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  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
Alan Alda to receive SAG Life Achievement Award in 2019
In this Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, Alan Alda attends the East Hampton Library's 13th Annual Authors Night Benefit in East Hampton, N.Y. Alda will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 27. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Alan Alda will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.

The actors union announced Thursday that Alda will accept its highest honor on January 27. The award to given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession."

Alda's long list of credits include 11 seasons as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on "M.A.S.H.," TV turns on "The West Wing" and "Ray Donovan," and roles in films such as "Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "The Aviator."

He has earned an Oscar nomination, six Emmys, six Golden Globes and three Tony Award nominations. He also founded the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Previous Life Achievement Award recipients include Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier and George Burns.

  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
American Film Market to feature 150+ speakers in 40+ sessions
Jean Prewitt, president/CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance®
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Market (AFM®) has announced initial speakers confirmed for its expanded programming of Conferences, Roundtables, Workshops, and Spotlight Events which run alongside the AFM’s marketplace and industry screenings.  This year’s market is taking place October 31–November 7 in Santa Monica.

More than 150 speakers will take the AFM stages to participate in 40+ sessions across three venues.  An initial list of highlights includes:

  • Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Cassian Elwes, Basil Iwanyk, Khaliah Neal, Ben Stillman, Gary Michael Walters, and Janet Yang.
  • Industry Executives: Lisa Gutberlet, EVP, International Sales & Acquisitions, Blue Fox Entertainment; Alison Thompson, Co-President, Cornerstone Films; Janet Brown, EVP, Distribution, Gunpowder & Sky; Jeffrey Greenstein, Co-President, Millennium Media; Krista Wegener, SVP, Sales and Distribution, Participant Media; John Orlando, Head of Content, Sony Crackle; Ryan Suffern, Head of Documentary Division, The Kennedy/Marshall Company; Paul Broucek, President, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director, Women In Film, Los Angeles.

As previously announced, Jean Prewitt, president/CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, and Charles Rivkin, chairman/CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America®, will kick off the Conference series with The Global Perspective, on Friday, November 2.

The 2018 speakers announced to date are:

  • Alan R. Milligan, White Rabbit
  • Marguerite Pigott, CMPA (Canadian Media Producers Association)
  • Alison Thompson, Cornerstone Films
  • Andrea Iervolino, AMBI Media Group and TaTaTu
  • Anthony Beaudoin, Union Bank
  • Barry Landis, Ribbow Media Group
  • Basil Iwanyk, Thunder Road Pictures
  • Ben Stillman, Black Bear Pictures
  • Billy Mernit, UCLA and Universal Pictures
  • Bradley M. Gallo, Amasia Entertainment
  • Bruce Eisen, Digital Advisors
  • Caryn Capotosto, Tremolo Productions
  • Cassian Elwes, Producer (Mudbound)
  • Chris Bueno, Ocean Avenue Entertainment
  • Clay Epstein, Film Mode Entertainment
  • Cody Zwieg, Gunpowder & Sky
  • Cynthia Tollett, Directors Guild of America
  • Dana Nachman, KTF Films
  • Darrien Michele Gipson, SAGindie
  • Dave McIntosh, Shout! Factory
  • David Kennedy, Saboteur Media
  • David Offenberg, Loyola Marymount
  • David White, SHIFT72
  • Dennis Dreith, Transparence Entertainment Group
  • Derek Doneen, Filmmaker, Kailash
  • Florian Glatz, Cinemarket
  • Gary Michael Walters, Bold Films
  • Germaine Franco, Composer and Music Producer
  • Irina Albita, Big Couch UK and FilmChain
  • Janet Brown, Gunpowder & Sky
  • Janet Yang, Producer
  • Jeffrey Greenstein, Millennium Media
  • John Orlando, Sony Crackle
  • John Sloss, Sloss Eckhouse LawCo and Cinetic Media
  • Jonathan Barkan, DreadCentral.com
  • JP Sarni, Stampede Ventures
  • Juliana Da Cunha Jacobsen, BF Distribution
  • Karl Hur, Mofac Creative Works
  • Kay S. Wolf, Writers Guild of America West
  • Khaliah Neal, Independent Producer, The Rachel Divide
  • Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund
  • Kirsten Schaffer, Women In Film, Los Angeles
  • Ko Eun Jung, Digitalidea VFX
  • Krista Wegener, Participant Media
  • Lisa Gutberlet, Blue Fox Entertainment
  • Lucy Mukerjee, Outfest & Newfest
  • Mathew Joubert, SHIFT72
  • Matt Holzman, KCRW’s “The Document”
  • Michael Berman, iN Demand
  • Min Sun Hye, WYSIWYG Studios
  • Dr. Nelson Granados, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and Forbes Contributor
  • Paul Bales, The Asylum
  • Paul Broucek, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Paul Hertzberg, CineTel Films, Inc.
  • Peter Baxter, Slamdance Film Festival and Producer
  • Peter Broderick, Paradigm Consulting
  • Pilar Alessandra, On the Page
  • Raymond C. Nutt, Fathom Events
  • Richard Botto, Stage 32
  • Robert Binning, StreamSpace
  • Robert Menzies, Zed Filmworks
  • Ruzanna Kegeyan, Arclight Films
  • Ryan Broussard, Media Services
  • Ryan Suffern, The Kennedy/Marshall Company
  • Ryan Turek, Blumhouse Productions
  • Sam Klebanov, Cinezen Blockchained Entertainment AB
  • Shaked Berenson, Producer
  • Shawn Williamson, Brightlight Pictures
  • Stephen Hwang, Studio Macrograph
  • Steven Wolfson, UCLA
  • Sunwoo Nam, W2 Studios
  • Tamara Birkemoe, Foresight Unlimited
  • Tobin Ambrust, Virgin Produced
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
Child experts file FTC complaint against Facebook kids' app
In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, Facebook's Messenger Kids app is displayed on an iPhone in New York.The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to investigate Facebook’s Messenger Kids for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Children's and public health advocacy groups say Facebook's kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids' personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate Facebook's Messenger Kids for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.

The complaint says the app does not meet COPPA requirements because it doesn't try to ensure that the person who sets up the kids' account and gives consent to have their data collected is the actual parent. In fact, the groups say, someone could set up a brand new, fictional account and immediately approve a kid's account without proving their age or identity.

Facebook said Wednesday it hasn't yet reviewed the complaint letter. The company has said it doesn't show ads on Messenger Kids or collect data for marketing purposes, though it does collect some data it says is necessary to run the service.

But the advocacy groups say the privacy policy of Messenger Kids is "incomplete and vague" and allows Facebook to disclose data to third parties and other Facebook services "for broad, undefined business purposes."

Facebook launched Messenger Kids last December on iOS and has since expanded to Android and Amazon devices and beyond the U.S. to Mexico, Canada and elsewhere. It is aimed at children under 13 who technically cannot have Facebook accounts (although plenty of them do).

Though the company says it has received a lot of input from parents and children's development experts in creating the app, groups such as the CCFC have been trying to get Messenger Kids shut down since it launched.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards set for Nov. 10; Michael Moore named Lifetime Achievement recipient
Michael Moore
LOS ANGELES -- 

The third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, honoring the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television, will be presented on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Emmy Award-winning television host Bill Nye.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have named Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Moore’s latest, Fahrenheit 11/9, is one of the year’s top grossing documentaries of the year.

Broadcast Film Critics Association president Joey Berlin notes, “2018 has been hailed as ‘The Year of the Documentary’ and we are extremely proud to highlight the outstanding achievements in the Feature Documentary and TV/Streaming fields and give these creative filmmakers the proper recognition they deserve.”

For the first year, The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards has introduced the Catalyst Sponsorship, a program for industry leaders to demonstrate their support. The inaugural sponsors include Focus Features, National Geographic Documentary Films, Netflix, Curiosity Stream, and others.

At last year’s second annual event, Jane took home the evening’s most prestigious award for Best Documentary before going on to win 18 national critics group awards, The National Board of Review award, and multiple guild awards. The Award for Best Sports Documentary went to Icarus. The film received many more accolades and awards following the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. And there was a Critics’ Choice tie last year for Best Director between Evgeny Afineevsky for Cries from Syria and Frederick Wiseman for Ex Libris: The New York Public Library.

The awards are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature multiple categories across both television and film including: 
 

  • Best Documentary 
  • Best Director 
  • Best First Documentary
  • Best Limited Documentary Series
  • Best Ongoing Documentary Series
  • Best Sports Documentary
  • Best Political Documentary
  • Best Music Documentary
  • Best Song in a Documentary
  • Most Innovative Documentary
  • Best Compelling Living Subject in a Documentary
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing

The nominees, selected by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field, will be revealed on Monday, October 15, 2018.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Publicis Groupe sets UK leadership team
Publicis Groupe UK's leadership team consists of (l-r) James Barnes-Austin; Jo Coombs; Annette King; Paula Cunnington; and Anna Campbell.
LONDON -- 

The Publicis Groupe UK leadership team has been set, with COO Jo Coombs, chief growth officer Anna Campbell and head of talent Paula Cunnington coming on board. They join chief financial officer James Barnes-Austin who started in June this year. All will report directly to CEO of Publicis Groupe UK, Annette King.
 
Coombs joins from Ogilvy where she was the UK CEO of OgilvyOne. Coombs has worked with brands including British Airways, American Express, Unilever, Boots, BT, British Gas and the UK Government to establish long-lasting consumer and business-to-business relationships, drive business results and build strong brands. In her new role as COO, Coombs will help drive the country model, working closely with the solution hub and agency leads, fostering even greater collaboration across all talent at Publicis Groupe UK to optimize, and where relevant, reinvent the client offering. She will also be exec sponsor on key pitches for Groupe UK and help integrate specialist offerings with a focus on data, content and dynamic creativity.
 
Campbell will join from OMD Worldwide, where she led marketing and business development, overseeing 65 markets across the EMEA region. There, she re-engineered the function and running of pitches, resulting in successes including the global wins of Disney and Liberty accounts, plus Tourism Ireland and Trip Advisor. In her new remit as chief growth officer, Campbell will work closely with the solution hub and agency leads in the UK on prospecting and business development opportunities, identifying existing client need for additional expertise within the business and leveraging Publicis Groupe’s creative, tech and data capabilities. Campbell will also be focused on further bringing to life the Power of One in the UK to help deliver its unique integrated offer to clients.
 
Cunnington joins from Dentsu Aegis Network where she was UK&I chief people officer. Cunnington brings a range of experience from media, consultancy and financial services having also held roles at Barclays Group, Santander and Accenture. As head of talent for Publicis Groupe UK, she will be responsible for leading a strategic talent plan across Groupe UK, working closely with the solution hub CTOs, and focusing on fostering culture to further build a collaborative, progressive and inclusive environment across Publicis Groupe UK building on work to date to make it a best-in-class example of how to put talent at the heart of an organization to succeed.

The Publicis Groupe UK leadership team appointment aligns with Publicis Groupe’s country model rollout in eight key markets: North America, the United Kingdom, France, DACH (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), Northern and Central Europe, Southern Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East/Africa, and Latin America.
 
Publicis Groupe UK is made up of over 5,500 employees and 32 agency brands that sit within the solutions hubs: Publicis Communications, Publicis Media, Publicis.Sapient and Publicis Health.

  • Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018
"Between Two Waters" wins top film prize at San Sebastian
A scene from "Between Two Waters" (La Termita Films/B-Team Pictures)
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- 

Director Isaki Lacuesta's film "Between Two Waters" has won the top prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the biggest film festival for Spanish-language films.

It was the second Golden Shell award for best film to go to Lacuesta, after the Catalan filmmaker also triumphed at San Sebastian with his 2011 movie "The Double Steps" ("Los pasos dobles").

A social drama set in present-day southern Spain, "Between Two Waters" ("Entre dos aguas") is a sequel to Lacuesta's 2006 film "The Legend of Time" ("La leyenda del tiempo"). It explores the lives of two brothers from a family of Gypsies, also known as Roma.

The Argentine film "Red" ("Rojo") was the festival's other big winner Saturday night, with awards for best director going to Benjamin Naishtat, best actor to Dario Grandinetti and best cinematography to Pedro Sotero.

Norwegian actress Pia Tjelta won the award for best actress for her role in "Blind Spot" by director Tuva Novotny.

  • Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018
Banned Kenyan film "Rafiki" is allowed limited showings
In this April 27, 2018 file photo, Wanuri Kahiu, the director of the film "Rafiki," or "Friend" in Swahili, a love story featuring two women, is interviewed in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- 

The first Kenyan feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival has received overwhelming audience support since a court temporarily lifted a ban imposed by censors over the film's gay content, a lawyer said Friday.

"Rafiki" went from being screened once a day in one theater in Nairobi on Sept. 22 to three daily screenings at theaters in three of Kenya's largest cities as of Friday, said Sofia Leteipan, who represents director Wanuri Kahiu.

The court ruled that the film, a love story featuring two women, could be viewed locally for one week to make it eligible for Oscar contention. The ban will resume after Sunday showings.

Ezekiel Mutua, the head of the Kenya Film Classification Board, has said that only "a small portion" of the country's population has seen it.

"There is no market for homosexual movies in Kenya. Is there value for money in making a homosexual movie that will be watched by 300 out of 44 million people?" Mutua said in an interview on Citizen Television earlier in the week.

It is illegal to have same-gender sex in Kenya. Gays and lesbians in many parts of Africa face severe harassment, physical threats and judicial punishment.

Kenya's National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is currently in court arguing that sections of the penal code violate the constitution and deny basic rights by criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adults.

Leteipan said that although "Rafiki" in the end wasn't nominated for an Oscar, its screening across Kenya is a "huge win for the articulation of freedom of expression."

She said that after the ban resumes, "we'll still be in court pursuing the original petition to have the ban permanently lifted and strike out provisions of Films and Stage Plays Act which restrict freedom of expression and constrain creativity."

After watching the film, gay activist Immah Reid called it a "well-structured conversation starter for sexuality in Kenya ... how gender appears and the violence people who don't conform to gender rules end up going through."

Maureen Nyambura, a university student, said it is progress that "Rafiki" is being seen in a society that often doesn't tolerate different sexualities.

"You don't have to be a woman to fall in love with a man and vice versa. It's time Kenya embraces sexual diversity," she said.

  • Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018
CBS subpoenaed by Manhattan district attorney on Moonves
In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, Les Moonves, chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, poses at the premiere of the new television series "Star Trek: Discovery" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

CBS said Friday that a New York City prosecutor has subpoenaed the company for information related to sexual misconduct allegations that led to the ouster of longtime chief Les Moonves.

The company said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it received subpoenas from the Manhattan District Attorney and New York City's Commission on Human Rights and that it is cooperating.

The state attorney general's office has also requested information, the filing said.

A CBS spokesman declined comment. The district attorney's office also declined comment. The other agencies didn't immediately respond to messages.

Moonves resigned as chairman of CBS on Sept. 9, hours after The New Yorker published a story detailing a second round of ugly accusations against him.

In total, a dozen women have alleged mistreatment, including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted him.

Moonves has denied the allegations, though he said he had consensual relations with some of the women.

Outside lawyers hired by CBS continue to investigate allegations against Moonves and Jeff Fager, the former top executive at "60 Minutes."

Fager was fired after he texted a CBS News reporter to "be careful" when she questioned him about reports that he tolerated an abusive environment at the newsmagazine.

The lawyers' investigation is also looking into "cultural issues at all levels of CBS," the filing said.

In a regulatory filing earlier this month, CBS said it would pay Moonves a $120 million severance if that investigation fails to find any evidence of sexual misconduct.

  • Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018
Rob Marshall to receive Cinematic Imagery Award at 23rd Art Directors Guild Awards
Rob Marshall
LOS ANGELES -- 

Rob Marshall, Oscar nominee, DGA and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, producer, theater director and choreographer whose films have consistently reflected the highest quality of production design, will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE, Local 800) at its 23rd Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The 2019 Awards, themed “Production Design: Landscape of the Imagination,” will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown and will honor the prestigious spectrum of Marshall’s extraordinary award-winning work. The announcement was made today by ADG Council Chairman Mark Worthington ADG and Awards Producers Scott Moses ADG  and Marco Miehe ADG.

Marshall’s films have been honored with a total of 23 Academy Award nominations--winning nine, including Best Picture.  His most recent film Mary Poppins Returns, which he directed and produced, stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Said ADG president Nelson Coates, “We are excited to recognize the amazing talents and creative contributions Rob Marshall has made to narrative design and imaginative storytelling, while so beautifully creating an incredible cinematic legacy as which includes some of the most successful movies of our time.  The breadth of his impact on the visual lexicon spans the worlds of film, television, theater and dance.”

Marshall’s directorial efforts include the Oscar -winning films Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha. For his work on Chicago, winner of six Oscars including Best Picture, Marshall received the Directors Guild Award, Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, the National Board of Review Award and the New York Film Critics Online Award, both for best directorial debut, as well as the American Choreography Award.  His epic film Memoirs of a Geisha was the winner of three Oscars, three BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe.  Marshall’s film version of the musical Nine was nominated for four Oscars, five Golden Globes, 10 Critics Choice awards, and a SAG award for best cast.  His film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, went on to gross over one billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Marshall’s screen adaption of the Sondheim musical Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, was nominated for three Oscars, three Golden Globes (including Best Picture), and was chosen as one of AFI’s best films of the year. 

Marshall executive produced, directed and choreographed the NBC television event Tony Bennett: An American Classic, winning his second Directors Guild Award as well as three Emmy Awards for Direction, Choreography and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.  He directed and choreographed Disney/ABC’s movie musical Annie, which received 12 Emmy nominations and won the prestigious Peabody Award. For his work he received an Emmy and an American Choreography Award.  He is the recipient of the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award, as well as the Distinguished Collaborator Award for the Costume Designers Guild and the Hamilton Award.

In addition to his film and television achievements, Marshall is a six-time Tony Award nominee and George Abbott Award winner. His stage work includes Broadway productions of Cabaret, Little Me, Victor/Victoria, Damn Yankees, She Loves Me, Company, and Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. Previous recipients have been Kathleen Kennedy, Brad Bird, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, the team behind the James Bond franchise and behind the Harry Potter films, Bill Taylor, Syd Dutton, Warren Beatty, Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, Robert S. Wise and Zhang Yimou.

Producers of this year’s ADG Awards (#ADGawards) are Scott Moses ADG and Marco Miehe ADG. Award submissions open online on October 4 and run through November 8, 2018. Online nomination voting will be held December 5, 2018-January 4, 2019 and nominees announced on January 7, 2019. Final online balloting will be held January 8-31, 2019 and winners will be announced at the dinner ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2019.  ADG Awards are open only to productions when made within the U.S. by producer’s signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.

  • Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018
Fox plans to sell stake in Sky to Comcast for $15B
In this Thursday, June 14, 2018, file photo shows the 21st Century Fox logo outside its New York office. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FILE)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

21st Century Fox will sell its remaining stake in British pay TV provider Sky to Comcast in the latest financial wrangling as Disney prepares to acquire Fox's entertainment assets.

Over the weekend, Comcast won a rare bidding auction for 61 percent of Sky offering 17.28 pounds per share, almost 30 billion pounds ($39 billion). Fox will sell its 39 percent stake to for 11.6 billion pounds ($15.25 billion).

Last December a bidding war between Walt Disney Co. and Comcast began over Fox's entertainment assets. Walt Disney Co. prevailed and is in the process acquiring Fox. Comcast dropped out of that contest to focus on its acquisition of Sky.

Disney says the sale will significantly reduce the amount of debt it is taking on by acquiring Fox's entertainment assets.

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