Tomiaki also displayed one of Paolo’s 10, four hundred page, aluminum encased journal/sketchbooks. Nick Falevina receives his certificate of completion from Workshop Coordinator, Wes Ozier. Site Coordinator Tomiaki Tamura opened up the Archives to share some of Paolo’s scrolls with the June Workshop. Pictured is a Space for Peace scroll. June 11, 2001GraduationOn Friday, the May Workshop graduated from the five-week program. The group marked the event by posing on Sebastian and Karsten’s 1979 Caddy.[Photos and text by Jennifer Thornton] The last week of the May Workshop coincided with Seminar Week of the June Workshop in which the Workshoppers are familiarized withArcosanti and Arcology Theory. Landscape Manager Karen Taylor shows the group the various flowers, trees, herbs, vegetables and other plants that beautify the Site.
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French broadcaster TF1 is in talks to buy Axel Springer’s 78.43% stake in Aufeminin – a digital media group that owns a number of female-focused brands.TF1 said that it is in exclusive discussions over the potential acquisition, which would put it in charge of digital products covering topics such as fashion, beauty, lifestyle, cooking and health.Aufeminin owns brands including Joyce, Lonny, Marmiton, My Little Paris, Netmums, Onmeda, StyleBistro and its eponymous Aufeminin portal.These brands target a combination of both French and international audiences.“Whether or not an agreement will be reached by the negotiating parties, as well as the terms of such an agreement, will depend on the further progress of the discussions,” said TF1 in a statement.“The conclusion of a binding share purchase agreement is as required by French law dependent on, inter alia, the prior implementation of an information and consultation procedure of the works councils of Aufeminin and Télévision Française 1 (TF1). Further, completion of a transaction would require clearance by the competent cartel authorities.”Aufeminin is listed on Compartment B of Euronext Paris stock exchange, which is for companies valued at between €150 million and €1 billion. Its current market cap is €295.2 million.
Netflix is on course to pass the 10 million-subscriber mark in the UK by the end of this year, according to research by MTM.According to MTM, some 1.1 million consumers intend to subscribe to the service by the end of this year, taking the service’s total past the 10 million subscriber mark.MTM says that Netflix subscribers are among the most satisfied users of SVOD services in the UK with 88% claiming to be satisfied, the highest rating for any subscription TV or video service. This means that churn levels for the service are a less significant challenge than for other SVOD offerings.According to MTM, Netflix’s integration as part of the Sky Q offering could support further growth for the SVOD service, with 200,000 current Sky Q users looking to subscribe to Netflix by the end of 2018.MTN says that the ability to easily access Netflix’s service on the primary TV screen will likely increase Netflix’s share of overall viewing within Sky Q homes, pointing out that 31% of all cable operator Virgin Media’s homes with Tivo advanced TV set-tops currently access Netflix via their set-top box.According to MTM’s ScreenThink market research tracker, based on a survey of over 3,000 UK online users, almost 25% of internet users say that services such as Netflix and YouTube are the first services they turn to when looking for TV or video content, rising to 39% of 16-24 year-olds.Conversely, 54% of UK pay TV subscribers now believe that their TV service is overpriced, and 1 in 4 are thinking about cancelling their subscription.“The most recent ScreenThink study provides a fascinating snapshot of a market in transition, demonstrating the significant impact of Netflix and other OTT video services in the UK market,” said Jon Watts, managing partner at MTM.“The UK’s broadcasters and pay-TV providers remain in a strong position and have developed world-class OTT products – the BBC iPlayer, All4, the ITV Hub, My5 and Now TV – but we’re clearly seeing signs of significant shifts in consumer attitudes and perceptions of quality, in terms of content, value for money and innovation.”