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Monster Energy-Supported NASCAR Documentary “Blink of An Eye” Acquired by 1091 Media



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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=”” 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,
unexpected fashion.

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
, 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.

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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.
more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at

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.
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
well as Academy Award®-nominated documentaries CARTEL LAND and LIFE,
IN THE SHADOWS. Upcoming releases include Werner Herzog’s MEETING
more information on 1091 Media, please visit,


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Oppenheimer & Co. To Host 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference



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Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) – a leading investment bank, wealth manager, and a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings (NYSE: OPY) – will host its 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference on June 18-19 in Boston, MA. This year’s event features companies from prominent consumer brands such as Autozone, Domino’s Pizza, Express, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Six Flags Theme Parks, Tiffany & Company, Ulta, Walmart, Weight Watchers, and Yum Brands.

Of particular note, Oppenheimer is pleased to host nine of the market-leading companies involved with emerging trends in the Cannabis space this year. The event will also feature seven panel discussions, moderated by Oppenheimer Consumer Research Analysts, addressing emerging and disruptive trends in the consumer marketplace as follows:

  • Evolving Role of Technology in the Consumer Sector with Cooler Screens and Lindsay Goldberg LLC, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion with Emerging Restaurant Brands with Aurify and B. Good, moderated by Brian Bittner
  • A Discussion on the Evolving US Food & Beverage Landscape with Lifeway, New Age Beverage, and United Natural Foods, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Next Gen Brands Re-Shaping Landscape for Women’s Fashion with CARAA and Rothy’s, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • Exciting New Brands Shaking Up Home Products Space with Burkelman, LoveSac and Resident/Nectar, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion on the Emerging CBD Landscape with Curaleaf and CV Sciences, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Leveraging the Power of Digital to Connect with Consumers with Eight and FlexShopper, moderated by Brian Nagel

The conference features Oppenheimer’s Consumer Senior Research Analysts:

  • Brian Bittner, Managing Director Senior Analyst covering Restaurants
  • Brian Nagel, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Retail and E-Commerce
  • Rupesh Parikh, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Food, Grocery and Consumer Products
  • Ian Zaffino, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering event-driven Special Situations

“Long-established business models are being upended by disruptive brands and technology, affecting consumer preferences and buying behaviors throughout the consumer industry. This year’s event aims to showcase the mix of market-leading and emerging companies driving and navigating these changes,” said Erica L. Moffett, Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Oppenheimer. “From effortless payment methods to accelerated delivery times and customized products, consumers want a seamless experience. In order to succeed, companies must stay current on the evolving consumer and we are pleased to host a conference to explore this new landscape.”

Oppenheimer’s next conference will be the Montauk Emerging Life Sciences Summit, which will be held on June 26-28in Montauk, NY. The 22nd Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference will follow on August 6-7 in Boston, MA, followed by the Midwest Corporate Access Day in Chicago on August 15.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Oppenheimer), a principal subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (OPY on the New York Stock Exchange), and its affiliates provide a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage and investment banking services to high-net-worth individuals, families, corporate executives, local governments, businesses and institutions.

SOURCE Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

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iCAN: Israel-Cannabis CEO and Founder Saul Kaye to Participate at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick



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iCAN: Israel Cannabis Founder and CEO Saul Kaye will participate at the World Cannabis Conference being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada from June 16-18, 2019.

Kaye, a leader in the global cannabis ecosystem will moderate a session entitled, “Innovative Methodologies and Emerging Topics in Global Cannabis Research.”  Panelists are Dr. Suzanne Sisley MD President and Principal Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute and, Dr. Jerry King, R&D Consultant, CFS.  The session will take place at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre on June 18.

The World Cannabis Congress (WCC) is an exclusive, invite-only event for international cannabis leaders, influencers and trend setters. The event will have hundreds of attendees from around the world from business, government and medicine.

In addition to his leadership of iCAN: Israel Cannabis, Kaye is an industry advisor to the Medical Cannabis Caucus of the Israeli Parliament, as well as an advisor to the Ministries of Economy and Health in Israel. He is a licensed pharmacist and a successful entrepreneur with both retail and e-commerce experience. Saul has founded multiple companies spanning six countries across the US, EuropeIsrael and Australia.

Canada has truly been a global trailblazer in the cannabis industry.  Canadian cannabis companies and its stock market are influential and forward looking and we in Israel, the R&D capital of cannabis, collaborate with our Canadian friends on many different levels.  I look forward to participating at the WCC as the medicine and business of cannabis develops at breathtaking speed both in Israel and beyond,” said Kaye.


SOURCE iCAN: Israel Cannabis

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Loyalist College to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre for natural products and cannabis



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Loyalist College is the recipient of a $1,750,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program grant over five years to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre (TAC) for natural products and cannabis. In addition, Loyalist received $1Mthrough the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) to add specialized equipment to the TAC.

Loyalist was one of 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country to receive part of the $73M in funding, announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Through the CCI Program and the CIIF, this investment will help post-secondary institutions partner directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow.

The rapid growth of Canada’s cannabis, hops and natural products sectors positions Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) as a national innovation hub for small- to medium-sized enterprises. As a TAC, Loyalist will build on the ARC’s 15 years of natural product extraction expertise and analysis-based applied research. In transitioning to a TAC, Loyalist’s ARC will significantly increase the College’s capacity to lead applied research of commercially relevant natural products and cannabis, and to support innovation by enhancing industries’ access to sector-relevant expertise and technology.

The TAC initiative will cultivate an environment for College-industry partnerships to thrive while providing students with unparalleled opportunities for work-integrated learning; investigating extraction, isolation, and formulation; and product development. In partnership with the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC), Loyalist will support the Bay of Quinte’s burgeoning natural products and cannabis sectors to generate regional socioeconomic benefits, and to provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators. Loyalist will also offer companies across Canada a supportive, community-oriented platform from which to enhance their productivity, expand their reach and augment their competitiveness in the global market.


“We are very grateful for NSERC’s continued support and proud to be Canada’s first TAC for natural products and cannabis. Loyalist currently has more than 25 companies interested in applied research, and as our ARC transitions into a TAC, we will be able to meet their requirements while significantly extending our network to help more companies to innovate. Our Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students will have the advantage of being involved in ground-breaking research that propels Canada forward as the world leader in cannabis and natural product developments.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO

“It’s great to see this NSERC and CFI funding come through for Loyalist College’s launch of Canada’s first TAC for research in natural products and cannabis. Being able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility means that students working in the College’s ARC will be able to build up their expertise in product analysis; which can then be applied directly to commercial development. This is just the beginning of seeing a new series of natural products being designed, assessed, made and delivered from our region.” – Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte

“I am so proud to see the innovation that is driving research and economic development in our rural community through Loyalist College’s ARC. Innovation is key to Rural Sustainability and this investment will ensure that we are training the next generation in the latest technological advances. I congratulate them on their NSERC and CFI grant, and wish them all the best of success.” – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

“The Quinte Economic Development Commission is proud to be a supporting partner with Loyalist College on this important initiative that is aligned with economic development opportunities and priorities in the region. The TAC will support industry research and innovation for companies in key industry sectors as well as helping students develop in-demand skills and experience. Congratulations to the team at Loyalist on launching this important project.” – Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission


SOURCE Loyalist College

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