Did You See That Press Release? Rudolph Turns 50, Corden Replaces Ferguson, Wine Consumption Hits Record

With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with every one of them. Here are some of our favorite releases from the past week that you might have missed.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/ DreamWorks Animation

Source: PRNewsFoto/ DreamWorks Animation

The Most Famous Reindeer of All Celebrates His 50th Anniversary on Television With a Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray

One foggy Christmas in 1964, Rudolph flew straight into the hearts of millions of Americans for whom watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer became an indispensable part of the holiday season. Fifty years later, children of all ages can celebrate the magic of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with a new 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray, available Nov. 4.

The collector’s edition adds an unforgettable glow to the music, beloved characters, and heartwarming story of Rudolph’s historic Christmas Eve ride and the mystical Island of Misfit Toys.   See the full release to learn more.

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U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2015 Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report on Sept. 9 released the 30th edition of its flagship Best Colleges rankings, which measure academic excellence. For the second year in a row, Princeton University claims sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the Best National Universities category.

Williams College tops the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, making it No. 1 for 12 years in a row. University of California—Berkeley holds onto its spot as the Top Public School among National Universities. See the full release to learn more.

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Source: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Source: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

CBS Announces James Corden as Host of The Late Late Show

The CBS Television Network announced Sept. 8 that James Corden will be the new host of The Late Late Show. Corden – a multi-faceted performer, host, writer, and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film, and comedy – will take the reins of the daily late night show in 2015.

The 36-year-old Corden comes to American late night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year, and an acclaimed host, writer, and producer in several genres of television. See the full release to learn more.

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U.S. Wine Consumption Expands for 20th Straight Year, Surpasses France as Largest Wine Market

The U.S. topped France as the world’s largest wine market last year as Americans continue to develop a greater appreciation for the libation. According to the Beverage Information and Insights Group’s 2014 Wine Handbook, the wine category increased 1.9 percent to 325.4 million 9-liter cases last year.

Production and consumption levels also are at an all-time high. Relaxed restrictions on direct winery shipments contributed to the wine industry’s success in 2013. Direct shipments increased 9.3 percent to 3.47 million cases, and dollar sales of winery-to-consumer shipments increased 7.7 percent to $1.57 billion. Shipments from Napa Valley represented almost half of the total value, with Sonoma County and Oregon experiencing the largest growth of direct shipments. See the full release to learn more.

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Source: AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

Source: AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

Electrolux to Acquire GE Appliances

AB Electrolux announced on Sept. 8 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the appliances business of General Electric, one of the premier manufacturers of kitchen and laundry products in the United States, for a cash consideration of $3.3 billion. The acquisition enhances Electrolux’s position as a global player in home appliances, offering an unparalleled opportunity to invest in innovation and growth, which will benefit consumers, retailers, employees, and shareholders. See the full release to learn more terms of the transaction.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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