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Nickelodeon Greenlights The Crystal Maze, All-New Version of UK Hit Game Show

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BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nickelodeon is bringing the legendary UK hit game show The Crystal
Maze
to the U.S. in an all-new version, co-produced by Bunim/Murray
Productions (The Real World, The Challenge, Born This Way) and
RDF Television (Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Wife Swap, Shipwrecked),
all under the Banijay Group. A longtime staple of British pop culture
and family entertainment, The Crystal Maze–considered the
forerunner to the current escape room craze–is a competitive challenge
featuring a family team who must utilize physical and mental skills to
successfully navigate an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive
themed zones.

Casting is underway on the new series (10 one-hour episodes) which
begins production on the original set in Bristol, England, this summer.
The show’s host, who guides the family through each challenge and
adventure, and the series premiere, will be announced at a later date.

“As Nickelodeon embraces co-viewing opportunities for every member of
the family, The Crystal Maze brings a new type of action game and
storytelling to audiences with its escape room-style gameplay and
emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win,” said Rob Bagshaw,
Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content.

The Crystal Maze has long served as a staple of the UK
entertainment landscape and we could not be happier to be reinventing
the show for a younger demo alongside our sister companies, RDF and
Stephen David Entertainment. Acting as the first series for BMP’s Kids
and Family Division, the show will build on our reputation in the
competitive game space and we’ve no doubt by partnering with
Nickelodeon, we can build a new audience for this brand in the U.S.,”
said Gil Goldschein, Chief Executive Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions.

Nickelodeon’s version of The Crystal Maze will feature a team of
family members tackling a range of challenges in zones collectively
known as The Crystal Maze. Each successful game is rewarded with a ‘time
crystal’ that equals five seconds in the centerpiece Crystal Dome. The
adventure culminates in a spectacular finale, as the team enters the
Dome to grab a cash prize as it flies around them during a dramatic
clock countdown.

A current ratings smash in the UK, The Crystal Maze has been a
beloved family and cult favorite since the mid ‘90s, with the current
global popularity of the escape room phenomena reigniting interest
further. The show was recently rebooted to great success with celebrity,
charity and family seasons in UK, Australia and beyond.

The Crystal Maze is executive produced by Gil Goldschein and
Maria Pepin from Bunim/Murray Productions, Neale Simpson from Fizz, part
of RDF Television, and Stephen David from Stephen David Entertainment.
Production of The Crystal Maze for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob
Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

About Bunim/Murray Productions

Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative
entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited
with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The
Real World,
which is moving to Facebook after 32 seasons on MTV. BMP
continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road
Rules
 (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The
Simple Life
 (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting
Over
, in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Keeping up
with the Kardashians, Total Divas
and Total Bellas (E!),
The Challenge
and Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club (MTV), Born
This Way
 (A&E), Earth Live (National Geographic), The
Real World
and Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), Endless
Summer
and Growing Up is a Drag (Snapchat), Miz and Mrs. (USA
Network), and Family or Fiance (OWN). BMP has also produced They
Call Us Monsters
(PBS), Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV)
and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO) for BMP
Films. Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by
Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into
the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined
Banijay Group in 2010.

About Nickelodeon:

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one
entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by
putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television
programming and production in the United States and around the world,
plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing
and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.
Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks
of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

Contacts

Ariana Urbont (Nickelodeon)
Ariana.urbont@nick.com

Kate
Humphreys (Banijay)
k.humphreys@banijay.com

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IMCC Appoints Yaron Berger as CEO of IMC Holdings

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IM Cannabis Corp. (the “Company” or “IMCC”) (CSE: IMCC), one of the world’s pioneering medical cannabis companies with operations across Europe, is pleased to announce the appointment of Yaron Berger as Chief Executive Officer of I.M.C. Holdings Ltd. (“IMC“), the Company’s wholly-owned operating subsidiary in IsraelOren Shuster will remain the Chief Executive Officer of IM Cannabis Corp.

Mr. Berger brings more than 10 years of experience in various senior roles both in public and private sectors, leading large-scale operations. Most recently, Mr. Berger was the Chief Executive Officer of Telepharma Ltd. (“Telepharma,” doing business as epharma), a leading wholesaler, direct marketer of prescription drugs and chain of pharmacies in Israel. At Telepharma, among other accomplishments, Mr. Berger re-branded its digital platform and transformed the customer experience. As an early entrant into the medical cannabis sector, Mr. Berger also established Greenpharma under Telepharma, a full-service distributor, patient counselling service provider and online resource for medical cannabis patients in Israel. Prior to his experience in the pharmaceutical sector, Mr. Berger served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Police Academy and spent over 20 years in the Israeli Air Force, most recently as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Oren Shuster, Chief Executive Officer of IMCC said “Yaron is uniquely qualified to lead our Israeli operations under the new medical cannabis regulatory regime, which requires a high level of engagement and education for the country’s pharmacists on the benefits of medical cannabis. Yaron was an early mover in identifying the opportunity in medical cannabis and we are very excited to benefit from his expertise in the pharmacy channel to maintain IMC’s status as a leading medical cannabis brand in Israel.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the IMC team, who I have known as a leader in the medical cannabis market in Israel over the past ten years,” said Mr. Berger. “The IMC brand is synonymous with quality and innovation. The new medical cannabis reform in Israel presents a significant opportunity for the Company and the IMC brand to further elevate its market position as the preferred medical cannabis brand for physicians, pharmacists and patients.”

 

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LCBO’s bottom line proves privatized alcohol sales a bad idea: OPSEU’s Thomas

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The LCBO’s latest profits show the Crown corporation’s value to the people of Ontario, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said Friday.

In its 2018/2019 annual report released Thursday, the LCBO is reporting earnings of $2.37 billion on total revenue of $6.39 billion.

Thomas said those profits go to the provincial government and pay for vital public services like health, education and highways.

“This is why the Ford government should rethink allowing corner stores and grocery stores to sell more alcohol,” said Thomas.  “Is saving folks a 10 minute drive in some cases worth jeopardizing their health care?”

OPSEU represents LCBO workers and Thomas says these frontline professionals deserve the credit for the corporation’s continued success.

“The reason the LCBO is the gold standard in selling alcohol responsibly is because of OPSEU members who make sure alcohol isn’t sold to minors or intoxicated people,” said Thomas.

“They also provide customer service that is second to none and they’re the ones who have made the LCBO a success story.”

As he read the LCBO report, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida reflected on the Ford government’s decision to take the sale of legalized cannabis away from the Crown Corporation.

“Think of what the LCBO’s profits would have been if Premier Ford hadn’t scrapped the plan of the former Liberal government?” said Almeida.   “I’ve put together a lot of budgets and I know how tough an exercise it is.”

“It still makes me shake my head that a government that claimed it had catastrophic financial problems would turn down massive amounts of revenue and go on the misguided course that the Conservatives took. Really? Wow.”

Almeida says municipalities who voted to opt out of Doug Ford’s foolish cannabis privatization plan should stand firm and demand a responsible plan.

“The LCBO continues to prove it’s the best option to keep controlled substances out of the hands of minors,” said Almeida.  “Municipalities and Ontarians in general should continue to demand a responsible plan and just say no to Doug’s. After all, a little competition wouldn’t be a bad thing would it?”

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

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Base Oil Market Worth $39.6 Billion by 2024 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™

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According to the new market research report Base Oil Market by Group (Group I, Group II, Group III, Group IV, Group V), Application (Automotive Oil, Industrial Oil, Hydraulic Oil, Grease, Metalworking Fluid), Region (North AmericaEuropeAsia PacificSouth America, MEA) – Global Forecast to 2024″, published by MarketsandMarkets, the Base Oil Market is projected to grow from USD 33.7 billion in 2019 to USD 39.6 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 3.3% from 2019 to 2024. The growing demand for high-grade oils in the automotive industry, as well as the increasing GDP in Asia Pacific driven by increasing industrial activities are key factors fuelling the growth of the base oil market across the globe.

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Based on group, the base oil market has been segmented into Group I, Group II, Group III, Group IV, and Group V. The Group II segment accounted for the major share of the market in 2018. Group II base oil can be employed in a multitude of applications, such as marine and gas engines, in trunk piston engine oils, and other applications in the base oil industry. The high consumption of Group II base oil is mainly attributed to its higher performance and affordability in comparison to the other groups of base oil. Thus, the Group II segment is likely to lead the market during the forecast period.

Automotive oil application segment to lead the base oil market during the forecast period

Based on application, the automotive oil segment led the base oil industry in 2018. This segment is also expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period owing to the rise of the automotive sector in developing countries, such as India and China. Population growth in the Asia Pacific region is increasing the demand for automobiles, which is, in turn, driving the market for automotive oils.

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Among regions, the Asia Pacific base oil market is projected to register the highest CAGR from 2019 to 2024. IndiaChinaIndonesia, and Japan are key countries contributing to the increased demand for lubricants, and in effect base oil, in this region. Increasing GDP led by the rising industrial activities in Asia Pacific has increased the demand for base oil in the region. The growth of transportation, power generation, mining, and other sectors is also responsible for the rise in demand for base oil in the Asia Pacific region.

Chevron Corporation (US), Exxon Mobil Corporation (US), S-OIL Corporation (South Korea), Motiva Enterprises LLC (US), SK innovation Co., Ltd. (South Korea), Royal Dutch Shell plc (Netherlands), Neste Oyj (Finland), AVISTA OIL AG (Germany), Nynas AB (Sweden), Repsol S.A. (Spain), Ergon, Inc. (US), Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (US), H&R Group (Germany), Sinopec Corp. (China), PetroChina Company Limited (China), Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) (UAE), PT Pertamina (Persero) (Indonesia), Phillips 66 (US), Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) (Malaysia), GRUPA LOTOS S.A. (Poland), Sepahan Oil (Iran), GS Caltex Corporation (South Korea), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited or HPCL (India) are some of the leading players operating in the Base Oil Market. These players have adopted the strategies of agreements, expansions, new product launches, acquisitions, collaborations, contracts, investments, and divestments to enhance their position in the market.

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