Monday, 27 February 2012 to Host First Ever Tweetup in East Grinstead

Local social media marketing firm wants East Grinstead businesses to take advantage of 21st century marketing techniques

East Grinstead -, the East Grinstead-based social media marketing firm, is hosting the town's first ever "Tweetup" - a free business get-together or "Meet-up" all centred around Twitter - at Bluebells Café in London Road from 6-9pm on Wednesday 29th February 2012.

"This is your chance to meet over a coffee, face to face, the Twitter users you've so far only met online, free of charge. A Tweetup is an informal business networking get-together, ostensibly to talk about Twitter or about any aspect of social media. Here, advanced users will have a chance to chat with other advanced users, while at the same time, beginners can chat with anyone they want to chat with, to find out what the hell this social media revolution is all about!" says John Wood, founder and creative director of

John Wood of at Bluebells Café, the venue for Wednesday's tweetup
The event has certainly piqued some local interest: an article appeared in the East Grinstead Courier and Observer as well as on Sussex Living Magazine's blog last week and there's been quite a lot of noise about it on Twitter too. The event even has its own official Twitter hashtag (any string of characters prefixed with the # symbol. When included in a tweet, a hashtag serves as a tag providing a loose, free-format form of categorization), for those who wish to talk about it and promote it some more. The official hashtag for East Grinstead's first tweetup is #EGtweetup.

"The East Grinstead Courier and Observer found out about our Tweetup because they saw we were promoting it on Twitter. That's exactly how it's supposed to be," says John. "We hope you will be able to pop in for a chat on Wednesday when you can find out everything you've always wanted to know about Twitter but were afraid to ask."

The Tweetup has an Event Page on Facebook where those wishing to attend can add themselves to the list:

About WorldWidePR offers an outsourced social media solutions service. You, an SME, are too busy running your business to have time to manage your blog, Facebook Page, Twitter profile etc - so we do it all for you. This allows you to take advantage of the immense power of social media marketing to promote your business while, at the same time, never having to worry about any of your profiles going out of date.

For more information, please contact:

John Wood
Founder/Creative Director
197 Garden Wood Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 1SH

+44 (0)1342 323750
+44 (0)777 152 0001

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Monday, 20 February 2012

Grays of Westminster Wins Amateur Photographer 'Gold Winner' Good Service Award 2012

The Nikon-only camera shop received a large number of votes online via their Twitter profile, Facebook Page and blog

The esteemed Nikon-only dealer, Grays of Westminster, was presented with the What Digital Camera/Amateur Photographer 'Gold Winner' Good Service Award, as voted for by What Digital Camera readers and website visitors for the second year in a row.

This prestigious award was presented to Gray Levett, founder of Grays of Westminster, at the Amateur Photographer Annual Awards ceremony amid the glamorous surroundings of Quaglino's in London on 26th January.

Gray Levett said, "We were delighted to be honoured with this prestigious award last year and we are thrilled to have won it for a second year. Honours of course bring responsibilities, and that means we must continue to give our customers the very best service that we can. We are extremely grateful to everyone who voted for us; it is much appreciated. Thank you very much"

About Grays of Westminster

The legendary award-winning Grays of Westminster is a charming period shop, specialising exclusively in Nikon. Grays of Westminster offers knowledgeable advice and information on Nikon kit, whether new, second-hand or vintage, to customers who visit the shop in person, as well as a fast and reliable mail-order service on any Nikon item which is available to all world-wide destinations.

From their very beginning over a quarter of a century ago, they aimed at offering their customers the very best service and the finest in Nikon equipment. This tradition continues today.

Grays of Westminster also provides a vast range of photographic training sessions for its customers including subjects such as Mike Maloney’s Photographic Workshop at the House of Lords; Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops; Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture, Landscape and Macro Training Sessions; Michael Eleftheriades’ panoramic and colour-calibration seminars.

Grays of Westminster is situated in a quiet location in central London yet within walking distance of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

For more information, please contact:

Gray Levett
Grays of Westminster Exclusively…Nikon
40 Churton Street

+44 (0)20 7828 4925

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Startup Looks Set to Flip the Switch on 3-D Movie Re-Releases

FilmFunds’ process speeds up converting from 2-D to 3-D and lowers the cost

Los Angeles - After a 3-D re-release of “The Lion King” roared at the box office last year, a pipeline of 3-D theatrical re-releases is in place for this year. But Carl Freer, founder of L.A. startup FilmFunds, thinks there’s room for even more. His startup just started selling 3-D conversion technology to studios that allows them to quickly convert content for less than going to a third-party conversion company.

“We’ll allow them to knock themselves out,” Freer said.

He launched the company with a website in October that allows movie fans to vote on films they’d like to see re-released in 3-D, such as 1980’s Warner Bros. classic “Blade Runner” and Universal’s “Back to the Future.” He plans to use the site as market research to show studios that films can be successful in re-release.

He acquired the conversion technology in December when FilmFunds bought Duran Duboi U.S. for an undisclosed amount. Duran Duboi is a postproduction house in Los Angeles that handled the 3-D conversion for last year’s Lions Gate release “Conan the Barbarian.”

FilmFunds’ technology converts 2-D to 3-D in real-time using software that can analyze a screen at the rate of 60 frames per second. Freer declined to discuss a price for the device, but did note that he plans to make money servicing the devices.

Freer expects much of the opportunity to come from home video re-releases through digital distribution channels like Netflix Inc., once 3-D-enabled TVs become more common. That’s in part because home video re-releases require less-expensive conversions and also because studios are more receptive to simultaneous home releases for 3-D reboots than for new releases.
Another factor for the slow pace of theatrical re-releases is that the cost of theatrical-quality conversion often ranges between $10 million to $20 million.

“The studios and networks are indecisive because of the big cost additive,” he said.

Small Screen
Craig Tanner, co-founder of production company Digital Revolution Studios, is also banking on 3-D-enabled consumer devices. He has amassed some 500 minutes of 3-D video content that he plans to license once 3-D-enabled handheld devices become more common.

“It’s on a shelf ready to go for the handheld consumer,” Tanner said.

He got a peek of the coming action when he produced a 3-D music video for the song “Don’t Stop” by L.A. alternative rock band Foster the People. The video was available for free download by owners of the Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming system in December.

For Tanner, who spent three years as a visual effects editor on “Avatar,” the two-day music video shoot was a first. But with device makers coming out with 3-D enabled smartphones this year, he said, manufacturers are increasingly asking him to produce short-form content that can fill-out their download stores, as he did for Nintendo.

“It sparked an interest in our company,” he said. “We plan on doing quite a few music videos this year.”

He’s now in talks with music labels and device makers, and expects to put out about 10 music videos from major recording artists this year. Whereas the Nintendo video was a free download, he expects future videos to be monetized similarly to Apple Inc.’s iTunes store, which splits revenue with content creators.

Burbank public TV station KCET-TV (28) continues to roll out new productions, even as funding is down. Last week, the station announced a new slate of programming to debut in March, including talk show “L.A. Tonight With Roy Firestone” and documentary series “Your Turn to Care.”

The programming push is part of the station’s effort to win back viewers that left the station after it severed ties with PBS. In the station’s first month without PBS programming, January 2011, prime time ratings bottomed out at an average of 18,000 viewers.

But a station spokeswoman said prime time viewership was up 78 percent last month, compared with a year earlier, to 32,000. That’s due to higher-performing shows such as British comedy show “Doc Martin,” which brought the station’s largest viewing audience of 150,000 on Jan. 5 since going independent.

Still, funding for the station has withered without PBS. According to the station’s last audited statement, donations dropped some $15 million to $22.3 million for the year ended June 30. That drop reflected a half-year without PBS.

About FilmFunds
Headquartered in Los Angeles, FilmFunds offers a 360-degree solution for Hollywood to test nascent film projects, helping move content through the pipeline by creating an audience for it, while giving fans a unprecedented opportunity to be part of the green-light process. FilmFunds utilizes crowd-sourced social marketing research to replace the costly live test-screening model used since Hollywood’s Golden Era. A social environment where Hollywood filmmakers can meet their real audience, with the most accurate, state-of-the-art diagnostics guiding their efforts to improve and build support for their product, FilmFunds is a place where film lovers have a chance to make it their movie. For more information, please visit

For further information, please contact:

Rich Jenkins, CTO
FilmFunds, Inc.
3000 Olympic Blvd.
Building 5, Suite 2100
Santa Monica, CA 90404

+1 310 315 4790

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