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Impact Wrestling Becomes First Company To Stream Live On Twitter

Impact Wrestling Becomes First Company To Stream Live On Twitter

TNA WRESTLING made history on the Thursday August 2, 2012 LIVE broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING by becoming the first entertainment company on Twitter to stream its “Backstage Access” live via its YouTube partner on IMPACT’s Enhanced Twitter Page at www.twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING.

IMPACT WRESTLING has pioneered in the field of social media when it comes to professional wrestling – whether incorporating live tweets from fans into the weekly television show on Spike in real time, interacting with fans during live pay-per-views in live Q&A’s, allowing fans to choose the main events and even allowing fans to help chose the fate of whether or not a wrestling hopeful gets a professional wrestling contract.

“We’ve always tried to keep connected with our fans and social media is a great way to do so,” says TNA President Dixie Carter.  “We’ve had a wonderful relationship with Twitter and we’re glad to be able to use their technology to bring the experience to our fans in a new way.”

The “Backstage Pass” allows fans to interact with the Superstars of IMPACT WRESTLING who appear on the television show as the show happens by sending questions via twitter using hashtags.  The questions then get answered live via the live stream.  The “Backstage Pass” also provides continuous coverage of live action in the ring when the show goes to commercial.

IMPACT WRESTLING airs live every Thursday at 8/7ct on Spike TV.

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KISS Unleashes World’s First Globally Social Fan Hub Through Ortsbo

KISS Unleashes World’s First Globally Social Fan Hub Through Ortsbo

Legendary rock band KISS (www.kissonline.com) has tapped Ortsbo (www.ortsbo.com), the world’s leading real-time experiential communications platform, to create the first globally social fan engagement platform, broadcasting fan communications worldwide for the band’s 40-city summer tour, entitled: KISS Motley Crüe The Tour 2012. Reaching fans in multiple languages, the platform will aggregate more than 17 social networks in a central platform at the social hub through www.kissonline.com with instant translation and real-time integration to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, Vevo, and more. The launch will effectively transform in-venue fan engagement during a live music performance into a global, social and merchandising experience.

A world first in music & fan communications, Ortsbo’s revolutionary multilingual social network aggregator will enable the tour’s on-site team, concert-goers, KISS members and fans worldwide to converse across language barriers, continents and all the top social networks. Built to transform the way audiences, musicians and staffers share live and static entertainment experiences, the new hub will serve as a global base for KISS fans, tour attendees and viewers around the world. Gathering data and statistics in real-time, the service will also collect invaluable information on its back-end for further refinement, development and perfection of the platform while creating unprecedented, niche audience information for advertisers and marketers to potentially tap as well.

“We’re giving our fans a more powerful and meaningful way to communicate and engage with us while on tour. Every member of the KISS Army brings pride and power we share and with Ortsbo’s technology we can reach anyone, anywhere, in any language through one single place on the web,” said Paul Stanley of KISS. “No matter where our fans are or what native language they speak, now all of them can be part of the tour plus purchase tour merchandise through one easy platform.”

Combining all forms of multimedia, chat and e-commerce, users can share photos, video, text, tweets, links and purchase merchandise through one all-inclusive portal, in the language of their choice. The ultimate international experience for music and concerts, Ortsbo’s platform will centralize the global fan base of one of the world’s most-renowned rock bands for a new experiment in defining the social music experience. The full experience will create a heightened fan loyalty coupled with a game-ified communication experience in one powerful online home.

“This unrivaled approach to combining more than a dozen social networks, real-time language services in up to 53 languages and fans of KISS, around their summer tour, may set a new standard in socially-powered music fandom,” said David Lucatch, CEO of Ortsbo. “We are proud to elevate the sharing and socializing of music fans – the strongest form of emotionally-empowered communications – to a level never seen before, with the inclusion of merchandising opportunities.”

In addition to the hub, Live Nation Merchandise has been tapped as a partner to power KISS fan shops and KISS merchandise sites with Ortsbo translation technology, bringing a gambit of must-have KISS items to a global audience in their native tongues. This end of the program enables globalized merchandising opportunities and expanded revenue opportunities for other partners, manufacturers, providers and more.

About KISS – The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band
KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. As one of America’s top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans, and just one of the reasons KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. KISS is currently in the studio recording “Monster”, the follow up to their 2009 chart topping album “Sonic Boom” and preparing for a major world tour starting in summer of 2012.

For more information, please visit www.kissonline.com and follow the band: @KISSonline

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THQ Announces Launch of UFC® Undisputed™ Fight Nation™ Interactive Facebook Game

THQ Announces Launch of UFC® Undisputed™ Fight Nation™ Interactive Facebook Game

THQ Inc. and Zuffa, LLC today announced the latest edition to the prominent UFC®Undisputed sports videogame franchise with the launch of UFC Undisputed Fight NationTM, the first official Facebook game based on the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. The interactive experience, developed by Embassy Interactive and available on Facebook at apps.facebook.com/ufcfightnation, allows players to take control of their virtual UFC careers in a fun and engaging environment by training moves, competing against others and sharing their results on Facebook, as well as enabling them to successfully manage their progress for the opportunity to compete against many of the UFC’s most renowned fighters.

“We are excited about the tremendous opportunities available in the social networking space to deliver key franchises to our core audiences in unique and compelling ways,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “UFC Undisputed Fight Nation delivers a great combination of gameplay, competitive spirit and replay value, making it the perfect fit for millions around the world to enjoy on Facebook.”

“We are really excited to offer the UFC Undisputed Fight Nation game on Facebook,” UFC President Dana White said. “We understand the power of Facebook and this is a great way for fans to connect to the UFC.”

About UFC Undisputed Fight Nation

In UFC Undisputed Fight Nation, players train with guidance from UFC President Dana White to master moves from multiple mixed martial arts disciplines, compete against friends and other Fight Nation members inside the virtual Octagon™ and share their results on Facebook as they progress from student to professional in their virtual careers. Players are given access to a number of mixed martial arts camps to build their arsenal of moves, including wrestling, kickboxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as the ability to decide which moves are taken into each fight.

Through successful management of fight experience and training, players will “level up” their fighters to reach new career milestones, unlocking access to items such as new training camps and more skill points to build fighting and training needs, including energy, health and stamina. Players will also earn Cred for their achievements, enabling them to acquire items from the in-game store to train specific moves, access new camps, replenish health and increase stamina. A UFC Points system is available for those who wish to progress their careers faster and purchase the items through monetary transaction, while a Gifting option lets players show respect to their friends by sending them complimentary boosts of energy, stamina or health to aid their progress.

As part of the UFC Undisputed Fight Nation experience, the accomplished player will earn opportunities compete against and learn moves through Pro Fights from a number of today’s most prominent UFC fighters, including current champions Cain Velasquez, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre and Frankie Edgar. As well, players will have access to a live Twitter feed, keeping them up to date on the latest UFC news and events.

For more information on UFC Undisputed Fight Nation, please visit community.ufcundisputed.comfacebook.com/UFCUndisputed andtwitter.com/UFC_Undisputed.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Release Uncensored Version of “Hurricane” Short Film

Thirty Seconds To Mars Release Uncensored Version of “Hurricane” Short Film

Thirty Seconds To Mars have just released the uncensored version of their new short film, “Hurricane,” on VEVO.com. The video is rated NSFW due to the added graphic images of the director’s cut. Watch as the band fight their way through evil characters of the film known as The Gimps as well as a mysterious man that appears to be keeping a deep secret.

Stay up to date on all things Thirty Seconds to Mars by visiting the band’s Facebook and Official website and make sure to pick up a copy of their deluxe edition of This Is War on iTunes and in stores now!

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Unleashes ‘Hurricane’ Short Film!

Thirty Seconds To Mars Unleashes ‘Hurricane’ Short Film!

Thirty Seconds To Mars , have just released their much anticipated short film for the next single, “Hurricane,” off their major label release, This Is War.  The video, directed by Bartholomew Cubbins, has been previewed over the past week through six separate trailers.  Whether it was The Gimps, who are the evil characters seen battling the band, a mysterious man that appears to be keeping a deep secret, or just the spotlight of each band member playing the music that they love, the clips kept fans on the edge of their seats speculating on the mystery behind the full length version of the film.  Make sure to check out the video to jump in on all the action behind this short film!

Thirty Seconds To Mars has released a deluxe edition of This Is War which features “Hurricane 2.0” feat. Kanye West, plus the new edition of the album also has four different covers and an entire new look and design.  Fans can order the deluxe edition on iTunes now and make sure to check out Facebook as well as the guys Official Site for all news updates!

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Releases “The Gimps” Teaser For “Hurricane” Short Film

Thirty Seconds To Mars Releases “The Gimps” Teaser For “Hurricane” Short Film

Thirty Seconds To Mars has released the fourth teaser clip from their upcoming short film for “Hurricane.” The clip features a number of different so called “Gimps,” who appear as the evil characters of the film in which the members of the band battle. Check out the clip and stay tuned for the next “Hurricane” preview in the series which features Thirty Seconds To Mars guitarist, Tomo Mili?evi?.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Release “Telephone” Teaser For Their Upcoming “Hurricane” Short Film

Thirty Seconds To Mars Release “Telephone” Teaser For Their Upcoming “Hurricane” Short Film

Thirty Seconds To Mars has just released a second clip from their upcoming short film for “Hurricane,” a track from the band’s latest album release, This Is War. The freshly premiered trailer is the second, from a series of six short snippets, aimed at giving fans a sneak peek of the full-length film and each character featured. Check out the clip and stay tuned for the next “Hurricane” preview in the series which features Thirty Seconds To Mars drummer, Shannon Leto.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Release “Jared” Trailer For Upcoming “Hurricane” Video

Thirty Seconds To Mars Release “Jared” Trailer For Upcoming “Hurricane” Video

Thirty Seconds To Mars, recently named Best Rock Band at this year’s MTV EMA’s, has just released a short clip of scenes with lead singer Jared Leto from the band’s upcoming short film for “Hurricane,” a track from the band’s latest album release, This Is War. The film, like “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens,” was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins.

Thirty Seconds To Mars has released a deluxe edition of This Is War which features “Hurricane 2.0” feat. Kanye West, live versions of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Kanye West’s “Stronger,” which the band recorded for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, the “Kings & Queens” and “Closer To The Edge” videos along with bonus DVD content.  The new edition of the album also has four different covers and an entire new look and design.  Fans can order the deluxe edition on iTunes and other Thirty Seconds To Mars merchandise athttp://30secondstomars.shop.musictoday.com.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Announce 2011 U.S. Tour Dates

Thirty Seconds To Mars Announce 2011 U.S. Tour Dates

Thirty Seconds To Mars announced their 2011 U.S. tour which will kick off in San Diego at the House of Blues on January 11, with 19 dates confirmed. The band is slated to close out 2010 playing sold-out arena shows throughout Europe, including London’s legendary O2, and will play a very special New Year’s Eve show at the Pearl Theater in the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas.

Last week, Thirty Seconds To Mars released a deluxe edition of This Is War, which includes “Hurricane 2.0” featuring Kanye West, live versions of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Kanye West’s “Stronger” which the band recorded for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and the “Kings & Queens” and “Closer To The Edge” videos along with bonus DVD content. The new edition of the album also has four different covers and an entire new look and design.

Thirty Seconds To Mars 2011 Tour Dates:

Jan 11 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Jan 12 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Jan 14 Pomona, CA The Fox
Jan 15 San Jose, CA San Jose Events Center
Jan 16 Davis, CA Freeborn Hall
Jan 18 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
Jan 21 Denver, CO Fillmore
Jan 23 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Jan 24 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Jan 25 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
Jan 26 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
Jan 28 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Jan 30 Louisville, KY Expo Five
Jan 31 Richmond, VA The National
Feb 2 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theater
Feb 3 Rochester, NY Armory
Feb 4 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
Feb 5 Wallingford, CT Oakdale

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Release Trailer For Upcoming “Hurricane” Video

Thirty Seconds To Mars Release Trailer For Upcoming “Hurricane” Video

Thirty Seconds To Mars, recently named Best Rock Band at this year’s MTV EMA’s, has just released a video preview for “Hurricane,” a short film titled after the track of the same name from the band’s latest album release, This Is War. The film, like “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens,” was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins.

In addition to picking up the award for Best Rock Band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, who was also nominated in 3 categories at the MTV EMA Awards, performed a show-stopping rendition of their new song “Hurricane 2.0” featuring Kanye West. The performance marked not only the tracks  television debut but also the first time with Kanye West himself.  Earlier this year, Thirty Seconds to Mars won the 2010 MTV VMA for Best Rock Video for “Kings & Queens,” the first single/video from their new album.

Thirty Seconds To Mars has released a deluxe edition of This Is War which features “Hurricane 2.0” feat. Kanye West, live versions of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Kanye West’s “Stronger,” which the band recorded for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, the “Kings & Queens” and “Closer To The Edge” videos along with bonus DVD content.  The new edition of the album also has four different covers and an entire new look and design.  Fans can order the deluxe edition on iTunes and other Thirty Seconds To Mars merchandise athttp://30secondstomars.shop.musictoday.com.

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