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  • Friday, Jul. 10, 2020
A supporter wipes her tears after hearing the results of the voting at the House of Representative for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN at the company headquarters of ABS-CBN in Quezon City, Philippines, Friday, July 10, 2020. Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- 

Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage.

The House of Representatives' Committee on Franchises voted 70-11 to reject a new 25-year license for ABS-CBN Corp. The National Telecommunications Commission had ordered the broadcaster to shut down in May after its old franchise expired. It halted broadcasting then, but the vote takes it off the air permanently.

Only the House of Representatives, which is dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies, can grant such franchises and the chance of any reversal of Friday's vote is extremely low, lawmakers said. 

The network, which used to be viewed by millions of Filipinos on free TV, has been able to continue broadcasting some of its TV and radio news programs over paid cable channels, but with a small fraction of its More

  • Thursday, Jul. 9, 2020
Members of Ventura County Sheriff's Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former "Glee" actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Authorities said Thursday that they believe "Glee" star Naya Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. 

"Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident," a Ventura County Sheriff's Office statement said. 

The boy, who was found asleep and wearing a life vest late Wednesday afternoon, told investigators that he and his mother went swimming and he got back on the boat, but "his mom never made it out of the water," Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said.

Surveillance video taken at about 1 p.m. Wednesday shows Rivera and the boy leaving on the boat at Lake Piru, something she had done before. 

"She had experience boating out here at the lake," Donoghue said. 

The boy was discovered by the vendor who rented the boat to the pair. Rivera's identification and an adult life vest were on the More

  • Thursday, Jul. 9, 2020
In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 photo, Cesar Conde speaks about the Fusion tv network during a tour of the facilities in Miami. Conde, NBC Universal's News Group's chairman has set a bold goal of having a workforce at NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC that is 50 percent minority, and also half women. Conde, who was appointed to his new role in May, says he wants to be a leader in a moment of racial awakening. His workforce is now nearly 27 percent minority, with a roughly equal amount of Blacks, Latinos and Asians. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

NBC News leader Cesar Conde, in one of his first public acts in the job, has committed to building a workforce at the news organizations he supervises where at least half of the employees are minorities.

The staff is currently nearly 27% minority, including 8% each of Black, Latino and Asian workers. Conde set no deadline for achieving his "50 Percent Initiative."

He also wants women to comprise half the employees at NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, and he's already nearly there.

The plan, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, makes Conde a leader in the current movement to diversify the news business. That conversation has spread throughout the industry since George Floyd's killing at the hands of Minneapolis police in May. 

For example, the top editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer resigned after Black reporters objected to a racially insensitive headline. Black reporters at The New York Times said an opinion piece on protests by More

  • Thursday, Jul. 9, 2020
Susan Zwerman, VES
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the release of the much-anticipated 3rd edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects. It covers essential techniques and solutions for all VFX artists, producers, and supervisors, from pre-production through production and postproduction. The book has been cited by leading practitioners as the definitive visual effects textbook and the essential reference for the craft and art of VFX.

Edited by renowned visual effects supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun, VES and VFX producer Susan Zwerman, VES, the update to the award-winning guide includes the latest industry-standard techniques, technologies, and workflows in the fast-paced world of visual effects. The VES tasked the original authors to update their areas of expertise, including AR/VR moviemaking, color management, cameras, VFX editorial, stereoscopic and the digital intermediate, and to provide detailed chapters on interactive games and full animation.

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  • Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2020
In this combination photo, Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers at the premiere of the film "A Wrinkle In Time" in London on March 13, 2018, left, and cover art for a special issue of The New York Times Magazine's "The 1619 Project. Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt The New York Times’ 1619 Project for film and television. Lionsgate said Wednesday that it will work alongside “The 1619 Project” architect Hannah-Jones to develop a multi-media history of the legacy of slavery in America for a worldwide audience. (AP Photo, left, and The New York Times via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt the The New York Times' recent project examining the legacy of slavery for film and television. Lionsgate said Wednesday that it will work alongside "The 1619 Project" architect Hannah-Jones to develop a multi-media history of slavery and its effects in America for a worldwide audience. 

"The 1619 Project" launched in August 2019 in an issue of The New York Times Magazine to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the American continent. The wide-ranging venture examined how the impact of slavery shaped and continues to permeate all aspects of American society. It was also made into a popular podcast. 

"We took very seriously our duty to find TV and film partners that would respect and honor the work and mission of 'The 1619 Project,' that understood our vision and deep moral obligation to doing More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2020
This March 26, 2019 photo shows musician Sara Bareilles posing for a portrait in New York. Bareilles' latest project, "Little Voice" premieres Friday on the streaming service Apple TV+. The show follows a young singer played by Brittany O’Grady as she navigates life and love while attempting to pursue her musical dreams. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Though it shares a title with her major label debut album, Sara Bareilles isn't exactly telling her own story in the new streaming series "Little Voice."

The Grammy Award-winner says the Apple TV+ show incorporates experiences of many striving artists while reflecting the diversity of its New York City setting. 

"There are moments that are more inspired by my life rather than it being any sort of recreation of my journey." Bareilles said. "This is an amalgamation of so many of the struggles that I've seen." 

The show from Bareilles, producer J.J. Abrams and writer-director Jessie Nelson follows a young singer named Bess King (Brittany O'Grady) as she navigates life and love while attempting to pursue her musical dreams. 

It's the first foray into television for both Bareilles and Nelson, who worked together on the Broadway musical "Waitress." Bareilles said both want to keep making "hopeful art."

"I love that Jessie More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2020
Lori J. Hall (l) and Jessica D. Lane Alexander
ATLANTA -- 

Entertainment executives Lori J. Hall (former SVP, marketing, TV One) and Jessica D. Lane Alexander (former head of digital & social content, TV One) have officially launched Pop’N Creative, a multicultural agency focused on digital and social content creation, and experience design.  A marketing collective, Pop’N Creative was born as a result of the founders’ exposure to tone deaf pitches and witnessing brands fail miserably with diverse consumers throughout the years. With a collective 25+ years of experience, Hall and Lane Alexander have set out to help brands authentically connect with highly coveted multicultural audiences.
 
“We’ve seen too many brands offend Black consumers in their marketing, creative and social conversations, and we know they can do better,” said Hall, Pop’N Creative co-founder and head of creative. “As a result, we are dedicated to helping brands avoid the pitfalls of marketing in a multicultural world. In More

  • Monday, Jul. 6, 2020
A 23-year-old man, Tong Ying-kit, arrives at a court in a police van in Hong Kong Monday, July 6, 2020. Tong has become the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under the new national security law, for allegedly driving a motorcycle into a group of policemen while bearing a flag with the "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time" slogan. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
HONG KONG (AP) -- 

Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong as they assess the impact of a new national security law enacted last week.

Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday that they would freeze the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, "pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts."

The policy changes follow the roll out last week of laws that prohibit what Beijing views as secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities, as well as foreign intervention in the city's internal affairs. The legislation criminalizes some pro-democracy slogans like the widely used "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time," which the Hong Kong government has deemed has separatist connotations.

The fear is that the new law erodes the freedoms of More

  • Sunday, Jul. 5, 2020
In this May 28, 2009 file photo, Earl Cameron poses for the media outside Buckingham Palace after being presented his CBE by Prince Charles, in London. Bermudian acting legend Earl Cameron has died, aged 102, it was announced Saturday, July 4, 2020. He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2009 for his accomplishments, which included being the first Black actor to star in a British feature film. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Earl Cameron, who was one of the first Black actors to perform in mainstream British films and played supporting roles to enduring entertainment icons such as James Bond and the title character in "Doctor Who" before appearing in the U.N. thriller "The Interpreter" in his 80s, has died. He was 102.

Cameron died Friday, according to The Royal Gazette, a newspaper in his native Bermuda. The British newspaper The Guardian, quoting the actor's agent, said he died at home in Warwickshire, England.

Cameron stumbled into acting as a way to earn money during World War II and kept at it with repertory theater roles and training from the granddaughter of Ira Aldridge, an American who became a renowned Shakespearean actor in England, according to Cameron's British Film Institute biography. 

His break into movies also broke barriers for British cinema. Cameron was cast in one of the starring roles in "Pool of London," a 1951 crime noir movie More

  • Sunday, Jul. 5, 2020
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, left, and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, bump elbows at the conclusion of a House Committee on Financial Services hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a temporary extension of a subsidy program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus, 

The legislation extends the June 30 deadline for applying for the program to Aug. 8. Lawmakers created the program in March and have modified it twice since, adding money on one occasion and more recently permitting more flexible use of the funding despite some grumbling among GOP conservatives. 

About $130 billion of $660 billion approved for the program remains eligible for businesses to seek direct federal subsidies for payroll and other costs such as rent, though demand for the Paycheck Protection Program has pretty much dried up in recent weeks. 

The Democratic-controlled House voted on Wednesday to approve the extension of the program after the Republican-controlled Senate did the same.

Trump had been expected to sign the measure.

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