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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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SCI Welcomes Industry Veteran to Advisory Board

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QUEENSBURY, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Subcontracting Concepts, LLC is very pleased to announce and welcome Chris MacKrell as a new member to the SCI Advisory Board. SCI’s newly formed Advisory Board has been created to provide strategic guidance and technical advice — ensuring SCI remains the leading third-party administrator as the last-mile supply chain is shaped by new forces.

Chris brings a wealth of knowledge in last-mile logistics to SCI. He will be instrumental in continuing SCI’s market-leading position as the preeminent third-party administrator for logistics brokers and owner operators in the last mile marketplace.

Chris is the co-founder of Custom Courier Solutions and served in various national sales and Senior Operations roles as the Manager of Business Development at CD&L and Regional Vice President – East Sales and Operations at AirNet, a $150M Air freight carrier.

Like SCI, Chris believes strongly in advocating for this industry. In 2013, he testified before a Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety on the key role Owner Operators play in the US economy. He served as the President of the CLDA – Customized Logistics and Delivery Association, formerly the MCAA, and the NYSMCA – New York State Messenger and Courier Association. Prior to his term as President, Chris served as a Chairman of both the CLDA & NYSMCA Government Affairs committee. The NYSMCA is the key trade association advocating for the industry in New York State. He is a recipient of the industry’s Distinguished Service award in 2009 and an inductee into the CLDA Hall of Fame in 2016. The CLDA is the nation’s largest logistics industry trade association. Chris has a B.S. degree in Business from SUNY Brockport. He currently resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

I am thrilled to be part of the SCI team. I have had nothing but great experiences working with SCI as both a client and member of CLDA and I am looking forward to contributing my industry expertise to SCI’s already market-leading technical innovation.”

Peter Fidopiastis, President and General Counsel, states, “We are very excited to welcome Chris to our advisory board at SCI. His track record in this industry is unparalleled, and his vast experience is something of great value to SCI and the future of our business. Mr. Fidopiastis added: “Chris brings a unique perspective in the industry that SCI has never had before.”

About SCI

Subcontracting Concepts, LLC (SCI) is the premier Third-Party Administrator (3PA) servicing the logistics industry. SCI provides its customers with competitive insurance programs, settlement Processing, and personalized customer Service for logistics brokers. Building software and services that can keep up with the demand of the logistics industry has always been our focus. Furthermore, everyone at SCI is dedicated to knowing more about our customers’ needs and adapting to meet them. The SCI team is continually collaborating on new and exciting ways to streamline owner operator enrollment, document management, and verification. SCI combines technology, personal customer service, and years of knowledge and experience to create a one stop shop to ease the burden of owner operator management. For more information visit


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Optiv Security Brings Cybersecurity Innovation to Dallas-Fort Worth

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Doubles North Texas Footprint

Accelerates Ability to Help Clients Optimize, Integrate, Innovate and Operationalize Cybersecurity

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DallasOptiv Security, a security solutions integrator delivering end-to-end cybersecurity solutions across the globe, today announced the opening of its new Dallas Innovation and Fusion Center, a state-of-the-art, more than 14,000-square-foot facility located in the HALL Park complex in Frisco, Texas. The Center brings together a diverse team of cybersecurity experts – cyber digital and risk professionals, threat and innovation experts and others – working together with clients and industry partners to develop integrated, tailored and proactive cybersecurity solutions that address the speed of business change. Optiv’s investment in its new Innovation and Fusion Center doubles the company’s footprint in North Texas, and underscores Optiv’s commitment to helping global clients achieve success by optimizing, integrating, and operationalizing cybersecurity.

“The world continues to change and evolve at an accelerating pace, but the industry’s approach to cybersecurity has largely remained the same – a reactive approach where businesses respond to new external influences or requirements from the outside-in,” said Dan Burns, Optiv’s chief executive officer. “Our Dallas Innovation and Fusion Center accelerates our ability to provide businesses with a new approach that acknowledges and leverages the invention delivered by technology vendors, and then integrates and innovates how technology works together. Further enhanced with the innovation Optiv is developing, we are transforming the cybersecurity delivery and consumption model. This allows Optiv to reduce complexity and remove the symptoms that are roadblocks to business innovation. We are pleased to expand our capabilities in North Texas to better serve our clients and are looking forward to continuing our strategic investment in the region.”

Optiv’s new location features a state-of-the-art Advanced Fusion Center (AFC), an upgrade of the outdated security operations center (SOC) model. The AFC uses data analytics, machine learning, robotics, intelligence and automation capabilities – backed by skilled global cybersecurity experts. The AFC provides the foundation to deliver completely customizable solutions for each client based on the specific organization’s risk tolerance, business model, compliance requirements, and current technology investments.

“Optiv’s focus for the Center will be used to test, evaluate, and deliver new global cybersecurity solutions like our new Cyber-as-a-Service (CaaS™) offerings, it will also provide a global delivery center to grow cybersecurity talent and to provide integrated and innovative design services through workshops where Optiv global services experts work hand-in-hand with clients to design and build real-time custom solutions that address specific business problems and concerns,” said Chad Holmes, Optiv’s chief services and operations officer.

Holmes continued, “Optiv has also incorporated many of these innovations into our new Advanced Fusion Center and will continue to evolve our capabilities across all centers around the world. We are excited to empower locally based organizations and global clients with the ability to leverage the latest technology advances, giving them new choices relating to how they would like to consume cybersecurity services, and greater flexibility to manage their appropriate level of risk.”

Please visit our Website for more information about our cybersecurity solutions and capabilities.

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Optiv is a security solutions integrator – a global, “one-stop” trusted partner with a singular focus on cybersecurity. Our end-to-end cybersecurity capabilities span risk management and transformation, cyber digital transformation, threat management, cyber operations, identity and data management, and integration and innovation, helping organizations realize stronger, simpler and more cost-efficient cybersecurity programs that support business requirements and outcomes. At Optiv, we are modernizing cybersecurity to enable clients to innovate their consumption models, integrate infrastructure and technology to maximize value, achieve measurable outcomes, and realize complete solutions and business alignment. For more information about Optiv, please visit us at


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PPG Directors Approve 6 Percent Dividend Increase to 51 Cents Per Share

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PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The board of directors of PPG (NYSE:PPG) today approved a 3-cents-per-share increase in the company’s dividend, declaring a regular quarterly dividend of 51 cents per share, payable Sept. 12 to shareholders of record Aug. 12.

PPG’s prior quarterly dividend was 48 cents per share.

This marks the company’s 484th consecutive dividend payment. Through ongoing dedication and expertise of its workforce, the company has raised its annual dividend payout for 47 consecutive years and paid uninterrupted annual dividends since 1899.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.4 billion in 2018. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit

We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


PPG Media Contact:

Mark Silvey

Corporate Communications


PPG Investor Contact:

John Bruno

Investor Relations


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