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Dennis Rodman to Drum up Business with AnyTickets.com

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Fresh off his trip to the DPRK–USA Singapore Summit, Dennis Rodman is rubbing shoulders with the elite once again.

AnyTickets.com has announced that Rodman will be the ticketing firm company’s new Head of Business Development. The Houston-based firm offers tickets for MLB, NFL, NBA, NCAA, and other sporting events in addition to concerts and theater productions. AnyTickets.com also offers premium “once-in-a-lifetime” packages where customers can attend a Hollywood party or shoot hoops with a basketball star (like Rodman?).

Rodman expressed his excitement to join forces with the company saying,

“Well, the coolest thing I’ve done lately, besides my recent trip, is that I’m part of a major corporation called AnyTickets.com – I’m the lead adviser of Business Development – these guys are a leader in event ticket sales, they invest in major events worldwide; Super Bowl, NBA, Final Four, every concert on the planet, Hamilton, you name it man -it’s a perfect fit for me, because I love sports and I love music.”

(Dennis Rodman)

AnyTickets.com partner Marcus Stern confirmed the company’s strategy in bringing Rodman on-board.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Dennis as Head of Business Development for AnyTickets.com. Dennis knows everybody from athletes to movie stars to (obviously) politicians and heads of state. That’s perfect because he will be handling the premium ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences for the company.”

TheTicketingBusiness News reports that Rodman will help the company “expand its offerings, build its affiliate programme, and attract new clients.” The firm is expected to make $100 million in sales in 2018.

 

What do you think of Rodman’s latest business move? Tell us in the comments! 

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🦈 Shark Tank ❤️ Amazon

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Mark Cuban may be out, but consumers are in.

Amazon has announced that it is now an official retail partner for “Shark Tank” products.

The new Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection highlights products seen on “Shark Tank,” including the Hatch Baby, Third Wave Water and Stasher, among others.

This collaboration, which coincides with the premiere of “Shark Tank” season 10, provides an opportunity for successfully-funded Shark Tank startups and entrepreneurs to launch and showcase their products on Amazon.com. “Shark Tank” season 10 airs on Sundays at 9pm Eastern on ABC.

The new Amazon hub built around “Shark Tank” products allows users to see products by how many sharks invested, by guest sharks, and several other interesting data points.

“We are thrilled to be working with the popular ‘Shark Tank’ franchise, highlighting products from startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Amazon Launchpad program is all about empowering creators and inventors, enabling them to reach hundreds of millions of customers. By teaming up with ‘Shark Tank,’ we are making it fun and easy for fans of the show to discover a wide variety of unique innovations and cutting-edge products.” – Jim Adkins, Vice President, Amazon

More than 70 products that successfully received funding from Sharks during seasons 1-9 are now available for purchase on Amazon.com. Products from season 10 and beyond will be featured in the Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection in the future. All startups and entrepreneurs that Sharks have invested in will be considered for the Amazon Launchpad program. In addition, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering a $15,000 credit for cloud computing services to each eligible “Shark Tank” entrepreneur.

“For the first time ever, ‘Shark Tank’ has a store on Amazon.com dedicated to helping our entrepreneurs scale their businesses and highlight top products from the show. We are excited for the Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection to bring products from our entrepreneurs to retail for customers and fans of the series.” – Barbara Corcoran, Shark

The Amazon Launchpad program offers a number of resources to entrepreneurs and small companies, including marketing services, exclusive promotions, and onboarding support.

“Our first big break as a company came with ‘Shark Tank.’ It got us the attention we needed to attract a wide audience. Working with Amazon Launchpad feels like our second big break. We’re lucky to work with a team that understands the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs and who specifically supports and provides us with what we need to grow our business.” – Ann Weiss, CEO, Hatch Baby

“Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation, is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

 

Have you tried a “Shark Tank” product? What do you think of this new collaboration? Tell us in the comments!

 

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” Coming to IMAX For the First Time

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Stanley Kubrick’s classic is coming back.

Warner Bros. is releasing 2001: A Space Odyssey in IMAX theaters in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary. The film will premiere in 350 IMAX theaters across North America for one week, beginning on August 24th. This is the first time the film will available to view on the largest possible screen.

Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, 2001: A Space Odyssey was originally released on April 4, 1968, igniting the imaginations of both critics and audiences. With the film, Kubrick redefined the limits of moviemaking, using photomechanical special effects achieved within the camera.

“I felt it was necessary to make this film in such a way that every special effects shot in it would be completely convincing – something that had never before been accomplished in a motion picture.” – Stanley Kubrick

Kubrick was one of the first filmmakers to use front projection, a technique where photography is projected onto a reflective surface from the front of the set. Of the film’s $10.5 million budget, Kubrick expended $6.5 million on special effects alone. A cult-favorite of both critics and fans alike, 2001: A Space Odyssey cemented his legacy as one of the most revolutionary and influential motion picture directors of all time.

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As part of the week-long IMAX release, four theaters will showcase the feature on 70mm film: AMC Universal Citywalk IMAX, Universal City, AMC Lincoln Square IMAX, New York City, AMC Metreon IMAX, San Francisco, and Ontario Place Cinesphere IMAX, Toronto. The IMAX 70mm film print was created from the recently released “unrestored” 70mm print—a true photochemical film recreation struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. All other IMAX theaters will show a brand new 4K restoration of the film with Laser and IMAX Xenon projection formats.

Tickets for the IMAX showing go on sale today. Check out more information here and to find a showing near you.

 

Have you seen 2001: A Space Odyssey? Will you see the film in IMAX? Tell us in the comments!

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