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  • Monday, Jul. 1, 2019
David Fischer
NEW YORK -- 

David Fischer, chief revenue officer of Facebook, has been named chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors. He succeeds Linda Boff, chief marketing officer of GE, and will serve in the role for one year. 

The Ad Council Board consists of accomplished senior executives from media and technology companies, advertisers, and agencies (advertising, public relations, digital and social). As chair, Fischer will work in collaboration with the executive committee, the governing body of the Ad Council’s Board, and Ad Council leadership to further the organization’s mission to use the power of communications to address more than 30 critical social issues. He will also manage and advise on business affairs and chair the Ad Council’s 2019 Annual Public Service Award Dinner, the organization’s largest annual fundraising event that will be held on December 5, 2019 at the New York Hilton.

“David’s commitment to purpose driven marketing has been More

  • Saturday, Jun. 29, 2019
In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo the Locast website is displayed on a computer screen in New York. AT&T, the owner of DirecTV and other television services, is backing Locast, a free streaming service, as a hedge against losing broadcast channels in disputes over fees. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

AT&T, the owner of DirecTV, is backing a free streaming service as a hedge against losing broadcast channels in disputes over fees.

TV subscribers are increasingly finding the channels they pay for blacked out because channel owners and the cable or satellite companies such as DirecTV can't agree on fees. Such fights can drag on for months and block viewers from the Oscars, the Super Bowl and other events.

AT&T said Thursday that it donated $500,000 to Locast, a non-profit organization that streams broadcast channels for free. It's also offering access to Locast through DirecTV and its U-verse cable service.

This option could undercut threats by the station owners to pull channels during disputes. Customers missing channels like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox could also use a digital antenna. Neither Locast nor an antenna would help if the blacked-out channel is a cable network like Comedy Central or ESPN.

The donation is a More

  • Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019
This Jan. 21, 2018 file photo shows actor-director Idris Elba at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Elba confirmed in a Vanity Fair cover article that he will not be the next James Bond. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Even though Idris Elba isn't trying to become the next James Bond, he's disheartened that some people don't think he should be considered for the spy role because he's black.

The British actor says in the August issue of Vanity Fair that it's frustrating that there are people who say "'It can't be.' And it really turns out to be the color of my skin."

Some have speculated that the "Luther" star would make the perfect Bond. Elba says although Bond is a coveted, beloved character that he would be fascinated to play, he doesn't need to put himself in the position of questioning whether a stint as Bond did or didn't work "because of the color of my skin."

Elba stars in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" due in theaters in August.

  • Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019
This image released by Netflix shows Rita Moreno in a scene from "One Day At A Time." The series, a remake of the 1970's-80's Norman Lear TV series, centers on a Cuban-American family. The series, which was canceled by Netflix, will continue with a new 13-episode fourth season premiering on Pop TV in 2020. (Michael Yarish/Netflix via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

There are more days ahead for "One Day at a Time."

The CBS Corp.-owned cable channel Pop TV says Thursday it's greenlighted a new season of the reboot canceled by Netflix.

In a statement, Pop TV President Brad Schwartz called the series both "culturally significant" and funny.

The original 1975-84 sitcom about a single white mom was reimagined with a Latino family at its center, a TV rarity.

Justina Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban American parent and military veteran, with Rita Moreno playing her mother, Lydia.

"One Day at a Time" was dropped by Netflix earlier this year after three seasons, prompting an outcry from fans. The streaming service said not enough people watched the show to justify renewing it.

Famed producer Norman Lear, who co-created the original series and is executive producer on the remake, said he was "heartbroken" when it was canceled.

"Today, I'm overwhelmed with joy to More

  • Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019
Linas Jodwalis
CHICAGO -- 

Design-driven production studio Almost Gold has unveiled a major expansion of both environment and talent. In addition to production, animation, and motion graphics capabilities, Almost Gold now offers editorial, color, finish, VO recording, and audio mix in its newly completed East Wing. The expansion comes as Almost Gold marks its five-year anniversary as a content-producing creative partner for agencies, brands and artists.

The East Wing features two bays outfitted with the latest technology to tackle full 4K throughout, as well as a VO recording booth and central conference room

Inspired by the concept of artists-in-residency, Almost Gold taps curated, premiere freelance talent for projects. “As we earned our clients’ trust in production and design, they’ve looked to us as a creative resource in expanded ways," related creative director Linas Jodwalis, who founded and designed the studio. "The strategic decision to embrace a non- More

  • Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019
Martin Cohen
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) will honor veteran postproduction executive and producer Martin Cohen with its prestigious Fellowship and Service Award, recognizing an individual who embodies the values set forth by the Guild: professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement.  Cohen will receive the award at a gala in his honor on October 5 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.

One of the most beloved and respected members of the post community, Cohen served as head of postproduction for Amblin Entertainment beginning in 1987 and then for DreamWorks from 1994 to 2005, before moving to Paramount Pictures where he oversaw all aspects of feature postproduction including editorial, sound design, digital intermediates and piracy protection for all the studio’s releases through 2010.  Cohen’s expertise and interest are not limited to editing or postproduction.  He has also served More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is evaluating how it should handle "deepfake" videos created with artificial intelligence and high-tech tools to yield false but realistic clips.

In an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said it might make sense to treat such videos differently from other misinformation such as false news. Facebook has long held that it should not decide what is and isn't true, leaving such calls instead to outside fact-checkers.

But Zuckerberg says it's worth asking whether deepfakes are a "completely different category" from regular false statements. He says developing a policy on these videos is "really important" as AI technology grows more sophisticated.

Facebook, like other social media companies, does not have a specific policy against deepfakes, whose potential threat has emerged only in the last couple of years. Company executives have said in the past More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Market (AFM®) has announced the addition of programming and dedicated exhibition space to spotlight immersive content and technology for the 2019 market.  AFM will celebrate its 40th edition November 6-13 in Santa Monica.

For the AFM’s expansion into Extended Reality (XR), the Immersive Summit presented by entertainment/educational conferences producer Winston Baker will take place on November 9 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. The half-day Summit will be a collaborative and educational event for creatives, buyers, sellers and innovators of the XR industry. The program will include keynotes and panel discussions featuring creators, international industry experts and decision makers, to address the stages of bringing immersive content, such as virtual and augmented reality, to market.

Further supporting the burgeoning XR industry, a new XR Space will run alongside the AFM’s marketplace and LocationEXPO. Located in the Loews More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
In this April 14, 2009, file photo cast members, from left, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, and Steve Carell are seen after cutting a cake celebrating the 100th episode of the television show "The Office" in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Netflix's announcement that NBC's hit show "The Office" will be pulled from its lineup after 2020 and head to NBCUniversal's upcoming service is the latest example of jockeying between streaming services that is set to heat up as they bulk up their TV and movie offerings to attract users.

In a tweet Tuesday, Netflix said it was "sad" that NBC was taking back the show but added it will still be on Netflix for the next year and a half.

As people abandon traditional pay TV providers like cable, services like Netflix and Hulu have benefited by offering viewers TV shows from traditional networks. But content makers like NBC Universal, Disney and Warner Media are entering the game and will likely take back much of their own shows and movies.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Sheryl Crow on NBC's "Today" show in New York on April 19, 2017. (AP Photo)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Singer Sheryl Crow says the original tapes of albums such as "Tuesday Night Music Club" and the track "All I Wanna Do" perished in a 2008 fire at Universal Music Group.

Crow told the BBC Wednesday that her master tapes and back-ups were destroyed in the blaze and that she only discovered the loss after a New York Times report revealed the extent of the damage.

Crow says the fire "feels a little apocalyptic" and that she didn't "understand the cover-up."

A group of artists, including Soundgarden and estates representing Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty, have sued. The artists allege that Universal failed to protect music ruined in the fire and inform them of the extent of its impact.

Universal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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