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'Sisters with Transistors' Doc Trailer About Pioneers of Electronica
"This is the story of dreams enabled by technology." Metrograph Pictures has released an official trailer for an acclaimed indie documentary titled Sisters with Transistors, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Lisa Rovner. The doc film tells the story of electronic music's female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. Narrated by legendary multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, it showcases the music of and rare interviews with many electronic heroes including: theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore; "Dr. Who" theme composer and master of tape manipulation, Delia Derbyshire; Daphne Oram, one of the founders of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; Éliane Radigue, known for her work in musique concrète and tape feedback techniques; sound artist Maryanne Amacher, known for using psychoacoustic phenomena; co-creator of the world’s first electronic film score for Forbidden Planet, Bebe Barron; and others as well. This might play perfectly as a double feature with the EDM ...
Source : | 20-Apr-2021 15:44

Ntertain Sets Unscripted ?Los Montaner? Family Docuseries as First Project

Ntertain, the recently launched multimedia company from Neion16’s Lex Borrero, music mogul Tommy Mottola and Range Media Partners, announced on Monday the start of the development and production for its first original series, “Los Montaner.”

The docuseries centers on the most viral and influential family in Latin music, Los Montaner. In addition to getting the world’s attention with chart topping music, The Montaner family have become household sensations through their social media audience of over 150 million and over eight billion video content views.

Borrero will executive produce the series, with Range Media Partners co-financing the project, handling global sales of the series. Production will shoot globally, as the crew follows the daily life of the Montaner family.

Also Read: Lex Borrero, Tommy Mottola and Range Media Partners Launch Ntertain, Will Focus on the Latin Experience

The series will feature:

  • Music icon & multiple Latin Grammy nominee & Lifetime Achievement Awardrecipient Ricardo Montaner
  • Marlene Rodriguez, Ricardo’s wife, and filmmaker
  • Award-winning recording artist and member of Mau y Ricky, Ricky Montaner
  • Actress, model, and TV host, Stefi Roitman, fiance of Ricky Montaner
  • Award-winning recording artist and member of Mau y Ricky, Mau Montaner
  • Sara Escobar, creative director, wife of Mau Montaner
  • Actress, singer, songwriter, Evaluna Montaner
  • Camilo Echeverry, Evaluna’s husband and Latin Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter.

NTERTAIN was founded earlier this month as a new entertainment and media company focusing on the creation, development and production of premier content across all mediums centered on Latin talent, brands and culture.

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Source : | 20-Apr-2021 02:46

No-code publishing platform Shorthand raises $8M
Shorthand, the Australian startup behind a no-code platform that allows publishers and brands to create multimedia stories, has raised $10 million Australian (just under $8 million U.S.) from Fortitude Investment Partners. CEO Ricky Robinson told me via email that this is Shorthand’s first institutional round of funding, and that the company has been profitable for […]
Source : | 09-Apr-2021 21:57

?Happiest Season,? ?Schitt?s Creek? Among 2021 GLAAD Media Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards were announced on Thursday, with Hulu’s “Happiest Season,” Netflix’s “The Boys in the Band,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “Star Trek: Discovery” taking home the top film and TV prizes.

Other winners included the Netflix documentary “Disclosure,” HBO’s drag makeover series “We’re Here,” singer Sam Smith, the Spanish-language series “Veneno” and “The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo” on HBO Max.

See the full list of winners below and all the nominees here.

Also Read: 'Glee' Cast to Reunite for Naya Rivera Tribute at GLAAD Media Awards

The virtual ceremony was streamed on GLAAD’s YouTube page and featured a “Glee” cast reunion to pay tribute to the late actress Naya Rivera, whose character came out as a lesbian on the show 10 years ago.

Hosted by Niecy Nash, the show also featured performances by CHIKA, Rebecca Black and Jessica Betts. Sabrina Carpenter also contributed a performance, which is exclusive to the version of the show available to stream on Hulu.

“The GLAAD Media Awards special guests and winners sent an undeniably loud message of LGBTQ acceptance around the world tonight,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “This year’s award recipients, including Disclosure, Schitt’s Creek, Star Trek: Discovery, and Veneno, remind us that even in times of political and cultural division, diverse LGBTQ representation and visibility can enlighten, entertain, and create lasting impact, ultimately raising the bar for LGBTQ inclusion in media.”

Also Read: Transgender Documentary 'Disclosure' Has Real-World Impact and the Oscars Should Take Notice (Guest Blog)

Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Happiest Season (Hulu/TriStar Pictures)
Outstanding Film – Limited Release: The Boys in the Band (Netflix)
Outstanding Documentary: Disclosure (Netflix)
Outstanding Comedy Series: Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Outstanding Drama Series: Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Outstanding TV Movie: Uncle Frank (Amazon Studios)
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series: I May Destroy You (HBO)
Outstanding Reality Program: We’re Here (HBO)
Outstanding Children’s Programming: The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (HBO Max)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming [TIE]: First Day (Hulu) and She-Ra & The Princesses of Power (DreamWorks Animation/Netflix)
Outstanding Music Artist: Sam Smith, Love Goes (Capitol)
Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist: CHIKA, Industry Games (Warner Records)
Outstanding Video Game [TIE]: Tell Me Why (DONTNOD Entertainment & Xbox Game Studios) and The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog & Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Outstanding Comic Book: Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira, Valerio Schiti, Manuel Garcia, Cam Smith, Marte Gracia, Triona Farrell, Joe Caramagna, Ariana Maher, Travis Lanham (Marvel Comics)
Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode: “Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality” A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Dwyane Wade One-On-One: Basketball Legend Opens Up About Supporting Transgender Daughter” Good Morning America (ABC)
Outstanding TV Journalism – Long-Form: “ABC News Joe Biden Town Hall” (ABC)
Outstanding Print Article: “20 LGBTQ+ People Working to Save Lives on the Frontline” by Diane Anderson-Minshall, David Artavia, Tracy Gilchrist, Desiree Guerrero, Jeffrey Masters, Donald Padgett, and Daniel Reynolds (The Advocate)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: People
Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “Gay Men Speak Out After Being Turned Away from Donating Blood During Coronavirus Pandemic: “We are Turning Away Perfectly Healthy Donors” by Tony Morrison and Joel Lyons (
Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Stop Killing Us: Black Transgender Women’s Lived Experiences” by Complex World (Complex News)
Outstanding Blog: TransGriot
Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media: Windy City Times
Special Recognition: After Forever (Amazon)
Special Recognition: Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast
Special Recognition: Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet/Warner Records)
Special Recognition: Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment)
Special Recognition: Out (Pixar/Disney+)
Special Recognition: Razor Tongue (YouTube)
Special Recognition: "The Son" Little America (Apple TV+)
Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series: Veneno (HBO Max)
Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism: “La Hermana de Aleyda Ortiz Narra Cómo Salió del Clóset y Cómo se lo Comunicó a su Familia” Despierta América (Univision)
Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism Article: “Desapareció en México, Solo se Hallaron sus Restos: La Historia de la Doctora María Elizabeth Montaño y su Importancia para la Comunidad Trans” por Albinson Linares y Marina E. Franco (
Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Soy Trans: El Camino a un Nuevo Despertar” por Sarah Moreno, Esther Piccolino, y José Sepúlveda (El Nuevo Herald)
Special Recognition (Spanish-Language): Jesse & Joy, “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)”

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Source : | 09-Apr-2021 03:30

?Wojnarowicz? Review: A Vivid Look at a Furious Artist-Activist of the Reagan Era
Channeling the aesthetic and urgency of a driven multimedia creator, “Wojnarowicz” chronicles the too-short life of a determinedly “outsider” artist who was among the most furiously outspoken victims of the AIDS epidemic. Chris McKim’s documentary is largely composed of materials from the late subject’s archives, woven into a collage whole that is equal parts biography, […]
Source : | 19-Mar-2021 09:00

MrBeast?s management company, Night Media, has a new venture fund that?s backed by creators
MrBeast’s management company is getting into the venture business. Night Media, the six-year-old, Dallas-based multimedia talent management company, is closing a debut fund with $20 million in capital commitments from the powerful family-friendly online influencers it manages, along with other social media stars. The idea, says Night Media CEO Reed Duchscher, is to write initial […]
Source : | 18-Mar-2021 23:36

In New Docuseries Demi Lovato Details Heroin Addiction, But Says She?s No Longer Sober

Demi Lovato is in the middle of a massive multimedia rollout campaign right now. This week the multi-hyphenate announced that her first album in four years — and first since her 2018 heroin overdose — will be out in just a few weeks. It’s called Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over, and because this is 2021, she announced it on the audio chat platform Clubhouse. There, she called the LP an unofficial track-by-track soundtrack to the other big project she’s been promoting, a new docuseries on YouTube also called Dancing With The Devil.

Source : | 17-Mar-2021 04:11

Steph Curry?s Unanimous Media Creates Pathways Alliance For Underrepresented Voices
Unanimous Media, Stephen Curry’s multimedia company has announced the creation of Pathways Alliance, a new production arm dedicated to giving diverse talent the opportunity to share their creative voices. Over the course of 18 months, Unanimous Media will work with authors to create refreshing new projects, giving them an opportunity to inject their visions across […]
Source : | 05-Mar-2021 23:10

EU Rulings on Geo-Blocking in Digital Storefronts Will Increase Piracy Rates in the Developing World

For the longest time, it was an insurmountable challenge for those in the developing world to be able to afford to legally consume multimedia products. Prices originally set in Dollars, Euros or Yen often received insufficient adjustments to compensate for lower incomes, something that was compounded by local import or manufacture taxes that did little to alleviate matters. Markets starving to consume modern-day products were faced with an unrealistic pricing structure that was a bad fit for most citizens, especially for young people growing up without access to much capital in an increasingly digital world.

In the 1990s and 2000s, piracy thrived in regions such as LAC, CIS, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, among several others. In countries such as Brazil, it was often more usual to pirate than to purchase official goods when it came to products such as music, films, software, and video games. City centers were (and to a smaller extent still are) overtaken by street vendors selling piles of CDs and DVDs with photocopied covers housed in plastic envelopes and sold at a fraction of the cost found in legitimate stores.

The industry was, by and large, occupied waging intellectual property battles against developed world university students and upholding advantageous sales models such as that of the music CD, never quite looking into the issues of the developing world with a special lens. Solutions in developing countries were mostly focused on extensive police action against those selling the pirated goods, which amounted to little in the way of results, seeing as the demand side of the equation remained unaffected.

In the 2010s, developing markets observed a significant shift towards the consumption of legal goods as the young people grew into productive adults with access to more capital, and two factors can be seen as decisive in this shift: first, digital storefronts with price differentiation for countries with lesser purchasing power were established; second, streaming platforms offering flat fees for a relatively extensive catalogue of multimedia became available. This provided the correct incentives for many consumers not to want to be bothered by the hurdles of consuming pirated content.

In early 2021, the European Commission made a decision that is a subversion of proven best practices that convert informal consumers into legitimate purchasers, and if this act is a sign of their broader intentions, the only possible result is the increase in piracy rates in the developing world. Steam (the largest digital storefront for video games globally) and five major game publishers were fined to the tune of 7.8 million Euros for alleged "geo-blocking" practices. According to the official press release: "The Commission has concluded that the illegal practices of Valve [Steam's parent company] and the five publishers partitioned the EEA market in violation of EU antitrust rules."

In the same press release, the complaint is said to be rooted in: "bilateral agreements and/or concerted practices between Valve and each of the five PC video game publisher implemented by means of geo-blocked Steam activation keys which prevented the activation of certain of these publishers' PC video games outside Czechia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania."

In other words, price differentiation meant to account for different market realities has been equated to geo-blocking, and thus deemed illegal within the EU. There are several reasons why this argument is inconsistent, but foremost is the stretching of the meaning of geo-blocking, which is normally understood to be the practice of stopping a user from being able to view specific content if they are accessing a certain service from a given region or their account is tied to a given region.

In this case, users from different regions are able to see the same products in the storefront, but if the user is purchasing the game from Poland, they will be offered a significantly reduced price in relation to a purchase originating from Germany. Since Steam's activation keys can be gifted and traded between users, this system ensures that a key bought within a lower priced region cannot be activated in one where the product costs more. While this method is not fool-proof, it works well enough for publishers to adjust prices in a way that makes sense for their audience. This is a widespread tactic adopted on the Steam storefront by almost all publishers, being not limited to the 5 that were cherry-picked by the EC to serve as examples.

There is clear correlation between the region cited as having lower prices and reduced local purchasing power. According to the World Bank, the GDP per capita/PPP Int$ in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Latvia is within the 32-35.000 range, in comparison to Germany's 56.000 or Ireland's 88.000. Forcing the games to be sold at a flat price across the EU fails to acknowledge these disparities. It does not promote fairness, as the bloc does not have a homogenous economic reality.

On the aftermath of the ruling, a statement from the EC's Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, is of particular note: "The videogame industry in Europe is thriving, and it is now worth over € 17 billion. Today's sanctions against the 'geo-blocking' practices of Valve and five PC video game publishers serve as a reminder that under EU competition law, companies are prohibited from contractually restricting cross-border sales. Such practices deprive European consumers of the benefits of the EU Digital Single Market and of the opportunity to shop around for the most suitable offer in the EU."

The question that follows from Vestager's statement is: shop around how? Users can go to a different storefront altogether if they so desire, but how is this supposed to take place within the system of a single storefront in a manner that, as described by Vestager, would create more consumer choice? That proposition does not add up. What is being forced into practice is that users in the developing world will need to pay the same price for digital goods as those in the developed world, without sensitivity to their local reality. This is a significant step back from decades of progress in terms of creating a fair market where users can make legitimate purchases.

With the EU's growing appetite for the regulation of digital goods and several new regulations in the horizon, it is important to observe this event as an example of what is to come. Under the name of standardization of laws within the bloc, regions where there is less purchasing power will be more often forced into making choices between not having access to unreasonably priced goods or pirating that content. Many will choose the piracy route, and no amount of digital rights management will be able to stop it. Hopefully, other nations and blocs will not follow the EU's example, or we might be headed yet again for very difficult times in the commerce of digital goods.

Written by Mark Datysgeld, GNSO Councilor at ICANN

Source : | 16-Feb-2021 17:44

GLAAD Media Awards 2021 Nominations Announced

GLAAD has just announced the nominees for the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards!

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize media for inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The virtual ceremony is scheduled for April.

See the complete list below:

Outstanding Film — Wide Release
The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)

Happiest Season (Hulu)

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Netflix)

The Old Guard (Netflix)

The Prom (Netflix)

Outstanding Film — Limited Release
Ammonite (NEON)

And Then We Danced (Music Box Films)

The Boys in the Band (Netflix)

The Half of It (Netflix)

I Carry You With Me (Sony Pictures Classics)

Kajillionaire (Focus Features)

The Life Ahead (Netflix)

Lingua Franca (ARRAY/Netflix)

Monsoon (Strand Releasing)

The True Adventures of Wolfboy (Vertical Entertainment)

Outstanding Documentary
Circus of Books (Netflix)

Disclosure (Netflix)

Equal (HBO Max)

For They Know Not What They Do (First Run Features)

Howard (Disney+)

Mucho Mucho Amor (Netflix)

Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street (Virgil FIlms/Shudder)

Visible: Out on Television (Apple TV+)

We Are the Radical Monarchs (PBS POV)

Welcome to Chechnya (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Mouth (Netflix)

Dead to Me (Netflix)

Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)

Harley Quinn (HBO Max)

Love, Victor (Hulu)

Saved by the Bell (Peacock)

Schitt's Creek (Pop)

Sex Education (Netflix)

Superstore (NBC)

Twenties (BET)

Outstanding Drama Series

9-1-1: Lone Star (FOX)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

P-Valley (Starz)

Ratched (Netflix)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Supergirl (The CW)

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Vida (Starz)

The Wilds (Amazon)

Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Outstanding TV Movie
Alice Júnior (Netflix)

Bad Education (HBO)

The Christmas House (Hallmark Channel)

The Christmas Setup (Lifetime)

Dashing in December (Paramount Network)

La Leyenda Negra (HBO Latino/HBO Max)

The Thing About Harry (Freeform)

Uncle Frank (Amazon Studios)

Unpregnant (HBO Max)

Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
Dispatches from Elsewhere (AMC)

The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)

Hollywood (Netflix)

I May Destroy You (HBO)

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Outstanding Reality Program
Deaf U (Netflix)

Legendary (HBO Max)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)

We're Here (HBO)

Outstanding Children’s Programming
“Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!” DuckTales (Disney XD)

"Dogbot" Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS)

"Nancy Plays Dress Up" Fancy Nancy (Disney Junior)

“The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo” (HBO Max)

“Summer Camp Island” (HBO Max)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming
Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)

Diary of a Future President (Disney+)

First Day (Hulu)

Kipo and The Age of the Wonderbeasts (Dreamworks Animation/Netflix)

The Loud House (Nickelodeon)

"Mary Anne Saves the Day: The Baby-Sitters Club” (Netflix)

"Obsidian: Adventure Time: Distant Lands” (HBO Max)

The Owl House (Disney Channel)

She-Ra & The Princesses of Power (Dreamworks Animation/Netflix)

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Music Artist

Adam Lambert, Velvet (More Is More/Empire)

Brandy Clark, Your Life Is a Record (Warner Records)

Halsey, Manic (Capitol)

Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn't (Atlantic)

Lady Gaga, Chromatica (Streamline/Interscope)

Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts (RCA)

Pabllo Vittar, 111 (BMT/Sony Music Brasil)

Peppermint, A Girl Like Me: Letters to My Lovers (Producer Entertainment Group)

Ricky Martin, Pausa (Sony Latin)

Sam Smith, Love Goes (Capitol)

Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist

Arca, KiCk i (XL)

Chika, Industry Games (Warner Records)

FLETCHER, The (S)ex Tapes (Capitol)

Keiynan Lonsdale, Rainbow Boy (Keiynan Lonsdale)

Kidd Kenn, Child’s Play (Island Records)

Orville Peck, Show Pony (Columbia/Sub Pop)

Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher (Dead Oceans)

Rina Sawayama, Sawayama (Dirty Hit/Avex Trax)

Trixie Mattel, Barbara (Producer Entertainment Group/ATO Records)

Victoria Monét, Jaguar (Tribe Records)

Outstanding Video Game

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)

Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles (2K Games)

Bugsnax (Young Horses)

Hades (Supergiant Games)

If Found… (Annapurna Interactive)

Ikenfell (Humble Games)

Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft)

The Last of Us Part II (Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Tell Me Why (Xbox Game Studios)

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (Blizzard Entertainment)

Outstanding Comic Book

Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, written by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira (Marvel Comics)

Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin (DC Comics)

Guardians of the Galaxy, written by Al Ewing (Marvel Comics)

Juliet Takes a Breath, written by Gabby Rivera (BOOM! Studios)

Lois Lane, written by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)

The Magic Fish, written by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic)

Suicide Squad, written by Tom Taylor (DC Comics)

Wynd, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

X-Factor, written by Leah Williams (Marvel Comics)

You Brought Me the Ocean, written by Alex Sanchez (DC Comics)

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode

“Andy Cohen Calls for Change So He Can Donate His Plasma” Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

“Black Trans Lives Matter” Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

“Emily's Coming Out Story” Red Table Talk: The Estefans (Facebook Watch)

“Laverne Cox - Exploring Trans Representation with ‘Disclosure’” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

“Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality” A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

“Black Trans Activists on Being the 'Blueprint for the Struggle for Black Freedom'” MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson (MSNBC)

“Dwyane Wade One-On-One: Basketball Legend Opens Up About Supporting Transgender Daughter” Good Morning America (ABC)

“Faith, Foster Care and LGBTQ Rights Collide in Supreme Court” ABC News Prime (ABC News Live)

“One-on-One with Transportation Secretary Nominee Pete Buttigieg” State of the Union (CNN)

“Trans and Non-Binary People Face Voting Barriers Ahead of 2020 Election” (CBSN)

Outstanding TV Journalism — Long-Form

“ABC News Joe Biden Town Hall” (ABC)

“The Deciders” (CBS)

“Pride and Protest: Being Black and Queer in America in 2020” (NBC News NOW)

“Pride on ABC News Live: The Landmark Decision” (ABC News Live)

“Prideland” (PBS)

Outstanding Print Article

“20 LGBTQ+ People Working to Save Lives on the Frontline” by Diane Anderson-Minshall, David Artavia, Tracy Gilchrist, Desiree Guerrero, Jeffrey Masters, Donald Padgett, and Daniel Reynolds (The Advocate)

“The AIDS Quilt Marches Home” by Jason Sheeler (People)

“As Homeless Shelters Brace for Funding Cuts, LGBTQ Youths Take Desperate Measures to Get By” by Samantha Schmidt (The Washington Post)

“Delaware’s Sarah McBride Makes History as the Nation’s First Openly Transgender State Senator” by Meg Ryan (Delaware Today)

“How a March for Black Trans Lives Became a Huge Event” by Anushka Patil (The New York Times)

“It’s Time for a New Tipping Point for Transgender Folks in Hollywood” by Tre'vell Anderson (Out)

“LGBTQ Americans Are Getting Coronavirus, Losing Jobs. Anti-Gay Bias is Making it Worse for Them.” by Petruce Jean-Charles (USA Today)

“Lutheran High School Athletic Trainer, Coach Says She Was Fired for Being Gay” by Arika Herron (The Indianapolis Star)

“States Won’t Collect LGBTQ Data on COVID-19 — and Advocates Aren’t Happy” by Chris Johnson (Washington Blade)

“Why Billy Porter is a National Treasure” by Tre'vell Anderson (Essence)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

The Advocate





Outstanding Online Journalism Article

“The Battle Over Title IX and Who Gets to be a Woman in Sports: Inside the Raging National Debate” by Katie Barnes (

“Gay Men Speak Out After Being Turned Away from Donating Blood During Coronavirus Pandemic: 'We are Turning Away Perfectly Healthy Donors'” by Tony Morrison and Joel Lyons (

“Here’s how Reggie Greer Takes on LGBTQ Outreach for Joe Biden in this ‘Very Personal’ Election” by John Gallagher (

“No Medicine, No Food: Coronavirus Restrictions Amplify Health Risks to LGBT+ People with HIV” by Nita Bhalla and Oscar Lopez (

“An Oral History of Fashion’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic” [series] by Phillip Picardi (

“Queer Spaces Project” [series] by Nico Lang, Samantha Allen, Marke B., Matt Baume, Steven Blum, Alexander Cheves, Devlyn Camp, Michael Cuby, James Factora, KC Hoard, Sophie Hurwitz, Michelle Kim, and Daniel Villareal (

“Trans Athletes’ Fight for Inclusion in World Rugby” [series] by Dawn Ennis, Alex Reimer, Karleigh Webb, and Cyd Zeigler (

“Trans Freedom Fighters” [series] by Sam Levin (

“Trans, Imprisoned — and Trapped” by Kate Sosin (

“‘You Don’t Belong Here’: In Poland’s ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ Existing is an Act of Defiance” by Ivana Kottasová and Rob Picheta (

Outstanding Online Journalism — Video or Multimedia

“A Closer Look: Transgender in Kashmir” by Robert Leslie (Business Insider)

“I’m an Immigrant Fighting for Queer Rights and Racial Justice” by Abigail E. Disney, Catherine King, Maria Nunez, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Patty Quillin, Julie Parker Benello, Susan Sherrerd, and Lynda Weinman (Refinery29)

“Stop Killing Us: Black Transgender Women's Lived Experiences” by Talibah Newman Ometu, Thomas Blount, Juliana Schatz Preston, and Mariah Dupont (Complex World)

“They Will See You: LGBTQ+ Visibility in Advertising” by Brent Miller, Otto Bell, and Jordan Shavarebi (Great Big Story)

“Why LGBTQ Rights Hinge on the Definition of ‘Sex’” by Laura Bult, Ranjani Chakraborty, Melissa Hirsch, and Sidnee King (Vox)

Outstanding Blog

Gays With Kids


Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

The Reckoning


Special Recognition

After Forever (Amazon)

Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast

Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet/Warner Records)

Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment)

Out (Pixar/Disney+)

Razor Tongue (YouTube)

"The Son" Little America (Apple TV+)



Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series

Ana (Amazon/Comedy Central/Pantaya)
Élite (Netflix)
#Luimelia (Atresplayer Premium)
Someone Has to Die (Netflix)
Veneno (HBO Max)

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism

“Decisión de la Corte Suprema Para Comunidad LGBTQ” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)

“La Hermana de Aleyda Ortiz Narra Cómo Salió del Clóset y Cómo se lo Comunicó a su Familia” Despierta América (Univision)

“Proyecto ser Humano: La Terapia del Engaño” Camilo (CNN en Español)

“Refugio para Pacientes de COVID-19 y Comunidad LGBTI en México” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)

“Sanación Milagrosa” Despierta América (Univision)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism Article

“El Brutal Asesinato de una Mujer Transgénero Conmociona a Puerto Rico y Renueva una Conversación Sobre la Transfobia” por Harmeet Kaur y Rafy Rivera (CNNEspañ

“Desapareció en México, Solo se Hallaron sus Restos: La Historia de la Doctora María Elizabeth Montaño y su Importancia para la Comunidad Trans” por Albinson Linares y Marina E. Franco (

"Entrevistas para el mes del Orgullo LGBT+” por Paula Velasco, Aurora Villaseñor, y Sofía Viramontes (

“Elliot Page y el Dilema Social del Género” por Marcos Billy Guzmán (ElNuevoDí

“La Historia de un Amor Moderno” por María Torres Clausell (Quié

Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism — Video or Multimedia

“Abril Zamora: Sin Filtros” (Elle España)

“Ciudad de México Prohibe las ‘Terapias’ Contra la Homosexualidad” por Elías Camhaji, Jonás Cortés, y Rodrigo Floriano (El País)

“La Liga Deportiva de la Diversidad” por Lucía Anaya (VICE en Español)

“Mujeres LGBT+ en México: Ari Vera” (Homosensual)

“Soy Trans: El Camino a un Nuevo Despertar” por Sarah Moreno, Esther Piccolino, y José Sepúlveda (El Nuevo Herald)

Special Recognition (Spanish-Language)

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Source : | 28-Jan-2021 19:13

?Gilgamesh? Animated Movie in the Works Funded by ?Fortnite? Creator Epic Games

The video game company Epic Games is rolling in the dough, especially with the success of their battle royale title Fortnite. Now the company is expanding their media presence a bit, or at least helping to get more multimedia projects off the ground. The video game company’s new endeavor in the feature film arena will […]

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Source : | 21-Jan-2021 21:30

Wattpad to Be Acquired by Webtoon?s Korean Parent Company in $600 Million-Plus Deal

Social storytelling platform Wattpad is being acquired by Webtoon’s parent company Naver in a cash and stock transaction valued at more than $600 million, it was announced on Tuesday.

Webtoon and Wattpad will collaborate to create stronger storytelling content with a combined user base of over 160 million monthly users.

“Wattpad joining Webtoon under the Naver umbrella will be a big step towards us becoming a leading global multimedia entertainment company,” said Naver Webtoon founder and CEO, Jun Koo Kim. “Both Wattpad and Webtoon care most about helping creators tell their story their way, and both represent world-leading collections of inspired, imaginative storytelling IP.”

More to come…

Source : | 20-Jan-2021 01:16

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S21 range of smartphones – the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra – at the Unpacked 2021 event. “We are living in a mobile-first world, and with so many of us working remotely and spending more time at home, we wanted to deliver a smartphone experience that meets the rigorous multimedia […]
Source : | 15-Jan-2021 11:30

The Best TV and Movies Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in January 2021

At this point, we know that Disney owns everything, and maybe we’ve come to accept it. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited for the films and shows coming from the global multimedia conglomeration that owns half of our favorite streaming services. Disney has unveiled the TV and movies coming to Disney+ and Hulu this […]

The post The Best TV and Movies Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in January 2021 appeared first on /Film.

Source : | 17-Dec-2020 20:00

Jessica Simpson Sets 2 TV Projects at Amazon Based on Her Memoir

Amazon Studios is set to adapt Jessica Simpson’s memoir “Open Book” into two separate TV projects under a new multimedia rights deal with the author, the streamer announced Wednesday.

Under the deal, Amazon Studios will produce an unscripted docuseries based on the recently published memoir, in addition to developing a scripted series inspired by Simpson’s post-divorce coming-of-age journey.

The docuseries will include “vivid and intimate, never-before-seen personal footage shot over the last decade and will explore the highs and lows of Simpson’s life, including her singing career, her journey to sobriety, starting a family, the rise of creating a billion-dollar business and finding her voice.”

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Simpson will serve as executive producer on the unscripted series, along with Lauren Auslander and Lacy Lynch. The scripted series will be produced by Simpson and Patrick Moran of PKM Productions, alongside Lynch and Auslander.

In addition to the two TV projects, Simpson will write two new essays that will be published in 2021 through the Amazon Original Stories imprint of Amazon Publishing. The first essay will center on motherhood, while the second will focus on gratitude.

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“I am humbled and honored to partner with Amazon Studios to bring my story and heart to life on the screen,” Simpson said in a statement. “I am a huge TV fan and many of my favorite shows live on Amazon, so the gift of this unprecedented collaboration is a dream for me. From our first meeting I had a visceral connection to every member of this team. I know that parts of my life have been extraordinary, but I also know that many of my struggles are universal. I hope to continue the mission I set out to accomplish in writing ‘Open Book’ — to inspire others to be entertained, moved and empowered to walk through fear and come out on the other side even stronger.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jessica to the Amazon family,” added Vernon Sanders, co-head of television for Amazon Studios. “Jessica has a fascinating, emotional story, not just of celebrity and success, but with relatable, all-too-human problems so many of us encounter with love, family and life. ‘Open Book’ was a phenomenon, and we’re so excited to bring it to life on Prime Video and IMDb TV, and for Amazon Original Stories readers to have the chance to hear more from Jessica in her own words.”

The deal was made by Lacy Lynch at Dupree Miller, who also represented the book, alongside Lauren Auslander/Luna Entertainment, and Grubman, Shire, Meiselas & Sacks. Simpson is also represented by David Levin/DL Business Management and UTA.

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Source : | 09-Dec-2020 20:00

Ellen DeGeneres Pays $49 Million for Dennis Miller?s Cape Dutch-Style Montecito Compound
Back in October, “Saturday Night Live” alum-turned-multimedia host and conservative political commentator Dennis Miller and wife Slim Paley rocked Montecito by inking a clandestine, off-market deal to sell their vast estate for a whopping $49 million in cash. At that time, the new owners’ names were not publicly known, but now it turns out the […]
Source : | 06-Dec-2020 21:54

Mort Meisner Reflects on Troubled Childhood and Storied Career in New Memoir
Before Oprah became a global brand and head of a multimedia empire, she was a local news reporter in Chicago. “Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers just caught up with Mort Meisner, the guy who gave Queen O her big break! Meisner opened up to Jenn about his new memoir, “Enough to Be Dangerous,” which explores his battle with addiction, going from rock ’n’ roll promoter to news director, when he hired Oprah, and his evolution into becoming a successful news talent agent. He also reveals the celeb who changed his life. Watch!
Source : | 05-Dec-2020 21:00

Four short links: 11 Sep 2020
Accurately Lipsync Video to Any Speech — In our paper, A Lip Sync Expert Is All You Need for Speech to Lip Generation In the Wild, ACM Multimedia 2020, we aim to lip-sync unconstrained videos in the wild to any desired target speech. (Paper) Impressive. Temporal — Open source “workflow-as-code” engine. I can’t decide if […]
Source : | 11-Sep-2020 13:21

Will Smith and Warner Bros Settle ?King Richard? Lawsuit Over Breach of Contract

Will Smith and Warner Bros. have settled a lawsuit over their film “King Richard,” in which Smith plays tennis great and father to Venus and Serena, Richard Williams.

Back in June, TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multimedia filed a lawsuit for, among other things, breach of contract against Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company, Warner Bros, Richard Williams himself, his son Chavoita Lesane, production company Star Thrower Entertainment and its key executives.

The settlement was made with the stipulation that the court retains jurisdiction over the defendants to ensure the conditions of the agreement are met within the next 21 days.

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TW3 Entertainment argued in the complaint that it purchased the motion picture rights to any film based on Williams’ 2014 memoir “Black and White: The Way I See It.” The plaintiffs then said they were “shocked and outraged” to learn that Star Thrower and Warner Bros. agreed to produce a film based on Williams’ book and that TW3 was free to “produce some other type of media (such as a mini-series).”

TW3 Entertainment said in the suit that it’s their belief that Warner Bros., Overbrook and Star Thrower paid at least $1 million for the rights to produce “King Richard” and contend that they would have been entitled to all sums.

“King Richard” will be directed by “Monsters and Men” filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script written by Zach Baylin. Tim and Trevor White are producing through Star Thrower and James Lassiter is producing through Overbrook Entertainment. Jada Pinkett Smith, Allan Mandelbaum and Caleb Pinkett are executive producers.

“King Richard” is set to open in theaters on November 19, 2021.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Source : | 11-Aug-2020 16:34

The Challenge of Access to Safe Internet Pharmacies and Medicines During Pandemics

Co-authored by Ron Andruff & Mark W. Datysgeld.

With 300+ sessions and over 7,800 participants from 158 countries across every time zone, RightsCon Online 2020 (July 27-31) demonstrated the importance of convening people worldwide to bring about positive changes in a time of crisis. The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (York University, Canada) organized a panel of diverse experts and academics (please see the Panel List at the end of this article) to discuss: Promoting human rights and access to safe medicines during pandemics: The critical role of Internet pharmacies.

Over the last four years, we have been working within ICANN, RightsCon and the United Nations Internet Governance Forums to build out a set of standards and norms on the foundation established by the Brussels Principles. We're seeking to clarify the governance and jurisdictional issues in a human rights context that promotes the good actors while rooting out the rogues, using a balanced approach to global access to safe medicines purchased from Internet pharmacies. This is consistent with the 2017 U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution for "[...] the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including access to essential medicines". The Brussels Principles on the Sale of Medicines over the Internet" were developed by a coalition of stakeholders, Internet experts, and civil society at RightsCon Brussels 2017; and subsequently adopted at RightsCon Toronto 2018. At this most extraordinary time, we were happy to be back working with Access Now and the global rights community to continue this critical conversation.

Our main question is whether standards and norms should be advanced at the inter-governmental level through the arduous process of harmonization of trans-national laws, or whether they are best achieved at the Internet governance level, such as through ICANN policy development. What lessons can be drawn from other industry sectors? And, notably, who is the convener of such important work? Should this issue be raised to the agenda of international institutions such as the World Health Organization?

As panelist Dr. Jillian Clare Kohler rightfully stated, before the pandemic, the question of fair pricing of medicines was already a complex issue, and now that issue has been exponentially compounded. Corruption, Dr. Kohler noted, is the abuse of trusted power for private gain, and it finds its way into these situations. The proliferation of fake medicines has been strongly linked with disturbances such as supply disruption and fear-mongering, which could escalate matters in the context of a poorly coordinated, unfair distribution of potential vaccines and medicines against COVID-19.

Panelist Dr. Aria Ilyad Ahmad, who presented his seminal paper "Digital Governance of Public Health: Towards a Regulatory Framework for Internet Pharmacies” at IGF Berlin 2019, invited stakeholders to consider what are the applicable international human rights norms; where do moral and jurisdictional interests intersect (and clash); and, in particular, which institutions have the mandate and legitimacy to set standards and guidelines.

Exploring legal and regulatory approaches that advance the right to health while confronting the risks posed by rogue Internet marketplaces, further exposed vulnerable communities being disproportionately impacted by the virus, and the surging demand on health systems, which has contributed to critical shortages in access to care.

Dr. Oki Olufuye brought the Global South perspective, focused on Nigeria, asking if there is really justification for medicine price discrepancies between different countries. Africa not only suffers from a lack of access to the Internet (just 47% of Nigeria's population of 200 million are online), it also lacks access to a safe, public health infrastructure — both off- and online. She noted that medicine can be bought by the pill without prescription, sometimes in settings as informal as on a bus. Long queues in hospitals force people to go to pharmacies for their general care instead. As Dr. Olufuye puts it: "Accessibility — in every way you think of it — is the challenge in the Global South." It is not difficult to see how fair access to the Internet, combined with safe Internet pharmacies, could advance progress in public health and basic human rights.

Relative to the nature of the complex jurisdictional challenges, panelist Bertrand de la Chapelle declared that important lessons can be gleaned from the earlier free-for-alls around multimedia distribution over the Internet, with the industry initially fighting costly battles against file-sharing software such as Napster and its users. Only through cooperation and the creation of fairly priced services for film and music streaming was an appropriate compromise achieved.

Mr. de la Chapelle noted that any action taken at the Domain Name System (DNS) level acts as a very blunt tool, so it needs to be scoped with precision to be effective. Medicines are naturally regulated due to their risk of harm, often at the national/regional level. The jurisdictional challenge arises when a pharmacy is legal in one jurisdiction, but accessible and necessary in another; blocking it at the DNS level creates problems for all involved parties.

That notwithstanding, there are thousands of illegitimate rogue actors gaming the DNS, and all panelists agreed that they must be shut down. Current measures appear to be solely focused on denouncing all Internet pharmacies irrespective of those safe, licensed pharmacies, rather than establishing a set of multi-stakeholder-developed safety standards and norms to enable appropriate trans-national access. Reaching that precise balance is a mission that the global governance community needs to undertake.

These questions, taken together, are fundamentally a human rights issue, which brings with it questions of licensing, distribution channels, and trans-national recognition. There is a need for a multi-stakeholder initiative to discuss the possible ways to enable access to legitimate medicines across borders, in a transparent manner that avoids corruption. This is particularly important considering potential future pandemics or other situations of global health vulnerability.

Invited to intervene from the audience, Tim Smith, Executive Director of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, explained that despite their extensive membership criteria and safety and privacy protocols, as well as a policy of not selling controlled substances such as narcotics or opioids, the Internet pharmacy association continues to face barriers. Not from patients, but barriers imposed by search engines to organic searches and online advertising, and even access to the top level domain ".pharmacy," which is controlled by a U.S. trade association. To this last point, Mr. de la Chapelle added that the ".pharmacy" Registry Operator is subject to U.S. law; bringing in to question whether or not that TLD could potentially be considered an appropriate Internet pharmacy accreditation mechanism.

A recurring multi-stakeholder model challenge is actors pointing to each other's deficiencies, rather than acknowledging the common problems they share. In this case, all of the legitimate actors face the same challenge of dealing with the thousands of rogue actors who exacerbate the problems of access to safe medicines. With COVID-19 casting a long shadow on the shrinking global economy, all of the panelists agreed that the time to engage the multi-stakeholder model to make real the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including access to essential medicines, is now; so this discussion will continue at the IGF Online 2020 in the session "Pandemics & Access to Medicines Over the Internet: A 2020 Assessment." If this topic has captured your interest, please watch for future announcements. We welcome broad multi-stakeholder participation.

Finally, when we asked the 275 participants who attended our RightsCon panel discussion: "Are standards and norms best accomplished at the inter-governmental level or rather at the Internet governance level?" the poll reported 65% believe that this is an Internet governance issue, relative to 35% who felt it is a trans-national governmental issue.

Good food for thought.

RightsCon 2020 Panel List

Aria Ilyad Ahmad: Global Health Foresighting Research Fellow, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Jillian Clare Kohler: Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; Director, WHO CC for Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Bertrand de la Chapelle: Executive Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Oki Olufuye: Health Manager, Consultant; Teraputik Konsulting

Pat Kane: Senior Vice President, Verisign Naming and Registry Services [Unable to participate]

Ron Andruff: President, ONR Consulting, Inc. [Moderator]

Mark W. Datysgeld: Internet Governance and Policies consultant, Governance Primer [Online Coordinator]

Written by Ronald N. Andruff, President at ONR Consulting, Inc.

Source : | 07-Aug-2020 22:12

International Influencer Yi Zhou on Her Career as an Artist, Entrepreneur and Filmmaker

Born in Shanghai, raised in Rome and educated in London and Paris, Yi Zhou is more than just your average social media influencer. Despite having Tommy Hilfiger as a mentor and working with major brands such as Chanel, Levi Strauss & Co. and Shiseido, Zhou is most well known for her career as a multimedia artist. Her installations and short films have been featured at Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale, Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to her artistic talents, Zhou is also a successful entrepreneur. After relocating to China in 2010, she founded the brand management and content creation company YiZhouStudio in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In 2017, Zhou brought the company to Los Angeles and in the same year also founded a new fashion and lifestyle brand, Global Intuition, which debuted at Fred Segal in 2019.

In addition to growing her fashion line, Zhou is directing her first feature “Stars and Scars,” a sci-fi romance film addressing the negative stigma toward mental health illnesses. During a recent interview with WrapWomen, Zhou opened up about her journey as an influencer, artist and entrepreneur and what we can expect from her upcoming film.

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How did you get your start?
I became an influencer in 2012 when I started my social media in China and was nominated as the honorary ambassador of Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website.

I grew up in Europe and attended fashion shows just as people in L.A. attend screenings. One day, I recall, I was invited to a Chanel fashion show in Paris, but instead of sitting with the French talent at the front row, I was placed with Chinese celebrities. Even though I was European, I had become an influencer in China.

I started my Weibo posts as an emotional outlet about my new life in China and my past life in Europe. I would speak about my days, ideas, the people I met, the things I experienced and make photo collages. I did not think it would have brought me the influencer status — I was just being honest and authentic with my words and feelings.

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How do you choose which brands to work with?
As an artist and influencer over the years, I’ve worked with many brands including Levi’s, Chanel and Shiseido — just to name a few. In the U.S., I am very close to Tommy Hilfiger, he is my mentor.

I am very meticulous in my selections. I select brands where we can grow together. I never do collaborations for the money, but rather I prefer to choose brands with a great history, philosophy and an affinity for the long-run.

In addition to working with outside brands, you also have your own fashion line Global Intuition. Can you tell us about it?
Global Intuition was launched in June 2019, thanks to the support and encouragement from my best friend Diana Picasso and my dad. The brand highlights the importance of female empowerment, freedom, sustainability, inclusion and diversity in a multicultural digitalized society.

Our consumers are trendsetters looking for timeless pieces with designer quality at affordable prices ($30-160). You can mix your essentials with your wardrobe as well as our other lines. Our Basic Line is designed for early millennials 16-25 years old, whereas our Heritage Line is for Gen X to Baby Boomers 26-65 years old.

You can check-out our online store at and shop our latest collection made in collaboration with the Italian Royal Family and HRH Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia entitled Royal House of Savoy.

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You also have another company, YiZhouStudio. Tell us about your experience bringing that business to the U.S.
I started YiZhouStudio in August 2011 in Shanghai as a production company for my artwork and for some top luxury brands’ social media and P.R. assets for China and Global markets. Recently, I have started the U.S. branch of YiZhouStudio in Los Angeles.

We have refocused its scope to be a loan-out company for my projects including the production of my personal social media assets creation, my brand Global Intuition, my joint venture with Larry Namer Rouge Dragon Media, my new branding and marketing company with Colleen Camp Into the Sun Entertainment and my upcoming film “Stars and Scars.”

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What can we expect from your upcoming film “Stars and Scars?”
“Stars and Scars” is a story is about a young woman with a disability. She also has a highly specific autobiographical memory (HSMA) and excels at creating augmented reality universes based on details she remembers from things she’s read and the place’s she’s been.

In contemporary societies, disabilities have different connotations and significance. Whether it’s physical or mental, they all have different meaning. In the ever-growing digital era and with the pandemic, our societies have propelled ten years forward, as my friend and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in a recent interview to “Face the Nation.”

I am excited to announce that I’ve entered a prelude of the film to Australia’s International Smartphone Film Festival, which is centered on storytelling short formats shot by iPhone during the pandemic.

What do you hope people take away from the film?
“Stars and Scars” highlights contemporary issues like technology and the isolation, desolation, limits and interstices it brings. I am inspired by politics, modern tales and diseases of our minds. All societies and governments — whether totalitarian or democratic — have their glories and their demons.

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Source : | 31-Jul-2020 21:57

Jessica Marie Garcia, Nikki Reed, Kandi Burruss, Tika Sumpter and Thai Randolph Join BE Conference 2020

BE Conference, Hollywood’s leading mentorship event, is honored to welcome prominent artistic and business talent to this year’s 5-day virtual program including actress and activist Jessica Marie Garcia and actress, producer and entrepreneur Nikki Reed.

On Wednesday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific, Sugaberry co-founders Tika Sumpter, star of ABC’s “Mixed-Ish,” and Thai Randolph, executive vice president and general manager of Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud network, will host a live taping of their podcast “The Suga.” Sumpter and Randolph will be joined by special guest Kandi Burruss, award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and entrepreneur.

(From left:) Ivirlei Brookes, Caroline Aaron, Sanne Vloet and Aija Mayrock)

During the event, attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in mentorship sessions led by Sumpter and Randolph along with award-winning producer and actress Niecy Nash; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Caroline Aaron; “Upload” star Andy Allo; international model and entrepreneur Sanne Vloet; actress and activist Ivirlei Brookes and activist and author Aija Mayrock; creator, writer and showrunner Heather Wordham, Oscar-nominated director Smirti Mundhra and more.

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Additional confirmed speakers previously announced include actor, director and producer Eva Longoria; actor, producer and entrepreneur Tia Mowry; actor, director and producer Mädchen Amick, Academy award-winning director Jessica Yu, “Arrow” star Katherine McNamara and “Outer Banks” star Madison Bailey; “Pose” star Hailie Sahar and “Legends of Tomorrow” star Maisie Richardson Sellers.

Jessica Marie Garcia currently stars as ‘Jasmine’ in “On My Block.” The series follows a group of bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high school in Los Angeles. The Cuban-Mexican-American actress also co-stars opposite Gina Rodriguez in the recently released Disney+ series “Diary of a Future President.”

Nikki Reed is most well-known for her role as ‘Rosalie Hale’ in the “Twilight Saga.” In addition to her thriving acting career, she is also recognized as an entrepreneur.  Reed created the socially conscious lifestyle company, BaYou With Love. The company was born out of the lack of sustainable and natural options and supports local craftsmen, artisans and ethical factories. In 2018 the brand collaborated with Dell to create The Circular Collection, a 14-18k gold jewelry collection from extracted gold pulled from old computer motherboards.

Kandi Burruss is well known for starring in 12 seasons of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” she currently can be seen on “The Chi,”on Showtime. Her career spans over three-decades as a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and producer. Currently, Burruss’ portfolio includes multimedia agency Kandi Koated Entertainment, cosmetics brand Kandi Koated Beauty, intimate boutique brand Bedroom Kandi, southern eateries Old Lady Gang, children’s lifestyle brand Raising Ace, and luxury women’s apparel boutiques TAGS.

“Mixed-Ish” star Tika Sumpter and Laugh Out Loud’s Thai Randolph co-founded Sugaberry, a lifestyle brand that celebrates all aspects of the brown mom experience through a curated mix of content, original audio and video programming, interviews, newsletters, live event series, thoughtful product recommendations and a weekly podcast, “The Suga.”

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BE Conference 2020 will focus on providing opportunities for the next generation of women in media and entertainment, with a focus on underrepresented voices. This year’s programming and mentorship will be dedicated to breaking barriers, inspiring action and creating inclusive opportunities for all. Attendees will have access to A-List speaker panels, tailored mentorship, morning fitness and meditation to jump-start your day as well as evening entertainment and networking throughout the week.

Sponsors and community partners include Imagine Entertainment, Spotify, Audible, Gotham Group, Blumhouse Productions, AMC Networks, Maggie Begley Communications, Participant Media, Homegrown Pictures, Color of Change, LA Collab, The Latinx House and Eva Longoria Foundation.

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Source : | 18-Jul-2020 01:07

Evolving the Internet Through COVID-19 and Beyond

Co-authored by Jari Arkko, Alissa Cooper, Tommy Pauly, and Colin Perkins

As we approach four months since the WHO declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and with lockdowns and other restrictions continuing in much of the world, it is worth reflecting on how the Internet has coped with the changes in its use, and on what lessons we can learn from these for the future of the network.

The people and companies that build and operate the Internet are always planning for more growth in Internet traffic. But the levels of growth seen since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic are nothing that anyone had in their plans. Many residential and mobile networks and Internet Exchange Points reported 20% traffic growth or more in a matter of weeks as social distancing sent in-person activities online around the world. While nearly all kinds of traffic, including web browsing, video streaming, and online gaming have seen significant increases, real-time voice and video have seen the most staggering growth: jumps of more than 200% in traffic and daily conferencing minutes together with 20-fold increases in users of conferencing platforms.

By and large, the Internet has withstood the brunt of these traffic surges. While users have experienced brief outages, occasional video quality reduction, and connectivity problems now and again, on the whole, the Internet is delivering as the go-to global communications system allowing people to stay connected, carry on with their daily lives from their homes, and coordinate responses to the pandemic.

These are impressive results for a technology designed 50 years ago. But the robustness of the Internet in the face of huge traffic surges and shifting usage patterns is no accident. It is the result of continuous improvements in technology, made possible by its underlying flexible design. Some recent proposals have suggested that the Internet's architecture and underlying technologies are not fit for purpose, or will not be able to evolve to accommodate changing usage patterns in coming years. The Internet's resiliency in the face of recent traffic surges is just the latest and most obvious illustration of why such arguments should be viewed skeptically. The Internet has a unique model of evolution that has served the world well, continues to accelerate, and is well-positioned to meet the challenges and opportunities that the future holds.

The Internet is evolving faster today than ever before

As requirements and demands on networks have changed, the Internet's ability to continually evolve and rise to new challenges has proved to be one its greatest strengths. While many people still equate the Internet with "TCP/IP," the Internet has changed radically over the past several decades. We have seen a huge increase in scale, great improvements in performance and reliability, and major advances in security. Most remarkably, this evolution has been almost entirely seamless — users notice improvement in their online experience without any sense of the hard work that went into it behind the scenes.

Even from its early days, the Internet's fundamental structure has evolved. When the mappings of host names to addresses became impractical to store and use, the Domain Name System (DNS) was created. Then the original rigid class-based IP address space was made more flexible with Classless Inter-Domain Routing, which enabled greater scalability.

The pace at which major new innovations like these are integrated into the network has accelerated in recent years. For example, five years ago about 70% of web connections were not secured with encryption. They were vulnerable to observation by anyone who intercepted them. But a renewed focus on security and rapid changes that have made it easier to deploy and manage security certificates have accelerated encryption on the web to the point where just 20% or so of web connections are vulnerable today.

Security protocols are also being updated more rapidly to stay ahead of attacks and vulnerabilities. Transport Layer Security (TLS) is one of the foremost protocols used to encrypt application data on the Internet. The latest version, TLS 1.3, can cut connection setup time in half, and expands the amount of information that is protected during setup. The protocol was also carefully designed to ensure that it could be deployed on the Internet in the broadest way possible. After its finalization in 2018, there was more TLS 1.3 use in its first five months than TLS 1.2 saw in its first five years. Roughly one third of all traffic using TLS has upgraded from TLS 1.2 to TLS 1.3 in a period of 18 months.

Even the basic transport protocols used on the Internet are evolving. For decades, there has been a desire to add features to transports that the original TCP protocol could not support: multiplexed streams, faster setup time, built-in security, greater data efficiency, and the ability to use multiple paths. QUIC is a new protocol that supports all of those features, and is carefully designed with deployability and protocol evolution in mind. Even prior to finalization, initial versions of QUIC have become predominant in traffic flows from YouTube and mobile Facebook applications. QUIC is the foundation for the newest version of HTTP, HTTP/3. This means that faster and more resilient connections can be provided to existing HTTP applications, while opening up new capabilities for future development.

These are just a handful of examples. We have seen the Internet evolve through massive technological shifts, from the rise of cellular data networks and mobile broadband to the explosion of voice, video, and gaming online. We have seen the creation of massively distributed content delivery networks and cloud computing, the integration of streaming and conversational multimedia on the web platform, and the connection of billions of constrained "Internet of Things" devices to the network. And although some Internet systems have been deployed for decades, the pace of technological advancement on the network continues to accelerate.

Keys to successful evolution

This evolvability is an inherent feature of the Internet's design, not a by-product. The key to successfully evolving the Internet has been to leverage its foundational design principles while incorporating decades of experience that teach us how to successfully upgrade a network composed of billions of active nodes all while it is fully operational — a process more colloquially known as "changing the engines while in flight."

The Internet was explicitly designed as a general-purpose network. It is not tailored to a particular application or generation of technology. This is the very property that has allowed it to work well as physical networks have evolved from modems to fiber or 5G and adapt to traffic shifts like the ones caused by the current pandemic. Optimizations for particular applications have frequently been contemplated. For example, "next generation networking" efforts throughout the decades have insisted on the need for built-in, fine-grained quality-of-service mechanisms in order to support real-time applications like voice, video, and augmented reality. But in practice, those applications are flourishing like never before by capitalizing on the general-purpose Internet, optimizations in application design, increased bandwidth, and the availability of different tiers of Internet service.

Modularity goes hand-in-hand with general-purpose design. Internet networks and applications are built from modular building blocks that software developers, architects, network operators, and infrastructure providers combine in numerous different ways to suit their own needs while interoperating with the rest of the network. This means that when it comes time to develop a new innovation, there are abundant existing software stacks, libraries, management tools, and engineering experiences to leverage directly. Tools like IP, DNS, MPLS, HTTP, RTP, and TLS have been re-used so many times that their common usage and extension models and software support are widely understood.

The Internet was also designed for global reach. Endpoints throughout the Internet are capable of reaching each other using common systems of addresses and names even if their local networks use vastly different underlying technologies. Introducing new or replacement addressing or naming schemes intended for global reach therefore requires either complex systems of gateways to bridge between existing Internet-connected systems and new networks or an incentive structure that would cause the majority of existing nodes to abandon the Internet and join the new network. Neither of these offers an obvious path to seamless global interoperability. And gateways would likely constrain future evolution across all layers of the stack.

We have seen struggles over incentives play out with the decades-long advance of IPv6 deployment, as well as with other protocol upgrade designs like DNSSEC and BGPsec. Experience with the development and deployment of these protocols has shown that baking deployment incentives into the design of a protocol itself is key to widespread deployment. Understanding which actors in the industry will be motivated to invest in upgrades and having the protocol design place the onus on those actors is critical.

The TLS 1.3 and QUIC examples highlighted above took these lessons to heart. Both protocols bind security upgrades together with performance improvements, knowing that Internet businesses will invest to achieve better performance and thereby improve security in the process. QUIC likewise allows application developers to deploy without having to rely on operating system vendors or network operators to apply updates, easing the path to widespread adoption.

Testing network innovations at scale in parallel with designing network protocols is also crucial. In the last five years, every major new Internet protocol design effort has been accompanied by the parallel development of multiple (sometimes a dozen or more) independent implementations. This creates extremely valuable feedback loops between the people designing the protocols and the people writing the code, so that bugs or issues found in implementations can lead to quick changes to the design, and design changes can be quickly reflected in implementations. Tests of early implementations at scale help to motivate involvement in the design process from a broader range of application developers, network operators, equipment vendors, and users.

Finally, the Internet uses a collaborative model of development: designs are the product of a community working together. This ensures that protocols serve the multitude of Internet-connected entities, rather than serving a limited set of interests. This model also helps to validate that updates to the network can and will find their way into production-quality systems. Many academic research efforts focused on future Internet designs have missed this component, causing their efforts to falter even with brilliant ideas.

Challenges and opportunities

The Internet faces many technical challenges today and new challenges will continue to arise in the future. At the same time, technological advancements and societal changes create opportunities for the Internet to continue to evolve and meet new needs as they arise.

Security is a multifaceted challenge that has been and continues to be a major area of evolution. Encryption of many kinds of Internet traffic is at an all-time high, yet work remains to mitigate unintentional data leaks and operationalize encryption in core infrastructure services, such as DNS. Strong protections and mitigations are needed against threats as diverse as commercial surveillance, denial-of-service attacks, and malware — all in the context of an Internet that is increasingly connecting devices that are constrained by computational power and limited software development budgets. These aspects must be addressed without intensifying industry consolidation. All of these challenges are increasingly the focus of Internet protocol designers.

Performance will also continue to require improvements in order to meet increasing demands. Protocol designers are only just beginning to sort through how they might leverage the performance gains from QUIC and HTTP/3 for numerous future applications. Scaling up deployment of mechanisms such as active queue management (AQM) for reducing latency, increasing throughput, and managing traffic queues will be needed to handle an ever-changing mix of traffic flows. Innovative approaches such as information-centric networking, network coding, moving computation into the network, establishing common architectures between data centers and edge networks, decentralised infrastructure and integration of quantum technology are the focus of ongoing exploration to respond to current and future performance requirements.

The kinds of networks and devices that benefit from global Internet connectivity or local IP networking (or both) will continue to diversify, ranging from industrial to vehicular to agricultural settings and beyond. Technologies such as deterministic networking, which seeks to provide latency, loss, and reliability guarantees, and new protocols explicitly designed to account for intermittent connectivity and high mobility will all be in the mix as information technology and operational technology continue to converge.


The Internet of 2020 is vastly different from the one where TCP/IP originated, even though variants of those original protocols continue to provide global connectivity. The combination of a general-purpose design, modularity, global reach, and a collaborative engineering model with lessons learned about incentives, implementation, and testing at scale have produced the Internet's winning formula for evolution.

The Internet's unique approach to evolution positions it well as a technology to meet new challenges and seize new opportunities. The central role of the Internet in society, only underlined by the COVID-19 crisis, continues to increase. We hope to never again experience a crisis that causes such disruption and suffering throughout the world, but we are optimistic that, crisis or not, the Internet will continue to evolve to better serve the needs of its users.

About the authors

Author affiliations are provided for identification and do not imply organizational endorsement.

Jari Arkko is a member of the Internet Architecture Board and a Senior Expert with Ericsson Research.

Alissa Cooper is the Internet Engineering Task Force Chair and a Fellow at Cisco Systems.

Tommy Pauly is a member of the Internet Architecture Board and an Engineer at Apple.

Colin Perkins is the Internet Research Task Force Chair and an Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow.

Written by Jari Arkko, A Member of the Internet Architecture Board, Senior Expert at Ericsson Research

Source : | 07-Jul-2020 21:35

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How ?Food Heaven? Founders Wendy Lopez, Jessica Jones Look at Healthy Living Through an ?Inclusive Lens?

Meet registered dietitians Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones, co-founders of the multimedia platform Food Heaven, a one-stop-shop for inclusive and accessible wellness.

“We didn’t see ourselves represented in nutrition and wellness and wanted to create an inclusive community that celebrated all people,” Lopez and Jones told WrapWomen.

What started out as a YouTube channel with just a couple of viewers (specifically Lopez and Jones’ parents) has morphed into an amazing YouTube community with a following of over 40,000 subscribers. They also offer unique recipes and friendly blog articles on their website. Throughout the years, Lopez and Jones’ platform – and hairstyles – have evolved, but their basic philosophy has remained the same: healthy eating should be delicious, cost-effective, and (most importantly) easy.

Most recently, the BFFs launched the “Food Heaven” podcast, which is perfect for the healthy gal on the go! Produced by Dear Media, the series dives into topics like health at every size, food and culture, intuitive eating, and body acceptance. During an interview with WrapWomen, Lopez and Jones opened up about their journey, took us behind the scenes of the podcast and shared tips for healthy living.

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This podcast for the girl who loves…

JONES: Eating! But also taking care of herself.

This podcast is for the girl who is looking…

LOPEZ: To develop a healthy, nourishing and enjoyable relationship with food

3 words to describe this podcast are…

JONES: Relatable, non-judgmental, gentle wellness

How important is having a sustainable diet?

JONES: Our clients often don’t realize that restrictive diets aren’t sustainable, which means they can’t do them long term, which means they are always jumping from one way of eating to the next. Having a diet that is sustainable–and includes enjoying “fun” foods–is the only way to make balanced eating a lifelong endeavor.

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 What separates you from other health podcasts?

JONES:We look at everything from an inclusive lens. Not only culturally inclusive but also inclusive of people of different body shapes and sizes, because we all have the right to pursue health.

On a scale of 1-10, how hard is it for you guys to stay healthy?

LOPEZ: 8. Healthy looks different for me depending on the day, and I try to honor however I’m feeling whether that means eating mac and cheese for breakfast or eating a salad for dinner. Listening to my body and having that balance, even if that doesn’t look like what most people would think as healthy, is healthy for me.

Are fad diets even close to the right idea?

JONES: Never. Research shows that for the majority of people, diets don’t work and can have psychological, social, and physical side effects. This is why we take an intuitive eating approach to food and nutrition (meaning choosing what to eat based on how you’re feeling, how you want to feel, and what you’re actually in the mood for.)

 Has quarantine made it harder or easier to eat healthy?

LOPEZ: Both. Sometimes I’m super inspired to be in the kitchen whipping up all types of meals, and sometimes I forget to eat. I’ve been gentle with myself by removing judgment and taking things day by day.

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What does it mean to you to be healthy?

JONES: For us, all foods fit in a healthy diet. If your health is something that is important to you (BTW your health doesn’t have to be something that is important to you), balance is key. We also love to talk about how health is so much more than food – it includes our mental health, emotional health, financial health, environmental health, and so on.

What’s your go-to piece of advice for someone who wants to get healthy?

LOPEZ: Mute out what everyone else is telling you healthy is, and redefine how that would look like long-term for you.

New episodes of “Food Heaven” are available every Wednesday wherever you get your podcasts including Apple Podcastsand the Dear Media website.

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Source : | 25-Jun-2020 02:57

Big Regional Network Outages

T-Mobile had a major network outage last week that cut off some voice calls and most texting for nearly a whole day. The company's explanation of the outage was provided by Neville Ray, the president of technology.

The trigger event is known to be a leased fiber circuit failure from a third party provider in the Southeast. This is something that happens on every mobile network, so we've worked with our vendors to build redundancy and resiliency to make sure that these types of circuit failures don't affect customers. This redundancy failed us and resulted in an overload situation that was then compounded by other factors. This overload resulted in an IP traffic storm that spread from the Southeast to create significant capacity issues across the IMS (IP multimedia Subsystem) core network that supports VoLTE calls.

In plain English, the electronics failed on a leased circuit, and then the backup circuit also failed. This then caused a cascade that brought down a large part of the T-Mobile network.

You may recall that something similar happened to CenturyLink about two years ago. At the time, the company blamed the outage on a bad circuit card in Denver that somehow cascaded to bring down a large swatch of fiber networks in the west, including numerous 911 centers. Since that outage, there have been numerous regional outages, which is one of the reasons that Project THOR recently launched in Colorado — the cities in that region could no longer tolerate the recurring multi-hour or even day-long regional network outages,

Having electronics fail is a somewhat common event. This is particularly true on circuits provided by the big carriers, which tend to push the electronics to the max and keep equipment running to the last possible moment of its useful life. Anyone visiting a major telecom hub would likely be aghast at the age of some electronics still being used to transmit voice and data traffic.

I can recall two of my clients that have had similar experiences in the last few years. They had a leased circuit fail and then also saw the redundant path fail as well. In both cases, it turns out that the culprit was the provider of the leased circuits, which did not provide true redundancy. Although my clients had paid for redundancy, the carrier had sold them primary and backup circuits that shared some of the same electronics at ley points in the network — and when those key points failed, their whole network went down.

However, what is unusual about the two big carrier outages is that the outages somehow cascaded into big regional outages. That was largely unheard of a decade ago. This reminds more of what we saw in the past in the power grid when power outages in one town could cascade over large areas. The power companies have been trying to remedy this situation by breaking the power grid into smaller regional networks and putting in protection so that failures can't overwhelm the interfaces between regional networks. In essence, the power companies have been trying to introduce some of the good lessons learned over time by the big telecom companies.

But it seems that the big telecom carriers are going in the opposite direction. I talked to several retired telecom network engineers, and they all made the same guess about why we see big regional outages. The telecom network used to be comprised of hundreds of regional hubs. Each hub had its own staff and operations, and it was physically impossible for a problem from one hub to take down a neighboring hub somehow. The worst that would happen is that routes between hubs could go dark, but the problem never moved past the original hub.

The big telcos have all had massive layoffs over the last decade, and those purges have emptied the big companies of the technicians who built and understood the networks. Meanwhile, the companies are trying to find efficiencies to get by with smaller staffing. It appears that the efficiencies that have been found are to introduce network solutions that cover large areas or even the whole nation. This means that the identical software and technicians are now being used to control giant swaths of the network. This homogenization and central control of a network mean that failure in any one place in the network might cascade into a more significant problem if the centralized software and/or technicians react improperly to a local outage. It's likely that the big outages we're starting to routinely see are caused by a combination of people's failure and software systems.

A few decades ago, we somewhat saw regular power outages that affected multiple states. At the prodding of the government, the power companies undertook a nationwide effort to stop cascading outages, and in doing so, they effectively emulated the old telecom network world. They ended the ability for an electric grid to automatically interface with neighboring grids and the last major power outage that wasn't due to weather happened in the west in 2011.

I've seen absolutely no regulatory recognition of the major telecom outages we've been seeing. Without the FCC pushing the big telcos, it's highly likely nothing will change. It's frustrating to watch the telecom networks deteriorate at the same time that electric companies got together and fixed their issues.

Written by Doug Dawson, President at CCG Consulting

Source : | 24-Jun-2020 20:44

Will Smith, Warner Bros. Face Lawsuit Over Breach of Contract With ?King Richard? Film

Will Smith and Warner Bros. might find themselves courtside over the studio’s upcoming film “King Richard,” following the life of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams.

TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multimedia filed a lawsuit for, among other things, breach of contract on Wednesday against Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company and Warner Bros, as well Richard Williams himself, his son Chavoita Lesane, and production company Star Thrower Entertainment and its key executives.

“This case presents an unfortunate and tawdry situation: The cold and calculating misappropriation and interference with Plaintiff’s intellectual property,” the seven-claim complaint reads.

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TW3 Entertainment argues in the complaint that it purchased the motion picture rights to any film “based in whole or in part on Defendant [Richard] Williams’ life story or his book.”

Williams, in 2014, wrote a memoir on his life titled “Black and White: The Way I See It.” The book details Williams’ life as a black man in the south and the obstacles he had to overcome to raise his daughters and train them to become the tennis superstars they grew up to be.

“King Richard” will be directed by “Monsters and Men” filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script written by Zach Baylin. Tim and Trevor White are producing through Star Thrower and James Lassiter is producing through Overlook Entertainment. Jada Pinkett Smith, Allan Mandelbaum and Caleb Pinkett are executive producers.

In the lawsuit, TW3 Entertainment says that in March 2019 Lesane, acting with Williams’ power of attorney, informed them that Star Thrower and Warner Bros. had entered into an agreement to produce a film based on Williams’ book, and that TW3 was free to “produce some other type of media (such as a mini-series) if Plaintiffs decided to do so. Plaintiffs were shocked and outraged.”

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TW3 Entertainment says in the suit that it’s their belief that Warner Bros., Overbrook and Star Thrower paid at least $1 million for the rights to produce “King Richard,” and contend that they are entitled to “all sums paid by anyone to Defendants Lesane and Williams in connection with the Richard Williams Rights.”

“Plaintiffs reasonably expected to be compensated for such use of any of their ideas or materials, and Defendant Warner Bros. voluntarily accepted Plaintiffs’ offer and disclosures, knowing the conditions on which they were made, i.e., that any use of any of Plaintiff’s ideas or materials in any motion picture, television program, merchandising program, or otherwise, whether by Defendant Warner Bros. or any of its affiliates, carried with an obligation to, inter alia, compensate and credit Plaintiffs for such use,” the filing continued.

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Source : | 24-Jun-2020 19:24

Twitter Adds Voice Recording Tweet Feature to iPhone Apps

Twitter users who have an urgent thought to share can now send a voice recording as a tweet. The social media network said Wednesday the feature is now live for iPhone holders, and didn’t say when the feature will be available for Android users.

Each audio tweet caps out after 140 seconds — or just under two and a half minutes — of recording, but a new voice tweet will start automatically to create a thread if the user needs to exceed the time limit.

Once the audio tweets are captured and sent out, they’ll populate the rest of the Twitter timeline alongside text and multimedia posts. Right now it’s unclear if Twitter will add a feature that translates the audio tweets into text for any hard-of-hearing listeners. Twitter did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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“There’s a lot that can be left unsaid or uninterpreted using text, so we hope voice tweeting will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike,” Twitter said in a Wednesday blog post. “Whether it’s #storytime about your encounter with wild geese in your neighborhood, a journalist sharing breaking news, or a first-hand account from a protest, we hope voice tweeting gives you the ability to share your perspectives quickly and easily with your voice.”

Twitter users that own Android phones were quick to voice their displeasure that, predictably, the iPhone users got the feature first. “I swear Twitter hates Android,” one user wrote. It’s worth noting it’s a common practice for tech companies to update their iPhone apps first, simply because Apple’s products are ubiquitous worldwide and easier to patch than Android.

Some users weren’t entirely excited about the new feature, and a few pointed out that this wasn’t exactly the update Twitter fans were clamoring for. In fact, many have been asking Twitter for awhile to allow tweets to be edited post-publishing — but that feature is likely far away, because Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey vetoed the idea in an interview with Wired in January.

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One Twitter user named Leah raised the point that this feature is very similar to the native Siri apps on iPhones that allow voice-to-text dictation in the Twitter app already. “Voice message are an abomination, just use your phone’s speech to text or type it out,” she noted.

list of people who asked for this feature

— ???????? (@_humnava) June 17, 2020

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Source : | 17-Jun-2020 21:53

Women In Film Launch ?Hire Her Back? Initiative to Urge Equality in Hiring Post-Pandemic

Women in Film Los Angeles launched the Hire Her Back Initiative on Wednesday. The initiative advocates the rehiring of women and people of color at the same rate and frequency as men as the entertainment industry looks to return from the coronavirus.

The campaign notes COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women and people of color, citing higher unemployment rates for women than men in the month of May and historical data that shows women and people of color are not hired back into jobs at the same rate as men following an economic downturn.

Hire Her Back is a multimedia campaign that will lean on women in the screen industries to urge employers to adhere to equality in hiring as the industry moves toward the return of film and TV production. And WIF will also partner with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Women In Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) to provide grants to women in film and TV whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The grants will be administered by The Actors Fund.

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“With the increased commitment to parity across the entertainment community in recent years, we are seeing an uptick in the number of women working in front of and behind the camera. We cannot lose this important momentum because of entertainment job losses related to the COVID-19 crisis,” WIF board president Amy Baer said in a statement. “I am so grateful for Shivani’s generosity and continued support for women in need. Having had the privilege of producing Brian Banks with her, I know firsthand how committed she is to elevating women and persons of color in the screen industries.”

“With the convergence of a pandemic and the national uprising in defense of Black lives, it must be made clear that current market structures have to be transformed if we are serious about creating equity,” WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement. “We call on leaders to join us in building a new normal that prioritizes equity and career sustainability for women, especially Women of Color, in the screen industries.”

According to the Labor Department figures for May, women’s unemployment was at 13.9%, two-and-a-third percentage points higher than that of men in the same time period. Additionally, roughly half a million jobs in the entertainment sector have been lost in recent months. Following the economic crisis in 2008, women regained employment across all sectors at a much lower rate than men and took longer to rebound. WIF notes that there is ample evidence suggesting the same will be true for women rebounding from the COVID-19 crisis, in particular Latinas and black women who have faced some of the highest rates of unemployment of any group.

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Seed funding for the initiative and the grants have been provided by producer Shivani Rawat, founder of ShivHans Pictures. Additional contributions to the fund can be made at Information about applying for the grants will be available on the website in early July.

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Source : | 10-Jun-2020 19:24

MultiChoice to Provide Free Online Learning and Entertainment
As South Africans continue to adjust to new ways of living and working, MultiChoice South Africa has expanded its content selection, value and reach. The multimedia producer is opening up a world of online learning, series and movies to its DStv customers from 19 May 2020. “As the nationwide lockdown continues, MultiChoice continues to provide […]
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We the Women Co-Founders Nathalie Love and Samantha Ressler on Creating a Platform for Rising Female Voices in Hollywood

Nothing can get in the way of two best friends with an idea and nothing to lose. Just ask Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, Snooki and JWoww or WrapWomen Next-Gen Ambassadors Nathalie Love and Samantha Ressler.

Fresh out of college, Nathalie Love and Samantha Ressler both realized they were unhappy with the roles they were getting – and not getting – as actors in Los Angeles. Instead of giving up – or finding fame on “The Bachelor” – the BFF’s decided to put on a play of their very own. Word of this idea got around faster than a Planet Blue sample sale and soon everyone wanted to get their name on the list and join.

What started out as a small production quickly turned into a community for rising female actors, writers and artists, known as We the Women. At the beginning of the year – before sh*t hit the fan – they performed a wake for 2019 at the Hollywood Cemetery, which was attended by literally everyone. After the year we’ve had so far – and its only May – I can’t wait to see what they have in store for their 2020 wake.

During a recent interview with WrapWomen, the two friends talked about their upcoming projects and shared their top tips for success.

Tell us about WTW.

RESSLER: We the Women is a non-profit 501(c)3 Performing Arts Collective dedicated to creating and curating live pop-up theatrical experiences led by all-female teams. We aim to empower women by transforming the traditional model of theater into unique, pop-up, pro-socially minded theatrical productions in Los Angeles.

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Which production has been your favorite to date?

LOVE: I would say our first because that was when WTW was born, but I do think the work and the quality of work continues to get better and better as we have grown. With that being said, I think our last production “The Wake,” for 2019 was my favorite. It took place at the beginning of this year and was a comedic funeral for the year 2019 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. We really executed everything we had been working on and spoke to who we want to be as a company.

RESSLER: They have all been so special but I would say our most recent “Wake for 2019” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery reflects the kind of work we want to create the best.

What projects are you currently working on?

LOVE: WTW is commissioning a series of multimedia responses – song, poetry, personal essay, movement, writing and sketch – inspired by “WTW’s Wake and Rebirth Concepts,” which focus on the cycle of loss and the re-emergence of life. “The Wake” eulogizes anything that has been left behind or lost, while Rebirth” focuses on what we are gaining or growing from. We reviewed an overwhelming number of submissions – all so unique and inspiring. We had the difficult task of selecting 12 pieces for the Wake and 12 pieces for the Rebirth that we are currently presenting digitally on WTW’s social media channels (@wethewomencollective).

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Any tips for friends looking to go into business together?

LOVE: It’s not all fun and games…It can be very difficult – you have to be prepared for that… to respect each other enough to be willing to work through the hard stuff- like any marriage or partnership, but when it works it’s the best – the company is like our child and its really special for us to share in the experience- to feel the love and pride of watching it grow. It’s a beautiful thing.

RESSLER: A work partner is like a spouse. Find someone you can see spending your life with… that’s what it’s like. Sometimes we want to kill each other, but we deeply love and respect each other.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

LOVE: Be kind to yourself and to treat others as you would like to be treated.

RESLER: Listen.

Top 5 tips for success… 

LOVE: 1) Be passionate, 2) Work hard, 3) Listen, 4) Have fun and 5) Always collaborate.

RESSLER: 1) Listen, 2) Collaborate, 3) Find joy, 4) Gratitude and 5) Love what you do.

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I am most inspired when…

LOVE: In the creative process (either on stage as an actress or curating/ producing/ collaborating with other creatives) and by the incredible artists and collaborators I am lucky enough to work with.

RESSLER: I watch an artist with passion.

I feel most confident when I am…

LOVE: Working

RESSLER: Working with my We the Women team of collaborators

I manage my stress by…

LOVE: Exercising

RESSLER: Meditating

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