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  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
In this image taken from video Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in response to a whistleblower's claims — supported by the company's own internal research — that the social network’s products harm children and fuel polarization. Bickert said that Facebook does not prioritized engagement over safety. She said the reason Facebook researches teen well-being on Instagram is so that it can build better products and features to support them. (AP Photo)

A Facebook executive is pushing back on a whistleblower's claims — supported by the company's own internal research — that the social network's products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S.

Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, told The Associated Press Wednesday that "we do not and we have not prioritized engagement over safety." Bickert said the reason Facebook researches teen well-being on Instagram is so that the company can build better products and features to support them. 

Whistleblower Frances Haugen, however, testified before the Senate Tuesday that Facebook knows that vulnerable people are harmed by its systems and has not made meaningful changes to prevent it. The platform is designed to exploit negative emotions to keep people on the platform, she said.

"They are aware of the side effects of the choices they have made around amplification," Haugen said. "They know that algorithmic-based More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
Patricia Fay
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Patricia Fay, who spent many years traveling the country by trains, planes snowmobiles and whatever it took as a location manager until her retirement in 2000, will receive the esteemed Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 8th Annual LMGI Awards to be held on Saturday, October 23 at 2pm PDT in a virtual ceremony. The LMGI Trailblazer Award recognizes an individual whose efforts and innovations elevate the status of location professionals.
 
John Rakich, LMGI president and Awards Committee chair, said, “During her years of location scouting, Patricia was a true trailblazer, a treasured member of our location community and is well-deserving of this honor.”
 
Fay worked for many Hollywood studios including Universal, Warner Bros., Columbia and Amblin on some 31 movies. She started her career as spokeswoman for the Bank of Alaska, but much preferred being part of the crew and not in front of the More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
Matt Motal (l) and Pravina Sippy
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Mr. Wolf, a visual effects and finishing studio with facilities in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver and Atlanta, is launching a division focused on commercials and other advertising media. The new venture will feature a brand new office in Los Angeles and be led by veteran creative director/VFX lead Matt Motal and executive producer Pravina Sippy. 

Motal and Sippy were formerly with Harbor Picture Company in Santa Monica and each brings more than a decade of experience in visual effects for advertising. Motal previously served as sr. Flame artist at ArsenalFX, Santa Monica. His background also includes posts as Flame artist at Mirada Studios and Motion Theory. His credits include work for Toyota, Dr Pepper, Target, Samsung and the NFL. Sippy previously spent 11 years at ArsenalFX where she was sr. producer for visual effects and color.

Mr. Wolf executive producer and co-founder Mike Pryor said that an uptick in advertising production and More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
Will Packer speaks at the "Rob Riggle: Global Investigator" panel during the Discovery Network TCA Winter Press Tour on Jan. 16, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. Packer will produce next year's Oscars. It's the first time Packer has been selected for the gig and the third time in as many years that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC have enlisted new teams to produce the show. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

"Girls Trip" producer Will Packer will produce next year's Oscars, the film academy said Tuesday.

It's the first time Packer has been selected for the gig and the third time in as many years that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and broadcaster ABC have enlisted new teams to produce the show.

"What an honor!" Packer said in a statement. "The power, the beauty, the romance of the imagery in movies has always attracted me. I'm fully embracing the challenge of bringing an ode to one of the most iconic mediums in the world to life."

As the founder and CEO of the film production company Will Packer Productions and Will Packer Media, Packer has produced or executive produced films like "Night School" and "Straight Outta Compton" as well as the television reboot of "Roots." Packer's chief of staff Shayla Cowan is producing the Oscars alongside him.

The Oscars have in recent years experienced declining ratings. Its More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) is congratulated by fans after defeating the New England Patriots 19-17 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Tom Brady wins in the television ratings, too.

NBC relentlessly promoted the Tampa Bay quarterback's return to New England, and the Bucs-Patriots game reached the biggest "Sunday Night Football" audience in years, the Nielsen company said.

The 26.7 million people who tuned in represented NBC's biggest television audience for the game since 2015. Add in people who streamed it, and the game reached 28 million, the biggest "Sunday Night Football" crowd since 2012, Nielsen said.

Despite that competition, CBS' "60 Minutes" reached 10.3 million people, its largest audience since last January. Viewership was about 12 million for the first part of the show, before the competing football game started and during the story about Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen.

NBC won the second week of the television season handily, averaging 7.5 million viewers. CBS averaged 5.3 million, ABC had 3,7 million, Fox had 2.1 million, Univision had 1 More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
Clay Epstein
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) has announced the results of its annual elections to select the chairperson and board of directors for the organization for the 2021-2023 term. 
 
Clay Epstein, president of Film Mode Entertainment, has been elected IFTA chairperson.  The following seven individuals have been elected to serve on IFTA’s 15-person board of directors: J.D. Beaufils (VMI Worldwide), Jason Buckley (Lakeshore Entertainment), David Fannon (Screen Media), Lisa Gutberlet (Blue Fox Entertainment), Nat McCormick (The Exchange) Michael Ryan (GFM), and Rob Williams (Participant Media).
 
These newly-elected executives join those currently serving the second year of their two-year term as IFTA board members: Scott Bedno (Myriad Pictures), Jody Cipriano (MarVista Entertainment), Patrick Ewald (Epic Pictures Group), Will Machin (Metro International Entertainment), Wendy Reeds (Lionsgate), Lise Romanoff (Vision More

  • Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
Greenpeace's Beluga II carries a banner reading "Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising" as it blocks part of the port at a Shell refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. A coalition of environmental groups launched a campaign calling for a Europe-wide ban on fossil fuel advertising ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, which start in Glasgow on Oct. 31st, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- 

A coalition of more than 20 environmental and climate groups launched a campaign Monday calling for a ban on fossil fuel advertising and sponsorship across the European Union, similar to bans on tobacco advertising.

More than 80 Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to Shell's oil refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam to draw attention to the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative calling for the advertising ban.

The action comes less than a month before the start of the United Nations climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow. The 12-day summit aims to secure more ambitious commitments to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with a goal of keeping it to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

Activists used floating cubes emblazoned with fossil fuel-linked advertisements to block the entrance, along with the protest ship Beluga II, with the words "Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising" strung between its More

  • Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
This Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 image shows part of the OZY.com website. On Monday, Carlos Watson, the CEO of Ozy Media, said it had been “premature” to shut down and that he wants to keep operating, despite a scandal-ridden week that exposed Ozy as a media company without much of an audience. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The CEO of Ozy Media on Monday said it had been "premature" to shut down the company and that he wants to keep operating, despite a scandal-ridden week that exposed Ozy as an outlet without much of an audience.

Carlos Watson, a former former cable-news commentator and host who founded Ozy in 2013, told CNBC that he met with advertisers and investors over the weekend and that he wants Ozy to continue. 

In an emailed statement Monday, the company characterized the troubles of the past week as "a bump in the road" that it is "committed to getting past," saying "we are excited to reopen and expect to start resuming operations over the next few days." Ozy is trying to get employees to come back and said newsletters would resume this week and video production at the end of the month.

Ozy's board of directors said Friday that the company was ceasing operations. The shutdown came less than a week after a New York Times column raised More

  • Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021
In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, Marc Lasry, co-owner of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks attends a press conference ahead of NBA basketball game between Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks in Paris. Lasry, the hedge-fund billionaire and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner who was named chairman of embattled media organization Ozy earlier this month, has resigned from its board. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Ozy is shutting down less than a week after a New York Times column raised questions about the media organization's claims of millions of viewers and readers, while also pointing out a potential case of securities fraud.

The story triggered canceled shows, an internal investigation, investor concern and high-level departures at the company. 

An emailed statement Friday from Ozy Media's board called it a company with many "world-class journalists and experienced professionals to whom we owe tremendous gratitude." It said it was "with the heaviest of hearts that we must announce today that we are closing Ozy's doors." 

The board's statement did not give the reason for shutting down the company based in Mountain View, California. Ozy did not respond to questions about why it was shutting down now or how many employees it had.

Ozy's CEO, former cable-news commentator and host Carlos Watson, started Ozy in 2013. It published More

  • Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 8, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. Johansson and the Walt Disney Co. announced Sept. 30, 2021, that they had settled a lawsuit the actor filed in July over the streaming release of "Black Widow," which she said breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings. Terms were not disclosed, but the two sides released a joint statement in which they pledged to continue working together. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Scarlett Johansson and the Walt Disney Co. on Thursday settled her lawsuit over the streaming release of "Black Widow," bringing a swift end to what had begun as the first major fight between a studio and star over recent changes in rollout plans for films. 

Johansson filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court two months ago, saying the streaming release of the Marvel movie breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the two sides released a joint statement in which they pledged to continue working together. 

"I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney," said Johansson, who has played Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, in nine movies going back to 2010's "Iron Man 2." "I'm incredibly proud of the work we've done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration."

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