May 28, 2002 Metal shop managerRonChandler andworkshop apprentice Malcolm Sutherland are working on the railingoutside Paolo’s apartment. [Photo: T & text: RL] All metal work onsite is custom made. This swooping curve railing took a tremendousamount of energy to manufacture and install. [Photo: T & text: RL]
With her family by her side, state Rep. Holly Hughes took her oath of office Tuesday to represent the families and businesses of the Muskegon County.Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman administered the oath while Rep. Hughes’ husband Rick, daughter Morgan and nephew Chandler Breit joined her for the Capitol ceremony.“This is an honor given to me by the residents of the 91st District,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “My first priority will always be to families and businesses in my home district. Although we have a lot of work to do in Lansing, my focus will continue to be on jobs for our hometown. In fact, our next Veterans Jobs Fair is already scheduled for May 20. I will continue to work every day and with every vote for our communities to make today and the future better in the Muskegon County region.”Rep. Hughes encourages residents with concerns or questions pertaining to state government to contact her Lansing office. Legislative assistants Justin Malek, a Muskegon County native, and Eric Dean are ready to assist district residents.Residents can contact Rep. Hughes’ Lansing office toll free at (877) 633-0331, via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov, and by mail at N-1195 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48909.“We look forward to working for everyone in the 91st District over the next two years,” Rep. Hughes said. “We’re here to help.” 13Jan Rep. Hughes renews commitment to Muskegon County region Categories: Hughes News,News
16Feb Sheppard holds first meeting as chair of Financial Services Committee State Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, presides over his first meeting as chair of the House Financial Services Committee.State Rep. Jason Sheppard on Wednesday presided over his first meeting as chair of the House Financial Services Committee.The meeting included presentations by the Michigan Bankers Association and the Michigan Credit Union League and Affiliates.“I greatly appreciate the information that was shared with me and my fellow committee members today,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “We learned about the great services banks and credit unions provide to our communities, as well as issues that the financial services industry are facing — including cyber security threats.”Sheppard also welcomed two local members of the financial industry who served as special guests for the presentations, H. Douglas Chaffin, president and CEO of Monroe Bank & Trust, and Mike Newman, president and CEO of Monroe County Community Credit Union.“I’ve known Mr. Chaffin and Mr. Newman for many years,” Sheppard said. “I look forward to working with them on the policy concerns and suggestions they discussed during the committee meeting.”### Categories: Sheppard News
Netflix has confirmed the hire of former Telepool executive Kai Finke to its European content acquisitions team.German reports last year suggested Finke was joining the company, and a Netflix spokesman this week confirmed to TBI he has been appointed senior manager, content acquisitions.Netflix’s European buying team is based in LA, meaning Finke has relocated from Telepool’s base in Munich.At German territories-focused distributor Telepool, Finke was head of business development and VOD.Netflix has been building out its European content team. It hired former Vuguru CEO Larry Tanz to become vice president, content acquisition, Europe, in November.
RTL must continue to grow its digital business and look to global scale as it faces competition from the likes of YouTube and Facebook, according to the German broadcast group’s co-CEO.Delivering a keynote at MIPTV yesterday in Cannes, Guillaume de Posch (pictured) said that while RTL was originally geared towards local tastes in specific European markets, it now faces a “cultural challenge” as it goes up against global platforms.“It’s not only about M6 and TF1, or Prosieben against RTL,” said de Posch. “It’s about Facebook, YouTube, MCNs, coming in, rolling out of California, trying to grab our business.”While RTL has begun to address these new challenges in recent years by investing in companies like US-based multi-channel network BroadbandTV, fashion and beauty MCN Stylehaul, and US digital video ad platform SpotX, de Posch said it will “probably take us probably 10 years to master it.”“As we speak now, we’ve got around 1,000 young, savvy digital executives in the US helping us out in our digital endeavors. I can tell you, we feel much more comfortable today than we felt a couple of years ago not having these new tools and skillsets, but this challenge is in the way.”The RTL boss appealed to the EU to make sure that new proposals on ‘television without frontiers’, which are due to be discussed in the coming months, are “properly drafted for European media groups.”“If it’s not, we will be super-regulated still, whereas all the newcomers that I mentioned will simply flow out of the US or other regions of the world with zero regulation. That could be really a danger, we believe, for the future of our business,” said de Posch.“We need to make sure that the EU understands this – not only for the broadcasting side of the business, but also for the production side.”Discussing RTL’s current online efforts, de Posch said that digital – one of RTL’s three main ‘pillars’ along with broadcast and content – only contributed 8.4% of the company’s total revenues last year.Including all the short-form and long-form streaming that RTL does – across digital platforms, replay and catch-up – in January and February the company generated 11 billion views per month. “The question is long-term, how are we going to make sure that we’re going to monetise this,” he said.Addressing the changing media landscape, the RTL boss predicted that hit TV shows will still be possible in the future, but audience sizes will be smaller as a “direct consequence of the fragmentation of all the devices”.“If you recall, 30 years ago major hits on TV were doing 30 million, 50 million viewers on American television. Now if you’re lucky, if you take for example Idol, or The Voice in the US, you reach 10 million. So you’ve got a reduction in the absolute volume of viewers that you can reach into one live programming. Therefore we also believe that in the next few years, you will have a ‘new normal’ in what we call a hit.”