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  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
NEW YORK -- 

The Ad Council, the non-profit organization dedicated to using communications to drive social change, elected new members to its board of directors at its fall meeting held virtually yesterday. Hayley Romer, chief revenue officer and publisher of The Atlantic, has been named secretary of the board, succeeding Laura Corb, sr. partner, McKinsey & Company. The Ad Council Board is chaired by David Fischer, chief revenue officer, Facebook. Vice chairs include Linda Yaccarino, chairman, advertising sales and client partnerships, NBCUniversal, Jacki Kelley, CEO, Dentsu International, and Diego Scotti, chief marketing officer at Verizon.

The Ad Council’s board of directors is comprised of a prestigious group of senior marketing and media executives who provide expertise, insights and financial support to ensure the Ad Council’s social good communication campaigns are effective and impactful. Most recently, the Ad Council board of directors led the More

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
NEW YORK -- 

The One Club for Creativity (TOCC) has entered into a merger agreement with the Type Directors Club (TDC), the global typography organization.

The move brings the TDC under TOCC umbrella, providing resources and infrastructure to broaden and grow its programming and placing new emphasis on promoting diversity and inclusion in the global typography community.  

The merger was approved in a vote by boards and membership of both organizations, and is now pending approval by the New York State Attorney General’s office. 

Established in 1946 in New York, TDC celebrates and amplifies the power of typography and serves as a global community united by the shared belief that type drives culture and culture drives type.  The organization halted operations this past July due to organizational and financial challenges, both of which are being addressed with a transformation of operational focus and management.

“TDC is an important More

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Tori Palmatier
LOS ANGELES -- 

Namesake, a production company with deep and established roots in Utah, has expanded its capabilities with the launch of a Los Angeles division. 

Although the non-union company officially opened in 2018, the origins of Namesake came into play over a decade ago when Julian Acosta and Cole Webley met in film school in Salt Lake City. Starting out shooting local projects together, as their respective careers rose over the years they grew to nurture a collective of directors.

“Unlike other models, our owners are rostered elsewhere--Julian at RSA Films, and Cole at Sanctuary,” explained executive producer Tori Palmatier, who is leading the charge on making L.A. the main presence, solidifying the collective’s presence there while helping to build the roster.

Palmatier continued, “The birth of Namesake, and Julian and Cole’s consistent involvement, is based solely on developing and fostering talent for the new production age. They are our More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, John David Washington attends the the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Tribute in Santa Barbara, Calif. More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organizations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Washington was among the entertainers who appeared to discuss the charities that benefit from HFPA grants. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Some of entertainment's biggest names from Nicole Kidman to John David Washington shared encouraging words for aspiring young creators whose organizations were collectively granted millions by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organizations during the "HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation" virtual event on Tuesday. The event, formerly known as the Grants Banquet, celebrated some of the organizations with aspiring artists, filmmakers and storytellers.

"Self-expression is one of the most important ways we can connect and grow as human beings, particularly for young people," said Washington, the star of "Tenet." "It is an instrumental part of how we view ourselves as we learn to navigate the world. For those in communities that have suffered from historic lack of representation, this is even more critical."

Mary J. Blige, Millie Bobby Brown, Billie More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Vice President Mike Pence answers a question during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

It's not difficult to figure out which television networks are benefiting from the presidential election, and which ones should worry about next year.

Collectively, the news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC averaged just under 10 million viewers in primetime last week, or 72 percent more than the same week in 2019, the Nielsen company said.

At a time most networks are grateful not to lose too many viewers year-to-year, Fox News' average of 4.42 million last week was up 63 percent, MSNBC's 2.75 million was up 38 percent and CNN's 2.59 million represented an eye-popping 172 percent increase.

Gravity usually has a way of dealing with what goes up, and there's concern about what will happen to the news networks when the election is over. That's especially the case if the more conventional candidate, Democrat Joe Biden, beats President Donald Trump.

The vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Conchata Ferrell arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 16, 2007, in Los Angeles. Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV’s “Two and a Half Men,” has died. Ferrell was 77. A publicist says the actor died in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, with her family at her side. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV's "Two and a Half Men" after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including "Mystic Pizza" and "Network," has died. She was 77.

Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. 

Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on "Two and a Half Men," playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre. 

The series, which debuted in 2003 on CBS, continued on the network with new star Ashton Kutcher until 2015. Ferrell was on board for the full run.

She was remembered by Cryer for the "joy she brought so many."

"Berta's gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty's warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths," he posted on Twitter More

  • Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
In this Nov. 13, 2019 file photo, a Disney logo forms part of a menu for the Disney Plus movie and entertainment streaming service on a computer screen in Walpole, Mass. Disney said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming. The company said in August that its Disney Plus service has more than 60 million subscribers, and subscribers to its main combination of streaming services — Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu — top 100 million. It still plans to launch another international streaming service called Star. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Disney said Monday that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming. 

The company said in August that its Disney Plus service has more than 60 million subscribers, and subscribers to its main combination of streaming services — Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu — top 100 million. It still plans to launch another international streaming service called Star.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit box-office revenue by closing many theaters. Disney has released several major titles on streaming services that would traditionally have appeared at cinemas, like a live-action remake of "Mulan"  and the upcoming Pixar film "Soul" that will hit Disney Plus at Christmas. Americans continue to drop their cable subscriptions, affecting the company's TV networks. 

So the company is creating three content arms, one each for sports, general entertainment and its studios, which have famous brands including Star Wars and Marvel. More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
A scene from "One Night in Miami," directed by Regina King (photo by Patti Perret/courtesy of Amazon Prime)
LOS ANGELES -- 

AFI Fest 2020 (10/15-22) has added a Centerpiece Drive-in screening of director Regina King’s One Night in Miami to this year’s lineup. The Amazon Original film will be presented at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, October 19.  The feature takes place over one night with icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown examining the civil rights movement.  Written by Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers, based off his 2013 stage play, One Night in Miami is produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder and Jody Klein, and King and Powers are executive producers. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.

“Regina King’s directorial debut is a knock-out,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Festivals.  “And AFI is proud to celebrate her boundless talents in a setting larger than life.”

About the film
On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter is imposing new rules, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, ahead of the U.S. presidential election, prohibiting people, including candidates, from claiming an election win before it is called by either state election officials or two authoritative, national news outlets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- 

Twitter is imposing tough new rules that restrict candidates from declaring premature victory and tighten its measures against spreading misinformation, calling for political violence and spreading thoughtless commentary in the days leading up to and following the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

The social platform will remove tweets that encourage violence or call for people to interfere with election results. Tweets that falsely claim a candidate has won will be labeled to direct users to the official U.S. election results page on Twitter.

Twitter said Friday it is will also make it more difficult to retweet posts it has labeled to highlight the presence of misleading information — whether about COVID, civic integrity or for including manipulated photos or videos. Beginning next week, people who want to retweet such posts will see a prompt pointing them to credible information about the topic before they are able to retweet it. The step is More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Jamie Foxx arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. The Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming. The film, about a middle school teacher played by Foxx, with dreams of becoming a jazz musician, was originally to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Pixar film "Soul" will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming.

The move, widely expected after the recent exodus of most major upcoming releases, marks one of the final dominos to fall in Hollywood's disastrous autumn. Following the exit of the James Bond film "No Time to Die" from November, the next big movie on the calendar is Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman 1984," currently set for Dec. 25.

The successive delays of the film industry's would-be blockbusters has only made the dire circumstances of movie theaters more acute. Earlier this week, Cinemark said it would again shutter the U.S. and U.K. locations of its Regal cinemas, the country's second-largest theater chain. 

On Thursday, the National Association of Theatre Owners, the trade group of exhibitors, said its #SaveYourCinema campaign has flooded More

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