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June 15, 2011 – Comments (8)

A wee exchange between me and a PR hack.


 From: Mary Campe []
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 5:10 PM
To: Seth Jayson
Subject: Story Suggestion: Toronto exec offers insight on opportunities in growing market 

Hi Seth, I hope all is well.  

I have read some of your past articles and thought this information would interest you for another TSX related trend story.   

One of the more interesting TSX stocks is trying to protect the interest of families and offers family entertainment, which is become a smaller market in a big pool of diversified cable channel options.  

Studies are finding that kids under the age of 12 mimic sexual and violent acts they witness on TV.  

There is a shortage of kid friendly TV and in response to their kids behaviors, parents are in increasing demand for kid and family friendly TV and entertainment.   Leif Bristow, family programming expert of Knightscove Media (TSX: KC.A), can discuss where this market is going in response to parents demand and what and for who major opportunities exist in this growing market.  

Would you be interested in talking with Leif to learn more? 

Thanks,Mary-- Mary C. Campe



My reply:


Mary, I wonder what articles I’ve written that could make you think that a “TSX-related trend story” would be something interesting to me. I suspect that what’s actually going on is that you’re cold-emailing folks in the hopes of fulfilling this mission from your firm’s home page: 

“SS | PR is a full service public relations firm with offices in Chicago, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York, and Colorado. Founded in 1978, we have built a reputation for excelling at the toughest part of PR: getting ink for our clients.

I took a quick look at Knightscove Media, and far from finding a “family programming expert,” I find a CEO who seems to be a failed actor running a miniscule microcap company that has never turned a profit, does less revenue than a busy carwash in a medium-sized town, and has torched cash in nearly every year of its existence. I’ll be happy to write about that, but I won’t need to speak with Leif to warn my readers that there’s a stock promotion afoot.

Regards, Seth Jayson



There's your "ink," Mary. You're welcome.

8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 15, 2011 at 8:37 AM, pj19 (20.85) wrote:

Haha!  Pwned!

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#2) On June 15, 2011 at 9:01 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Seth, next time don't hold back. :)

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#3) On June 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM, TMFDitty (98.77) wrote:

They're ba-ack...

 Dear Mr. Smith,

With the SEC taking important steps last week to suspend trading of 17 fraudulent penny stocks, much needed action was taken against microcap fraud and certain groups that work with them. An important step in helping investors to make informed choices when it comes to the potentially lucrative, yet volatile nature of penny stocks, believes investment analyst Peter Leeds.

While penny stocks certainly aren’t for everyone, penny stocks can be a valuable part of an investor’s portfolio.  Below, Leeds provides his list of the top 5 penny stocks to own this summer, noting all of these companies are fundamentally solid, with great upside.  Leeds is available for interview to further discuss these penny stock picks.

American Electric Technologies, Inc.

AETI (Nasdaq)

The summer will see increased energy use, as well as higher levels of captured solar power, making AETI's services even more in demand.

The premium supplier of custom-designed power delivery solutions for the traditional and renewable energy industries, American Electric Technologies, Inc (AETI) is an innovative company with improved margins, and strong international market penetration.

Reed's, Inc.

REED (Nasdaq)

Bathing suit season!  People will have an increased focus on health and wellness, and Reed's will be a beneficiary of that.

A maker of top-selling sodas in natural food stores nationwide, Reed's, Inc. (REED) is an innovative, award winning company with growing revenues, a solid cash position, and improved fundamentals. 

Full House Resorts, Inc. 


In a tough economy, Staycations are the name of the game.  Enter Full House Resorts.

An owner, developer, and manager of gaming facilities, Full House Resorts, Inc. (FLL) is a profitable, financially robust company with growing revenues and excellent long term growth potential. Inc


People vacation and travel much more in the summer.  Even when you're not home, you're still going to want access to your favorite entertainment, on demand, and Viewcast can help.

A leading, award winning developer of digital media solutions, Inc. (VCST) is a profitable company with growing revenues, strong fundamentals, and great long term growth potential.

Neptune Technologies & Bioresources, Inc.

NEPT (Nasdaq)

Health conscious people often become even more so in the summer.  Whether training for the olympics, or just trying to be generally healthy, Neptune can help.

A recognized leader of science based products for the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical markets, Neptune Technologies & Bioresources, Inc. (NEPT) is a profitable company with strong fundamentals, growing revenues, and great momentum. 

Leeds is the owner and publisher of Peter Leeds Penny Stocks, one of the most widely read and highly respected financial newsletters in North America. All of the research conducted by Leeds and his team is 100% unbiased.  They receive no compensation in any form from the penny stocks profiled, and have no positions in their shares.

A full report on each company is available at, if you are interested in learning more about his top summer stocks. Please let me know if you are interested in speaking with Leeds or would be interested in a copy of this book, Invest In Penny Stocks which provides practical investment advice, and fundamental and technical analysis tools and tips for getting started in penny stock investing.

Thank you advance for your consideration.



Dina Barsky
Smith Publicity, Inc.
(856) 489-8654 x319
About Peter Leeds:

Peter Leeds, the ‘Penny Stock Professional” is the owner and founder of Peter Leeds Penny Stocks, one of the most popular financial newsletters in North America with over 32,000 subscriptions sold to customers on six continents. He has been interviewed numerous times by top media organizations such as NBC, CBS, CNNfn, Fox and Associated Press. Leeds has also been a guest speaker at American Stock Exchange, and has led panel at Manhattan's prestigious Arch Investment Conferences.

For more information about Leeds and his weekly newsletter, please visit in Penny Stocks is available for purchase at www.wiley.comor 

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#4) On June 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM, CluckChicken (< 20) wrote:

Seth I believe this would be the kid friendly TV article:  linky

Not only do you discuss the impact of Chinese classical guitarists on Sesame Street but also the negative impact that random artists have on the ability to find Dora the Explorer.

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#5) On June 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM, TMFBent (99.20) wrote:

The accompying language was not kid-friendly...

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#6) On June 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM, TMFBent (99.20) wrote:

The accompanying language was not kid-friendly...

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#7) On June 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM, TheChronos (84.04) wrote:

If only Wall Street had this kind of integrity... especially when these types of offers come with a check.

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#8) On June 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:


Well done Seth, that was hilarious. 

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