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  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020
Patti Clarke
NEW YORK -- 

As part of its commitment to building a more diverse business and stronger culture, Havas Group has set its inaugural North America Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Advisory Committee. Alongside global chief talent officer Patti Clarke, the nine-member committee comprised of senior leaders from the Media, Creative, and Health networks representing the Black, Asian, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ communities, will oversee NA DE&I strategy and initiatives that will drive impact and change in a cohesive approach across the region, as well as, ensure that the seven commitments in Havas’ NA Commit to Change plan are met.

The inaugural committee members are:

  • Julianna Akuamoah, chief talent officer, Arnold & Havas Media Boston
  • Elena Grasmann, managing director, Havas New York
  • Lina Kim, VP planning and innovation, Havas Canada
  • Cris Morton, group president, Havas Health & You (Havas Health +, Hematology More
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
A scene from "Pieces of a Woman" (courtesy of BRON)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Academy Award ® winning director Martin Scorsese has joined the film team of Pieces of a Woman as an executive producer. It is the first English language film directed by Kornél Mundruczó who has been a Cannes regular with films that include the Cannes Un Certain Regard Prix winner White God. The deeply personal Pieces of a Woman is written by Kata Wéber based on a shared personal experience with Mundruczó. It stars Vanessa Kirby in the lead role along with Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Schlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmy Fails and Ellen Burstyn. It will have its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival in September followed by a Gala Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
 
Scorsese commented, “It’s lucky to see a movie that takes you by surprise. It’s a privilege to help it find the wide audience it deserves. Pieces of a Woman for me was a deep and uniquely More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Elizabeth Debicki, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Some U.S. moviegoers will be able to see Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” a few days early. Warner Bros. on Tuesday said that it would be offering early access screenings starting Aug. 31 as a gesture of support to the domestic theaters that are reopening after five months of being closed because of COVID-19. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

Some U.S. moviegoers will be able to see Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" a few days early. Warner Bros. on Tuesday said that it would be offering early access screenings starting Aug. 31 as a gesture of support to the domestic theaters that are reopening after five months of being closed because of COVID-19. 

The $200 million spy thriller starring John David Washington will open more widely in the U.S. on Sept. 3. 

"Tenet" is the first major new Hollywood movie to be released in theaters since most locations shuttered in mid-March. It's arrival could not come soon enough for the ailing theaters, many of which are opening this week without any significant new movies and instead programming popular back catalog films like "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Back to the Future" to entice audiences. The nation's largest exhibitor, AMC, will open some of its doors Thursday, with Regal following on Friday.

"Warner Bros. is proud to support our More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer arrives at the premiere of "Good Boys" in Los Angeles Aug. 14, 2019. Meyer, a Hollywood power player, is leaving the entertainment company. NBC says he acted in a manner which the company believes is not consistent with its policies or values. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer, a Hollywood power player, is leaving the entertainment company after revealing he received threats of extortion following a settlement with a woman with whom he had an affair.

Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal, said in a statement Tuesday that Meyer "acted in a manner which we believe is not consistent with our company policies or values." NBC declined to elaborate.

Meyer, in a statement provided by Comcast's NBCUniversal, said he "made a settlement, under threat, with a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me." He said he had a "very brief and consensual affair" a long time ago with the woman, whom he did not name.

He said other people, whom he also did not name, tried to extort him after they learned of the settlement. The extortion included threats to "falsely implicate NBCUniversal, which had nothing to do with this matter."

Shell's statement said that Meyer More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
Actor-filmmaker and author Tyler Perry poses for a portrait in New York on Nov. 16, 2017. Perry has won awards from the NAACP and BET. Now he's getting a big one from the Television Academy. He and his foundation are the recipients of the 2020 Governors Award. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Tyler Perry has won awards from the NAACP and BET. Now he's getting a big one from the Television Academy: He and his foundation are the recipients of the 2020 Governors Award.

The prize, picked by the academy board of governors, honors Perry "for his unprecedented achievements in television and his commitment to offering opportunities to marginalized communities." 

Perry has so far created 22 feature films, over 20 stage plays, 13 television shows and two bestselling books. The Atlanta-based producer was one of the first major filmmakers to power back up production in the wake of the coronavirus health crisis.

"Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience," said Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler in a More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
This image released by Disney Channel shows the character Luz Noceda in a scene from the animated series "The Owl House." The series created by Dana Terrace features the bisexual lead character, voiced by actor Sarah-Nicole Robles. (Disney Channel via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The creator of Disney Channel's "The Owl House" is lauding the company for featuring a LGBTQ teenager on the animated series.

"Representation matters!" tweeted Dana Terrace, also an executive producer for the series. "Always fight to make what YOU want to see!"

The 14-year-old character, Luz Noceda, reportedly is the first bisexual character on a Disney TV series. A gay lead character was depicted in the Disney+ streaming service's animated short "Out," which debuted last May. 

"The Owl House," which premiered in January and returned in July after a few months' break, has been renewed for a second season.

"We're excited about the LGBTQ-inclusive storytelling," the media watchdog organization GLAAD said in a tweet, adding that the series portrays an "inclusive, fair, accurate, and age-appropriate world through the representation of its characters."

Terrace, who posted earlier this month that she is bisexual and always More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
This 2013 photo provided by Kim Newton shows photographer Dan Budnik on his 80th birthday in Orvieto, Italy. The acclaimed photographer, noted for his portraits of artists in New York in the 1960s along with the civil rights movement and Native American culture, has died in Arizona at age 87. Budnik died Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Tucson, his nephew Kim Newton said Monday. (Kim Newton via AP)
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- 

Acclaimed photographer Dan Budnik, noted for his portraits of artists in New York in the 1960s along with the civil rights movement and Native American culture, has died. He was 87.

Budnik died last Friday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Tucson, his nephew Kim Newton said Monday.

In 1958, Budnik documented the Youth March for Integrated Schools to the White House and Lincoln Memorial and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. 

Budnik also was known for his striking portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. just moments after his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington. TIME magazine chose one of Budnik's portraits of King for its "I Have a Dream" 50th anniversary issue in 2013.

Budnik also photographed every stage of the Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama in 1965. 

Born in Mineola, Long Island, Budnik followed his sister Vera to Los Angeles but returned to New York after More

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres, winner of the Carol Burnett award, poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Three producers of her daytime show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," have exited amid complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace environment. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Three producers of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" have exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.

Executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have "parted ways" with the long-running daytime series, a spokesperson for producer Warner Bros. said in a statement Monday.

An internal company investigation of claims about the show was prompted by a BuzzFeed News report in July based on 36 interviews with ex-staffers, who complained about or said they witnessed improper and unfair treatment.

Most of the allegations were tied to executive producers and senior managers, including Glavin, Leman and Norman, BuzzFeed News said. The people making the claims against them were not identified.

A representative for Leman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. Representatives for Glavin More

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 2020
Gina Grillo, president and CEO of the ADVERTISING Club of New York
NEW YORK -- 

The ADVERTISING Club of New York has announced 20 new Fellows that have been accepted into the imPART Women’s Fellowship executive training program. The program is in its fifth year, and has accepted five additional Fellows to this year’s roster. The AD Club Fellowship is a year-long executive and leadership training program designed specifically for mid-level rising female stars.

Additionally, to continue the work the foundation has done over the past five years with the Fellowship Program to create a diverse and inclusive workforce, this year’s Fellow class is comprised of 45% African American, 25% Hispanic, 15% Asian, 10% Caucasian and 5% Multi-racial talent. The Fellows also come from diverse, professional backgrounds with a range of work experience, including media agencies, advertising & marketing agencies, higher education programs, public relations firms and financial marketing companies.

“When we conceived the Fellowship More

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 2020
In this July 26, 2017, file photo, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange. McDonald’s former CEO is asking a court to dismiss the company’s lawsuit against him, calling it “meritless and misleading.” Chicago-based McDonald’s sued Easterbrook last week, seeking to reclaim millions of dollars in compensation paid to him. McDonald’s fired Easterbrook without cause last November after he admitted to exchanging videos and text messages in a consensual, non-physical relationship with an employee. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

McDonald's former CEO is asking a court to dismiss the company's lawsuit against him, calling it "meritless and misleading."

Chicago-based McDonald's sued Stephen Easterbrook  last week, seeking to reclaim millions of dollars in compensation paid to him. McDonald's fired Easterbrook without cause last November after he admitted to exchanging videos and text messages in a consensual, non-physical relationship with an employee. A search of Easterbrook's cell phone confirmed that account.

But McDonald's said it conducted a second investigation last month after it received an anonymous tip that Easterbrook had a physical relationship with another employee. McDonald's said it has since found that Easterbrook had sexual relationships with three employees and destroyed evidence. 

The company's board says it would not have agreed to Easterbrook's separation agreement — which allowed him to keep more than $42 million in stock-based benefits More

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