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  • Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2021
An image from the Fund Femme website
LONDON -- 

Global marketing communications agency Wunderman Thompson has created Fund Femme, a global database of women and non-binary owned businesses launched to help tackle the gender inequality in the economy.

Despite making up 50% of the population and having 80% of spending power, women represent only 33% of business owners. COVID-19 has dealt a massive blow to femme owned business with women-founded start-ups receiving 27% less funding. Similarly, women were a third more likely to work, or own a company, in a sector that was shut due to COVID-19 regulations last year. With the investment gap widening, small to medium owned femme businesses have become even more vulnerable.

Fund Femme is designed to tip the scales and put balance back into the economy. The global platform allows consumers to discover, and shop from, women and non-binary business owners across beauty, fashion, food, homeware, technology, health and wellness, travel, fitness, More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021
This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. But it has an answer to that: Video games. On Tuesday, July 20, 2021 the streaming giant announced plans to begin adding video games to its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. The confirmation of the long-anticipated expansion came in conjunction with the release of its latest earnings report. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) -- 

Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. So it's adding a new attraction to its marquee: Video games.

On Tuesday, the video streaming giant announced it will offer video games in its existing subscription plans at no extra cost, but didn't say when that service will launch or what kind of games it will be developing. 

The confirmation of the long-anticipated expansion came in conjunction with the release of Netflix's latest earnings report. That financial breakdown showed the video service added 1.5 million subscribers during the April-June period. That's slightly better than the modest increase that management forecast after the service stumbled to a sluggish start during the winter months, but still far below its growth rate in recent years.

Netflix's net gain of 5.5 million subscribers through the first six months of this year represents its weakest More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021
Shark Week on Discovery
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Shark Week just finished its 33rd edition on Discovery, a television event so old that one advertising executive joked it could have its own children.

But some recent research illustrated its potency in bringing new viewers to the network, something increasingly important in an era where television networks and streaming services are competing furiously for eyeballs.

A study by LG Ads found that during Shark Week last year, 37% of the people who tuned in hadn't watched Discovery at any point during the previous month. That phenomenon was more pronounced for National Geographic Explorer's Shark Fest, where 51% of viewers hadn't seen the network the month before.

For both networks, more than one-third of those new viewers came back for other programming within the next month.

"In a world where cable just doesn't come on automatically when you turn on your TV, that just is incredibly important," said Justin Fromm, an executive More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021
In this Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial in New York. New York prison officials have handed over Weinstein for transport to California to face sexual assault charges. The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the transfer happened about 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
BUFFALO, NY (AP) -- 

New York prison officials handed over convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein for transport to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending the former movie producer's protracted fight to delay his extradition.

Weinstein, 69, was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at about 9:25 a.m., a department statement said.

His spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, said Weinstein's lawyers had still been trying to negotiate an extradition waiver but the transfer was expected "at some point."

"We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly," Engelmayer said. "Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his right."

Details of Weinstein's travels were not immediately known.

A New York judge in June approved Weinstein's extradition to California, denying his lawyers' request to More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021
Fans and supporters of pop star Britney Spears protest at the Lincoln Memorial, during the "Free Britney" rally, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Washington. Rallies have been taking place across the country since the pop star spoke out against her conservatorship in court last month. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- 

Prompted by Britney Spears' conservatorship fight, a bipartisan legislative effort has emerged to reform the process created to protect the rights of more than 1 million people across the United States under the protective arrangements.

On Tuesday, Reps. Charlie Crist and Nancy Mace unveiled "The Free Britney Act," designed to give more options to people placed under conservatorships. Those include the ability to talk about their situations with caseworkers — over any objections from their conservators — and petition a court to replace their conservators without having to "prove wrongdoing or malfeasance."

"This is just a commonsense approach to doing what is right, to making sure that rights are balanced," Crist, a Florida Democrat, said during a virtual news conference on Tuesday.

Both Mace, a Republican from South Carolina, and Crist said it was Spears' passionate plea last month that a judge end the conservatorship that controls More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) unveiled the honorees for its 29th Annual Advertising Hall of Achievement (AHOA), celebrating those individuals 40 years of age or younger who are making a notable contribution to the advertising industry through both their work and philanthropic community activities.  The seven inductees were chosen by the AAF’s distinguished Advertising Hall of Achievement Council of Judges.  Winners will be inducted at luncheon ceremonies on Wednesday November 17, 2021 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.  This will be an extra special celebration as it will also represent the first live event hosted by AAF since the start of the COVID lockdown in March 2020.

This year’s Class of 2021 honorees reflects a mix of diverse backgrounds, interests and communities and include top executives from dentsu, HBO, MikMak, RLVNT Media, Snap Inc., TikTok and UM Worldwide.  In alphabetical order:

  • Arielle Garcia, More
  • Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021
Samantha N. Sheppard (l, photo by Allen Holt) and J.E. Smyth (photo by Z. Smyth)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Samantha N. Sheppard and J.E. Smyth have been named 2021 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The annual grant is given to established scholars whose projects are focused on some aspect of filmmaking and the film industry.  Their respective books are titled “A Black W/hole: Phantom Cinemas and the Reimagining of Black Women’s Media Histories” and “Maisie: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Woman.”  The Academy’s Educational Grants Committee will award Sheppard and Smyth each $25,000 on the basis of their proposals.  

“For the third year in a row, we are delighted to support the brilliant research of two women scholars,” read a joint statement from Marcus Hu and Sara Rose, Academy Grants Committee co-chairs.  “Sheppard and Smyth’s insightful examinations of their respective topics will be meaningful contributions to the study of film history, filmmaking and the industry as a whole.  We look forward More

  • Monday, Jul. 19, 2021
In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year show in Los Angeles. Dylan, who has a reputation as a relentless road warrior, has returned to the stage for the first time since things shut down because of the pandemic...at least on film. Dylan gave a 13-song performance Sunday, July 18, 2021, for fans who paid $25 to see him through the live-streaming platform Veeps. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

After a year and a half away because of the pandemic, relentless road warrior Bob Dylan returned to a concert stage on Sunday — at least online.

He performed for fans who paid $25 to watch online through the live-streaming platform Veeps. It was less a concert than a stylized black-and-white film, with the 80-year-old singer fronting a four-piece band in a juke joint before audience members who smoked a lot and paid little attention to him.

Dylan hasn't performed live since December 2019, COVID-19 finally concluding his so-called Never Ending tour. Since 1988, he had kept performing regularly: 78 gigs in 2019, 84 in 2018, for example.

His wardrobe changes and differences in the placement of the band and witnesses made clear that Sunday's performance, titled "Shadow Kingdom," did not run straight through. His audience was actors rather than fans; they didn't applaud.

Dylan's band included an accordion player and, for many More

  • Monday, Jul. 19, 2021
Pedro Almodovar, left, presents Jodi Foster with an honorary Palme d'Or at the opening ceremony of the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

The Venice International Film Festival will kick off its 78th edition in September with the premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's film "Madres paralelas." 

Organizers said Monday that the film about two, single and pregnant women starring Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit and Israel Elejalde will debut as part of the competition slate on Sept. 1. 

Almodóvar has a long history with the oldest film festival in the world and said in a written statement that he was "born as a film director in 1983 in Venice." In 2019, he was given the Festival's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

"I cannot explain the joy and the honor, and how much this means to me without falling into complacency," Almodóvar continued. "I am very grateful to the festival for this recognition and hope to be up to it".

Festival director Alberto Barbera said the film is, "An intense and sensitive portrait of two women as they contend with a pregnancy with unpredictable More

  • Thursday, Jul. 15, 2021
Tescia Deak, creative director, TBWA\Chiat Day Los Angeles, is a Next Creative Leaders 2021 juror
NEW YORK -- 

The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement have announced the diverse global jury for their jointly run Next Creative Leaders 2021, a free competition recognizing women and non-binary creatives on the rise both globally and by region.

The competition is free to submit, and the deadline for entry has been extended to July 30, 2021.

A highlight of the 60 jurors for this year’s NCL includes:

  • Mariana Albuquerque, Global Creative Director, MediaMonks São Paulo
  • Emily Berger, Senior Creative, Mojo Supermarket New York
  • Sarah Berro, Associate Creative Director, Impact BBDO Dubai
  • Ergin Binyildiz, Chief Creative Officer, Havas Turkey Istanbul
  • Paula Bloodworth, Global Group Strategy Director, Wieden+Kennedy Portland
  • Tescia Deak, Creative Director, TBWA\Chiat Day Los Angeles
  • CJ Fiala, Content Director, Hue More

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