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  • Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2020
Pictured at AICP Base Camp in 2019 are Simian's co-founder and CTO Jay Brooks, co-founder and COO Brian Atton and head of sales Kellie Atton.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- 

Simian, the video sharing and collaboration service used by advertisers, agencies, media companies, production houses, post studios and music providers, has underscored its commitment to the commercial production industry by signing on as a Supporting Partner of AICP, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers.

AICP represents the interests of independent companies that specialize in the production and postproduction of commercials in various media--film, video, digital--for advertisers and agencies. With national offices in New York and Los Angeles and regional chapters across the country, it provides leadership, guidance and education on issues ranging from labor and employment to business affairs and production standards and best practices.

“Our goal at Simian has been to help people work smarter and more efficiently, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than to support the work of AICP,” said Brian Atton, Simian co- More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2020
In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a message on the ticket window at the AMC Burbank 16 movie theaters complex informs potential customers that it is currently closed in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- 

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration has added movie theaters to the list of those venues in California that can reopen--but only under certain conditions and with approval from local health authorities. Reopening could begin as soon as this Friday (6/12).

Theaters looking to reopen will need to limit attendance to 25 percent of theater capacity or 100 customers, whichever amount is lower. This rule may be relaxed after a couple of weeks. Whether theater owners will opt to reopen under these limitations remains to be seen.

Local health departments will have to approve theater openings based on how the communities in question are faring relative to coronavirus infection rates, testing availability and the ability to track COVID-19 cases.

Theaters returning to operation could pave the way for some major releases still scheduled for July, including Tenet (Warner Bros.) and the live-action Mulan (Disney).

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  • Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2020
In this file photo dated Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, CEO of Volkswagen Herbert Diess introduces the new VW ID.3 at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. The German automaker Volkswagen said Monday June 8, 2020, that CEO Herbert Diess is giving up managing the company’s core VW brand in order to concentrate more on the group as a whole. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, FILE)
BERLIN (AP) -- 

Volkswagen's CEO is giving up managing the company's core VW brand in order to concentrate more on the group as a whole, the German automaker said Monday.

Herbert Diess, whose image had been tarnished in the fallout from the company's diesel-emissions scandal, will be replaced as head of the VW brand by Ralf Brandstaetter, who has been serving as the brand's chief operating officer, the company said in a statement.

The change will give Diess, who has been pushing the company ahead with a shift toward zero-emission vehicles and a new, more environmentally friendly image, more time to focus on the overall brand, which includes Audi, Porsche and Skoda, the company said.

"The goal is a stronger focus on the respective tasks from the top of the group and brand in the ongoing transformation phase of the automobile industry," VW said. 

Diess and Board Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch had been charged by German prosecutors with More

  • Monday, Jun. 8, 2020
Patrick Burgoyne
LONDON -- 

Due to dramatically decreased revenue during the pandemic, D&AD has as part of a survival plan significantly reduced its number of staff members and reconfigured its sr. management team.

CEO Patrick Burgoyne has unselfishly volunteered to relinquish his role and step down, according to a D&AD statement which thanked him for years of service, first as a trustee and then, since December 2019, as CEO.

Long-serving COO Dara Lynch will now take the reins of D&AD, supported by the sr. management team--president Kate Stanners, deputy president Ben Terret, and the board of trustees. Tim Lindsay will also continue to play an active role as D&AD chairman.

The changes are designed to enable D&AD to perform on three fronts: First, to continue to run the D&AD Awards to its usual high standard; second, to continue to support the emerging cohort of creative talent as it seeks opportunities in the advertising and design More

  • Sunday, Jun. 7, 2020
In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about "News Tab" at the Paley Center, in New York. Dozens of scientists doing research funded by Zuckerberg say Facebook should not be letting President Donald Trump use the platform to spread "misinformation and incendiary statements.” Sixty professors at leading U.S. research institutions signed a letter Saturday, June 6, 2020, asking Zuckerberg to be less tolerant of harmful language. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
BOSTON (AP) -- 

Dozens of scientists doing research funded by Mark Zuckerberg say Facebook should not be letting President Donald Trump use the social media platform to "spread both misinformation and incendiary statements."

The researchers, including 60 professors at leading U.S. research institutions, wrote the Facebook CEO on Saturday asking Zuckerberg to "consider stricter policies on misinformation and incendiary language that harms people," especially during the current turmoil over racial injustice.

The  letter calls the spread of "deliberate misinformation and divisive language" contrary to the researchers' goals of using technology to prevent and eradicate disease, improve childhood education and reform the criminal justice system. 

Their mission "is antithetical to some of the stances that Facebook has been taking, so we're encouraging them to be more on the side of truth and on the right side of history as we've said in the letter," said More

  • Friday, Jun. 5, 2020
In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, Alexis Ohanian, founder of the social media company Reddit, gives an interview in New York. Ohanian announced on Friday, June 5, 2020, his resignation from the board of the social media site and urged the board to replace him with a black candidate. Ohanian, who is white, implicitly linked his move to protests around the globe over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped pleading for air and became unresponsive. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the board of the social media site and urged the board to replace him with a black candidate.

Ohanian, who is white, implicitly linked his move to protests around the globe over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped pleading for air and became unresponsive.

The entrepreneur, who is married to tennis star Serena Williams, said he made the decision for the sake of his daughter.

"I'm writing this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: "What did you do?," Ohanian said in a blog post. He pledged to use future gains on his Reddit stock to "serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate."

He also said he would give $1 million to Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. Former NFL player Kaepernick More

  • Friday, Jun. 5, 2020
Among this year's Telly-honored work was Hewlett-Packard's "Print the Holidays" directed by Michel Gondry of Partizan for Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco.
NEW YORK -- 

The Telly Awards has unveiled this year’s winners, including Jeff Buckley’s “Sky Blue Skin” music video from Sony Music Entertainment, Partizan’s Hewlett-Packard “Print the Holidays” Christmas commercial (directed by Michel Gondry), and the exciting psychological deepdive “Do We Have Free Will?” from BBC Reels. Under this year’s “Telly Awards Winners Tell Great Stories” theme, standouts encompass directors, editors, animators, producers, technologists, and more across a wide range of industries, company sizes, and regions including Viacom Velocity, Autodesk, HBO Latin America, Adult Swim, Condé Nast, BBC, CNN, Bone+Gold, and Beauregard Media, along with international work from the likes of Culture Trip and Christie’s Auction House (United Kingdom), Taxi (Australia), Al Jazeera (Qatar), and FJ Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors video and television made for all screens and is judged by the Telly Award Judging More

  • Thursday, Jun. 4, 2020
This March 11, 2019 file photo shows Gabrielle Union at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Kickoff in Pasadena, Calif. Union has filed a complaint with the state of California over her firing from “America’s Got Talent." The complaint filed Thursday says NBC and the show's producers subjected Union, who is black, to racism and retaliated against her when she reported it. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Gabrielle Union filed a complaint Thursday with the state of California against NBC and the producers of "America's Got Talent," the latest move in a fight over her allegations that she was fired for objecting to an on-set environment that tolerated racism. 

The complaint filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing says Union was harassed and discriminated against because of her race, and experienced retaliation for reporting these problems. 

The document enumerates previously reported issues that Union, who is black, had with the show's acceptance of racist jokes and remarks from judges, and cites criticism she received about her hair during tapings. 

"Union, a black woman, was singled out due to her physical appearance and discriminated against by NBC due to the fact that her hair did not fit within the white image that NBC apparently sought to convey to the audience of AGT," the complaint states, adding that a More

  • Thursday, Jun. 4, 2020
In this May 4, 2017 file photo, actor Brian Cox poses for photographers at the premiere of the film "Alien Covenant" in London. Cox recently filmed “Little Room,” a “whodunnit” for the Zoom age. The story centers around a psychiatrist who goes missing and her patients connect online to try to track her down. Donations are being accepted to watch the first episode of “Little Room,” available now, with proceeds going to help frontline workers in the U.S. and the U.K. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

"Succession" may be temporarily shut down, but star Brian Cox is still finding projects to keep him busy. Not that he's a fan of being an actor working from home.

Cox recently filmed "Little Room," a "whodunnit" for the Zoom age. The story centers around a psychiatrist who goes missing and her patients connect online to try to track her down. 

The actor said it took him four days to work out how to send his scenes to the filmmakers. 

"My baptism of fire was downloading the takes that I had to then send and it was taking forever," Cox said from his home in upstate New York. "I don't know, it's just a bit of a nightmare."

Work on the third season of the HBO drama sensation "Succession" has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cox won a Golden Globe Award earlier this year for his role as media mogul and patriarch Logan Roy. 

He joked that the accolade has opened more doors for him, with writers Jess Armstrong and More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2020
In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a message on the ticket window at the AMC Burbank 16 movie theaters complex informs potential customers that it is currently closed in Burbank, Calif. AMC says its business is suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic and it may not survive. All of the company’s theaters are shut down through June, and while the theaters are closed the company is generating no revenue. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet.

All of AMC's theaters are shut down through June, which means the company isn't generating any revenue. AMC said it had enough cash to reopen its theaters this summer, as it plans to do. But if it's not allowed to reopen, it will need more money, which it may not be able to borrow. 

The company said that even when local governments allow theaters to reopen, AMC may still have problems if entertainment companies delay releasing new films.

"Due to these factors, substantial doubt exists about our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time," AMC wrote in a regulatory filing.

And people may not want to go sit in crowded spaces because they fear the virus. AMC believes that desire for More

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