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StockEgg Featured Company: Vivus Inc. (VVUS) Finds Late Stage Drug Approvals and Agreements with Deerfield Management

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Developing a new drug is much like climbing a mountain; reaching the top is only half the battle. Once the top has been reached, the climber needs to get down again. In the pharmaceutical world, finding the drug and getting through approvals is only half the battle. The investment capital put into the process needs to be taken back out. If a company can find a partner willing to buy/license/market its drug, then the journey will be completed and profit found.

VIVUS Inc., a pharmaceutical development and commercialization company, works to address sexual, diabetic and obesity issues. The company’s product pipeline is relatively full with several products currently entering or in Phase II and III trials. All products in trial are progressing with positive results to date.

The company currently has two products available to the erectile dysfunction marketplace; MUSE and ACTICE. These products have been available for some time and maintain(ed) a solid source of revenue for the company. Qnexa is a drug designed to address both obesity and diabetes. Its Phase III trials are oriented toward the product’s obesity properties and its Phase II trials toward its diabetes properties. The company’s hypoactive sexual disorder product called Testosterone MDTS has recently finished Phase II trials and is awaiting authorization for Phase III design trial approvals.

The company has been successful in capitalizing on its products. The company’s Evamist product, and associated intellectual attachments, have been transferred and/or sublicensed by agreement to Acrux, while agreements with Deerfield Management Company have brought significant revenues and a stable stockholder to the company. From all appearances, Vivus Inc. has done its legwork while making its way through the regulatory approvals needed to capitalize on three growing markets. It has turned its products, and has more entering the later approval’s phase.

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StockEgg Featured Company: China Precision Steel Inc. (CPSL) Looking West toward Nigerian Export Market

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Some intermediate markets are the basis for all consumer goods. Without these markets, the products we use and take for granted every day just wouldn’t get made. Finding the manufacturers that produce these intermediate materials is a solid way to quietly succeed where others may not have thought to tread.

China Precision Steel Inc., a provider of ultra-thin, cold-rolled steel products, works to serve many non-typical steel end-use markets. Where many may conjure up visions of tall buildings and ships when they think of steel related products, China Precision Steel thinks: automotive, sewing needles, saw blades and packaging. The company primarily sells into its domestic market but is quickly increasing its export sales efforts to South Asia and most recently Nigeria.

The company is quietly placing itself into markets that are poised to expand significantly. In emerging nations, the new middle class is quickly becoming accustomed to what a Western consumer might call a necessity. Clothes and dishwashers are/will become a standard convenience in many “middle-class” homes, necessitating thin, cold-rolled steel for their manufacture. The automotive marketplace in China is already beginning to grow at increased rates, which translates nicely into profits for 1st tier suppliers and their vendors. In either example, the company has a solid base in supplying smaller, end-product materials for manufacture.

The company is clearly ready for the expansion of its primary markets. Its current capacity is operating at high rates with its overall operating capacity not expected to be online for approximately 2 years. This capacity expansion has occurred from the start-up of a new 170mm facility which is working its way up to 100% operating capacity. The new facility is currently operating at 50% capacity.

With this capacity in mind, it is a positive event that the company saw first quarter sales drop only slightly because high-end carbon orders did not materialize as expected. Generally, this would indicate that the company has a solid product line that depends upon no one single category to keep the company operating smoothly and profitably. China Precision Steel is clearly on a roll and currently aiming at expansion abroad and domestically.

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StockEgg Featured Company: LJ International Inc. (JADE) Posts Income of $1.83 million or .08 per Share

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

An attractive product is always a nice benefit when it comes to selling craft items. Efficiency in making the products is even better. If a company can put together an efficient manufacturing operation for one-of-a-kind looking products, they are ready to reap substantial rewards without the customer knowing the product was produced under standardized conditions.

Jade International Inc., a jewelry designer/manufacturing company, works along the entire vertical spectrum to design, manufacture, distribute and sell a full line of high-quality jewelry. The company prides itself on its “mine to market” strategy by offering its designs to department stores, high-end jewelry chains, and global operations such as Sam’s Club. From a jewelry market perspective, the company is known for its gem jewelry and colorful stone pieces laid in white gold and Sterling silver.

Manufacturing over 2 million pieces of jewelry per year, the company has had to invest significantly in design and manufacturing equipment to keep pace with increasing orders. Standardization and technology are the keys. Operating from a 100,000 sq. /ft. facility with additional sq. /ft. available, the company has set a standard that many are trying to match.

Within the Asian marketplace, the company retails its products under the ENZO label, a brand fully recognizable in China and Asia as a whole. Interestingly, the company also has assets unrelated to the jewelry market in and around Hong Kong – its home base of operations. Commercial property, primarily for lease, is a nice addition to the company’s bottom line. In most cases, this might be missed as any sort of addition to a company’s balance sheet but – since the property is located in Hong Kong – it takes on a significance that should not be ignored given city valuations.

Even though the world is having its economic issues at the moment, the high-end jewelry market is usually the last area where it might be felt, if at all. The company has its jewelry drills running at full pace and looks to be ready to slip some profit onto its ring finger.

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StockEgg Featured Company: Sunovia Energy Tech, Inc. (SUNV.OB) Announces End of Mezzanine Financing and Scalable Manufacturing Facility Start-up in 12 Months

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

When technology advances rapidly, certain aspects need to be developed before the technology, as a whole, can advance. The company that makes this happen is often the company that leads the field. It is also the company that has the best chance of capitalizing on that part of the technology.

Sunovia Energy Tech. Inc., a development stage solar material backing company, is working on several levels to offer solar applications ranging from infra-red (IR) to solar lighting. The company is currently working with US Department of Defense development contracts and special Congressional funding for an IR project.

The company is succeeding at this IR project through its in-house development team and its significant equity position in EPIR Technologies Inc – a recognized world leader in IR research. With assistance from congressional funds and mezzanine financing of approximately $12 million, the companies expect to have a scalable manufacturing facility for these IR products in 12 months. Further applications directed toward LED, photovoltaics and other solar products will advance either in tandem with the IR project or shortly thereafter.

Sunovia Energy Tech. is clearly at the cutting edge of solar oriented applications. It has undertaken a rather interesting approach in that it is jumping ahead with its research to more efficiently serve the market needs of today and tomorrow. In its overall business model, it will work to serve utility firm’s needs on a larger scale at first and then other needs such as LED, signage and lighting second. Its current lighting products appear to be longer lasting and well suited for commercial needs.

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StockEgg Featured Company: National Health Partners Inc. (NHPR.OB) Projects Positive Revenue Results in 2nd Quarter

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Everybody knows that health care in the United States has gotten to the point where it is largely impossible for the average family to afford the health care they really need. Not want mind you, but need. A company that can find some way to offer services that people need for a reasonable fee is the company that will begin to help people stay healthy and away from the mess that is now healthcare.

National Health Partners Inc., a health care membership savings organization, offers a full menu of health related services to its members and affiliates. The company is in no way to be considered a health insurance provider seeking to reimburse fee for service expenses, but rather offers a network of providers that are willing to accept the company’s members for discounts received at the time of service. The member must still pay the provider at the time of service.

Given the current state of healthcare in the United States today, the company is attempting to offer a service to its members that addresses financial concerns up front while not trying to attempt to work within the health care system. This is likely the biggest advantage that the company offers. It merely is trying to obtain the care people are seeking at reduced rates. Overall, the company’s program is a small solution now as opposed to a fix down the road.

The company recently announced that it expects to see positive revenue generation in the second quarter of 2008, and total projected revenue of between $12 and 15 million by the end of the year. Interestingly enough, the company has accomplished its revenue goals of today by getting smaller rather than larger. Instead of using a larger marketing company to prospect sales, the company has instead turned to smaller agents. The company is increasingly seeing Chamber of Commerce, immigrant group organizations, smaller professional associations and other groups as one way to solve their immediate need to grow their customer base.

Apparently, the company has found the niche that all Americans are famous for: “When the government isn’t capable of doing something for us, we will figure out a way to get it by ourselves.” Even if costs are still an issue, it is still some relief to the company’s customers. Where there is money to be made in healthcare, it will be found. National Health Partners has apparently found some.

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StockEgg Featured Company: Octillion Corp. (OCTL.OB) Makes Solid Leap toward Solar Window Commercialization

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

There are many ways to develop new technologies. Garage operations usually get most of the attention while larger corporations are just expected to come up with the “new” ideas. In the middle, however, there is a group of very smart people who just like to do the research and development without the limitations that the other two tend to bring. These are the incubator companies and are often at the razors edge of new technologies that can actually be commercialized sooner rather than later.

Octillion Corporation, a technology incubator company, works to identify, develop and commercialize viable technology applications. The company works through more unconventional methods with research institutions, universities and government agencies to bring viable products to market. In many instances, “unconventional” can carry an uncertain connotation. In this company’s practice, it is simply a method of reducing costs that might normally be associated with a start-up company. Land, building expense and some equipment costs are reduced or eliminated, making the company more flexible in its approach to bringing products to market.

The company’s primary product under development is a nano-spray technology which places a thin film nano-particle construction on a glass surface. Ideally, this process will allow the company to market residential and commercial windows with solar energy generating capacity. At this point, the technology to accomplish the task is well understood in a laboratory environment. The task now is to make the process commercially viable with “off-the-shelf” equipment. All indications point to success in this regard and the beginnings of testing and certifications in the very near future. Medical solutions are also a part of the company’s development cycle. A nerve regeneration-type product designed to aide with nerve damage related to trauma and other nerve damaging events is showing progress and is well along in the development process. Solar applications, however, are the current focus, as they are relatively close to commercialization.

Making the leap to commercialization is a large one for a company that develops its products as this company does. As a result, the company is in a constant battle to raise capital in a form consistent with accepted rules. A recent private placement has generated approximately $3.6 million in capital and a procedural step toward spinning MicroChannel Technologies Inc. off to Octillion Corporation, whose investors will open more opportunity as commercialization continues. Incubators bring great minds together in a good working environment. Getting from the intellectual to the market is the step that makes the money. The development process that Octillion Corporation is taking may take a bit longer – as they are the cutting edge of technology – but in the end they come in cheaper and with less financial obligations. This means fewer headaches for the company and more return for the investor.

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StockEgg Featured Company: Skinns Inc. (SKNN. OB) Offers One Comfortably Correct Shoe with a Variety of Cover Styles

Friday, April 11th, 2008

There are some markets that defy all logic about what will or will not sell. Shoppers know what they like, and have become accustomed to comfort in their daily lives. The fashion shoe segment is one such market. Shoppers are perfectly happy to jump on a trend, but are they really willing to part with a tried-and-true Armani or Jimmie Chew?

Skinns Inc., a new-concept shoe company, offers a shoe designed to straddle the shoe/apparel wearer concept. The shoe itself is a cross between a comfortably correct skeleton-type shoe structure called a “BONE”, and a covering which is placed over the BONE to provide the style the wearer would like to project. From a fashion standpoint, the product makes it easier to change shoe styles on the go without having to carry a separate conventional shoe, while from a business standpoint the concept allows for a wide variety of product diversification at a substantially reduced cost.

Given that this type of shoe concept is fairly new, its base of customers is relatively small. Currently, retailers number in the few rather than in the many, but all report exceptional sales. For the spring/summer selling season, the company reports that its retail outlets will be growing substantially to 45 by April and over 100 by mid-June. Given the current retail consumer’s proclivity toward saving money in a tight market, having a base shoe which provides the option to change its style by changing the covering may show good timing. Whether the company can meet price points in this regard is an issue, given the international flavor of its design staff. However, the concept does seem to lend itself to easily modifying coverings to meet given shopping trends and price points.

Overall financing of the company appears to be strong, with employees and individual investors putting what is needed into the company when it is needed. There seems to be a solid sense of fiscal discipline within the company which prevents expenses driving business, rather than profits. A new concept in the shoe market is always an interesting place to be. The key will be to convince the savvy shoe shopper that the styles being offered are “in”, or whatever it takes to get a shoe shopper to do what shoe shoppers do. Once this occurs, the problem will become how to keep up with orders.

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StockEgg Featured Company: Ceradyne Inc. (CRDN) Begins $100 million Stock Buyback Program

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The end-use, high technology manufacturing process has to start in a lab. ”High-tech” products that consumers and governments take for granted need to spring from advanced material discoveries, and the companies that start the whole process are the basic material suppliers that “dream up” and then develop the ceramic powders and chemical chains necessary to make the products. These developers and manufacturers offer materials to all levels along the manufacturing chain and, in doing so, become the most stable and dependable manufacturers in the manufacturing process. They are the companies that make the manufacturing system go, whether physically moving product or making it possible.

Ceradyne Inc., a developer/manufacturer/marketer of advanced ceramic materials, works to offer advanced ceramic powders and components for high strength/high heat applications. Among these products are: ballistic materials for military and commercial automotive armor; high-strength materials for Radom’s and friction-resistant products; and high-heat resistance products. Generally speaking, the company offers products where extreme conditions require material properties exceeding the parameters of more conventional materials.

As might be suspected, the company is fairly stable with its sales and income generation. As a typical basic-material supplier, there is consistent demand for its products, whether from government or the private sector. For the year ending 2007, the company saw a $5.20 increase in fully diluted per share value. It also reported reaching a record sales volume of $756.8 million, up from $662.9 million. Given the nature of the company’s product base, it is fairly unlikely that it will vary substantially from its basic sales and income levels, barring world-wide economic collapse. As an illustration, the company reports that its current backlog of projects is $238.9 million, with several probable contracts not included given the nature of the awarding processes.

It is this awarding process that makes the true potential of the company’s year-over-year revenues a bit more difficult to predict. Its guidance for the coming periods was unusually broad in nature this year due to uncertainty of several larger government contracts. The contracts themselves are fairly certain to be awarded to the company, although their timing is uncertain. The company’s BULL combat vehicle program is a good example of this government letting process. This program will likely proceed, but “when” is the question. Although these types of concerns are always present, the company operates at a level of the manufacturing cycle where consistency can be reasonably guaranteed. Ups or downs in the cycle will come and go, but Ceradyne Inc. will most likely always be around to capitalize.

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StockEgg Featured Company: MSE Enviro-Tech Corp. (MEVT.PK) Helps Technology to Market

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

That next big thing often sits on a shelf somewhere gathering dust untill a use is found for it. If a company can find that use, there is an opportunity to be had. Combine a certain amount of socially responsible “chutzpa” and everybody wins.

MSE Enviro-Tech Corp., a technology transfer company, helps to transfer technology of a socially responsible nature from process to application. The company is currently working with fire protection related products but works with a variety of technologies that offer a global and responsible marketplace.

In many instances, the technology for many viable product applications exists, it just has a difficult time finding the right person or company to put it to practical use. MSE Enviro-Tech Corp. works to place the technology with the right people or company. Although it might be tempting to offer just about any technology to any company, the process would become cumbersome and unmanageable. MSE Enviro-Tech Corp. has instead chosen to break the technology transfer process down into a more manageable sector of the overall product development world.

The two main criterion that the company follows; global market potential and socially responsible product allows the company to generate return from volume and social capital, further the process down-the-road. At present, the company is working with fire protection products. Each year fire claims thousands of lives where it could have been prevented. Fire blankets and other fire suppression devises, however, are only some of the devices the company is working to offer. Among the best market prospects is a fire material that has recently been accepted by Armed Forces standard 21. This should hold possible opportunity for military forces around the world in addition to fire crews and home applications. Revenue for the company is found in cash payment contracts, equity, percentage based contracts or a combination there of.

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StockEgg.com Featured Company: Image Worldwide Inc (IMGW.PK) Should Flourish in Any Economy

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Image Worldwide Incorporated is the parent company of several rapidly growing entertainment subsidiaries. The company holds interests in radio, real estate, print and internet advertisements. Today the company announced that revenues for 2007 were up a whopping 146% from those in 2006. The company posted unaudited sales of $2,242,823 for the fiscal year compared to only $912,485 for the previous year.

Paul Srokin, the CEO of Image Worldwide commented, “We’ve seen significant growth in all our divisions. We are extremely pleased that the market has not only accepted, but embraced our product offerings. Sales at Image Magazine, Club Oasis, Sheque and La Caliente Radio have all increased.” Srokin also made reference to the future potential of the company by stating; “Image’s outstanding results for 2007 were driven by our ability to cross promote and market our quality products and services to a larger audience. When you combine this with our strong fiscal discipline we see those strategies paying off faster than we anticipated. We believe this multi-pronged approach will continue to further solidify our success and are now in the process of considering options to move to a more senior exchange.”

The 146% increase in sales was impressive, but the most astounding number from the company’s 2007 results was the increase in gross profit. The company posted a gross profit of $560,920 in 2007, which was an 1158% increase in gross profit margin from the 2006 gross profit of $44,603. This is a perfect measure of how cheaply the company can turn revenue into profit. These drastic improvements are important because Image currently handles such a large volume of business that is constantly increasing. The events planned by Image attract more than 10,000 visitors a month and their websites attract over 100,000 visitors and generate 6,000,000 hits monthly.

Image works with many fortune 500 companies, their list of clients contains but is not limited to Coors Light, Red Bull, Burger King, Hyundai, Mazda and GE. A visit to their website, www.imageworldwide.com, can also reveal a long list of local customers, and provide links to a few of the company’s other sites. The site also provides a link for investor relations. The stock is currently up over 33% on the day on heavier than average volume.

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StockEgg Featured Company: JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) Working with What They’ve Got

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

JetBlue Airways Corporation, a low cost airline, has been serving the air traveling public with enhanced customer service and better than average on-time rankings for the past several years. The market as a whole, however, has been struggling with fuel costs and the realities that they bring. Current oil prices have been hovering near $100 per barrel and are likely to go significantly higher in the longer term. Currently, JetBlue is pegging their 2008 jet fuel costs at $2.55 per/gal., a 21.8% increase from 2007.

The company has recently announced it does not believe that the business model, currently in place, for low cost airlines works in an environment of higher fuel prices. With this in mind, the company has instigated talks with Lufthansa Airlines to coordinate routes and take advantage of purchasing power. The company has also indicated that it will service fewer new routes in a manner consistent with given conditions.

JetBlue has also begun to address other cost issues. Pilot replacement, as the current pilot demographic ages, is a looming issue. The need to fill the plane’s pilot seats is a real concern but also one that will reduce costs as newer pilots offer lower cost. To accomplish this task the company is introducing a pilot professional track of sorts. The program is designed to work with aspiring pilots, in their college aged years, to help them see a definitive professional track for their piloting skills.

Interestingly enough, the ability to offer a lower than expected loss for the quarter and year has yielded activity in the company’s stock price. This activity is small by any measure, but activity nonetheless considering that none of the lower cost airlines has posted a profit. Currently, future prospects for a profit are the driving force for this and other lower cost airlines. JetBlue may have a little bit of a monkey on its back with recent public relations gaffs but in general appears to be holding its own in very difficult economic conditions. Thankfully for all concerned, seat miles continue to stay up and fuel surcharges accepted.

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Friday, May 11th, 2007

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Monday, April 23rd, 2007

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StockGuru Welcomes Mobile Ready Entertainment Corporation (OTC: MBRN)

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
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Mobile Ready Entertainment Corporation
(OTC: MBRN)

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Mobile Ready Entertainment Corporation

Mobile Ready Entertainment Corporation (OTC: MBRN) is a wireless and media holding company specializing in the entertainment and educational vertical market segments. Through their subsidiaries the company plans to develop, market and sell wireless application software and entertainment-based content for mobile devices. Mobile Ready’s value proposition is to unlock, integrate and seamlessly deliver all types of data to wireless devices, whether streaming movies, music video or television content and digital radio delivery to the growing consumer market via channel and content partners — anytime, anywhere. They deliver these products and services globally across most of the major cellular networks and prominent wireless device operating systems.

Mobile Ready is currently acquiring and producing content as well as entering into contractual strategic relationships with existing branded content in other media to aggregate and repurpose for the wireless mobile marketplace. Using a cable TV revenue model, Mobile Ready plans to be a content provider offering a mobile TV channel called “MOBILE READY” with basic and premium bundled content for a monthly fee and intends to secure distribution agreements with the various wireless service providers.
Branded Portals

Mobile Ready plans to achieve its business plan through the company’s two branded portals: www.mymobileready.com which will act as the base site for the company’s mobile tv offerings and www.mymobilemarketplace.com which will act as the ecommerce site for purchasing everything from ringtones and wallpaper to games and other text and multimedia services. Mobile Ready’s sites are under construction currently and the company anticipates launching them in early July. Mobile Ready also intends to be launching their stock market news and quote service called Mymobiletrader (www.mymobiletrader.com) in September.
Market Overview

The worldwide mobile computing market is approaching a trillion dollar business, now principally driven by a new generation of media rich “smartphones” enabling you to use your phone as a multi-tasking device to watch TV, play videos, listen to music, read the daily news and check your personal finances, anywhere, anytime.

With 2 billion cell phones already in the marketplace, the mobile content business now offers a new outlet for traditional media, which has been losing advertising dollars. New media, like cell phones and the Internet, are picking up ad sales. At the same time, the old-world phone companies are increasingly depending on wireless to offset the sagging margins on traditional voice, by looking to sell lucrative wireless content to drive more sales.

By the year 2020, mobile and wireless communications will play a central role in all aspects of Global citizens’ lives. The mobile and wireless industry sector will contribute substantially to Global business prosperity. Technology will greatly evolve from the current concept of “anywhere, anytime” to a new paradigm of “any network on any device, right content in the appropriate context, in a secure manner”.

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Management
L. Joshua Eikov Chairman and CEO

Josh Eikov has a 15 year history in technology with a special emphasis on wireless and mobile computing. Mr. Eikov was the Managing Director for Virtual Technocrats LLC an SMB consultancy where he helped numerous clients in product development, corporate strategy and public finance.

In 1998, Mr. Eikov founded i-Titan Communications Networks, a manufacturer and designer of wireless broadband products. These products were on the forefront of wireless communication and included early wireless tablets as well as switches and set-top boxes.

Prior to i-Titan, from the year 1995 to 1998, he was the Chief Technologist for Infinite Logic Management a venture capital fund that invested in the telecom and CTI space. Josh served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DigiCon Technologies, Inc., a computer telephony integration based company that was sold in 1998. DigiCon created and developed a global systems architecture that allowed a user to access their email text-to-speech via any touch-tone or cellular telephone. The company also developed an international data network that had an emphasis in telemedicine, which was accessible via telephone. Prior to founding DigiCon he founded Faceted Information Systems. The company provided consulting services in information technology and financial information systems including, LAN/WAN systems design to Wall Street and institutional clients. Mr. Eikov was also instrumental in the design and construction of FIS-Tech Computers. The company was sold in 1995.

Josh attended East Stroudsburg University, Harvard Business Schools Advanced Management Program and Tulane University’s Program on Compliance. He is a member of the Internet Engineering Task Force, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the board of directors of Team-Defense.net and..KIDS, Inc.
Henri Kessler Director

During his teenage years, Kessler was a working actor (SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY) featured in film, television and many national TV & radio commercials. Kessler began his entrepreneurial career after graduating from Midwood Medical Science Institute. In 1982, Kessler established HH Associates LTD, an international public relations and promotions firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, whose clients included authors Jay McInerney and Bret Easton Ellis, and publishers Random House, Simon and Schuster and The Atlantic Monthly Press. Other clients included the nightclubs Studio 54, XENON, Underground, Red Parrot, Area, Limelight, Palladium and MK. With a flurry of press on his clients and himself, Kessler structured and facilitated the acquisition of HH Associates by KCG Productions, an advertising and marketing firm that needed a PR division to round out their corporate services. Clients included NBC, RCA, and MTV. Kessler served as Executive Vice President of KCG Productions. KCG Productions then merged with Creative Directors, Inc. where Kessler became Vice President and head of the Public Relations Division. Kessler brought in the accounts of General Instruments Digital Cable Radio and New Line Cinema.

In 1987, Kessler was approached by a group of international investors to develop, build, and operate a premier New York nightclub/restaurant. After a one year restoration of a New York City landmark, The Grolier Restaurant and Nightclub opened in the original 1888 Grolier Publishing Townhouse located at 29 East 32nd Street, and quickly became one of the city’s most popular hot spots, hosting celebrities John Kennedy Jr., Clive Davis, Whitney Houston, Roger Daltry, David Lee Roth, Brook Shields and others. In 1992, the club was sold to new operators after a successful run as a NYC HOT SPOT.

In 2001 and 2002, Kessler co-founded OFFLINE Digital Networks, a new digital cable company which recently launched Chronicle DTV, a distinctive digital network offering a unique blend of documentary and reality programming.
Pliny A. Porter Director

Pliny Porter brings to this position 18 years of top development and production expertise on both independent projects as well as big budget studio pictures. His unique vision and creative experience within the industry is an invaluable asset to the Company.

Originally a New York native, Mr. Porter grew up in Europe, spending most of his scholastic career in Paris studying Economics and Literature specialties at France’s prestigious L’Ecole Alsacienne Institute. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Porter returned to the United States to attend college, graduating in 1985 with a B.A. degree from Brown University in International Relations and Semiotics studies.
Mary K. Hermant General Manager and COO

Starting out at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and British Columbia Film (Finance), Ms. Hermant went onto London, U.K. to run Finance and Corporate Affairs for 2K Media – a German entertainment conglomerate in film and television production, distribution, sales and finance. She has since signed on to consult on and manage media investment for several international clients in the media and technology sector including: Richard Holmes’ Gruber Films (Waking Ned Devine); the former Double A Films (Secretary); the Big Bird Film Company; Ecstasy Films Inc; Morpheus VPC Tech.; Terra Nove Capital; the Province of Ontario; among others.

Prior to moving to Europe, she created the Arts County Fair (http://www.artscountyfair.com) in Canada, produced for the Three Tenors, produced large scale events for broadcast (for Bryan Adams, Apple Canada, Financial Post, TSN, and UNICEF) and acted as a business and marketing consultant to media ventures in film/tv, theatre, music, concert production and technology (Wall Street Systems). Ms. Hermant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Theory from the University of British Columbia.

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