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Thursday, April 19, 2018

#MovietimeinManhattan @TheAcademy #WhomYouKnow DANIEL FELLMAN NAMED GOVERNOR OF ACADEMY’S EXECUTIVES BRANCH

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Daniel Fellman has been named governor of the Academy’s Executives Branch. Fellman will serve out the remainder of William Mechanic’s term which concludes on June 30, 2019. Mechanic announced his resignation from the Board on April 12.

Fellman returns to the Board after previously serving one term as governor from 2014-2017.

Per the Academy’s bylaws, should any vacancy occur in the Board of Governors because of the death, resignation or disqualification of a Governor before the end of that Governor’s term, that vacancy will be filled until the end of that Governor’s term by the second-place finisher for that position in the immediately preceding election for that position, or, if he or she is unable or unwilling to serve, by the next successive finisher for that position who is willing and able to serve.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission. 

For a full list of Academy governors, click here.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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A Peachy's Pick Since 2016, Patrizia's @PatriziasBK of Manhattan by Antonietta Alaio Spring 2018 Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins @microgreens

Best female restaurateur in Manhattan, Antonietta Alaio!
Black Fettuccine Pescatore, above, suggested by Antonietta!
Squid Ink Fettuccine with Crabmeat!

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It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know and we are glad we know the fabulously talented Antonietta Alaio! 
She and her team are the owners behind Patrizia's, which has many locations.  We concentrate on the Manhattan location and it is where we have visited every time.
Patrizia's was last featured a year ago:
and it has been a Peachy's Pick Since 2016:
We had a wonderfully crabby start!  Be certain to look at their specials of the day, as they are extraordinary.  Meet Squid Ink Fettuccine: Crab Meat, Fresno Chili (a type of pepper from this area of California) and white wine enhance this pasta wonder.  Even though the taste is decadent, you will find yourself extraordinary comfortable in the laid back spacious atmosphere of Patrizia's.  Of everywhere we review it is probably the best place to bring kids to.
Look at that super salad!  Arugula salad will wow you with its supreme freshness and it is a great size-just what you need to get your vegetables in.  They thoughtfully remembered to put the dressing on the side in a gorgeous silver boat and you will also be impressed with the argula and its gang of tomato, fennel, olives and shaved Parmigiano cheese.
Not everything is Italian here-an appetizer that also graces the fabulous specials the day we visited was the Tortino di salmone, which arrives in style from Scotland.  It boasts incredible flavor and freshness and the smoked salmon is wrapped around delicious local ricotta from New Jersey.  We don't feel like we've seen this often but it works so well!
Crafted with Semolina flour, Black fettuccine made with squid ink alone is amazing, but when it teams up with its pals of the sea, it is even better.  The Black Fettuccine Pescatore with calamari, shrimp, baby clams, lobster and mussels is perfect for the warmer weather especially!  This dish is specifically suggested by Antonietta, and the symphony of seafood will be music to your tastebuds and ultimately your stomach.  
Another winner of an entree is the Chicken Scarpariello, which is chicken sauteed with peppers of red and green, mushrooms, fresh garlic and olive oil.  The chicken is sourced from Ranchers in New York and is both hormone free and antibiotic free.  The vegetables add color and nutrition to this classic which hits the spot.
This entree is another from specials of the day and it travels to your plate all the way from Africa!  Simple Seafood sources the Nile perch filet from the Nile river for Patrizia's.
We don't recall ever having this fish before, and the pan seared Nile Perch filet was just delicious especially when paired with the smashing string beans and perfectly thin sliced potatoes.  You'll feel like Hepburn and Bogart are right there with you having dinner a la The African Queen.
The Parma pizza is the most popular at Patrizia's, and just by looking at it, you can see why. 
Prosciutto di Parma, arugula, mozzarella, grape tomatoes and shaved Parmigiano are equally placed on the extraordinarily delicious crust.  The classic is truly amazing with every bite!
Hello Stella!  Stella means star in Italian, and no one is as creative at pizza shapes as Patrizia's is.  We think Dancing with the Stars should eat their pizza.
We ordered the Giardiniera Stella!  Roasted peppers, zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms are going to convince you that vegetables were never so delicious.  This item was the first to magically disappear in its entirety in Peachy's stomach from this review.  You are not going to be able to stop eating the pizza so consider this a warning!
Smiling Stella!
Then Antonietta told us they had a third pizza shape that is new: Mezzaluna!  Moon!  We told you they have the most innovative pizza shapes.  Tomato, mozzarella, broccoli rabe and sausage define the Abruzzese pizza which we chose to have in the Mezzaluna shape.  
From every angle it is superlative!  Note that Patrizia's has a great wine list of superb depth that keeps getting better.
Peachy and Antonietta!
P.S. Say yes please to chocolate gelato hazelnut mousse!

Patrizia's continues to be Highly Recommended.

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@RecordingAcad RECORDING ACADEMY™ STATEMENT RE: RANDY SCRUGGS APRIL 18, 2018

"Four-time GRAMMY® winner Randy Scruggs was a celebrated musician, producer, and songwriter. Throughout his extensive career, he collaborated with an impressive roster of fellow country and bluegrass artists, including Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Dolly Parton, among many others. He earned his first GRAMMY in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category for 'Amazing Grace' at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards® and went on to win three additional GRAMMYs in the same category for 'A Soldier's Joy,' 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown,' and 'Earl's Breakdown.' As the son of bluegrass pioneer and Recording Academy™ Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Earl Scruggs, Randy continued his family's musical legacy and was one of Nashville's most esteemed producers and session players, leaving a lasting mark on Music City. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and collaborators during this difficult time."
-Neil Portnow
President/CEO
Recording Academy

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#SmallScreenScenes @EVargasABC @AETV #WhomYouKnow ELIZABETH VARGAS AND A&E INK OVERALL DEAL A+E NETWORKS INKS OVERALL PRODUCTION AND FIRST-LOOK DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST ELIZABETH VARGAS VARGAS’ INVESTIGATIVE LENS WILL FRONT A&E NETWORK’S NEW DOCUMENTARY BANNER A&E INVESTIGATES™ INITIAL PROJECTS UNDER NEW INVESTIGATIVE NONFICTION STRAND TO EXPLORE THE TOPICS OF CURRENT CULTS, EXTREME RELIGIOUS SECTS, RUSSIAN SPIES LIVING AMONG US AND THE SHOCKING PREVALENCE OF CHILD BRIDES IN AMERICA

A+E Networks is partnering with award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas (20/20, ABC News) on an overall first-look development and production deal. The announcement was made today by Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP & Head of Programming, A&E Network. The centerpiece of the agreement will make Vargas the face of the network’s new nonfiction primetime journalistic banner A&E Investigates™. Utilizing Vargas’ deep background in investigative reporting, the collection of premium nonfiction series and specials will take an unfiltered look at the often unseen stories of people and events in our society, that although relatively unknown, have a profound impact on our culture. 

In addition to her new role with A&E Investigates, Vargas will collaborate with A+E Networks to develop and produce new nonfiction programming through the newly launched nonfiction content development company, A+E Originals™. A+E Originals develops premium nonfiction and documentary content for distribution across the A+E portfolio, including A&E Network, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN and FYI. The initiative was spearheaded by Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Networks Portfolio Group & A+E Studios. This is the second overall deal for A+E Originals, after the previously announced pact with Leah Remini.

“This is the exact challenge I was looking for in the next chapter of my career,” said Vargas. “I’m grateful to Paul and Elaine for presenting me this amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“Elizabeth is a brave storyteller and one of the most trusted journalists who is an expert at bringing audiences closer to the heart of stories that have never been told in order to reveal genuine moments of truth,” said Frontain Bryant. “Her honest and authentic brand is the perfect fit for our audience that always seeks the truth and we are fortunate that she chose A+E Networks as her new home.”

Initial projects under the A&E Investigates umbrella are:

“Cults and Extreme Belief” – 9x60min series – Two Night Premiere - Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29 at 10pm ET/PT
Elizabeth Vargas, alongside former members of controversial organizations, goes on a search to uncover how these sects use their influence to prey upon people’s desperation to create powerful and often destructive belief systems. Each episode will take an immersive look at one currently active group through the eyes of past devotees and get perspective from believers and leaders that are still inside.

In the premiere episode, Vargas examines NXIVM, an organization that sells “self-help” seminars that they claim give people the tools they need to get their lives together and allow them to make a difference in the world. However, the group led by Keith Raniere, referred to by followers as Vanguard, stands accused of drawing supporters down a path of destruction that includes near-starvation diets, sexual assault, forced branding, pseudo-slavery, and blackmail. Luring in many high profile Hollywood actresses to evangelize for his cause over its 20 year in operation, Raniere was recently arrested in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking among other crimes. Former members of NXIVM share harrowing experiences of manipulation and sexual violation, including Sarah Edmundson who sits down with Vargas to share new details of her ordeal inside the organization which first broke in the New York Times late last year.

The series is produced for A&E by The Intellectual Property Corporation. Eli Holzman & Aaron Saidman executive produce for IPC along with executive producer/showrunner Alex Weresow and executive producer Rachelle Mendez. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Evan Lerner serve as executive producers for A&E Network. 

“The Plot Against America” – 1x120min special – premieres Monday, June 4 at 8pm ET/PT
Beginning in 2001, a shift in counter-intelligence spending meant that the United States took its eye off the spy game while Russia continued to dedicate vast resources to developing their army of spies. This two-hour documentary investigates beyond the headlines and goes into the heart of our country to ask the question, is America safe? Retired FBI Special Agent Dennis Franks tracks down enemy “sleepers” who have been strategically placed throughout America, and builds a case to expose them.

The series is produced for A&E by Hot Snakes Media with Eric Evangelista, Shannon Evangelista, David Doss and Dennis Franks serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, Sean Gottlieb and David Doss serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

“The Untitled Word of Faith Fellowship Project (w.t.)” – 6x60min series – premieres summer 2018
This docuseries follows the decades-long controversy surrounding the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindle, North Carolina. This secretive church, led by 77-year-old Jane Whaley, continues to hold extreme power over its congregation and is riddled with allegations of mental and physical abuse and fraud. Elizabeth Vargas takes a look at the harrowing details of the past, as well as the present actions of the Church and examines the plight of former members who are fighting to get their families out.

The series is produced for A&E by Collins Avenue. Jeff Collins, Lindsay Schwartz, Michael Hammond and Francis Gasparini serve as executive producers for Collins Avenue. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, Marcie Hume and David Doss serve as executive producers for A&E Network. 

“Child Brides (w.t.)” – 1x120min special – premieres fall 2018
In America, a shocking number of young girls are forced into marriages against their will, a practice that is entirely legal with parental consent. Many believe this only happens in developing countries, but in the past 15 years, over 200,000 underage children have been forced into marriage in the US. This in-depth two-hour special reveals the heart-wrenching stories of child marriage victims, who against all odds, escaped the most dire of circumstances. These brave survivors tackle this taboo issue in their personal lives and help to shine a light on the national epidemic with the hope that no child will ever have to be a victim again.

The special is produced for A&E Network by Sirens Media. Executive producers for Sirens Media are Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh and Jordana Hochman. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Molly Ebinger serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for all projects under the “A&E Investigates” banner.

About Elizabeth Vargas
Emmy Award winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting newsmaker interviews. She most recently co-hosted the hit newsmagazine show “20/20” and previously served as co-anchor of "World News Tonight," anchor of "World News Tonight Sunday," news anchor and frequent co-host on "Good Morning America," correspondent for "20/20" and "Primetime Thursday," and was the co-anchor of "Primetime Monday." Her story on the hero NICU nurses of Hurricane Sandy was part of the ABC News’ Peabody Award winning coverage. She joined ABC News from NBC News, where she was a correspondent and anchor, primarily for "Dateline NBC" and "Today." Also at NBC, she served as a correspondent for the newsmagazine "Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric" as well as substitute anchor for the weekend editions of "NBC Nightly News." Vargas graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter/anchor for KOMU-TV, and is the author of “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction” released in 2016.

About A+E Networks
A+E Networks® is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from linear channels to websites, gaming, watch apps and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, H2®, Lifetime Movies, FYI™, VICELAND® and Blaze™ as well as its own long-form production division A+E Studios™; film division, A&E IndieFilms®; A+E Networks Digital®; digital storytelling hub, 45th & Dean™; strategic investment division, A+E Ventures™; and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 42 languages. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks

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#NHLPeachy #WhomYouKnow NHL Releases Final Rankings for 2018 Draft Dahlin No. 1 Among International Skaters; Svechnikov Tops North American List

 
Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League and right wing Andrei Svechnikov of the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts maintained their No. 1 ranking among International and North American Skaters, respectively, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.

Dahlin (Trollhattan, Sweden) looks to become the second Swedish-born player selected first overall in the NHL Draft (Mats Sundin: No. 1 in 1989 by QUE). He starred for Frolunda in 2017-18, recording 7-13—20 in 41 games. Dahlin also captured a silver medal and was named Best Defenseman as a member of Team Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship and represented his country at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

“Dahlin is the real deal and the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft,” said Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr. “He has the skating, skills and elite hockey sense that can dictate the style of play and pace of a game with or without the puck. The icing on the cake with Dahlin is that he’s an ultra-competitive player and a high-character person who leads by example.”

Svechnikov (Barnaul, Russia) ranked first among OHL rookies with 40-32—72 in 2017-18 (44 GP). He averaged 1.64 points per game, placing first among rookies and fifth overall. His brother, Evgeny Svechnikov, was drafted 19th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 2015.

“Svechnikov has a consistent and competitive power game that gets the puck through checks and to the net with speed and skill,” said Marr. “As a first-year player, he quickly established himself in the OHL as an offensive impact player capable of influencing the game every time he’s on the ice.”


Joining Svechnikov among the top five ranked skaters from North America are: No. 2 Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.), a left wing for Boston University (H-EAST) as well as the son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk and brother of Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk; No. 3 Filip Zadina (Pardubice, Czech Republic), a right wing for the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL); No. 4 Evan Bouchard (Oakville, Ont.), a defenseman for the London Knights (OHL); and No. 5 Noah Dobson (Summerside, P.E.I.), a defenseman for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL).

Joining Dahlin atop the International Skater rankings: No. 2 Adam Boqvist (Falun, Sweden), a defenseman on Brynas’ junior team, and No. 3 Vitali Kravtsov (Vladivostok, Russia), a right wing for Chelyabinsk.

The final rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 130 skaters and 14 goaltenders internationally.

In its 43rd year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs eight full-time and 12 part-time scouts throughout North America. To report on prospects playing internationally, the NHL employs the services of Goran Stubb and his staff at European Scouting Services based in Finland.

Combined, NHL Central Scouting and European Scouting Services will see in excess of 3,000 games this season.

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, marking the first time the city will host the event.

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#EarthyPeachy @EPARegion2 #WhomYouKnow EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects in New York Funding will leverage public and private investments to keep lead and other contaminants out of drinking water and upgrade aging water infrastructure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest (LOI) by July 6, 2018.

“Thanks to the President’s leadership, this WIFIA funding will spark new investments to repair our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will play a key role in the President’s infrastructure efforts by incentivizing states, municipalities, and public-private partnerships to protect public health, fix local infrastructure problems, create jobs, and provide clean water to communities.”

The WIFIA program received $63 million in funding in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 23, 2018. This more than doubles the program’s funding from 2017. Leveraging private capital and other funding sources, these projects could support $11 billion in water infrastructure investment and create more than 170,000 jobs. This year’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) highlights the importance of protecting public health including reducing exposure to lead and other contaminants in drinking water systems and updating the nation’s aging infrastructure. 

“New York knows all too well the costs of storm damaged water and wastewater systems. All of us have witnessed just how vulnerable our infrastructure is,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “Funding critical repairs and improving resiliency in our wastewater treatment and drinking water distribution systems remains a critical priority. We need investment to protect and promote our communities, our local economies, and public health.”

The WIFIA program will play an important part in making vital improvements to the nation’s water infrastructure and implementing the President’s Infrastructure Plan, which calls for increasing the program’s funding authorization and expanding project eligibility.

Background

Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program at EPA that aims to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.
WIFIA credit assistance can be used for a wide range of projects, including:
drinking water treatment and distribution projects
wastewater conveyance and treatment projects
enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities
desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling project
drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects

EPA will evaluate proposed projects described in the LOIs using WIFIA’s statutory and regulatory criteria as described in the NOFA. Through this competitive process, EPA will select projects that it intends to fund and invite them to continue to the application process.

In 2017, for WIFIA’s inaugural round, EPA invited 12 projects in 9 states to apply for more than $2 billion in WIFIA loans.

For more information about WIFIA and this funding announcement, visit: https://www.epa.gov/wifia

Follow EPA Region 2 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/eparegion2 and visit our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/eparegion2.

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#SmallScreenScenes @AETV #WhomYouKnow A&E NETWORK PRESENTS THE TWO-NIGHT DEFINITIVE ‘BIOGRAPHY’ SPECIAL EVENT ‘GOTTI: GODFATHER & SON’ PREMIERING SATURDAY, JUNE 9 AT 10PM ET/PT

A&E NETWORK PRESENTS THE TWO-NIGHT DEFINITIVE ‘BIOGRAPHY’ SPECIAL EVENT
‘GOTTI: GODFATHER & SON’ PREMIERING SATURDAY, JUNE 9 AT 10PM ET/PT

DOCUMENTARY INCLUDES JOHN GOTTI JR.’S INTIMATE ACCOUNT
OF THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GAMBINO CRIME FAMILY AS WELL AS
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE FINAL SIT-DOWN BETWEEN 
JOHN GOTTI JR. AND HIS DYING FATHER

A&E Network will premiere the original two-night ‘Biography’ documentary “GOTTI: Godfather & Son,” which serves as the complete and definitive father and son story of two men who were raised in the mob and became the reigning king and heir apparent with John Gotti Jr. providing his most extensive on-camera interview to-date. The narrative spine of the documentary is never-before-seen segments from a 90-minute video of the last visit between a dying John Gotti Sr. and his son at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, MO. It was during this meeting that John Gotti Jr., asked his father for his blessing to take the unprecedented steps of quitting what might have been one of the last of the major mafia dynasties. This first-hand emotional account is provided by John Gotti Jr. himself and supported through unprecedented access to the people who lived it as well as through rare, personal photos from the Gotti family archive. The four-hour, two-part ‘Biography’ special “GOTTI: Godfather & Son” will premiere on Saturday, June 9 at 10PM ET/PT and Sunday, June 10 at 9PM ET/PT on A&E.

“The newly relaunched ‘Biography’ franchise continues to be the premium brand for high-quality biographical storytelling,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network. “‘Biography’ aims to break the mold of traditional documentaries by bringing our viewers the definitive stories of some of the biggest names and moments in our culture, through exclusive content and interviews. The never-before-seen video segments of the final words spoken between a son and his terminally ill father, along with John Gotti Jr.’s in-depth, raw dialogue will give viewers a unique look at the complex relationship between one of the most infamous father-son duos of our time.”

This four-hour, two-night docuseries event tells the story of the legendary Gambino crime family through the intimate and complicated relationship between John Gotti Sr. and his son, John Gotti Jr., who rose up through the ranks of the Gambino crime family and allegedly replaced his father as boss when the “Dapper Don” was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1992. Filmmaker and writer Richard Stratton has secured unprecedented access to the Gotti family to tell, for the first time, the complete story of what it was like to grow up a part of the first family of organized crime including unprecedented access to John Gotti Jr.

“GOTTI: Godfather & Son” features exclusive footage from the last visit between John Gotti Sr. and his son, at the federal prison medical facility in Springfield, MO. Gotti Jr. sits down to ask his father, who is dying of cancer, for his blessing to plead guilty to racketeering charges and bring "closure" to his legal troubles, a coded reference to what father and son both understand means taking the unprecedented step of quitting the mafia. Interview participants include John Gotti Sr.’s children John A. Gotti Jr., Peter Gotti and Angel Gotti; retired U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin; Colombo family “soldier” and author of “The Life” Larry Mazza; former F.B.I. agents Bruce Mouw, Louis Digregorio and Jim Abbott; former chief of the federal Organized Crime Strike Force Ed McDonald; criminal defense lawyers Bruce Cutler, Jeffrey Lichtman and Charlie Carnesi and criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby.

“GOTTI: Godfather & Son” is produced by Kaufman Films for A&E. Richard Stratton serves as executive producer and director. Additionally, executive producer for Kaufman Films is Kevin Kaufman. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Molly Thompson and Brad Abramson. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “GOTTI: Godfather & Son.”

About A&E Network
A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it’s the network’s distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality or groundbreaking documentary, A&E always makes entertainment an art. The A&E website is located ataetv.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV.

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#CulturedPeachy @WhomYouKnow @Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Three Masterworks by Beloved American Artist Grandma Moses

Works Are Part of a Promised Gift That Will Anchor 2023 Exhibition

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced that it has acquired three masterworks by beloved American painter Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860 –1961). The paintings are a gift of Jane Kallir and the Kallir family in memory of Otto Kallir, who first showed Moses’ work in his New York City Gallery, Galerie St. Etienne, in 1940, and who remained her steadfast supporter and collector. The three donations are the first of 10 major Moses paintings that the Kallir family has promised to give SAAM between now and 2026. A major traveling exhibition of Moses’ art is being planned at SAAM for the fall of 2023 and will feature all 10 works.

The three paintings, “Out for Christmas Trees” (1946), currently on view on the first floor, “Grandma Moses Goes to the Big City” (1946), on view in the Luce Center, and “Turkeys” (1958), are stellar examples of Moses’ colorful and lively style, which was inspired by her many decades as a farmwife. Capturing holidays and the spirit of the season, “Out for Christmas Trees” and “Turkeys” show rural life in full swing, while in “Grandma Moses Goes to the Big City,” the artist commemorated a significant milestone in her own life. Moses depicts herself at age 80 amidst the bustle of a working farm, about to embark on her first trip—by automobile—to New York City to see her own paintings on view at Galerie St. Etienne. 

“The Smithsonian American Art Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the American experience, and Grandma Moses is a key part of this story,” said Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “The Kallirs’ generous gift allows the museum to share Grandma Moses’ unique style and subjects across the arc of her career for the benefit of the public who has long been fascinated by this American original.” 

Moses, born in 1860, captured a nation transitioning from the 19th to the 20th century. In the 1940s and especially in the 1950s, her style was viewed as quintessentially American and more accessible than postwar modern art. In 1953, she was featured on the cover of Time magazine, celebrated for her youthful spirit and the “old timey” style of her paintings and subject matter. While Moses’ art has been on view at SAAM for a number of years, her work only became part of the collection in 2015 when Charles Nelson Brower donated the painting “Christmas” (1958).

“Historically, women artist have too often been overlooked, and this issue is particularly acute among self-taught artists, whose work was often lost before it was ever appreciated,” said Leslie Umberger, SAAM’s curator of folk and self-taught art. “Moses was a notable exception; her work was appreciated and cared for, and she became both an American icon and a market success during her lifetime, a rarity on several levels. Both her story and her art are truly remarkable.” 

Jane Kallir, co-director of Galerie St. Etienne and the author of four books on Grandma Moses, has long stewarded the Moses research archive that Otto Kallir began compiling in 1940; she will serve as a consultant on the exhibition. 

“I am thrilled that the Smithsonian American Art Museum has affirmed its commitment to Grandma Moses, and I hope that the museum will become a magnet for Moses scholars, as well as for the many Americans who love her work,” Kallir said.

SAAM has championed self-taught art as an embodiment of the democratic spirit since 1970, when it acquired and preserved James Hampton’s iconic “The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly.” It is one of the only major American museums to advocate for a diverse populist voice within the context of what is traditionally considered great art. The museum shows folk and self-taught art throughout the museum and has had dedicated gallery spaces for such work for more than 45 years; a new installation of these galleries, organized by Umberger, opened in 2016. “Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor” opens at SAAM Sept. 28, and runs through March 17, 2019. Other recent exhibitions featuring self-taught artists included “Untitled: The Art of James Castle” (2014), “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget” (2014) and “Mingering Mike’s Supersonic Greatest Hits” (2015).

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with artworks in all media spanning more than four centuries. Its National Historic Landmark building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Website: AmericanArt.si.edu.

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#SmallScreenScenes #WhomYouKnow @HISTORY ANNOUNCES 'HISTORY 100' NEW STRAND OF 100 PREMIUM DOCUMENTARY FILMS HISTORY® ANNOUNCES ‘HISTORY 100’ 100 PREMIUM DOCUMENTARY FILMS FOCUSING ON COMPELLING HISTORICAL EVENTS OF THE LAST 100 YEARS From Acclaimed Filmmakers and Directors Including: Academy Award® Winner Barbara Kopple, Academy Award® Winner Daniel Junge, Academy Award® Winner Charles Ferguson and Academy Award® Nominee Werner Herzog

Fortifying its commitment to invest in premium documentary programming, HISTORY has announced today “HISTORY 100,” (working title) an ambitious new strand comprised of 100 films focusing on the most compelling historical events of the last 100 years. The first batch of eight films will spotlight significant stories in American history deserving to be told, such as the Mercury 13 group of prospective female astronauts that ignited an early public debate on gender equality, or provide new points of entry into iconic subjects like Mikhail Gorbachev. From acclaimed, award-winning auspices including Barbara Kopple (American Dream), Daniel Junge (Saving Face), Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) and Werner Herzog (Into the Inferno, Grizly Man), “HISTORY 100” is a complement to the network’s ongoing non-fiction and scripted series programming slate.


“The only way to understand today is to see it in the context of yesterday and HISTORY is committed to scouring the past for the most gripping, fascinating stories,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, HISTORY. “Our dynamic and diverse array of award-winning storytellers will bring the history of the past 100 years to life through the fresh voices and perspectives in these groundbreaking documentaries.”

The initial HISTORY 100 documentary programming slate, which joins the previously announced documentary “Watergate,” includes:

“Meeting Gorbachev” (working title)
Acclaimed director Werner Herzog meets Mikhail Gorbachev for a series of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the man who ended the cold war. Using Gorbachev’s personal archives as well as interviews with key political players from the last 30 years, this will be a deeply humanizing portrait of an enigmatic man who’s still viewed as a traitor by many Russians. 

“Meeting Gorbachev” is produced by Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. Directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer. Produced by Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer. Richard Melman is the executive producer. Molly Thompson is executive producer for HISTORY. “Meeting Gorbachev” is a HISTORY Films production in association with A&E IndieFilms.

“Desert One” (working title)
From two time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple, comes the incredible story of Operation Eagle Claw: the attempted Delta Force mission to end the Iran Hostage Crisis. On November 4, 1979, hundreds of Iranian students took up arms and took the American Embassy by storm, and the subsequent attempt to end the hostage stand-off would result in the death of eight American soldiers (while re-shaping how our Special Forces operate), and contribute to the electoral victory of Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter. Recounted in context of the broader crisis, “Desert One” will be a nuanced examination of the mission and its considerable legacy both at home and abroad. 

“Desert One” is produced by Cabin Creek Films. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Rocket Women” (working title)
From Emmy nominated producer Jane Root, comes the incredible story of the very first would-be women astronauts, the Mercury 13. At the height of the US/Soviet space race, NASA’s Randy Lovelace embarked on a secret experiment: he recruited over 20 women to undergo NASA’s radical physical exam – the toughest in the world at the time. When many of the women passed, with some even outperforming the men, it opened up a whole new chapter in America’s space story and ignited an early public debate on gender equality.

“Rocket Women” is produced by Nutopia. Jane Root serves as executive producer for Nutopia. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Game on: The Improbable and Shocking Story of the Video Game Business” (working title) 
This is the untold story of the personal battles that gave rise to the $100 billion video game industry. Brought to life by Academy Award winning director Daniel Junge, this film is a tale of brilliant innovations, colossal failures, and ego-driven rivalries on a massive scale. It is a 50-year-long, multi-generation epic featuring corporate coups, industrial espionage, secret burial grounds and the promise of unimaginable riches being just one cartridge away. 

“Game on: The Improbable and Shocking Story of the Video Game Business” is produced by Efran Films and Stone Cottage Media. Daniel Junge serves as director. Morgan Hertzan and Shawn Efran are executive producers. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Watergate”
From Academy Award winning director Charles Ferguson, comes the full story of the conspiracy led by President Richard Nixon and his White House staff and how they were brought to justice. New interviews with journalists, senior Nixon administration officials, members of congress, and prosecutors – combined with archival footage and newly sourced information from the Nixon White House tapes – will bring a fresh perspective on this complex story.

“Watergate” is produced by Representational Pictures. Charles Ferguson is director and producer, Krista Parris is producer for Representational Pictures. Michael Stiller and Molly Thompson are executive producers for HISTORY. “Watergate” is a HISTORY Films production in association with A&E IndieFilms.

“Where is Angel?” (working title)
From Left/Right, the award-winning producers of The Circus, this documentary will take viewers inside Air Force One on one of the most fateful days in U.S. history – 9/11. From this unique vantage point, viewers will experience the struggles of our nation’s leaders, and members of the civilian and military chain of command, as they grapple with the unforeseen nature and extent of the deadly attack.

“Where is Angel” is produced by Left/Right. Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver are executive producers for Left/Right. Kristen Burns, Jim Pasquarella and Zachary Behr are executive producers for HISTORY.

“Cola Wars” (working title)
From Herzog & Company, the Emmy Award winning producers of Gettysburg, The History of Comedy and the acclaimed Decades Series – The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties – this film will explore how two of the most powerful companies in the world – Coca Cola and Pepsi – have used advertising campaigns, publicity stunts, and other cutthroat tactics in an incalculably expensive bid to each be the top purveyor of beverages to consumers. It is a story that speaks volumes about who we are as a people, shedding an illuminating—and not always flattering—light on why and how we make the decisions we do.

“Cola Wars” is produced by Herzog and Company. Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen are executive producers for Herzog, with executive producers Robert Edwards and Ferne Pearlstein. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Axis of Addicts” (working title)
At the outset of World War II, the Nazis harbored a secret. In spite of their talk of racial, spiritual and physical purity – they were an Axis of drug addicts. It wasn’t just those in the trenches on drugs, Hitler and his High Command were chasing a state of supreme human function via uppers, downers and everything in between. This documentary will explore the origin, impact and lasting effects of the state-sponsored drug use that helped build – and eventually burn – the Third Reich. New sources of information, including never-before-seen historical records, reveal the extent of the Nazi party’s reliance on drugs to power their war effort.

“Axis of Addicts” is produced by World of Wonder. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Jason Sklaver are executive producers for World of Wonder. Melinda Toporoff is executive producer for HISTORY.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for all of the above programs.

About HISTORY®
HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including The Curse of Oak Island, Forged in Fire, Alone, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, as well as the hit drama series Vikings and SIX. The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history.

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#NHLPeachy HockeyvilleUSA #WhomYouKnow @HockeyvilleUSA Clinton, New York Wins Title of Kraft Hockeyville USA Community Wins the Opportunity to Host an NHL Pre-Season Game and $150,000 in Arena Upgrades


Kraft Heinz is thrilled to announce Clinton Arena in Clinton, N.Y. is the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™USA 2018. After weeks of rallying and online voting, Clinton rallied together to prove exactly why they are the most spirited hockey community in America. The Kraft Hockeyville™ USA contest, now in its fourth year and in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), is proud to award Clinton Arena in Clinton, N.Y. an opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season Game and $150,000 in rink upgrades.

Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville™ USA will go toward improvements to a number of features, including the arena’s roof, locker room and seating.

“After an exciting face-off between our top four contenders, we’re thrilled to award Clinton the title of ‘Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018,’” said Michelle St. Jacques, head of brand marketing and R&D. “Clinton brought to life the essence of this program – both on and off the rink – and showed inspiring passion to rally their community. We’re excited to celebrate this win with them later this year.”

Rinks from across the country participated in this year’s bid for the title of “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018.” The runner-up, Brandon Valley in Brandon, S.D., will receive $30,000 to use toward rink upgrades, and George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, La. and Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury, Vt. will each receive $10,000.

In addition to the rink upgrades – and with the support of Kraft Heinz – NHLPA Goals & Dreams, the players’ charitable grassroots hockey program, will donate new hockey equipment to select Kraft Hockeyville™ USA communities, giving more disadvantaged youth the opportunity to play hockey. These donations continue the work of the players’ charitable initiative which for more than 18 years has assisted grassroots programs all around the world. 

Since launching in Canada in 2006, Kraft Hockeyville™ has positively impacted more than 80 communities with over $4 million donated in rink upgrades across Canada and the U.S. Previous U.S. winners include Belle Vernon, Pa. in 2017, Marquette, Mich. in 2016 and Johnstown, Pa. in 2015.

“Each year, Kraft Hockeyville™ USA puts a spotlight on the importance of local ice rinks to communities all across the country,” NHL Chief Brand Officer and Executive Vice President Brian Jennings said. “Community support is crucial to the growth of hockey and Kraft Heinz’s commitment to this program is making a significant impact. Congratulations to Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York and to all of this year’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA participants. The overwhelming response from cities nationwide is proof positive of the local commitment to ice rinks and the youth hockey players, coaches, parents and volunteers that call it home.”

“We are proud to partner with Kraft Heinz to continue bringing the NHL into more communities across the U.S. We know this year’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA winner, Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York will be another great host,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. “The players who hit the ice next September are looking forward to the celebration with the passionate fans of Clinton.”

For program details, visit www.KraftHockeyville.com. Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 can also be found on Facebook (KraftHockeyvilleUSA), Twitter(@HockeyvilleUSA), and Instagram (KraftHockeyvilleUSA). Fans can join the conversation using #HockeyvilleUSA.

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About The Kraft Heinz Company
The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.

About The NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 250 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio and more than 151 million followers - league, team and player accounts combined - across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio; and on NHL.com, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to giving back to the community through programs including: Hockey is for Everyone™ which supports nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America; Hockey Fights Cancer™ which raises money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight; NHL Green™ which is committed to the pursuit of sustainable business practices; Declaration of Principles – developed by and for hockey stakeholders – to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community; and a partnership with the You Can Play Project, which is committed to supporting the LGBT community and fighting homophobia in sports. For more information, visit NHL.com.

About The NHLPA
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labor organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labor relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 18 years, more than 70,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from the players’ donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $24 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.

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#NHLPeachy #WhomYouKnow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to Host 2018 NHL Awards Presented by Hulu in Las Vegas on June 20 NHL & Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Renew Multi-Year Partnership


The NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will return to Las Vegas this summer at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots, as well as concerts and special events. In addition, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will serve as NHL® Headquarters for the festivities. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Additionally, the NHL & Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced a multi-year partnership extension, making this the 10th year of a successful partnership between Las Vegas and the League and the ninth time the NHL will honor the best hockey players in the world and the top performances of the season in Las Vegas. Las Vegas venues that have hosted the NHL Awards include Palms Hotel (2009-2011), Encore at Wynn Las Vegas (2012, 2014), MGM Grand (2015), The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (2016) and T-Mobile Arena (2017).

“Las Vegas has been a tremendous host to the NHL Awards and we are thrilled to be coming back to the city for a ninth time this summer and, for a second time, to the Hard Rock,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Our players, coaches and fans look forward to coming to Las Vegas each June to honor the Award nominees and winners. This year, for the first time, those honored could include members of the home team, the Vegas Golden Knights. I thank our friends at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for being terrific partners and for making us feel welcome each and every time we’ve visited.”

“In just one thrilling year, Las Vegas has become a hockey town thanks to the remarkable inaugural season of our beloved Vegas Golden Knights. We are thrilled to celebrate this in conjunction with our ten year partnership with the NHL in welcoming the 2018 NHL Awards,” said Cathy Tull, Chief Marketing Officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will again honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy); the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.

A full line up of presenters and entertainment will be announced at a future date. In addition, fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

Finalists for each award will be announced daily, beginning Tuesday, April 17. Following is the schedule of the finalist announcements. Please note that all announcement dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, April 17
Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)

Wednesday, April 18
Selke Trophy (forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)

Thursday, April 19
Norris Trophy (top defenseman)

Friday, April 20
Lady Byng Trophy (player best combining sportsmanship and ability)

Saturday, April 21
Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)

Sunday, April 22
Calder Trophy (top rookie)

Monday, April 23
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (Humanitarian Award)

Tuesday, April 24
Mark Messier Leadership Award

Wednesday, April 25
Jack Adams Award (top head coach)

Thursday, April 26
Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the players)

Friday, April 27
Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team)

The 2017-18 National Hockey League regular season concluded with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid capturing his second career and second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings winning his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.

On Tuesday, June 19, a day before the NHL recognizes its regular season award winners at the 2018 NHL Awards™, the League’s first-ever esportsWorld Champion will be crowned when the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship™ World Finals are played at the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The Champion will walk away with their share of the $100K cash prize pool, tickets to the 2018 NHL Awards™, the Championship Trophy and ‘Chel bragging rights.

Registered players residing in Canada, the European Union and United States began Online Qualifier play in the NHL’s first-ever international esports tournament on March 24. Eight total players per Region will meet in their respective Regional Final markets -- Viasat studios in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday, May 6; Sportsnet studios in Toronto, Ont., on Friday, May 11 and NBC Studios in Stamford, Conn., on Sunday, May 20. The two top players per Region will qualify for the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Finals on June 19.

Fans can follow the conversation using social hashtag #NHLGWC. Schedules and results will be posted in near real-time to the NHL’s page on FACEIT, https://fce.gg/NHL. To learn more, visit NHL.com/Gaming.


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ABOUT THE NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 250 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio and more than 151 million followers - league, team and player accounts combined - across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. For more information, visit NHL.com.

ABOUT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses and KISS have all performed. Features of the property include the newly-remodeled 11-story Casino Tower with 640 rooms and suites, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites; the 15-story HRH All-Suite Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites, which has received the AAA Four Diamond Award; 60,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 110,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, which was named a Smart Meetings 2016 Platinum Choice Award winner; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Reliquary Spa; Kelly Cardenas Salon – a Paul Mitchell® Focus Salon; 4.8 acres of tropical pool paradise, which was voted as the No. 1 “Best Hotel Pool” in the 2015 USA Today 10Best Readers Choice contest; the world-famous pool party Rehab Beach Club; live music/entertainment venues The Joint, Vinyl and Club Domina, the home of Magic Mike Live Las Vegas; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café, Goose Island Pub, 福Fú Asian Kitchen, Oyster Bar, Pizza Forte, Dunkin’ Donuts and MB Steak; a fitness center; trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co., Chill by Hudson, Hootenanny, Bezel, Day + Night and Shine. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

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