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  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

Grassroots initiative Green The Bid has been launched to support the advertising industry in shifting to zero-waste, carbon neutral, sustainable and regenerative practices. The initiative is a volunteer coalition, led by its founding members and the stakeholders of the commercial community (brands, agencies, production companies, postproduction facilities, vendors and affiliates) who pledge to come together in this important endeavor. 

Each year the global commercial production industry produces thousands of tons of carbon, along with thousands of tons of waste. This happens despite the fact that we already have the technology and ability to make all productions both net carbon neutral and zero-waste (90% diversion from landfill). 

Green The Bid aims to break down industry silos by applying the B-Corp practice of pre-competitive problem solving, harnessing the collective knowledge of More

  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020
This image released by Open Road Films shows Kate Walsh, left, and Liam Neeson in a scene from "Honest Thief." (Open Road Films via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Liam Neeson's thriller "Honest Thief" stole the top spot at the box office in yet another quiet weekend of moviegoing. 

The Open Roads Films movie brought in $3.7 million in North America the weekend of its U.S. debut. The film, starring Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in but was double crossed by two FBI agents, opened in Canada last week.

The film also played well in markets including Miami, Chicago, San Diego and Atlanta, according to the studio.

"Honest Thief" overtook "The War with Grandpa," which claimed No. 1 last week. Despite coming in second, the comedy starring Robert De Niro earned $2.5 million. It has garnered $7.3 million domestically within a 10-day timespan. 

Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" came in third with $1.6 million. The action-thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson has totaled $50.6 million in the U.S.

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  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020
Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory and EVP of the American Film Institute
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Institute (AFI) has partnered with AMC Networks to establish the Black Production Fund which will provide grants for thesis productions by Black Fellows in their second year at the AFI Conservatory. The Black Production Fund, along with the recently announced Thomas P. Pollock Endowed Scholarship for promising diverse AFI Producing Fellows, is part of AFI’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives dedicated to increasing Black voices in storytelling. 

“At this pivotal moment in America’s history, the revolutionary power of visual storytelling to inspire change has never been more critical--and there is no better way to support underrepresented voices than to help fund the films they make to tell their own stories,” said Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory and EVP of the American Film Institute. “This support for our Fellows with their thesis films is transformational. We want to thank AMC Networks for their leadership More

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
In this June 20, 2013 file photo, a journalist makes a video of the Instagram logo using the new video feature at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. British regulators said Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 that Instagram will clamp down on “hidden advertising” by social media influencers. The Competition and Markets Authority said that Instagram's owner Facebook has committed to tightening up policies to restrict influencers who don’t disclose they’re being paid to promote businesses on its platform. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

British regulators said Friday that Instagram will clamp down on "hidden advertising" by social media influencers. 

The Competition and Markets Authority said Instagram's owner Facebook has committed to tightening policies to restrict influencers who don't disclose they're being paid to promote businesses on its platform. 

It's part of an investigation into the influencer industry the watchdog launched two years ago. Regulators are concerned that Instagram wasn't doing enough under consumer protection laws to stop hidden advertising, which is illegal in the U.K. They want to make it harder to mislead people with posts that aren't labeled as ads. 

Influencers are online personalities with thousands of followers who can earn hefty fees from brands for endorsing or reviewing their products or services.

"These changes mean there will be no excuse for businesses to overlook how their brands are being advertised either – making More

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
In this July 2, 2008 photo, actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd appears during a portrait session in Atlanta. (Marcus Yam/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
ATLANTA (AP) -- 

Atlanta police announced Friday that they have made an arrest in the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd.

Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the public, and officers arrested him early Friday morning, Officer Steve Avery said in an email. 

Rhynes will be taken to the Fulton County jail once he's processed, Avery said. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his arrest.

Best known for his roles in Spike Lee films, Byrd was found dead around 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 3 near his home in southwest Atlanta. He had been shot multiple times in the back. A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Byrd acted in films including "Clockers," "Chi-Raq," "Bamboozled," "He Got Game" and "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus." Also a stage actor, Byrd was More

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
The ViacomCBS headquarters is shown in New York's Times Square on Aug. 5, 2020. CBS News is rebuilding MTV's old "Total Request Live" studio as its headquarters for election night. The network is installing giant touchscreens and "augmented reality" displays for the big political night and says the studio provides extra roominess to put on a television show in the COVID-19 era. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Watch out for Britney Spears and the Jonas Bros.: CBS News is building a new high-tech election night set in the Times Square studio where MTV's "Total Request Live" ruled the music world two decades ago.

The set, at the ViacomCBS headquarters on Broadway, highlights modern wizardry like "augmented reality" 3-D images and multiple data screens while offering enough roominess to protect staff members from being infected with COVID-19, the network said on Thursday.

Norah O'Donnell will anchor her first presidential election night, joined on the set by Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O'Keefe.

"We're empowering our top political journalists with the latest data visualization and storytelling tools to bring as much clarity as we can to this election," said CBS News President Susan Zirinsky.

New York and Hollywood studios often have multiple lives, and it can be interesting to trace their histories. In the early More

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Ramin Bahrani, writer/director/producer of "The White Tiger"
LOS ANGELES -- 

AFI Fest 2020 (taking place Oct. 15-22 online) will feature extended clips and in-depth conversations with filmmakers from three of the year’s most anticipated titles. Here’s the lineup:

Hillbilly Elegy: A Conversation with Ron Howard, Amy Adams and Glenn Close
An exclusive conversation with director Ron Howard, Amy Adams and Glenn Close of Hillbilly Elegy presented by Netflix. Based on the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy is a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown.

The White Tiger: A Conversation with Ramin Bahrani, Moderated by Werner Herzog 
An exclusive conversation and sneak preview of The White Tiger, written, directed and produced by Ramin Bahrani presented by Netflix. The White Tiger is the epic journey of a poor Indian More

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Robert Caruso
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Bay Area production company Caruso Company and creative editorial boutique 1606 Studio have formed a joint alliance to provide agencies and brands with one-stop solutions for advertising, branded content and other media projects. The agreement builds on a strong history of collaboration between the two companies that includes projects for OXIGEN Water, University of Arizona Health Sciences and Norton Utilities. All three projects were helmed by Caruso Company director and 1606 partner Doug Walker and edited by Walker and 1606 editors/partners Brian Lagerhausen and Connor McDonald.

These projects represent how this strategic alliance will result in a streamlined workflow, greater efficiencies, and an integrated creative approach. Caruso Company founder and executive producer Robert Caruso said, “Formalizing our relationship, will allow us to work together organically with our good friends at 1606 and tap into the best capabilities of both More

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
In this June 22, 2012 file photo, an Indian model poses with Tanishq jewelry at an event in Kolkata, India. The popular Indian jewelry brand has withdrawn an advertisement featuring a Muslim man and his Hindu wife after a right-wing backlash on social media. The Tanishq company withdrew the advertisement from TV channels and all its social media platforms on Tuesday, Oct.13, 2020 following a backlash from Hindu nationalists, (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)
NEW DELHI (AP) -- 

The advertisement by the popular Indian jewelry brand featured a Muslim man and his Hindu wife preparing for a Hindu-style baby shower. Its tagline read: "A beautiful confluence of two different religions, traditions and cultures."

But just days after the 45-second advertisement aired, the Tanishq brand withdrew it from TV channels and its social media platforms on Tuesday, following a backlash from Hindu nationalists, including members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. They said the ad promoted "love jihad," a conspiracy theory used by radical Hindu groups who accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage.

The withdrawal of the ad drew sharp criticism from many in India who said the company was succumbing to right-wing extremists. It also shed light on the country's growing religious polarization under Modi, whose party and supporters envision the country as a Hindu nation and are accused by More

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