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  • Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
Graphic designer Asao Tokolo, left, and graphic designers group GOO CHOKI PAR members Q Asaba, third from right, Kent Iitaka, second from right, and Rei Ishii, right, unveil their posters during a presentation event in Tokyo Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games unveiled two iconic posters hat will be used to promote the Tokyo 2020 Games. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Amid all the back-and-forth about the feasibility of holding the Tokyo Olympics during the pandemic, there are early indications of viewer interest in the summer games.

U.S. Olympic team trials in swimming and track and field that aired Sunday on NBC fell short of gold-medal ratings but won enough viewers to edge into the top 20, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.

NBC's coverage of the trials to date is down 26% compared to viewership for comparable Olympic trials in 2016 on the network. Basketball and hockey playoffs are one potential reason: It's the first time the NBA and NHL events have overlapped with the trials.

The NBA playoffs accounted for a lion's share of the most popular shows last week and helped make TNT the most-watched outlet on cable or broadcast.

The Olympics, delayed by a year because of COVID-19, will be held held July 23 to Aug. 8 despite widespread concerns from the Japanese public and More

  • Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
Author Anne Rice poses for a photo at her home Oct. 26, 2005, in San Diego. Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” is rising again on screen, this time for TV. The bestselling novel, which was adapted for the 1994 Brad Pitt-Tom Cruise film, will be the basis for a new AMC and AMC+ series set for 2022. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" is rising again on screen, this time for TV.

The bestselling novel, which was adapted for the 1994 Brad Pitt-Tom Cruise film, will be the basis for a new AMC and AMC+ series set for 2022, AMC Networks said Thursday.

The announcement follows the company's 2020 acquisition of 18 works by Rice, including 1976's "Interview with the Vampire," its sequels and the Mayfair Witches series.

Producer Mark Johnson ("Breaking Bad," "Halt and Catch Fire") will be in charge of developing the books as a "streaming and television franchise and universe," according to an AMC release. AMC+ is a subscription streaming service.

In a statement, Johnson called the challenge of adapting Rice's work "both intimidating and exhilarating....I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material." 

The first series, headed by executive producer Rolin Jones ("Perry Mason"), has been More

  • Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
ANA EVP Bill Tucker
NEW YORK -- 

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) is partnering with Comscore to conduct a preliminary test as part of the trade association’s ongoing efforts to develop a privacy-preserving cross-media measurement solution for marketers.

The ANA’s Cross-Media Measurement (CMM) initiative is a marketer-led industry measurement initiative that seeks to unlock value for all stakeholders and to deliver an improved ad experience for audiences through transparent measurement. The initiative is an ANA strategic priority designed to improve advertiser decision-making and is also championed by the ANA board and the ANA’s Global CMO Growth Council.

After months of planning, the CMM is launching a series of component pilot tests to gain insight into measurement component methodologies through research and experimentation with independent vendors. Each of the component pilots will provide essential details and information regarding the infrastructure More

  • Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
This combination of photos shows Danny Glover (l) and Samuel L. Jackson. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Academy Awards will present Elaine May, Samuel L. Jackson and Liv Ullmann with honorary Oscars and Danny Glover with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 12th Governors Awards in January. 

The film academy announced the honorary awards Thursday. Once a regular feature of the Academy Awards telecast, the honorary Oscars will be doled out in a separate, untelevised ceremony on January 15 in Los Angeles. 

"Sam Jackson is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide, while Elaine May's bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers," said David Rubin, academy president. "Liv Ullmann's bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals, and Danny Glover's decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his dedication to recognizing our More

  • Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
This Nov. 19, 2020 file photo shows the entrance to BuzzFeed in New York. BuzzFeed is merging with special purpose acquisition company 890 Fifth Avenue Partners Inc., Thursday, June 24, 2021, and will become a publicly traded company. BuzzFeed, which was founded by Jonah Peretti in 2006, said its implied valuation is $1.5 billion, once the transaction closes, which is expected in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Digital media company BuzzFeed is setting its sights on growth. It plans to become a publicly traded company with an implied value of $1.5 billion through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company. 

BuzzFeed hopes the move will put it in a better position to capture lucrative digital ad dollars against much bigger rivals like Google, Facebook and Amazon.

The company, founded by Jonah Peretti in 2006 and initially known for listicles and online quizzes, has established itself as a serious contender in the news business, this year winning a Pulitzer for international reporting. Its other brands include Tasty, the world's largest social food network.

It has been buying up competitors, including HuffPost, the media outlet founded in 2005 as The Huffington Post, from Verizon Media  in November. BuzzFeed said Thursday that it plans to buy Complex Networks from Verizon and Hearst for $300 million. Complex is a global youth More

  • Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, a woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Google says it's delaying plans to phase out Chrome browser technology that tracks users for ad purposes because it needs more time to develop a replacement system. 

The tech giant said Thursday that proposals to remove so-called third-party cookies will be pushed back to late 2023, nearly two years later than planned. 

"We need to move at a responsible pace, allowing sufficient time for public discussion on the right solutions and for publishers and the advertising industry to migrate their services," Vinay Goel, the director of privacy engineering for Chrome, said in a blog post. 

Third-party cookies are snippets of code that log user info and are used by advertisers to more effectively target their campaigns, thereby helping fund free online content such as newspapers and blogs. However, they've also been a longstanding source of privacy concerns because they can be used to track users across the internet.

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  • Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
Floria Sigismondi
NEW YORK -- 

The One Club for Creativity has finalized a diverse jury of 88 top creatives from 38 countries for the global Young Guns 19, celebrating creative professionals age 30 or younger.

Young Guns is the industry’s only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creatives.  The program is open to creatives age 30 and under who have been working for at least two years, full-time or freelance, and regularly attracts entries from upwards of 45 countries.

This year’s jury includes some accomplished figures in the world of film and video such as Los Angeles-based director Joseph Kosinski, whose feature films include Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Only the Brave and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick.

Also on the Young Guns 19 jury is Floria Sigismondi, the Los Angeles-based filmmaker and artist known for writing and directing the feature The Runaways, More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2021
A portrait of Britney Spears looms over supporters and media members outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Britney Spears asked a judge Wednesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008.

The dramatic request at a Los Angeles hearing came with her first words in open court in the conservatorship during its 13-year existence.

Spears called the conservatorship "abusive," and condemned her father and the others who have controlled it.

"I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated," Spears said by phone in a long, emotional and sometimes profane speech, in which she condemned the legal arrangement and her father, who has controlled it for most of its existence.

"This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," she said. "I deserve to have a life."

Spears said she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a baby, but the conservatorship won't allow her to. She told the court she's being forced to take birth control against her will.

"All I want is More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2021
Harrison Ford attends the premiere of "The Call of the Wild" in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2020. Ford is taking a hiatus from filming “Indiana Jones 5” after sustaining an injury on set. The 78-year-old was hurt rehearsing a fight scene, a spokesperson for the Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Harrison Ford is taking a hiatus from filming "Indiana Jones 5" after sustaining a shoulder injury on set. The 78-year-old was hurt rehearsing a fight scene, a spokesperson for the Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday. 

Production is expected to continue and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed while treatment options are evaluated. 

Filming on the fifth installment in the series began earlier this month in the U.K. under the direction of James Mangold. The film is set to be released in July 2022.

Deadline first reported the news. 

It's not the first on set injury for Ford. In 2014, he broke his leg on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" when he was crushed beneath a heavy door of the Millennium Falcon while filming at Pinewood Studios in London. 

  • Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2021
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient, and co-founder, SeeHer
NEW YORK -- 

New York Festivals International Advertising Awards®, The Female Quotient (The FQ) and the ANA have partnered to launch a special award, the 2021 NYFA “SeeHer Lens” Award. This new award will honor best-in-class creative film work submitted to the 2021 competition that exemplifies gender equality and accurate portrayals of women and girls in advertising.

“New York Festivals Advertising Awards is extremely proud to partner with The Female Quotient, and the ANA in this year’s competition,” said Ellen Smyth, Owner/CEO of New York Festivals. “I admire the ANA and The FQ, and the work that The FQ and the SeeHer movement do to advance equality through collaboration. Aligning New York Festivals and SeeHer shines the spotlight on the great creative work in this year’s entries that depict women realistically and accurately.” 

“We are thrilled to partner with NYF Advertising Awards for this new award, which sets the standard for creative media. By More

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