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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 […]
Source : | 19-May-2020 10:30

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

WrapWomen has put together a select group of female Next-Gen Ambassadors who are shaping the future of our industry. We are aiming to build a unique community designed by and for the next generation of female CEOs, Academy Award-winning producers, screenwriters, film/TV stars, studio executives…basically all the kick-ass young Women in Hollywood who will one day or are already running the industry. More ambassador announcements to come! For more information about WrapWomen visit:

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Source : | 14-May-2020 05:16

?The Walking Dead? Producer David Alpert Shelters in $15.2 Million Brentwood Estate
For the past decade, AMC’s smash hit series “The Walking Dead” has been ruling airwaves and capturing the hearts of zombie-loving binge viewers around the globe. What began as a humble comic book series has grown into a multimedia empire with spinoff shows, books, games and an upcoming feature film franchise, and has reaped incredible […]
Source : | 15-Apr-2020 08:22

Facebook ships an experimental app for couples
Today, Facebook quietly released a new app for couples. Called Tuned, the new release is a multimedia messaging app designed to help significant others communicate. The app is available for download in the U.S. and Canada, app analytics firm Sensor Tower tells us. Tuned was developed and released by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team. […]
Source : | 07-Apr-2020 21:45

Google Quickly Drops Out Of Free WiFi Initiative In South Africa

‘Google Station’ – the tech and multimedia colossus’ free WiFi offering service looks to be taking a similar route to a host of other Google plans as Google cancels involvement into the service in South Africa within 3 months of first announcing it. Google Station was first introduced in South Africa in November 2019 and […]

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Source : | 17-Feb-2020 09:30

Kobe Bryant?s ?Dear Basketball? Is Now Available to Watch for Free
Kobe Bryant’s studio has released his Oscar-winning short, “Dear Basketball” for free following his death on Sunday. Granity Studio, Bryant’s multimedia production company, made the short film available on the website and on Vimeo. The Academy Award-winning film, narrated by Bryant, is based on a poem he wrote in November 2015 in The Players’ […]
Source : | 28-Jan-2020 01:10

Facebook Watch Orders Gloria Estefan-Led ?Red Table Talk? Spinoff, Renews Jada Pinkett Smith?s for 3 Years

Facebook Watch has ordered a new “Red Table Talk” spinoff featuring Gloria Estefan, her daughter Emily and niece Lili.

The addition of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” to the existing “Red Table Talk” series comes alongside a new three-year deal signed by original host Jada Pinkett Smith and Westbrook Studios, which will extend the Daytime Emmy-nominated series’ run on the platform through 2022.

On Pinkett Smith’s original “Red Table Talk,” the actress and wife to Will Smith is joined by her daughter Willow Smith, and her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, also known as “Gammy.” The web television series finds the three generations of women discussing a variety of topics, from sex to immigration.

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The Estefan’s spinoff will be shot in Miami, and will cover “candid conversations about today’s most timely, social and personal issues with family, celebrity guests and experts,” according to Facebook Watch.

“I’m incredibly proud of ‘Red Table Talk,’ and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili,” said Pinkett Smith. “‘Red Table Talk’ has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform. I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places.”

“I’m incredibly excited to carry the ‘Red Table Talk’ torch with my family in Miami,” said Estefan. “Jada and I have spoken about this a lot and feel my daughter, niece and I can tackle issues important to us and our fans with a new and fresh voice. Jada has done this incredibly and continues to do with her family in their candid, intimate, and groundbreaking conversations at the iconic Red Table.”

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“We’ve been fortunate enough to be in business with such wonderful partners and are thrilled to expand the ‘Red Table Talk’ franchise with Jada Pinkett Smith, the Estefans and Westbrook Studios,” said Mina Lefevre, head of development and programming for Facebook Watch. “‘Red Table Talk’ is a shining example of how content, community and conversation come together on Facebook Watch. We’re proud to keep this conversation going around topics our fans care about.”

“Red Table Talk: The Estefans” is produced by Westbrook Studios with Pinkett Smith, Gloria Estefan, Ellen Rakieten and Miguel Melendez executive producing.

“Red Table Talk” is produced by Westbrook Studios with Pinkett Smith, Rakieten, Miguel Melendez and Jack Mori executive producing.

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Source : | 22-Jan-2020 17:00

5G Leadership Reality Check: January 2020

As we embark on a new year and decade, it seemed worthwhile to take a peek at the principal forums for global 5G industry technical collaboration and do a quick assessment of what is occurring and who are the "leaders." The leadership dimension is especially relevant in Washington these days — which is suffering from a peculiar 5G dementia. As the year ended, there were no less than 35 current 5G related Congressional legislative actions, several of which actually passed one of the chambers. One is literally named "promoting United States international leadership in 5G."

These efforts in an alternative reality are orchestrated by a recently appointed loyal White House drone with numerous adhoc K-Street lobbying organizations smoking the 5G dope produced around town. (Cannabis is now legal in Washington.)

5G Leadership Reality

There are many ways to measure leadership in the 5G arena, but one of the most compelling and measurable is to examine the participation in the principal industry technical venues where all the parties collaborate together in deciding 5G features and instantiating them in global specifications that everyone implements in products and services worldwide. Those parties consist of chipset vendors, equipment manufacturers, service providers, network operators, support organizations, institutes, and government agencies.

Participation is also a considerable undertaking because it requires the necessary resources to understand the subject matter and what is occurring across the dozens of bodies that are meeting now almost every month. The principal defining body for 5G — 3GPP — now has 1,114 work items (435 legacy, 601 full 5G, 78 next-generation 5G). The full "stand-alone" 5G specs are known as Release 16 and scheduled for adoption this year. The participation metrics of both attendance and substantive submissions are the ultimate reality test of who are the serious parties in the real 5G world. Less measurable are the "bonus points" for leadership acquired by initiating and leading particularly innovative new work and 5G features.

The meetings for advancing this work are hosted among the participants, and now typically occur every month — constantly rotating around the world at locations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In addition to advancing the work, the meetings also serve as a critical means for obtaining consensus among the participating parties, for establishing features and implementation schedules, for discovering and serving customers, and demonstrating substantive leadership. The processes are well-honed and have been highly successful globally in developing the world's most significant network communications medium — the global mobile communications infrastructure.

January was an unusually slow 5G collaborative "breather" month — presaging a considerable array of meetings in February. It was marked by meetings of the 5G architecture group (SA2) in Incheon, the CODEC group (SA4) in Wroclaw, the mission-critical communications group (SA6) in Hyderabad, and the core E2E network & terminals group (CT1) virtually. So, who was present? Who contributed input documents to shape the results — arguably the most important metric of leadership?

The 5G Architecture group is one of its most important and active. It's interim meeting in Incheon attracted 194 participants from 82 industry and government players, with the largest number from Huawei, Samsung, ETRI, Ericsson, LG, Nokia, and InterDigital. A number of other U.S. players were present, including both DHS' FirstNet and the DOJ. There were 1831 document submitters from 72 industry players, led by Huawei/HiSilicon, Nokia/Nokia Shanghai-Bell, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Vivo. Among government agencies, DHS FirstNet had 3. The principal work item submissions included 38 key 5G architecture features, at the top of which were Network Automation for 5G, Proximity-based Services, Vertical and LAN Services, advanced V2X, Edge Computing, Non-Public Networks, Cellular IoT support and evolution for the 5G System, Access Traffic Steering, Switch and Splitting support, Policy and charging control, 5G multicast-broadcast services, multi-USIM devices, Specific services support, Location Services, Enablers for Network Automation for 5G, Enhancement of Network Slicing, and Enhancements to the Service-Based 5G System Architecture.

The 5G CODEC group is a highly specialized group that attracts those who offer multimedia platforms. Its Wroclaw meeting attracted 67 participants from 32 industry players, with the largest numbers from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Nokia, Huawei, InterDigital. Notably, Dolby, Apple, and even Facebook were present. There were 166 document submitters from 23 industry players, led by Qualcomm, Ericsson, Sony, Dolby, and Nokia.

The 5G mission-critical group is also highly specialized that deals with both National Security Emergency Preparedness (NSEP) capabilities as well as high resilience capabilities such as required for utility infrastructures. Its Hyderabad meeting attracted 68 participants from 33 industry and government players with the largest numbers from the Indian government, Samsung, ZTE, AT&T, Huawei, Motorola, and Qualcomm. There were 196 document submitters from 30 industry and government players, led by Samsung, Huawei/Hisilicon, Ericsson, ZTE, Convidia, and Nokia/Nokia Shanghai Bell. The Netherlands Police was the only government agency submitting contributions. The principal work item submissions included 13 key 5G mission-critical features, at the top of which were enabling Edge Applications, Mobile Communication System for Railways, application layer support for Factories of the Future, Mission Critical Services support over 5G System, architecture and information flows for Mission Critical Data, application layer support for V2X services, support for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), Mission Critical services over 5G multicast-broadcast system, and location enhancements for mission-critical services.

The 5G E2E core network and terminals group met virtually among 35 participants from 23 industry and government players, including DHS FirstNet, with the largest numbers from Nokia, Qualcomm, Ericsson and MediaTek. There were 172 document submitters from 14 industry players with the largest numbers from Huawei/HiSilicon, Ericsson, Nokia/Nokia Shanghai Bell, MediaTek, Qualcomm and Blackberry. Almost all contributions were focussed on a single work item — the NAS protocol, which is used to manage the establishment of communication sessions and for maintaining continuous communications with the user equipment as it moves.

5G Security

In the ever-important world of 5G security, some of the most significant work continues to be led by the UK government. The assertion out of Washington that somehow China controls or dominates the 5G security activity flies in the face of myriad security activities that proceed on a collaborative consensus basis, and at which the principal U.S. government security agencies and regulators have long been absent, much less active contributors.

In addition, some of the details of the annual Security Week event emerged with a focus on 5G security and an announcement of a 5G security certification initiative.

Written by Anthony Rutkowski, Principal, Netmagic Associates LLC

Source : | 15-Jan-2020 21:14

Unfamiliarity and Unpreparedness in Proceedings Under the UDRP

There is a difference, of course, between asserting a claim that cannot possibly succeed in an administrative proceeding under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and being unprepared to prove a claim that may have merit with the right evidence. Still, there is also an overlapping similarity in that complainants are either shockingly unfamiliar with UDRP procedures and jurisprudence (and should have retained counsel who are) or know they have no actionable claim but plow ahead anyway perhaps in the hope their abuse of the proceedings will not be noticed.

The Panels' exasperation is evident, to take a couple of examples, in Adventure SAS v. Mike Robinson, BlackHawk Paramotors USA Inc., D2019-2489 (WIPO December 12, 2019) involving a dispute over a soured distributorship in which it noted that "those responsible for the drafting of the Complaint [Complainant was represented by counsel] and/or the person who authorized the filing of the Complaint knew that the Complaint should not succeed because on any fair reading of the available facts the Respondent registered the Domain Name in good faith." In Nalli Chinnasami Chetty v. Anthony Nalli, FourPoints Multimedia Corp., D2019-2642 (WIPO December 18, 2019) () the "Complainant and its counsel also provided no evidentiary support whatsoever to support their argument that the Respondent must have registered and used the disputed domain name in bad faith… ]T]hey [also] completely ignored the requirements set out in the Policy for establishing bad faith registration and use of a domain name [and] disregarded precedent and unfavorable facts in concluding that the webpage (which makes no connection whatsoever to the Complainant) was an attempt to misappropriate its trademark reputation, and offered no more than unsupported allegations."

The consensus as to what is expected of complainants (implicit in Adventure SAS and Nelli has been expressed succinctly in a number of memorable decisions: "[Complainant] should at least be minimally versed" and "[i]t is no excuse that a party or its representative is unfamiliar with clear Policy precedent, much less the clear language of the Policy and the Rules themselves" [D2012-1555], or "the deficiencies [of proof] must have been obvious to anyone remotely familiar with the Policy" [D2016-0126], or "[i]t is no excuse that Complainant may not be familiar with clear Policy precedent, the Policy, or the Rules" [D2012-2455].

The gamut of mark owners included in these rebukes ranges from the confused (mistaking the UDRP as a trademark court), through the clueless (who ought to have known otherwise) through the hapless (insofar as marshaling proof) to the manipulative (alleging bad faith when the facts contradict the allegations). The "confused" can be forgiven since while domain names are central to their complaint, the claim actually sounds in trademark infringement. The "clueless" are generally not forgiven; they should have known better.

Recent examples of the confused are: Altiplano Voyage v. Terra Holding Ltd. / Pierre Boyer, D2019-2141 (WIPO November 12, 2019) () and Taffo SRL v. Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0141464573 / Agenzia Funebre Taffo di Taffo G. & C. SAS Societa/Ditta, D2019-2266 (WIPO November 19, 2019) (>). As a general rule, where domain names are incidental to the offense the claim is outside UDRP's subject matter jurisdiction which is limited to claims of cybersquatting.

In Altiplano Voyage, the Panel notes that "this case presents a more nuanced trademark dispute (at least on the papers presented) than that for which the Policy is equipped." The Panel also comments on Complainant's evidentiary deficiencies. In Taffo, the Panel "incidentally notes that the Policy is designed to resolve standard cases of abusive domain name registrations, while the present one is a complex trademark matter that will be more appropriately handled by the Court of Rome before which an Ordinary Proceeding is already pending." If there is a remedy at all it must be for trademark infringement.

The "clueless" are mark owners whose rights postdate the registration of challenged domain names. They have no claim for cybersquatting under the UDRP (even though they have standing to maintain the proceeding), and no statutory claim or even standing under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). The possibility that this kind of "clueless" is not clueless at all but deliberately abusive of the administrative proceeding cannot be discounted and is commonly dealt with as such.

A number of recent UDRP decisions illuminate how mark owners attempt to justify their complaints. There is no remedy because owing to the timing of mark owners' right, there can be no actionable violation. In Advice Group S.P.A. v. Privacy Administrator, Anonymize, Inc. / Michele Dinoia, Macrosten LTD, D2019-2441 (WIPO December 2, 2019) () the Panel explains that the "Respondent acquired the Domain Name some two years before the Complainant obtained a trademark, and nine months before the Complainant even filed its trademark application.") In another case, Gary Chupik v. Shant Sarkuni, FA1910001868583 (Forum November 18, 2019) () Complainant tried another, equally unpersuasive maneuver by applying for a trademark, strangely believing (one supposes) that having a trademark is conclusive of a right to the corresponding domain name:

a. the disputed domain name was registered on April 18, 2017;

b. Complainant made unsolicited offers to purchase the disputed domain name which were rejected by Respondent;

c. Complainant filed his trademark applications with the USPTO on January 30, 2019, after his offers to purchase the disputed domain name were rejected;

d. the filing of the Complaint on or about October 28, 2019.

Complainant appears to have believed that because "he made an offer to purchase the disputed domain name from Respondent" and because the "Respondent refused to sell the disputed domain name to him for the highest price that he was willing to offer" that he had asserted a claim for cybersquatting. The Panel found the conduct sanctionable: "In the circumstances, this Panel finds that Complainant, being aware that he was not entitled to succeed, nonetheless brought this Complaint with the hope that he may secure the transfer of the disputed domain name, after he had failed to purchase same in open commercial arms-length negotiations."

Other recent Complainants represented by counsel (who ought to have known better!): Pet Life LLC v. ROBERT RIESS / blue streak marketing llc, FA181000181087 (Forum November 11, 2019) ( registered more than 5 years after registration of domain name) and Glovoapp23, S.L. v. Wang Shun, D2019-1986 (WIPO September 30, 2019) ( registered 17 years before trademark right). Complainants in both these cases were sanctioned for asserting claims they could not possibly prove.

The second group, those I call hapless, may have meritorious claims, but either lack proof or have not marshaled what they need to establish bad faith. The inference with deficiency of evidence is that if no proof is offered, no proof exists. The point is illustrated in Assurity Life Insurance Company v. DOMAIN MAY BE FOR SALE, CHECK AFTERNIC.COM Domain Admin / Whois Foundation, FA1911001872882 (Forum December 21, 2019) (): "Complainant asserts both registered and common law trademark rights. Complainant owns several USPTO registrations but none earlier in time than ... March 21, 2006 and so even its filing date postdates the registration of the domain name [May 2004]." However, in this case.

Complainant's assertion of common law rights is premised, not on proof of public awareness and reputation, but on the above statement, which in turn rests on the claim of first use in commerce date of June 12, 1996, shown in Reg. No. 3,070,343. That date is provided to the USPTO by a trademark applicant. There is no proof of a common law trademark by May 2004 when the domain name was registered.

One of the questions here which the Panel frames as a preclusion issue can also be thought of as a credibility issue: if Complainant really believed it had a claim, why did it wait so long to assert it. The Panel noted that "although opinions have differed as to whether the equitable doctrine of laches applies to UPRP proceedings, it has been recognized [that is, the consensus among panelists is] that delay in bringing proceedings is likely to place a higher burden on a complainant attempting to prove a state of affairs long ago." The same point is also made in NovAtel Inc. v. Registration Private, Domains By Proxy, LLC / Domain Admin,, D2019-1939 (WIPO October 4, 2019) ( and DK Company Vejle A/S v. Cody Favre, C4 Squared, D2019-2676 (WIPO December 17, 2019) (). In NovAtel, "[w]hile the Complainant asserts that its NOVATEL trademark has been in use since 1992, it provides no evidence as to how widely the mark was known at that time or, more importantly, in 2007." In DK Company Veile, the Panel explains that

[t]he difficulty with that case is that the Complainant has provided no information as to the size or reputation of its business, and such limited evidence as it does provide indicates its business is entirely European. The Complainant says that its CASUAL FRIDAY trademark is "widely known" in the European Union but provides no evidence to substantiate that assertion. There is nothing before the Panel to suggest that a United States retailer would have had any knowledge of the Complainant or, had it carried out searches, would have found any reason to conclude it could not adopt the words as part of a name for use in the United States.

In failing to produce supporting evidence necessary to establish common law rights or the repute of a mark at the time of the registration of the domain name or any other indicia of consumer recognition, the inference must be that it has none. The consensus is as the Panel states in Adventure SAS, namely that "the natural inference in the absence of any evidence to the contrary would be that the Respondent registered the Domain Name in good faith."

The third group, less hapless I think because they simply do not have enough information until the response is filed, are mark owners complaining of domain names held or used by commercial businesses offering bona fide goods or services (distinguishing these respondents from investors reselling domain names). Two recent examples are Lexon v. Registration Private, Domains By Proxy, LLC / Surety Management, D2019-2365 (WIPO December 12, 2019) () in which Respondent offered proof that "the Disputed Domain Name was acquired as part of a legitimate business transaction when the Respondent purchased the Lexon Surety company and its trademarks"; and DSN Software, Inc. v. Rob Bay, FA1910001865961 (Forum December 10, 2019) () in which the descriptive phrase identified the services Respondent offered.

Included in the hapless group are complainants whose marks are composed of common words, descriptive or common phrases, and arbitrary letters (to distinguish marks composed of coined words or nationally or international famous). These strings are notoriously hard to prove domain names were not registered for their semantic (rather than trademark) values. In Service Spring Corp. v. hao wang, D2018-2422 (WIPO December 17, 2019) () the "Complainant submits that bad faith should be inferred from (i) the Respondent's use of a privacy service, (ii) the Respondent's provision of incomplete address details in the WhoIs record and (iii) the Respondent's failure to respond to the Complainant's cease and desist letters," but these factors, even if considered, are not conclusive of liability; they do not add up to bad faith.

One final note, a reminder, that these cases rejecting claims of cybersquatting represent less than 10% of all disputes that go to award. To the extent that strings of words are common in the language community, unsurprising and common expressions, descriptive phrases, not clearly associated with any one commercial user there is a corresponding increase in the evidentiary demand for proof of bad faith registration; bad faith use alone does not prove cybersquatting under the UDRP if there is no proof of bad faith registration.

Written by Gerald M. Levine, Intellectual Property, Arbitrator/Mediator at Levine Samuel LLP

Source : | 13-Jan-2020 17:29

Childish Gambino Announces Andrew Yang Fundraiser
Here's a political endorsement we didn't see coming: Donald Glover, the mercurial multimedia superstar sometimes known as Childish Gambino, is in the tank for Democratic presidential candidate and notable ex-goth Andrew Yang. Glover and Yang are appearing together tomorrow in Los Angeles.
Source : | 18-Dec-2019 22:01

Sophia Amoruso?s Girlboss Acquired by Attention Capital

Attention Capital, the new media holding company, has acquired Sophia Amoruso’s struggling female-focused multimedia company Girlboss, Amoruso confirmed on Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Amoruso will become a founding partner of Attention, launched in August by former Snapchat content boss Nick Bell, former Palantir exec Ashlyn Gentry and Joe Marchese, former president of advertising revenue for Fox Networks Group.

In a tweet, Amoruso called Attention “a holding startup that wants to fix media,” adding she is “so excited” to join the company and “blow this s— the f— up.”

A rep for Attention Capital had no additional comment.

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Girlboss rose to prominence with a 2017 Netflix series, also called “Girlboss,” loosely based on Amoruso’s experiences as a young entrepreneur — but her ventures have struggled in recent years.

In 2016, Amoruso’s Nasty Gal online retail stores — which once boasted annual sales of $300 million — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and she resigned from her role as executive chairwoman. The following year, Girlboss raised $3.1 million in venture capital funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners, according to TechCrunch.

Nicole Quinn, an investor in Girlboss, tweeted Tuesday that Amoruso will “continue to shape the media landscape through female entrepreneurship & empowerment.”

“Sophia and team have done a tremendous job of using content to drive a community with similar beliefs, values, wants and needs. It was not the digital product alone that achieved this but rather Sophia Amoruso’s vision of bringing on and offline worlds together,” she wrote. “I am proud that @lightspeedvp invested in the @girlboss vision back in 2017, and have been alongside Sophia and team as they built a large, engaged and growing community of Millennial and Gen Z women. The Podcast alone has over 21m downloads.”

In August, Attention Capital teamed with James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems to buy a majority stake in Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises, whose operations include include the annual Tribeca Film Festival and the branded entertainment content business Tribeca Studios.

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Source : | 18-Dec-2019 15:52

Curiosity Key to Tonko House?s Diverse Slate
Five years ago, art directors Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi traded in stability at Pixar for the unknown as they launched Tonko House, a Berkeley-based multimedia production company. Since then, they’ve developed a range of projects and educational initiatives to support their mission of telling stories that inspire curiosity and increase social awareness. Mere […]
Source : | 05-Dec-2019 01:13

TheWrap Wins 4 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

TheWrap received four first place National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards on Sunday from the L.A. Press Club.

Itay Hod and Sharon Waxman’s “#AfterMeToo: 12 Accusers Share What Happened Next, From Firing to More Trauma” took home two awards — best multimedia package and best in-depth soft news.

Columnist Richard Stellar’s “Why Mr. Rogers Is the Perfect Movie Superhero for Our Times” won in the entertainment blog category, while photographer Steven Gerlich and creative director Ada Guerin were recognized for an action photo of dancer-choreographer Travis Wall.

In addition, the site finished third for best online entertainment website, and Hod was the runner-up for best online journalist.

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Shayan Asgharnia and Guerin finished second in portrait photo and cover art for their impressive shoot of “Barry” star Anthony Carrigan for TheWrap’s Emmy Magazine Comedy/Drama/Actors Issue.

Elisabeth Caren and Guerin finished third in the feature photo category for a shot of “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner dressed as Selena Meyer of “Veep.”

Columnists Mary Murphy and Michele Willens also finished third in commentary analysis/trend — film for “When Will Washington Catch Up to Hollywood’s Vision of Women in Power?

The winners were announced Sunday at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. #MeToo influencer Tarana Burke received the Impact Award while director Quentin Tarantino accepted the Distinguished Storyteller Award. In addition, special awards also went to TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, actor Danny Trejo and actress Ann-Margret.

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Source : | 02-Dec-2019 06:57

Chinese Kuaizhou-1A Rocket Launches 2 More Satellites into Orbit
China successfully sent another two multimedia satellites into orbit, according to a state news report.
Source : | 19-Nov-2019 22:27

AXS TV Orders Live Fantasy Football Show Starring DeMarco Murray, Will Rush Out Debut for Sunday (Exclusive)

AXS TV is truck-sticking its way into the fantasy football space with its new series, “All AXS Fantasy Football,” which has been ordered and fast-tracked for a premiere this Sunday, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Former Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray will star on the series hosted by Dave Farra.

Joining them on the team are former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer, fantasy expert Matt Brown, and TV and radio personality Gill Alexander, among others. The series is produced by Farra | FoxDog Productions.

“All AXS Fantasy Football” will air Sundays through the end of the football season, beginning at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT — an hour before the early NFL games kick off. The show will be beamed live from its set at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.

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“All AXS Fantasy Football” will cover all types of fantasy football leagues and will not be platform-specific. In addition to offering their own opinions on who to play and who to sit each week, the show’s roundtable panel of experts will take fan questions live via Twitter.

“Farra | Foxdog Productions is excited to continue our successful partnership with Anthem, as we begin production on ‘All AXS Fantasy Football’ for AXS TV,” said Farra, president of Farra | Foxdog Productions, Inc. “Our company has a strong track record of creating a wide array of top-quality multimedia sports content, made by and for diehard sports fans. We look forward to bringing our deep understanding of all things sports to ‘All AXS Fantasy Football,’ as we help build a one of a kind viewing experience that fantasy football enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.”

“This program will blend Anthem’s expertise in creating sports information programming with AXS TV’s broad reach into the music and entertainment communities to produce a unique program that will offer a creative approach to a highly popular genre: fantasy sports programming,” said Len Asper, CEO of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, AXS TV’s parent company. “This is the exact kind of powerful combination the partners in AXS TV envisioned when we brought these companies together.”

In September, Mark Cuban sold a majority stake in AXS TV to Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

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Source : | 06-Nov-2019 18:43

TheWrap Nominated for 15 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, Including Best Website

TheWrap nabbed 15 nominations for the 12th annual Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, the organization announced on Tuesday, including a nomination for best entertainment site. TheWrap was named best entertainment website last year.

Itay Hod and Sharon Waxman’s “#AfterMeToo: 12 Accusers Share What Happened Next, From Firing to More Trauma” got two nominations. The first is for multimedia package and the second is for in-depth soft news.

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Waxman, founder and editor of TheWrap, earned an entertainment blog nomination for her “WaxWord” column. Richard Stellar’s “Why Mr. Rogers Is the Perfect Movie Superhero for Our Times” was also nominated in the category.

TheWrap’s photo team got three nominations: Shayan Asgharnia and Ada Guerin were nominated in portrait photo for “Anthony Carrigan”; Elisabeth Caren and Guerin were nominated in feature photo for “Sophie Turner as Selena Meyer of ‘Veep'”; and Steven Gerlich and Guerin were nominated in action photo for “Travis Wall.” Guerin was also nominated with Shayan Asgharnia in cover art for “Emmy Magazine Comedy/Drama/Actors Issue.”

Nominated photo of dancer Travis Wall (Photo credit: Steven Gerlic/TheWrap)

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Hod and Stellar both grabbed nominations for online journalist of the year. Alonso Duralde’s “Doris Day Appreciation: Sweetness and Light Met Grit and Tenacity, Both on Screen and Off” was nominated for obituary/in appreciation, film personalities. Meanwhile, Tim Baysinger’s “How Anthony Carrigan Embraced His Body Issues and Became the Breakout Star of ‘Barry’” earned a nom for personality profile, TV/film/theater.

Mary Murphy and Michele Willens were nominated in commentary analysis/trend — film for “When Will Washington Catch Up to Hollywood’s Vision of Women in Power?” as well as commentary/analysis/trend–TV for “Is Trump Fatigue Killing Any Movie or Show With a Political Edge?

The 12th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards gala will be held on Dec. 1, 2018.

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Source : | 05-Nov-2019 22:57

Film Review: Matthew Barney?s ?Redoubt?
We might as well call it “Dances With Wolves”: Compared to the nightmarish vision multimedia id-tickler Matthew Barney created his epic, five-film “Cremaster Cycle” (which suggested Hieronymus Bosch by way of Busby Berkeley) and his shocking six-hour followup, “River of Fundament” (which some dubbed pornographic, while inspiring others to go ranting on Reddit), the art-world […]
Source : | 31-Oct-2019 05:43

NHL Launches New ?Puck Culture? Podcast Series Featuring Hockey?s Most Famous Fans

The NHL is officially in the podcast game.

“Puck Culture” is a new weekly NHL podcast series premiering on Wednesday, Oct. 30, that will focus on what’s happening in hockey both on and off the ice, the league announced on Tuesday.

Host Jackie Redmond will be joined by a rotation of co-hosts from the NHL Network for the 30-40 minute episodes.

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“We have found great success with original content that combines hockey with pop culture,” NHL chief content officer and executive vice president Steve Mayer, tells TheWrap. “The positive response from avid and casual hockey fans to ‘Celebrity Wrap,’ our red carpet series, inspired us to double-down with the ‘Puck Culture’ podcasts.

“We have discovered so many from the worlds of music, television and film who love the NHL. Puck culture will allow our fans to hear from these passionate celebrities.”

Rather than simply breaking down the Xs and Os, the series will talk to NHL players and alumni, super hockey fans and celebrities. It is one of six podcasts the NHL has launched in the past year with additional podcasts expected later this season.

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“Puck Culture” will also compliment the NHL’s “Celebrity Wrap” series that launched last year, which has featured Hollywood stars such as Keanu Reeves, Sophie Turner, Chloe Grace Moretz, Seth Rogen and Mike Tyson talking about their love of hockey. To date, the video series has generated more than 12.8M views across the NHL’s YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and IG channels.

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The NHL recently announced a two-year, cross-platform marketing and promotional partnership with five-time Grammy Award-winning band Green Day, with their song “Fire, Ready, Aim” serving as the opening theme song for NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Hockey” game broadcasts.

Songs from the band’s upcoming album will be featured across the NHL’s multimedia platforms, in-arena during games and at various NHL marquee events. The band will also perform at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Puck Culture” will be available at as well as multiple iOS and Android podcast Apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and TuneIn Radio.

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Source : | 29-Oct-2019 17:58

Underworld ? ?S T A R? Video
Underworld have been pushing experimental electronic music forward for over 30 years. They returned from a six-year break in 2016 with their latest album Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future . Most recently, the British duo spent 52 weeks sharing new music, text, and video every Thursday as a part of their DRIFT multimedia project .
Source : | 12-Sep-2019 15:04

RJRGLEANER salutes long-serving staff
Thirty-five current and former employees of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group were yesterday toasted for their sterling years of service to the multimedia organisation. The function, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, was the first combined long-...
Source : | 11-Sep-2019 07:15

Will Smith to Star in Futuristic ?Brilliance? at Paramount From Writer Akiva Goldsman

Will Smith is set to star in an adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel “Brilliance,” which Paramount Pictures has acquired to adapt into a feature film, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Akiva Goldsman will write the screenplay based on the first book in Sakey’s trilogy, and it once again teams Goldsman with Smith after the two worked together on “I Am Legend” in 2007 and “I, Robot” in 2004.

Smith and Goldsman will also produce “Brilliance” along with James Lassiter and Shane Salerno, and the film will be a co-production between Goldsman’s Weed Road Pictures, Smith’s Westbrook Entertainment and Salerno’s The Story Factory.

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“Brilliance” imagines a future in which 1% of the world’s population is born with special mental and physical gifts, leading the world’s governments track them and have branded them “brilliants.” Smith plays a special agent who also has brilliant gifts and is tasked with tracking down a violent criminal brilliant, or “abnorm,” who wishes to spark a civil war between ordinary humans and those with special gifts.

Paramount’s Wyck Godfrey and Alex Jackson will oversee the production for the studio, and Sakey will serve as a co-producer on the film.

Smith most recently starred in his biggest blockbuster to date, Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin.” He’ll next be seen in Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” and in Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life.”

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Salerno at The Story Factory negotiated Sakey’s deal. Smith and Salerno are both represented by CAA. Goldsman is represented by Hansen Jacobson Teller.

Deadline first reported the news of the project.

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Source : | 06-Sep-2019 18:59

Vincent Landay Partners With Eddy Moretti?s Unbranded Pictures

Academy Award-nominated producer Vincent Landay is partnering with former VICE chief creative officer Eddy Moretti’s Unbranded Pictures in the hopes of building out a multimedia company, it was announced Wednesday.

Under Moretti and Landay’s leadership, Unbranded Pictures will develop, produce and finance original and engaging feature films and episodic television for global audiences. The duo recently collaborated to create VICE Studios.

“Vincent Landay ranks at the top of a rarefied list of creative, innovative, and accomplished producers, not just in Hollywood, but in the world of contemporary cinema. Full-stop,” Moretti said.  “He has the rare ability to understand a director’s aesthetic, emotional and philosophical vision. He is an artist whisperer, a director’s accomplice and collaborator. He translates their wondrous ideas into a production solution tailored to bring their dreams to life. I look forward to this new storytelling adventure with Vincent. There could be no better partner and friend for this next chapter. And to top it off, his family comes from the same small town in Southern Italy that mine does, so we’re probably related. It certainly feels that way.”

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Landay added: “We are at an inflection point in our industry where there are enormous opportunities for bold content creators and auteurs — the kind of storytellers and artists that I have worked with my entire career. Partnering with Eddy and Unbranded will allow me to use the breadth of my experiences as an entrepreneur and producer to build a slate that we believe will inspire, provoke and engage audiences worldwide.”

Unbranded’s first feature film, “The Report,” will screen at Toronto International Film Festival this month.

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Prior to joining Unbranded Pictures, Landay spent over 25 years producing with Spike Jonze. Their collaborations have received 12 Academy Award nominations, and have been honored by the Golden Globes, as well as BAFTAs. His credits include “Her,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” He has also worked with directors David Fincher, David Lynch and Harmony Korine.

Landay is represented by attorney Michael Adler of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman & Clark. Unbranded Pictures is represented by Endeavor Content.

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Source : | 04-Sep-2019 23:48

?Bad Boys for Life:? Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Ride or Die ?One Last Time? in First Trailer (Video)

The Bad Boys are rolling back to the big screen. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are teaming up again “one last time” for the action and comedy sequel, titled “Bad Boys for Life.”

Columbia Pictures is releasing the film which reunites Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) in the stylized franchise on Jan. 17, 2020.

The new trailer opens in slow motion, with Smith slowly stepping out of an incredibly slick Porsche, only for Lawrence to open his door and bang it right into a fire hydrant.

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But the stunts and the jokes don’t stop there. Among some of the other heart stopping, over the top action sequences this time around include the two driving that Porsche through a crowded mall.

“We’re not just black, we’re cops too,” Lawrence says from the passenger seat. “We’ll pull ourselves over later.”

The two look like they’re having a ball. And why wouldn’t they? It’s their reunion for the first time in over 15 years. The first “Bad Boys” film, directed by Michael Bay, opened in 1995 and was followed by “Bad Boys II” in 2003. The two films together grossed $414.7 million worldwide, and the pair have been itching to re-team for years.

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Jerry Bruckheimer is returning also to produce the film, but this time out, co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are taking over for Bay. Joe Pantoliano and Vanessa Hudgens also co-star.

Watch the first trailer for “Bad Boys for Life” above.

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Source : | 04-Sep-2019 18:15

Everything Disney touches turns to gold (except 'Dark Phoenix')
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Source : | 06-Aug-2019 22:33

?Days of Our Lives? to Launch Digital Series With Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi

Long-running soap opera “Days of Our Lives” is launching a new digital offshoot scripted series that will debut on Thursday on The DOOL app.

“Days of Our Lives: The Digital Series” will star Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abigail from the broadcast series. A popular couple on the show, they left the fictional town of Salem — where the series is set — to reconnect in Paris and have been off the broadcast show for several months.

The eight-episode digital series will follow the two and see what they’ve been up to in Paris before their return to Salem on the broadcast show this fall. Austin Peck’s Austin Reed will appear on the show as well, along with a new character, Juliet (Rachele Schank).

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The first three episodes will be available on Aug. 1 on the “Days of Our Lives” app, with the remaining five episodes released weekly thereafter. The episodes will also be available on the NBC app and one week after streaming on The DOOL App.

“This new scripted digital series was created to complement storylines while enhancing the viewers experience as they watch the broadcast show,” Greg Meng, co-executive producer of “Days of our Lives,” said. “The DOOL App serves as our platform for delivering this and other original content to fans who want an interactive and multimedia experience as well as a way to stay connected to the show. ‘Days’ has been a leader when it comes to innovation, going as far back as 1965 when we were the first to broadcast in color.”

Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, “Days of Our Lives” — which turns 54 this November — airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras. “Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Source : | 29-Jul-2019 17:52

ATTN: Launches First Live Event Based on Original Franchise ?We Need to Talk? (Exclusive)

ATTN: is taking one of its most popular Facebook Watch series “We Need to Talk” into the live events space, the multimedia company announced Tuesday.

The comedy series, which is hosted by Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo, aims to answer tough relationship questions, like how to deal with cultural differences, what to do when partners have mismatched libidos and the viability of long term relationships. Schulman and Perlongo will take the act to the Los Angeles-based theatre Largo at the Coronet, where they will investigate these tough and awkward relationship questions, sharing experiences from their own lives. The two will be joined on stage by family law expert Laura Wasser and comedian Lara Beitz.

“Psyched to be joining Laura and Nev to discuss modern relationships and my favorite subject: the evolution of dissolution and how it’s high time for disruption of the way our culture approaches divorce,” Wasser said.

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Launched in 2017 and recently greenlit for a fourth season, “We Need to Talk” is one of ATTN:’s most successful franchises. With more than 285,461 followers on Facebook, the show page has attracted millions of visitors, with videos typically garnering anywhere from 10,000 to 11 million views.

“‘We Need to Talk’ has been one of ATTN:’s most successful franchises, and the fans really connect with Nev and Laura,” Matthew Segal, ATTN:’s co-founder told TheWrap. “After launching our events division ATTN: Moment earlier this year, we thought bringing this series to life and allowing our audience to engage with one of their favorite shows in person would be a great way to further that connection.”

Segal said that the goal of the event is to widen consumer consumption habits to not just watching the show on their mobile phones, but dedicating an entire evening to the content.

“That shows a much more significant level of engagement with our brand and the ‘We Need to Talk’ franchise,” he said.
“Like any new business venture, there are no guarantees, but we believe in taking bets where there is proven fandom, and this show is currently in its fourth season with a loyal following. It’s our hope that we can grow ‘We Need to Talk’ beyond a content series to a successful live event series in cities and college towns across the country.  “

“We Need to Talk” Live will take place on August 5, at Largo at the Coronet. Tickets are currrently on sale for $30.

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Source : | 23-Jul-2019 20:29

?Bob?s Burgers,? ?X-Files? Digital Comics Launch on Cinedigm?s Streaming Service CONtv

“Bob’s Burgers” and “X-Files” digital comics are heading to Cinedigm’s streaming service CONtv as it pushes beyond video, the company announced Thursday morning. Cinedigm is adding thousands of digital comics to the premium tier of its streaming service and, as a result, renaming it CONtv + Comics.

The updated service, which costs $5.99 a month, will include fan-favorites comics like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Transformers,” “Star Trek,” “Judge Dredd,” “Bloodshot,” “Army Of Darkness,” “Vampirella,” “Green Hornet,” “KISS,” and “The Spirit.” It will also include content from popular comic book publishers such as IDW’s “Dungeons & Dragons” and “G.I. Joe,” and Dynamite’s “Battlestar Galactica.” The new library of comics come from the former ComicBlitz service, acquired by Cinedigm last year.

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In addition to the new content, the company has redesigned its streaming app which now includes improved navigation and expanded functionality. The app will also offer recommendations based on the comic books subscribers read and the films, series, and videos they watch.

“CONtv + Comics is the ultimate resource for enthusiasts of curated classic cult films, retro TV series, groundbreaking anime, beloved comic books, and everything in-between, giving them unlimited access to all of their favorite titles in one convenient service,” said Erick Opeka, Cinedigm’s president of digital networks. “This new app is just the first step in an exciting initiative to further expand the CONtv brand well beyond the traditional video landscape, setting the table for what we hope will become a thriving multimedia universe featuring podcasts, audiobooks, and music, as well.”

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Source : | 18-Jul-2019 19:16

How the Internet Can Be Enormously Accelerated Without Fiber-Optic Cables or LEO Satellites

We got used to it: if we open a website, it's always like stop and go on a high-traffic highway or city traffic jam. At some point, we will reach the destination. The constant stalling is due to a traffic rule for the Internet called TCP (Transmission Control Protocol).

The TCP/IP protocol family comes from the American defense industry. It was introduced by DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) in the early 1970s. At that time, no one had the Internet as the need of the masses on the screen. It was used to control nuclear submarines.

Now 90% of all applications used on the Internet, such as web surfing, multimedia streaming, VoIP, IPTV, etc. use this protocol, which has been adapted over the last 40 years by many improvements (RFC's) to the current state of modern communication networks.

The TCP protocol is a technical achievement with a historical dimension; it still dominates the Internet. Meanwhile, however, it holds up the traffic, and it is barely changeable.

The industry has been struggling for years to eliminate bottlenecks through ever-increasing bandwidths. Their possibilities, however, reach their limits.

In view of the rapid increase in Internet usage, it has not yet been possible to eliminate the basic disadvantages of the TCP protocol or to replace it with a faster new one.

Therefore, attempts are being made to bridge the distance between server and client by setting up Content Delivery Networks (CDN), a tight installation of 5G transmission towers, low-flying micro- and nano-satellites and ever higher bandwidths. However, this causes high investment and operating costs, and it only alleviates the pain.

A new HTTP-SS Technology

The TCP rules are highly complex. The Researcher and Developer Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klaus Rock and his team began more than 15 years ago to fight their way through the bushes and develop new rules that send all the information through the lines without stopping. Now the prototype is ready, and the patents are registered. The team has succeeded in solving the distance problem by eliminating the associated high bandwidth losses by developing a new HTTP-SS (Single Stream) Technology. Today, we can demonstrate how, independently of the existing infrastructure (copper cable, fiber optic cable, satellite), the flow rate is multiplied.

The "impossible" solution is there. It is software-based. Hardware conversions are not required. Runtime problems are eliminated, the available bandwidth can be more than doubled and the data volume to be transferred can be reduced by more than 50%. The technology is expected to be available for professional and private use this year, starting in Q4.

It will turn out that some Telecoms are right in their assessment that supplying the whole country with fiber optic cables or launching ten thousand of microsatellites cannot be economical. In fact, the existing copper pipes or geostationary satellites can be "doped" in such a way that even the rural areas get a very good supply quickly.

More information's you can securely download here:

Written by Klaus Rock, Researcher & Developer Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klaus Rock

Source : | 10-Jul-2019 18:51

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Launch Multimedia Company Westbrook Inc

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have launched Westbrook Inc., a multimedia venture that will encompass the subsidiary companies already owned by the Smiths, including Overbrook Entertainment and Red Table Talk Enterprises, the couple announced Wednesday.

Westbrook Inc. will also comprise the newly formed Westbrook Studios, Westbrook Media and the merchandising business Good Goods.

Kosaku Yada will lead the new venture as CEO. He is joined by CAA’s former head of global client strategy, Tera Hanks, who will serve as Westbrook Inc.’s president. The team is rounded out by COO Gila Jones, CFO Kevin McDonald and VP of Business Development Jesse Uram.

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Westbrook Inc. will create short and mid-form digital content as well as more traditional TV series and films. The company will begin launching content under the new banner starting later this month.

“We are so excited to announce this new venture and fully immerse ourselves in all areas of the media and entertainment space,” Westbrook Inc. co-founders Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith said in a statement. “With our incredible team of family, chosen family, and longtime business partners, Westbrook Inc.’s mission is to spread positive ideas, art, and products that entertain and empower the greatest number of lives, inspiring the next generation of artists to do good in the world.”

Westbrook Studios will be the studio home for any of the company’s film and TV projects such as Jada Pinkett’s Smith’s Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk,”  as well as projects from Westbrook Media and Overbrook Entertainment. The company will also develop starring vehicles for Will Smith. Steve Bender has joined the studio in the role of development finance.

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Overbrook Entertainment will continue to be led by founder James Lassiter and president Caleeb Pinkett. The company is currently producing Warner Bros.’ upcoming “King Richard,” and is developing the YouTube series “Cobra Kai.”

Westbrook Media is led by CEO Brad Haugen and is a digital content studio that works with talent and brands to develop short and mid-form content and social media management. Lukas Kaiser and Sadao Turner lead creative and strategic direction of the company. The company has worked on Will Smith’s social media, the social channels for “Red Table Talk,” “Aladdin” and Jaden Smith’s water brand JUST Water.

The Good Goods company recently put out new “Fresh Prince” apparel and accessories and will also develop new products and licensing based on Westbrook Inc.’s existing library.

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Source : | 10-Jul-2019 18:01

Milos Stehlik, Founder of Facets Multimedia in Chicago, Dies at 70
Czech-born Milos Stehlik, an award-winning film critic and commentator for National Public Radio station WBEZ and the film curator, founder and artistic director of the pioneering media arts center Facets Multimedia in Chicago, died Saturday of cancer. Stehlik founded Facets in 1975, screening hard-to-find international and independent films in a Chicago Lutheran church. When the […]
Source : | 08-Jul-2019 02:07

Premiere: ackerman ? ?84 Palms?

Premiering the new single from the ebullient ackerman Bristling with reflective and life-affirming emotion, experimental rock group and multimedia collective ackerman work based off of a seemingly endless spring of sun-soaked energy. Their new single, “84 Palms,” which Impose is premiering today, is a kaleidoscopic journey that offers multiple colorful streaks to ride through on […]

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Source : | 26-Jun-2019 17:15

IK Multimedia?s $250 drum machine is available now
IK Multimedia's $250 drum machine, Uno Drum, is available starting today. The company announced the portable, battery-powered device last month, but we weren't sure when it would be available.
Source : | 14-Jun-2019 23:03

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