Frank Zappa’s ‘Roxy – The Movie’ Announces First Screenings

first_imgLast September, the Zappa Family Trust announced the release of the film “Roxy – The Movie”, which documents the legendary composer’s epic 3-night stand at Hollywood’s The Roxy. These Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention concerts, which took place from December 8th – 10th, 1973, were filmed, but had been locked in the vault for over 40 years. Finally, fans will have the opportunity to relive shows that featured Zappa backed by an incredible cast of musicians that included George Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ruth Underwood and Chester Thompson.  The screenings are as follows:– Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado on March 23rd which will be followed by a live Skype Q&A with Alex Winter, who is currently working on a fully authorized documentary about Zappa, with proceeds going towards the documentary and preservation of the private archives in the vault. Check his Kickstarter campaign out HERE.– Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, Texas on March 24 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia on April 2 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers, New York on April 5 – The Prince Charles Cinema in London on April 5 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn, Virginia on April 6.  Details with regards all of the screenings can be found HERE. Catch the trailer below:[via Jambase]last_img read more

Aleš Gornjec – Comtrade Gaming – Understanding business & the regulation of sports bonusing

first_img StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Financial incentives can be bonuses that reward playing time or increase bet size to meet bonus eligibility among a variety of other creative options and ultimately follow a player journey of attracting their interest, rewarding their investments and retaining their loyalty. Reputable gaming platforms create a streamlined bonus creation module that provides the functionality to create highly tailored campaigns that can be tested on player samples before implemented to their target group. The method behind creating a lucrative bonusing campaign should be based on measurable data and predictive modelling as seen on Comtrade Gaming’s Bonus Module on their iCore – Enterprise Gaming.Instead of focusing on mass-market sign-up bonuses, platforms can divides bonuses based on particular stages in player lifecycle development to trigger or award particular behaviour. Personalised offers are provided based on segmented playing styles and operators take a more relationship-based approach.Bring awareness to a new range of games configured onto the product portfolioDrive continuous play by multiple bonuses to be triggered by previous bonus redemptionReward VIP players to extend player lifetime valueCross-sell products to decrease additional acquisition costsOnce players begin their activities, platforms can determine and segment their particular playing style and introduce targeted incentives through real-time notifications, whether they be in-game, device push notifications or targeted e-mails. Not only does this manage player relationships, but shapes the player experience based on their particular activity. Central bonusing works with loyalty campaigns introduced later in a player’s lifecycle with data collected on CRM and business intelligence modules. For example, Comtrade Gaming’s Multi-channel bonusing is scalable and evolves with the operator through real-time activity monitoring and optimised player profiles.The bonus module on platforms are both an acquisition and retention component and is the foundation to product support. Between real-time rewards that run across any product or supplier and the automated segmentation that supplies operators with the ability to customise their marketing efforts, player conversion workflows are perfected. Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 _______________________Aleš Gornjec General Manager of Comtrade GamingAleš Gornjec founded the Comtrade Group’s gaming division and serves as Comtrade Gaming’s General Manager. Comtrade Gaming is an independent software supplier to the gaming industry that delivers open gaming platforms, casino management systems and professional services to both online and land-based sectors. Submit Aleš Gornjec – Comtrade GamingFrom a platform provider to client perspective, Aleš Gornjec General Manager of Comtrade Gaming details that the industry has to rethink and re-understand its all-round strategy with regards to bonuses and player incentives.__________________________________More than 8.5 million pages on Google are devoted to online gaming promotions, which means that there is both strategy and opportunity when focusing on this aspect of operator business. While operators are thinking in terms of acquiring quality players, players are focusing on the quantity of their bet returns.According to, “Whether the bonus money can help you overcome a small house edge at the blackjack tables, or allow you to show a profit against tough competition in the poker room, getting a top gambling bonus is often the difference between winning and losing in online gambling!”  Whenever a player gains something, even if occasionally, they should return.The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) recent endeavour on countering the labrynth of bonus terms is a campaign against operator evasiveness that purposely choose not to the abide by regulations and/or consumer law. The operators who pride their business on longevity and high player loyalty avoid these marketing ploys as it affects all levels of their online operations and ultimately leads to their demise. Industry-leading gaming sites make sure to substantiate bonusing campaigns with clear terms and conditions, but accountability and consent also falls on the player to inform themselves about what they are agreeing to participate in by reading the requirements and limitations. With the digitalisation of sports betting, bonusing accompanied with gamification is shaping to be one of the defining benefits to the multi-channel experience and a point of differentiation among operators.Bonusing in its current context can provide considerable benefits to players, especially as platform technology enables adjusted offers according to playing styles and player journeys to optimise the online gaming experience. The Gambling Commission’s emphasis on ensuring licensees act accordingly with bonusing terms also extends to technology providers working in the same sphere. Operators looking to be aligned with the Gambling Commission’s priorities should turn to platforms that are supported by the organisation, as is Comtrade Gaming’s iCore – The Enterprise Gaming Platform.Not all platforms are created equally and this can create a significant effect on bonus campaigns and the operator’s ability to optimise their business. The advantage of online bonuses are the immediate configuration possibilities to continue a player journey, real-time rewarding, adjustments to acquisition responses and experimentation with campaign variables. Bonusing modules within online platforms serve as a single point for bonus management across multiple brands, suppliers and products and work as the controlBonusing modules within online platforms serve as a single point for bonus management across multiple brands, suppliers and products and work as the control centre for both acquisition and retention strategies.  Customising them is done most successfully through an i-gaming platform that is capable of handling business intelligence, customer relationship management and multi-channel products.A recent survey conducted by Talend found that 67% of UK gamblers would be more loyal to a bookmaker that offered a higher level of personalised service. Surprisingly, 72% said they do not feel bookmakers are doing enough to offer this personalization. In this sense, effective bonusing can:Attract playersProvide brand transparencyIncrease player lifetime valuelast_img read more

NBA free agency winners and losers: Nets rise, Knicks fall and Lakers wait on Kawhi Leonard

first_imgNBA FREE AGENCY 2019: Follow SN’s live rumors trackerKawhi Leonard is still on the board, of course, though his decision is reportedly down to the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors. The rest of the free agents are largely role players searching for an opportunity rather than a huge payday.So with that in mind, let’s roll through the early winners and losers from free agency. (The winners and losers are subject to change. We’re working with what we’ve got so far.)NBA free agency winnersBrooklyn NetsWhat an incredible turnaround. In three years, Nets general manager Sean Marks somehow took a franchise with no significant assets and rebuilt it from the ashes — and he didn’t go full “Trust the Process” to pull it off. Brooklyn is in position to be a contender over the next few seasons.There is a certain amount of risk in signing KD and Kyrie. Durant may never be the same player again after rupturing his Achilles. Irving has unceremoniously left his last two teams. How will this sudden shift impact the mentality of their new teammates?But this is a swing for the fences any front office would take. The 2018-19 Nets capped out as a fun playoff team. This new group has championship potential. DeAndre JordanFour years and $40 million? With Jarrett Allen already on the Nets? In this economy?It helps to be friends with Durant and Irving.Indiana PacersThe Pacers lost Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young in free agency, two key contributors who helped keep Indiana afloat when Victor Oladipo went down with a quad injury.However, the Pacers recovered nicely by snagging Malcolm Brogdon from the Bucks and adding Jeremy Lamb on a team-friendly contract (three years, $31 million). Brogdon and Lamb offer some much-needed offense next to Oladipo. And with Brogdon and Lamb at 26 and 27 years old, respectively, there is potential for improvement in the right environment.They didn’t acquire a superstar, but the Pacers may have improved after a 48-win season.Utah JazzDon’t look now, but the Jazz could be the team to beat in the Western Conference next season.Trading for Grizzlies guard Mike Conley was huge considering how much weight had been put on Donovan Mitchell’s shoulders the past two years, but Utah didn’t stop there. The Jazz signed Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green and Emmanuel Mudiay, providing some depth at multiple positions.Ahead of opening night, the Jazz could be looking at a starting five of Conley, Mitchell, Bogdanovic, Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert. Good luck trying to score against that.And so it begins….— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 30, 2019New Orleans PelicansPresident of basketball operations David Griffin accepted the challenge of flipping the page on the Anthony Davis era and leading the Pelicans into the future. He’s pretty much nailed it every step of the way.New Orleans got young prospects (Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram), a pile of picks and a partridge in a pear tree from the Lakers in the Davis trade. The Pels selected Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the draft. Then they got Derrick Favors and JJ Redick in free agency.Favors can play center if Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry prefers to slide Hayes and Williamson away from traditional NBA bigs in their rookie seasons. Redick is one of the NBA’s elite 3-point threats and will create spacing as penetrators like Jrue Holiday and Ball attempt to create offense.This might not be a playoff team in the West immediately, but the pieces are coming together.Klay ThompsonMax money from the Warriors (five years, $190 million) and an outstanding Instagram announcement. Klay wins. View this post on Instagram The NBA free agency period began only a few days ago, but a large portion of the 2019 free agent class has already found landing spots.Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are heading to Brooklyn. Jimmy Butler is taking his talents to South Beach. Kemba Walker will replace Irving in Boston. Tobias Harris and Al Horford both chose Philadelphia, helping to form one of the biggest teams in league history. The BoardroomFollow The Boardroom Instagram account for the Durant decision!Source: Kevin Durant will announce his free agent decision tonight on his company owned sports business network:— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019WOJ AIN’T GOT TIME FOR THAT.Kevin Durant is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019To be determined . . .The Kawhi Leonard suitorsThe Clippers, Laker and Raptors are all-in on Leonard. Much like the Highlander, there can only be one! Mood (there was never a doubt) #warrior4lifeA post shared by Klay Thompson (@klaythompson) on Jul 1, 2019 at 12:27pm PDTNBA free agency losersNew York KnicksAn annual reminder New York missed its targets in free agency. Sorry, Knicks fans.It stings a little bit more this time knowing Durant and Irving are choosing the other team in New York City. It appeared the Knicks were in the lead for both free agents the entire season, but clearly creating a culture and identity mattered more than “The Garden” and a championship history most current players weren’t alive to see. Go figure!The Knicks switched gears and signed Julius Randle, a defensible contract on its own (three years, $63 million). After that, though? Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Reggie Bullock, Elfrid Payton and Wayne Ellington. Instead of utilizing their cap space to take on bad contracts and picks as sweeteners, the Knicks offered deals for the sake of… offering deals.New York is stuck in a cycle of incompetence. As long as James Dolan is at the top of the organizational chart, it doesn’t feel like that will change.Orlando MagicThe Magic finished as the East’s No. 7 seed under coach Steve Clifford in 2018-19, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. It was a surprising success.That doesn’t mean Orlando should have essentially run this team back. The Magic are hoarding frontcourt players in a bunker big enough for all of their arms. They’ve got Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba, Al-Farouq Aminu and first-round pick Chuma Okeke. Plus, Khem Birch is a restricted free agent.Will the Magic stack all of these guys up in front of the rim? This is confusing.Charlotte HornetsThe Hornets lost their top two scorers in Walker and Lamb. They gave Terry Rozier a three-year, $58 million contract.So rather than giving Walker a supermax or traditional max — or even trading him at last year’s deadline — Charlotte felt it was best to let him walk and sign an unproven gunner as his replacement.To any Hornets fans wondering how to handle this, just go outside. Take a walk. Read a book. Enjoy a taco. It’s all bad news at the Spectrum Center.Minnesota TimberwolvesMarc Stein of The New York Times reported Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns had met with D’Angelo Russell ahead of free agency with Minnesota figuring out what trades would be necessary in order to sign the 23-year-old point guard. A one-two punch of Towns and Russell would have given the Timberwolves a chance to both make a playoff push and build a strong foundation.Then the Warriors swooped in and stole Russell away from the Timberwolves. Just like that, Minnesota is back to Towns and not much else.Hey, maybe this is the year Andrew Wiggins finally… nope, nevermind.last_img read more