Local firm helps kids animation series go global

Henderson-based Global Genesis Group and Hub Media, a production, distribution and intellectual property management company, recently helped its client’s animated series get distributed domestically and internationally.

The company recently said Sazzy Pets, a preschool series produced by Singapore-based SLS Atelier Pte Ltd., debuted on Amazon Prime and Amazon Digital in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan.

“We are excited to work with SLS Atelier Pte Ltd. out of Singapore to help bring another brand of family entertainment to our worldwide audience,” Global Genesis Group President Rick Romano said. “The brand of Sazzy and her friends has so much appeal to young children and their parents, it has the kind of positive, educational message that all parents want their kids to watch.”

SLS Atelier licensed and produced Sazzy Pets. The company also produced stationery, school supplies, gifts and food items based on the show, which also will be sold online.

Local chapter of American Culinary Federation names chef of the year

The American Culinary Federation’s Las Vegas chapter named Gustav Mauler its 2016 Las Vegas Chef of the Year.

“The Chef of the Year Award has been established to pay tribute to that member whose culinary expertise and exemplary dedication have enhanced the image of the chef and the association,” Philip Pinkney, the federation’s local president, said. “This year, Chef Gustav E. Mauler will be the awardee. Chef Mauler is a community-spirited business executive who regularly supports nonprofit events and educational activities throughout Nevada.”

Mauler is president and CEO of Gustav International Chtd., a Las Vegas restaurant, hospitality, management and consulting company. He operates Spiedini Italian Ristorante and Gustav’s Catering.

Mauler has had an extensive history in the Las Vegas hospitality and restaurants. He joined the gaming industry in 1980 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and moved to Golden Nugget Las Vegas in 1987. He was senior vice president at Mirage Resorts, overseeing the development, planning and design of food and beverage areas and restaurants.

Student experiment tapped for

International Space Station

A group of fifth-graders and their teacher from Vanderburg Elementary were chosen as one of 11 winners of the national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

In the program, schools nationwide compete for an opportunity to have their experiments conducted on the International Space Station.

The team of winners included Vanderburg Elementary School teacher facilitator William Gilluly and student investigators Shari Abeyakoon, Kendall Allgower and Avery Sanford.

The experiment tested microgravity’s effects on soybean germination and root structure. Seeds could one feed astronauts during long-term space travel.

“Gravity affects every biological, chemical and physical system we encounter each day, and these student-designed experiments could provide data with important implications in science, engineering, medical and other fields,” said Cheryl Wagner, the district’s School-Community Partnership coordinator. “The microgravity project aligns well to the Next-Generation Science Standards, which were recently adopted as Nevada’s Academic Content Standards in Science.”

The experiment will undergo an official NASA toxicology flight safety review starting in September. Vanderburg’s students will work over the summer with local experts to ready the experiment for its spaceflight, scheduled for early 2017.

Astronauts will conduct the experiment in space and return it to students so they can compare results.

The students devised the experiment in science and Gifted and Talented Education lessons taught over an eight-week period.

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