Priscilla Lopez Begins Performances as Pippin’s Flying Granny

first_img Pippin Related Shows Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. The current cast also includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renee as Leading Player, John Rubinstein as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Pippin received four 2013 Tony awards included Best Revival. Priscilla Lopez takes over from Annie Potts as Berthe in Pippin at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on July 22. The Tony winner will play a limited engagement through August 27. Lopez appeared in the original cast of A Chorus Line and was also a replacement for the role of Fastrada in the original production of Pippin in 1973. She received the Tony for her performance in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Her other Broadway credits include In the Heights, Anna in the Tropics, Nine and Company. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more


Europe performance hits JLL results

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Mansion Group announces raft of C-Level appointments

first_img Related Articles Share MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Karel Manasco – Mansion GroupGibraltar-based online gambling operator Mansion Group has moved to restructure its c-level management team, announcing both internal promotions and external appointments.Updating the market, Mansion confirms the appointment of David Murphy as inbound Chief Marketing Officer (COM), joining the company this September.A 12-year marketing executive, Murphy joins Mansion’s leadership team from online lottery operator Lottoland where he formerly served as Vice President of Marketing (2016-2019).Murphy holds further industry marketing experience having served as Head of Marketing for Jackpotjoy operating company Gamesys (2010-2012), as well as having led retention and customer acquisition teams for InterCasino and Gala Coral Group.Internal appointments see Mansion promote Manuel Rodriguez – the group’s long-term director of technologies – to the position of Chief Technical Officer (CTO).Supporting Rodriguez as new CTO, Mansion has promoted Director of Product Avigail Nir to the position of Chief Operations Officer (COO).Karel Manasco, CEO of Mansion Group, said: “With Mansion quickly growing and looking to enter new territories over the year, I’m proud to have such a hard-working team behind me who can deliver both our short and long-term business plans. I am confident the team have the experience and attitude compatible with our strategy. The future is looking bright for Mansion.” Submitlast_img read more


Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws

first_imgShare Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit Betfred has launched its new national TV advertising campaign ‘Great Balls of Fire’ to promote its new ‘Nifty Fifty’ daily live draw game.Developed by Liverpool-based creative marketing agency Zut Media, the 30-second TV-spot takes place in a 1950s dance hall, with Betfred promoting its new daily draw to Jerry Lee Lewis’ rockabilly anthem of ‘Great Balls of Fire’.Launched this June, Betfred’s Nifty Fifty is an exclusive 50-ball numbers game, live-streamed three times a day (11:30, 14:30, 18:30), featuring jackpot prizes of £10,000. Gemma Strath, Group Head of Marketing at Betfred,  commented on the campaign: “We are extremely excited about the launch of our new product and TV campaign. The key inspiration for us was the fifties, playing on the name of our new numbers game.“It has been a lot of fun developing the Nifty character and music with Zut. They pulled out all of the stops to make the advert, and our ‘Nifty’ character, larger than life. The team has done an amazing job to make this happen.”Great Balls of Fire sees Betfred continue to work with ZUT Media as lead creative agency, having handled the Manchester bookmaker’s multi-million advertising account since 2015 – launching Betfred’s flagship UK advertising campaign ‘Be Part of the Action’ featuring company founder Fred Done.Zut clients include Liverpool FC, Chester Racecourse and The English Football League.Matt Thompson, creative director at Zut, added: “We felt strongly from the start of the creative process that the advert needed both live-action and GGI elements to give ‘Nifty’ a big screen presence. Having secured such an iconic music track we wanted to make sure that our on-screen performances lived up to it.“Shooting post-COVID lockdown added an extra layer of complexity so we are extremely proud of what our team has achieved. Extra precautions were taken to ensure everyone was kept safe while filming, working in accordance with Government guidelines for the TV and film industry.last_img read more


Producers with trees and vines have an additional option in expensing planting costs for tax purposes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The following contains edited material from the “National Income Tax Workbook 2016” Land Grant University Tax Education Foundation Inc.Fruit and nut growers have few options in the way they expense planting and preparatory costs. New regulations that are a part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015) allow for taxpayers to use bonus depreciation to partially expense these costs in the year of planting even if the taxpayer might not have been allowed to under the Alternative Depreciation Schedule (ADS) due to opting out of Uniform Capitalization (UNICAP) rules.Generally, the UNICAP rules require farmers to capitalize the preproductive period costs if the plants have a preproductive period of more than 2 years. Pre­productive period costs are the costs of raising plants after they are planted and before they are placed in service.Plants are treated as placed in service when they produce a crop that has a value in excess of the cost of harvesting it. Therefore, the placed-in-service date can vary from one grower to another and from one block of a grower’s plants to another. For tax purposes however, the determination that a plant has a preproductive period of more than two years is based on the national average preproductive period for that plant. Therefore, whether a plant is subject to capitalization of preproductive expenses does not vary from one grower to another or from one block of plants to another.However, farmers (other than corporations, partnerships, and tax shelters that are required to use accrual accounting) can elect out of the UNI­CAP rules. The election out of the UNICAP rules allows farmers to deduct preproductive period costs in the year they are incurred.Preproductive period costs are the costs of cultivating, maintaining, or developing the plant during the preproductive period. Pre­productive period costs include, but are not lim­ited to, management, irrigation, pruning, soil and water conservation (including costs the taxpayer has elected to deduct under I.R.C.§ 175), fertil­izing (including costs the taxpayer has elected to deduct under I.R.C.§ 180), frost protection, spray­ing, harvesting, storage and handling, upkeep, electricity, tax depreciation and repairs on build­ings and equipment used in raising the plants, farm overhead, taxes (except state and federal income taxes), and interest required to be capital­ized under Internal Revenue Code Section (I.R.C.§) 263A(f).Even if the plants are not subject to the UNICAP rules either because their preproductive period is 2 years or less or because the farmer elected out of the UNICAP rules, the farmer must still capi­talize the preparatory costs (costs incurred so that the plant’s growing process may begin) for the plants, such as the costs of seeds, seedlings, plants, supplies, labor, and equipment.Section 143 of the PATH Act adds a new option for some farmers to deduct bonus depreciation. The new option is in addition to the bonus depre­ciation rules that were in place before the PATH Act.New I.R.C. § 168(k)(5) allows farmers to elect to deduct 50% of the cost of planting or grafting specified plants. Farmers make the election and claim the deduction in the year the plants are planted (or grafted to a plant that has already been planted). To qualify, the plants must be planted or grafted after Dec. 31, 2015, and before Jan. 1, 2020, and must be:A tree or vine that bears fruits or nuts, orAny other plant that will have more than one yield of fruits or nuts and that generally has a preproductive period of more than two years from the time of planting or grafting to the time at which it begins bearing fruits or nuts.The farmer must reduce the basis of the plant by the allowable bonus depreciation, and he or she may not claim any additional bonus depre­ciation on the plant in the year it is placed in service. When the plant is placed in service, the farmer may claim the section 179 deduction and/or Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) depreciation on the remaining basis. General Bonus Depreciation rulesProperty does not have to qualify for the general bonus depreciation to be eligible for the special elective bonus depreciation for plants that bear fruit or nuts. Therefore, it does not have to meet the following requirements:The recovery period for the property is 20 years or less.The original use of the property commenced with the taxpayer.In addition, property that must be depreciated under ADS is eligible property. Benefits of the new legislationThe new legislation not only allows farmers who elect out of the UNICAP rules to claim bonus depreciation they previously could not claim, it also allows farmers (whether or not they elect out of the UNICAP rules) to claim the bonus depre­ciation in the year the plants are planted instead of the year the plants are placed in service.Deducting the bonus depreciation in an ear­lier year has two benefits. As with any deduction allowed in an earlier year, it allows the taxpayer to reap the benefit of the deduction in an earlier year, which postpones paying taxes in most cases. Deducting bonus depreciation in an earlier year also allows farmers to avoid the phaseout of the bonus depreciation for plants that were planted before 2018 but will not be placed in service until 2018 or a later year.last_img read more


4 Considerations for Reducing Your Sales Stack

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#CRM#marketing#marketing stack#sales#sales stack#sales technology#sales tools#tech stack AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… More sales tools don’t translate to more sales. In fact, it’s often just the opposite. Related Posts Connected Digital Assistants will Change the Wa…center_img Skyrocket Your Instagram Marketing with Busines… Presentation Management: Key Component to the E… According to a 2018 Inside Sales study of 720 sales representatives, the average salesperson spends just 35 percent of her time on revenue-generating activities. What does she do with the remaining two-thirds? Almost all of it — 63 percent of sales reps’ total time — is spent using sales technologies, with email clients claiming the most time. The reason salespeople spend that much time with sales tools becomes obvious when you consider their tool set. The average enterprise uses 43 cloud-based CRM or sales tools and a whopping 91 marketing tools. Look a little deeper, though, and you’ll notice something: Top-performing enterprises tend to use far fewer. Microsoft, for instance, uses about 40 tools in its sales and marketing stack; Cisco uses 39. Slim Down Your StackImporting, exporting, and toggling between sales and marketing tools takes more time than many leaders realize. To consolidate your sales and marketing stack:1. Make the most of your foundation with workflow automation.The first and most critical choice you’ll make when paring down your sales and marketing tool kit? Which tool will be your “home.” At most companies, this will be a CRM. Because CRMs store customer data and track touchpoints, they tend to be the most time-consuming part of a sales stack to swap out. Once you’ve settled on your foundation, try to accomplish as much within it as possible. Salesforce users, for instance, don’t need a separate suite to manage their drip email campaigns. Workflow automation with an integrative tool like Mixmax can help users get the most out of their CRM foundation; salespeople, for example, can book meetings, automate follow-ups, and save time logging information with the right integrative tool. Automation can also help prevent the human error of a missed connection that could lead to lost deals. Workflow automation software ensures salespeople always send effective emails to the right people at the right time, schedule more meaningful meetings, and keep CRM data updated.2. Give up on “shelfware.”Once you’ve determined what you definitely want to keep, your next step is to identify tools that you definitely don’t. If you’re not sure, ask your team which tools they haven’t used in a month or more. Rather than push people to start using them, accept that they aren’t part of your team’s workflow. According to a Flexera study, 93 percent of enterprise companies struggle with so-called “shelfware,” or purchased software products that rarely or never get used. Why does shelfware happen, and where should you look? Product innovations are a big cause. A company that now sells an online service instead of a physical product, for instance, probably doesn’t need point-of-sale software any longer. Another is canceled initiatives. If your company tried and moved on from experiential marketing, it may still be paying for pricey tools like Limelight or MainEvent. Others may simply be the result of miscommunications or role transitions, such as a CRM system that was purchased by mistake or abandoned after a prior leader left the company. 3. Use “need” statements to spot overlaps. The toughest part of slimming down a sales stack is identifying tools that see use but still aren’t necessary. These redundancies, to be fair, often occur after a tool is originally purchased. Because cloud software products are updated regularly and without some users’ knowledge, they often grow into areas that are already covered by another tool in the company’s stack. To find overlaps between them, jot down what each application can do and compare them.For years, a friend of mine who’s a sales director used Anaplan for territory planning. To its credit, Anaplan makes it easy to assign territories, forecast revenue per territory, and ensure complete coverage. But my friend was also using Salesforce, which includes a territory forecasting tool. Not only can Salesforce’s tool do those same things, but it also displays “child” territories, forecasts product family revenue in each territory, and drills down to individual representatives’ forecasts if a given territory doesn’t have an assigned salesperson. 4. Don’t compromise when it comes to data.  Should you always get rid of a tool that accomplishes the same thing as one you like more? Not necessarily. There’s one case when it might make sense to use a companion tool — or even swap out your “hub” system: additional relevant data feeds. Say you do most of your sales at trade shows. Well, Zoho may be a minor player in the CRM space, but it easily captures data from a couple of places that most of its peers don’t: trade show documents and live chat. Even if your team spends just a few hours a week entering trade show touchpoints into your CRM, it might make sense to switch. It doesn’t take many weeks for the hours your team saves through automated data entry to make up for the time cost of switching. Which sales and marketing tools are “right” for your company is a question with no easy answer. Which sales candidates are right for your team? Is it time to expand into new territory? As with those topics, bigger and broader isn’t always better. Sometimes, sticking with tried-and-true performers while saying “no” to the rest really is the best strategy. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at last_img read more


Finding the Right Lens Adapter

first_imgHere are a few things to consider when choosing your next lens adapter.Top image via Shutterstock.Lens adapters are annoying but necessary purchases anytime you are dealing with different types of lenses and cameras. Even though it adds weight, bulk, and expense to your production, the right lens for your camera is absolutely crucial. One of the questions I had when choosing the right adapter was how it would affect my the image, so let’s take a look at what to expect.What Are Lens Adapters?Image via Shutterstock.To put it plainly, lens adapters bridge the gap from mismatched lenses so that they might fit a different type of camera. So, if you have to shoot with a Canon (EF mount) camera and use a Sony (E mount) lens, adapters make this possible. Generally, it’s better to move down from a larger format lens to a smaller format camera that can translate from full frame to APS-C and Micro Four Thirds. But overall, adapters can save you from losing precious glass when you upgrade to a different type of camera body and brand.A notable downside to using a lens adapter is the loss of autofocus while recording video. Using auto-focus while recording video isn’t the best way to capture accurately focused shots, but if you’re vlogging or have the camera turned towards yourself, autofocus will help out a lot. Regardless, just know that autofocus isn’t as direct when you use an adapter.Focal ReducersThere are lens adapters like the Metabones Superbooster that actually expand and increase your aperture by a stop. This improves the crop factor of your camera, whether it’s from APS-C to full frame or micro four-thirds to APS-C. The Superbooster is a viable option for improving your image, especially if you want to capture a “bigger image.” However, the Superbooster does lose tracking capabilities for autofocusing and, like I said earlier, autofocusing is the main consideration here if that’s how you’re used to shooting. Expect to pay around $500 – $600 for the Speedbooster, regardless of the type of camera you use.Lens Adapters to ConsiderImage via Metabones.As with any pre-production decision, cost is everything. However, you may not need something like the Metabones Speedbooster if your shoot doesn’t need all the benefits of such a product. For instance, the Fotodiox lens adapter lineup is filled with cheap, worthy adapters that are about 1/4 the cost of Metabones or Vello. Again, consider the brand of camera you’re using. Often, Sony, Canon, and Nikon offer their own adapters that work perfectly fine.There are many different types and brands of adapters to consider, so think about what you’re shooting, how you shoot, and what kind of glass you actually like working with.What are some adapters you’ve worked with in the past? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more


Give Your People Your Full, Undivided Attention – Episode 150

first_imgIf you want to change your realtionship with your people, then the advice on this short video will give you a simple, one-step recipe for doing so.last_img


Film review: Endhiran

first_imgHappy Diwali, folks Rating: RobotDirector: ShankarStarring: Superstar Rajinikant, Aishwarya Rai BachchanAishwarya is pocketing a cool Rs 6 crore for Endhiran, making her the highest paid actress in the country.Okay, how do we know Rajinkant is a superstar? Well, because the opening titles misspell Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s surname, and the Bachchans haven’t boycotted the film. Because he is the only who can have 112 missed calls from such a beautiful woman. And because only he can shoot with his finger.A Rajni film is not just a two dimensional experience. It’s a 360 degrees experience which involves getting plugged into the energy source. There are three Rajni’s for the price of one, well actually, a 100 in the extended climax. This is a film that makes Bollywood look puny in both its imagination and intent. It has special effects that have never been seen before on Indian screens–a shape shifting giant, a snake, a human train. Just think, and Shankar does it.It also has powerful emotional scenes, surprisingly involving the scientist and his creation, Chitti, who can dance like Prabhudeva, fight like Bruce Lee, and love like Rajni. There’s a big moral dilemma at the heart of the film, about man and machine, and what makes us human (love, of course, especially if the object of our affections is Aishwarya Rai).We know Rajni is the rational, thinking scientist, because he reads Freakonomics and Stephen Hawking, because he speaks in English when he gets angry (irresponsible idiots, shocking surprise, he says) and because he doesn’t have time to reply to Aishwarya Rai’s emails (silly man).advertisementRajni can do anything. He wears big wigs and short wigs, goes bald and sports a white streak, dances and plays the guitar, gets kissed by Aishwarya and has her kissing him back. The robot is a delight–unlike the rival Danny’s robot, he doesn’t confuse a bun with a gun. Little wonder then that Aishwarya calls him her toy friend, not boy friend. But my personal favourite is the third Rajni, the one who can float like the Green Goblin and fight like Darth Vader. He snarls, clones, laughs madly and grabs Aishwarya as if she was a luscious fruit (she looks particularly beautiful here, a fitting queen for a king).So anyway, Rajni walks sideways, runs on trains, flies, sprouts wheels, even talks to mosquitoes. He also tells us in a wonderful scene what humanity is all about. There’s a me too 3 Idiots scene involving the birth of a child and lots of wasteful footage involving giving of roses and showering of praise, but the film’s climax is worth the wait. Rajni tells us why robot sapiens are superior to homo sapiens. It also tells us that it’s Happy Diwali, folks.Enjoy.last_img read more