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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Carsforsale.com Enters 'The Octagon' With RFA 29 Sponsorship

Carsforsale.com will serve as the center ring sponsor of the Resurrection Fighting Alliance - USA vs. Brazil event in Sioux Falls, SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 18, 2015 -- Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, announced their latest sponsorship today as the center ring sponsor of the Resurrection Fighting Alliance – USA vs. Brazil event at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday, August 21, 2015.

"We are thrilled to have the Carsforsale.com brand in the Octagon at the RFA 29 – USA vs. Brazil fights this weekend," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "This event gives Carsforsale.com the opportunity to reach a new market and support a great organization."

This premier event will feature Ricky Musgrave and Raoni Barcelos competing for the vacant RFA Featherweight Title and other top MMA prospects from both the US and Brazil. Honorary coaches at the event will be the current UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler for Team USA and former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida for Team Brazil.

As one of the largest automotive inventory websites, this sponsorship allows Carsforsale.com to increase brand awareness and inventory exposure to the millions of vehicles listed from over 20,000 dealerships nationwide. While supporting a full product suite of auto dealership marketing solutions, Carsforsale.com offers consumers an easy and feature-rich shopping experience when searching for new and used vehicles online.

The RFA 29 – USA vs. Brazil main card will air on AXS TV the evening of Friday, August 21, 2015.

About Resurrection Fighting Alliance:

RFA is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada and televised nationwide via AXS TV, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA promotions in the country.

About Carsforsale.com:

Carsforsale.com® offers a fast and efficient solution to connect buyers with sellers of automotive vehicles. Founded in 1999, privately-owned, and headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, Carsforsale.com continually develops tools and website features that give millions of unique monthly visitors the insight needed when searching for the perfect vehicle. For more information or to become a Carsforsale.com dealer, please visit Carsforsale.com or call (866) 401-9778.

SOURCE: Carsforsale.com

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jon Stewart Has Retired…What’s Next?

STAMFORD, Conn., August 17, 2015 – After 16 epic years as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jon Stewart has announced his retirement plans. What will Stewart do next? A trip to Disney? A run for President? A one-way trip to Mars? No, Stewart is set to host WWE’s SummerSlam® on Sunday, August 23 at 7pm ET live on WWE Network.

Stewart, a longtime WWE fan, appeared earlier this year in WWE storylines in an on-going feud with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins®. After Stewart taunted Rollins in an online video, Rollins appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where he challenged Stewart to appear on Monday Night Raw to settle their score. Click here to see a clip of Stewart and Rollins facing-off on March 2, 2015 at Monday Night Raw. Most recently, Rollins appeared in a look-back segment during Stewart’s final few days on The Daily Show.

Stewart stepped down from his post as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday, August 6. During his tenure, Stewart welcomed a wide array of high profile guests including, President Barack Obama, former President Jimmy Carter, Clint Eastwood, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Derek Jeter, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Gates and many more.

This year SummerSlam has been extended to a four-hour broadcast plus a one-hour pre-show beginning at 6pm ET on WWE Network. Emanating live from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, SummerSlam will feature WWE Superstars Undertaker® and Brock Lesnar® in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker’s undefeated streak.

About WWE:

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 175 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015


SANTA MONICA (August 11, 2015) – Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of Josh “The Punk” Thomson (20-8, 1 NC) to an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight contract. At 36-years-young, the former Strikeforce Lightweight World Champion remains one of the top 155-pounders in the sport, having competed in top organizations including UFC and Pride.

Residing in San Jose, Calif. and training at the renowned American Kickboxing Academy alongside some of the sports very best, Thomson earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Dave Camarillo. In addition to his formidable ground game, Thomson’s striking pedigree is on-point as well, earning a “Knockout of the Night” award for his output in his fight against Nate Diaz in 2013. It’s also worth being said that “The Punk” holds a record of 3-0 in professional kickboxing.

“I had the pleasure of working with Josh in Strikeforce and I look forward to continuing this relationship in Bellator MMA. Josh is a world-class mixed martial artist and we are very happy to be adding him to our roster of some of the best lightweights in the world,” said the promotion’s president, Scott Coker. “Bellator remains fully committed to building its roster by signing top free agents like Thomson, as well as grooming up-and-coming blue-chip stars. We have some amazing matchups in mind for “The Punk” that we hope to be announcing in the weeks to come.”

“I’m over here reading this UFC reporter saying that they’ve declined to re-sign me when the truth of the matter is that they’ve been trying to re-sign me for my last two fights. I declined and instead chose to fight out my contract and test the free agency market with Bellator. At that point, Bellator made me an offer that the UFC was unable to match given their relationships with FOX and Reebok. It’s a done deal, I’m back working with Coker, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back to an organization that is trending upwards with fighter-friendly contracts. Any intelligent fighter is going to go where the money is, and for me the money was at Bellator.”

“The Punk” joins a prominent list of athletes that have recently signed with Bellator over the past year including: Phil Davis, Josh Koscheck, Melvin Guillard, Ed Ruth, Aaron Pico, Lorenzo Hood, Ewerton Teixeira, Gleristone Santos, amongst others.

He will continue to fight in the lightweight division which is deep starting with: kingpin Will Brooks, down to other fighters like Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Dave Rickels, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Dave Jansen.

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:

Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike's Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike's press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

SOURCE: Bellator MMA

Monday, August 10, 2015

THE MASKED SAINT Sets January 8, 2016 For North American Theatrical Debut



NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 10, 2015 -- Ridgerock Entertainment Group and P23 Entertainment Inc. announce the January 8, 2016 theatrical release of THE MASKED SAINT through Freestyle Releasing. A family-friendly action film inspired by true events, THE MASKED SAINT is the first of many faith-based films that will be produced by Ridgerock Entertainment Group's newly formed "Ridgerock Faith" division.

"We are extremely excited to be releasing THE MASKED SAINT through Ridgerock Faith," said Gary Granstaff, vice president at Ridgerock Entertainment Group and an executive producer on the film. "This film has something everyone can enjoy. It's an action-packed movie, but it also has a very heartfelt and compelling storyline with some incredible performances. We think audiences are going to love it!"

Starring Brett Granstaff (Vice) as Christopher 'The Saint' Samuels, THE MASKED SAINT follows the journey of former professional wrestler, Chris Samuels (Granstaff) who retires from the ring to settle down as a small town pastor. When Samuels witnesses rampant problems in the community, he decides to moonlight as a masked vigilante fighting the injustice. While facing crises at home and at the church, Samuels must evade the police and somehow reconcile his secret, violent identity with his calling as a pastor. Inspired by the life of Pastor Chris Whaley, THE MASKED SAINT is based on the book of the same name by Whaley.

"We are excited about working with the filmmakers of THE MASKED SAINT and the marketing team they have put together," said Mark Borde, co-president of Freestyle Releasing. "A true story fueled by courage and perseverance, we hope moviegoers will be inspired and encouraged."

Winner for Best Picture at the 2015 International Christian Film Festival, THE MASKED SAINT is written by Scott Crowell and Brett Granstaff, directed by Warren P. Sonoda, produced by Cliff McDowell, co-produced by David Anselmo and executive produced by Gary Granstaff and Joe Sisto. The movie also stars Lara Jean Chorostecki (Hannibal), Oscar and Emmy nominee Diahann Carroll ("Grey's Anatomy," White Collar) who won a Golden Globe for her performance in "Julia," Patrick McKenna ("The Red Green Show"), James Preston Rogers (Pixels) and the late WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper in his last confirmed theatrical release.

"Everyone at Ridgerock Entertainment Group is devastated by the news of the recent passing of wrestling legend and THE MASKED SAINT actor Roddy Piper," said Gary Granstaff. "We send our deepest and heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans. He will truly be missed."

Upcoming opening major market cities include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington D.C., among others. For more information about THE MASKED SAINT, please visit:

Website: www.themaskedsaint.com
Twitter: twitter.com/TheMaskedSaint
Instagram: instagram.com/TheMaskedSaint
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/themaskedsaint

About Ridgerock Entertainment Group

Ridgerock Entertainment Group is an independent production company founded in 2005 with a passion to create and develop major independent films with great commercial success. Projects are developed as co-productions with co-financing partners. For more information, please visit www.ridgerockentertainment.com.

About P23 Entertainment, Inc.

P23 Entertainment Inc. is a family and faith-based film production company, located in Toronto Canada, which aims to communicate family values through productions of the highest cinematic quality. Founded by award winning producer, Cliff McDowell, P23 produces and distributes both animation and live action feature films that are family friendly and entertaining. For more information, please visit www.p23ent.com.

About Freestyle Releasing

Founded in 2004, Freestyle is one of the top service theatrical distributors with unique capabilities in distribution, sales service, marketing, and varied national and international output deals. Freestyle handles both wide and limited release patterns that range from 2500 screens to exclusive engagements. They have offices in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Jacksonville. For more information, please visit www.freestylereleasing.com.

SOURCE: Ridgerock Entertainment Group


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (August 10, 2015) – Decorated world boxing champion Amir Khan has stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) business as a new owner and promoter of world championship MMA sports franchise Super Fight League.

Khan, a former, two-time world champion, will join a new, blue-chip ownership and management team dedicated to expanding the former India-based Super Fight League’s footprint in The U.S., beginning with a television distribution agreement that the company expects to announce soon.

“I am extremely excited about this new venture and chapter in my career that will allow me to utilize my experience and relationships in the fight world to further the mission of, what I believe, is a company that has tremendous growth potential in the MMA and sports entertainment space,” said Khan, who will also continue his career in boxing where he has won his last five bouts, and holds an outstanding career record of 31-3, with 19 of his victories having come by way of (T)KO.

“Under the management of our new team of veterans from both the MMA and media industries,” continued Khan, “Super Fight League will unveil a new platform as well as an unprecedented new format for MMA competition in 2016 and, in doing so, will provide a potentially career-changing opportunity to hundreds of professional athletes in this great sport.”

Joining Khan at the helm of the franchise is new Super Fight League CEO and business tycoon Bill Dosanjh; digital media executive George Chung, whose expertise lies in international (Europe, Asia, Latin America, India and The Middle East) content aggregation and monetization; and Brian Halquist a Seattle, Wash.-based veteran promoter of over 140 live combat sports events who, among other feats, was a partner in the “STRIKEFORCE at the Dome” fight card that set a new record for live gate receipts for a combat sports event in the state of Washington on Feb. 23, 2008.

Super Fight League was founded in 2012 and has since produced 41 live events, including 5 in the U.S., and generated dozens of millions of views of its video content through a strategic, digital partnership with YouTube.

The promotion has been a home to a number of MMA champions and other superstars, including Olympic Judo medalist Satoshi Ishii, Trevor Prangley, Todd Duffee, Jeff Monson and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. The next Super Fight League live event in the U.S. will be announced soon.

About Super Fight League

Super Fight League (www.superfightleague) is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise that was founded in 2012, and has since produced 41 live events in India, Dubai and the U.S., and showcased its product to tens of millions of fans through content partnerships with YouTube and STAR Sports Network in Asia. The company is dedicated to placing competitors from around the world in fiercely competitive matchups held inside its circular cage.

About Amir Khan

Amir Khan is an athlete, businessman and humanitarian. A former two-time world champion, having won the WBA and WBC and IBF Light Welterweight titles. He currently holds the WBC Silver Welterweight title and has fought at three weight classes lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight.

Khan is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist winner silver at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games at the age of 17. He is also one of the youngest British World champions of all time winning the WBA Light Welterweight title at age 22. His professional record stands at 31-3 with 19 wins coming by way of knock out.

His charity worked has been noted by press and royalty with his contributions both monetary and personal time. Noted groups include NSPCC, Pakistan Earthquake Relief, BGC Charity Day, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Unicef and OxFam Aide. The Amir Khan Foundation has built orphanages around the world, beginning with Gambia Africa.

SOURCE: Witz End Communications, Inc.