Lucire, New Zealandâs internationally published fashion magazine, has formed an alliance with InTheSeen (intheseen.co.nz), which will provide original online video programming for the title at lucire.tv. This means that Lucire will enter 2009 covering print, web, mobile and online video media.
InTheSeen will provide custom, original programming for Lucire, initially in its New Zealand home market.
âThis will bring to the web video market what Lucire has so far done on the web and in print,â says Lucire publisher Jack Yan. âThis means original, in-depth and entertaining content in very appealing and visually exciting segments.â
âWeâre delighted to establish an alliance with Lucire,â says InTheSeen presenterâproducer Samantha Hannah. âIt allows us to bring our fashion programming to a wider audience.â
InTheSeen editor Steve Leon says, âInTheSeen will bring strong, original programming to this venture, while Lucire brings a 12-year-old reputation in the fashion media. Each party has a great deal to contribute.
âWe envisage pooling our resources not just on content but on advertising and other business opportunities,â he says.
Mr Leon had already produced and directed two segments for Lucire TV earlier in 2008 through his Springtv company, which is charged with creating programming for InTheSeen.
âWe had always envisaged that the Lucire brand would encompass more media. With our foreign editions, mobile service and online video, weâre looking forward to a grander 2009,â says Mr Yan.
Lucire, which began as a dot-com in 1997, has been featuring online video segments for some time at lucire.tv, but had not entered into a formal arrangement with any production company.
In 2000, Lucire attempted to enter the online video market with Lucire Live, ﬁlming at New York Fashion Week that September. The technology, says Mr Yan, had not caught up with Lucireâs demands. Lucire TV was established in 2002 but was again too early, he says.
Earlier in 2008, Lucire announced a mobile service as well as a print edition in Thailand.
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French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is suing Pardon, a Reunion-based clothing company, for using a nude image of her from a 1993 photo shoot on one of its bags. The caption reads, âMon mec aurait du mâacheter du Pardon,â or âMy man should have bought me Pardon.â
Bruni-Sarkozyâs lawyerâs spokesman, Iqbal Akhoun, has told the media that the image has been used without her consent and for commercial gain.
Pardon, which announced the bags on December 1, has produced 10,000 of the item and had plans to sell them in France.
Pardonâs boss, Mertes, told AFP that his company was entitled to use the image because the First Lady is a public ﬁgure, and that most of the bags were used as gifts to clients.
Bruni-Sarkozy says that the proceeds from a successful lawsuit would be donated to charity. She is seeking âŹ125,000.
A court in St-Denis will hear the case on Monday.
The nude was photographed by Michel Comte while Bruni was a model. Considered tasteful and artistic, it was auctioned by Christieâs earlier this year and fetched $91,000, after experts projected it would go for a maximum of $4,000.
Copyright law may rule in favour of a copyright holder. French law also covers moral rights. However, the best plaintiff may be the holders of Comteâs copyright, namely his estate, controlled by I-Management Ltd., rather than Bruni-Sarkozy.
Half the country likes National Radioâor Radio New Zealand National, to give it its proper name these daysâduring the summer, and half the country dislikes it. The programming changes from the usual formula and I have often said that shows like Matinee Idle (not a misspelling) are among the highlights of the wireless year. While my loyalties still reside with Groove 107Âˇ7 here in Wellington, New Zealand for most of the day, National does some great stuff thatâs worth tuning in to.
This summer, there is a new highlight, and not just because I have been interviewed for it. The Golden Tide is a series by Sonia Yee beginning on Sunday, December 28 at 2.30 p.m., running to January 25 (weekly). It will appear on the RNZ website, I believe, after broadcast.
Sonia wrote one article in issue 26 of Lucire (which also appears online) but our connection is that I was at school with her cousin; and, of course, we are both of Chinese ethnicity, which was one qualiﬁcation for being a subject in her series.
The Golden Tide âtakes a fresh, contemporary look at the changing nature of the Chinese community in New Zealand,â according to Sonia, and âinterweaves interview material with poetry, short stories and scripted scenes to create a rich, textured documentary, with original composition by musician Riki Gooch (Fat Freddyâs Drop, Trinity Roots), and ﬁlm and theatre composer Stephen Gallagher.â
If we promote TV shows and ﬁlm on occasion in Lucire, then why not radio? And good radio, tooâthings which you feel richer for having listened to. Based on the questions that Sonia asked me, I think it will be a very insightful series that tell a story common to so many of us who have travelled and settled in a new country, or those who have had ancestors who have done the same. Most of us got here from somewhere, and itâs an interesting cultural experience to share.
Our friends at Amanresorts have launched a book celebrating their 20th anniversary, called AmanÂ˛.
This third custom-published book, photographed by Hong Kong-based Basil Pao, reveals the spirit behind Amanresorts properties from the Himalayas to Caribbean reefs. At 264 pp., the hard-bound book is available for US$88 on www.amanresorts.com.
Pao has tried to capture the people at the resorts and how each property ﬁts in to its community and environment. In some cases, he has revisited and met up with people he photographed a decade ago for an earlier Amanresorts book.
Since the introduction of the ﬂagship Amanpuri on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand, in 1988, Amanresorts has quietly grown to encompass 19 extraordinary properties around the world. Founded by hospitality visionary Adrian Zecha, the company was designed as a collection of intimate retreats in beautiful surroundings with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a private residence.