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FORA.tv to Host NewCo San Francisco Session September 12: Live Streaming Video on Twitter

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FORA.tv will open its doors to the public on Friday, September 12th for “Live Streaming Video on Twitter” a presentation by CEO Blaise Zerega

WHAT: FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will host and live stream a NewCo San Francisco session “Live Streaming on Twitter.” Watch LIVE at newco.fora.tv or on Twitter @FORAtvServices

WHEN: Friday, September 12th at 12:00 pm PDT

WHERE: As a Host Company for the 2014 NewCo San Francisco event, FORA.tv will open its doors to the public at their headquarters in San Francisco’s Portrero Hill neighborhood. The presentation will also be streamed live at newco.fora.tv. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the session as a free on-demand program.

Live video is one of the most powerful ways to reach new audiences for conferences, sporting events and news. With Twitter’s increased emphasis on video, live video tweets — as well as on-demand media — can exponentially multiply viewership. We’ll show you techniques and case studies to deepen branding, increase engagement and achieve rapid-fire distribution for online video.

About NewCo
A fresh twist on the traditional conference + media platform, NewCo is rapidly gaining traction across the globe. The concept is simple but powerful: NewCo turns a traditional event inside out. Instead of filling a dark ballroom with “attendees” and having leaders lecture in a one-to-many style, NewCo occurs inside the world’s most innovative startups and high-growth companies. Executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and future influencers get an up close and personal experience of each company in its native habitat. Once inside, participants have a wide range of experiences – from behind-the-scene tours of cutting-edge work environments to founders candidly sharing insights into their own entrepreneurial journey. Only NewCo offers this deep and unique experience of the innovation economy.

About FORA.tv
FORA.tv is the leader in video production, online distribution and monetization services for the conference and event industry. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://services.fora.tv.

Exclusive Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Live Stream: FORA.tv to Broadcast Debate September 9th: Embrace the Common Core

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FORA.tv will present a free live stream of an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that considers whether or not the Common Core improves the quality of education for students. Arguing in favor of the motion are Carmel Martin and Michael Petrilli, against are Carol Burris and Frederick Hess.

WHAT: FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Embrace the Common Core.”

In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts and graduating high school without the necessary skills for college and the workforce. But is this the reform we’ve been looking for? Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? Or will the Common Core raise the bar and improve the quality of our children’s education?

WHEN: Tuesday, September 9th at 6:45 pm EDT

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at intelligencesquaredus.fora.tv. The debate will be interactive with a Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Carmel Martin
Exec. VP, Center for American Progress and Fmr. Assistant Secretary of Education

Michael Petrilli
President, Fordham Institute & Co-Editor, Knowledge at the Core

Against the motion:
Carol Burris
Principal, South Side High School & Blogger, Washington Post’s “Answersheet”

Frederick Hess
Resident Scholar and Director of Educational Policy Studies, AEI

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

FORA.tv Selected as Host Company for NewCo San Francisco

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FORA.tv, the leading provider of video production, online distribution, and monetization services for the conference and event industry, today announced its participation as a host company in next week’s NewCo San Francisco 2014. FORA.tv will open its doors to the public on Sept 12th at 12 pm PT for a presentation by CEO Blaise Zerega, “Live Streaming Video on Twitter.” Online audiences can join the presentation on Twitter @FORAtvServices or on the web at newco.fora.tv.

Zerega’s presentation will be broadcast live on @FORAtvServices and will provide a real time demonstration of live video distribution on Twitter: Live video is one of the most powerful ways to reach new audiences for conferences, sporting events and news. With Twitter’s increased emphasis on video, live video tweets — as well as those that playback on-demand — can exponentially multiply viewership. We’ll show you techniques and case studies to deepen branding, increase engagement and achieve rapid-fire distribution for online video.

NewCo San Francisco 2014 is a fresh twist on the traditional conference and media platform, taking place inside the world’s most innovative startups and high-growth companies to provide a deep and unique experience of the innovation economy. As a host company for the second consecutive year, FORA.tv joins a select group of innovative organizations for this ground-breaking event.

“We are thrilled to present as a host company during this year’s NewCo festival,” said FORA.tv CEO Blaise Zerega. “Like NewCo, we value and foster an environment of open collaboration, communication and community. We look forward to showing attendees how to use live video on Twitter.”

Those interested can register to attend NewCo San Francisco at http://sf.newco.co/schedule/. General admission passes are FREE and special VIP and group passes are also available. All sessions have limited capacity.

NewCo San Francisco participants can sign-up to attend the FORA.tv presentation on September 12th at 12 pm PT via the NewCo Schedule Picker.

About NewCo
A fresh twist on the traditional conference + media platform, NewCo is rapidly gaining traction across the globe. The concept is simple but powerful: NewCo turns a traditional event inside out. Instead of filling a dark ballroom with “attendees” and having leaders lecture in a one-to-many style, NewCo occurs inside the world’s most innovative startups and high-growth companies. Executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and future influencers get an up close and personal experience of each company in its native habitat. Once inside, participants have a wide range of experiences – from behind-the-scene tours of cutting-edge work environments to founders candidly sharing insights into their own entrepreneurial journey. Only NewCo offers this deep and unique experience of the innovation economy.

ABOUT FORA.tv
FORA.tv is the leader in video production, online distribution and monetization services for the conference and event industry. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://services.fora.tv or follow us @foratv and @foratvservices.

EXCLUSIVE INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATE LIVE STREAM: FORA.tv to Broadcast Debate Live Wednesday, May 7: Death is Not Final

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FORA.tv will present a free live stream of an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that considers whether or not death is final. Arguing in favor of the motion are Dr. Eben Alexander and Dr. Raymond Moody, against are Sean Carroll and Dr. Steven Novella.

WHAT: FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Death is Not Final.”

If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? By some accounts, about 3% of the U.S. population has had one: an out-of-body experience often characterized by remarkable visions and feelings of peace and joy, all while the physical body is close to death. To skeptics, there are more plausible, natural explanations, like oxygen deprivation. Is the prospect of an existence after death “real” and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about our own mortality?

WHEN: Wednesday, May 7th at 6:45 pm EDT

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at intelligencesquaredus.fora.tv. The debate will be interactive with a Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Online viewers will also be able to vote along with the live audience members, sharing their opinion before the debate starts and at the conclusion once all arguments are heard. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Dr. Eben Alexander
Neurosurgeon & Author, Proof of Heaven

Dr. Raymond Moody
Psychologist, Medical Doctor & Author, Life After Life

Against the motion:
Sean Carroll
Physicist & Writer

Dr. Steven Novella
Academic Neurologist, Yale School of Medicine

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

FORA.tv Debuts Interview with Weed Land author Peter Hecht; Unveils YouTube Channel: Cannabis: Medical, Recreational and Legal

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Fourth Installment in Video Series “Pot Goes Public”

FORA.tv Studios, producers of original, compelling video programs, today announced the debut of the video “Weed Land: Inside the Cannabis Industry” featuring an interview with Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land. The video is the fourth installment in the FORA.tv Studios original video series “Pot Goes Public.” The video series is also featured on the new FORA.tv YouTube channel “Cannabis: Medical, Recreational and Legal,” which provides provocative insights on the legal marijuana industry.

An award-winning journalist, Hecht covered marijuana issues for four years as a Senior Writer for The Sacramento Bee. In Weed Land, Hecht chronicles a transformative epoch for marijuana in America, revealing the changing political, legal, economic, and social dynamics that paved the way to legalization. In conversation with Michael Montgomery, reporter and producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED Public Radio, Hecht explains the transformation of medical marijuana from its underground, outlaw status to a burgeoning, billion-dollar retail-industrial complex on the verge of mainstream legalization today. Watch the entire interview on FORA.tv here.

The “Pot Goes Public” video series from FORA.tv Studios can also be found on the new FORA.tv YouTube channel dedicated to video content around the cannabis industry: “Cannabis: Medical, Recreational and Legal.” The first video in the series, “Profits from Pot: Investing and Legalization,” features a conversation with Christian Groh, COO and co-founder of Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm focused on the cannabis marketplace. The second video “Breaking the Drug Taboo ” features an interview with Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The third video “Marijuana 101: Lessons from Oaksterdam ” features an interview with Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University.

FORA.tv Debuts Interview with Dale Sky Jones of Oaksterdam University

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FORA.tv Studios, producers of original, compelling video programs, today announced the debut of the video “Marijuana 101: Lessons from Oaksterdam” featuring an interview with Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, an educational institution which provides training for the cannabis industry. The video is the third installment in the FORA.tv Studios original video series “Pot Goes Public.”

In addition to her role at Oaksterdam University, Jones is also the Chairwoman of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform and has emerged as a vocal advocate for the legalization of marijuana in California and the United States. In conversation with Michael Montgomery, reporter and producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED Public Radio, Jones compares the lifting of alcohol prohibition in the 1930s to the current shift in attitudes toward cannabis as seen in recently enacted state laws. Watch the entire interview on FORA.tv here.

The interview marks the third installment in the “Pot Goes Public” video series from FORA.tv Studios. The first video in the series, “Profits from Pot: Investing and Legalization,” features a conversation with Christian Groh, COO and co-founder of Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm focused on the cannabis marketplace. The second video “Breaking the Drug Taboo” features an interview with Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Additional videos will be added to the “Pot Goes Public” series in the coming weeks.

ABOUT FORA.tv Studios
FORA.tv Studios is the video production arm of FORA.tv. FORA.tv is the leader in video production, online distribution and monetization services for the conference and event industry. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

EXCLUSIVE INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATE LIVE STREAM: FORA.tv to Broadcast Debate Live Wednesday, April 9: Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance

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FORA.tv will present a free live stream of an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that considers whether the millennial generation stands a chance at success in the face of uncertainty. Arguing in favor of the motion are Binta Niambi Brown and W. Keith Campbell, against are David R. Burstein and Jessica Grose.

WHAT: FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance.”

Millennials-growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession-have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired?

WHEN: Wednesday, April 9th at 6:45 pm EDT

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at intelligencesquaredus.fora.tv. The debate will be interactive with a Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Online viewers will also be able to vote along with the live audience members, sharing their opinion before the debate starts and at the conclusion once all arguments are heard. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Binta Niambi Brown
Lawyer, Startup Advisor & Human Rights Advocate

W. Keith Campbell
Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia & Co-Author, The Narcissism Epidemic

Against the motion:
David D. Burstein
Author, Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World & Founder, Generation18

Jessica Grose
Journalist & Author, Sad Desk Salad

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

FORA.tv Debuts Interview with Sir Richard Branson

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FORA.tv Studios, producers of original, compelling video programs, today announced the debut of the video “Breaking the Drug Taboo,” featuring an interview with Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, on the current state of the war on drugs and the business case for legalizing marijuana. The video is the second installment in the FORA.tv Studios original video series “Pot Goes Public.”

As a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Sir Richard Branson has emerged as a proponent for alternative strategies to the tactics used in the current war on drugs. In conversation with Michael Montgomery, reporter and producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED Public Radio, Sir Richard asserts his belief that legalization of marijuana in the United States would be a good move for businesses and governments that would provide a major source of tax revenue. Watch the entire interview on FORA.tv here.

The interview marks the second installment in the “Pot Goes Public” video series from FORA.tv Studios. The first video in the series, “Profits from Pot: Investing and Legalization,” features a conversation with Christian Groh, COO and co-founder of Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm focused on the cannabis marketplace. Additional videos will be added to the “Pot Goes Public” series in the coming weeks, including an interview with Dale Sky Jones of Oaksterdam University.

ABOUT FORA.tv Studios
FORA.tv Studios is the video production arm of FORA.tv. FORA.tv is the leader in video production, online distribution and monetization services for the conference and event industry. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

EXCLUSIVE INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATE LIVE STREAM: FORA.tv to Broadcast Debate Live Wednesday, April 2: More Clicks, Less Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Dead

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FORA.tv will present a free live stream of an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that considers whether the college of the future is online. Arguing in favor of the motion are Anant Agarwal and Ben Nelson, against are Jonathan Cole and Rebecca Schuman.

WHAT: FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “More Clicks, Less Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Dead.”

Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary?

WHEN: Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:45 pm EDT

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at intelligencesquaredus.fora.tv. The debate will be interactive with a Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Online viewers will also be able to vote along with the live audience members, sharing their opinion before the debate starts and at the conclusion once all arguments are heard. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Anant Agarwal
President, edX & Professor, MIT

Ben Nelson
Founder and CEO, Minerva Project

Against the motion:
Jonathan Cole
Provost and Dean Emeritus, Columbia University

Rebecca Schuman
Columnist, Slate and Chronicle of Higher Education

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

FORA.tv Debuts Original Video Series Pot Goes Public

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FORA.tv Studios, producers of original, compelling video programs, today announced the debut of an original video series “Pot Goes Public.” The series provides different perspectives on the business prospects for legal marijuana through interviews with key industry players, and will be available to watch on FORA.tv at fora.tv/potgoespublic.

The first video in the series, “Profits from Pot: Investing and Legalization,” features a conversation with Christian Groh, COO and co-founder of Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm focused on the cannabis marketplace. Hosted by Michael Montgomery, reporter and producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED Public Radio, the conversation covers the evolution of the pot industry, and the business opportunities that Privateer Holdings has pursued. Groh details Privateer Holdings’ latest venture in Canada that will provide medical-grade cannabis to consumers under the Health Canada law slated to take effect April 1, 2014. The operation will be located in a warehouse on Vancouver Island and will produce an estimated 20,000 pounds of medicinal marijuana in the first twelve months.

“‘Pot Goes Public’ marks the debut of original videos from FORA.tv Studios. In the expert hands of Michael Montgomery, the series will explore many of the emerging business, legal and social issues of marijuana moving into the mainstream,” said Blaise Zerega, FORA.tv CEO.

Additional videos will be added to the “Pot Goes Public” series in the coming weeks. The second episode features an interview with Sir Richard Branson. Visit fora.tv/potgoespublic to watch the latest installments.

ABOUT FORA.tv Studios
FORA.tv Studios is the video production arm of FORA.tv. FORA.tv is the leader in video production, online distribution and monetization services for the conference and event industry. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

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