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  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
The Den founders Mary Ellen Duggan (l) and Christjan Jordan
LOS ANGELES -- 

Christjan Jordan, editor of award-winning work for clients including Amazon, GEICO, and Hulu, has partnered with industry veteran Mary Ellen Duggan to launch The Den, an independent boutique editorial house in Los Angeles. The new venture’s roster also includes editor Andrew Ratzlaff, who like Jordan was most recently at Union Editorial.

The Den has already turned out some noteworthy work, including two Super Bowl spots cut by Jordan. Hulu’s first Big Game ad in eight years to feature celebrity talent, “Tom Brady’s Big Announcement,” had fans of the 42-year-old quarterback contemplating his possible retirement. Walmart’s Big Game debut, “Famous Visitors,” showcased the big box store’s offer of out of this world convenience through curbside pickup.

The Den founders Jordan and Duggan are long-time friends. Duggan’s bicoastal career has included heading production departments at both KPB and Cliff Freeman on the East Coast, and most recently More

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 2020
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise in a scene from "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," the sixth film in the Mission Impossible franchise. Paramount Pictures on Monday halted production on the seventh “Mission: Impossible” film due to the Coronavirus outbreak, as Hollywood began to more drastically adapt to the growing epidemic. (Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Paramount Pictures on Monday halted production on the seventh "Mission: Impossible" film due to the new virus, as Hollywood began to more drastically adapt to the growing global outbreak. 

"Mission: Impossible 7" had been scheduled to shoot for three weeks in Venice. More than 200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy, the largest number outside Asia. While most of those cases are in the neighboring Lombardy region, authorities said three people in Venice have tested positive for the virus. 

In a statement, Paramount cited the Venetian government's halting of public gatherings, and said it was canceling the shoot "out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew." 

Paramount also on Monday postponed the Chinese release of "Sonic the Hedgehog," which had been set for Friday. Cinemas in China have been shuttered due to the outbreak, closing down the world's second largest box-office More

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 2020
AKKURAT founders Andreas Roth (l) and Daniel "Rocco" Kopecny (photo by Christoph Scheider)
BERLIN -- 

Director Andreas Roth and executive producer Daniel “Rocco” Kopecny have launched AKKURAT Studios, an international creative collective and production company hybrid. With more than a decade of advertising experience, founders and filmmakers Roth and Kopecny will serve, respectively, as creative director and managing director of the new venture. The German business partners will lead the company out of Berlin, with a satellite atelier in Los Angeles. 

AKKURAT will initially handle representation in Germany for its roster of directors, which includes Roth, Cloé Bailly, Mario Feil, Joschka Laukeninks, Novemba, Ozan Biron, Ben Brand, Francisco Gonzalez Sendino and Ivana Bobic. On the photography front, artistic perspectives represented include those of Patrick Fraser, Evelyn Dragan, Florian Bison, Murat Aslan, Patrick Maus, and Rammstein house and yard photographer Jens Koch. 

Plans call for AKKURAT to handle the U.S. for much of its talent More

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 2020
Actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Feb. 24, 2020, where he plead not guilty to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself and falsely reporting it to police. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
CHICAGO (AP) -- 

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago and falsely reporting to police that the phony attack was real. 

His lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf to six counts of felony disorderly conduct. She also told Judge James B. Linn that she has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to halt the case. 

A somber looking Smollett, 37, entered the Cook County courthouse wearing sunglasses and sporting a beard, flanked by his legal team and surrounded by reporters. 

"He's obviously frustrated to be dragged through this process again," Glandian told reporters after the hearing. 

She called the revived prosecution "an ordeal" for Smollett and said he has the support of relatives, some of whom flew out from California to be with him. 

"He's strong, he's resilient, he'll get More

  • Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
In this Sept. 22, 2002 file photo, the stars of "Friends," from left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc pose with the award for outstanding comedy series at the 54th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. WarnerMedia announced Friday that the entire original cast of "Friends" will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

WarnerMedia's new streaming service will debut with some extra "Friends."

The company announced Friday that the entire original "Friends" cast will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May.

A reunion has been long-sought by fans of the NBC series, which ended its 236-episode run in 2004. HBO Max will also carry every episode of the sitcom, which has proved enduringly popular, including with young audiences who discovered the show when it was available on Netflix.

The show made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer into household names and won six Emmy Awards.

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire 'Friends' library," said Kevin Reilly, HBO Max' More

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo Chief Digital Officer, ViacomCBS, and CEO and President, CBS Interactive, Marc DeBoise speaks at the Executive Presentation during the CBS TCA Winter 2020 Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. ViacomCBS is planning a new streaming service that incorporates the existing CBS All Access platform and adds content from Viacom brands like MTV and BET as well as Paramount movies. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

ViacomCBS is planning a new streaming service that will combine the existing CBS All Access service with Paramount movies and shows from Viacom channels such as MTV and BET.

The move had been expected since CBS and Viacom combined in August to better compete in the increasingly competitive streaming environment. 

CBS was one of the first media companies to launch its own streaming service. Its $6-a-month service CBS All Access includes original programming such as new "Star Trek" series and a revival of "The Twilight Zone." The service also has old and current broadcast shows.

Since then, Disney launched its $7-a-month Disney Plus service, while Comcast's NBCUniversal and AT&T's WarnerMedia have services coming, tapping movies and shows from their channels and production studios. The companies are all trying to challenge Netflix, Amazon and other established players in the streaming arena as their channels face challenges from More

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
In this Jan. 27, 1986, file photo, the crew for the Space Shuttle Challenger flight 51-L leaves their quarters for the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mission Spl. Ronald McNair, center, was only the second African American chosen to go to space. He died in the Challenger launch. The documentary "Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier" is scheduled to air on the Smithsonian Channel on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, and examines the race to get black astronauts into space. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) -- 

In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black.

Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second African American to travel to space, overcoming segregation, poverty, and stereotypes in an intellectual act of resistance that inspired a generation. Tragically, McNair died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.

McNair's story and those of other black astronauts are shared in a new documentary that looks at the final frontier of civil rights: getting black astronauts into space amid Jim Crow, danger, discrimination and the Cold War. Within four generations, they went from slavery to space.

"Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier," scheduled to air Monday on the Smithsonian Channel, examines the race to get black astronauts into the heavens More

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019, file photo, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Dark Phoenix." Lawrence will star in the Adam McKay comedy “Don't Look Up” for Netflix. The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that it acquired the the project. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Jennifer Lawrence will star in the Adam McKay comedy "Don't Look Up" for Netflix. 

The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that it acquired the the project. McKay, who wrote the script, will direct the film about two low-level astronomers who go on a media tour to warn of an approaching asteroid heading for Earth. 

Lawrence has been little seen on the big screen lately, most recently co-starring in last year's "X-Men: Dark Phoenix." The 29-year-old actress took a roughly two-year hiatus from acting but has recently returned to work. She recently wrapped production on an untitled film for A24 directed by Lila Neugebauer. 

"I'm so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence," McKay said in a statement. "She's what folks in the 17th century used to call 'a dynamite act.' And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way."

McKay's most More

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
This undated image provided by Burger King shows an advertising campaign image with the Whopper hamburger. The burger chain is showing its Whopper covered in mold in print and TV ads running in Europe and the U.S. The message: Burger King is removing artificial preservatives from the Whopper. (Burger King via AP)

Burger King is breaking the mold in its new advertising campaign.

The burger chain is portraying its Whopper covered in mold in print and TV ads running in Europe and the U.S. The message: Burger King is removing artificial preservatives from its signature burger.

The company, already known for irreverent ad campaigns, turned it up a notch, including a time-lapse of a decaying burger on Twitter. That imagery goes beyond the print ads that show a 28-day-old burger — a week beyond. 

Early reaction to the campaign Wednesday was a mix of applause for the shift away from preservatives, to disgust.

The restaurant, based in Miami, Florida, says it has removed artificial preservatives from the Whopper in several European countries — including France, Sweden and Spain — and around 400 of its 7,346 U.S. restaurants. It plans to remove preservatives from Whoppers served in all of its restaurants this year. 

The Whopper is topped More

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Megan St. John
CHICAGO -- 

Third Wheel, a Chicago-based video production company, has rebranded under the name Hike Creative. Video production is still the main focus of the company, started in 2012 by Chicago producer Megan St. John, but with the new name comes a honed-in mission and new brand voice. 

As a full-service production company offering services from pre-production through post, the Third Wheel portfolio spanned commercial work as well as narrative films and web series, but Hike will focus solely on the commercial corner of the industry, specifically web content, branded films, and social campaigns.  Over the last two years the company has also partnered with various agencies to provide production support and crew for shoots. Under the new moniker, Hike will continue to develop relationships with direct clients and aims to be a resource for agencies who are looking for a team to help bring their creative to life.

The company’s new brand voice promotes More

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