Inspiring Life Story of NASCAR Icons Michael Waltrip and Dale
Earnhardt Sr. to Hit Theaters in Fall 2019
CORONA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCARDOCUMENTARY?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#NASCARDOCUMENTARYlt;/agt;–Prepare for the greatest sports story never told. As a long-time sponsor
of NASCAR, Monster Energy is proud to announce the acquisition of NASCAR
documentary Blink of An Eye by global commercial distribution
platform 1091 Media. Based on the true story of NASCAR icons Michael
Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr., the documentary is produced and directed
by multi Emmy-winning filmmaker Paul Taublieb, known for Unchained:
The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross. Also serving as producers
are Monster Energy Vice President of Sports Marketing Mitch Covington,
who discovered the true story and brought it to Taublieb, next to Susan
Cooper and Pam Miller, and NASCAR’s Steve Phelps serving as an Executive
Blink of An Eye was produced by Taublieb Films with support from
Monster Energy and in association with NASCAR. The film will premiere
with a private screening this coming Friday, May 24, at the NASCAR Hall
of Fame Theater in Charlotte, NC in front of an audience of NASCAR stars
and motorsports industry insiders, just prior to a major NASCAR race at
the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Audiences can look forward to seeing the
true-life saga at select theatres in New York and Los Angeles this fall,
which will make Blink of An Eye eligible for Academy Award
consideration. The documentary will be available On Demand, roll out to
+600 theatres nationwide and is expected to play at major film festivals.
Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Blink of An Eye focuses
on Michael Waltrip and his star-crossed friendship with iconic driver
Dale Earnhardt Sr. Over the course of 462 races, Waltrip failed to notch
a single win. He was on the longest losing streak in NASCAR history –
maybe in all professional sports – when he joined Earnhardt’s race team
for the 2001 Daytona 500. On the last lap of the Great American Race,
Waltrip held the lead with Earnhardt Jr. in second and “Sr.” in third.
Instead of making his trademark, ruthless charge to the front, Earnhardt
Sr. blocked the field of 40 cars to allow his friend to take his first
checkered flag. As fate would have it, Waltrip never had the opportunity
to celebrate with Earnhardt Sr., as the legend was killed on that last
lap in what was initially thought to be a minor crash. Later, Waltrip
would pay homage to “Sr.” on his return to Daytona in dramatic,
Monster Energy senior executive Covington, who already produced and won
an Emmy for 2016’s Unchained with Taublieb, discovered the deeply
moving story of Waltrip and Earnhardt Sr. at a national sales meeting.
When he shared the story of perseverance and friendship, the entire room
was in tears. True to Monster Energy’s dedication to supporting athletes
past and present, it was no question that the brand would come onboard
as a title sponsor.
“It’s a story for the ages, and myself and the company are thrilled to
support and help bring it to life, and we’re all fortunate to have a
talent like Taublieb helming the project,” said Blink producer
and Monster Energy VP of Sports Marketing Covington.
Covington also wrote the theme song performed by Bobby Capps of 38
Special, which will be released as a single by Cali-Bama Records.
Brought to life in director Taublieb’s signature storytelling style, the
film features interviews with Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
along with Ty Norris, the former Executive Vice President of Motorsports
for Dale Earnhardt Inc., and NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and
Richard Childress, and includes a special audio cameo by country music
star, Trace Adkins.
Aware of the story’s wide appeal and emotional weight, Producer-Director
Taublieb said: “I’m humbled Michael Waltrip placed his trust in me to
tell his heartfelt and inspiring story in such intimate fashion, yet on
the large canvass of cars going 200 miles an hour. Blink of an Eye
is the most compelling sports story never told, and one that transcends
Taublieb and his production company, Taublieb Films, are two-time Emmy
winners. They took the honors in 2014 for Best Sports Documentary Series
for Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, and in 2017 in the
Outstanding Long Documentary category for Unchained: The Untold Story
of Freestyle Motocross, with Blink of an Eye Producer
Covington also winning an Emmy for his role as a Producer. Known for his
engaging visual storytelling and penchant for action sports, Taublieb
also directed surfing documentary The Monster Energy Big Wave Tow-in
Invitational, recently premiered on ABC.
The deal was negotiated by 1091’s Danny Grant and Taublieb on behalf of
the filmmakers and Waltrip. Blink of an Eye was produced by
TAUBLIEB Films with support from Monster Energy and in association with
NASCAR, with NASCAR’s Steve Phelps also serving as an Executive Producer.
“Blink of an Eye touches a much wider audience than NASCAR fans,
it is a story of perseverance and friendship that anyone can relate to,”
said Danny Grant, Senior Vice President of Film and Strategic
Partnerships. “Paul Taublieb does a fantastic, cinematic job with this
long untold story and we are excited to partner with Taublieb Films and
Monster Energy, along with the support of NASCAR, in bringing this film
to theaters and homes nation-wide.”
Blink of an Eye has also been acquired to be developed into a
dramatic feature film by legendary Hollywood producer Roger Birnbaum,
with whom Taublieb produced the hit film The Vow in 2014, which
grossed $200 million at the box office.
For more Monster Energy NASCAR racing and the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR
Cup Series, visit www.monsterenergy.com
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for exclusive updates. For interview or photo requests contact Kim
About Monster Energy
Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer
and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to
acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and
sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard,
ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a
brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports,
athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of
life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See
more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at www.monsterenergy.com.
About Taublieb Films
TAUBLIEB Films is a two-time Emmy-winning production company led by
director/producer Paul Taublieb, and his wife and producing partner,
Susan Cooper. Their work includes long-form feature
documentaries, including the ESPN 30 for 30 film, “Hawaiian: The Legend
of Eddie Aikau,” narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin,
the theatrically released “FASTEST” about MotoGP racing, and the Netflix
documentary, “UNCHAINED: The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross,” named
the best long form documentary of the year, also narrated by Brolin. The
Malibu, CA-based company also produces short form content for brands
from Monster Energy to ESPN to Ferrari, including vial videos with
literally hundreds of millions views. Taublieb and Cooper also
produced “The Vow,” starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams (which
grossed $200 million worldwide), and award-winning dramas for networks
including Showtime, ABC and NBC.
About 1091 Media
1091 is a global commercial distribution platform for independent
film and television content creators, with an intent to invest in
technology and business intelligence.
1091 Media and its principals are growth investors who also lead
Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital
Management, Inc. From 2003-2015, they owned a variety of media companies
through Dimensional, including The Orchard and Dimensional Music
Publishing. 1091’s content is available in more than 90 territories
worldwide and features 4,000 titles in its library, including the
leading action sports catalogue. 1091’s film releases include BIRDS OF
PASSAGE, WE THE ANIMALS, THE HERO, the Pedro Almodovar-produced EL
ANGEL, AMERICAN ANIMALS, and BPM (Beats Per Minute), THE DAWN WALL, as
well as Academy Award®-nominated documentaries CARTEL LAND and LIFE,
ANIMATED; and Taika Waititi’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE and WHAT WE DO
IN THE SHADOWS. Upcoming releases include Werner Herzog’s MEETING
GORBACHEV, HALSTON, THEM THAT FOLLOW and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. For
more information on 1091 Media, please visit, www.1091media.com.
Kim Dresser C: (949) 300-5546 E: email@example.com
Strainprint™ Technologies Welcomes Organic Medical Cannabis Producer to Growing List of Subscribers
Strainprint Technologies Ltd, the leader in cannabis data and analytics is pleased to expand their nation-wide coverage with the addition of Stewart Farms.
Stewart Farms is a late-stage applicant headquartered in Alberta that is building a 100,000 sq. ft. vertical aquaponics farm in Saint Stephens, New Brunswick. They will be utilizing automation, vertical farming, and land-based aquaculture to produce medical grade organic cannabis for both recreational and medical markets in Canada. All of their products will be free of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic nutrients. At full capacity, they will reach more than 10,000 kgs per year of organically farmed cannabis and more than 200,000 kgs of organic tilapia.
Stewart Farms’ long term vision is to deliver tools and products to support future customers and patients during their health and wellness journeys. “Through our partnership with Strainprint we gain direct access to their incomparable data and analytics tools. This will aid us in educating a wider audience on the medical benefits and best practices of cannabis-based medicine,” said Tanner Stewart, Co-founder & CEO of Stewart Farms. “We know our customers are looking to consume more than dried cannabis. We know Canadians of all legal ages are trying to sort through their personal engagement with cannabis as a medicine. What we want to know, on an ongoing basis, is what is and is not working for people. Strainprint’s patient-led data services will give us the insight needed to create custom products and further understand the benefits of our existing products. Finally, our goal is to partner with companies and teams that truly have people’s best interest at heart. Caring about a patient’s success is what makes up the core of the Strainprint team. We couldn’t be happier to move forward with them at our side.”
Stewart Farms will access the Strainprint Analytics web platform, the most sophisticated cannabis analytics platform available to improve product development. Strainprint Analytics is built on top of the largest and most granular scientific data set of its kind in the world, with more than 1.3 million anonymized, patient reported medical cannabis outcomes and more than 65 million data points on strain efficacy.
“We’re thrilled to provide our real-time, crowd sourced data to an environmentally conscious company that uses innovative, cutting edge farming technology to produce top-tier medical cannabis,” said Strainprint CEO, Andrew Muroff. “Our organizations are equally committed to improving lives using cannabis therapy, and our shared core motivation is to provide guidance and support to help cannabis patients achieve their health goals.”
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Field Trip Ventures Inc. Retains KCSA Strategic Communications as Public Relations Counsel
Greenery Map, the world’s first and only cannabis search engine to allow users to search for cannabis products based on their desired mood, medicinal use, and method of consumption, is now offering users – both businesses and consumers – the opportunity to register and connect to the app in an entirely mobile way. Previously, businesses were required to access GreeneryMap.com from a desktop in order to manage accounts and connect to the inventory API system, but that road block has been removed, allowing for an entirely mobile experience through the Greenery Map app.
App users turn to Greenery Map to help them decide on the strain of Cannabis and product that is right for them depending on their desired mood or medicinal effect. Following the matching, consumers are given a detailed history and description of the strain so that they can make educated purchases, cutting down on time that budtenders need to spend with patrons and speeding up the purchase process. Consumers can then see all of the ways to purchase said product, including the nearby dispensaries that have it in stock, online options, and even delivery options through the app. Greenery Map fully integrates with a dispensary’s inventory API system to update in real-time and give consumers real-time information on dispensary stock for the item they are looking for. The Greenery Map system also provides cannabis businesses in both the B2B and B2C sectors a private database to share and sell information and products. For Cannabis businesses, Greenery Map also offers the opportunity to open bank and merchant accounts through their partnership with PayHouse Consulting Group.
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WeBank, IBM and Other Organizations Jointly Held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning in conjunction with IJCAI 2019
Once a concept, AI is now ushering in a key stage of application. What’s the solution to the data silos among businesses? Given the enhanced regulation on data at home and abroad, what’s the solution to data privacy and security concerns? What’s the status quo of Federated Machine Learning and how to establish an ecosystem for FML in the future?
WeBank, IBM and other organizations jointly held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning for User Privacy and Data Confidentiality (FML’19) in conjunction with the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19) on Aug. 12, 2019, to further discussion on these issues.
President of IJCAI, Chair of FML Steering Committee, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang delivered opening remarks at the workshop. Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google presented keynote addresses. In the panel discussion, top scholars from WeBank, Bar-Ilan University, IBM, Squirrel AI, Google, Huawei, Clustar, Sinovation Ventures and many other renowned enterprises and universities shared and discussed their findings and experience in FML as an emerging AI technology.
This workshop received 40 papers, of which 12 were presented during the workshop, 19 presented via poster. Awards include Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Presentation Award. Selected high quality papers will be invited for publication in a special issue in the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. All these attracted numerous scholars to engage in discussions and join efforts for building the FML ecosystem.
Experts from IBM and Google Share Groundbreaking Findings with a Focus on the Theory and Application of FML
Privacy and security are becoming a key concern in our digital age. On 25th May last year, the implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the EU, the toughest Act on data privacy protection, stressed that user data collection must be open and transparent. A series of laws and regulations from China and overseas also pose new challenges to the traditional way of handling data and model for cooperation. Seeking ways for AI to adapt to this new reality became top priority, a demand that led to this workshop on FML.
A wealth of solutions and breakthroughs were shared by Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google in their speech on FML.
Besides how FML can help tackle challenges in the business world, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad also shared the concept of Fusion AI, which means to train models on widely distributed data sets, but fuse them to produce one equivalent to what centralized training would yield. “Unlike traditional machine learning, in Fusion AI, model parameters are shared and data is not transferred, which makes Fusion AI model better than models that moving data centrally.” Given the widely distributed data, the development of Fusion AI and FML became ever important and imminent.
“FML enables machine learning engineers and data scientists to work productively with decentralized data with privacy by default,” said Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google. He also shared with us how FML works and its use cases at Google. In the case of Gboard, as on-device data is privacy sensitive or large or is more relevant than server-side proxy data, and labels can be inferred naturally via user interaction, the application of Federated RNN compared to prior n-gram model can increase the accuracy of next-word prediction by 24%, and the click rate of prediction strip by 10%.
Major Figure Panelists Discuss the Way Ahead for FML
The moderator of the panel discussion, AI Principal Scientist of WeBank Dr. Lixin Fan joined panelists including Professor Benny Pinkas from Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad of IBM Academy of Technology, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard Tong, Research Scientist of Google Dr. Jakub Konečný, Dr. Baofeng Zhang from CTO Office of CBG Software in Huawei, Executive VP of Clustar Dr. Junxue Zhang, VP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng and other experts in a host of in-depth exchanges with attendees, to shed light on the way ahead for FML.
Experts shared thoughts in the panel discussion on questions including but not limited to: How to meet the security and compliance requirements? Is there a way to extend the value of data while observing user privacy and data security? Given the classic trade-off between data regulation and development of AI, how to achieve the long-term goal of establishing a stable and win-win business ecosystem?
List of Award-Winners
Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award and Best Presentation Award selected by all attendees were announced at the closing of the workshop.
Best Theory Paper Award:
Preserving User Privacy for Machine Learning: Local Differential Privacy or Federated Machine Learning? By Huadi Zheng, Haibo Hu & Ziyang Han;
Best Application Paper Award:
FedHealth: A Federated Transfer Learning Framework for Wearable Healthcare. By Yiqiang Chen, Jindong Wang, Chaohui Yu, Wen Gao & Xin Qin;
Best Student Paper Award:
Quantifying the Performance of Federated Transfer Learning. By Qinghe Jing, Weiyan Wang, Junxue Zhang, Han Tian & Kai Chen;
Best Presentation Award:
Federated Generative Privacy. By Aleksei Triastcyn and Boi Faltings.
President of IJCAI, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard Tong, andVP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng presented the awards.
“The mission of this International Federated Machine Learning Workshop is to facilitate further understanding in the academia, business community as well as legal and regulatory institutions by promoting the establishment of FML ecosystem in the hope that more businesses will join and build a platform for students aspired to work in FML to find research teams that suit them,” said Professor Qiang Yang.
Held Aug. 10-16, 2019 in Macao, China, IJCAI-19 is one of the leading International Academic Conference on AI, attracting over 3000 AI research personnel and experts. The 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning (FML’19) was a highlight for experts joining this event. Visionaries in the academia and industrial sector expressed the willingness to be part of the effort for academic research, application of FML in the future, and the development and boom of AI ecosystem.
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