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John Textor: Leader in Visual Effects

John Textor is a leader in the creation of photo-realistic digital humans. His contribution in the field has led to the creation of this kind of visual effects in a number of feature films. He joined Digital Domain Media Group in 2006. It is through the company that John made his initial contribution to the development of visual effects. During his tenure as the CEO and Chairman of Digital Domain Media Group, which is the parent company of Digital Domain Productions, the company received many awards and accolades.

The company became recognized as the first to ever create a believable digital human actor. This is after shocking the world by creating the actor in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. So believable was the character that the academy awards gave the movie an Oscar for best make-up. This effect is referred to as the ‘Holy Grail of Animation.’ It also earned the company an Oscar in the visual effects category.

Digital Domain has produced visual effects for more than 80 films. 25 of those were made during John’s tenure. They include Real Steel, Flags of our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End, Tron:Legacy and Transformers. Other major achievements during John’s tenure include the transformation of the company into a film production company and the joint venture agreement between Digital Domain and Sovereign Media Authority worth $100 million.

John graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1987. In 1997, he co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings, and became the company’s Managing Partner. Based in Florida, the company focused on internet, telecommunication and entertainment. John became director of BabyUniverse in 1999. In 2002, he became the chairman and later the CEO in 2005. He has also been involved in other company’s including Lydian Trust Company, Sims Snowboards and Lydian Trust Company.

Currently, John Texter is the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. The company is a leader in the development of digital humans for virtual reality, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and holographic live performances. Some of the company’s projects include the digital resurrection of Tupac Shakur during the Coachella Valley Music festival in 2012 and the digital resurrection of Michael Jackson in 2014. The latter garnered over 35 million views on YouTube. As a film producer, John has been involved in the film Ender’s Game and Art Story.

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Brian Mulligan Goes From High School Musicals To Opera Star

The path to opera star is not one that is well known by members of the public, but the inspiring story of baritone Brian Mulligan may just inspire some more U.S. based children to strike out into the world of opera. Mulligan is now one of the top voices in the opera world from his base in San Francisco and has recently been achieving critical acclaim for his performance as former U.S. President Richard Nixon in the modern opera Nixon In China. Unlike many who take to the opera stage, Mulligan had little knowledge of the art form until he was introduced to it as a teenager by a high school teacher and vocal coach.

Mulligan’s performance in Nixon In China has taken him many years to perfect and shows off the acting skills that are becoming increasingly as important as the singing talent of those involved in opera. The Irish ancestry Mulligan has grown up steeped in was important in his youth living in New York State, but had little impact on his musical career, apart from offering him the chance to learn to play the fiddle. It was not until Brian Mulligan auditioned for a high school musical that his singing career began to be taken seriously after his music teacher persuaded him to pursue vocal training to improve his baritone voice.

Aided by his high school music teacher, Mulligan embarked upon vocal training with New York based teacher Todd Geer who guided the singer away from musicals and towards the opera. Despite the success the singer has achieved in recent times as an opera star he has also kept on eye on the world of musicals and harbors ambitions to become a Broadway star in the more operatic musical productions. Amongst the performances Brian Mulligan would like to give are roles in the Sweeney Todd musical and Carousel, but for now his critically acclaimed performance as President Nixon will be the one he remains best known for.

Brian Mulligan: Strong Talent, Strong Roles

Operatic baritone Brian Mulligan’s talent was noticed by the opera world early. While still studying at Julliard, he debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in Die Frau Ohne Schatten (The Lady without a Shadow). That was in 2003, and since then he’s gone on to a number of notable roles.

One of his most applauded roles was that of Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China, performed in San Francisco in 2012. San Francisco Classical Voice (sfcv.org.) described the opera as “strongly cast and beautifully played” and said that Mulligan sang with “lyric beauty.” It was also noted he “looked and moved spookily like the late President.” Mulligan has often appeared in San Francisco, and has played Marcello in La Boheme and Valentin in Faust there.

In September of 2015, also in San Francisco, Mulligan starred in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, as the murderous barber who returns to London from prison to seek revenge for wrongful conviction. KQED Arts (kqed.org) says that Mulligan “explores the full emotional despair and madness of the title role dramatically.” “His voice has a wonderful richness,” reviewer Charlise Tiee writes, “that inspires sympathy but can also crackle with anger and craziness.” It’s an absorbing role for Mulligan, with lyrics such as these describing London: “There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit / and the vermin of the world inhabit it.”

Mulligan has performed throughout the United States at the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, among many others; and also sung internationally at Oper Frankfurt, Opernhaus Zurich, and with the English National Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.

In a 2012 interview on Operawarhorses.com, Mulligan said he got his start in opera by appearing in high school musicals, where a teacher recognized he was really gifted. “My high school teacher Gloria Richardson encouraged me to get some serious vocal training,” he said. “Becoming a real opera singer seemed like an impossible challenge, and I’m a terrible sucker for a challenge.”

Mulligan was born in Endicott, New York, and studied at both Yale and Julliard. His voice teacher at Julliard was W. Stephen Smith, who he still works with. Mulligan holds dual Irish and American citizenship, and has been named one of Irish American Magazine’s top Irish Americans.

Slyce: Google Image Search For Shopping

Slyce is a startup what was founded in 2012 and specializes in providing visual search and recognition services. Slyce, which is based in Toronto, was officially launched in2013 and is a standalone app that allows users to search for items that they see anywhere and then buy them.

The company has also partnered up with retailers to integrate the app’s functionality into their apps/websites and allow shoppers to search and get items from the respective stores. Slyce has partnered with a number of high profile retailers that are ranked in the top 10 list including Neiman Marcus.

At the time of its release, Slyce was compared to Amazon Flow, an app that Amazon launched that was able to detect products from pictures and search for them to see if they were in the company’s inventory. But Amazon Flow had one catch, the product had to be in some form of packaging so that it could be identified; Slyce, on the other hand, is not limited to this and allows users to take pictures of items they see and search for it. Flow has since been integrated into Amazon’s main app, and when Amazon released its Fire phone, it came with Firefly a feature that allows users to scan and search for things in real life.

Slyce has rolled out number of innovative features including Snap-To-Buy, which is added to retailers’ websites and the Visual Relevancy Engine which is used to compare different products. The company has also said that its technology can identify and analyze products from pictures on social media sites.

The founders said that they came up with the idea after they saw firsthand how people shopped during the holiday season of2011. Nearly 40% of the shopping that takes place during the season is done through mobile; to them this signaled the shift that was inevitably going to happen, mobile would influence everything. . Erika Racicot and Cameron Chell initially had a business consultancy called the Business Instincts Groups, and Slyce was founded from it.

Cameron Chell has had previous experience as a startup founder and started a number of companies including FutureLink, one of the pioneers of cloud computing and UrtheCast, which is working on streaming live video feed from the International Space Shuttle.

Slyce raised $6million in 2013 and raised $10mfor its Series A early last year. Slyce has acquired a number of companies which has allowed it to bolster its products. In 2013, they acquired Hovr.it which was in the visual tech space. Last year, Slyce acquired Israeli startup, Buycode which had developed the Pounce app for $5 m in cash and incentives.

Slyce has expanded and houses offices in a number of locations including Minnesota, Nova Scotia and Calgary.

Yeonmi Park: Inspiring Human Rights Activists across the World

Human rights activists are people who choose to support and promote the recognized human freedoms and rights. They do this by themselves or with the help of other people or organizations. Their core responsibility lies in highlighting vices that disturb or harm the day to day lives of people. This ranges from corruption, wrongful detentions to extra judicial murders. It can also include gagging the media which is the most important channel of expression in any country. Much of these acts are committed by the authorities or prominent people. The activists aim at bringing equality within society and promoting good governance.
Many of the human rights activities have suffered and others died due to their stand on issues. Others have been imprisoned without trial for many years, especially those living in countries led by dictatorial regimes. However, this has not killed the spirit of activism. Many still offer their opinions and stand on issues at heart to the ordinary people. With the declaration of the human rights defenders of 1998 by the United Nations, many activists have been accorded protection. Although a number of countries do not comply with it.
The geographical location of where the activists are does not matter when it comes to making their voices heard. There are those who champion the course of the local area people and those that do it at the national and international level. A good number gain recognition beyond their borders without knowing it. This is because a lot of countries face similar challenges and the activists inspire each other. That’s how their work spreads across continents and countries. One such activist who has done that is Yeonmi Park.
Yeonmi Park on nknew.org  is a 21 year old human rights activist and North Korean Defector. She has become the face of the oppressed quickly and an inspiration to many. She loves freedom and for this reason she has been admired by many. In 2014 she was featured as a speaker at the Oslo Freedom Forum. She was also featured at The Young World Summit in Dublin. At Dublin, Yeonmi delivered a passionate speech about the cruel nature of the North Korean regime becoming an international phenomenon. She has always felt like she had been forgotten. That is why she is determined to make the world not to forget the North Korean People who are going through difficult times and dying every day.
Yeonmi Park was born in North Korea region of Heysen in 1993 to parents who were civil servants. Her father was imprisoned and sentenced to 17 years of hard labor where he became so ill as a result. Yeonmi, her sister and mother escaped North Korea with the help of Chinese Smugglers. The father was left behind due to poor health. The journey was tough having to swim through a cold river during winter. Presently, Yeonmi lives in South Korea but travels around the world to give talks. She is also an author.

Steve Murray and His History WITH CCMP Capital

Steve Murray was an equity investor in the private sector and philanthropist in business. He was President and CEO of CCMP Capital which is a private equity fund company that works on transactions dealing with the leverage equity buyout and growth of capital transactions. Mr. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital on nytimes went to school at Boston College where he graduated in 1984 with his degree in Economics. He then went on 1989 to get his Master’s degree from Columbia’s Business School in Business Administration. He recently died on March 12, 2015 at the age of 52. Mr. Murray sat on the Board of Directors for several of the big companies in the United States.

Murray was one of the co-founders of CCMP Capital which was a spinoff company of JP Morgan Chase. He and his associates were previously with the growth equity team and buyout from JP Morgan Chase and its private equity group in the mid-2006. In 2007, he became the CEO of the company-CCMP. In 2008, Greg Brenneman was appointed as Chairman of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. He sat on the Board of Trustees as the Vice Chairman of Boston College where he went to college and he was also an avid supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the Metropolitan area of New York. Foundation and was a member of the Chairman’s Council there as well. He was also a large supporter of Boston College as well as the Lower Fairfield County Food Bank. He supported the Columbia Business School where he attended college and the Stamford Museum.

CCMP Capital’s corporate offices are located in New York City; they also have offices located in Tokyo, London, and Hong Kong. The company has more than fifty employees working in those four locations and their company handles over twelve billion dollars in total assets invested. CCMP has had several names in the past twenty years. They started out as Chemical Venture Partners originally in 1984, with the purpose of being a private equity company and venture capital division of Chemical Bank. After Chemical Venture Partners bought Chase Manhattan Bank in 1996, CVP took over the Chase name and became Chase Capital Partners. Then the same thing happened in 2000 when they bought J.P. Morgan & Co. and they formed JPMorgan Chase, they then changed their name to JP Morgan Partners. Over the years it grew from the private equity organization joining of Chase Manhattan, Hambrecht & Quist, Manufacturers Hanover, Robert Fleming & Co., J.P. Morgan & Co. and The Beacon Group.

In 2004, JPMorgan Chase bought Bank One which owned its own private equity investment group called One Equity Partners. One Equity was chosen as the main private equity division for JPMorgan Chase and then JP Morgan Partners left JPMorgan Chase in early 2005 and became final in mid-2006.The new company took on the acronym CCMP acronym representing the companies before them in (Chemical and Chase and JP Morgan Partners). In the early part of 2006, JPMorgan Chase finalized the sale of their interest in the JP Morgan Partners Global Fund totally $925 million to a group of investors. In early 2014, CCMP sold the company Medpace that they owned to Cinven for almost $900 million.

I Love The Fact That FreedomPop’s Mobile Wireless Service Gives Me Wi-Fi For Only $5 Monthly

I started a business that has become very profitable, and I decided that I wanted to do something fun. I thought it might be nice to travel around the country and hire people in person, but I knew that I would need a constant Internet service to do this. I wasn’t certain how I was going to get the Internet services that I needed, but I figured I could connect to different Wi-Fi services I found around the country. Before I was going to go anywhere, I let my assistant do some research for me, and that’s when I realized that it wasn’t a good idea to use just any Wi-Fi service. I wanted to save money on the Wi-Fi service, so a hotspot was not an option.

The reason I was traveling around the country was because I would be able to show the person who I signed up to work exactly how perform the sales pitch, and then I could even help them make some sales in the same area that I’d be staying. I plan on going from city to city and staying for up to a month at a time, I was really looking forward to the big adventure. My only problem was worrying about the Internet service that I would need, but my assistant came up with a good plan. After my assistant had done some research, she showed me FreedomPop services.

FreedomPop introduced a Wi-Fi service that is based on an application. The application is something that must be downloaded to a cell phone or tablet, and then I would be able to access Wi-Fi service at many locations. I was skeptical at first because I wasn’t sure how many Wi-Fi hotspots FreedomPop had around the country. After learning that there are over 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots available, I had no problem telling my assistant to sign up for the plan. I told her to sign up for it whatever it cost and to bring me the bill.

I was shocked when my assistant brought me a bill for five dollars for the Wi-Fi service, and I even started laughing. I asked her what it was actually going to cost, and she told me it was only five dollars for the month. She told me I would have unlimited Wi-Fi service, and I can connect to any hotspot that I could find around the country. I couldn’t believe that any company would only charge five dollars for unlimited Wi-Fi service, and I was more than grateful that I’d be able to save money. I’m looking forward to my business trip, and FreedomPop’s Wi-Fi application has helped me to save a lot of money on Wi-Fi service.

The Growth of CCMP Capital

Overview

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital on crunchbase is one of the largest investment firms in the United States. They have experienced a rapid rate of growth over the past couple of years in a time when many other companies in the industry have not been growing. CCMP Capital built its business upon helping customers with their investments and personal finances. There are many things that other financial planning companies can learn from the growth of CCMP Capital. Not only do they truly care about their customers, but they also conduct business in a way that helps everyone that they interact with. Here are some of the things that set CCMP Capital apart from other companies that are in this industry.

Rate of Return

Perhaps the biggest metric that customers want out of an investment firm is a higher rate of return on their invested capital. The rate of return that a person earns on their investments can have a huge effect on their net worth at retirement. Investment firms should at least be able to perform as well as the market over the long term. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has consistently beat the average of the market, and this is one of the biggest reasons that CCMP Capital continues to grow every year in total customers and revenue. Anyone that is paying professionals to manage their money should expect to earn a high rate of return on their investments for the fees that they charge.

Customer Support

In today’s world of high technology and fast trading, it can be easy to forget that each customer is an individual with goals and dreams. CCMP Capital has always done a great job of treating each customer like a person and providing an appropriate level of customer support for their clients. This is yet another reason that CCMP Capital is so highly rated from its customers compared to the competition. Any financial planning firm should spend more time and money on supporting their customers when they have any needs.

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray was the founder and CEO of CCMP Capital for many years. He was able to build up the business through hard work and always going the extra mile for customers. There are many things that he put in to place at CCMP Capital that are in still in place today. Although the technology has changed greatly over the past couple of years, CCMP Capital still takes the time to reach out to all of their customers and treat them like people with goals and dreams. Although Stephen Murray passed away, he left a legacy of caring for others by providing them great investing advice over the long term.