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National Geographic Announces Keegan-Michael Key as Host of Brain Games

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Hit Series Brain Games Gets Hollywood Reboot as World-Famous
Mentalist Lior Surchard Joins Key to Challenge Celebrities With
Interactive Mind Games

Produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz’s Alfred Street Industries
and Magical Elves, the New Iteration of Brain Games Premieres
Dec. 1, 2019, on National Geographic

NEW YORK & WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Geographic announced today that it has tapped Keegan-Michael
Key (“Friends From College,” “Toy Story 4,” “Lion King”) as host of its
rebooted hit series Brain Games. The eight-episode season,
produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz’s Alfred Street Industries and
Magical Elves, adds a Hollywood twist to its classic mind-bending format
by challenging some of the world’s biggest celebrities to realize their
special brain power through fun and highly entertaining interactive
games, illusions and social experiments.

The first five celebrities confirmed are: Kristin Bell (“The Good
Place”), Dax Shepherd (“Bless This Mess”), Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans
Saints), Rebel Wilson (“The Hustle”), and Anthony Anderson (“Blackish”).

Brain Games premieres Dec. 1, 2019, on National Geographic and
will air globally in 172 countries and 43 languages. For more
information visit our press site,
or follow us on Twitter using @NatGeoPR.

In Brain Games, host Key will investigate mind-bending
questions with the help of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Joining Key on
stage in front of the live studio audience, world-famous mentalist Lior
Surchard will assist with brain games and challenges for the celebrity
guests. Meanwhile, field correspondent and science communicator Cara
Santa Maria will take the cerebral challenges on the road and put
everyday people across America to the test. With insight from some of
the world’s leading neuroscientists, engineers and brain experts, we’ll
explore the “why” behind the “wow” of questions like the following: Are
women better communicators? How do our brains control what we love to
eat? Can brain science help us with our dating lives? What is the magic
ingredient to gaining, having and keeping power? And much more!

“I’ve always loved science, and when National Geographic called, I
jumped at the chance to be part of this really amazing series,” said
Key. “I’m going to be bringing some friends along, and together we are
going to explore some really fascinating aspects of the human brain. I
can’t wait to get started!”

“As we looked to revive this much-adored series with a colorful
superstar twist, it’s a no-brainer to introduce Keegan-Michael Key as
host of Brain Games,” said Courteney Monroe, president, National
Geographic Global Networks. “He uniquely possesses the combination of
charm, quick wit, intelligence and humor that’s ideal for in-studio
scenarios, but beyond that, he’s a fan of the series and has a sheer
passion for the science behind how our brains tick.”

Said Cutforth and Lipsitz, “‘Brain Games’ is such an important
part of National Geographic’s screen heritage. It is an honor to have
the opportunity to produce the show and to be working with a giant
talent like Keegan-Michael Key whose humor, magnetism and intellectual
curiosity will elevate the series in an exciting new way.”

“A show like Brain Games belongs on stage in front of a live
audience, where celebrity guests, audience members, and viewers can
experience science in a fun and interactive way. With Keegan-Michael Key
as our host, this high-energy, reimagined version of the original Brain
 will definitely appeal to both the left and right sides of
viewers’ brains,” said Toby Gorman, Executive Producer and Interim CEO
of Magical Elves.

While some episode games — including “Battle of the Sexes,” “Kids vs.
Grownups,” “Laws of Attraction” and “Movie Magic” — are tailored to the
headlining celebrities, others — including “Laws of Attraction,”
“Deception” and “Power of Persuasion” — draw from the most successful
themes across the previous five seasons. The new season includes
a mixture of in-studio and in-the-field game components, physical and
mental games, and the introduction of “The Gauntlet,” a fifth-act
combination of previous episode games to pit celebrity against celebrity.

About Keegan-Michael Key

Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning actor, writer and creator Keegan-Michael
Key is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand forces. With his
extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging talent in both comedy
and drama, Key redefines what it means to be a chameleon and
multi-hyphenate in the worlds of film, television and theater. He will
next appear in two of 2019’s most highly anticipated films,
Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” and Disney’s live action/CGI remake
of “The Lion King.” In addition, he recently wrapped production
in Vancouver on Paramount’s “Playing With Fire,” starring alongside John
Cena, Judy Greer and John Leguizamo. He will soon star opposite Eddie
Murphy in Netflix’s “My Name is Dolemite!”.

Key is represented by UTA and attorney Dave Feldman.

Brain Games is produced for National Geographic by Alfred Street
Industries and Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are
executive producers for Alfred Street Industries. For Magical Elves,
executive producers are Toby Gorman, Casey Kriley, James Rowley and
Lauren Williams. Elisa Key is also an executive producer. For National
Geographic, Matt Renner is executive producer and vice president,
original programming and production; and Geoff Daniels is executive vice
president of global unscripted entertainment.

About Magical Elves:

Magical Elves is the veteran production company behind Emmy
award-winning hits “Top Chef” (Bravo) and “Last Chance Kitchen” (Bravo),
Peabody Award-winning “Project Runway” (Bravo), IDA Award winner “Time
of Death” (Showtime) and the recent streaming successes “Nailed It!”
(Netflix) and “Sugar Rush” (Netflix). Other credits include “Project
Greenlight” (HBO), “Cleveland Hustles” (CNBC), “There Goes the
Motherhood” (Bravo), “Braxton Family Values” (WETV), “Tamar & Vince”
(WETV), “Shine On” (DirectTV), “All in With Cam Newton” (Nickelodeon),
“Last Comic Standing” (NBC), “Cold Justice” (Oxygen), “Top Chef Junior”
(Universal Kids) and the 2017 music documentary “Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul”
(Showtime). Magical Elves is a part of The Tinopolis Group’s portfolio
of production companies.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between the
National Geographic Society and Disney, is committed to bringing the
world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an
unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National
Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo
WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media
and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines;
National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms;
books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include
travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and
e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our
world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years,
and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going
further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the
world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP
returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic
Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation
and education. For more information, visit
or find us on Facebook,
and Pinterest.


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Western Digital Announces Sale of IntelliFlash Business to DDN and Intention to Exit Storage Systems

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Western Digital to Focus on Fabric-Based Data Center Storage Infrastructure and Platforms

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its IntelliFlash™ business to DDN, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management. In addition, Western Digital and DDN have agreed to expand their existing partnership through a multi-year strategic sourcing agreement, under which DDN will increase its purchase of Western Digital’s HDD and SSD storage devices.

This announcement is part of Western Digital’s strategic intention to exit Storage Systems, which consists of the IntelliFlash and ActiveScale™ businesses. The company is exploring strategic options for ActiveScale. These actions will allow Western Digital to optimize its Data Center Systems portfolio around its core Storage Platforms business, which includes the OpenFlex™ platform and fabric-attached storage technologies.

“As we look to the future, scaling and accelerating growth opportunities for IntelliFlash and ActiveScale will require additional management focus and investment to ensure long-term success,” said Mike Cordano, president and chief operating officer. “By refocusing our Data Center Systems resources on our Storage Platforms business, we are confident that the Western Digital portfolio will be better positioned to capture significant opportunities ahead and drive long-term value creation.”

“DDN has deep technical expertise and capabilities in high performance and at scale data environments, and is well positioned to build on and accelerate the success of the business,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president & general manager of the Data Center Systems business. “Importantly, both Western Digital and DDN are aligned in our commitment to executing a smooth transition for all stakeholders. Western Digital will remain one of the largest consumers of IntelliFlash products, and customers will continue to receive best-in-class service and support.”

The transaction is expected to close later this calendar year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Western Digital’s intended exit of Storage Systems is expected to generate an annual non-GAAP EPS benefit of at least $0.20 starting in the fiscal 2020 third quarter ending April 3, 2020. The Company will also incur restructuring and other charges, which are not determinable at this time.

About Western Digital

Western Digital, a leader in data infrastructure, creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Our data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, SanDisk®, WD®, and the Western Digital® brands.

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, OpenFlex, ActiveScale and IntelliFlash are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release discloses the non-GAAP EPS benefit expected from the transaction. Non-GAAP EPS is a financial measure that is not presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The expected Non-GAAP EPS benefit disclosed herein excludes the amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, employee termination, asset impairment and other charges, charges related to cost saving initiatives and convertible debt activity. The timing and amount of these charges and additional charges that may impact the non-GAAP EPS benefit cannot be quantified and are dependent on the timing and determination of certain actions and, therefore, cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a full reconciliation of non-GAAP EPS benefit to the comparable GAAP financial measure depicting the impact of the transaction on a GAAP basis is not available without unreasonable effort.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the timing and expected impact of our strategic partnership and related transaction with DDN, business strategies and growth opportunities, and product and technology portfolio. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements.

Key risks and uncertainties include the possibility that conditions to closing the transaction may not be satisfied, such that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and available on the SEC’s website at, including our most recently filed periodic report, to which your attention is directed. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.


Jim Pascoe

Corporate Communications


Peter Andrew

Investor Relations


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BrightView to Participate in the Berenberg US Stockpicker Conference

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BLUE BELL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BrightView Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BV) (“the Company” or “BrightView”), the leading commercial landscaping services company in the United States, today announced that it will participate in the Berenberg US Stockpicker Conference. The event will consist of one-on-one meetings throughout the day. It will take place in New York City on Thursday, October 3, 2019. The expected attendees from BrightView are Andrew Masterman (President and CEO), John Feenan (Executive Vice President and CFO) and Daniel Schleiniger (Vice President, Investor Relations).

About BrightView

BrightView is the largest provider of commercial landscaping services in the United States. Through its team of approximately 22,000 employees, BrightView provides services ranging from landscape maintenance and enhancements to tree care and landscape development for thousands of customers’ properties, including corporate and commercial properties, HOAs, public parks, hotels and resorts, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, educational institutions, restaurants and retail, and golf courses, among others. BrightView is the Official Field Consultant to Major League Baseball.


Daniel Schleiniger, VP of Investor Relations


Fred Jacobs, VP of Communications & Public Affairs


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GTY’s Business Unit, Questica, Releases New Analytics Capabilities for Its Budget Suite

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Revamped dashboards and reporting features enable secure and actionable client insights

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: GTYH) (“GTY”), a leading provider of SaaS/Cloud solutions for the public sector, announces that its budgeting and transparency subsidiary, Questica Software Inc. (“Questica”), has released revamped dashboard and reporting features for its Questica Budget suite.

The new feature updates allow clients to spend less time compiling numbers and generating reports. Instead, clients can efficiently explore and analyze their budget and other data for actionable insights that can help drive priorities and positive outcomes for those they serve.

“Today’s public sector organizations are under intense pressure to deliver programs and services in a fiscally responsibly manner,” said Stephen Rohleder, CEO of GTY Technology. “Questica’s commitment to ongoing product innovation is one of the ways they deliver an exceptional customer experience. Questica consistently tailors their solutions to meet client requirements by listening to our clients’ strategic priorities, then working with them to build those features.”

Questica Budget’s latest software release (2019.3) enhances the already robust analytics and reporting functionality within the system, allowing users to:

  • Create, personalize and share intuitive dashboards and onscreen reporting with an easy-to-use drag and drop interface
  • Drill-down and drill-through dashboards and Smart reports
  • Turn on/off the table and data visualization chart options for Smart onscreen reporting
  • Access the Report Center’s ready-built, editable templates and add in any additional data desired such as other calculated columns and table features
  • Create reports that have a clean modern look with standard headers, footers, and logo embed options
  • Secure and share the data on dashboards and reports, so users only see what they need to see.

“Data is an important and strategic asset that informs decisions about the programs and services that can be provided, so we want to change how our clients see their budget and financial data,” states James Orr, Product Manager at Questica. “Our contextual dashboards with their interactive charts and widgets can provide organizations better collaboration and decision-making abilities, whether it is accessing cost center and project specific details, comparing the budget to actuals, or assessing performance trends over time.”

For more information about how Questica Budget Suite can help transform your organization’s budgeting and reporting process, please visit our website at, or schedule a personal demonstration with one of our budget professionals.

About Questica

Questica is the recognized leader in budget preparation and management software that enables data-driven budgeting and decision-making, while increasing data accuracy, saving time and improving stakeholder trust. Over 700 education, government and healthcare organizations across North America have opted for smarter planning, budgeting, management, transparency and sharing with our software solutions. Questica is a GTY Technology company (NASDAQ: GTYH).

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About GTY Technology Holdings Inc.

GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) brings leading public sector technology companies together to achieve a new standard in stakeholder engagement and resource management. Through its six business unites, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments, education institutions, and healthcare organizations spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spend; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services.


Media Contacts

Wendy McLean-Cobban

Marketing Director, Questica
C: (416) 998-2407

W: (877) 707-7755 ext. 585

Carter Glatt

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, GTY
(702) 945-2898

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