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  • Thursday, Apr. 9, 2020
This Feb. 29, 2020 photo released by NBC shows Colin Jost, left, and Michael Che during the Weekend Update sketch on "Saturday Night Live" in New York. The show will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules. NBC says the comedy sketch show will include include a “Weekend Update” news segment and original content from “SNL” cast members. The material will be produced remotely, in compliance with efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Will Heath/NBC via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

"Saturday Night Live" will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules.

The comedy sketch show will include include a "Weekend Update" news segment and original content from "SNL" cast members, NBC said Thursday.

The material will be produced remotely, the network said, in compliance with efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the pandemic's fallout was a shutdown of movie and TV production that included "Saturday Night Live." Its last original episode aired March 7.

"SNL" is known for its guest hosts and musical artists, but NBC didn't immediately address whether anyone outside the show's cast would be be part of this Saturday's episode, which will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT.

"Saturday Night Live" suffered a blow this week with the death of veteran producer and music supervisor Hal Willner. He had not been diagnosed with COVID-19, but his symptoms were consistent with those More

  • Thursday, Apr. 9, 2020
Uruguay's Luis Suarez points during the quarterfinal match between Uruguay and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Two former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives were allowed to remain free on $15 million appearance bonds, three days after they were indicted as part of the U.S. government's investigation of soccer corruption.

Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez were arraigned Thursday on wire fraud and money laundering charges in connection with alleged payments to officials of the South American governing body CONMEBOL. The indictment, unsealed Monday, also contended they made illegal payments to win broadcast rights for Fox to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Lopez and Martinez pleaded not guilty, as did the sports marketing company Full Play Group SA, which also is charged with racketeering.

Judge Pamela Chen of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ordered both to surrender their passports and imposed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews. Lopez is in Los Angeles, and Martinez is in Miami.

Martinez, a citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, agreed to the $15 million More

  • Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2020
This Sept. 24, 1984 file photo shows Allen Garfield at the screening for "Irreconcilable Differences" in Los Angeles. Garfield, the veteran character actor who was a vital player in classic 1970s films like “The Conversation” and “Nashville,” died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Los Angeles due to complications from COVID-19.. He was 80. (AP Photo/Scott Harms, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Allen Garfield, the veteran character actor who was a vital player in classic 1970s films like "The Conversation" and "Nashville," has died. He was 80. 

Garfield's sister, Lois Goorwitz, said he died Tuesday in Los Angeles due to complications from COVID-19. Garfield had been a resident at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home, the industry retirement facility where several staffers and some residents have tested positive for the virus. 

The Newark, New Jersey-born Garfield first set out as a boxer and a sportswriter. While covering sports for New Jersey's Star-Ledger, he studied acting at night and was eventually taken in by the Actor's Studio. There, he studied under Lee Strasberg. 

Performing with naturalism and method-style commitment, Garfield found he could transfer journalism into acting. 

"I became an actor in order to be trained by the masters, which I was, at the Actor's Studio," Garfield said in a public-access More

  • Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum

On Tuesday, April 28, the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance will be hosting a webinar, “COVID-19 & Consumer Protection:  Global Advertising in a Time of Crisis.”  The webinar will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET.  

With the world in crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic, government regulators and self-regulatory organizations are aggressively policing marketers, to ensure that their advertising is truthful and not misleading and complies with other relevant standards. In this webinar, members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance will update you on key COVID-19 related advertising law developments around the world, including important regulatory and self-regulatory enforcement.

The speakers at the webinar will be:

Jose Antoni Arochi, Arochi & Lindner (Mexico)
Donata Cordone, Portolano Cavallo (Italy)
Brinsley Dresden, Lewis Silkin LLP (UK)
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Frankfurt Kurnit (US)
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  • Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020
Nicole Purcell
NEW YORK -- 

The Clio Awards has put into motion a number of structural changes to its program schedule that will allow for the company and its entrants to celebrate the best creative work of the current cycle at a later date. In an effort to meet the needs of the advertising industry, the Clio Awards will extend its eligibility and entry windows into 2021 and move its awards ceremony from October 2020 to April 2021.

The program is currently open for entries, but the company will extend its lowest entry fee window into the fall and work with entrants on a flexible payment schedule until March 2021. All submissions completed since the launch on January 27th will be considered as part of the current, extended program cycle.

“Dealing with the challenges brought on by the coronavirus has been tough on us and the industry we serve. We understand that everyone is having to make difficult decisions and we wanted to be able to take something off their plate More

  • Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020

Small business owners who have a business deposit relationship with Bank of America can now apply for a Paycheck Protection Program through the bank. This was after their applications were initially rejected on Friday (4/3), day one of the coronavirus relief program. At that time, BofA stated that application processing priority was being given to those who have credit lines or business loans with the bank; in other words, those that owe money to BofA were being put first in line, some conclude so that they could make good on their debt to the bank. This was interpreted by a number of customers as serving the bank’s interest through federal money that’s been earmarked to help qualifying small businesses across the board.

Pushback on that policy was strong as rejected BofA applicants, many of them long-time customers, took to social media. BofA’s denial of those applicants even elicited criticism from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who pointed out that More

  • Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020
This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios' shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Black Widow." The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule, moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies. “Black Widow,” which had been set to kick off the summer movie season, will now open Nov. 6. (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule by moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies, announcing a new one for the live-action adaption of "Mulan" and pushing one movie, "Artemis Fowl," to Disney Plus, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Black Widow," the Marvel entry starring Scarlett Johansson, had been set to kick off the summer movie season. Instead, Disney said it will now open Nov. 6. Such delays have unique ramifications for Marvel movies because of their interconnection. With "Black Widow" on the move, that meant a domino effect, pushing most all upcoming Marvel releases back at least three months. 

"Black Widow" took the release date of "The Eternals," which now moves to February 21 next year. "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" departs that February date for May 7, 2021. "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" shifts from next May to Nov. 5, 2021. And "Thor: Love and Thunder" is More

  • Friday, Apr. 3, 2020
David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is giving $6 million to help film industry employees out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film academy, which puts on the annual Academy Awards, said Friday that it will donate $2 million to the Actors Fund, which supports performers and behind-the-scenes workers; $2 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the long-running nonprofit offering relief to members of the entertainment community in need; and $2 million to the Academy Foundation, its own charitable arm.

“As we face a pandemic, it’s incumbent upon us to help those in the motion picture community who are suffering,” said David Rubin, Academy president, said in a statement. “The shutting down of productions, businesses and theaters has had devastating consequences. By contributing financially to The Actors Fund, MPTF, and the Academy Foundation’s wonderful grants program, we can help provide our extended More

  • Friday, Apr. 3, 2020

Feedback from small businesses on day one of their being able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program--part of the $2 trillion relief package (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, aka CARES Act) recently signed into federal law--has been marked by frustration and disbelief over obstacles they are encountering, including at Bank of America.

Owners whose businesses that are customers of Bank of America (BofA) Banking Services and merchant services are finding that their entry of online application is not being accetped at this critical early stage as they’ve been informed that priority is going to those who have credit lines or business loans with BofA; in other words, those that owe money to BofA are being put first in line while other debt-free once stable businesses are not allowed to apply. This has been interpreted by a number of customers as serving the bank’s interest through federal money that has been earmarked to More

  • Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020
Chris Sloan (l) and Carla Kaufman Sloan

Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation--the charity of Chris Sloan and Carla Kaufman Sloan, founders of 2C Creative, a creative agency and production company serving the TV/streaming business with promos, brand integrations, trailers, upfront presentations and other campaigns--has initiated a campaign that will match individual donations (up to $250 each) to charities supporting first responders, organizations and those affected by COVID-19.

So far, the Foundation’s COVID-19 Has Met Its Match campaign has raised some $50,000 and counting. While the initial deadline date for people to participate was April 6, this has now been extended to April 13.  

Click here (and scroll down) for more info on the Met Its Match program and to get a list of charities the Awesome Foundation has vetted and donated to--or donors can choose their own related charities. People can double More

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