Leading Comics Use NewTek TriCaster™ to Produce and Live Stream Global Fundraising Effort


November 16, 2011 Transforming the World Through Comedy launches their inaugural event streamed live from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles

Last Updated: November 14, 2011 10:31 pm GMT
(San Antonio, California--November 14, 2011) NewTek, worldwide leader in portable live production and 3D animation systems, announced today that the NewTek TriCaster™ portable live production system will be used to produce and live stream the Transforming the World Through Comedy (TWTComedy) inaugural event.

The live stream will begin at 8:00pm ET on Wednesday evening and progress through the evening, with live performances from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Fans may access the stream at http://www.stickam.com/twtcomedy.

The comedy fundraiser will benefit Haiti through local projects such as building schools for orphaned children, and micro-financing support for small businesses. In addition, funds will also benefit the Empowered Youth Initiative in the United States through Off the Mat into the World.

“Thanks to NewTek TriCaster, we can expand our fundraising efforts beyond the three great comedy clubs in New York, Chicago and L.A. to a global audience,” says Amber J. Lawson co-founder of TWTComedy. “As comedy business veterans, we are surrounded by the gift of laughter and know the power of it. By bringing our message to the world through network-quality streaming we can make a huge difference for the charities we support.”

Performances include*:
New York City/Gotham Comedy Club – Tom Papa, Gary Gulman, Rachel Feinstein, Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane.
Chicago/Zanies Comedy Club - Bobby Slayton, Dwayne Kennedy, Pat Tomasulo, Michael Issac and Pat McGann
Los Angeles/Hollywood Improv - Marc Maron, Retta, Jeff Ross, Wayne Federman and Ben Morrison.

*Participants subject to change

“TriCaster is changing the face of global fundraising. In the past, a select few events could find an national audience on broadcast television,” said Philip Nelson, SVP Strategic Development of NewTek. “SXSW4Japan, Hollywood Helps Alabama – Red Cross Fund Raiser and many more charity events have found a global audience and increased their opportunity to help people thanks to TriCaster.”

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles and motion graphics with multi-channel effects. TriCaster is used by webcasters, schools, sports organizations, broadcasters, houses of worship, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.

Pricing and Availability
The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available for education in North America starting at US$4,995 and in multi-standard for US$5,995. For more information, please visit http://www.newtek.com, or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441. International callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

About NewTek
Benefiting producers and artists with cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek is a worldwide leader in portable live production, video editing, 3D animation and special effects tools, including the TriCaster™ product line, 3Play™ and LightWave 3D®. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards.

Clients include: TWTComedy, Adam Carolla Podcast, Kevin Pollak Chat Show, MTV, TWiT.TV, ESPN X Games, New York Giants, NBA Development League, Fox News, BBC, NHL, Nickelodeon, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports, USA TODAY. NewTek products have been used in feature films and television shows, including "Avatar," "TinTin," "Repo Men," "V," "Fringe," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and more.

NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas. Please visit: http://www.newtek.com.

About Transforming The World Through Comedy (TWTComedy.com)
Off the mic and into the world. Transforming the world Through Comedy is the annual global event brainchild of Amber J. Lawson, Zoe Friedman and Jodi Lieberman. The multi-platform event raises funds and awareness through comedy performances in venues & streamed live from various time zones around the world. The funds raised support the annual catalytic philanthropy.

Zoe Friedman was Vice President of Original Programming at Central Central for the last 10 years. Prior to that, she booked and produced stand-up comedians for Late Show with David Letterman. She is currently working on a documentary about The Improvisation.

Amber J Lawson – most recently served as AOL’s Head of Programming and Development, Comedy Publisher for Babelgum Global and is currently the Chairman of IAWTV Awards.

Jodi Lieberman spent over 10 years programming and heading the world renowned Montreal Comedy Festival: Just For Laughs. She currently works at Parallel Entertainment where she manages the careers of internationally celebrated comics.


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