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Karamo is Slated to Host Charitable Lunch W/ LGBTQ+ Creators On TikTok

Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced that in celebration of Pride month, it is teaming up with activist, TV personality and brand superfan Karamo to host a Lunch & Listen session on Chipotle’s official TikTok channel. The session will take place on Friday, June 26 at 2pm ET featuring TikTok creators Isabella Avila (@OnlyJayus), Eva Gutowski (@mylifeaseva) and Collins O. (@thatboycollins) in discussion with Karamo about their experiences being prominent voices in the LGBTQ+ community.

For every viewer that tunes into the Lunch & Listen session, Chipotle will donate $1, up to $50,000, to The Center for Black Equity, the national leader in connecting members of the Black LGBTQ+ community with information and resources to educate, engage and empower their fight for equity and access. The brand will also give away a total of 10,000 free burrito codes throughout the stream to encourage its fans to have their own Lunch & Listen sessions with members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

“We wanted to transform our TikTok platform into a resource that both celebrates and educates people about Pride,” said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. “Authenticity and inclusion are values that guide much of our decision making as a purpose-driven organization.”

On Instagram and Twitter, Chipotle’s employee-driven ‘Love What Makes You Real’ campaign will share individual stories of hope, courage and connection. The campaign celebrates the people who are essential to the business and the values that are essential to them. Chipotle’s P.R.I.D.E. (People Respecting Inclusivity, Diversity and Education) employee resource group, which helps represent and further support the LGBTQ+ community, identified the team members that will be showcased in the campaign.

“The environment you’re surrounded by often dictates your comfort and openness with sharing who you really are,” said Andrew Harris, General Manager of the Chipotle restaurant in Aurora, Colorado. “I’ve never worried about how I identified at Chipotle, or about my transgender career path. I know that I have just as fair an option to succeed as anybody else.”

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New Chuck Lorre Comedy Joins 18 Hit Series

Building on last season’s strong momentum which saw CTV grow its audience year-over-year and become Canada’s most-watched television network for an unprecedented 19th year in a row, the network today unveiled its 2020 fall primetime schedule. Featuring 18 series returning to the network this fall, CTV delivers established ratings hits and fan-favourite programs that propelled the network to deliver the most Top 10, Top 20, and Top 30 programs with total viewers, A18-49, and A25-54 in 2019/20.

The announcement comes in advance of the #CTVHomefront virtual presentation this afternoon, at which time Bell Media’s original entertainment productions for its English-language services will be announced.

“Following the success of last season, we are in a position to deliver an incredibly stable schedule full of series with established audiences and ratings wins this fall,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We’re excited to confirm that CTV is the home of the season’s only must-get series, as Chuck Lorre’s sensational new comedy B POSITIVE joins a fall lineup bursting with Canada’s most-watched TV programs.”

With more returning hits than any other network, CTV’s fall schedule includes Canada’s #1 drama series, THE GOOD DOCTOR, and the #1 comedy series, YOUNG SHELDON, along with Top 5 series THE MASKED SINGER and GREY’S ANATOMY, Top 10 series STATION 19, and Top 20 series THIS IS US and THE ROOKIE.

CTV’s comedy slate expands with the new Chuck Lorre comedy B POSITIVE, airing Thursday nights following YOUNG SHELDON. CTV’s strong comedy roster also features BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA, Canada’s #1 new comedy; THE CONNERS, Canada’s most-watched comedy for A25-54 and A18-49; and Season 2 of JANN, the most-watched new Canadian comedy of 2018/19.

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John Stamos and Vanessa Williams to Host 40th ‘A Capitol Fourth’

Capital Concerts has announced the 40th anniversary presentation of A CAPITOL FOURTH, the national July 4th TV tradition on PBS. This year’s show is co-hosted by two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (Netflix’s YOU, FULLER HOUSE, ER) and multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams. The nation’s 244th birthday celebration will feature new performances from iconic locations across the country, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, as well as highlights from the concert’s forty-year history and the stirring patriotic favorites viewers enjoy on the Fourth of July. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live A CAPITOL FOURTH will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; instead, to ensure the health and safety of all involved, this year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience, as was the case with the recent broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT.

This special 90-minute presentation of A CAPITOL FOURTH, available on television, radio and digital media, will also feature a tribute to our nation’s workers on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic, a segment honoring the contributions of African American heroes from our nation’s past and present, and a salute to our wounded warriors and their families. The fireworks display over our nation’s iconic skyline will be covered live during the broadcast captured by multiple cameras stationed around the city.

“For four decades A CAPITOL FOURTH has paid tribute to our nation’s birthday and the hopes and dreams of all Americans,” said Executive Producer Michael Colbert. “This year, our broadcast will reflect what we as a country have faced and the challenges ahead, while showcasing our message of inclusion, patriotism and love.”

The 40th anniversary edition of A CAPITOL FOURTH will feature performances by: Grammy Award-winning legend Patti LaBelle; Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty; world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming; legendary Motown stars The Temptations celebrating their 60th anniversary; country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; multi-platinum singer/songwriter Andy Grammer; five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel vocalist extraordinaire Yolanda Adams; hard-rocking multi-platinum country music singer/songwriter Brantley Gilbert; platinum-selling country music star Lauren Alaina; Tony Award-winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell; Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and Broadway and television star Mandy Gonzalez (HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS); with members of the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. To mark the program’s 40th anniversary, the broadcast will also feature highlights of iconic performances from previous concerts.

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Fun Movie Grill Announces New Drive In Model

Long time entertainment destination for north Texans, Fun Movie Grill, a Perfect Group of companies subsidy, has weathered the coronavirus pandemic like so many of its cinema peers.

Since the pandemic, Fun Movie Grill has been fully compliant with CDC guidelines on social distancing taking aggressive steps, to provide additional space between guests within all their theatres, to keep their theatres clean and to discourage those with health concerns from coming to the theatres and by limiting seating capacity.

Last month Perfect Group of Companies CEO, Sam Thakkar announced that it has plans to transform its expansive parking lot into a drive-in movie theater and carhop, an interactive experience that it hopes to implement this summer.

“My team refers to me as a visionary but even I didn’t anticipate this would happen,” said Thakkar. Basically, we are evolving and adapting with the times and we will keep going.”

The theater has been complying with all directives from federal, state and local health and government authorities, and now with this innovative idea of converting the parking lot into a DRIVE-IN THEATER, they are going beyond to ensure that they continue to provide entertainment to their loyal customers while keeping them safe.

Fun Movie Grill team shared that, in addition to adding an enormous theater screen outside, their patrons will also be able to enjoy their extensive food and drink menu which includes best recipe pizzas made from fresh ingredients. They will deliver food and drinks to guests in their cars.

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New Marketplace for Celebrity Endorsed Spirits Launches

On the heels of its brand launch, GrapeStars, the one-of-a-kind marketplace for celebrity wine & spirits, announces today the launch of a Republic crowdfunding campaign, aimed to create a community of celebrity wine & spirits fans.

Having just closed a $5M seed round, GrapeStars launches today a Republic crowdfunding campaign, aimed to generate funds and users by attracting investors who check both boxes. GrapeStars’ vision is to make celebrity wines and spirits more accessible to consumers and feel that the Republic crowdfunding effort will achieve that.

“GrapeStars is a groundbreaking company that is set for tremendous growth,” said company’s Chairman and investor, Kevin Harrington. Original “shark” from Shark Tank, Kevin’s ventures have launched more than 500 products producing over $5 billion in global sales. Twenty of his companies have each topped $100 million in revenue. “As more celebrities are breaking into the spirits industry, fans are finding it difficult to find their brands as there is no central place for consumers to browse and purchase these products, until now. I rarely come across such an incredible marketing play in all my years in business but GrapeStars is truly primed to become the Amazon of celeb products in just a few short years.”

Additionally, GrapeStars has unveiled the brand’s new ambassador, actor, producer, entrepreneur, Tyson C. Beckford. As brand ambassador, Beckford will join the GrapeStars team for the brand’s consumer-facing initiatives which will be announced in the months ahead. “Whether it be in my career or through my personal travels, uncorking an extraordinary bottle of wine or savoring life’s special moments through a craft cocktail are really the memories that make life sweet,” said Beckford. “I am so excited to join forces with a brand that is making life’s moments easier to celebrate. With summer underway, users can now enjoy with their favorite celebrity brand. It couldn’t be a more ideal time to kick off our partnership and I couldn’t be more proud to join a brilliant group of entrepreneurs.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Tyson on as our brand ambassador,” said Co-founder & Chief Marketing officer, Robert Pelletier. “He embraces and celebrates life in the same way we feel our GrapeStars customer does and are excited to bring his joie de vivre to our business and efforts.”

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