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  • Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
In this Dec. 4, 2018, file photo, is a view of the recently restored facade of the Saban Building from the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. After 8 years and 13,000 donors including the likes of Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has reached and exceeded its pre-fundraising goal. Academy Museum director and president Bill Kramer said Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, that the new museum has raised $388 million. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

It took eight years and 13,000 donors including the likes of Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, but the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has reached and exceeded its pre-fundraising goal. Academy Museum director and president Bill Kramer said Friday that the new museum has raised $388 million. 

A donation from the LAIKA, the film company behind "Coraline," helped push the campaign over the finish line, adding to the contributions of many Hollywood studios, private individuals and companies. The largest single contribution came from Haim and Cheryl Saban, who gave $50 million.

The fundraising campaign was chaired by Walt Disney Co. executive chairman Bob Iger and co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. Iger said in a statement that reaching the goal means "the way ahead is clear" to move full speed toward opening in April. 

Located in Los Angeles at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, the Academy Museum is More

  • Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Walt Disney Co. reported fiscal fourth-quarter loss on Thursday thanks largely to changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its earnings were dragged by costs from restructuring related to its streaming services and lost revenue from its California theme parks, which remain closed amid surging coronavirus cases in the U.S.

But its results weren't as bad as feared and the company's shares advanced after hours. 

Before the pandemic, Disney's profit soared as its wide array of media and entertainment offerings, from Marvel theatrical releases to Disney cruises, outperformed. But those businesses have been among the hardest hit during a pandemic that shows no sign of going away.

Even before the pandemic, Disney had been increasingly focused on its streaming services such as Disney Plus, which launched a year ago and now boasts 73.7 million subscribers, surpassing analysts' and the company's own expectations. That move has been vastly More

  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
Winning entries for My RØDE Reel 2020 included (l-r) "Amazni Olwandle," "Black.Matters" and "The Starey Bampir"
SYDNEY, Australia -- 

RØDE Microphones has announced the winners of the World’s Largest Short Film Competition, My RØDE Reel, with a $1 million cash prize pool. 

More than triple the number of entries were submitted this year compared to 2019. These came from 114 countries--more than ever before--with the winning filmmakers spanning 12 different nations from every corner of the globe.

“We are absolutely blown away by the response to My RØDE Reel,” said RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “Needless to say, 2020 has been very tough for people working in the film industry. This year, we wanted to give filmmakers a much-needed boost by offering the chance a win a substantial amount of cash. We also wanted to encourage entrants to get creative despite any limitations they may be facing, and this was particularly inspiring this year. The passion and artistry we saw in all of the films was extraordinary, and a testament to the resilience of creativity. A huge thank you to More

  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday, Nov. 12 that the three-time Grammy winner will perform at the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The Weeknd will bring his popular falsetto vocals to the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. 

NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the three-time Grammy Award winner will be the headline performer on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. 

The Weeknd said he's humbled by the opportunity. He posted a photo of himself with the logo of the halftime show on social media to announce the news.

"We all grow up watching the world's biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position," the singer said in a statement. "I'm humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage."

The Weeknd broke though into mainstream with his smash hit "Can't Feel My Face" that was featured on his second studio album, "Beauty Behind the Madness," which topped the Billboard 200 in 2015 and won a Grammy. He's had three other chart-topping albums including his recent offering " More

  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced that several key dates for the upcoming 32nd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards Show have shifted from what was announced on September 30, 2020. The date of the Producers Guild Awards has not changed and will take place on Wednesday, March 24th. Additional details about the awards show will be announced soon.

Here’s a summary of the changes and a revised list of all 2021 dates:

  • Announcement of Nominees for Documentary Feature Film -- move from Thurs., Feb. 11 to Tues., Feb. 2. 
  • Close of Nomination Polls for Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Television Series/Specials, Televised/Streamed Motion Pictures -- move from Thurs., March 11 to Sun. March 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Announcement of Nominees for Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Television Series/Specials, Televised/Streamed Motion Pictures-- move from Fri., March 12 More
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
Stacey Sher
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Producers Guild of America has announced A Spotlight on Indie Producers and the Films that Inspired Them, a new quarterly speaking event as part of the Guild’s existing “Producers on Producing” series. A Spotlight on Indie Producers and the Films that Inspired Them will feature conversations between independent producers and the producers who made the films that influenced their careers. The first conversation will premiere on Tuesday, November 17 with prolific producer Stacey Sher, film/TV producer and founder of Shiny Penny Productions and one of the producers of the iconic film Erin Brockovich, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Sher is also a producer on the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect starring Jennifer Hudson and directed by Liesl Tommy, which will be released next summer. Selecting Erin Brockovich and leading the conversation with Sher is indie producer and partner at Killer Films, David More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
NEW YORK -- 

Brand New School (BNS) has entered into a partnership with DIA, a progressive design agency specializing in kinetic identities and typographic systems.

In joining forces on select projects, the companies leverage BNS’ capabilities in design-driven production with DIA’s expertise in and approach to identity design and typography. This alliance allows the businesses to create comprehensive brand campaigns and experiences born from identity systems through generative design, animation, CGI, and live-action. 

Both BNS and DIA are known for amplifying brands through forward-thinking design. The studios’ shared ethos played a role in the success of their recently created kinetic typography and branded 3D campaign for Verizon, which served as both a new visual language for Verizon and the launch campaign for its newly introduced 5G network. This comes on the heels of a TV and OOH campaign for Johnnie Walker, which activated hundreds of screens More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden gestures to supporters Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

CNN and Fox News Channel battled for viewers on the election day that turned into an election week and then some, each earning bragging rights.

CNN edged Fox among total viewers for the week, averaging 5.9 million viewers to Fox's 5.7 million. The latter was dominant on Tuesday as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off at the polls.

Fox averaged 14.1 million viewers Tuesday to CNN's 9.4 million, with MSNBC drawing 7.6 million, according to Nielsen figures. But CNN was tops among those watching Biden's Saturday evening speech after the race was called in his favor, with 13.5 million tuning in.

MSNBC's coverage of the event drew 9 million viewers, while Fox was watched by 3.1 million.

For the week, MSNBC averaged 4.6 million viewers.

Cable channels were the preferred option for those following the election, as the broadcast networks lagged behind individually and cumulatively. Their Tuesday More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020
A shot from SIGGRAPH 2018 (photo by Jim Hagarty; © 2018 ACM SIGGRAPH)

Given continued uncertainty surrounding the future of COVID-19 and worldwide travel precautions, SIGGRAPH 2021 is prioritizing the health and safety of the global computer graphics community and will move forward at this time as a virtual-only event. 

The conference, originally scheduled to take place August 1-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will build upon the lead of the successful SIGGRAPH 2020 virtual event.

Updated dates for the conference next summer are forthcoming.

  • Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead of the company's Nasdaq IPO in New York. Federal regulators are requiring Zoom to strengthen its security in a proposed settlement of allegations that the video conferencing service misled users about its level of security for meetings. The settlement was announced Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, by the Federal Trade Commission. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

Federal regulators are requiring Zoom to strengthen its security in a proposed settlement of allegations that the video conferencing service misled users about its level of security for meetings. 

The settlement, approved by the Federal Trade Commission in a 3-2 vote, was announced Monday. A complaint filed by the agency accused Zoom of deceiving users over security since at least 2016. It said the company held on to cryptographic keys that allowed it to access content from its customers' meetings, and secured meetings with a lower level of privacy encryption than it promised customers.

Zoom has become a staple during the coronavirus pandemic because it allows people to meet online rather than in person. The company claims some 300 million users, boosted by the tens of millions of workers around the world who were suddenly ordered to work from home in the spring as the virus outbreak shut down wide swaths of the economy. 

The FTC More

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