Gigi Hadid And Cody Simpson Celebrate International Day of Happiness With The United Nations And MixRadio At SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas, March 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the United Nations and the world’s most personalised music streaming service, MixRadio, marked International Day of Happiness and the launch of the #HappySoundsLike playlist with a surprise performance from global singer/ songwriter, Cody Simpson, at South by Southwest.

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Finalising a weeklong campaign to raise awareness of International Day of Happiness, the #HappySoundsLike playlist created by MixRadio, was unveiled to guests attending and available for the world to listen to at

Recognizing that music has the power to spread happiness and inspire solidarity and hope for a better tomorrow, United Nations Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors, along with international artists including Britney Spears, Nicole Scherzinger, Ed Sheeran, Charlize Theron and John Legend contributed their happiest track to create the world’s happiest playlist, #HappySoundsLike.

Cody Simpson comments, “I am really pleased to be part of such an amazing campaign with the United Nations and MixRadio to raise awareness of International Day of Happiness.

“I hope everyone gets behind the day and listens to the #HappySoundsLike playlist.”

Jyrki Rosenberg, Head of MixRadio, comments, “This year, to mark International Day of Happiness, we have been fortunate to partner with the United Nations to support and raise awareness of such an inherent aspiration that we share the world over: happiness.

“Through collaborating with international superstars, we hope #HappySoundsLike will bring a smile to faces around the world and inspire hope for a better tomorrow.”

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, International Day of Happiness acknowledges that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.” In its 70th anniversary year, the United Nations will be undertaking several campaigns to help achieve this goal.

The United Nations And MixRadio To Celebrate International Day Of Happiness

NEW YORK, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, a host of superstars have teamed up with the United Nations and the world’s most personalised music streaming service, MixRadio, to launch the #HappySoundsLike campaign to mark International Day of Happiness.

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Music has the power to spread happiness and inspire solidarity and hope for a better tomorrow. Recognizing this, United Nations Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors, along with international artists such as Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, John Legend and James Blunt, amongst others, have contributed to create the world’s happiest playlist, launching on March 20th, International Day of Happiness.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “The United Nations is happy to be partnering with MixRadio to raise awareness of the International Day of Happiness. On this day we are using the universal language of music to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world suffering from poverty, human rights abuses, humanitarian crises and the effects of environmental degradation and climate change.” Ban designated Wonder a UN Messenger of Peace in 2010 to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities worldwide, and nominated his “Signed Sealed Delivered” to the playlist.”

Fronted by singer/songwriter Cody Simpson, the weeklong #HappySoundsLike campaign will reach a high note at the end of this week with an inspirational, international playlist created by artists, and thoughtful listeners worldwide.

Music fans can post the song that makes them the happiest with the hashtag #HappySoundsLike. On Friday March 20th, Cody Simpson will spotlight five track submissions to be included within the official playlist.

Cody Simpson, comments, “I am really pleased to be part of such an amazing campaign to raise awareness of International Day of Happiness.

“I hope everyone gets behind the day and shares the track that makes them happiest! I will be choosing five tracks the general public suggest to be part of the official playlist, #HappySoundsLike, launching on Friday 20th March for you to all listen to.”

Jyrki Rosenberg, Head of MixRadio, said, “This year, to celebrate and raise awareness of International Day of Happiness, MixRadio is privileged to have partnered with the United Nations.

“We hope the general public follow in the steps of the host of global stars and share the track that makes them happiest. On March 20, #HappySoundsLike will launch and we hope it brings a smile to faces around the world.”

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, International Day of Happiness acknowledges that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal”. In its 70thanniversary year, the UN will be undertaking several campaigns to help achieve this goal.

The campaign officially launches with the release of a global video, featuring a host of the stars singing along to raise awareness of the campaign.

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Empire State Realty Trust And iHeartMedia To Celebrate The Holidays With Dazzling LED Tower Music-To-Light Show Events

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) and iHeartMedia announced today that they will be teaming up once again to present one-of-a-kind music-to-light shows this holiday season. To kick off the festivities, ESRT and iHeartMedia will put on a music-to-light show on December 12, 2014, preceding iHeartRadio and Z100’s annual holiday concert, Jingle Ball. The iconic landmark will synchronize its world-famous LED tower lights, choreographed by internationally-acclaimed lighting designer Marc Brickman, to global superstar and Z100 Jingle Ball performer Taylor Swift’s new hit, “Welcome to New York.” Those fans wishing to watch the light show live can look skyward and tune in to Z100 at 7 p.m.

December also brings the return of the Empire State Building (ESB) Holiday LED tower music-to-light show series. Four one-of-a-kind music-to-light shows, synchronized to timeless holiday songs on iHeartMedia’s 106.7 Lite fm and via the iHeartRadio mobile app, will play each night at 7 p.m. beginning Saturday, December 20, through Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Fans across the globe will have the unique opportunity to help select the grand finale light show that will be replayed on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. by voting for their favorite video on Music for the winning show will be played on iHeartMedia’s powerhouse radio stations 106.7 Lite fm, Z100, and 103.5 KTU. For those unable to view the shows live, ESB will post a video of each show immediately after on its YouTube page ( and its website for fans to cast their votes.

“Through our partnership with iHeartMedia, our light shows to music have become a regular fixture on the New York City skyline, and our holiday light shows are particular New York City favorites.  The Empire State Building and iHeartMedia are happy to bring the shows back this year as the ultimate holiday gift to New York City and the world,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, CEO and President of ESRT. “Enjoy our new annual tradition, the crown jewel of iconic New York holiday festivities that make the city truly magical this time of year.”

“Orchestrating the Empire State Building’s magnificent lights with Lite fm’s Christmas music gives us the unique opportunity to bring the world’s most prominent skyline to life for the holiday season,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia, Inc. “When you add sound to the orchestrated lights, the show truly comes to life.”

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Office Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit,, @EmpireStateBldg,, or

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous office building.

Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.0 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2014, consisting of 9.3 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 731,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. The Company also owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square foot office building and garage.

About iHeartMedia

With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 859 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.

iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 430 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 50 million users faster than any digital music service and even faster than Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Inaugural Singapore Media Festival to Bring Together Global Industry Players in a Celebration of Asian TV and Film Industry

“More than 15,000 expected to celebrate Asia’s best content and talent at the Singapore Media Festival”

SINGAPORE, Nov. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) brings together four complementary film and TV events comprising markets, conferences, awards and festival screenings. Ahead of the inaugural event, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), event partners and chairman of the SMF Advisory Board, shared their vision and goals for the festival taking place from 4 to 14 December 2014.

SMF shines spotlight on Southeast Asia’s growing media industry

The combined strengths of the four marquee events under the umbrella of SMF is set to attract the best and brightest film and TV talent from Southeast Asia and beyond to forge partnerships, exchange ideas, trade content and celebrate creativity and talent. More than 5,000 industry professionals including filmmakers, producers and celebrities from over 60 countries are expected to attend the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore and the Asia TV Awards, while an audience of more than 10,000 are expected to participate in the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

“The Southeast Asian media industry has experienced rapid growth and development over the past few years[1], becoming a source and strong contender of creative and innovative content. Many media industry professionals now recognise the huge potential of Southeast Asia[2], and are looking to tap into this burgeoning market,” said Mr Robert Gilby, chairman of the SMF advisory board and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company (SEA).

“SMF aims to ride on this potential to strengthen Singapore’s position as the gateway to the region, and fill the need for a regional media event that will bring together Singapore and Southeast Asian content and talent to be enjoyed by viewers from all over the world,” he added.

As a prominent platform to showcase Southeast Asian films, SGIFF has launched the careers of many reputable Southeast Asian filmmakers such as Singapore’s Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong and Indonesia’s Riri Riza. ATF and ScreenSingapore also have a strong draw in the region, with 52% of buyers coming from Southeast Asia, while The Asian Television Awards receives more than 1,300 submissions from Asia, of which Southeast Asian entries make up 64%.

SMF to facilitate international interest in Asia as a valued partner in content creation

Singapore is home to over 6,000 media businesses, including international film production and service companies such as Double Negative Visual Effects and Lucasfilm which have set up studios locally. Leading media brands such as HBO Asia have also worked with Singapore partners to co-produce TV series Serangoon Road and Grace, while Hollywood blockbusters, Agent 47 and Equals, were shot and produced in part in Singapore this year, in collaboration with companies and talent based here.

“International players are increasingly looking to Asia for innovative stories and original content, and SMF aims to create more opportunities for international and Asian media players to meet and explore opportunities for collaboration. Singapore is a focal point for business and talent in Southeast Asia. This makes it a great home for both international and home-grown media companies. SMF leverages on the city’s connectivity and thriving media sector to serve as a platform for media professionals from Asia and beyond to meet and build meaningful partnerships,” said Ms Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry) of the Media Development Authority.

SMF to harness cross-over synergies between TV and Film

The growing synergies between TV and Film, as evident by the frequent cross-over of talent and content between the silver screen and small screen, serves as another compelling reason for the need of an event like SMF.

Last year, when ATF and ScreenSingapore were co-located for the second year running, it out-performed the previous two editions of ScreenSingapore with more than 4,300 film and TV trade participants from 60 countries, and achieved business deals worth US$220.33 million. This was a 10% increase in attendance from 2012 with a corresponding increase of 8.2% in content sales. The growth also further bolsters the event’s role as one of Asia’s key platforms for international and regional media companies to come together to network and trade.

With the media industry operating in an increasingly converged environment, SMF provides a seamless platform that allows more opportunities for cross-over collaborations by bringing together players from the film and TV industries.

More information on SMF can be found at:

For more information on SMF’s constituent events, please refer to the links below:

For more quotes from the partners of SMF, please refer to Annex A.


[1] PWC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook Report for 2013 to 2017 – According to industry forecasts, SEA countries like Thailand and India will become the fastest-growing film entertainment market in the world, following on the back of China

[2] PwC Global entertainment and media outlook 2014 to 2018 – The total spend on Entertainment and Media in the Asia-Pacific* is expected to grow from approximately USD 447 billion in 2013 to over 632 billion in 2018 at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8%, according to statistics from PwC (*Asia-Pacific includes Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam).

About Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)

The Media Development Authority of Singapore ( promotes the growth of globally competitive film, television, radio, publishing, games, animation and interactive digital media industries. It also regulates the media sector to safeguard the interests of consumers, and promotes a connected society. MDA is a statutory board under the Ministry of Communications and Information (

About the Singapore Media Festival

The Singapore Media Festival is set to become one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talent and content in Asia for Film and TV. It brings together four complementary events- Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS), Asian Television Awards (ATA) and Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which will take place from 4-14 December 2014. The Singapore Media Festival is hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore, and organised by Reed Exhibitions, Contineo Media and SGIFF Ltd.

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Quotes from SMF partners

Michelle Lim, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Singapore said, “We are excited to be part of the inaugural Singapore Media Festival and envision that it will strengthen the events’ abilities to further attract market leaders and prominent brands from around the world to Singapore. The co-location of TV and film events also presents more opportunities for collaboration and growth to meet the changing demands and habits of consumers, fuelled by the rapid development of technology. The line between film and TV will continue to become more porous as the emphasis shifts to quality content that can be packaged for the big screen, small screen and even smaller screens, that is, computers and mobile devices. Having a combined film and television event leverages this exciting trend, and feedback from the industry has been tremendously positive. As a testament to our combined film and TV markets platform, last year’s ATF and ScreenSingapore saw over 4,000 attendees from 52 countries, and we anticipate an even stronger turn out this year.”

Mike Wiluan, Chairman of Singapore International Film Festival said, “The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and our focus has always been on discovering and promoting films and filmmaking talent from Southeast Asia. There are a lot of synergies for a film festival like ours to be part of a broader film and TV event — talents get discovered, exchanges and discussions take place and at a more macro level, the industry gets to experience growth through cross-market regional collaboration.”

Raymond Wong, CEO of Contineo Media Pte Ltd and Chairman of the Asian Television Awards (ATA), is pleased that the ATA will be part of the Singapore Media Festival, “Every December, Singapore becomes a hotbed for the distribution of content and the exchange of ideas; and with both ScreenSingapore and SGIFF exhibiting quality films; it leaves ATA the distinct honour of celebrating the best of television in Asia. The ATA is a celebrated industry event that recognises excellence in programming, production and performance, and received close to 1400 entries from across 14 countries this year. The Awards ceremony this December will be broadcasted to more than 30 million homes across Asia Pacific through FOX Star World, MediaCorp Channel 5 and Bangkok Broadcasting Channel 7.”

Ms. Neeta Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive, Business Development Group, Singapore Tourism Board said, “The Singapore Media Festival is set to become a leading business platform for the international film and television industry. With a programme that promotes greater business opportunities and mindshare, and an integration of business and consumer-facing events, attendees will find the festival a comprehensive and compelling experience. We are confident that the first run of the Singapore Media Festival will be a hit and that it will help establish Singapore as a premier media hub in the region.”