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Source : www.oreilly.com | 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 : www.thewrap.com | 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 : www.circleid.com | 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 globalintuition.net 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 : www.thewrap.com | 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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To purchase tickets: https://beconferences.com

For more information on WrapWomen and sponsorship opportunities, please contact: sales@thewrap.com

About BE Conference:

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 : www.thewrap.com | 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.

Conclusion

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 : www.circleid.com | 07-Jul-2020 21:35

The iRig Pro Duo I/O makes managing advanced audio workflows simple anywhere
Connecting audio interfaces to the various mobile and computing devices we use these days can be a confusing headache. The iRig Pro Duo I/O ($199.99 USD), which IK Multimedia announced this year at CES and recently released, is a great way to simplify those connections while giving you all the flexibility you need to record […]
Source : techcrunch.com | 29-Jun-2020 18:58

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 : www.thewrap.com | 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 : www.circleid.com | 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 : www.thewrap.com | 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.

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Source : www.thewrap.com | 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 wif.org. Information about applying for the grants will be available on the website in early July.

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Source : www.thewrap.com | 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 […]
Source : www.itnewsafrica.com | 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: www.wrapwomen.com.

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Source : www.thewrap.com | 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 : pmcvariety.wordpress.com | 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 : techcrunch.com | 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 : www.itnewsafrica.com | 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 dearbasketball.com 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 : variety.com | 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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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 : www.circleid.com | 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) (taffo.com>). 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, FindYourDomain.com, 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 : www.circleid.com | 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 : www.stereogum.com | 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 : www.thewrap.com | 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 : variety.com | 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 : www.thewrap.com | 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 : www.space.com | 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 : www.thewrap.com | 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 : www.thewrap.com | 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 : variety.com | 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 NHL.com/Podcasts as well as multiple iOS and Android podcast Apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and TuneIn Radio.

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Source : www.thewrap.com | 29-Oct-2019 17:58

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