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Thriving in London but canceling Australia – why Magic Mike is ditching Aus



Australia’s most recent lockdowns are throwing another round of cancellations to live entertainment shows

The US producers and Australian management team of Magic Mike Live have announced the decision to cancel the remainder of the Aussie tour.

In a statement to Ticker News, the organisers stated that the decision to close the tour was made due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government and the lack of certainty surrounding the tour’s ability to perform any of its announced dates.

“The team is committed to returning to Australia in the future and the producing team is working to provide the cast and crew with employment opportunities on other Magic Mike Live productions around the world. “

Magic Mike Live has been forced to suspend performances on four different occasions in Australia following government-imposed lockdowns.

Lockdowns forced the cancellation of opening nights in Sydney and Melbourne and government restrictions required most performance dates to be played at severely limited capacity.

The most recent lockdown has been the longest yet and there is no clear roadmap for the resumption of live events

“Everyone at Magic Mike Live is heartbroken to have to make this decision but we were left with no choice,”

said Executive Producer Vincent Marini.

“The producers have provided millions of dollars in funding to support the production during the various closures to preserve the tour for our amazing Australian fans. In every other market, we have been able to reopen the shows because of close partnerships between the producers, the management teams, and the various local and national governments. While the producers provided more funding and support to the Australian production than any other production in the world, we were forced to go it alone in Australia despite enduring four lockdowns and millions of dollars in refunds and cancellations. There is no way for us to sustain a show when we are not permitted to perform.”

The entertainment industry rebounds overseas

Magic Mike Live is currently playing to sold-out audiences in London’s West End.

The Las Vegas and Berlin productions are reopening on August 27 and September 9 respectively and the Magic Mike Live team is currently shooting a new unscripted series with HBO Max titled “Finding Magic Mike” which premieres in December.

COVID safe protocols at every event – but it isn’t enough to save the Aussie shows

All the productions around the world have industry leading, COVID-19-safe performance environments and are more dedicated than ever to providing patrons with a one-of-a-kind, joyous entertainment experience. 

The Australian cancellations include the remainder of the Melbourne season, plus the Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide seasons which were scheduled to open in November 2021 and mid / late 2022 respectively. The producing team is simply not comfortable selling tickets to performances it may never be allowed to play.

Organisers have promised that guests with tickets for the remainder of the Australian tour will receive full refunds.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Peloton partners with Lululemon as stock surges



Peloton’s stock prices experienced a remarkable surge as the company unveiled an exciting collaboration with popular athletic apparel brand, Lululemon.

This strategic partnership is set to bring a fusion of digital fitness content and stylish workout apparel to fitness enthusiasts worldwide.

The partnership aims to leverage Peloton’s extensive library of on-demand and live fitness classes with Lululemon’s renowned activewear. Subscribers to Peloton’s digital fitness platform will soon have access to exclusive Lululemon workout collections, making it easier than ever for fitness enthusiasts to look and feel their best during their workouts.

Investors have responded positively to this news, driving Peloton’s stock prices to new heights. The synergy between the two companies is expected to create a win-win situation. Peloton can tap into Lululemon’s massive fan base, while Lululemon can expand its presence in the rapidly growing digital fitness market.

The partnership also includes collaborative marketing efforts, with joint promotions and events that will undoubtedly generate buzz and excitement among fitness enthusiasts. This move is seen as a bold step by both companies to stay competitive in the evolving fitness landscape.

As the fitness industry continues to evolve and adapt to changing consumer preferences, partnerships like this one highlight the importance of innovation and collaboration. Peloton and Lululemon’s joint venture promises to provide consumers with not only top-notch fitness content but also the trendiest workout attire.

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Kraken to launch US stock trading, expanding offerings



Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is set to broaden its services by enabling users to trade US-listed stocks, according to reports from Bloomberg News.

This move marks a significant expansion for the platform, allowing customers to diversify their investment portfolios beyond cryptocurrencies.

Kraken’s foray into traditional stock trading will provide its users with access to a wide range of US-listed equities, including well-known companies from various industries. By offering this additional asset class, Kraken aims to cater to the growing demand for a holistic investment experience that combines both traditional and digital assets.

The move is seen as a strategic response to the evolving landscape of financial markets, where traditional and cryptocurrency investments are becoming increasingly intertwined. Kraken intends to streamline the trading process for its users, enabling them to manage both their cryptocurrency and stock portfolios within a single platform.

Kraken’s entry into the US stock market could potentially introduce new opportunities and challenges for the exchange, as it will need to navigate the regulatory requirements associated with stock trading. However, the exchange’s established track record and commitment to compliance should help ease this transition.

This development aligns with Kraken’s ongoing efforts to position itself as a comprehensive financial services provider, offering a wide array of investment options to its global user base.

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Does remote work hamper diversity efforts?



UK finance executives express concerns that remote work is hindering diversity initiatives, signaling potential setbacks in the industry’s push for inclusivity.

As businesses continue to adapt to the changing work landscape brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become a staple for many industries, including finance. While it has provided flexibility and continuity during uncertain times, some financial leaders are now questioning its impact on diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

In a recent survey of UK finance executives, a substantial portion voiced apprehensions about the ramifications of prolonged remote work. They argue that the lack of physical presence in the office can exacerbate disparities, making it harder to foster an inclusive work environment.

One of the primary concerns raised by these executives is the potential for remote work to perpetuate existing inequalities. They believe that employees from underrepresented groups may face more significant challenges in terms of career progression and networking when they are not physically present in the workplace. This could lead to a stagnation in efforts to diversify leadership teams and foster equal opportunities.

Furthermore, the executives highlight the difficulties in monitoring and addressing issues related to diversity when employees are dispersed geographically. Ensuring equitable access to resources, mentorship, and career development opportunities becomes a more complex task.

Despite these concerns, it’s important to note that remote work has also opened doors for talent from different locations and backgrounds, potentially contributing positively to diversity efforts. Striking a balance between the advantages of remote work and the imperative to promote diversity remains a pressing challenge for finance organizations.

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