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EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT STARTS WITH TRYING

Success does not lie in results but efforts. Being the best is not so imperative, doing the best you can is all that matters. It doesn’t take a lot to recognize greatness, successful people look like you and me, the only difference is they know what they’re after and won’t halt at nothing till they reach their goal. The current CEO of Brooknol Advisors, Brian Mulligan knows a thing or two about what it takes to be at the top.
In his 30 years in the business, Brian has been fortunate enough to hold some esteemed positions in different media/entertainment houses.CEO of Universal Television, Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures, EVP/CFO of a Fortune 50 company, chairman of FOX Broadcasting and Cable,EVP of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development Universal ,SVP of MCA INC , Vice Chairman of Media/Telecom of a Money Center Bank, Senior Executive Advisor Boston Consulting, , and worked extensively in/with private equity. These are all positions Brian has served and has been Influential in the management of over $175 billion of media and entertainment transactions.
Brian Mulligan is adept in almost every field he puts a little effort into. Music publishing, film, sports, TV, Cable, cable channels, broadcast, video games, international entertainment, theme parks, property structuring, are all things Brian is eclectic at. Brian is an avid sports contributor being part of the Sports Business Institute and International Entertainment and Media Roundtable and is also a featured speaker on sports broadcasts. Through his many engagements in numerous activities over the years, he has acquired a number of accolades including “top 50 most powerful people in Hollywood” by Premiere Magazine.
Brian’s philanthropist is also evident in his work with his engagement in various charitable causes a namely; City of Hope, MCA Charities, United Way, Land of the Free Foundation, YMCA, USC Marshall School Dean Scholarship Fund, UCLA Anderson Dean Society, UCLA Lifetime Associate Member just to name a few. Brian has done it all, his prowess in different fields comes as a gift to many, gifts he has worked his whole life to have. Brian has lived a life to be emulated conquering everything that comes his way. Success comes from perceiving that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Brazil’s Stock Market Could Be Profitable in 2015

Brazil is proving to be one of the best places to invest in 2015. Many people are looking to take advantage of the country’s financial woes to make a bundle. Brazil’s market value has dropped to an all-time low, and its dollar value has dipped to its lowest level since 2005.

Many analysts are saying Brazil is the place to go if you’re looking to make some real money. “With everything being marked down, smart money says Brazil is the best place to go,” says Scott Bok, CEO of Greenhill Investments. Although Brazil’s market has always had the tendency to expand, the unfortunate by product of that is corruption. Many analysts believe the country’s government is solely responsible for its woes.

Although many banks in Brazil suffered some under the populist policies, banker Igor Cornelsen gives a lot of insight as to why a few private banks were able to weather the storm. According to Cornelsen, knowledge of the market can make all the difference in the world. “You must know the basics,” according to Cornelsen. The long-time investment banker, who currently runs Bainbridge Investments, Inc., has a solid reputation as a financial advisor.

Cornelsen’s strategies often include long-term investments. He always coaches clients to do their homework, and avoid companies plagued with problems. Cornelsen also encourage investors to keep an eye on connected markets like China (Brazil’s largest trading partner) so you can get a better grasp on investments. Although Brazil’s market is a bit shaky, Cornelsen says the exportation of goods should put investing back on pace.

Potential investors would be wise to steer clear of energy stocks. Currencies and equities are slated to do good in the long-term. The bottom line is – get all the information you can before you invest. Brazilian investment blogs have a good deal of information.

New Lawsuits Are Helping To Redefine What It Means To Be An Employee

Twenty years ago, it was pretty clear whether or not you were an employee of a company. If you were paid a regular wage, were expected to work a certain number of hours and had to obey a set of Handy company rules, than most people considered you an employee.

But with the rise of “demand economy” jobs like Uber, it’s no longer clear what rights workers have when they’re on the job. With any uncertainty comes lawsuits and a number of pending court actions may redefine what it means to be a worker in today’s economy.

For instance, Uber claims that it is merely a broker that connects potential riders and the drivers. But it is facing multiple international lawsuits that claim the company is essentially serving as the driver’s employer by setting rates, providing training and decommissioning drivers who receive too many bad ratings.

These lawsuits are expected to play out for many years. But when it’s all over, there may be a clearer answer to the question “Who do you work for?”

U2 Finally Performs “Crystal Ballroom” Live

According to Eric Pulier, U2 has been on their World Tour promoting their latest album Songs of Innocence. One of the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of the album is a song called “Crystal Ballroom.” Fans have been clamoring for them to play it live, but they just hadn’t yet done so. Finally, at their fourth consecutive show at Chicago’s United Center on June 29th, they gave into the fans’ requests and did it.

The song is a nod to their early days in Dublin. They used to perform at a punk club called McGonagle’s, but historically known as The Crystal Ballroom. Bono told the crowd that his parents even used to hang out there. It was weird to be playing in a club where they used to go make out. Nevertheless, it was a great place to play.

By this point, the band has now played every song (including bonus tracks) from the new album, save two. Perhaps these will be premiered at the fifth and final Chicago show on Thursday?

Taylor Swift Changes Course for Apple Music

14 years ago, Apple launched iTunes. Their online music store revolutionized the way music was purchased by allowing users to purchase individual tracks rather than full albums. Some have credited iTunes with the destruction of most brick and mortar music stores. On June 30th, Apple will launch a new entry to the music world; Apple Music. The online streaming service will have a $10 subscription fee. Subscribers will be able to stream music, have access to an internet radio, and even use the service to discover up and coming talent. The service is expected to be a hit among apple users, but many musicians had issues with the business model.

According to Epoch Times, Apple is giving users a free trial period before they pay their first subscription fee, but the company had not planned to pay artists royalties during the trial period. Most artists were upset by his news. Taylor Swift took to tumblr to write an open letter to Apple about why she was upset, and why she would be withholding her latest album from the streaming service. Her letter found support from many others in the music world.

According to the New York Times the young star’s efforts were a resounding success. The lack of an album from one of the biggest pop stars in the country would have seriously hurt Apple’s newest product launch. The company has decided to change it’s policy regarding paying artists during the trial period as a result. Swift went to twitter to thank her fans for their support in the issue.

Elvis Costello Writing Memoir

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is writing a memoir of his nearly fifty years in the music business. The book will be published by Penguin and is scheduled to be in stores this fall.

It’s interesting to consider memoirs written by music stars.Costello is writing this book entirely by himself, which makes it different from the many star autobiographies that are ghost written.

In my opinion, one of the best books by a rock star about himself is the “unauthorized autobiography” X-Ray by Ray Davies of the Kinks. Davies tells his own story in an offbeat and nonlinear manner that is unconventional but not too strange. I was surprised to find how conservative he is in many ways, and that he rarely parties at all. There was also some good insights into why he and his brother Dave are always feuding with one another.

Fans like Brad Reifler know that reading a memoir by a favorite musician doesn’t necessarily make you like them more. Maybe musician memoirs should come with warning stickers. I read Neil Young’s memoir Waging Heavy Peace recently and was shocked by how tedious many of his interests are. There are long sections in the book about his model train collection that were extremely boring. Knowing all about his thoughts on Lionel trains doesn’t make his music sound any better either.