Annapurna Continues To Grow With eOne Multi-Year Distribution Deal – Deadline

Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One just entered into a multi-year distribution deal which will launch on August 4 with Kathryn Bigelow’s race-riot crime drama Detroit. The film is also the first under Annapurna’s new marketing and distribution divisions. Continuing Annapurna’s increasing global presence, the eOne partnership covers all media for all Annapurna film titles in five major territories: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Annapurna’s Megan Ellison has not only built her own marketing and distribution departments to build upon her production arm, but she also has a digital division and a TV division. What’s next? Hopefully, the all-important licensing and merchandising arena.

The company has continued to grow in all facets since beginning in 2011. It recently began entering into filmmaker deals with some quality production companies, including Plan B and also Barry Jenkins’ Pastel, the production company behind this year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight.

Annapurna has a pretty decent track record now of quality films that are truly filmmaker driven. Besides Bigelow and Mark Boal, they have forged or are forging relationships with Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Richard Linklater and Spike Jonze to name a few.

“Annapurna’s track record of director-driven, award-winning projects continues to raise the bar. We are very pleased to broaden our relationship with Megan, Erik, Marc and the Annapurna team as they expand their slate and we look forward to bringing their high-quality film and television lineup to audiences around the world,” said Steve Bertram, President, Global Film Group, Entertainment One.

“It was important to us that we have a trusted distribution partner in navigating these key international markets and are very excited to join forces with eOne as we continue to expand the outreach of our films across the world,” said Annapurna President of Distribution Erik Lomis.

The deal was negotiated by Chris Corabi, Josh Small, and Don Hardison of Annapurna with Michal Steinberg and Spyro Markesinis of eOne.

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Instagram is the most harmful social network for your mental health

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Our addictive feeds of fitness models, exotic travel, and photo-perfect moments don’t often match with our comparatively humdrum and badly lit lives. The discontent caused by that disconnect is enough that a growing body of research suggests social media is contributing to mental-health problems such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, and body-image issues in young people, who are the heaviest users of social media.

And Instagram, which now has 700 million users globally, appears to be the social network having the greatest negative effect, according to a new report by the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), an independent charity focused on health education.

The report combines previously published research on the health impacts of social media with its own UK-wide survey of nearly 1,500 people between the ages of 14-24. To discover how respondents felt different social networks—Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and Twitter—affected their health, both positively and negatively, it asked them about their feelings of anxiety, connection to a community, sense of identity, sleep, body image, and more.

Only YouTube had a net-positive effect among the respondents. Every other social network came back with a net-negative effect. (In order from least negative to most, they were: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram.) Respondents rated Instagram in particular as having negative effects on anxiety and body image. One of the report’s authors told CNN that girls often compare themselves to unrealistic images that have been manipulated.

The report quotes one respondent as saying, “Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect.’”

Earlier research has found that the unrealistic expectations and “fear of missing out” created across our social feeds can lower self-esteem and fuel issues such as anxiety and depression. These issues are only compounded by cyber-bullying and lack of sleep, another harmful effect linked to social media. The report cites recent research published in the Journal of Youth Studies that found one in five young people say they wake up during the night to check messages, causing them to feel exhausted during the day.

The findings weren’t all bad. Nearly 70% of respondents reported that they received emotional support on social media when times were tough, and many said their accounts offered a forum for positive self-expression. They were also able to create and maintain relationships online.

The problems centered more on forgetting that what we see isn’t always reality, and the RSPH offered some recommendations based on its findings. For one, fashion brands, celebrities, and others should consider disclosing when their photos have been manipulated. It also suggested that social networks give users a pop-up warning if they exceed a certain time spent logged on. Social platforms might even identify users with possible mental-health issues based on their usage and send a discreet message on where to get help.

Not least of all, the report said more research is needed into social media’s health effects. Social’s spread among younger generations is only growing. It’s too big a force not to consider the health consequences seriously.

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MIAMI BABES, let’s do happy hour!

#MDW is right around the corner…for real though, it’s this weekend. It’s time to stock up some kinis for the long weekend ahead, but if you work all week it can be hard to make it to our store in time to get successful kini shopping done. Which is why this event is for you hard working babes… Join us this Wednesday (May 24th) from 6 – 8pm for a pre-memorial day happy hour! 🍸

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What are some healthy drinks for kids?

It feels like we can’t go a month without there being some chatter over a soda ban or tax as a public health initiative to curb obesity and diabetes. Whether or not you believe in direct intervention like taxes or bands, one fact is hard to refute, however: Too much processed sugar is a contributor to the obesity epidemic, especially among children.

Even juice, which many parents offer as a supposedly healthy alternative to sodas, is not exactly consequence-free. Fruit juices are extremely high in sugar and low in other essential nutrients like fiber, when compared to whole fruit. Just one cup of orange juice, for example, contains 112 calories compared to the 62 calories in a single orange. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released a new set of standards regarding fruit juice that recommend curtailing the amount of juice infants, children and teenagers consume on a daily basis, and that fresh, whole fruit is a much better way to give them their daily servings of fruits.

“Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1,” Dr. Melvin B. Heyman, who led the study that developed the new standards, explained. Those small amounts range from up to 4 ounces for kids between the ages of 1 and 3; up to 6 ounces for children age 4 to 6; and up to 1 cup for children and teens age 7 to 18.

Thankfully, juice and soda aren’t the only options out there. Below are some healthy alternatives to try with your kids.


Water is far and away the best choice for a kids’ drink. It can be consumed anytime and as often as needed. You can always add an orange or lemon slice to flavor it if your kids resist drinking enough of it, and my children seem to find ice cubes the most exciting treat in the world.

Milk or milk alternatives

Human milk or infant formula are the best for the first year. After the first year, the AAP encourages consuming up to 2 and 4 cups a day of whole milk — unless there’s a risk for obesity, and then transition to 2% — until the age of 2, but the milk should included with a meal and not just the meal. Up to the age of 8, dairy products can open up beyond milk, but everyone in the family, yes even the parents, should be drinking low-fat milks.

However, some kids are allergic to dairy, or just refuse to drink milk. Try soy, hemp or rice milks, and be sure to look for calcium-fortified alternative milks.

DIY flavored milk

Here is a great way to flavor milk for kids who do not love the taste. The strawberries are also a great source of vitamin C. Simply blend 2 cups of milk with 1/2 cup strawberries until the berries are pureed. Yum!

Coconut water

Coconut water is low in sugar and high in potassium, antioxidants and electrolytes. Make sure to avoid the sports recovery drinks that advertise coconut water. Either just buy plain coconut water or get it straight from the source. (Yes, coconut water is the water you find in the center of a coconut!)


Smoothies are fun and healthy. The great thing is that you can add a large variety of different fruits, veggies and even proteins. They can also be frozen in popsicle makers for a tasty treat. And unlike pure juice, smoothies retain much of the fiber that makes fruit and vegetable such an important part of a kid’s diet. One of my favorite recipes is for a kale smoothie, which children seem to go crazy for.

Kale Smoothie Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 handfuls raw kale or spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk

Blend all until pureed.

Herbal teas

Herbal teas can taste great and many have medicinal qualities that help your kids. One of our favorite bedtime teas is chamomile. It calms the nerves and the GI tract. Try offering it warm with a teaspoon of honey. We also love iced nettle tea with lemon. Nettles are an amazing source of nutrients including iron, calcium, potassium and zinc. Nettles are helpful for childhood asthma, toning the entire body and hydrating.

This story was originally published in May 2013 and has been updated with new information.

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Careem launches “Box” courier delivery service – The National

Careem launched its Box delivery service as the limousine hailing company moves to disrupt courier operators.

The service, which allows customers to track the delivery of small items, takes Careem into competition with new two-wheeled rivals such as fetchr as well as old four-wheeled ones like Uber.

“We wouldn’t be doing this if there weren’t seeing a demand for it,” said Faraz Syed, the managing director of Careem and Careem Labs.

The service is called Box because whatever is requested to be picked up has to fit in the box on the back of the ubiquitous mopeds used largely for food deliveries countrywide.

“It’s for anything from forgotten keys to important documents to lunch from your favourite restaurant, delivered for about Dh20. We have kept it simple and competitively priced so people can use the Careem App they already have on their phones and know that the same level of service and training will be brought to the Box service.”

The launch of the service highlights how fast the UAE’s digital companies are moving to outdo the competition.

Fetchr started four years ago as a delivery service using GPS tracking technology and the “sharing economy”.

It partners with firms whose riders and bikes are under-used at certain times of the day, thereby boosting productivity and revenues.

Last week, fetchr secured US$41 million in second round of funding, with big money coming mainly from Majid Al Futtaim Holding in a form of private equity and global venture capitalists New Enterprise Associates.

Idriss Al Rifai, the founder and chief executive of fetchr, said: “Careem’s move is a surprise to me but a welcome surprise. It means we are doing something right. ”

He said the model sounded similar to his company’s business.

Mr Al Rifai said, “90 per cent of our business is business-to-consumer, of which there are hundreds of thousands of deliveries each year. It is not a simple business, as it is far more complex than the ride hailing app Careem is now known for. There are far more imponderables and questions that arise from a delivery service. However, this is good for the region, as it takes us another step forward in the digital discovery for our customers.”

But this new service increases competition in the courier business, which is dominated by players such as Aramex, DHL and UPS.

Aramex itself started life as a regional disruptor to global logistics operators. The company declined to comment on the new Careem service.

“This is the world now. The disrupters have become the disrupted,” said Samer Bohsali, a partner with strategy&.

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