member of the New Age ensemble FLOW, along with Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy Hawkins, and Lawrence Blatt. On April 23rd, FLOW became a finalist for three Peace Song Awards: Best Acoustic Contemporary Song (“Flow”), Best Jazz Song(“Waiting for Sunshine”), and Best Music Video (“Free Ascent”). The winners in each category will be announced during the PSA Special Awards Ceremony on September 21st, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. FLOW is also an IMA nominee for this year’s Best New Age Song award for “Last Light,” from the forthcoming second album by FLOW.

According to Jonathan Widran, of The JW Vibe, “For more than a decade now, Jeff Oster has been one of new age music’s most transcendent anomalies, carving out a major, multiple-award winning niche in the genre while playing lead instruments (trumpet and flugelhorn) much more common to, and associated with, jazz. His music has long been the place where Miles Davis jams with Pink Floyd, and his many accolades (including four Zone Music Reporter Album of the Year wins and many #1s on the influential Echoes radio program) reveal that his uniqueness is powerfully celebrated by the musicians and fans of his chosen genre.”

“There is something truly liberating about REACH,” says Oster. “As the title implies, I may not know where my life’s next destination is, but I do know there’s beauty in reaching for something I’ve never done musically to capture the essence of a live performance. I have always sounded much different onstage than in my recorded music, and working with Ruslan Sirota and his incredible musicians opened me up to exploring fresh territory."

Media inquiries for Jeff Oster and REACH are welcome; please contact Beth Ann Hilton, The B Company, bethhilton(at)thebcompany(dot)com, or 310-560-8390.


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Marvel Studios Executive Victoria Alonso to Keynote The Archer School For Girls' 8th Annual Film Festival

Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel Studios

Keynote Q&A Followed by Film Screenings and Winner Announcement

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, May 15, 2019 / — WHO: Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel Studios Victoria Alonso will serve as the keynote speaker, drawing on her experiences as a Latina and a female senior executive of films such as “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Celebrities, media, and the public will view this year’s finalist films after a pink carpet reception. Event sponsors include The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Mark Gordon & Sally Whitehill, CBS Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion, Atlas Entertainment, Pearl Street Films, Everywhere Studios, Ptarmigan Films, and Dinky Pictures.

WHAT: Entertainment industry professionals will join The Archer School for Girls to present the Archer Film Festival, one of the only all-inclusive global high school events dedicated to empowering female filmmakers. “Our goal is not to exclude men, but rather to include women,” the event’s organizers say. This year, young filmmakers submitted over 700 student-produced films from 57 countries. Ten of these films will be screened at this student-organized and student-run pink carpet gala. Visit for more information.

WHERE: The Writers Guild Theater: 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

6:00 p.m. Pink Carpet and Reception
Media Interviews with Archer Film Festival Leadership
7:00 p.m. Keynote Interview with Victoria Alonso
7:30 p.m. Screening of Films and Announcement of Film Festival Winner

Assets will be available immediately after the event. Please use #ArcherFilmFest19 on social media.

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