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  • Thursday, Jun. 18, 2020
In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hastings smiles during an interview in Barcelona, Spain. Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million toward student scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million toward student scholarships at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 

The couple is giving $40 million to each of three institutions: the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College. The organizations said it is the largest individual gift in support of student scholarships at HBCUs. 

Hastings has a history of supporting educational causes, including charter schools. He launched a $100 million education fund in 2016, beginning with money toward college scholarships for black and Latino students. 

Hastings said now is the time when "everyone needs to figure out" how to contribute to solving racism. He said HBCUs have been resilient "little-known gems" for black education.

Amid protests over police brutality that began three weeks ago, companies and business leaders have been pledging solidarity with their black More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2020
A bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup sits on a counter, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in White Plains, N.Y. Pepsico is changing the name and marketing image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup, according to media reports. A spokeswoman for Pepsico-owned Quaker Oats Company told AdWeek that it recognized Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype and that the 131-year-old name and image would be replaced on products and advertising by the fourth quarter of 2020. (AP Photo/Donald King)

America's painful struggles over racism have finally caught up with Aunt Jemima, that ubiquitous fixture served up at breakfast tables for 131 years.

Quaker Oats announced Wednesday that it will retire the Aunt Jemima brand, saying the company recognizes the character's origins are "based on a racial stereotype." Indeed, the logo was inspired by 19th century minstrel celebrating the "mammy," a black woman content to serve her white masters. A former slave, Nancy Green, became the first face of the pancake product in 1890.

Aunt Jemima's downfall is the latest signal of the powerful cultural moment unleashed by the Black Lives Matter protests, which have spread around the world and prompted companies to rethink their policies, from hiring practices to giving employees off for Juneteenth, the anniversary of the end of the slavery in the U.S.

Other companies said they are reconsidering racial imagery in their branding. 

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  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2020
This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Justice Department is proposing that Congress roll back legal protections for online platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter that generally could not be held legally responsible for what people post on the sites. 

The proposed changes to Section 230 of a major telecommunication overhaul from 1996 come weeks after President Donald Trump signed an executive order challenging the protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. 

Companies such as Twitter and Facebook are granted liability protection under the Communications Decency Act because they are treated as "platforms," rather than "publishers," which can face lawsuits over content. Without that shield, companies could face lawsuits from people who feels wronged by something someone else has posted.

One of the administration's requests is that Congress strip the civil immunity protections for tech companies that may be complicit in More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2020
Academy Gold students in 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received commitments from 19 partner companies in its fourth year of Academy Gold, an entertainment industry internship enhancement and mentorship program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  Participating partners include AMC Networks, Bron Studios, Circle of Confusion, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Walt Disney Company, Dolby Laboratories, DTS (part of Xperi Corporation), FotoKem, HBO, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Evolve Entertainment Fund, Moving Picture Institute, Panavision/Light Iron, Paradigm Talent Agency, Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Telsey + Company, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.  The summer program will be virtual due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and there will be an extension program in the fall for those students whose summer internships were put on hold due to the health More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2020
Teresa Herd

Teresa Herd, former VP global creative director and head of Intel’s award-winning in-house creative team Agency Inside, is teaming up with San Francisco agency HUb on a new practice called HUb Inside/Out, which is designed to help brands form new in-house creative agencies and make existing internal creative teams run better.

HUb Inside/Out addresses renewed urgency for in-house practices in the wake of COVID-19. In a recent ANA survey, 55% percent of respondents credited in-house agencies as being their most important partners to produce new creative assets. But many brands are not asking the right questions to decide if an internal creative team is a right fit for them. If they do have an internal team in place, they frequently lack the right talent or infrastructure for the work the brand needs.

“Especially during this time, in-house agencies need to make every penny count. Work has to be done more efficiently, and it has to have an More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
In this May 5, 2019 file photo, Katherine Kelly Lang arrives at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. "The Bold and the Beautiful" plans to resume production Wednesday, becoming the first network scripted show to start shooting again after the long coronavirus layoff. Lang, a longtime star of the show, said on Instagram that she's "so excited" to finally return to work. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

"The Bold and the Beautiful" plans to resume production Wednesday, becoming the first network scripted show to start shooting again after the long layoff brought on by the coronavirus. 

The popular CBS daytime drama will begin production again at CBS Television City in Los Angeles with strict COVID-19 protocols in place as mandated by the state and county, the show's publicist Eva Basler said Tuesday. 

California and Los Angeles County officials gave a conditional go-ahead for productions to resume starting June 12. 

The show's safeguard's include an independent COVID-19 coordinator on the set, regular testing of everyone involved in production, a staggered and minimized crew, and the requirement of masks and social distance for all except actors when the cameras are rolling. 

The show has not yet announced when the first new episode will air. 

It's the first network scripted show, and among the first scripted shows of More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
DP Jody Lee Lipes (photo by Sarah Shatz/HBO)

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) is launching “Deep Dive,” a series of virtual panels with the creative teams of union television and film productions. The first discussion, set for June 18, at 11 am PDT, will be with the creative team behind HBO’s limited series I Know This Much is True, which is based on Wally Lamb’s award-winning New York Times best seller. The "Deep Dive" session, to be held via Zoom, is open to the public with registration here
The panelists are writer/director/executive producer Derek Cianfrance (The Light Between Oceans), DP Jody Lee Lipes (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), A-camera operator Sam Ellison, SOC (Manchester by the Sea), and A-camera 1st AC Aurelia Winborn (Black Swan). David Geffner, ICG Magazine executive editor, will moderate.
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  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020

Fourteen producers representing 10 projects in TV, film, unscripted and documentary have been selected for the Producers Guild of America (PGA) 16th annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop. The eight-week workshop offers twice-weekly master classes on pitching, premise development, film finance, line producing, demystifying the writers’ room, agent and manager representation, distribution, deal making and the world of virtual and augmented reality, headlined by some of the top producers and executives in the industry. 

The PGA-member led selection committee reviewed hundreds of applications to identify stellar projects to support and help prepare for the marketplace. In addition to twice-weekly master classes, each project will be assigned two PGA member mentors who will provide in-depth feedback, make referrals and become champions for their projects to the industry. “The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is profound and widespread. However, More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
This Sept. 14, 2016 file photo shows host Jimmy Kimmel posing for a photo with a replica of an Emmy statue at the Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day in Los Angeles. Kimmel will return as host and will serve as executive producer for the 72nd Emmy Awards. The show will be broadcast, Sunday, Sept. 20, on ABC. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Jimmy Kimmel will host the first major Hollywood awards ceremony of the coronavirus pandemic — but just how the Emmys will be held remains cloudy.

Kimmel, who is also producing the Sept. 20 ceremony on ABC honoring TV's best, acknowledged that in Tuesday's announcement. 

"I don't know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it," the ABC late-night host said in a statement.

The network said details on the show's production will be announced soon. Choosing Kimmel to emcee the ceremony reverses course from last year's no-host Emmys.

The entertainment industry is just beginning to restart production following a months-long shutdown aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19. Orchestrating an awards ceremony during the ongoing pandemic with its crowd of presenters, nominees and guests is a daunting prospect, whether done virtually or otherwise.

While More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in a scene from "Wonder Woman 1984." Warner Bros. will hold a 24-hour virtual event in August featuring the biggest heroes in the DC Comics universe. The studio announced Tuesday that DC FanDome will be held on the event’s website on August 22 starting at 10 a.m. Pacific. Virtual panels will feature cast and creators from DC films including “The Batman,” “Black Adam” and “Wonder Woman 1984. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros Pictures via AP)

Comic-Con may be canceled this year, but Warner Bros. will convene a 24-hour virtual gathering of the biggest names in the DC Comics universe.

The studio announced Tuesday that DC FanDome  will be held on August 22 starting at 10 a.m. PDT. The event will feature talent announcements and reveal new content from WB games, comics, film and television. 

The announcement comes a couple months after Comic-Con, which attracts tens of thousands of comics fans to San Diego, was canceled due to the coronavirus-related restrictions around large gatherings. 

Virtual panels will feature cast and creators from DC films including "The Batman," "Black Adam" and "Wonder Woman 1984." The panels will also highlight casts from television shows such as "The Flash," "Stargirl" and "Black Lightning."

"Wonder Woman 1984" was expected to be one of the summer's biggest releases, but its arrival in theaters has been delayed until October.


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