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  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
In this June 14, 2018, file people stand online next to the PlayStation booth at the 24th Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sony is shutting down its pioneering online-cable alternative, PlayStation Vue, citing the high costs of content and the difficulty of network deals. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Sony is shutting down its pioneering online-cable alternative, PlayStation Vue, citing the high cost of content and the difficulty of reaching deals with networks.

It launched Vue in early 2015 as a skinnier, cheaper version of cable or satellite TV delivered via the internet. It was a test case for a TV alternative alongside Dish's Sling TV, and, later, a slew of copycats from DirecTV , Google , Hulu and others.

These services were initially heralded as the future of TV as cable cord-cutting ramped up. They offered popular TV networks for less than you'd pay a cable company. Signing up and canceling were easy, with no need for a cable guy to come to your house.

But customer growth has slowed and even dropped for many of these services as prices rose and they added more channels, coming closer to their traditional TV counterparts. AT&T's version, formerly known as DirecTV Now, today AT&T TV Now, has dropped customers for More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
The-Lab
NEW YORK -- 

Multi-award-winning creative studio The-Artery has opened “THE-LAB,” a hub for creative artists and visual storytellers to not only operate, but also collaborate.
 
Based in NY, THE-LAB is structured to be an environment conducive to innovation, offering a home for complementary talent to work with and alongside each other. “First and foremost, this is a business playground for building companies, products, careers, and, most importantly, relationships,” explained Vico Sharabani, founder and executive creative director of The-Artery. “Our strategy is to design conditions in which bold and exciting ideas can be envisioned and launched organically rather than try to define what they’re supposed to be.”
 
Boasting a spacious physical layout within The-Artery’s own creative studio, THE-LAB hosts high-level talent curated from a diverse range of mediums, carefully taking into consideration the opportunities for collaboration and potential More

  • Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook moniker on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Hundreds of Facebook employees have signed a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives saying they oppose the social network's policy of letting politicians lie in advertisements.

The New York Times reported Monday that more than 250 workers have signed the letter urging Facebook leaders to change the policy that they say is a "threat to what FB stands for." While that's a small fraction of Facebook's workforce of more than 35,000, it's a rare showing of employee dissent generally more typical of Google and Amazon.

Facebook spokeswoman Bertie Thomson says the company appreciates its employees voicing their concerns but the company "remains committed to not censoring political speech."

The employee letter follows widespread criticism of Facebook's ad policy, including from Sen. Elizabeth Warren , a leading Democratic presidential candidate.

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  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

LocationEXPO® returns to the American Film Market, November 9–12, with 50 film commissions, government agencies, production facilities and services from around the globe confirmed to participate.  Located in dedicated exhibition space within the AFM, LocationEXPO has become a showcase for AFM attendees to learn and gather information about locations, production incentives, services, and resources available to their projects and films.

Additionally, organizations from 11 countries will host Umbrella Stands at AFM to support and garner opportunities and exposure for their sales agents, producers, and production facilities.  Confirmed stands include, Taiwan Film Institute (Taiwan), Japan External Trade Organization (Japan), Italian Trade Agency (Italy), Department of International Trade Promotion, Thai Trade Center (Thailand), ROSKINO (Russia), Created in Moscow (Russia), UK Film (United Kingdom), National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) (South More

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
In this June 23, 2014, file photo, Tina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, speaks at the White House Summit on Working Families at a hotel in Washington. Time's Up has called on NBC Universal to release all former employees from non-disclosure agreements that might be preventing them from speaking out about sexual misconduct. Tchen, incoming president and CEO of Time's Up, says NBC Universal didn't go far enough with its statement, first reported by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, that employees should contact the company in order to be released from any "perceived obligation" to remain quiet. She says NBC should simply state that everyone is free to speak without fear of retaliation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Activists called upon NBC Universal on Saturday to allow former employees to speak out freely on sexual harassment in the workplace without restriction, rather than having to come to the company first to be released from non-disclosure agreements.

The company said Saturday that any former employee who believes they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a non-disparagement agreement should contact the company, "and we will release them from that perceived obligation."

The statement, which was emailed to The Associated Press, was first reported Friday night by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, in an emotional segment introducing author Ronan Farrow. The highly influential MSNBC host expressed deep concern that her own company's bosses had thwarted Farrow's reporting on sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein — reporting which he then took to The New Yorker, where he won a Pulitzer Prize.

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  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
This Feb. 24, 2019 file photo shows Netflix chief Ted Sarandos at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sarandos will be honored in early 2020 with an award by the Producers Guild of America. The guild announced Friday, Oct. 25, that Sarandos will receive its top honor, the Milestone Award, at its awards ceremony on Jan. 18. Since 2000, he has led Netflix’s content efforts including its first foray into original programming with “House of Cards” in 2013. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Netflix chief Ted Sarandos will be honored in early 2020 with an award by the Producers Guild of America.

The guild announced Friday that Sarandos will receive its top honor, the Milestone Award, at its awards ceremony on Jan. 18. Since 2000, Sarandos has led Netflix's content efforts including its first foray into original programming with "House of Cards" in 2013.

Netflix is now the leading streaming platform, with several competitors including Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia set to launch new services next months.

Producers Guild Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher praised Sarandos' leadership of Netflix in Friday's announcement, saying the company "has forever left its mark on Hollywood."

Previous Milestone Award winners include Clint Eastwood, Disney executive Bob Iger and Steven Spielberg.

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
In this Sept. 13, 2019 file photo, actress Felicity Huffman leaves federal court in Boston with her brother Moore Huffman Jr., left, after she was sentenced in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison in Dublin, Calif., but was released early Friday morning, Oct. 25, after serving 10 days. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Actress Felicity Huffman was released Friday morning from a federal prison in California two days before the end of a two-week sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal, authorities said.

The "Desperate Housewives" star was released from the low-security prison for women because under prison policy, inmates scheduled for weekend release are let out on Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said.

Her husband, actor William H. Macy, dropped off Huffman — aka inmate No. 77806-112 — at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin in the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 15, with one day of credit already banked for the day she was originally arrested and jailed.

A federal judge in Boston last month sentenced Huffman, 56, to two weeks in prison, a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year's probation after she pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct More

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
Michael Kaplan (photo by Brad Torchia)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Costume designer Michael Kaplan will be honored with the Costume Designer Guild’s Career Achievement Award at the 22nd CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) taking place January 28, 2020 at The Beverly Hilton. The award will be presented to Kaplan by director and producer J.J. Abrams, who worked with Kaplan on iconic blockbuster films including Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, Star Trek Into Darkness, and more. The annual CDGA gala celebrates excellence in film, television, and short form Costume Design.
 
The Career Achievement Award recognizes leaders who have made a lasting impact on costume design. Past recipients include designers Ruth E. Carter, Joanna Johnston, Jeffrey Kurland, Ellen Mirojnick, Julie Weiss, Eduardo Castro, Judianna Makovsky, Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell and Ann Roth.
 
“Michael Kaplan’s prolific career is both diverse and inspiring. His iconic projects such as Blade Runner, Fight More

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo a screen shows the price of Twitter stock at the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter reports financial earns on Thursday, Oct. 24. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Bugs in Twitter's advertising technology dragged on revenue, overshadowing a surprisingly strong quarter of user growth.

The issue caught Wall Street off guard Thursday and shares plunged 19%, among the company's largest single-day losses since going public six years ago.

The San Francisco company said it's addressing those issues, but that they will likely weigh on its advertising business in the near term. It lowered its outlook for the fourth-quarter and for the year.

The problems shifted the attention of industry analysts away positive trends in usage on Twitter, which would typically imply strong revenue growth ahead.

The number of people using Twitter daily in the most recent quarter jumped 17% to 145 million compared with the same period last year, and increased by 6 million from just the previous quarter.

That is 3 million more users than industry analysts had expected, according to a survey by FactSet.

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  • Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
A scene from the World War I documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old," directed by Peter Jackson. (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards will present its Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to the documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old. The award, whose recipient is selected by a distinguished jury of industry luminaries, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow, process or project to support creative storytelling, or in technical innovation. The coveted distinction will be bestowed on November 21, 2019 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) is a documentary film directed and produced by Peter Jackson through WingNut Films. Imperial War Museum (IWM) director general Diane Lees approached Jackson to help shine a light on overlooked footage from the first World War. Alongside his collaborators at WingNut Films and Park Road Post Production, Jackson More

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