Jamaican filmmakers came up tops at the CaribbeanLens Film Festival in Hollywood, California, with “70 x Seven”, a BarriVision Films production winning Best Inspirational Film and “Hill and Gully” by New York based Jamaican filmmaker Patrice Johnson, copping the Best Feature Film award.The annual festival, hosted by the Caribbean Heritage Organization in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, saw the screening of scores of films of varying genres and lengths as well as Workshops, one of which was moderated by BarriVision’s own Judith Falloon-Reid.The full-length feature film, “70 x Seven” produced in partnership with Church on the Rock Ocho Rios is the third Faith-based film written, directed and produced by the husband and wife BarriVision Films team of Michael Brown and Judith Falloon-Reid.It is also the third time the couple have received awards. Their first film, “Just Another Friday” was awarded Best Jamaican Feature Film at the International Jamaica Reggae Film Festival in 2013 and copped awards for Most Inspirational Film and Best Music Score at the Central Florida Christian Festival in 2014.The second film, “The Gift Everlasting”, won the award for Best Female Director in the Faith Category at the Florida Movie Festival in 2015 and is being screened at the Chicago Caribbean Film Festival 2017.Released in Jamaica in March of this year, 70 x Seven tells a compelling story of a superstar singer who in a bid to avoid facing the consequences of his loose living returns home to find himself caught up in a war between those who want him there and those who don’t. With a Song Competition in full swing, battle lines are drawn, secrets revealed and faith is tested.The film is currently enjoying screenings in various venues throughout the USA.Patrice JohnsonJamaican-born filmmaker, actor and director Patrice Johnson has also gained good success on the film festival circuit. Her feature film “Hill and Gully” has won many other awards including Best Feature Film at the Palm Bay Film Festival 2017 and Best International Feature Film at International Jamaica Reggae Film Festival in 2013.This urban Cinderella story, set in a Brooklyn, Jamaican restaurant, during the election campaign of Barack Obama, explodes when 10-year-old, Sara Sapphire, chokes a child at school, and is forced to go into therapy with her mom, Carin, who becomes challenged to face her issues, celebrate her own beauty and open herself up to dating again. Her latest film, “NY’s Dirty Laundry” is now playing at select venues in New York.
Stabbed several timesHours after the cries had died down, it was discovered that fashion designer, Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger was stabbed several times, and became one of Jamaica’s latest murder victims.Pottinger, was a well-respected make-up artiste and fashion designer whose creations were worn by some of the country’s leading models and fashionistas. His tragic death has hit some folks hard. Despite cries of ‘Murder!’ and ‘Help!’ in the wee hours of Thursday morning, residents of Yarisco place, an upper middle-class Jamaican community in Kingston, did nothing.Not one of the residents thought it wise to call the police to assist a neighbor who was clearly in distress. Regular hue and cry curiously absentHowever this time the regular hue and cry which accompanies the murder of gays was curiously absent.Early indications are that Pottinger was killed by a member of the gay community, even as police report their probe into the macabre murder is in its infancy.The fact that no one thought it fit to find out what was befalling their screaming neighbor hit home hard among those who loved and cherished Pottinger.Social media was abuzz with disparaging remarks, especially against a female neighbor who told reporters she did in fact hear the screams but did not know what was taking place so decided not to interfere.More than 1,000 murders have been recorded on police blotters in the island since the start of the year. Blood everywhereAs news of his death spread, scores of persons gathered behind the yellow crime scene tape at his home. According to the police, there was blood everywhere.Pottinger was openly gay and was a member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) a gay advocacy group that has long branded Jamaica as a homophobic society that attacks and kills gays because of their lifestyle.
Share Gambling bosses preparing to appear at next week’s Betting on Football show have promised ‘controversy’ when they take to the stage for the headline CEO panel. Taking place at 4pm on Thursday 22 March, Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, mybet CEO Markus Peuler, BetBright CEO Marcus Brennan and The Football Pools managing director Conleth Byrne, will discuss the topic ‘Russian Revolution: Why the World Cup is key to future business’. The panel discussion, which will be moderated by Kambi head of content Gerard Starkey, will put operators’ World Cup strategies under the microscope, and looks set to challenge some commonly held views on the tournament. “I’ll probably have a controversial opinion on the potential effects of the World Cup on our business, so I’ll be curious to hear from the others panellists as well,” Peuler said.The mybet boss’ comment was supported by Mr Green CEO Kärrbrink, whose firm is getting ready for its first World Cup as a sportsbook operator having signed with Kambi in 2016. “I’m really looking forward to the whole Betting on Football event, which has developed into a ‘must’ in the industry – and extra so this year with World Cup just around the corner,” said Kärrbrink, who also has big tournament experience from his time as Svenska Spel CEO. “Hopefully our panel will have some controversial views on the World Cup and what it means for the industry,” he added. “Controversy is always good,” according to BetBright chief Brennan, who added: “I’m looking forward to this session because World Cups are major events and focal points and as such there is a natural expectation it should be a good lens into the broader approach to strategy and innovation in this sector.” The Football Pools MD Byrne, who spent more than 10 years at Ladbrokes, will use the panel to explore how the more modestly-sized operators can punch more than their weight when up against the industry behemoths. “Innovation around what will be the biggest World Cup ever is key for all brands, I am looking forward to discussing how dynamic, agile smaller operators can really make it work for them without the need for material marketing spend,” Byrne said. Kambi’s Starkey will be asking the panelists to speak about World Cup impact, marketing, post-event strategy and product, among other things, as the big kick-off approaches. “The CEO World Cup session should be a must attend for anyone at the show,” Starkey said. “Speaking to the panellists in the lead up, they’ve promised to share their honest and valuable insights, as well as some controversial views on how the tournament may play out for the industry.”Tickets for the event are still available, to get them please go HEREThere are also still a few sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available – to enquire about these, please contact us on [email protected] Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020
GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Share Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articles The new Scottish Premiership season kicks off on Saturday, with the league seemingly rejuvenated by the Hollywood appointment of Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager. Whether or not a serious title challenge can be mounted by the Ibrox club, a figure of Gerrard’s stature is a welcome addition to Scottish football, particularly in the wake of the hyperbole surrounding Adam Rooney’s transfer to Salford City.Bookies Corner enlists the help of three British bookmakers to run through some of the main talking points moving into the new season. SBC: It’s a very real possibility that Celtic could win an unprecedented third consecutive treble this season. Is this a worrying prospect for bookmakers?Alan Alger, PR Manager, Betway: “Celtic have dominated Scottish football in recent seasons and we go 7/2 that Brendan Rodgers’ side complete the unique ‘treble treble’ this season. “Though we’d obviously prefer them to fail in at least one competition, the result we really don’t want is Rangers pulling off a shock Premiership title win at 15/2.“Steven Gerrard’s new side have been very popular in the ante-post betting ahead of the new season and as things stand, they are a much worse result than Celtic completing a third consecutive treble.” SBC: ‘The Gerrard Effect’ – Have you noticed an upsurge in betting interest/activity in Scottish football since Steven Gerrard was installed as Rangers manager?Alex Apati, PR Executive, Ladbrokes: “Rangers are by far the best-backed side in the competition in terms of bets placed, as the value has to be with them. Is that because of the Steven Gerrard factor, or is it more because they’re 7/1 while Celtic are probably too short at 1/10?“I’d say it’s the latter in truth, although our traders have confirmed that we’ve seen an increase in interest in Scottish football betting since Gerrard’s arrival. We’re expecting them to do a lot better than last season but the odds suggest Celtic will still run away with things.”SBC: Livingston defied the odds by gaining promotion last season despite having the second smallest budget in the Scottish Championship. Since then, manager David Hopkin has left the club and the Lions go into the new season as one of the favourites for the drop. Has Livingston to finish bottom been one of the most popular Scottish betting markets so far?Paul Petrie, Co-Founder, McBookie: “We are actually top price Livingston to finish bottom of the league at 5/2. That makes them joint favourite with St Mirren so we certainly don’t think they are certainties to go straight back down. “Kenny Miller has excellent contacts in the game and is likely to make good use of the loan market to strengthen the squad. They also showed by their performance against Partick Thistle in the play off that they are comparable to teams in the bottom six. “At a bigger price it might be worth a bet on Dundee at 9/1. It has been a poor transfer window for them so far and at the moment they look like they will struggle for goals.”
Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles The departure of Serie A and La Liga from mainstream television this season left a Sunday night void for UK sports broadcasters, however Sky Sports may have an American Football shaped solution to this problem.Last season, BT Sports concluded the weekend with a Sunday evening tie from Italy, whilst Sky Sports would compete with a game from Spain, often featuring either Real Madrid or Barcelona, however Eleven Sports’ entry to the UK broadcasting stage this season, meant that both them leagues were no longer available on mainstream television. It’s left both Sky Sports and BT Sports with a conundrum on what to focus on Sunday evenings, and whilst BT has found a renewed focus in French football, Sky maybe able to capitalise on the continued growth of NFL amongst UK fans. Furthermore, for betting operators thrusting NFL further into the mainstream can have clear benefits, given how enthusiastic UK fans are about America’s most adored sport, as well as how much Sunday evening NFL lends itself to betting. Stephen Baumohl, co-founder of Redzonesports.bet, commented on how Sky Sports scheduling changes can help accelerate the constant rise in popularity of NFL amongst a UK audience: “No question. NFL interest and viewing figures have been on an upward curve for several years now and the sport had already overtaken La Liga games on Sky’s Sunday nights ratings charts, so this reduced choice is a golden opportunity to win more fans for American football. “With the price of live sports broadcast rights driven up in the Sky/BT bidding wars, and now the entry of tech behemoths like Amazon in to the sports broadcasting arena, it seems inevitable that both Sky and BT will need to pick their battles more carefully. NFL, as a still relatively underexposed sport, appears to be a good choice for Sky to bet on and convert some of those viewers that might now get a chance to see something new and exciting and I have no doubt that was part of their plans when they offered less than £18 million for the La Liga rights (the amount they had paid previously paid). “While fans of Italian and Spanish football may have been somewhat abandoned for now, this can only be good news for NFL viewing figures which in turn must be good news for the future of the sport as a whole in the UK.” Analysing the impact this could have on the sport’s betting interest in the UK, he added: “NFL is a sport that lends itself perfectly to betting and that tends to mean viewers convert more easily than with other sports. The stop/start nature of the game, which can infuriate the non-believers, is ideal for in-play betting and makes every moment of the game potentially huge. “It is also a sport that changes throughout with different tactics being used depending on score lines and so there is always a new dimension to the game to bet on and, as with all American sports, there is a huge amount of stats and analysis available to help form betting views. In my experience, as people begin to understand the game better they tend to become particularly opinionated and quite often prepared to back that up with a bet and so it all adds up to gambling on NFL following a similar upwards trajectory to the viewing figures.” EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon
Share Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Tristan SjöbergStockholm-listed online gambling group Betsson AB has today announced that Tristan Sjöberg has resigned from its Board of Directors.Issuing a short corporate update, Betsson cites that Sjöberg has resigned due to his ongoing dispute with the Swedish Tax Authority related to personal tax liabilities.The announcement sees Sjöberg end his six-month tenure as a Betsson AB corporate director and governance advisor.A seasoned executive in industry finance and enterprise strategy, Sjöberg is the current Executive Chairman of gambling equipment manufacturer TCSJOHNHUXLEY.Furthermore, Sjöberg is the Co-Founder and Director of Scandinavian investment fund Knutsson Holdings AB, a private equity firm with significant holdings in NetEnt, Catena Media and Betsson AB.This September Betsson governance announced the departure of Kaaren Hilsen as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), confirming that the executive would return to Telenor Sweden, following less than a year spent in the leadership position.Further to its governance announcement, Betsson AB confirms that it will publish its Q3 2018 results on 24 October 2018. Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles
Related Articles 1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place April 3, 2020 Submit Share Share 1xBet, a headline sponsor for next week’s Betting on Football, will be using the conference to promote the development of its platform, which is both “intuitive and simple to use” with a modern interface that can be easily accessed from mobile devices.To emphasise this focus, the company’s Head of Business Development Evgenii Kiriushin said that it expects mobile development to be a strong focus for the industry.“The seeds for what we predict will be this year’s most anticipated innovations were sown a long time ago,” Kiriushin explained. “These days, more and more customers are choosing to access online betting through their mobile devices, so the main aim is to provide the best possible services to those customers.”Increased online betting access will be a major talking point on the ‘Africa – shop local’ session, held as part of the ‘Global Markets Track’ on Thursday 21 March. For the latest agenda, click here.This session is of particular interest to 1xBet, who last year secured a long-term agreement to become Tottenham Hotspur’s Official Betting Partner for Africa until 2022.Kiriushin picked out Global Markets as one of three key components of the #bofcon agenda for 1xBet, alongside the Sponsorship Forum (21 March) – particularly in light of the firm’s recent AFCON announcement – and the Betting on Innovation track (20 March).“Sponsoring football clubs and federations is a key feature of our marketing strategy,” said Kiriushin. Meanwhile, we were proud winners of the SBC Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation award for 2018. For this reason, we plan to continue to follow tech news and integrate new technology into our services.”Finally, Kiriushin dismissed the notion that the speed of innovation might slow in the absence of a major global football tournament, countering: “On the contrary – we think companies will value this time before the next big sporting event and use it effectively so that when the next big tournament arrives they’ll be able to present products that are on a whole new level. We certainly will!”You can meet the 1xBet team on Stand 32 at Stamford Bridge from 20-21 March.For tickets and more information about Betting on Football, please visit the website. StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020
Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articles Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has ruled that four operators have been cleared following allegations that they had offered markets on sporting events which included a ‘majority of participants’ under the age of 18. ATG, Betsson, Hillside Sports and Kindred Group-owned Spooniker all had cases cleared by Spelinspektionen after it was initially thought that the four operators had offered markets on the individual performances of under-18 players in a football match. Swedish laws and definitions on underage match wagering are established under ‘Gambling Act Chapter 8‘ provisions.The regulator has previously suggested that offering markets on underage players can be seen to increase the danger of minors being exposed to attempts to manipulate sporting results.Hillside, the operating subsidiary of bet365 in Sweden, has previously been issued a penalty fee of SEK10m (£801,108) after the regulator said the operator had offered odds on five football matches in which a majority of players were underage. Spelinspektionen has since reviewed the penalties, stating that none of the four operators had breached license conditions as the featured players who were eligible for the bets in the games were, for the most part, over the age of 18.In its ruling, Spelinspektionen has confirmed that it is working towards the development of regulations which will focus on bans and restrictions on betting in order to tackle match-fixing in professional sport. The regulator said betting on the individual performance of under-18s will be taken into account when drafting these rules.
Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Virtual games provider Kiron has agreed to integrate its virtual games offering into the AGTech platform after the duo secured a new ‘global collaboration agreement’.Under the partnership, the two have agreed to distribute the parties’ respective products internationally. Kiron’s content will be made available to AGTech’s client base across Asia, Latin America and Africa, with plans to implement the products across a variety of delivery channels in each territory.Steven Spartinos, co-CEO of Kiron, said: “Our partnership with AGTech will provide a springboard for growth globally and we are looking forward to partnering with them and rolling out our virtual portfolio to their clients in key international markets.“Our offering provides a broad range of virtual sports and number games that have proven appeal in a multitude of markets. This partnership demonstrates the growing appetite for our portfolio on a global basis.”Kiron’s offering will include football, racing, as well as a range of localised sports and numbers games. The games will be integrated into AGTech’s new platform and offered alongside the equivalent real sports markets.Charlie Zhang, VP of AGTech, added: “Kiron’s virtual offering delivers on all counts, from the graphics and visuals to the broad range of rapid-play betting experiences available 24/7.“Our goal is to deliver the best content available in the market as a B2B service provider to our partners and launching Kiron’s portfolio will add an extra dimension to our latest product portfolio.” Kiron extends Nordics presence with Complianza deal July 22, 2020 Related Articles Kiron goes live with Unibet May 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Submit
Share Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar is preparing to support more tournaments to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tennis ecosystem, notably the Generali Austrian Pro Series starting on Monday 25 May featuring the sport’s world number three Dominic Thiem (pictured).We spoke to Sportradar’s MD for Sports Partnerships David Lampitt to discuss how these tournaments are being handled and why both the integrity and data supply mirrors the quality standards you would expect from a ‘normal’ tour event, as well as the challenges associated with planning for the future and modelling different scoring formats including the Next Gen style ‘first to four’.SBC: As a data provider to the ITF, how did the Sportradar association with these new tournaments come about?DL: We’ve been a serious investor in tennis for the last decade, with a market leading portfolio in the sport so we have an established network. We have a long-standing partnership with the ITF and we’re now into our second cycle of rights partnership with Tennis Australia. We’ve also done deals with a number of ATP 250 tournaments and, most recently, we’ve announced an OTT partnership with the Tennis Channel for their international streaming service. All of that has led to us entering into a multi-layered partnership with PlaySight Interactive and Base Tennis Academy to launch the Tennis Point Exhibition Series via Tennis Channel. When the crisis arose, the sports industry looked at how it could react swiftly to mitigate some of the commercial damage that has been caused by the global lockdown and suspension of sporting events around the world.During this unprecedented period, however, we have been able to rapidly pivot our business priorities and resources in line with our customers’ needs. We have been innovative, open and progressive about how we can work with our partners across different sports, including tennis, and how we can leverage our technology to help bring live sport back and make it available again.So that strong network of well-established relationships within the sport has meant we have been able to work closely with all our tennis partners to bring events back as soon as it’s safe to do so.We have been working side-by-side with tournament organisers, many who have had to cancel, suspend or postpone their scheduled events. And all of this is obviously helping to support players who don’t currently have the opportunities to earn their living from the sport. The two key drivers in the whole process have been the players and event organisers,and we’ve been very happy to react quickly and support their efforts to create the safest possible environment to play competitive tennis again. We tend to forget that most tennis players operate outside of the top echelon of the game and are dependent on the availability of live tennis to earn their livelihood.SBC: Picking up on the player aspect, are there prizes on offer?DL: One of the key factors for us is making sure that the players are remunerated properly. There is always a prize pool element. Many tournaments will pay an appearance fee to players, but we have insisted that there is also a prize pool for the events because that creates the right incentives for the players to compete and perform. Keeping that competitive element is a key part of getting the balance right.SBC: And what about the integrity part of the competitions?DL: Again, this has been a key factor for Sportradar and one of the areas where we have been able to actively support a number of recent events. Tournament organisers as well as players – either individually or as a group participating in a tournament – have their own integrity processes and obligations towards the Tours (ATP/WTA) and the Tennis Integrity Unit to ensure that what they’re doing is compliant with the requirements of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). This has also been a critical concern for Sportradar and we’ve made sure that all of the events we’ve covered have been supported by our Integrity Services Fraud Detection System and that we continue to work closely with the TIU to ensure tennis is safeguarded throughout this period and beyond.SBC: In terms of the data supply, and how that translates to the betting markets, is that broadly in line with what you would offer normally?DL: Yes it is. One of the reasons why we’ve been able to respond quickly is that we already have the technology available. We already have the umpire scoring technology for the ITF which can be put on a tablet or a laptop, and is integrated into our systems. In addition, we already have integration with companies such as PlaySight – an automated video production company. In these unique circumstances, being able to provide an automated video production without any personnel around the court is obviously crucial. It’s thanks to this integrated approach to technology and partnerships that we have been able to respond so quickly and effectively.SBC: And what about the pricing of these events, particularly those with different scoring systems. How does it work for those who haven’t played to these formats?DL: We always recommend events use a format that is already established within the sport – it’s more accessible for fans as well as being easier to manage from the perspective of odds-modelling. However, with the current restrictions in place and the limitations on players being able to travel, we are taking a more flexible approach with some different formats being used, rather than a standard knock-out event. The round-robin set-up and the ‘first-to-four’ short set format is something that has already been used for the ATP Next Gen Finals so it has been relatively easy to integrate. We’ve adapted our data supply and odds generation models to work with that format when it’s been used in the past so again it’s something we’ve been able to adapt to swiftly. SBC: It is interesting to consider how these probabilities change. For example, a big server might almost always get to a tiebreak, but could be more susceptible with the ‘no advantage’ scoring rule. It must be difficult to do?DL: The biggest element to consider here from an odds modelling perspective is the “shoot-out” element of the single deuce point because normally in tennis you have to win two points in a row to win a game – something that is also true when you reach deuce.From our point of view, it’s all about being as responsive as we can to solve problems and challenges that we and our sporting partners are facing, and to react as quickly and effectively as possible.SBC: This way of putting on tennis tournaments, how far in advance are you preparing for this to be the case? DL: There’s obviously a huge amount that needs to happen in the background when organising a sporting event, producing data and video and managing the player side – particularly given the current restrictions. We’ve been lucky to partner with some great teams of people organizing these events by adopting a really integrated approach on commercial and production elements.The biggest challenge now is predicting how long we think the current period is going to continue, and how far in advance should we plan. This is a constant balancing act and means working in real-time and being as adaptable and flexible as possible. The main tennis bodies have obviously decided there will not be any Grand Slam, Tour or ITF tennis until mid-July, therefore this gives us a reference point, but we are keeping a close eye on developments so that we’re ready to respond as quickly as possible.Tennis has some particular challenges here in that it is a truly global sport. It’s not like a domestic league product where everyone that participates is normally within a single territory, so the international nature of tennis – one of its great strengths – also creates certain challenges in the current circumstances.SBC: And finally, does competitive tennis hold any advantage over other sports, given the nature of the game and how it has been prioritised by governments in the first phase of lockdown lifts?DL: Tennis has been specifically identified as a sport that can be played earlier than others when emerging from lockdown restrictions. In Austria, for example, it was included within the first phase of opening up recently, clearly benefiting from the fact that it is not a contact sport, and players can participate at a safe distance apart.This is also why one of the next events we’re very pleased to be partnering with is the Generali Austrian Pro Series – which will be up and running from the last week in May and has a great line-up including Dominic Thiem. 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