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  • Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

The International Cinematographers Guild Publicists (ICG, IATSE Local 600) will honor veteran publicist Sheryl Main with the esteemed Henri Bollinger Award at the 57th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon on February 7 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Main is a publicity and marketing strategist with over 25 years’ experience in both the entertainment and political arenas. More than 800 industry leaders are expected to attend this year’s luncheon, which traditionally occurs the week leading up to the Academy Awards®.
 
The Henri Bollinger Award is named after the renowned award-winning entertainment industry publicist. It is bestowed on occasion to recognize a person who epitomizes the definition of special merit in the field of entertainment. The ICG Publicists Awards celebrate excellence in publicity and promotion for motion pictures and television programs.

“I can think of nobody more deserving of receiving the Henri Bollinger Award More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020
This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo shows the Netflix app on an iPhone in New York. Netflix reports financial results Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Netflix added 8.8 million worldwide subscribers during its fourth quarter, surpassing expectations at a time when it faces heated competition from new streaming challengers such as Disney.

Netflix had said it expected to add 7.6 million subscribers, and analysts thought the service would fare even better. The increase pales slightly next to the 8.9 million subscribers the service added in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The stock dropped about 2.5 percent in after-hours trading, likely due to a cautious forecast for its first quarter.

The company — a pioneer in producing streaming media and binge-worthy shows — now boasts more than 167 million subscribers worldwide, bolstered by a list of well-received movies and shows released late last year including Oscar nominees "The Irishman" and "Marriage Story." 

The boost helps reaffirm Netflix's strong standing in the increasingly crowded world of video streaming. The fourth quarter was More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020
Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks during a press conference in London, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. Facebook says it plans to hire 1,000 more staff in Britain, mainly for its technology and harmful content teams, and that it will add the new roles by the end of the year, which will bring its U.K. workforce to more than 4,000. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Facebook said Tuesday it plans to hire 1,000 more staff in Britain, mainly for its technology and harmful content teams. 

The U.S. tech company said Tuesday that it will add the new roles by the end of the year, bringing its U.K. workforce to more than 4,000.

More than half of the new jobs will be in technology-focused roles such as software engineering. 

There will also be a "large number" of jobs working on building tools to detect and remove harmful content from Facebook and its other platforms, which include WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. The company did not give an exact number. 

Facebook is devoting more effort to keeping harmful content such as spam and abusive material off its sites as authorities put more pressure on the big tech companies to better police their platforms. 

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
Chelsea Winstanley
LOS ANGELES -- 

Chelsea Winstanley--a producer on Jojo Rabbit, recently nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture--has launched production company This Too Shall Pass and optioned the first project under its banner, The Appeal. Winstanley will write and make her feature directorial debut with The Appeal, after having directed several shorts and a segment of the critically acclaimed Waru anthology, which screened in the Discovery section of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Appeal is the powerful story of Samoan lawyer Tiana Epati who defended forestry contractor and Black Power member Mac Kapene in a leading case that challenged the criminal justice system in Aotearoa, New Zealand. In a country where over 50% of the prison population are Māori, institutional racial bias against the indigenous people is prevalent. Epati defended Kapene in the Court of Appeal after she believed he was wrongly More

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
Feature film Camera Operator of the Year recipient Geoff Haley, SOC behind the scenes on "Joker."
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

During its Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony on Saturday evening (1/18) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announced and honored Geoff Haley, SOC and Jim McConkey, SOC as Camera Operator of the Year in Film and Television, respectively.

Haley won in film for his work on Joker, topping fellow nominees Sam Ellison (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Craig Haagensen, SOC (Motherless Brooklyn), David Luckenbach, SOC (Ford v. Ferrari), and Dale Myrand, SOC (Knives Out).
 
McConkey won the TV honor on the strength of his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He beat out nominees Chris Cuevas (Watchmen), Mitch Dubin, SOC (Legion), Jeff Muhlstock, SOC (Mr. Robot), and Sean Savage, ACO, SOC (Game of Thrones).

Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman was given the SOC’s Lifetime Achievement Awards Governor’s More

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
Wilson Cruz speaks at the "Visible: Out on Television" panel during the Apple+ TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Actor Wilson Cruz says a new documentary on the evolution of LGBTQ depictions on television is a "love letter" to the medium's power.

It's also a testament to how LGBTQ people and their allies harnessed TV to tell the community's stories, said Cruz, who along with actor-comedian Wanda Sykes was an executive producer for "Visible: Out on Television." The five-part documentary will be released Feb. 14 on the new Apple TV Plus streaming service.

"It's through television that we got to tell the entire society and our own culture what our lives are really like. Because of that amount of authenticity, we were able to move the needle to acceptance." said Cruz, whose TV roles include Dr. Hugh Culber in "Star Trek: Discovery" and Dennis in "13 Reasons Why."

"Visible: Out on Television" includes an interview with Ellen DeGeneres about coming out as gay along with her sitcom character, and Adam Lambert discussing his experience as an "American More

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo writer-producer Julian Fellowes attends the premiere of "Downton Abbey," at Alice Tully Hall in New York. “Belgravia,” set in the grand London neighborhood of that name, was adapted by Fellowes from his eponymous 2016 novel. Asked to compare the series to “Downton Abbey,” the hit TV drama that unfolded in the early 1900s, Fellowes said the projects reflect the periods in which they’re set. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

The period costumes of a Julian Fellowes drama can be excruciatingly accurate, as an actress in his new series "Belgravia" discovered.

The Epix drama from "Downton Abbey" creator Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame is set in 19th-century London and features Tamsin Greig, who starred in the TV comedy "Episodes," and Philip Glenister ("Cranford").

Asked if the elaborate outfits were difficult or easy to work in, Greig gave a quick reply.

"Do you think that they look easy?' she said. "I was under the care of an osteopath within a week of filming, and I realized that I should have prepared better by wearing a corset for a few hours each day in the weeks up to beginning shooting."

It's impossible to get the silhouette of the 1840s without the binding undergarment that women wore, she said. If the limited series' actresses look like they're comfortable, Greig added, "it's really great acting."

Alice Eve ("Bombshell More

  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime.

The four-hour film, "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein," will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in his New York City prison cell in August after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges. The financier had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. In lawsuits, women say the abuse spanned decades.

In announcing the documentary at a TV critics meeting, Lifetime said it was building on the success of influential projects including "Surviving R. Kelly." 

The R&B superstar, who had been followed by allegations of sexual abuse against minors for years, drew new attention from authorities after Lifetime's six-part series aired in January 2019. It included testimonials by alleged victims. More

  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
Liz Tigelaar, from left, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington participate in the Hulu "Little Fires Everywhere" panel during the Winter 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Tired of others influencing her career choices, Reese Witherspoon launched her own production company eight years ago. She has been calling the shots on both sides of the camera ever since, often in collaboration with other high-profile actresses.

"I didn't see a place to exist within the industry that we had," she said. "There just wasn't a spectrum of storytelling for women that I felt like was representative of the world that we walk through."

Her company Hello Sunshine generates most of what Witherspoon does when she isn't working with streaming services like Hulu. Starting in March, it airs "Little Fires Everywhere," based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, with Witherspoon and Kerry Washington playing mothers living in Ohio in the late 1990s. Both women were executive producers as well.

"We really shared all responsibility. That extends to every script, every nuance, every costume design, every cut of every episode," Witherspoon More

  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, speaks underneath poster images for 20th Century Fox films during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Disney is dropping the word “Fox” from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year's $71 billion purchase of Fox's entertainment business, according to published reports. According to trade publication Variety, 20th Century Fox will become 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures will be Searchlight Pictures. Disney will still run them as separate studios within the company. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Disney is dropping the word "Fox" from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year's $71 billion purchase  of Fox's entertainment business, according to published reports.

Disney will still run them as separate studios within the company. But trade publication Variety reported that  20th Century Fox will become 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures will be Searchlight Pictures. Variety said the studios' logos are largely unchanged except for the removal of the Fox name. 

Variety said the Fox name created brand confusion with Disney because Fox News and the Fox broadcast network are owned by Rupert Murdoch's Fox Corp., while the movie studios now belong to Disney.

The news outlet said a decision has yet to be made on Disney's Fox television production businesses, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studio.

Disney representatives did not return messages requesting comment.

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