“Gene Simmons Family Jewels” Goes to Zambia With Childfund International

The iconic rock star Gene Simmons has a huge heart – more than 140 times wide. The KISS band member – who stars in his own reality TV show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” that airs Monday nights on A&E – recently highlighted his relationship with ChildFund International by inviting viewers to tune in to his journey to Zambia to meet 12 of his more than140 sponsored children.

The episode aired in late June on A&E. Gene thought he was traveling to Africa to go on safari with his wife Shannon; however, she had other ideas in mind. She had arranged for Gene to meet 12 of his sponsored children.

KISS Star Gets Suprise Visit to ChildFund Sponsored Children

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The iconic rock star Gene Simmons has a huge heart -; more than 140 times wide. The KISS band member -; who stars in his own reality TV show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” that airs Monday nights on A&E -; recently highlighted his relationship with ChildFund International by inviting viewers to tune in to his journey to Zambia to meet 12 of his more than140 sponsored children.
The episode aired in late June on A&E. Gene thought he was traveling to Africa to go on safari with his wife, Shannon; however, she had other ideas in mind. She had arranged for Gene to meet 12 of his sponsored children.
Gene and Shannon brought school supplies, soccer balls, backpacks and clothing to share with the children. One of Gene’s sponsored children received a bicycle so he didn’t have to walk the long distance to school. Shannon even gave one young woman the shoes off her feet.
While there, they met a young woman he sponsors named Esther. There are days when she and her family have no food. And while she loves school, it’s not easy for her to get to it. She has to walk long distances, but she doesn’t complain. She has a dream — she has wanted to be a nurse since losing both of her parents to illness.
Gene told her that he would make a deal with her: If she makes good grades, he would pay her nursing school tuition.
Shannon said, “You don’t owe us anything. You don’t have to pay us back. You owe us to be a good nurse.”
Gene added, “We met an amazing 16-year-old girl with lots of charisma, who can change the cycle, but the odds are stacked against her.”
Like millions of other sponsors, Gene was introduced to ChildFund through the organization’s commercials. The commercial’s message hasn’t changed much -; a small monthly donation can change the lives of children living in developing countries. And to this very day, the average sponsor is not a celebrity, just a regular person who cares.
“It’s our responsibility to take care of each other,” said Gene. “You don’t need to be a star. You don’t need to be rich.”

Indie Label Signs Hip-Hop Wunderkind Abie Flinstone

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – There’s no business like show business, so goes the saying, and Hollywood understands just how true that is.
In fact, the world of media is converging, as actors and actresses aspire to be rock stars, and rock starts seek to be in the movies.
Since a great deal of money can be made by cross marketing, Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. has acquired Big Jake Music, an indie music label based in New York.
For the Los Angeles-based independent motion picture production and distribution company, the acquisition was simply the next logical step, according to Peter Hoffman, CEO of Seven Arts.
“Major record labels have signficantly higher overhead and record production costs than independent labels,” said Hoffman. “By combining our efforts, both Seven Arts and Big Jake can focus on increasing revenue share and profits in our respective areas of expertise.”
Currently, Seven Arts has produced 18 films and acquired 25 others, with its most recent endeavor a large-budget film titled “Neuromancer.” With its latest purchase of Big Jake Music, the company believes it has now fully rounded out its business model.
According to industry sources, integrating several media of entertainment has been around for several years and is certainly the wave of the future.
To this end, it appears likely that entertainment companies will continue to expand to other markets through acquisitions and alliances with what some might consider unlikely bed fellows.
Indeed, with the explosion of cable networks, digital distribution for music, movie and television content, and the existence of countless niches, it would seem that entertainment companies would be remiss if they didn’t take advantage of this potentially lucrative revenue stream.
“Through digital distribution, we can distribute movies and music directly to our fans and customers,” said Hoffman.
For more information, visit www.7artspictures.com and www.bigjakemusic.com.