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April 29, 2016 14:30 ET

Judy Garland Returns With World Tour Via Hologram USA and FilmOn TV

One of the World's Most Beloved Stars Will Return to the Stage via Hologram, Letting Fans Experience Her Presence and Signature Songs Such as "Over the Rainbow"

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - Hologram USA and Royal Rainbow Productions announced the launch of a touring stage show featuring Judy Garland faithfully recreated and singing her most famous songs. Production begins in May and the tour will launch in 2017, simultaneously in London and Hollywood. The stage show will be produced by Hologram USA Productions and FilmOn TV, both part of the FOTV group of companies. The announcement was made by Hologram USA CEO Alki David, and Garland's son Joey Luft, along with his partners John Kimble and Phil Sandhaus of Royal Rainbow Productions. 

Garland -- the Academy, Tony, Golden Globe and Grammy winning star of The Wizard of Oz, A Star is Born and Judgment at Nuremburg -- was named one of the most wanted in a Hologram USA global poll about which artists audiences would most want to see in a hologram stage show.

FilmOn TV will project the show to its hologram venues worldwide and stream Virtual Reality and 360 versions of the show to audiences. Additionally the show will be available On Demand through digital storefronts via the FOTV group of companies.

The Hologram USA and Royal Rainbow Productions tour will be based on CBS' The Judy Garland Show, which ran 1963-64, and several Emmy-nominated specials. With accompaniment by Mort Lindsay, costumes by Edith Head and arrangements by Mel Torme, Garland attracted special guests such as Tony Bennet, daughters Liza Minelli and Lorna Luft, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The shows were directed by TV legends George Schlatter and Norman Jewison.

In addition to narrative and biographical elements, songs included in the hologram tour will include Garland's takes on "Stormy Weather," "That's Entertainment," "Chicago," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and of course signature songs such as "The Trolley Song," and "Over the Rainbow." The show will also include Garland's famously frank commentary on her life in showbiz.

Royal Rainbow Productions created the sold out "Ovations Tour" of Judy Garland's singing with the Boston Pops in 2008, proving the enduring qualities of Garland's charisma and emotional power. Reviews of that tour called the presentation, "Seductive and electrifying," and said it was full of "Knock-out performances."

"Nobody moved audiences like Judy Garland," said Hologram USA and FilmOn TV CEO Alki David. "Royal Rainbow proved her star power can fill major concert halls around the world five years ago -- now with our patented technology we'll be able to let old and new fans alike feel her immense presence."

"From Frank Sinatra to Fred Astaire to Tony Bennett: all called Judy, 'The Greatest Entertainer of all time.' We are pleased to be working with Alki David and his team at Hologram USA to show that this is still true," said Phil Sandhaus, Advisory Board, Royal Rainbow Productions. "Through their state of the art technology this production will bring Judy's intimate TV performances to life again on stage, with all of her biggest hits being performed for both her fans and a new audience who only know her through her films and records."

John Kimble, a trusted friend and advisor to Garland's second husband, Sid Luft said, "Sid was always quoted as saying, 'All you have to do is put Judy in a theater and you'll cause a riot.'"

Sid Luft and Judy Garland's son, Joey Luft of Royal Rainbow Productions, said, "I believe the show will keep the memory of my mother and her talent alive for years to come."

Hologram USA has been called a force changing the music business by CNN, Vice, Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter. With FOTV, it is also creating hologram shows with the estates of Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, Whitney Houston and many more. The technology has also been used to create live appearances including beaming ABC's Jimmy Kimmel to the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Julian Assange into the United States and virtual town halls across India that helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi win the election.

HologramUSA and Royal Rainbow Productions were brought together and represented by Marty Tudor of Tudor Management Group

Hologram USA is using its technology and partnerships with celebrity estates to create branded content as well. And all projects are supported by Alki David's FOTV group of companies: performances will be live streamed on FilmOn.com, digitally distributed by MondoTunes, and given social influencer support by Class 15.

Photos and video clips of Judy Garland are available for press use.

For more information or interview opportunities with Hologram USA's Alki David please contact:
Tom Paul Jones at tompauljones213@gmail.com 310-383-4991

For sponsorship opportunities of booking please contact Gary Shoefield: gary@filmon.com 

About Hologram USA: Hologram USA is part of Alki David's Anakando Media Group of companies, which is also home to the streaming TV platform FilmOn.com, pay-per-view site ETV.com, and digital distribution site MondoTunes. The company is the only licensed producer in North America of the patented technology that creates the HD quality holograms that are creating what The Hollywood Reporter has called a billion dollar industry in the making. Select Hologram USA productions will stream live on FilmOn.com, on television via its partnership with Endemol, and be supported by Anakanado company Class 15. Previously, Hologram USA has beamed Jimmy Kimmel live to the Country Music Awards in Nashville, announced plans to create shows with the estates of Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly and Liberace, announced a hologram comedy club to be built at the National Comedy Center, and presented the hologram town hall campaign that helped Narendra Modi become the Prime Minister of India. It is the same technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella in 2012. Filmon Music already has a rich tradition in the urban music market working with such artists as Lil Wayne, Akon, B. Howard, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Grammy-winning producer Detail, and Chief Keef. For more information please visit HologramUSA.com.

About FilmOn Tvoops: Founded by Greek billionaire and media entrepreneur, Alki David, FilmOn is the world's number one free TV service and number one live TV app with 40 million downloads. FilmOn offers over 600 live TV channels including original programming, 600 video and audio podcasts from premium brands as well as over 45,000 video on demand titles at FilmOn.com. Its Battlecam.com is a pioneer in social television and the new offering etv.com gives users the ability to monetize their own pay-per-view events for the first time. Last month the site's 75 million users generated 1.2 billion video streams. The service is available globally via computers, smartphones, tablets as well as the FilmOn App for iOS 7, Android, Windows 8 and IP-enabled set-top boxes and devices. With offices in Beverly Hills and London and data-centers in Los Angeles, London, and Geneva, FilmOn curates the best of free televised entertainment from around the globe. FilmOn TV is also an Independent TV Broadcaster with stations in the UK (Sky Channel 292 and Freesat channel 410 and throughout the US. For more information please visit FilmOn.com and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Royal Rainbow Productions: Royal Rainbow Productions, LLC - Oversees development and exploitation of Judy Garland's famed audio/video/broadcast performances including 5, One-Hour TV Specials, and of rare and never seen before photos and correspondence. The TV shows include CBS-TV Specials, "Judy Frank and Dean" and "Judy Garland with Phil Silvers and Robert Goblet", British Television's "Judy and Liza at the London Palladium", PBS's "The Concert Years" and "Judy Duets" and CBS-TV's "The Judy Garland Show"; over 155 performances, for re-broadcast, theatrical, digital and home video distribution (for Theatrical and Clip Rights only).

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