(NewsUSA) - Gordon Scott Venters thrives on challenges. As CEO of The Movie Studio (TMS) in Hollywood -- that's Florida, not L.A. --he's been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and has carved out a career where others have failed.
Venters' resume reads like a who's who of Hollywood (California), where he was president, CEO and director of Destination Television, now TMS. While Venters has a soft spot for the West Coast, he is betting that, unlike California, South Florida will become the premier destination to produce motion pictures.
"The energy is completely different here than in California, and making movies in Florida has some terrific advantages," said Venters. "The visual landscape is stunning from a cinematic standpoint, there are diversified places to shoot and great visual optics. That's the value proposition in Florida."
It also doesn't hurt that the rich and famous work and play in the Sunshine State.
As an undervalued publicly traded company, according to Venters, he knows that, although risky, there are huge opportunities for growth for TMS (OTC: MVES).
"We want to give our followers, shareholders and supporters the chance to be a part of what we see as one of the newest hot studios providing full services in distribution, creativity and complete production from South Florida," Venters said.
Currently, TMS has acquired Seven Arts Entertainment, which gives the South Florida-based company access to a movie library of 12 titles, including "Sleep When I'm Dead" with Clive Owens, "Johnny Pneumonic" with Keanu Reeves, and "A Shot At Glory" with Robert Duvall, among others. Additional libraries are under negotiation for acquisition. Venters says he plans to bundle these and more high-profile films with indie movies that the studio has produced, such as "Exposure" -- released on Netflix and on Amazon and in Walmart, Best Buy and Target.
Other movies in the pipeline for TMS are "Bad Actress," "Double Exposure" and a new mob film "Mafia Wife," the tell-all all expose that finally reveals, according to the mafia wives whose husbands claimed they were there, who killed Jimmy Hoffa, why and how they disposed of the body (www.MafiaWifeTheMovie.com). The latter was cast by Ellen Jacoby. Jacoby has recently cast such major motion pictures as "Rock Of Ages" with Tom Cruise and "Change Of Heart" with Jim Belushi.
The Movie Studio, Inc. is also involved with considering additional film projects, music videos, television shows and other intellectual properties. To learn more, visit www.TheMovieStudio.com.
WINNSBORO, La. â€“ There is something special in this community that comes to town every summer.
Itâ€™s the Deep South PRCA Rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30-Saturday, Aug. 1, at Deep South Rodeo Arena in Winnsboro. Itâ€™s a busy week for local organizers, and itâ€™s a big week for the staff of Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeo, which will produce event.
â€śPete brings some really good stock to our rodeo, and thatâ€™s really good for us,â€ť said Skipper Stinson, a key member of the committee that produces the annual rodeo. â€śThat helps make our rodeo better. The better the cowboys and the better the stock, the better the rodeo is going to be.â€ť
Some of the top names in the game have found success in Winnsboro, including Louisiana cowboys who try to make their way back home to compete at the event even through the rigors of the rodeo schedule.
â€śWhen you go to Peteâ€™s rodeos, you know youâ€™re going to have a shot to win first,â€ť said bareback rider Winn Ratliff of Leesville, La., a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier who also added victories at Carr events in the Texas towns of Weatherford, Nacogdoches and Crosby. â€śYou have to do your part and ride good, but if you do your job, youâ€™re going to have the opportunity to win the rodeo.â€ť
Thatâ€™s often the case, no matter where the Carr animals perform.
â€śPete Carr is one of the premier stock contractors in the world,â€ť said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a five-time NFR qualifier from Heflin, La. â€śPete taking it another step further is amazing to me. Itâ€™s just going to make it better for everybody.â€ť
DeMoss is the reigning champion at the Deep South Rodeo, so he knows as well as anyone. A year ago, he matched moves with Carrâ€™s Night Train for 88 points to win the Winnsboro title.
â€śPete has such an array of horse now that no matter where he goes, he will have it to where everybody has a chance to win money,â€ť DeMoss said. â€śItâ€™s a riding contest instead of a drawing contest, and thatâ€™s what Peteâ€™s got in his mind to do. Iâ€™m behind him all the way.â€ť
That bodes well for those who have plans to take in the annual rodeo.
â€śIt is a very established rodeo thatâ€™s been around a long time,â€ť said Andy Stewart, the rodeoâ€™s announcer from nearby Collinston, La. â€śWe saw a lot of great cowboys from that area over the years that come to that rodeo.â€ť
The legacy is still growing.
â€śWe get a lot of the circuit cowboys to come, and we get a lot of the great guys from our area,â€ť said Stewart, who has been nominated six times as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association announcer of the year. â€śThe thing that Pete Carr and his crew provides at this rodeo is professionalism and production.
â€śThis is a very small arena and a very small community, but we bring in a great production and great animals. Itâ€™s a great, professional show.â€ť
Thatâ€™s just what fans want.
LOVINGTON, N.M. â€“ There are many reasons why the Lea County Fair and Rodeo is recognized as one of the biggest and best events in ProRodeo.
From hospitality to award-winning livestock to an amazing purse, the regional exposition is home to a highly touted event among the top professionals in the game. This yearâ€™s rodeo is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 8, at Jake McClure Arena on the Lea County Fairgrounds in Lovington.
â€śThere are fans that donâ€™t get to see rodeo outside Lovington, but weâ€™re trying to put together a rodeo theyâ€™d want to see anywhere,â€ť said Greg Massey, chairman of the rodeo committee. â€śWe strive to put together a National Finals Rodeo experience for them right here at home. I think weâ€™ve been able to do that.â€ť
Indeed. Each of the past two seasons, the Lea County Fair and Rodeo has been a top-five finalist for the Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Annually the rodeo features the numerous world champions and regular NFR qualifiers all vying for a shot at the coveted championship.
Just look at the reigning Lovington champions as proof: 21-time world titlist Trevor Brazile earned the steer roping crown en route to his fifth steer roping gold buckle; four-time world champ J.W. Harris won the bull riding title; three-time year-end winner Tuf Cooper won the tie-down roping crown; 10-time NFR qualifier Cody DeMoss won saddle bronc riding; three-time finalist J.R. Vezain earned the bareback riding championship; and steer wrestler Ty Erickson added the title en route to his first NFR qualification.
â€śPete Carrâ€™s been around our rodeo long enough that people know his stock, and I think the contestants look at that a lot when they enter,â€ť Massey said. â€śI think thereâ€™s a friendliness to the event with what we do for the contestants.
â€śWe have the schedule and the format so they can compete here and still be able to make it to all those other big-money events that same week.â€ť
Barrel racers and roughstock cowboys â€“ those who ride bucking horses and bulls â€“ all compete in one go-round, while other timed-event contestants compete in two rounds. Steer wrestlers, team ropers and tie-down ropers will compete in the first round during their given day, with the top performers returning to compete in the evening performances for the second round; the rest will run in Round 2 during the afternoon performance.
The format allows for the cream of the crop to play the game in front of some of the most knowledgeable fans in the game and others who are in Lovington to take in all the entertainment possible through the fair.
Many of the top contestants have ties to Lea County, including team ropers Jim Ross Cooper and Jake Cooper of Monument, both of whom are among the top cowboys in their given disciplines; tie-down roper Clint Cooper, a five-time NFR qualifier who grew up in Lovington; Marty Jones, a 16-time finalist, in both tie-down and steer roping, from Hobbs; and bareback rider Luke Creasy, an Alberta-born bareback rider who is trying to secure his first berth to the finals while living in Lovington.
â€śIn talking to the cowboys during the NFR, the one thing I hear across the board is they like the atmosphere here in Lea County,â€ť said Corey Helton, chairman of the Lea County Fair Board. â€śThey feel like we do everything we can to accommodate them. Thatâ€™s got to be one common denominator for our rodeo.â€ť
Hundreds of ProRodeoâ€™s greatest stars make their way to Lea County every August for a lot of reasons. The fans reap the rewards.
For instance, while more than a quarter of adults surveyed said they lied to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth, those who live in Atlanta (82 percent) are more likely to be honest about how often they floss. Could that be Southern manners at play?
Conversely, one in five, or 20 percent, of Chicagoans said they would rather sit in an hour of the city's notorious gridlock traffic than floss daily. In D.C., less than one in five participants, or 18 percent, said they would let a friend know if they had something in their teeth.
Other key survey findings by geographic region:
* Three in five (60 percent) of U.S. adults, including New Yorkers, who have a partner say their partner's oral health has an effect on their intimacy.
* Twenty percent of Houstonians guessed incorrectly when asked what a periodontist treat-ed versus a majority of those in other metro areas.
* Almost half of those in Los Angeles (45 percent) and Boston (44 percent) are more likely than those who live in Chicago or Houston to say a smile is the first thing they notice when meeting someone they are attracted to.
* 21 percent of Philadelphians would rather wait in a long check-out line than floss.
So, while the survey indicates oral health habits may differ from region to region, it also clearly shows that Americans do have one thing in common -- we all don't floss as frequently as we should.
While flossing should only take an extra minute or two each day, it would appear it's more than we're willing to give. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in dental plaque, which brushing alone won't remove, so that should be incentive enough to get flossing.
Whatever the reason for our reluctance to floss, there are benefits to showing your teeth a little love, according to the AAP.
The most obvious is that flossing prevents plaque, and those 500 bacterial species, from building up below the gum line, causing swelling and eventually leading to periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to a host of oral health issues such as receding gums, tooth decay and tooth loss, and is even linked to other chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable by brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation. If you are at risk for or have gum disease, a periodontist has the specialized training and expertise for the right treatment.
For more information, visit www.perio.org.
LOVINGTON, N.M. â€“ Rodeo is nothing new to the folks in Lea County; many know all the intricacies that go into each event.
The Lea County Fair and Rodeo features the very best bull riders in the world on one night during Lea County Xtreme Bulls, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Jake McClure Arena.
â€śItâ€™s an extraordinary event,â€ť said Greg Massey, chairman of the rodeo committee. â€śWeâ€™re going to have the top 40 bull riders all here competing. Rodeo fans will get to see their favorites, but it also draws a bit of a different crowd, people that enjoy thrill-seekers.
â€śOur Xtreme Bulls has grown every year. Itâ€™s been a big hit.â€ť
The 2014 championship was a huge hit for Tim Bingham, a 23-year-old bull rider from Honeyville, Utah. He won both go-rounds â€“ he scored 89.5 points to win the first round on Salt River Rodeoâ€™s Lucky Dog, then followed with a 91 on Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Lineman. It was the perfect finish for a solid week on the ProRodeo trail.
â€śThat was my first Division I win,â€ť he said of the elite level of Xtreme Bulls competition, which also features a Division II level. â€śDivision I events throw out the big money.â€ť
Thatâ€™s true. By dominating the event in Lovington last August, Bingham pocketed $11,577. His big-time run began the week before by winning the Division II event in Dodge City, Kan. He also earned paydays in Abilene, Kan., and Sidney, Iowa, to earn more than $18,000 in eight days.
â€śBy winning both rounds, I maxed out on what I could get in Lovington,â€ť said Bingham, who parlayed that run and a few others into his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sportâ€™s premier championship that crowns world champions each December. â€śThat win threw me up in the standings so high that I was ensured I was going to make the NFR. There was no stress needed.
â€śThat threw me so far off the bubble, I knew I was going. At the time, it moved me into contention for the world title. I had a legitimate shot at winning the world title with that big boost.â€ť
In rodeo, dollars not only pay bills, they also count as championship points. Contestants in each event that finish with the most money are crowned world champions. Bingham ended the 2014 campaign with $115,670, good enough for seventh place in the world standings. The Xtreme Bulls tour made a big difference in how the Utah cowboy finished the season.
â€śItâ€™s very important, because they pay good and itâ€™s just bull riding,â€ť Bingham said. â€śIn the money I won last year, $20,000 came in the Xtreme Bulls. It made a big difference to my standings and placing in the world.â€ť
The tour also is important for fans who love a good show. The Lea County Xtreme Bulls features the top 40 bull riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competing in one go-round. The cowboys with the top 12 scores advance to the championship round, and the overall winner is the cowboy with the best aggregate score on two rides.
â€śThe fans who come to our Xtreme Bulls tell us how much they enjoy it, so itâ€™s a valuable part of our fair and rodeo,â€ť Massey said. â€śIt is an awesome production to watch.â€ť
Yes, it is.
DUNCAN, Okla. â€“ Next weekâ€™s run of rodeos is a vital time in the schedule of the Prairie Circuitâ€™s top players.
ProRodeo cowboys and cowgirls call it the â€śKansas Run,â€ť because of the weeklong series of events that take place primarily in the Sunflower State. Itâ€™s a great opportunity for the sportâ€™s stars to earn big paydays while competing at events that are within close proximity to one another. That includes those battling for the regional honors.
The â€śKansas Runâ€ť is a vital cog for those hoping to qualify for the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15-Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Stephens County Arena in Duncan.
The biggest event in the region is Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, which is part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour and offers the largest purse among all events in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Also in Kansas are events in Hill City, Phillipsburg and Abilene, and a couple of other communities that border the Prairie Circuit also count their events toward the standings.
How important is the run that concludes the first weekend in August? Each of the nine year-end champions utilized those earnings to claim their crowns last season, with heeler Billie Saebens and barrel racer Gretchen Benbenek pulling in the largest sums. Saebens, who competed with header Adam Rose last season, won the title in Sidney, Iowa, and finished third in the three-run average in Dodge City. He pocketed $6,575.
Benbenek cashed checks at four stops; she finished fourth in Dodge City and placed in Abilene, Phillipsburg and Sidney to add $6,000. It helped to propel the Montana-born cowgirl to her second straight regional crown.
Steer wrestler Stockton Graves won Hill City and earned nearly $1,000, while bareback rider Caine Riddle shared the victory in Phillipsburg and placed in Abilene and Sidney to collect $2,784. Header Andrew Ward, roping with his brother, Reagan, finished fourth in Phillipsburg, earning $2,108, while tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger earned $2,176 in Hill City and Abilene.
Chet Herren took advantage of the only event of the week that held steer roping in Dodge City, placing in the second round to add a little more than $1,000, while bull rider Bart Miller won the first round and finished second in the average inside Roundup Arena to pocket $4,591.
Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell posted the highest marked ride of the 2014 season with a 92 during the championship round in Dodge City to win the two-ride average championship; he also added money in Phillipsburg to deposit $4,600.
The week is filled with promise and opportunity, and last yearâ€™s winners need to capitalize again if they hope to return to the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo and have a chance to defend their titles.
It should be worth it for fans, too.
EAGLE, Colo. â€“ Richmond Champion knows what itâ€™s like to be on the perfect joyride.
â€śThe only bad thing is when you get the whistle, you donâ€™t want to stop,â€ť said Champion, a 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from The Woodlands, Texas.
Heâ€™s talking about matching moves with Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Dirty Jacket. On Wednesday night, the tandem met again during the first performance of the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo; they danced across the Johnette Phillips Arena dirt for 90 points to take the early lead in bareback riding.
It marked the third matchup in less than a year for Champion and Dirty Jacket, the 2014 Bareback Horse of the Year; Champion won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo last July after a 91-point ride on Dirty Jacket, then won the fifth go-round at the 2014 NFR on the 11-year-old bay gelding.
â€śItâ€™s been a heck of a year so far,â€ť said Champion, who is ranked 42nd in the world standings and needs a big push through the remaining weeks of the 2015 season if heâ€™s going to return to Las Vegas for ProRodeoâ€™s finale. â€śI was so excited. It was the first one Iâ€™ve drawn this year that Iâ€™ve jumped out of the van and went for a run.
â€śhe horses buck up here in Eagle. The cool weather and the mountains make it awesome.â€ť
It marked the fourth time this season that Dirty Jacket has been at least 90 points: He matched moves with Jessy Davis for 93 points at the San Angelo Cinch Shootout in February. Dirty Jacket posted 90 points in Weatherford, Texas in June, and two weeks later posted a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association best 92-point ride in Pecos, Texas.
â€śHe looked awesome and felt outstanding,â€ť Champion said of the horse. â€śHeâ€™s definitely one of a kind. I felt good. Regardless if that score holds up to win, it always feels good to be 90 and make a good ride.â€ť
Through the struggles that have been Championâ€™s season, he continues to battle through the roller coaster that is ProRodeo. He said traveling with four-time world champion Kaycee Feild, NFR-qualifier Davis and Mason Clements has helped a ton, but thereâ€™s a lot more to bareback riding. On a 100-point scale, half the points are awarded to the cowboy, with the other coming from the horse.
Getting the right horse at the right time makes a big difference. The Texas cowboy hasnâ€™t had as many opportunities this season as he did in 2014.
â€śThings have progressively been getting better now regarding my riding,â€ť Champion said. â€śIâ€™ve got a new rigginâ€™ and a new pad, and Iâ€™m going out of my way to set myself up for success. My drawing good horses is picking up, too.
â€śOf course, having Dirty Jacket will help turn your whole world around. Thereâ€™s literally not another horse like him.â€ť