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  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
NEW YORK -- 

Prompted by this year’s rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and in acknowledgment of the ad industry’s continued lack of diversity, The One Club for Creativity has rebranded its annual Here Are All The Black People multicultural conference and career fair back to its original name: Where Are All The Black People.

The event, typically held in person in New York, is this year available online to a global audience running September 22-24, and will address the new realities of race, inclusion and diversity in advertising.  The conference features dozens of speakers on panels, virtual recruiting, online portfolio reviews, masterclasses and a talent showcase.  Registration is now open, there is no cost to attend.

From WAATBP to HAATBP and back again
More than 20 years ago at a Goodby, Berlin & Silverstein holiday party, a young Black copywriter named Ed Crayton posed a half-serious question to agency partner Jeff More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
In this Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Amber Ruffin attends the NBC midseason 2020 press day party in New York on Jan. 23, 2020. Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Ruffin. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Amber Ruffin to focus on current events.

"We can't wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!"" Ruffin said in a statement Monday announcing the "The Amber Ruffin Show."

A writer and performer on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Ruffin was among the first African American women to write for a late-night show.

Wilmore is a sitcom creator ("The Bernie Mac Show," "grown-ish") who's also known for his on-camera Comedy Central work that included the 2015-16 "The Nightly Show." His Peacock show is as-yet untitled.

"Apparently there's a lot going on in the world right now and a big election happening soon, so I'm happy to have a place in the conversation," Wilmore said in a statement.

The shows are set to launch in September, with 11 episodes ordered for Wilmore's series and nine for Ruffin's, Peacock More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Vivian Connolly
NEW YORK -- 

With film and television production starting to resume, visual effects companies in New York State are gearing up to capitalize on a projected boom in demand. Eager to get back to work but wanting to do so safely, producers are expected to rely more on virtual production and other visual effects techniques to reduce the need for travel, locations shoots and crowd scenes. Buoyed by community support from Post New York Alliance (PNYA) and financial incentives provided by New York’s Film Tax Credit Program, visual effects companies in the state are well positioned to respond to those needs and continue the industry’s recent growth.

“In talking to studios, showrunners and producers, we’re finding that they are reevaluating how they use visual effects,” said Andrew Bly, CEO of The Molecule, which recently provided visual effects for the Tom Hanks film Stillwater and the television series Billions and Dickinson. “They can More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Daniella Carter

Daniella Carter, best known for her role in actress Laverne Cox’s Emmy-winning MTV documentary The T Word, has launched “Daniella’s Guestbook” in collaboration with creative agency SpecialGuest. It is anchored by a series of weekly, hour-long Instagram Live interviews between underrepresented artists and industry thought leaders, tastemakers, and influencers. The initiative will also include a curated online collection of video content designed to uplift these diverse voices and create new opportunities for them. National LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD is a promotional partner for the project.

Carter has spoken at local, national, and international events about her experiences as a Black transgender woman, including the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time to THRIVE” Conference and two TEDx Talks that highlight the unique struggle of being a young trans person as well as learning to embrace and thrive in your identity. She has contributed to More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
In a July 26, 2017 file photo, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange. McDonald’s is suing Easterbrook, the former CEO, saying he lied about relationships with employees and destroyed evidence before he was fired from the company in 2019. McDonald’s fired Easterbook last November after he admitted to an improper relationship with an employee, with whom he exchanged videos and text messages.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

McDonald's says it's suing Stephen Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging Monday that he covered up relationships with other employees and destroyed evidence. 

Easterbrook, according to a lawsuit, approved a special grant of restricted stock, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to one of those employees.

The company now wants to reclaim hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation paid to Easterbrook on his departure. 

McDonald's fired Easterbrook last November after he acknowledged exchanging videos and text messages in a non-physical, consensual relationship with an employee. Easterbrook told the company that there were no other similar instances. 

Based on what the company knew at the time, McDonald's board approved a separation agreement "without cause" that allowed Easterbrook to keep nearly $42 million in stock-based benefits, according to Equilar, More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of a Philippine online news site Rappler, talks to the media after posting bail at a Regional Trial Court following an overnight arrest by National Bureau of Investigation agents on a libel case in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 14, 2019. A new documentary tracks Ressa’s dual life in recent years. She’s seen smiling while accepting international honors and praise from the likes of George Clooney, then grimly facing down online harassment, legal action and real world threats for her news site’s reporting on the drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Maria Ressa says she didn't take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that "corrupt" journalists weren't "exempted from assassination."

"In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, 'Oh, doesn't matter.' I laughed," said the country's most well-known journalist and leader of the independent Rappler news organization.

Grim reality set in as Ressa was arrested and thrown in jail, targeted in a series of criminal cases and convicted this summer on libel and tax evasion charges seen widely as attacks on press freedom. She now faces six years in prison.

"A Thousand Cuts," a new documentary from Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, tracks Ressa's dual life in recent years. She's seen smiling while accepting international media awards and praise from the likes of George Clooney, then grimly facing down online harassment, legal action and real world threats for Rappler's reporting More

  • Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
This Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo shows the main entrance to the headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London. British radio host Sideman quit the BBC on Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, over the corporation’s decision to include a racial slur in a news report about a racist attack. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

The BBC apologized Sunday for broadcasting a racist slur in a news report, saying it was a mistake that has caused many people distress.

The BBC included the word when reporting last month on a violent attack on a young Black man in Bristol, a city in southwest England. The attackers are reported to have yelled the offensive term as they ran into the 21-year-old with a car.

The victim needed hospital treatment for a broken leg and other injuries.

The broadcaster has received more than 18,000 complaints about the use of the offensive word. On Saturday, comedian and broadcaster Sideman quit music station BBC 1Xtra over the use of the word and the corporation's failure to apologize.

The BBC had previously defended the decision to use the word, saying it wanted to convey the racist nature of the attack. It had warned viewers that upsetting language would be used.

Director-general Tony Hall said in a memo to staff that the More

  • Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
In this image released by HBO, Mayor Michael Tubbs, center, with students Isaiah Evans, left, and Joy Almendarez in Stockton, Calif., in a scene from the documentary "Stockton On My Mind." The film dives into the dreams of an unlikely mayor, who became the community’s youngest and first Black mayor in 2016, and who defied odds to lead his impoverished, Central California city. (HBO via AP)

Walk into the Stockton, Calfornia, city offices and you might hear Drake's "God's Plan" coming from the mayor's office. There, Mayor Michael Tubbs could be bobbing his head to the lyrics, "I can't do this one my own, ayy, no, ayy." Outside those walls sits one of the poorest, least literate communities in the nation.

And yet there's nowhere else this 30-year-old Stanford University graduate would rather find himself, even amid the hate and ridicule critics throw at him.

"Stockton on My Mind," a new HBO documentary available to stream for free beginning Friday, dives into the dreams of this unlikely mayor who defied odds in 2016 to lead his impoverished city. The son of a single mother and a father serving time in prison, Tubbs defeated Republican incumbent Anthony Silva to become the community's youngest and first Black mayor. That same night Donald Trump shocked the nation and won the presidency.

Tubbs immediately shot to national More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Lorenzo Soria speaks at the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 9, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L'Espresso, died Friday, the association said. He was 68. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L'Espresso, died Friday, the association said. He was 68.

Soria died peacefully at his Los Angeles home, the association said in a statement, lauding his "generosity, passion" and sense of humor.

"He was deeply committed to the movie industry's power to heal the world and shine a spotlight on injustice," said the group that awards the annual Golden Globes for excellence in TV and movies.

The Argentinian-born Soria grew up and worked in Italy for L'Espresso before becoming a Los Angeles resident in 1982. Continuing to write for the weekly and for the daily La Stampa, he covered a wide variety of topics including politics and technology.

But his real love was interviewing "Hollywood talent and reporting about trends and changes in the film and television industry," the organization said.

A member of the More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Nathan Young

Nathan Young, group strategy director at Periscope, has stepped down from the presidency of 600 & Rising, the organization he co-founded in order to give a strong voice to Black advertising professionals, advocating for their hiring and advancement. 

Young resigned during a special meeting of the 600 & Rising board of directors and officers on Thursday (8/6). The move came after “careful consideration and deliberation with the board members,” according to an industry letter sent out by 600 & Rising. There had been some controversy over Young questioning the efforts of the longstanding ADCOLOR Awards Fest, which reportedly wasn’t well received among factions within and outside 600 & Rising.

This in turn has caused 600 & Rising to reassess its approach while remaining steadfast in its mission of dismantling systemic racism in the advertising and public relations industries. Board members and officers thus are dissolving More

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