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Craftsy Unlimited Rebrands As BluPrint

Craftsy, a service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, today announced that it is rebranding as Bluprint, a new, expanded subscription service and premier digital destination for lifestyle learning. Bluprint will offer online classes focusing on legacy crafts as well as new complementary and adjacent categories that promote and facilitate self-expression in areas including music, writing, dance, yoga, fitness, home décor, entertaining, and kids and family. Bluprint will also produce original entertainment series featuring creative experts who will help inspire, empower and entertain both the experienced creator and everyday doer. Bluprint’s deep content library with more than 3,000 hours of original classes will be available on-demand via its Bluprint subscription, accessible on desktop and mobile at http://www.mybluprint.com/, via the Bluprint app and on Roku.

Bluprint will continue to serve Craftsy’s passionate and engaged community of more than 13 million and growing, keeping them informed and one step ahead of trends. It will connect members with similar interests through premium and enhanced original editorial content, social media engagement and live, one of a kind events. Bluprint will introduce unique, robust programming and classes geared towards the entire family, so makers as young as six can find new ways to explore and nurture their creativity.

“Bluprint is a natural evolution of our subscription model, with our mission to revolutionize the way people engage with lifestyle passions and pursuits,” said John Levisay, Bluprint CEO. “Bluprint is uniquely positioned as the only destination combining premium content, world class talent, a robust community and access to all the tools you need to help you achieve your personal goals.”

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment acquired Craftsy in May 2017 and over the past year it has leveraged successful cross promotions and integrations across the NBCUniversal family of businesses including USA, SYFY, Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Universal Kids. These opportunities will continue for Bluprint, including an ongoing partnership with “The TODAY Show,” branded integrations within NBC’s upcoming new competition series “Making It,” hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and much more in the pipeline.

“The new Bluprint brand lays the foundation for us to dramatically expand and enhance its unique content and commerce capabilities and fully exploit the power of NBCUniversal to help accelerate its growth.” said Dave Howe, President, Strategy and Commercial Growth, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We see tremendous potential to build Bluprint into a must-have streaming service that offers something for everyone.”

eCommerce remains an essential part of Bluprint’s growth strategy, tapping into the estimated $30 – $40 billion crafts retail market. This fall, the new brand will expand its retail capabilities with a full suite of curated products and kits that provide customers at all experience levels the tools they need to begin their creative journey.

WHAT’S NEW:

EXPANDED LIFESTYLE LEARNING CATEGORIES

Bluprint will offer enthusiasts of all kinds a premium platform for self-expression, and serve as a one-stop shop to turn passions and creative interests into actions. New family-focused content will be integrated across all categories, inviting makers young and grown to find new ways to tap into their creativity.

New class categories include:

Expanded classes in drawing, painting, and photography with an emphasis on digital photography

·         Fitness, dance and yoga

·         Home decor and entertaining

·         Family-focused projects and content in multiple categories

…and more to be announced in the coming months.

“We heard our members loud and clear – they have many creative passions. You may be a person who wants to improve your cooking skills, but also practice yoga; you might love to sing, and also be a budding writer,” said Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Bluprint General Manager. “Bluprint allows you to explore all of these pursuits on a flexible platform that puts you in control, delivering the personalized experience you need, at the stage you are in, in that moment you need it. You join Bluprint for one interest, and stay for a diverse array of classes, episodes and other binge-worthy content.”

FRESH SLATE OF VIDEO CONTENT

Bluprint will feature thousands of hours of on-demand original classes and educational entertainment series featuring expert instructors, celebrities and personalities, across topics like dance, painting, yoga, woodworking, home decor, and much more.

New upcoming classes and series include:

“Ready. Set. Grill! with Al Roker and Matt Abdoo”

Join “TODAY’s” Al Roker and award-winning chef Matt Abdoo (Pig Beach NYC) for a one-of-a-kind cooking experience made in partnership with “TODAY.” In this class, Al and Matt bring you 10 of their favorite grilling and BBQ recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights or backyard entertaining. Along the way, get pro tips and tricks for standout steaks, seafood, and more.

Sneak Peak Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Spark” – Narrated by Padma Lakshmi (Bravo’s “Top Chef”)

Featuring dancer/choreographer Stephen “tWitch” Boss (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), Barney’s NY Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan, body positive yogi Jessamyn Stanley and more. The series profiles a diverse group of artists and innovators, boldly redefining the creative landscape. Each episode takes one provocative theme, two creatives from different disciplines, and highlights their inspiring approaches to pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo.

Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Blank Wall Overhaul” – Starring James Worsham (Designer/Sculptor/Installation Artist)

Artist and woodworker James Worsham takes on a blank wall in each episode, walking viewers through the tips and tricks behind the design, build and install.

Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Re-Fashion” – Starring Marcy Harriell

Marcy Harriell, sewist, Broadway actress and creator of fashion sewing blog Oonaballoona, shows viewers how to turn the ordinary into extraordinary, transforming thrift store finds into party-ready drab-to-fab outfits.

Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Five Course Photo” – Starring Brooke Lark

Professional food photographer and videographer Brooke Lark brings viewers behind-the-scenes to learn how beautiful food photos are produced, teaching techniques to capture the ultimate #foodporn.

Premieres Monday, 7/23

“Doodle Wars” – Starring host Paul Costabile (Entertainment Reporter and Host of Universal Kids’ “Beat the Clock”), judge Jon Chad (Cartoonist/Illustrator), and judge Zoe Hong (Illustrator/Fashion Designer)

“Doodle Wars” is an irreverent, rule-bending, family-friendly reality competition series unlike any other, pitting budding artists from diverse backgrounds again each other in mind-stretching and inspiring challenges, where the artwork literally comes to life on the screen.

Premieres Thursday, 8/16

BLUPRINT SUBSCRIPTION

Bluprint is available for a monthly plan at $14.99/month, or an annual plan at $120/year. For a limited time, Bluprint’s monthly plan will be available for the first three months at $9.99 or an annual plan for $100.

With thousands of hours of engaging classes and entertaining series, Bluprint’s content is portable and can be enjoyed anywhere. Existing Craftsy and Craftsy Unlimited members will still have access to any previously purchased classes within their library. A seven-day free trial is currently available. For more information, please visit http://www.mybluprint.com. Customers can continue to purchase individual classes and kits at Craftsy.com.

Randall Bell x “Me We Do Be”

Why do some people dive, some survive and others thrive? The answer, Randall Bell, Ph.D., reveals, is surprisingly simple: choices. 

 

Bell, a socio-economist and the CEO of Landmark Research Group, has developed an easy-to-follow formula for authentic growth and success based upon 25 years of behavioral research. 

 

In his book, Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success, Bell masterfully interweaves stories from his consulting work on high-profile cases — including Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, and O.J. Simpson — with findings from behavioral studies and his own survey of 5,000 people to reveal the daily habits that can make or break both personal and professional growth and success. 

 

In Me We Do Be, Bell explains that all behaviors can be organized into four cornerstones: 

•    Me is quality thinking that builds wisdom.

•    We habits form quality relationships. 

•    Do actions build productivity.

•    Be designs the future. 

 

There is no one-size-fits-all definition of success. For some, it’s making money. For others it’s having a loving family, winning a competition, completing a degree or beating cancer. The power of Me We Do Be is that it connects all the dots and creates a fresh perspective for moving forward, allowing readers to define what success means to them as individuals, while sharing the foundational elements that apply to everyone. 

 

Previously, the author led a national practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest consulting firm. He has consulted on hundreds of cases, including the Flight 93 Crash Site, the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina and the nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. 

 

Often a guest of the media, Bell has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight and by newscasters on every major television network. 

 

Please see Dr. Bell in a recent appearance on The Today Show.

 

Robert G. Allen, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Creating Wealth: “A fascinating blend of personal anecdotes from Dr. Bell’s vast professional experience interspersed with powerful quotes, insights and a timeless list of valuable habits designed to improve any life. There are many golden nuggets in here.” 

 

Jeffrey W. Hayzlett, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Mirror Test: “Some think that complex problems require complex solutions. This is not always true. The four cornerstones of Me We Do Be are a simple, effective way to ignite passion in any life or business!”

 

Steve Alten, New York Times Best-Selling Author: “Eye-opening … Randall Bell’s Me We Do Be is as inspiring as Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich.” 

 

Bob Proctor, Best-Selling Author of You Were Born Rich: “Me We Do Be shows how the little things we do can have a dramatic impact on our quality of life; it’s that one small adjustment that can make the difference between winning and losing. Read, learn and act on the great information provided in this book.” 

 

For more information on Randall Bell and his motivational book, please visit the website: www.drbell.com.

 

Available online and at fine bookstores everywhere.

BRAVO x SERHANT

BRAVO MEDIA CLOSES THE DEAL IN NEW SERIES “SELL IT LIKE SERHANT” PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 AT 10PM ET/PT

‘MILLION DOLLAR LISTING’ STAR RYAN SERHANT PUTS HIS SALES SKILLS TO THE ULTIMATE TEST

Bravo Media is stepping up its sales game with top New York City realtor Ryan Serhant in the new docu-series “Sell It Like Serhant,” premiering Wednesday, April 11 at 10pm ET/PT. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling – if you know your client and your product, a good salesperson can sell anything to anyone, and no one exemplifies this better than Ryan Serhant, the leader of one of the top real estate teams in the United States. In this new series, Ryan answers the call of struggling salespeople across multiple industries who are on the brink of losing their jobs and are desperate for his expertise. With some tough love and humor, Ryan will give underperforming employees a head-to-toe business overhaul and turn them into sales machines.

In each episode, Ryan takes a deep dive into each protégé’s world, using every trick in the book to become their bootcamp instructor, friend, teacher and even customer, to help them reach their full potential. Ryan goes all in, often hilariously so, as he learns the ropes of different industries that are somewhat foreign to a “Million Dollar” broker – from learning to sell services in a waxing salon, to learning the world of high stakes hot tub sales, he will push his students, and himself, to the limit. As he tries their products and tests their sales skills, he gets to the root of what’s troubling each salesperson, breaking them down and building them back up with expert knowledge and newfound confidence. Ultimately, employees will be put to the test each week when he or she will showcase their new skills in full view of their bosses and hopefully prove they can “Sell it Like Serhant.”

Meet Ryan Serhant

Ryan Serhant’s first day in the real estate business was on September 15, 2008, the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the subprime mortgage collapse. While the real estate sector has slowly recovered, Serhant has become one of the most successful brokers in the world, with agents under his leadership in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and the Hamptons. Ryan is known to audiences all over the world as one of the stars of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing: New York. Serhant is recognized as a real estate powerhouse. His team at Nest Seekers International sold just under $1B in real estate in 2017 and consistently ranks in the top five real estate teams nationwide in the Wall Street Journal Real Trends annual review, with Serhant consistently the youngest team leader in the top ten. As a real estate expert he is a frequent contributor to CNN, CNBC, The Today Show and Bloomberg TV, and is often quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the real estate correspondent for Daily Mail TV, a nationally syndicated television show and he recently launched his own vlog. Serhant is an active supporter of nonprofit organizations including DKMS, Operation Smile, Save the Children, Make a Wish, the Human Rights Campaign, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Pink Agenda and UNICEF, among others. After graduating Hamilton College in 2006 with twin degrees in English literature and theatre, Serhant headed to New York City to pursue an acting career before becoming a successful real estate broker. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Emilia.

“Sell It Like Serhant” is produced by World of Wonder with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Danielle King serving as Executive Producers along with Ryan Serhant and Rob Bola as Co-Executive Producers.

CODY SIMPSON & THE TIDE

CODY SIMPSON & THE TIDE

Premiere LIVE Performance Video for

“Tell Me Why” 
on Paste

 

New EP

Wave One Available Now

PRESS HERE to Listen



“The video captures the inimitable energy of the creative process, bottling the lightning that is carefree, confident music-making.” – Paste


“At 20 years old, he’s still on the rise and appears to be perfecting his sound with each and every release.” – Huffington Post

“The song’s breezy acoustics make listeners feel that they are at the same beach Simpson is singing about, a classic case of showing instead of just telling, in more profound lyrics.” – Billboard


 “Simpson has stepped away from his formerly synth- and bass-heavy dance pop and turned to breezy, Jack Johnson-esque acoustic beach pop.” – Rolling Stone

 

“…Simpson is not only about to shock everyone, but (most likely) become a playlist staple.” – NYLON


LA-based rock band Cody Simpson & The Tide premiere the LIVE performance video for their song “Tell Me Why,” today on Paste Magazine who said that Simpson’s preternatural talents practically burst through the screen as he performs, particularly as the effortlessly infectious song builds to its fast-paced crescendo. PRESS HERE to watch. 

“This version of ‘Tell Me Why’ showcases a vibe very similar to how the song was originally written: jamming, spitting out soulful spontaneous lyrics and melodies.” – Cody Simpson & The Tide

“Tell Me Why” comes off the band’s new EP, Wave One, via Entertainment One (eOne). Pulling inspiration from surf music, rock music, and psychedelia to provide a vivid snapshot of a carefree summer, the EP perfectly encapsulates Venice Beach and the sun-kissed streets of Southern California where it was penned. Like its namesake, Wave One ebbs and flows between songs of surf rock with irresistible energy, to songs of breezy beats, provocative hooks, and even acoustic sixties-style call-and-response. PRESS HERE to listen.

 

Australian-born Cody Simpson has had an impressive career to date. His 2013 album Surfer’s Paradise featured collaborations with Ziggy Marley and Asher Roth and landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. He toured Europe and the U.S. as direct support for Justin Bieber and along the way, he performed on television programs including The Today Show, Live! with Kelly, Late Late Show with James Corden, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For the 2015 World Games, Cody partnered with The Coca-Cola Company, Founding Partner of Special Olympics, to record a unified song titled “Reach Up,” and carried the torch for Australia in the 2016 World Olympics in Rio. His latest album, Free (2015), exhibited a musical shift for Cody, and the singer-songwriter received critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Nylon,and MTV which said, “Cody’s getting ‘raw’ and ‘real’ on his latest effort.”

In many ways, Cody Simpson has been working towards the Tide for his entire career. “The reason behind the name was I wanted this body of work to be an audio replication of what the Tide is as an element of nature,” he leaves off. “During that one summer, I had so many revelatory experiences. I wanted to be an exemplar of the Tide’s flow. It was about taking people back to that primitive innocence and being able to appreciate that. Music is the best vehicle to do so.”

“Tell Me Why” LIVE performance video, PRESS HERE


“Waiting For The Tide” LIVE performance video, PRESS HERE

“Waiting For The Tide” video, PRESS HERE

To listen to Wave One EP, PRESS HERE


“Tell Me Why” LIVE Performance Video

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Renee Olstead

Olstead has worked tirelessly on her new music and is excited to share her classy country record with the world. The song is a cover from legend Sammi Smith, written by Kris Kristofferson in 1970. Listen to the song “Help Me Make It Through The Night” here. It is now available iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and all other digital platforms. You can also view Olstead’s music EPK here and her website. Olstead was recently nominated for a 59th Annual Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for the song “Do You Want to Know a Secret.” She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture and a Grammy for Best Arrangement for “Summertime” from her self-titled debut album (produced by 16-time Grammy Award Winner David Foster). Olstead also recently starred as the love interest of Evan Peters in The Grand Southern’s latest music video “Traded Heaven.” It premiered exclusively on Billboard and you can view it here. She is currently back in the studio finishing her third studio album which can be described as “alternative country”. You can view some her recent performances at The Grove here and here

Olstead is no stranger to Hollywood. Her breakout role was playing Madison Cooperstein on ABC Family’s hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The show ran for five seasons and boasts several People’s Choice & Teen Choice Award nominations. Her dedicated fan base has earned her a large social media presence with a verified Twitter of over 81,000 Twitter followers, and an verified Instagram of over 68,000 followers.

Olstead has also had huge success on the big screen. She played Jess Felton in the hit Universal Pictures film, UNFRIENDED which grossed over $42 million worldwide with only a budget of $1 million. The popularity and fan following earned the film a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Thriller Movie.

Despite her busy schedule, Olstead is dedicated to leading a healthy and active lifestyle. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, musician Tommy King, and their two amazing rescue dogs. In her free time Olstead dedicates her time to various animal shelters and charities. Olstead holds several other charity organizations close to her heart including: Lambda Legal, Planned Parenthood, UNICEF Next Generation and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Please see more information on Olstead below:

  • Has amassed over 9 seasons of television appearances as a regular on CBS Still Standing and ABC Family’s office comedy Work Mom.
  • Attended A-List events such as: Elton John’s Oscar Party, Giorgio Armani Honors The Revenant Oscar Party, InStyle/WB Golden Globes Party, Variety’s Power of Youth, Teen Vogue’s Young Hollywood Party, The Emmy’s Television Advocacy Awards, NY Fashion Week Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter Collection, Wondercon 2015, W & Guess Celebrate 30 Years of Fashion, Nylon Magazine Parties, Audi Prime-Time Emmy Party, Logo’s NewNowNext Awards, The Advocate’s 45th Anniversary.
  • Has previously presented at the Movieguide Awards
  • Photo: from the 25th Annual Elton John Oscar Party: http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Renee+Olstead/25th+Annual+Elton+John+AIDS+Foundation+Oscar/w06LcxhPL2M