A New Crown Heights Film Company 668 Productions Opens with an Exclusive Screening of Short Films

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From the arenas of Cirque du Soleil, the bright lights of the American Theater and Broadway, an Emmy award-winning director, the camera crew of Inside Amy Schumer and the creative producer of America’s Got Talent, comes 668 Productions: A Crown Heights Film Company.


Willie Jones on the Road: The Trouble with Love
Directed by Jesse Roesler, Written by Wayne Wilson and Jesse Roesler
Comedy Series; Pilot Episode 11 min.

Land of Kings
Directed by Wayne Wilson and Bhavani Lee, Written and produced by Wayne Wilson and William Sturdivant
Comedy Series; Pilot Episode 22 min
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/99260102

Colored Blind
Directed by Timothy Naylor
Written and produced by Wayne Wilson and William Sturdivant
Comedy Series; Pilot Episode 13 min

Founders Matthew Amendt, Wayne Wilson and William Sturdivant are dedicated to the creation, collaboration and execution of original, quality web, television and film content focusing on social relevance and the necessity of storytelling for a hungry generation. Whether it’s WILLIE JONES, a coffee shop idea originally created in 24 hours on the frozen riverbanks of Minneapolis or COLORED BLIND, a comedic satire filmed on the sweltering streets of Brooklyn – the power of humor and the strength of stories continued to inspire and challenge the creators.

For general inquiries, media RSVP and requests for biographies and photography, please contact :

Wayne Wilson
668 Productions
phone. 832 754 3132
email. wayne@668productions.com

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Assisi NPAID®s Carving Out Niche in Veterinary Pain Management

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Fresh off Assisi Animal Health’s introduction of two versions of the Assisi Loop® 2.0 at last month’s American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Conference, the company is so enthused by the positive response from the veterinary profession, the company is rapidly moving forward with its expanded product line. The company recently received its final trademark for NPAID® (Non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory device) and will be introducing new products next year, beginning with a line of wearables designed to accommodate the Loop. 

Pain management and an evolving pain-awareness culture in veterinary medicine have been at the forefront of virtually every major veterinary convention this year and promise to be positioned similarly in 2016.

Add to that the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management will celebrate Animal Pain Awareness Month in September. The theme of the campaign is “Because Their Pain is Our Pain.”

Further recognition of the subject came earlier this year when the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners released revised pain-management guidelines for dogs and cats this year, based on the wide array of advances in the field since their last guideline release in 2007.

Since pain management doesn’t stop in the veterinary office, the Loop offers owners and practitioners a new dimension for their treatment toolbox – at home.

The Assisi Loop® 2.0 is a noninvasive coil wire loop that rests on the injured part of the body to provide healing and reduce inflammation for dogs, cats and horses.

The Loop sends a targeted pulse electromagnetic field (tPEMF™) from outside the body without touching the skin and penetrates through bandages, casts, fur, hair, etc. The tPEMP produced by the loop triggers a micro current to flow into the inflamed tissue, setting up a biological process that increases the production of nitric oxide, a critical chemical in the healing process.

The Loop is priced at $269 (suggested retail, discounted to veterinary professionals) and available at many veterinary hospitals nationwide or by prescription from veterinarians. It delivers 150 treatments of approximately 15 minutes.  The cost is covered to varying degrees by many pet-insurance companies.

The original Assisi Loop was introduced several years ago and exhibited highly positive results in treating orthopedic injuries, degenerative disorders, neurological issues, sounds and post-surgical swelling.

The technology was originally cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in humans as a post-operative treatment of pain about seven years ago. Assisi purchased the animal health rights from the owners, Ivivi Health Sciences.

Although no further regulatory approval is required for use in animals, says Francis Russo, Chief Operating Officer, of Assisi Animal Health, the company is funding clinical trials for the product. 

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the primary therapy mode for treating in pain in animals, yet account for the largest number of adverse drug reactions reported to the FDA, says Russo. Primary problem areas for toxic reactions are gastrointestinal, liver and kidney. This is particularly of concern as pets age.

Russo emphasizes the Loop can be used as a complementary or independent treatment with NSAIDS in dogs, cats and horses, although its use in canine cases far outnumbers the other two species.

In addition to introducing the Loop to veterinarians at major conventions, Assisi sponsors several continuing-education programs for practitioners. “Working closely with veterinarians is a top priority for the company,” says Russo. “We know the faith and confidence pet owners place in their veterinarian and believe the Loop offers them an exciting new treatment option for a variety of cases they face.”

The Loop also shows promise as a key monotherapy or complementary treatment tool to acupuncture, chiropractic and NSAIDs for competitors in agility, obedience and tracking who often incur injuries in training or the competition ring.

One of the Loop’s proponents is Dr. Erin Troy, a Walnut Creek, Calif. veterinarian. She says, “When I talk to the staff, I tell them it’s like laser or acupuncture – we have to have a sense of what we’re treating and where before we just throw the Loop, the laser or the needles at them. I talk to families very frankly about [the Loop], that it’s non-invasive and that there are no side effects – two things I cannot say about drugs. There’s no blood test monitoring to go with it. There’s a good amount of human literature that supports the technology behind it, because we certainly do have some clients more discriminating than others.”

Troy says her practice has an 80 percent compliance rate with the Loop.

Veterinarians can order devices for their patients by contacting their independent distributor or by calling toll-free 1-866-830-7342. Owners and practitioners can obtain more information from the company’s web site, www.assisianimalhealth.com.

About Assisi Animal Health

Assisi Animal Health was acquired in 2013 by Dr. John Wilkerson, a successful medical industry entrepreneur and life science growth investor. Assisi Animal Health is a science-based company specializing in offering clinical therapeutic solutions to veterinarians or by veterinary prescription only to pet owners. Based on its philosophy of a Circle of CareTM, the company helps veterinary professionals and pet owners join to provide the optimal level of care for animals. For more information, visit www.assisianimalhealth.com. Twitter @assisiloop or Facebook Assisi Pain Relief for Pets.

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Two-Time Pro Bowl QB Cam Newton Joins Forces With STACK

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — STACK (www.STACK.com), the nation’s leading multi-platform sports performance content and media company for athletes, announced that Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton has made a strategic investment in the company. Newton now has an equity stake in STACK as it continues to expand its reach and positive impact on athletes across the country.

Newton was blessed with God-given ability but recognizes that his hard work, training and the guidance he received are what ultimately propelled him as an athlete. In joining STACK, Newton hopes to provide the same opportunity to all athletes—to help them reach their full athletic potential through access to STACK’s comprehensive suite of content, tools and digital products.

STACK has always been a resource for athletes looking to get better, and that’s why the brand has been such a natural part of my athletic career,” Newton said. “By partnering with STACK, I can provide advice and guidance to millions of athletes that I may never meet but who want to know what the best athletes in the world are doing. I hope all of these athletes will one day look back and say, ‘I accomplished my dreams and reached my full athletic potential because Cam and STACK gave me the opportunity.'”

Watch Cam’s motivational STACK video: How Champions Are Made

Following his 2011 Rookie of the Year campaign, Newton was the cover athlete for STACK Magazine‘s 2012 Back-to-School issue and has been a close acquaintance of the company ever since. Recognizing that he, The Cam Newton Foundation and STACK shared a mission of enhancing the lives and athletic careers of young athletes, Cam saw a formal relationship with STACK as a great fit.

As a strategic partner of STACK, Newton will provide content and take part in the creation of videos designed to educate and motivate athletes who look up to him. His content submissions will power STACK’s forthcoming launch of a social content platform that will provide unsurpassed access into the lives of pro athletes to engage athletes of all sports and ability levels.

“Cam and STACK both know how important it is for an athlete to have a partner in the pursuit of reaching his or her potential,” said STACK CEO and co-founder Nick Palazzo. “Aligning with Cam will help STACK continue to be that partner for millions of athletes nationwide. By joining forces with true leaders in their respective sports—like Cam—we are creating a next generation content platform that goes deeper with professional athletes and authentically tells their stories.”

STACK exists to educate and inspire the next generation of athletes. STACK is a multi-platform content and media company providing differentiated sports content focused on athletic performance, fitness, nutrition and other important aspects of the athlete lifestyle. STACK engages a massive audience of active millennials through its various platforms, including: STACK.com, the digital home of STACK content and web-based tools, reaching more than 10 million monthly unique visitors; STACK Magazine, targeted to high school athletes, with a circulation rate base of 875,000 and readership of more than 5 million, distributed in 13,500 high schools across the country, representing 75% of all high schools with varsity sports programs; STACK Velocity Sports Performance, the largest athletic performance training organization in North America with 40 training facilities across the United States; and digital applications, including STACK Personal Coach and STACK Conditioning presented by Asics.

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Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend Of $0.12 Per Share

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UVE) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.12 per share of common stock to be paid on October 8, 2015 to shareholders of record on September 23, 2015. If declared and paid as intended, the annual aggregate dividend in 2015 will be $0.48 for each common share.

The declaration and payment of future dividends is subject to the Board’s discretion and will be dependent upon future earnings, cash flows, financial requirements, and other factors.

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc., with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated insurance holding company performing all aspects of insurance underwriting, distribution and claims. Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is one of the leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced its operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Indiana and Pennsylvania.  American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company, also a wholly-owned subsidiary, currently writes homeowners multi-peril insurance on Florida homes valued in excess of $1 million, which are limits and coverages currently not targeted through its affiliate UPCIC.  For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations website at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Such statements may include commentary on plans, products and lines of business, marketing arrangements, reinsurance programs and other business developments and assumptions relating to the foregoing. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Future results could differ materially from those described and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements. For further information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company’s operations and future results, refer to the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Investor Contact: 

Andy Brimmer / Mahmoud Siddig
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

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Almost Family, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Willcare Health Care

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Almost Family, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFAM), a leading provider of home health nursing services, today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the stock of Willcare Health Care (Willcare). With this acquisition, Almost Family will operate over 230 branches across 15 states and its annual net revenue run rate is expected to approach the $600 million mark.Company CommentsWilliam B. Yarmuth, Chairman and CEO of Almost Family, Inc., noted, “We are especially pleased to announce the long-awaited closing of this transaction. I want, in particular, to thank the 1,800 employees of Willcare for their patience, trust and dedication in working through the unusually long New York approval period. We are very much looking forward to building on the strong Willcare foundation as we continue our development efforts in the State of New York and elsewhere.”Financial UpdateThe purchase price for the stock was $50.5 million, and is subject to no further adjustment. The transaction was funded with borrowings on the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility.Excluding certain non-profitable Connecticut operations which were discontinued during the period, the acquired operations generated total revenues of approximately $29.4 million ($27.5 million of which was in New York), branch contribution of $4.7 million and home office costs of approximately $3.1 million in the six months ended June 2015. The Company expects to realize home office synergies of approximately $2 million on a comparable period basis when integration activities have been completed. The Company expects to incur transaction, transition and wind-down expenses of $1.5 million over the balance of 2015.In March 2015 the Company closed on the acquisition of Willcare’s Ohio subsidiary.About Almost Family, Inc.Almost Family, Inc., founded in 1976, is a leading regional provider of home health nursing services, with branch locations (following the closing of the Willcare transaction) in Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi and Alabama (in order of revenue significance).  Almost Family, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate a Medicare-certified segment and a personal care segment.  Altogether, with this transaction, Almost Family will operate over 230 branch locations in fifteen U.S. states.Forward Looking StatementsAll statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “anticipate,” “continue,” or similar terms, variations of those terms or the negative of those terms. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current plans, expectations and projections about future events.Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the Company’s actual results could differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially include: regulatory approvals or third party consents may not be obtained; the impact of further changes in healthcare reimbursement systems, including the ultimate outcome of potential changes to Medicare reimbursement for home health services and to Medicaid reimbursement due to state budget shortfalls; the ability of the Company to maintain its level of operating performance and achieve its cost control objectives; changes in our relationships with referral sources; the ability of the Company to integrate acquired operations including obtaining synergies, integration objectives and anticipated timelines; government regulation; health care reform; pricing pressures from Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party payers; changes in laws and interpretations of laws relating to the healthcare industry; the ability of the Company to integrate, manage and keep secure our information systems; changes in the marketplace and regulatory environment for Health Risk Assessments and the Company’s self-insurance risks. For a more complete discussion regarding these and other factors which could affect the Company’s financial performance, refer to the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its filing on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, in particular information under the headings “Special Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors.” The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements.Almost Family, Inc.
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