June 16, 2014Here are additional photos of last week-ends event of terrific jazz.Awesome bassist Harrison Bankhead came from Chicago.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Festival organizer Milt Cannon of Charles McPherson on sax was a definite highlight of the event, here with Harold Landon on piano, Harrison Bankhead on bass and on drums the amazing Buddy Banks.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Charles McPherson.Most recently Charles McPherson composed, arranged and produced the gorgeous musical extravaganza “Sweet Synergy Suite” – a Jazz Ballett, in coorporation with the San Diego Dance Co. under the direction of choreographer Javier Velasco.It was aired live on ‘jazz88’ on March 9. 2014 to a  minute standing ovation with overwhelming internet response.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Here is Charles McPherson with Harold Landon, Harrison Bankhead, Anthony Reed on trombone, Brian Messenger on guitar and Buddy Banks on drums.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Anthony Reed, in the background is Miles Dalto on piano.[photo by Steven Bochinski]One really cannot say enough about the level of excellence that this years performers brought to the Arcosanti stage. It was an absolute treat!
25Sep MESVIC reform package unanimously approved by Senate committee Categories: Iden News,News A legislative package designed to protect the state from a potential $200 million liability has been approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, announced state Rep. Brandt Iden, who sponsored a bill in the package.House Bills 4195, 4196 and 4365 were introduced to reform the funding mechanism of the Michigan Early State Venture Capital Investment Program (MESVIC). MESVIC was created with goals of promoting investment in certain businesses and creating a healthy economic climate in the state. The creation of MESVIC also allowed Michigan to enter into agreements with investment corporations to reach these goals. To raise capital for the program, the state issued tax vouchers to serve as collateral against the capital issued by banks.“The venture fund program was created with great intentions,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “However, the funding mechanism was not in the best interests of Michigan taxpayers.”As a result of the tax vouchers and payments due on loans that the state took, Michigan faces a potential liability of up to $200 million over the next four years. Amongst other measures, HB 4365 – which was authored by Rep. Iden – limits the total amount of tax vouchers that can be issued to $450 million.“There is a difference between good intentions and effective policy,” said House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “This bill, and the package as a whole, help to make certain that the investments we make with our state dollars are the investments that are good for our state.”HBs 4195, 4196 and 4365 now go before the full Senate for further consideration.###
Sky Deutchland’s corporate activities created additional revenues for the German economy that amounted to “at least €2 billion” in 2012, according to a new report. The study from the media consulting company HMR International said that Sky, either directly or indirectly, employed around 24,000 people in Germany, generating net income of approximately €350 million and wage- related taxes of at least €200 million in 2012.Added to this revenues of €1.3 billion, Sky accounted for an “external revenue effect” on the German economy of at least €2.0 billion in 2012, the study said.“The results of this study, which for the first time quantify the impact of our company on the wider German economy, confirm that also from an economic perspective we play an important role within media to Germany as a business location,” said Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan.
Some 29% of all European TV channels are based in the UK and the UK, with 12% of European TV households, accounts for 21% of the EU28 audiovisual market, according to a forthcoming report on the impact of Brexit by the European Audiovisual Observatory.The report, The impact of Brexit on the audiovisual industry: a European point of view, to be presented in November at a conference in Brussels, provides a European view of the UK’s weight within the EU’s audiovisual markets.According to the study, 1,203 TV channels out of 3,005 across the EU 28 are currently based in the UK. The UK is by far the main country of establishment in the EU 28 for television channels and on-demand services. The UK hosts three of the top 10 EU28 audiovisual groups (Sky, BBC, ITV) and also hosts European subsidiaries of the major US media groups.Some 43% of the TV channels established in the UK currently target primarily another country.The study also found that the UK is, together with Germany, the largest audiovisual market in the EU28, accounting for a 21% share.According to the study, the UK market is slightly more dynamic, on average, than the EU28 as a whole, due to the solid performance of pay TV and because the UK is the most-developed EU 28 market for on-demand services.The average annual growth rate in audiovisual between 2011 and 2016 was 2.1% for the UK vs. 1.7% for the EU28.The UK ranks number four in the EU in terms of number of TV fiction hours produced, underpinned by a focus on high-end drama with export potential.The UK ranks second after France for the number of film titles exported to other EU28 countries in cinema and on TV. The country currently produces 16% of all EU28 films, excluding blockbusters films fully-funded by US majors through their UK subsidiaries.In relation to VOD exploitation of European films, the UK ranks number one in Europe ahead of France for the number of titles exported to other EU 28 countries on transactional VOD.