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  • Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020
SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- 

In national voting completed on Wednesday (9/2), SAG-AFTRA members ratified the 2020 SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Contracts with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Members approved the new agreements by a vote of 87.68% to 12.32%.

“This is a strong, future-focused agreement with significant gains for our members,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “It applies scale wages to more productions, lowers budget thresholds for half-hour HBSVOD programs and delivers additional money for the use of interstitial programs in new media.”

“The industry is changing, and our contracts are changing with it,” said SAG-AFTRA chief contracts officer Ray Rodriguez. “Building off of our successful TV/Theatrical negotiations, the new animation contracts position members to grow residuals from subscription streaming services — the area of greatest growth.”

The agreements--which went into effect July 1, 2020, and will continue More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
Director Bryan Fogel (l) and Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pose for a portrait to promote the film "The Dissident" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 24, 2020. Briarcliff Entertainment said Wednesday that it has acquired “The Dissident” and will release it theatrically and via on-demand in late 2020 to coincide with the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s death. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Bryan Fogel's Jamal Khashoggi documentary "The Dissident" made one of the biggest splashes at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Reviews were terrific. Hillary Clinton attended the premiere, as did Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. 

But perhaps because of global media companies who feared the wrath of the authoritative Saudi Arabian regime that the film alleges was behind Khashoggi's murder, no distribution deal followed. Nearly eight months later, one has finally materialized. Briarcliff Entertainment said Wednesday that it has acquired "The Dissident" and will release it theatrically and via on-demand in late 2020 to coincide with the second anniversary of Khashoggi's death. 

"My hope is that this film will enshrine his memory as well as ensure that justice is served, and that our society no longer turns a blind eye to the brutal human rights violations committed by the Saudi regime," Fogel said in a statement. "I am thrilled that More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
This image released by Disney Plus shows a scene from "The Mandalorian." An announcement on the Star Wars Twitter account Wednesday said new episodes would be available on Disney+ starting on Oct. 30. (Disney Plus via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Not even a pandemic and television production shutdown can keep Baby Yoda down. A new season of "The Mandalorian" will arrive next month.

An announcement on the Star Wars Twitter account Wednesday said new episodes would be available on Disney+ starting Oct. 30.

Created by Jon Favreau, the first live action "Star Wars" television series became a major hit for the streaming service at its launch. It follows a stoic, duty-bound bounty hunter and his quest to protect a small being who's been christened by fans as Baby Yoda.

The diminutive yet Force-full character, designated The Child by producers, leapt into pop culture and meme stardom after its reveal at the end of the first season's first episode. 

"The Mandalorian's" debut season will vie for a best drama Emmy Award later this month. The status of a second season debut had been unclear with the industry-wide production shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. The show More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Harvey Weinstein departs a Manhattan courthouse during his rape trial in New York. Attorneys for The Weinstein Co. presented a Delaware judge Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, with a revised bankruptcy plan that would provide about $35 million for creditors, including victims of sexual misconduct by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- 

Attorneys for The Weinstein Co. presented a Delaware judge Wednesday with a revised bankruptcy plan that would provide about $35 million for creditors, including victims of sexual misconduct by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The settlement amount is $11.5 million less than under a previous plan, which was scrapped after a federal judge in New York refused to approve a proposed $19 million settlement between Weinstein and some of his accusers. The settlement in the purported class-action lawsuit was a key component of the initial bankruptcy plan.

Attorneys for the company told Judge Mary Walrath the reduction is due primarily to the fact that the plan no longer includes contributions from insurers for the resolution of certain "Miramax era" claims that arose prior to Harvey Weinstein leaving that company and forming the Weinstein Co.

Roughly half of the overall settlement amount, about $17 million, is allocated for a single More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Canada House in London. Six months after detangling their work lives from the British royal family, the couple have signed a multiyear deal with Netflix. According to a statement Wednesday, they plan to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s programming through a new production company. The two recently relocated to Santa Barbara, California, with baby Archie. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a new home: Netflix.

Six months after detangling their work lives from the British royal family, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have signed a multiyear deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children's programming for the streamer, according to a statement Wednesday.

The two, who recently relocated to Santa Barbara, California, plan to focus on stories and issues that elevate diverse voices and other issues close to their hearts. Several projects are already in development, including a nature docu-series and a series focused on women who inspire.

"Our lives, both independent of each other and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection," the pair said in the joint statement. "Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
Carol H. Williams
NEW YORK -- 

Carol H. Williams Advertising, the longest-running independent multi-cultural marketing shop in the country, and AdVenture Media, one of New York’s fastest growing digital agencies, have joined forces with New York Festivals®  Bowery Awards to honor the 2020 competition winners.
 
The Carol H. Williams ‘Together for Better Award’ is a new category that accepts work from each of the Bowery Awards category groups and honors campaigns that promote unity and diversity.  Advertising icon and Hall of Famer Carol H. Williams will judge the “Together For Better” creative entries and select the winner who will receive this prestigious award.

“Along with our collaborators and sponsor, Fiverr and AdVenture Media, we’re incredibly honored to announce that Advertising Hall of Famer and Bowery Executive Jury member, Carol H. Williams will be selecting the winning work from this category,” said Scott Rose, executive director, New York Festivals The More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
Jury president Cate Blanchett poses for photographers at the jury photo call during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- 

Australian actress Cate Blanchett said Wednesday she is baffled that other countries didn't learn from Italy's pain to be better prepared to fight the coronavirus outbreak when it spread.

Blanchett, who is heading the jury at the virus-restricted Venice Film Festival, arrived on the Lido wearing a surgical mask and skipped the typical water taxi photo op that stars have long used. 

Both were evidence of the safety and social distancing norms that have added a certain degree of sobriety to the usually glamorous festival, the first international in-person film showcase after COVID-19 shut down the film industry in March.

At an opening-day press conference, Blanchett was asked whether she feared coming to Italy, the first country in the West to be slammed by COVID-19. Hospitals, cemeteries and morgues were overflowing in nearby Lombardy, which became the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe.

Blanchett said she had many fears, but More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020
This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Facebook threatened to block Australian publishers and individuals from sharing news stories on its platform in reaction to an Australian measure that could require it to compensate media organizations for its use of their stories.

The social network said the Australian move would force it to pay arbitrary and theoretically unlimited sums for information that makes up only a small fraction of its service.

The measure would force Facebook to choose between "either removing news entirely or accepting a system that lets publishers charge us for as much content as they want at a price with no clear limits," the company's managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Will Easton, wrote in a blog post. "No business can operate that way."

Campbell Brown, a former NBC and CNN anchor who is Facebook's vice president of global news partnerships, said the cutoff threat "has nothing to do with our ongoing global commitment to journalism." More

  • Monday, Aug. 31, 2020
This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead of the company's Nasdaq IPO in New York. Zoom’s videoconferencing service is deepening its integral role in life during the coronavirus pandemic as tens of thousands more businesses and other users pay for subscriptions to get more control over their virtual meetings. The surge in paying customers enabled Zoom to hail another quarter of astounding growth in a report released Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) -- 

Zoom's videoconferencing service is deepening its integral role in life during the pandemic as tens of thousands more businesses and other users pay for subscriptions to get more control over their virtual meetings.

The surge in paying customers enabled Zoom to hail another quarter of explosive growth. The company on Monday reported that its revenue for the May-July period more than quadrupled from the same time last year to $663.5 million, boosted by a steadily rising number of users converting from the free to paid version of Zoom's service.

Zoom finished its fiscal second quarter with 370,200 customers with at least 10 employees, a gain of about 105,000 customers from the end of April. Just a year ago, Zoom only had 66,300 customers with at least 10 employees paying for subscriptions.

All that money pouring in helped Zoom earn nearly $186 million, or 66 cents per share, during its latest quarter, up from just $5.5 million at the More

  • Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Elizabeth Debicki, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The first wave of big new movies released since the beginning of the pandemic, including Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" and the long-delayed "X-Men" spinoff "The New Mutants," arrived in theaters over the weekend, testing the waters of a radically different theatrical landscape.

Warner Bros.' "Tenet" — the most hotly anticipated movie of the year and the one that has repeatedly positioned itself to lead the return of multiplex moviegoing — opened with an estimated $53 million overseas in 41 markets, including most of Europe, South Korea and Canada. Forecasts were hard to handicap but that result exceeded the expectations of most. Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, called it "a fantastic start."

"Given the unprecedented circumstances of this global release we know we're running a marathon, not a sprint, and look forward to long playability for this film globally for many weeks to come."

While many of Hollywood's More

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