9 of our Los Angeles talent were requested as extras for a time piece called "The Perfect Sacrifice"
Set in Chicago and Mississippi in 1955 during the pre Civil Rights epoch, just as tensions in the South vehemently surge following the Brown v. Board of Education one year earlier, this film gives a first hand look at the internal struggle Mrs. Bradley faces following her son's murder as well as the outward battle she endures in trying to view his body.
The film focuses on the day before Emmett Till's funeral. In Chicago, upon receiving Emmett's body that has been shipped from Mississippi, Mamie Till-Bradley, Emmett's mother, is told by Funeral Director A.A. Rayner that the very large pine box carrying her son's remains cannot be opened because it has been sealed and locked by the state of Mississippi.Mrs. Bradley is faced with the decision to either allow his murder to be swept under the rug or to take a stand against this blatant injustice and push for an open-casket funeral so that the world will see what happened to her son.
Emmett "Bobo" Till was born July 25, 1941 in Chicago to Louis and Mamie Till. He was raised in Argo, a little town just outside of Chicago by his mother and grandmother, Alma Spearman. He was a very industrious kid who took great pride in everything he did. As a young child, he found work by assisting the Milkman with delivering bottles to people in the neighborhood and for that he would receive tips. At the time of his death, he was an 8th grader at the all-black McCosh Elementary School on the South Side. He would often take on chores at home such as cooking and cleaning as a way to ease the load on his mother who worked long hours as a clerk typist for the Air Force.
He was quite a playful and boastful young man who loved being the center of attention. He would often tell jokes and pull pranks on his cousins and friends. His favorite comedian was George Gobel, whom he would often imitate. Although suffering from polio at the age of three, which left him with a slight limp and speech defect (stutter), he was a very self-assured young man who commanded attention wherever he went. On August 20, 1955, Emmett traveled to Mississippi to visit his great-uncle and cousins. Turning fourteen just weeks before, this was Emmett's first trip to Mississippi without his mother. Before he left, Mamie warned him of the differences between Chicago and Mississippi and instructed him to act accordingly, especially in the presence of whites. Four days into his trip, he and his cousins went to Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market to buy snacks. The market was owned by a white couple, Roy Bryant and Carolyn Bryant. Carolyn was alone in the store when the children arrived.
Although it is unclear what happened inside the store when Emmett entered to buy bubblegum, once he left, Carolyn Bryant soon followed. At that point, Emmett turned and whistled at her. His cousins were afraid and they all left immediately. Four days later, early Sunday morning, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam went to Emmett's great-uncle's house and took him from the bed he was sleeping in. Roy and J.W. took Emmett to a barn on J.W.'s property where he was beaten to a pulp, tortured beyond belief and then shot in the head. The men then picked up a 70 pound cotton gin fan and tied it around Emmett's neck with barbed wire and then tossed his body in the Tallahatchie River. Emmett was missing for three days before a teenager fishing in the river noticed two feet bobbing out of the water. Emmett's naked body was pulled from the river and revealed a corpse that was so mutilated that he could only be identified by the ring his mother had given him just before his trip. Mamie received word that her son's body had been found and was to be buried that same day by orders of the Sheriff (COVER UP)... After all, the only way to prevent people from seeing something is to bury it.
Mamie rallied officials in Chicago to have her son's body shipped back home. He arrived in Chicago, September 4, 1955. Instead of allowing the incident to be swept under the rug, Mamie made a bold statement by putting her son's body on display so that the world could see what happened to him and to reveal hatred in its ugliest form.
This is a great opportunity for our talent to get to help tell this true story. Congrats to all of our talent who were chosen to take part in this film!
50 of our Michigan talent were requested to audition for the upcoming feature film "Becoming the Reaper".
"Becoming the Reaper" is a dramatic horror movie, being produced by VernaJune Entertainment, that follows Damien as he learns that death is just the beginning.
After a local street gang kills Damien he is sent to Purgatory for his final judgment, but St. Peter decrees that it's Damien's destiny to become the next Grim Reaper. Damien learns that there has been a Soul Collector for every generation and it has always been their duty to transport the fallen souls from Earth to Purgatory. Unable to cope with his own death and his new power and responsibility Damien decides that he is more suited to choose who lives and who dies.
Damien starts with the best intention deciding that he will only claim the lives of those who deserve to die: the killers, rapists and gangbangers plaguing his city, but soon the thrill of killing overwhelms him and he begins to kill whoever he wants to. As Damien continues down this dark path, he begins to loose his own mortality and starts to affect the balance of life. Will Damien come to his senses or will he let the power of the collector corrupt him? In BECOMING THE REAPER we find out if there's anyone who can stop Death?
The film was written and is being directred by Jeffrey Swerdan of VernaJune Entertainment. VernaJune Entertainment is a Flint, Michigan based production company that focuses on producing unique, creative and professional films all while using the wonderful state of Michigan as its backdrop.
VernaJune Entertainment was started by Jeffrey Swerdan, and was named after his two grandmothers: Verna Swerdan, and June Ackels, who were always very supportive and encouraging in all of his endeavours. VernaJune Entertainment's main goal is to help Michigan and it's talent gain worldwide exposure, in all areas of entertainment.
The auditions took place this past Saturday. 50 of our talent were requested to audition for lead and featured roles in the upcoming film. Another 81 of our talent were requested to audition for smaller roles in the film as well! The lead roles they were casting were for Damien - (20's-30's Caucasian Male) Damien is a down on his luck pessimistic guy. After he is killed he becomes the new Grim Reaper. Must be able to show a range of emotions and must be comfortable wearing makeup for long periods of time. This is a very demanding role. Bones- (30's-40's African American Male) Bones is the tough as nails leader of the street gang: the Faces of Fear. He is ruthless and evil, but he respects the men in his gang. St. Peter (30's-50's Caucasian Male) St. Peter is the moderator of Purgatory. It is his job to oversee a soul's final judgment. He also acts as Damien's mentor. Should have a timeless look and an accent is a plus. Mike - (20's to 30's African American Male) Mike is Damien's best friend. He is usually pretty optimistic and loves life. Bree (20's Female) - Bree is kidnapped and tortured by a sadistic Serial Killer. Must be able to show a lot of emotions, and be all right with blood and makeup effects. One scene involves being strapped to a torture table. There were several smaller roles the client was looking to fill as well including some for children.
The movie is set to shoot around Flint, Michigan in August and September. Good luck to all of our talent who made it out to the auditions!
San Francisco talent Derrick Riehl has been requested to audition for a new T.N.T. pilot called "Murder in the First".
The new T.V. pilot is set to star Taye Diggs, Tom Felton, who is perhaps best known to most of us for portraying Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise, and Kathleen Robertson (Boss) as PD homide detectives.
Murder In The First, TNT's drama from NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco. Co-created by Bochco and Eric Lodal, Murder In The First is a murder mystery set in contemporary San Francisco. Said to be in the vein of The Killing, it centers on two SFPD homicide detectives, Terry Seagrave (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson), as they take on a case that seems more like a maze.
Taye Diggs has appeared in 42 projects. He made his first big appearance in the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The actor went on to appear in The Best Man, House on Haunted Hill and The Way of the Gun before landing the role of Jackson Duper in the television series Ally McBeal. The actor played the Bandleader in the 2002 Academy Award winning film Chicago. The film won six Oscars and was nominated for 7 more! The film won Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Catherine Zeta-Jones and it won the highest honor a film can receive, Best Picture. The other categories in which the film was nominated were Best Actor in a Supporting Role John C. Reilly, Best Actress in a Leading Role Rene Zellweger, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Queen Latifah, Best Cinematography, Best Music Original Song, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay and Best Director Rob Marshall. After Chicago, Diggs showed off his comedic side in the hilarious Jamie Kennedy film Malibu's Most Wanted. He had the title role in the television series Kevin Hill before landing roles in Cake and Rent. He appeared on the shows Will & Grace, Day Break and Grey's Anatomy which landed him the same role in the spinoff show Private Practice in which he has appeared on from 2007-2013.
Kathleen Robertson's name may not sound all that familiar, but you will probably recognize her from the shows Beverly Hills 90210, the film Scary Movie 2 and the television series Boss.
If selected for the role he is auditioning for, Derrick will portray a scrappy hip hop street kid who's been stealing copper from abandoned buildings. He's terrified when broached by police. He finally gives a description of a man he saw leaving the building at the time of a murder. Hopefully the pilot goes well and the show is picked up as a series on the network.
This is an amazing opportunity for Derrick, we couldn't be more excited for him! He auditioned this past week for the role. Good luck Derrick!
Dallas talent Marisol Vera has been requested to audition for the upcoming film One in the Chamber.
It is an independent feature film. The film is set to be shot in High Definition.
The story is set in an America where Christianity has been banned. The punishment for profession is imprisonment. Unafraid of prison, Paul Reynolds, a former atheist turned preacher, lands himself in the state penitentiary. However, he may have gotten their just in time to save the life of one of the jailers, Maxwell. Maxwell Bridges is a man without hope who does not have faith in what his future holds. The purpose of the story is to show Christians how to let love be their pulpit. For, it is love and truth that brings about change.
Marisol will be auditioning for the role of Sabrina. Sabrina is a female, supporting role, (Latina, Asian, Chinese) early 30s - - Sabrina is a media relations personality for a government entity. She is also an old friend of Paul.
The client was looking to cast non-union talent for the roles in the film. The other roles that were being cast were Kendall: Male, Supporting Role, late 20s to early 30s - - Kendall is Maxwell's best friend. He's extremely to the point. Amanda: Female, Supporting Role, mid to late 20s - - Amanda is sweet. She is married to Kendall. She's very light hearted. Sy: Male, Supporting Role, mid 20s - -Sy is Paul's second in command. He's very protective of Paul. Warden: Male, late 40s to earl 50s - - He's a boorish man whose extremely straightforward.
The 29 year old has been a talent with us since September of last year. The actress has appeared in several films, television shows and commercials. She appeared as the Girl, a lead role in 2012's Mama Tarantula that was done by Colby Chapa Productions. In 2012 she also appeared as a football fan in the film One Heart Movie that was done by Empire Films. The actress also played Mercedes (a lead role) in the film The Count of Monte Cristo done by Feltrup-Exum Films. This year she has appeared in the TNT hit show Dallas Season 2 in Episode 203 she played a Family member in court, in Episode 206 she played a Venezuelan Consulate Member in Episode 208 she played a Mexican Candle Vendor and in Episode 209 she played a Restaurant Patron on Date. Marisol also took part in 3 commercials in 2012 including a principle role in "Keep Allen Beautiful" along with a voiceover. She was a dinner guest in the "Nandi Cornmeal Commercial" and had a voiceover role in a 2012 Drugfree.org commercial.
The film is set to shoot in Dallas, Texas. The film is set to start shooting on November 15th of this year. It is scheduled to shoot for three weeks. The film is currently set to wrap on December 13th. The film is being directed by Calvin J. Walker. This is a great opportunity for her to add another film to her resume. Good luck Marisol!
23 Chicago talent were requested to audition for a television game show, "Just Say The Word!"
Just Say the Word is a Christian Game Show that challenges Contestants how much they know about the Bible. Just Say the Word was not only created exclusive for television but for events and personal entertainment as well. Launched in June 2011, the game show has blossomed into a great format. Just Say the Word consists of 7 rounds.
Meechie is the master-mind behind the creation of the game show Just Say the Word. Her vision from God has blossomed into a game that is perfect for all ages. Ametra Self is a Certified TV Network Producer, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Author, Editor and Actress. She is the Founder of Infini Productions that was formed on May 5, 1991. In 2007, Ametra had the opportunity to assist on Robert Townsend's motion picture production OF BOYS AND MEN that airs on BET Television. She was excited to see her name in the ending credits as well as appeared as an Extra in multiple scenes in the movie. Since given that opportunity, Ametra produced multiple screenplays, her to first motion picture, It Takes a Village, was selected for Community Day at the ICE Theater in Chicago. Each screening held had a sold out crowd. Ametra produced a total of 5 feature films, I'm the Gift, AJAYLA The Nubian Princess, Battered Clergy, based off the novel written by Pastor Joseph B Howard, Cyber Hoax and Vocational High Exposed, to which are in post-production. Ametra produced her first cable tv show in 1998. Nearly 14 years later, the God-Idea for Just Say the Word came to her in a vision. She created quite a few games, gathered Contestants and Audience members and began producing TV Specials for Mothers Day, Easter, Fathers Day and other special occassions. Season 2 will be a lot different. Her goal is to have daily game shows produced for television. Currently, Season 2 will air weekly on the gospel channel and stream online.
The show starts with a pre-round. This round was created to find out who will get a chance to play the game. In the Pre-Round, up to 6 Contestants or Players have a chance to play. Each Contestant or Player will receive a color easter egg to zap in to answer a question. The Host will say, for example, "Quickly turn to your Bible to the book of JOHN, chapter 1 verse 1. The first person to find the bible verse, zap in AND read the correct Bible verse advance to play the full game. The remaining 5 people will have to wait until the complete game is played before going through the Pre-Game Round again. JUST SAY THE WORD welcomes all age groups to play. The game show has an Adult, Teen and Children Version.
This fall the show will be going into its fourth season! The show airs on cable TV channel 19 in Chicago! If you are in the area, be sure to look for the show and check out our talent!
21 of our Miami talent have been requested to audition for an upcoming Sean Paul music video!
The Jamaican dancehall superstar first sparked the world in 2002 with his breakout hit, "Gimme The Light". Right after his multi-platinum, Grammy-winning classic album, Dutty Rock, he dropped the 2005 RIAA platinum smash The Trinity. That album led off with the Top 10 single "We Be Burnin'," followed by the #1 smash "Temperature." The Kingston-born rhyme slinger has already sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and has become the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts - spurred by a trio of #1 pop singles, and five top ten hits. But despite his scorching track record, Sean Paul is taking nothing for granted. His fourth album is called Imperial Blaze.
"Imperial Blaze is like the king's fire," says the keeper of dancehall's flame.
The production credits on Imperial Blaze includes from Don Corleone to Craig "Leftside" Parkes (son of legendary Jamaican bandleader Lloyd Parkes), to Jeremy Harding (who doubles as Sean's manager), to Arif Cooper (son of Ibo Cooper from the famed reggae band Third World) to Delano of Renaissance Disco and even Sean's own brother, Jazon "Jigzagula" Henriques of Coppershot Sound. And for the first time, Sean himself produced a track on the album entitled "I Know You Like It." But nearly half the album's 19 tracks were produced by the 19-year old Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor, whose Big Ship/Di Genius Records label has dominated the dancehall scene for the past year. "I first met Stephen when he was like eight years old and I was in my 20s," Sean reveals. "His father Freddie McGregor is a king of reggae music, so Stephen was born into this. Now he's running the place, and the chemistry we have is something special. When you find someone who gets you as an artist, you can really push yourself and take it to a different place." The songwriting on Imperial Blaze represents a giant leap forward in Sean Paul's artistry. "There's plenty of party tracks, but we're not just singing about the same old thing," he explains. High-energy cuts like "Lace It" on McGregor's "Daybreak" riddim are already sparking the worldwide dancehall circuit, but other cuts find Sean in a more reflective mode. "My music has reached the point where it's expanding," he says. "I'm talking about relationships and different things we all go through in life."
Our talent will be auditioning to be featured extras in the video. The video is being done for his new song Other Side of Love. The talent will be auditioning this week and production on the video is set to take place this week as well! This is an amazing opportunity for our talent! We are so excited for this opportunity for them to be in such a big video! We will be sure to let you know if any of our talent are chosen to take part in the shoot!
18 of our Atlanta talent have been requested to be extras in the upcoming film "Almanac".
The film has been under tight wraps, but some details have been released from different sources. The lead character, David, is a smart kid in high school but he's finding dating hard. He's drawn to Jessie, the typical popular girl, and decides that he'll try to attract her by winning the science fair, and the college scholarship that will net him. Bless.David's late father was a scientist and so he looks through his Dad's stuff for ideas - and he finds two things of note. One gives him the ability to time travel... and the other is a sports almanac. Two more of David's friends travel back through time with him to abuse the almanac. Timelines get twisted and we learn more about David's Dad's research.
The film is being directed by Dean Israelite and is being produced by one of the best, Michael Bay. Bay is known for his explosions and over the top films. He is responsible for some of our favorites like Pearl Harbor, The Transformers films, Armageddon, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pain & Gain and another big one that is filming now, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has also directed 18 titles! Some of the big ones include the Martin Lawrence and Will Smith film Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson's The Island, the three Transformer films as well as Pain & Gain with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne the Rock Johnson.
Starring in the film is Jonny Weston. He is newer to the scene. He appeared in a couple TV series and in the films About Cherry, Caroline and Jackie and most recently Chasing Mavericks with actor Gerard Butler. He starred in the film playing the lead role of Jay Moriarity. The surf film was about when he discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (Butler) to train him to survive it.
Also starring in the film is Sofia Black-D'Elia. She appeared on the soap opera All My Children from 2009 - 2010 playing Bailey Wells. She then went on to play Tea in the TV Series Skins, however, you may know her best from her role of Sage Spence in the CW fan favorite Gossip Girl. She appeared in 9 episodes on the show's last season.
Our talent appeared on set last week. We are so excited for our talent to take part in the movie. The film Almanac is set to hit theaters on February 28th of 2014. Be sure to look for our talent appearing in the film!
4 of our Atlanta talent were booked to be extras in the upcoming film "Let's Be Cops".
Happy Endings star and son of comedy actor Damon Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr and New Girl's Jake Johnson star in the film Let's Be Cops. The comedy is being done by 20th Century Fox and is being directed by Luke Greenfield. He wrote the script with writing partner Nick Thomas. The story centers on two friends (Wayans and Johnson) who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms, giving their lives a boost and some fun. However, they run into trouble when they cross a dangerous Russian mobster.
Wayans Jr. has been following his dad's footsteps since 2001. He had a role in his father's show My Wife and Kids from 2001- 2004 appearing in 8 episodes. From there he appeared in 11 episodes of the television series The Underground. The actor has now been on the hit television show Happy Endings since 2011 playing Brad Williams. So far he has been in 57 episodes.
Also in the film is veteran actor Andy Garcia. The actor has been around for quite some time. He first started out in 1978. He appeared on several television shows and then landed the role of Ramirez in the film Stand and Deliver. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1991 for his part in The Godfather: Part III. He has acted in 75 projects to date! He has also been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Garcia will play a seasoned detective who inadvertently becomes the boss of the two wannabes.
Also in the film is actor Rob Riggle. You probably remember him best from the Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill remake hit 21 Jump Street. Riggle played the drug supplying track coach in the film. Riggle will play a blue-collar cop who becomes a fan of the fake officers and offers to help them secure some high-tech surveillance equipment. Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia and Keegan Michael Key comprise the rest of the "Let's Be Cops" force.
James D'Arcy also appeared in 21 Jump Street playing Principal Dadier. The actor was also in Get Him to the Greek, No Strings Attached, appeared on the TV series Allen Gregory and of course most recently his day job is playing Nick Miller on the Zoey Deschanel show New Girl.
The female star of the cast is The Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev. The actress appeared in several TV movies before landing the role of Mia Jones on the show Degrassi: Minis and then Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Let's Be Cops will continue filming in Atlanta. The feature film is set to be released sometime next year.
5 of our Dallas talent were requested for a Premier Dentistry commercial.
Premier Dentistry is dedicated to delivering the highest level of treatment, while providing the utmost consideration, care and respect to our patients. Their practice provides quality dental care to the surrounding areas of North Dallas and Oklahoma City.
Their featured services are general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, dental implants, braces, dentures and much more. Drs. Nguyen and Kim are both graduates of Marquette University dental school, one of the best in the country. Both doctors have been in practice since 1996 and has been through several post graduate courses in different fields of dentistry since receiving their D.D.S. degrees.Both doctors' emphasis on patient comfort as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry enable them to provide their patients with the best quality of care in the field. Dr. Kim has a wide range of experience in different areas of dentistry, from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to surgical treatments, root canal treatments, and Invisalign braces. Dr. Nguyen shares the same skills and experience, and she also loves to work with children.
Their friendly and competent staff is dedicated to patient comfort and quality care. They provide the best and latest in dental technology and treatment options. They provide gentle, family-oriented dental care to the adults and children of this community. They utilize the best equipment sterilization techniques available to dentists. In addition to general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, they also provide specialty procedures in Periodontics (gum diseases), Implant dentistry, and Endodontics (root canal treatments), as well as braces and children dentistry. Their team emphasizes comprehensive quality care and preventive dentistry. The company has two offices. One is located in Richardson, Texas and the other office is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Talents Melissa Scott, Kassie Auger, Ashton Clark and Lorena Fernandez were requested to take part in the shoot. Our talent that took part upcoming commercial shoot they will be seen locally. The commercial will air in the Northern Texas and Oklahoma regions. It will be aired on cable as well as other networks in the area. There was no audition for the commercial shoot. The client was booking talent based on their photos! The commercial will be a 30 second spot. The client was looking to book two females ages 18 years old to ages 30 years old. They were also looking to book one male that was in the same age range. The shoot took place in Sherman, Texas this week. This was such a great opportunity for our talent. Congrats to all four of our talent who were chosen to take part in the shoot! If you are local to the area, be sure to keep your eye out for the commercial and look for our talent!
Detroit talents Chelsea Wilson and Kayla Bossenbery were requested for a Glamour Puss summer catalog photo shoot.
Glamour Puss Owner, Amy Regal has spent over three decades making women feel and look beautiful. As a makeup artist, Amy built her reputation providing natural ready to wear cosmetics and superior skin care products, along with hard to find custom blended foundation, powders, and lipsticks. Amy has always focused on teaching her clients techniques to simplify their daily makeup routine. In the studio, or on location, for bridal parties, photo shoots, bar and bat mitzvahs, prom-these are just a few of the special occasion makeup services that Amy offers. Over the past 30 years, Amy has become an expert at the art of Permanent Makeup, teaching other professionals her techniques in blending color and creating natural shapes, and is referred by many area plastic surgeons and salons. Known for her precision eyebrow shaping, Amy has built a loyal clientele along with great friendships over the years.
In 2006, Amy opened the doors to "Glamour Puss Beauty Bar and Boutique", and created a more intimate setting for her customers. Adding unique clothing, accessories, jewelry, and gift items. Together with her assistant, Maria Lombardo, a twenty year veteran makeup artist, they have created a warm and friendly atmosphere where women of all ages come for services and specialty items, as uncommon as the eclectic atmosphere. Amy and Maria offer head to toe styling or a quick lip wax. Customer's find themselves lingering on the red velvet couch or chatting with old friends and new. You just never know what is going to happen at "Glamour Puss". The store is located in Franklin, Michigan and is open from Tuesday through Saturday. Their hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chelsea became a talent with us in March of last year. She has been training in acting for 8 years. She has been modeling independently for college students pursuing photography. At age 11, she did run way for Style the Salon in Royal Oak, Michigan. She also has appeared in the theatre production of 2010 What happens in Whathappensif.
Kayla has been a talent with us since August of 2012. She has previously walked in a charity fashion show for Betsy Johnson fashion.
The girls will be modeling wardrobe for the company and selected images will be used for their summer catalog. The Haute Couture looks will be shot indoors as well as outside. The client will be doing a test shoot with the models before the actual shoot. It is set to take place over two half days. The models will be compensated. Congrats to both of our models for being selected for being selected for the upcoming shoot!
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