NEW YORK -- Viva Entertainment Group, Inc (OTC MARKET OTTV), a developer of OTT systems through which television services are delivered using the Internet, is pleased to announce the appointment of FlixFling Founder and CEO, Mr. Thomas Ashley, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Ashley will serve as an independent director of the Company. Viva’s Board is now comprised of four, with Mr. Johnny Falcones, Viva’s CEO, serving as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Ashley is an industry veteran and brings a new dimension to its seasoned board. This wealth knowledge makes the perfect team as the Company embarks on a Global rollout of its cutting edge OTT platform.
Viva’s CEO, Mr. Johnny Falcones expressed, “We are blessed to have Mr. Ashley as a board director his experience in content rights and global distribution makes him nothing short of an industry guru. Mr. Ashley will play a major part in our decision-making when it comes to his fields of expertise. He continues to be a top notch CEO having advanced FlixFling to one of the top streaming music and movie services in North America. The addition of his expertise to Viva’s Board is part of our complete package, rounding out insight into all arenas related to OTT, as we ready our products for global distribution. We could not be more thrilled to have his guidance as we advance Viva’s mission in the market place.
Management Team and Board Member Bio’s
Johnny Falcones, Founder Chairman and CEO Viva Entertainment Group
Johnny Falcones is an industry veteran with the strategic vision, drive, and connections to advance Viva's platform in the TV industry. His extensive experience in the entertainment world drove him to start his quest with Viva. From day one at a young age he helped develop the careers of Marc Anthony, India, and not long ago Soleil J. This champion then continued his career with Icons such as Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. He also developed a successful record label with Universal Music and Video Distribution, turning it in to a multi-million dollar label.
Two decades ago, Falcones was just a Puerto Rican born, cool kid from Brooklyn, who moonlighted as a DJ while attending LaGuardia College in New York .2 turntables & a keen ear, Falcones quickly became the musical authority of NY's Latin House music scene of 90’s. It was one faithful night at Palladium nightclub, where he had a chance encounter with legendary music impresario Ralph Mercado, who recruited him to RMM Records. Together they globalized the Latin record industry, converting starry-eyed local vocalist Marc Anthony & India from buzz act, to icons. Within months, the young up and coming Falcones was globe-trotting with Superstars, Celia Cruz & Tito Puente. Under Falcones’ management, these stars collected a bevy of international awards & were immortalized via ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ slots. Falcones co-exec. produced the White House’s 24th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards in Sep. 2010, which featured a luminaries such Juan Luis Guerra & Don Francisco. He also produced the Last Tito Puente concert Viva La Musica which was release on Showtime pay-per view and the was release on CD and DVD.
Thomas Ashley, Director, Viva Entertainment Group
Thomas Ashley is an unprecedented CEO who brings two decades of experience in the film industry. As founder and CEO of FlixFling, Ashley has created the largest privately held streaming movie service in North America. FlixFling is the only service to offer both streaming music and movies for one low monthly fee. Through its partnership with Music Choice, FlixFling is also the only streaming service to offer streaming music videos across 25 channels. Flixfling boasts over 10,000 titles, with Ashley negotiating all content deals for the company with partners including Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Starz Digital Media, Magnolia Pictures, Image Entertainment and VuBiquity among others. A veteran in the Advertising Industry Ashley's experience is paramount in marketing to mainstream audiences. As CEO of Invincible Pictures, Ashley has created a major independent entertainment group pioneering digital film and television distribution. In November of 2008 Ashley opened Philadelphia Sound Stages a 70,000 Sqft facility including Sound Stages, Production Offices and warehousing for Invincible's pick, pack and ship operations. In May of 2014 Ashley closed his 2nd film acquisitions fund Invincible Entertainment Partners. A follow up to his highly successful 2008 fund IP Film Partners, both with the mission of acquiring, producing and licensing motion picture properties for distribution on a global platform. As part of the fund Invincible co-produced Kevin Smith's newest $5.5MM film “Yoga Hosers” Starring, Smith and his Daughter Harley Quinn, as well as Johnny Depp, and his daughter Lilly-Rose. This is the first time Depp and his daughter shared a screen together. Other notable cast includes Stan Lee, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez. Ashley is a proud member of the board for the Philadelphia Film Society, the non-profit organization behind the Philadelphia Film Festival, A Member of the Entertainment Merchants Association and Volunteer at the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Ashley himself is a cancer survivor and shares a home with wife and son in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
About VIVA Entertainment Group, Inc.
VIVA Entertainment Group, Inc. is a global entertainment and technology company connecting content owners and video distributors to deliver premium content on any smart device with a screen. Viva has developed an OTT system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol suite over a network such as the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal and cable television formats. Viva, your entertainment partner, provides subscribers access to the content they want anywhere, anytime. With a WiFi connection our customers can watch Live TV from around the world, TV shows, as well as movies on demand, Tele-video conference and many other interactive features. Independent and Major film studios, television networks, Telecoms, Cable Companies, and emerging ISPS partner with Viva for enhanced capabilities in multi platform video distribution. The only true end-to-end provider of premium content technology services, VIVA looks to license and deliver to traditional and OTT video distributors across the world. VIVA is a publicly traded company under the stock symbol OTTV www.vivagroup.tv
FlixFling, is Music, Movies and more. FlixFling is the only streaming service where customers can access all of their favorite music and movies for one low monthly fee, with Premium and New Release titles available to rent or purchase. All customers who buy content have it stored in their personal digital locker MyFlix, free forever! FlixFling offers a diverse movie catalog with thousands of titles including FlixFling Exclusives, such as the Kevin Smith’s newest film “Yoga Hosers” major new releases, Like “Star Trek Beyond” and “Ghostbusters” and many hidden gems not found on any other service. Music lovers can stream their favorite songs and music videos from top artists anywhere, anytime. Subscribers also receive one free Premium or New Release rental of select titles every month. Customers who choose to only rent or purchase movies can, sign up for a free FlixFling On Demand account. FlixFling also offers special genre and themed subscription channels including, the award winning documentary channel DOX, other channels include Monsters and Nightmares, Warriors and Gangsters, Nature Vision, CineFest, the Spanish language channel CineReal, and the LGBT movie channel CinePride. For more information, visit www.flixfling.com