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News and Updates

August 06, 2009

Miami, FL, August 06, 2009 -- The Film, Recording and Entertainment Council (FREC) announced today the addition of major talent to its annual Start Gala, to be held Saturday, November 14, 2009.

"We are looking forward to having such phenomenal talent on hand for this year's gala", says Miguel Bravo, Executive Director of the Film, Recording and Entertainment Council. "Aubrey Aquino, Natasha Tsakos and EnV are all stars in their own right, but together they will raise the excitement and cache of our organization's biggest event to date."

Aubrey Aquino joins Trina Robinson of NBC 6 as co-emcee of the event. A former NFL cheerleader and calendar model, Ms. Aquino is now a well-known television personality, reporter and author. Her entertainment and lifestyle feature segments have appeared on Miami-based Deco Drive/WSVN, ESPN's original series "Beg, Borrow and Deal" and she is the creator and host of On The Flipside. She has been featured on E! News, Fox Sports Net and AOL.com doing exclusive interviews with major celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep, Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, P. Diddy, Billy Bob Thorton, Forest Whitaker, Shaquille O'Neal, Patrick Dempsey, Serena Williams, Paris Hilton, Eva Mendes, Ne-Yo, Ludacris and more. Her TV career has spanned the country, from the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area to Sacramento, Phoenix, Miami and beyond, and the FREC is proud to have her as part of the 2009 Star Gala.

The FREC also welcomes Natasha Tsakos for an exclusive performance. As President and Founder of the company ZERO, LLC, Ms. Tsakos is the driving creative force behind a long list of critically acclaimed theater experiences. A rising phenomenon with over 200 acting credits to her name, she has already written 12 original works, directed 30 plays and been commissioned by Nickelodeon, Miami Art Museum, Miami Light Project and Art Basel, and featured on HBO, MTV and BBC. Ms. Tsakos is the lead performer of Circ X (circx.com), a member of Octavio Campos' Hybrid Theater company Camposition, and has even performed with Cirque du Soleil. Her one-woman conceptual show UP WAKE opened to sold-out crowds during the unveiling of the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and has since been invited to appear across the U.S., Europe and, in 2009, Asia. Most recently she was a guest speaker at the 2009 TED Conference, alongside such luminaries as Bill Gates, Al Gore and Herbie Hancock.

Finally, the FREC announces a live performance by EnV, a Miami-based pop rock duo featuring twins Estefania and Valentina Crespo. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida, the girls began their careers as child models for Irene Marie, one of South Beach's top agencies, and soon their talent for music and dance emerged. In 2008, the twins collaborated with Grammy-nominated producer Giuseppe D. on their debut EP "Beautiful Thing." Their single "I Am Willing" was chosen for The Orlando Rockers for Life compilation and the "Ground Control" anti-drunk driving campaign. Already garnering positive reviews for their upbeat, catchy sound, EnV's "Beautiful Thing" EP is out now on Konzepcion Musik.

About the Star Gala

The FREC Star Gala honors dynamic industry leaders and talent who share a commitment to professional excellence and making a difference in the South Florida community. Honorees are selected by an independent panel of judges and represent those people shaping the future of the industry in South Florida and across the globe. Winners are recognized as a select group of professional who have achieved notable success and demonstrated strong leadership and success in the industry.

The 2009 FREC Awards and Star Gala are sponsored by the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Aroundtown Magazine, Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, Tropical Chinese Restaurant, Catering by Lovables, Crepe Maker, Big Chef, and Visual Vanguard Media Specialists. Additional sponsorship provided by Sonnema Vodka Herb, Ron Barcelo, Advanced Prompting Systems, Up Wake, Crest Group Hotels and Plum TV.

About FREC:
The mission of the Film, Recording and Entertainment Council is to promote economic
development for the industry in South Florida and to create a climate that enhances economic vitality for industry businesses. FREC helps to improve the quality of life for all members by providing networking and business opportunities and by positioning South Florida as the premier industry hot-spot. The Council is a membership-driven, not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization.

For more information on the FREC or the Star Gala, please visit www.FRECouncil.org or www.StarGala.org