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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fifth Avenue Manhattan Fall 2017 by Peachy Deegan


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Governor Cuomo Announces Partnership with Walmart, Wegmans, FreshDirect and the Coca-Cola Company to Feed Over 32,000 New Yorkers this Thanksgiving

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is partnering with Walmart, Wegmans, FreshDirect and The Coca-Cola Company this Thanksgiving Week to help deliver meals to feed more than 32,000 people statewide.

"New Yorkers have a long and proud history of helping neighbors in need, and Thanksgiving provides a special opportunity to give back and reflect on what we are thankful for," Governor Cuomo said. "I am proud to partner with these organizations to provide thousands of families throughout the state with a warm meal. I encourage all New Yorkers to find ways to give back this week and throughout the holiday season."

Thanks to generous food donations from Walmart and Wegmans, meals are being assembled and packaged to feed over 32,000 New Yorkers statewide. The meals include turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, vegetables, cranberry sauce and potatoes. Additionally, The Coca-Cola Company donated 3,000 two-liter or "family-sized" bottles of assorted beverages to be distributed with the meals. FreshDirect has provided 3,500 boxes to ensure the meals are properly packaged and delivered.

As the nation's largest grocer, last year alone, Walmart donated more than $25 million across the state of New York in cash and in-kind donations in the fight against hunger. This figure includes more than 12 million pounds of food- the equivalent of more than 10 million meals.

Jason Klipa, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart in New York said, "Forty two million Americans -- one in eight of us -- struggle with hunger according to the USDA. As the nation's largest grocer, we're strongly committed to being a part of the solution in the fight against hunger in New York and across the nation. We're grateful for the opportunity to once again be involved in events like today as part of our goal to help provide meals to those that don't have enough to eat."

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Chairman Danny Wegman said, "Supporting hunger relief efforts throughout the year is a priority at Wegmans. We are happy to partner with Governor Cuomo at this special time of year to be sure that families in our community can gather around the table for a warm holiday meal."


Paul Mulligan, Co-Owner, Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages LLC, said, "Coca-Cola has a rich history of giving back and taking care of the communities where we live and work. We are New Yorkers too - and are continually grateful for Governor Cuomo's leadership to help families throughout the state this holiday season."

FreshDirect CEO and Co-Founder Jason Ackerman said, "FreshDirect is proud to assist Governor Cuomo on this very important initiative. We are committed to giving back to the communities we serve and are truly honored to be a part of the effort to ensure that every family in New York has a memorable Thanksgiving." 

FreshDirect

FreshDirect is a food tech company and the Northeast's leading online fresh food grocer, delivering directly to customers throughout seven states, including the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and the District of Columbia. FreshDirect is committed to sourcing the freshest and best-tasting meat, fish, produce, and specialty items through direct relationships with suppliers, growers, and farmers. 

In 2016, FreshDirect expanded its portfolio with the launch of FoodKick, an on-demand business that caters to the needs of urban dwellers with a curated selection of food, alcohol, and essentials—all delivered in as little as an hour. Launched in 2002, FreshDirect is a privately held company headquartered in Long Island City, NY. For more information, visit www.freshdirect.com or www.foodkick.com.

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#ChampagneWishes #SmallScreenScenes @southiejack @TravelChannel #BoozeTraveler Adventure and Merriment Are On Tap When Travel Channel's ‘Booze Traveler’ With Jack Maxwell Returns Monday, December 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT...But We Say When Is He Going To Drink The Peachy Deegan Made only with @StarVodka ???

"Booze Traveler” host Jack Maxwell toasts from a catamaran in the clear blue waters of Tahiti.

 Get ready for a shot of adventure and a chaser of fun when cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell returns for the new season of “Booze Traveler” on Monday, December 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. On his all-new global cocktail crawl, Maxwell soaks up some of the world’s most exotic drinks and striking destinations, starting in tropical paradise, Tahiti. During the season, he heads to Scandinavia to explore the magical origins of the “mead of poetry” drink that, as Viking legend has it, turns those who drink it into a poet and scholar. And, he gets to share a pint with a Robin Hood impersonator in England’s Sherwood Forest. Throughout the 16-episode season, Maxwell will also visit Arizona, the Caribbean, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Michigan, Taiwan, New England, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains and more.

“Cheers to more fascinating escapades with new friends, while toasting long-held traditions in some of the most breathtaking places on the planet!" said Maxwell. “My wonderfully enlightening international, cultural adventures always include a reason to celebrate. It's the same everywhere around the world."

The season opens on the pristine shores of Tahiti, where Maxwell immerses himself in the culture of the island paradise and has an authentic tamure dream – a drink aptly named for a traditional Tahitian dance, made with over 7,000 orange peels and freshly harvested sugar cane. Maxwell also shares a beer with pearl divers after gathering some of the world’s rarest pearls, learns the secrets of harvesting vanilla and tastes both brut d’ananas -- a sweet and refreshing pineapple champagne, and pia uru -- a favorite local beer brewed from breadfruit.

Fill up on more “Booze Traveler” on TravelChannel.com for special show extras including slide shows, exclusive video and more. Follow @TravelChannel and #BoozeTraveler for more exclusive content and updates. Follow host Jack Maxwell on Twitter: @southiejack and on Instagram: @southiejack

ABOUT TRAVEL CHANNEL
For virtual and active travelers who want to go on a thrilling quest; taste other cultures; enjoy the mystery of the unexplored; get a dose of epic adventure or a splash of wacky fun; there is no better daily escape than Travel Channel. Reaching more than 83 million U.S. cable homes, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand. Fans also can visit Travel Channel for more information or interact with other fans through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Travel Channel is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

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#HGTVHomeTown Ben and Erin Napier Return for a Second Season of HGTV's Hit Series 'Home Town' on Monday, Jan. 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Home renovation stars Ben and Erin Napier return to HGTV for a sophomore season of their hit series Home Town on Monday, Jan. 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT—and this time there will be one special new addition in Laurel, Mississippi. The first-time parents-to-be, who inspired more than 15 million viewers to love small-town living during season one, will transform more outdated properties into gorgeous family homes in the 10-episode season.

“Ben and I don’t think of our work as simply home renovation,” said Erin. “We find the common thread in the things that the homeowners love – the story of their life and family – and how that relates to the house. It’s satisfying when that comes together.”

“I’m excited to see our baby grow up in Laurel where everybody takes care of each other,” said Ben. “It’s a special place.”

During each episode, Ben and Erin will show clients two outdated, but budget-friendly properties that meet the families’ needs. Erin, an artist, will share her watercolor rendering of both old houses to help families see how she and Ben will update it into their dream home. As construction gets underway, Ben, a wood worker and craftsman, will use reclaimed materials from the property to build one-of-a-kind pieces for the homeowners, including a bench made from front porch flooring and a 12-foot dining room table crafted from repurposed sunroom beams.

HGTV’s digital platforms will showcase the Napiers and their home town of Laurel with special online video tours of the town and the couple’s local store, Laurel Mercantile. During the series run, Ben and Erin also will star in social media videos that range from fun homemade craft ideas to relationship Q&As. Throughout the season, fans can visit HGTV.com/Home-Town for more exclusive online content, including behind-the-scenes videos and photo galleries, and can interact on social media using #HGTVHomeTown.
The season two premiere episode of Home Town will be available for free via HGTV’s EST partners, HGTV.com, HGTV’s TV Everywhere mobile and connected device apps, and video on demand platforms.

ABOUT HGTV
HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America’s favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 91 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of 9.7 million people each month; a social footprint of 16.8 million; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

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@TravelChannel #ExpeditionUnknown @joshuagates Explorer Josh Gates Pursues Alluring Legends, Egyptian Secrets and Mythical Lore in the New Season of Travel Channel’s ‘Expedition Unknown’

Two-Part Season Premiere Uncovers Mysteries of the Vikings’ Icy Past – 
Wednesday, December 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In the season premiere of “Expedition Unknown,” Josh Gates explores the mysterious secrets of the Vikings.

Adventurer and explorer Josh Gates returns to Travel Channel in an all-new season of the top-rated series, Expedition Unknown,” on Wednesday, December 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This time, Gates’ insatiable curiosity and appetite for adventure leads him to destinations around the world, uncovering the truth behind more illustrious legends and fascinating lore. With access to the latest research and scientific technology, Gates tackles 12 all-new expeditions, including: the history of the mighty Vikings; the mystery of Stonehenge; the lost tombs of the Mayan Snake Kings; the search for a ship trapped in the dunes of Australia; a quest for the true identity of Nefertiti; and the hunt for 12 buried treasure boxes hidden right here in America.

"This season of ‘Expedition Unknown’ is all about icons,” said Gates. "From discovering the true origins of Stonehenge to exploring beneath the enigmatic pyramids of the Mayan empire, we’re making incredible discoveries at the world’s most impressive landmarks. But, we’re also tackling iconic items such as the lost treasure of America’s most notorious pirate and the stolen ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Plus, we’re hot on the trail of history’s most infamous characters, from Wild West bandit Butch Cassidy to high-ranking Nazis in South America and the sunken tomb of Cleopatra. These are our biggest adventures yet, and I can’t wait to take our fans with us on the journey."

The season kicks off with a two-part episode focused on the mysterious and powerful Vikings. From Denmark and Iceland to the United States and Canada, Gates treads into Viking territory in an effort to unlock answers to their most enduring secrets. How did they attain and sustain their power? Why did the population in Greenland just vanish? How far did they really travel? Many believe the Vikings’ lost settlement, “Vinland,” established in 1000 AD, is in Canada, but could new evidence prove that it’s actually here in America? It’s a revelation that could rewrite history.

Catch a special screening of the first half of the two-part premiere beginning Wednesday, December 13 on TravelChannel.com, VOD, TV Everywhere and additional digital platforms. Check out “Expedition Unknown” on TravelChannel.com for show extras including behind-the-scenes photos, on-location videos and travel tips from Josh Gates. Follow @TravelChannel and #ExpeditionUnknown for more exclusive content and updates. Follow host Josh Gates on Twitter: @joshuagates and on Instagram: @gatesygram.


ABOUT TRAVEL CHANNEL
For virtual and active travelers who want to go on a thrilling quest; taste other cultures; enjoy the mystery of the unexplored; get a dose of epic adventure or a splash of wacky fun; there is no better daily escape than Travel Channel. Reaching more than 83 million U.S. cable homes, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand. Fans also can visit for more information or interact with other fans through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Travel Channel is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

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@NYSDHSES Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Over 900 Joint Counter Terrorism Exercises in New York State

Operation Safeguard" Bolsters Security by Encouraging Early Reporting of Suspicious Activity by Businesses, Retail Establishments, Organizations and the Public

Governor Encourages Shoppers to be Mindful of Surroundings During Busy Holiday Season

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Counter Terrorism completed more than 900 "Operation Safeguard" counter terrorism exercises in 2017 at businesses and organizations across the state to test their suspicious activity reporting programs and counter terrorism plans. This represents a 31 percent increase in the number of locations tested in 2016.

"Protecting New Yorkers is our top priority, and these critical counter terrorism exercises help to prepare the public for dangerous situations that threaten public safety across this state," Governor Cuomo said. "Now more than ever, I urge New Yorkers to report any suspicious activity that they see to law enforcement. If you see something, say something."

In response to the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Governor Cuomo directed the state's Office of Counterterrorism During his 2016 State of the State to increase the number of these exercises to better assess the ability of businesses throughout the state to recognize suspicious behavior and subsequently report it.

This year, more than 900 locations, including exercises at over 100 truck rental locations and five upstate airports, were assessed by nearly 100 law enforcement agencies and 350 personnel. Other locations included hardware stores, gun stores, large retailers, businesses that sell chemicals or components used in the construction of improvised explosive devices, hospitals, colleges and universities, transportation infrastructure, mass gathering sites and other locations that could be targeted by terrorists.

At each location, law enforcement personnel tested security protocols by engaging in "suspicious activity" such as searching for various chemicals and components used in improvised explosive devices, to determine if a business detected the nefarious activity and reported it. After each visit, homeland security, federal, state and local partners discussed the encounters with each location to point out successful actions and areas of improvement. In most instances, the activity was reported promptly and accurately, and when activity was not reported, follow up education by team members was well received and establishments visited said suspicious activity would likely be reported to law enforcement in the future. 

Roger L. Parrino, Sr., Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said, "We all have a role in reporting suspicious behavior and we all should take the time to notice unusual patterns and actions that don't fit in to our daily routines. While this is important 365 days of the year, this is especially important during the holidays when our guard is down and we are all preoccupied with the season's preparations. Be alert. Trust your instincts, if you see something, don't be afraid to say something. Don't be afraid to make the call."

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Law enforcement and first responders train and work together each day to prevent tragedies in our communities. We also look to the public to help us and do their part in the fight against terrorist attacks. We ask everyone to be aware, be alert, stay vigilant and report anything out of the ordinary. If you see something, say something. Information you share could save lives." 

Special Agent in Charge Vadim D. Thomas, Federal Bureau of Investigation in Albany, said, "Experience has taught us that law enforcement and our communities must work together to identify actions that may involve terrorist related activity. We have seen numerous instances where information from the public leads to the identification of individuals and disruption of criminal activity. The more we can educate the public and test protocols, the safer our communities will be. I encourage the public to remain vigilant and advise law enforcement of any suspicious activity."

Bart R. Johnson, Federal Security Director, Transportation Security Administration said, "Given the current and evolving terrorist threat, we appreciate the efforts of New York State and their 'Operation Safeguard,' in exercising the observing and reporting of suspicious activity through 'See Something, Say Something.' This program makes a considerable impact in keeping all New Yorkers safe, particularly at airports."

Margaret Ryan, Executive Director, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, said, " Experience has taught us that law enforcement and our communities must work together to identify actions of potential terrorist activities. Working hand in hand with our community and business partners re-enforces that everyone is part of See Something, Say Something and See Something, Send Something. Anyone can report suspicious activity at any time." 

Peter R. Kehoe, Executive Director New York State Sheriffs' Association said, "These exercises are an important part of the counterterrorism plan in New York. We need an alert citizenry. That is how we can supplement our limited law enforcement personnel with the millions of eyes and ears of the general public. Through these exercises we keep the public thinking in terms of "See Something, Say Something."

Anyone can report suspicious activity to the New York State Terrorism Tips Line by calling 1-866-SAFE-NYS (1-866-723-3697), or as a photo or written note via the SeeSend mobile app. Visit Safeguard New York to learn more about how to spot suspicious activity, as well as the state's "See Something, Say Something" campaign. One phone call from an alert citizen or employee of a business who witnesses suspicious activity could alert law enforcement to a terrorist plot in the making. 

About the Office of Counter Terrorism 
Operated by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Office of Counter Terrorism supports federal, state, local, tribal and private sector efforts to prevent, protect against and prepare for acts and threats of terrorism. The Office of Counter Terrorism is not a law enforcement agency, but works closely with the New York State Police and other law enforcement and public safety agencies in the fight against terrorism. 

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services 
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and its four offices - Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications -- provides leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, or visit dhses.ny.gov.

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Amazon Celebrates 10th Holiday Season of Frustration-Free Packaging - An Invention That's Helped Eliminate 181,000 Tons of Packaging and 307 Million Boxes, and Given Millions of Customers Holidays Without "Wrap Rage"

Certified Frustration-Free Packaging is easy to open, with no annoying clamshells or twist ties, and 100% recyclable

Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging Programs have grown to include both Frustration-Free Packaging and Ships in Own Container, which produce less waste than traditional packaging - great for customers and the environment

Amazon works directly with thousands of manufacturers to redesign their packaging, eliminating waste throughout the supply chain while ensuring products arrive undamaged on customers' doorsteps

Ten years ago this holiday season, Amazon introduced "Frustration-Free Packaging," an invention designed to reduce waste and delight customers with easy-to-open, 100% recyclable packaging. Frustration-Free Packaging ends customer "wrap rage" by removing plastic bindings, wire ties, and clamshell casings - making boxes simple to open. And it's great for the environment because products ship in their original packaging, eliminating the need for an additional shipping box.

Since launching in November 2008 with 19 items, Amazon's packaging programs have grown to include both Frustration-Free Packaging and "Ships in Own Container." In 2017 alone, Amazon has delivered 120 million shipments with packaging that is certified Frustration-Free or Ships in Own Container. To date, Amazon's sustainable packaging innovations have eliminated 181,000 tons of packaging material and avoided 307 million shipping boxes - enough boxes to fill more than 550,000 semi-trucks.

"A decade ago we set out to invent packaging that is easy for customers to open, eliminates waste, and ensures products arrive undamaged on our customers' doorsteps," said Kim Houchens, Director of Customer Packaging Experience at Amazon. "Our certified packaging programs, including Frustration-Free Packaging, have delighted tens of millions of customers around the globe - and we're adding new products to these programs every day."

One of the biggest challenges in e-commerce packaging is designing it to be as compact as possible while ensuring that products arrive fully intact. Amazon works with manufacturers worldwide, helping them re-think and re-build their packaging, reducing waste throughout the supply chain while ensuring products are delivered to the customer undamaged. By thoroughly testing products in the Amazon Packaging Lab located in Seattle and also in fulfillment centers across the globe, Amazon identifies specific steps that manufacturers can take to improve their packaging. Manufacturers can even work alongside packaging engineers in Amazon's Lab to create new packaging for a specific product and test the packaging the same day. Only products that successfully pass this rigorous testing program are certified as part of Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging Program.

Every year, Amazon receives millions of comments from customers delighted with the company's innovations in packaging. Here are just two examples:

"The old frustration-full packaging took scissors and blood and sweat to open. The new way is perfect! Pull cardboard tab, open envelope, memory card in hand."

"I am a huge fan of Amazon Frustration Free Packaging ... Thank you for offering packaging that allows me to access my purchases without endangering myself."

"For years, Hasbro has been hard at work to make our toy and game packaging more sustainable," said Kathrin Belliveau, Senior Vice President, Global Government, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Hasbro, Inc. "We love how Frustration-Free Packaging allows us to deepen our commitment to sustainability, enables our consumers to enjoy their toys and games the minute they unwrap the box, and reduces waste - good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for business."

"Sustainable growth for Colgate Palmolive means a focus on minimizing our environmental impact while continuing to expand our global business. Working with Amazon on packaging innovations has enabled us to do just that," said Mike Corbo, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Colgate Palmolive. "Packaging waste is costly - for the business and for the planet - so we're excited to be working with Amazon to drive sustainability improvements."

For more about Amazon's commitment to sustainability, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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#PeachyandtheCity #SmallScreenScenes Cash Cab Returns To Discovery Channel With Emmy-Award Winning Comedian Ben Bailey On Monday, December 4

Comedian Ben Bailey and his cab are back on duty this winter! Returning to the infamous streets of New York City, Bailey’s cab takes unsuspecting passengers on the ride of their life. The Emmy-Award® winning series, CASH CAB returns to Discovery Channel on Monday, December 4 at 10pm ET/PT.

Iconic director, comedian David Steinberg (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, INSIDE COMEDY, SEINFELD, and MAD ABOUT YOU) joins the project with All3Media’s Lion USA to revamp the series as executive producers, with Robyn Todd as co-executive producer. Bailey will also serve as Executive Producer along with the series original ep’s Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn from Lion USA. The series will also be available on Discovery Go and Discovery on Demand.

Dodging New York City traffic, Bailey’s lucky passengers will take on classic CASH CAB trivia en route to their destination. If they get stumped, pedestrians and friends can help them out via phone, text or social media shout outs. Some unwitting passengers will even be joined by a guest celebrity who help the passengers rack up the cash. The celebrity line-up this season includes Matthew Perry, Brooke Shields (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT), Scott Bakula (NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, BASMATI BLUES), Gilbert Gottfried (GILBERT, GILBERT GOTTFRIED’S AMAZING COLOSSAL PODCAST), Dave Foley, Jeff Garlin (THE GOLDBERGS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, HANDSOME: A NETFLIX MYSTERY MOVIE) and Susie Essman (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THOSE WHO CAN’T, and BROAD CITY). If the riders and celebrities get three questions wrong, though, they’re out on the street. The upcoming season is full of surprises and detours that help unsuspecting passengers score big rewards.

CASH CAB is produced for Discovery Channel by Lion USA and Norton Productions. For Lion USA, Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn are executive producers. For Norton Productions, Robyn Todd is co-executive producer. For Discovery, John Slaughter is executive producer.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and captivates superfans around the globe with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. Available in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s programming reaches 3 billion cumulative viewers, who together consume 54 billion hours of Discovery content each year. Discovery’s offering extends beyond traditional TV to all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio and Discovery Kids Play; over-the-top streaming services such as Eurosport Player; digital-first and social video from Group Nine Media; and virtual reality storytelling through Discovery VR. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About Lion USA

With offices in New York, London and Glasgow, Lion Television is one of the most successful independent production companies in the US and UK. Part of the global production group All3Media, Lion USA is headed by Tony Tackaberry and has produced over 350 hours of programming for MTV, Fox, History, E!, Bravo, TLC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Cooking Channel, PBS, MSNBC, CBS, A&E, HBO, VH1 and National Geographic, among others. Its recent productions include the Emmy award-winning “Cash Cab,” “Six Degrees of Murder,” “The 80s: The Deadliest Decade,” “Follow Your Past,” “Sexy Beasts,” “Deadly Devotion,” “Money From Strangers,” “Junk Food Flip,” “Restaurant Redemption,” “History Detectives,” “MegaDrive,” “Easy Chinese” and a four-part documentary for PBS called “America Revealed.”

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Loren Ruch Upped to Senior Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Special Projects, for Scripps Networks Interactive

In a newly expanded role, Loren Ruch has been elevated to Senior Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Special Projects, for the six Scripps Networks Interactive network brands – HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country. Reporting to Allison Page, General Manager of U.S. Programming and Development for Scripps Networks Interactive, Ruch now will oversee programming tied to the company’s ad sales-driven initiatives, including custom, cross-network or fully integrated programs like Home United. He also will continue to develop and manage series and specials such as My Lottery Dream Home, Brother vs. Brother, Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House, The Trip: 2018, Teeny Tiny Thanksgiving and Crazy Cookie Builds. His team includes several of the company’s New York-based programming executives. 

"With his successful record of overseeing hit series and cross-network specials, serving as a liaison for HGTV Magazine and expertly managing relationships with our other key external partners, Loren is perfectly suited for this new position,” said Page.

Ruch joined the HGTV programming staff in 2008 from Scripps Productions where, as executive producer, he oversaw production of some of the network’s highest rated specials, including HGTV Dream Home, HGTV Green Home, Rose Parade and White House Christmas.

Prior to Scripps Productions, Ruch was a five-time Emmy Award winning senior producer at Good Day LA (Fox) and its nationally syndicated counterpart Good Day Live. He started his career in the world of lifestyle, talk and game shows such as Love Connection, Family Feud, Scoop with Sam & Dorothy, Home & Family, Trivial Pursuit, and That’s Amore. He also helped launch NBC’s America’s Talking cable network. 
Ruch is graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Theater Arts. 
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About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle media portfolio includes leading TV and entertainment brands HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country. Its digital division Scripps Lifestyle Studios creates compelling content for online, social and mobile platforms. International operations include TVN, Poland's premier multi-platform media company; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel, the first pan-regional TV food network in Asia; and lifestyle channel Fine Living Network. The company's global networks and websites reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.

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Travel Channel's New Series 'Views From...' Spotlights Stunning Places and Experiences

The glorious view from atop Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher.

Travel Channel’s new series, “Views From…,” uncovers the unusual stories behind gorgeous, epic and top-of-the-world locations that celebrate the pristine beauty of their unique views. Premiering Sunday, November 19 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, each of the five one-hour episodes, including “Hawaii” and “Alaska,” features multiple knockout views from the iconic to the remote. Additional episodes such as “Mega Rides” and “Top of the World,” will showcase numerous locales with immersive thrilling experiences and once-in-a-lifetime panoramic vistas.

The premiere episode, “Top of the World,” shows a bird’s eye view from some of the world’s most breathtaking vantage points. In just one hour enjoy the heavenly sights of Cambodia at the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, hop aboard Norway’s historic Flam Railway for the coolest views of fjords rising from the Norwegian Sea, look down through the clouds at the world below from Tianmen Mountain Skywalk in China, and your Irish eyes will be smiling at the site from the Cliffs of Moher.

ABOUT TRAVEL CHANNEL
For virtual and active travelers who want to go on a thrilling quest; taste other cultures; enjoy the mystery of the unexplored; get a dose of epic adventure or a splash of wacky fun; there is no better daily escape than Travel Channel. Reaching more than 83 million U.S. cable homes, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand. Fans also can visit Travel Channel for more information or interact with other fans through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Travel Channel is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

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Leading True-Crime Network Investigation Discovery Lifts The Veil On Mysterious Tragedies In A Small Town, ‘Village Of The Damned” — Five-Part Serialized Event Airs Tuesdays at 10/9c Starting November 28



Legend has it that the quiet, picturesque village of Dryden, N.Y., inspired Frank Capra’s vision of Bedford Falls in It’s a Wonderful Life. But contrary to that image, Dryden became the setting for a strange string of tragedies and murders between 1989 and 1999 that left residents wondering why death stalked their beloved town. To them it was a tragic coincidence, but outsiders gossiped about a curse, labeling Dryden as a real-life “Village of the Damned.” Residents have maintained a code of silence… until now.

Nearly two decades after Dryden’s dark years ended, America’s leading true-crime network, Investigation Discovery (ID), brings the mystery to life in a serialized format that features the town itself as the central character, as well as a Greek chorus of residents that lived through this tragic time. Each episode pries open one chapter from that era, starting with the cold-blooded execution of an entire family, followed by the murder of a beloved football coach, the untimely deaths of two beloved cheerleaders, and the tragic ripple effects that touched all corners of the community. Interviews with law enforcement and other key players transport viewers back to the moments, days, months, and years that followed each crime. Produced by Red Marble Media in association with Spring Theory, the five-part serialized event VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED airs Tuesdays at 10/9c starting November 28 only on Investigation Discovery.

“This exclusive and limited series, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, explores important and disturbing questions concerning how innocent people become ensnared by evil, and how a tight-knit community survives when senseless crime pushes it past the breaking point,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “As the leading television destination for true-crime programming, we are grateful to the small town community of Dryden for putting their trust in ID and Red Marble Media to tell their story in a way that’s never been done before.”

Twenty years ago, as gossip swirled that a so-called “curse” loomed over Dryden, residents focused on healing through heartbreak while law enforcement worked tirelessly to pursue justice. In a town of 15,000 people where everybody knows each other, residents were left in fear and wondering “who could be next?”

Serialized episodes in this season of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED include:
SERIES PREMIERE: “The ‘Curse’ Begins at Christmas” on Tuesday, November 28 at 10/9c

In 1989, the village of Dryden reels when a horrifying Christmastime massacre claims the entire Harris family. Suddenly, the once safe and quaint New York town finds itself torn apart by the grisly quadruple homicide of Tony, Dodie, Shelby, and Marc Harris. Residents live in fear while police race to identify the killer – or killers – but just when the horror seems to have passed, terror visits the town again when 2-year-old Aliza May Bush vanishes in a snowstorm. These events mark the beginning of a so-called “curse” that descends on Dryden for the next ten years.
“Thirteen Days in Winter” on Tuesday, December 5 at 10/9c

By February 1990, residents of Dryden can finally breathe a sigh of relief after the nightmare of the Harris family murders. But then, word spreads that little Aliza May Bush has gone missing in the blinding snow. Neighbors search for the girl for 13 days. It’s not until Aliza’s mother receives one of her daughter’s pink mittens in the mail that police realize they are dealing with a kidnapping and time is running out. Then, three years later, the “curse” of Dryden returns when a young woman named Kirsten Clark awakes to witness the terrifying murder of her friend Scott Hume.
“Dryden’s Dark Soul” on Tuesday, December 12 at 10/9c

As the dark cloud over Dryden lingers, two love stories turn to tragedy. In August 1993, Kirsten Clark reels from the horror of witnessing her friend Scott Hume’s murder at the hands of another friend, Paul Jackson. Now, both Kirsten and Paul relive the terrifying events that led them down this twisted path. Just one year later, Dryden’s beloved football coach, Stephen Starr, crosses paths with his daughter’s deranged ex-boyfriend, Jonathan Merchant. For months, Jonathan threatens and stalks the Starr family. But no one predicts the violence that will erupt in the Starr home on the morning of December 30, 1994.
“The Final Fall, Part 1” on Tuesday, December 19 at 10/9c

As news spreads about the tragedy of Dryden’s football coach Stephen Starr, the town comes together to pray that the worst is behind them. The worst horror is still to come. In September 1996, one month of terror brings the “curse” to a nightmarish crescendo with more tragedy befalling Dryden’s football community. Star football player Scott Pace is killed, a man named Ed Bailey commits a horrific act of violence that stuns his family, and two Dryden High School cheerleaders suddenly vanish. These three tragedies will lead outsiders and the media to begin calling Dryden the “Village of the Damned.”
“The Final Fall, Part 2” on Tuesday, December 26 at 10/9c

Since December 1989, one tragedy after another has haunted Dryden. Then, in October 1996, the town’s story reaches its terrifying conclusion when two beloved cheerleaders, Sarah Hajney and Jennifer Bolduc, vanish. Worse still, police find evidence in Sarah’s home that the two met with foul play. As the town prays for the girls’ safe return, police track a twisted sociopath who has been living in their midst for years. The events will scar the town forever, but does Dryden deserve its reputation as the “Village of the Damned?”

New episodes of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED will also be available to watch the day after premiere on InvestigationDiscovery.com or by downloading ID GO’s TV Everywhere app on Android and iOS. Before the series premiere, viewers can get to know town of Dryden in a 10-minute ID GO exclusive episode “Village of the Damned: Welcome to Dryden” premiering Friday, November 17. Meet the people who were at the very epicenter of the “curse” and continue to call Dryden home. The piece will also introduce viewers to the town itself, including key landmarks that will appear throughout the series, from the local church to the football field of Dryden High.

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED is produced for Investigation Discovery by Red Marble Media in association with Spring Theory. Stephen Dost, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Greg Spring, and Ivy Brown are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Lorna Thomas is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Jane Latman is executive vice president of development, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America.

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these “real people, real stories,” the always revealing network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation’s fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to approximately 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.

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