After a delicious lunch, Arcosanti crew-members taught a hands-on silt workshop. Each person was able to make his or her own ‘silt-carved’ artwork, have it poured in plaster and take with them. For more information on the availability of SPECIAL TOURS, call or e-mail the Arcosanti Public Relations office. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] March 25, 2004During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] A rare highlight for this group was a question and answer session with Paolo Soleri, held in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]
Steve Grieder has left Nickelodeon and his position will not be filled, Informa Telecoms & Media understands.Grieder was executive senior vice president, international programme sales, at Nickelodeon International and has now left the Viacom-owned kids channel operator. He told colleagues he was leaving before MIPCOM although he was at the trade show in Cannes in October.It is not thought that he has a new position to go to and he is understood to want to pursue personal projects in the short term.Grieder’s most recent stint at Nick dates back to 2004 when he was appointed vice-president, Nickelodeon International. Prior to that he was at Barry Diller’s IAC having been general manager of Nick Latin America and vice-president and creative director of Nick in his first spell at the company, which ended in 2001.Grieder’s remit was widened in 2009 when he became head of programme sales following the departure of Debbie Back and as part of a shake-up of what was then called MTVNI’s international sales business. Running the programme sales department, he oversaw international deals for shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Victorious, iCarly and Penguins of Madagascar.Viacom International Media Networks confirmed that Grieder had left and said that there will not be a direct replacement made.
UK movie channel Sky Movies HD has acquired the rights to air the entire James Bond film catalogue after striking a deal with MGM.This move means that Sky has usurped commercial broadcast rival ITV, which previously held the rights to show old Bond movies. The deal will see 22 titles from EON Productions including Dr No and Quantum of Solace and two non EON-produced titles Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again air on the high definition movie channel from October 2012. The upcoming Bond film Skyfall, which is released later this year, will also be part of the deal and will air on Sky Movies Box Office in the spring of 2013.“We are simply delighted to have secured the Bond films for our customers. Everything about these films is iconic – whether it’s the cars, the gadgets or the catchphrases. What’s more, they’ve become hugely significant culturally; demonstrating the best of British film. It’s an honour for us to have all of them for our customers, and we will ensure that we do them justice across Sky Movies, giving our customers the best possible experience in watching them. It’s an exciting time for Sky Movies and this is just one of many exciting plans we have coming up in the months ahead,” said Ian Lewis, director of Sky Movies.
European football body UEFA has awarded media rights for the 2012-15 Champions League and Europa League in Switzerland to SRG SSR.The top Champions League match each match night will be broadcast on free-to-air channels RSILa2, SF2 and RTS2 followed by a highlights programme.SRG SSR has also been granted the rights to the best live Europa League match per kick-off slot. Local club participation will be shown on RSILa2, SF2, and RTS2.All rights can be exploited on the internet via www.rts.ch, as well as on mobile.Commenting on the award of these rights, UEFA said: “UEFA is delighted to extend its partnership with SRG SSR for both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. SRG SSR has proven its dedication to both competitions and UEFA looks forward to continuing this successful partnership.”
The global pay TV market is estimated to have passed 924.4 million subscribers in 2014, driven by market-leading growth in IPTV, according to ABI Research. The new stats claim that worldwide pay TV subscriber numbers grew by 5% in 2014, with 14% growth in IPTV and 7% growth in satellite TV.“The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%,” said Jake Saunders, VP and practice director of core forecasting at ABI Research.Growth in the cable TV market is said to have been driven by the Asia-Pacific and Latin American markets, which were estimated to have added a combined 13 million subscribers last year. However, ABI claims there was a 1% decline in North American cable subscribers.“[In the] third quarter [of] 2014, major cable TV operators in North America lost over 400,000 TV customers, although cable companies are doing well in broadband,” said ABI.The research claims that bundled packages will help pay TV operators to reduce churn, while HD channels, advanced PVR services and premium content such as sport will contribute to increased ARPU. ABI predicts that 57% of total pay TV subscribers will be HD subscribers by 2019.However, the research also noted that video streaming services like Netflix and TiVo are attractive alternatives for pay TV customers.“Traditional pay TV operators are now trying to compete with these services by developing their own video streaming products or by integrating these services in their existing services. Online video service Netflix has agreed to deals with some of the pay TV operators in Europe to offer its streaming service to European broadband customers,” said ABI.