Art Brand Studios Acquires Premier Wildlife Print Publisher

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (PRWEB) April 26, 2018

Art Brand Studios, a leading publisher, manufacturer, marketer, wholesaler and branded retailer of fine art reproductions announces the acquisition of Wild Wings, a company representing 50 of America’s top wildlife and Americana/nostalgia artists. Wild Wings has a long history of specializing in art and art-related products that reflect a healthy outdoor lifestyle, with genres that include big game, upland birds, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, wolves, domestic dogs and cats, horses, Native American, nostalgic Americana, rural scenes, fishing, ocean scenes, among others. Wild Wings has always remained true to its nature art heritage and has always made sure to support that which the art depicts. Since the publication of their very first art print in 1970, Wild Wings and the artists they represent have jointly donated a portion of each year’s print editions to conservation organizations across North America. Wild Wings has published over 2500 print editions since 1968, and will now operate under the ABS umbrella.

“Adding Wild Wings to our already impressive line-up of talented artists is exciting on so many levels,” says Mark Mickelson, Managing Partner at Next Point Capitol. ABS is owned by Art Brand Investor, LLC, which is owned by M2 Investment Management, LLC, and managed by Next Point Capitol. Mickelson adds, “Through a broad range of products, from fine art prints to home décor, we are looking forward to marketing and promoting an artistic genre that celebrates wildlife and Americana, and doing it with a company with the same values and creative commitment that ABS was founded on. Shared values are always good business. We are beyond thrilled at this acquisition.”

“I’m sure I can speak for everyone at Wild Wings in saying we couldn’t be more excited about joining the Art Brand Studios organization,” says Randy Eggenberger, President of Wild Wings. “This union brings together the creative talents of some of the most respected names in art including Thomas Kinkade, Terry Redlin and Wild Wings. The combined companies will build on the respective strengths of each organization resulting in exciting new directions and opportunities for our customers, artists, and employees.”

Art Brand Studios is a leading publisher of branded art programs in both Limited and Open Edition. ABS is committed to growing artists’ brands with quality and integrity through corporate and independently owned galleries worldwide, strategic art licenses with Disney and DC Comics, licensing relationships with more than 70 licensees such as Hallmark and Bradford Exchange, and cross-channel marketing that includes everything from web to print to event management and targeted multimedia campaigns. ABS publishes the work of Thomas Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade Studios, Blend Cota, and Marjolein Bastin among others.

Wild Wings is a leading publisher, producer, and distributor of wildlife, sporting, and nostalgic/Americana art prints and art-related products. Founded in 1968, Wild Wings published its first limited edition art print in 1970 and mailed its first direct-mail catalog in 1971. Today, 50 years after its inception, Wild Wings continues to lead the industry in product development and innovative approaches to incorporating nature themes into a wide range of art products, gifts, home furnishings, collectibles and apparel. Wild Wings products are sold under the Wild Wings®, Terry Redlin®, Great Northern Art®, Loon Lake Decoys, and Bouquet & Company® brands at thousands of retail locations and conservation organization events across North America.

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Greenberg Traurig Continues Strategic Growth of Corporate Practice with 2 Additions

NEW YORK (PRWEB) April 26, 2018

The award-winning Corporate Practice at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has grown once again with strategic additions in the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices. Peter Humphreys joins from Hogan Lovells as a shareholder in both offices. Maya Mitchell joins from King & Spalding as of counsel in the New York office.

“These additions underscore Greenberg Traurig’s strategy of providing clients with top-tier service in key areas of the corporate practice” said Alan I. Annex, co-chair of the firm’s global Corporate Practice and a shareholder in New York. “Peter brings considerable experience advising clients on large-stake structured finance transactions. Maya’s experience working with private equity and other clients on the structuring, negotiating and execution of a wide array of corporate transactions further strengthens our existing capabilities.”

Humphreys has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on complex corporate, securities, and finance transactions. He counsels clients on the securitization of consumer receivables, equipment and operating leases, bank loans, and mortgages. He also has experience in public and private markets transactions, the development of new financial products as well as offshore transactions and cross-border deals. Humphreys received his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law; his B.C.L., with honors, from University of Oxford; his LL.B., with honors, from University of London; and his A.K.C. from King’s College London.

“Peter is a high-caliber attorney and we are excited to welcome him to Greenberg Traurig,” the firm’s New Jersey Co-Managing Shareholders Philip R. Sellinger and David Jay said in a joint statement. “Peter’s experience and synergy with our existing client offerings is a value-add for Greenberg Traurig clients in the region and globally.”

“I was attracted to Greenberg Traurig because of its stellar reputation and the opportunity to work across sectors and bring my clients the resources of more than 2000 lawyers throughout 38 offices around the world to help them achieve their business goals,” Humphreys said.

Mitchell advises clients on investment-related activities, focusing on private investment ranging from early-state and venture equity markets to large private equity funds. She provides counsel on an array of transactions including leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments, and carve-out transactions. Mitchell received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her B.A., in Economics, from Wesleyan University.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice comprises more than 450 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America who regularly advise public and privately held companies, entrepreneurs and investment funds on global mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital, underwritten and syndicated offerings, commercial finance and syndicated lending, cross-border transactions, and general corporate matters. The group’s industry experience includes transactions in a wide range of fields, from the pharmaceutical, medical devices, and life sciences fields, to representations involving clients in the aviation, banking, consumer products, energy, food and beverage, health care, manufacturing, media, technology, and telecommunications sectors.

About Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.

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Jennifer Hudson to Perform at “A Mother’s Gift” Benefiting the Julian D. King Gift Foundation

CHICAGO (PRWEB) April 26, 2018

Academy and Grammy Award winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson will perform in her hometown of Chicago for an intimate concert to benefit the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, the charitable organization created in honor of Hudson’s nephew Julian D. King. Hudson will perform two shows during “A Mother’s Gift,” presented by Modern Luxury Chicago and Michigan Avenue magazine, on Thursday, May 10th at the Mayne Stage theater. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m.

Hudson has earned acclaim throughout her extraordinary career and has been celebrated with awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA, and multiple Grammys. In 2009, Jennifer, along with her sister Julia, founded The Julian D. King Gift Foundation, as a catalyst for change in children’s health, education and welfare. The Foundation exists to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they will become productive, confident and happy adults.

Michigan Avenue magazine, celebrating its 10th anniversary, leads the all-star night where its sister publications CS, Modern Luxury NS and Interiors Chicago will assemble for an exclusive celebration to honor Mother’s Day and provide for children in need. Limited tickets are available at $125 for VIP and $95 and $75 for premium tickets. All tickets include food and beverage.

“A Mother’s Gift: An Evening with Jennifer Hudson” presented by Modern Luxury Chicago is proudly supported by A. Perry Homes, BMO Harris Private Wealth, Beam Suntory, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Catered by Design, Conagra Brands, Elysium Surgispa, Hawthorne Aviation, Hilton Chicago / Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, Infinium Spirits, Mesirow Financial, Miller Coors, Signature Transportation Services, and United Service companies.

WHAT: “A Mother’s Gift”: An Evening with Jennifer Hudson presented by Modern Luxury Chicago

DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2018

TIME: 1st Show: 6:30 PM – Doors open at 5:30pm

2nd Show: 9:30 PM – Doors open at 8:30pm

VENUE: Mayne Stage, Chicago, Illinois

TICKETS: $125 for VIP and $95 and $75 for Premium Tickets at

BENEFICIARY: A portion of the proceeds benefit the Julian D. King Gift Foundation

Michigan Avenue magazine is Chicago’s premier luxury lifestyle publication chronicling the renowned people, culture, politics and parties that celebrate Chicago as a world-class city in a glossy, oversized format. From the glistening shores of Lake Michigan to the expansive six-county region that comprises the featured coverage area, Michigan Avenue delivers sophisticated content from an insider’s point of view. Michigan Avenue is published by Modern Luxury, the country’s largest local luxury media company with 84 titles in the top 24 markets in the United States.

Modern Luxury  is the country’s largest local luxury media company with 84 titles in the top 24 markets in the United States. We live where luxury lives, with editors and marketers in all of our cities: Aspen, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, The Hamptons, Hawaii, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orange County, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., and South Florida & the Caribbean. No one gets closer to the luxury community than Modern Luxury.

About Mayne Stage: With a nod to the historic past of this grand facility, Mayne Stage is a historic jewel on Chicago’s north side. Mayne Stage experienced major renovations through 2010, modernizing the building but maintaining its historical integrity and 1930's-era art deco splendor. The results are a unique event space featuring three distinct areas; a spacious mezzanine area, a raised stage with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and a vibrant ground level room. Mayne Stage is part of Stone Heritage Collection, the leading luxury hospitality arm of TAWANI Enterprises, Inc.

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