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  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
In this July 31, 2017, file photo, the Discovery Communications logo sits atop its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focused service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV, TLC and its other networks. It launches Jan 4. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focused service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV, TLC and its other networks. It launches Jan 4.

The service will cost $5 a month with ads and $7 a month without ads. By comparison, the ad-free Disney Plus costs $7 a month and Netflix' most popular plan costs $14 a month.

Each account will include up to five user profiles and support four concurrent streams. Discovery said the service will be available on "major platforms," connected TVs, web, mobile and tablets, but it didn't specify which services would carry it.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav first announced the streaming service in late 2019, but did not provide details until now.

Discovery has built a reality-TV empire with popular channels that feature reality programming, including the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery and More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
David Getson
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Keywords Studios, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has entered into an agreement to acquire gnet, a Hollywood-based creative marketing agency serving the video games and entertainment industries. Keywords Studios is continuing to expand its global technical services platform with the acquisition, upping the marketing studios under the company’s banner to seven in addition to its offerings across game development, game testing, art services, localization, player support and audio services.

Founded in 2001 and led by John Rosenberg, David Getson and David Moodie, gnet is an award-winning studio, providing creative and strategic marketing services for leading games publishers including Activision, Microsoft, Bethesda and Bungie, as well as for global media and entertainment companies such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and NBC Universal. 

gnet’s talented team of 85 staff--supported by a wide network of local and international experts--has worked More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
UN Women's "Behind The Mask" was one of two Grand Award-winning entries in the Quarantine Content category of the inaugural Bowery Awards.
NEW YORK -- 

New York Festivals® Bowery Awards, celebrating independent creatives, has unveiled the 2020 competition winners. 

The inaugural Bowery Awards Executive Jury, led by jury president David Sable, sr. advisor to WPP, selected this year’s award winners from entries achieving finalist status determined by the Grand Jury.  The Executive Jury awarded 4 Grand, 16 Gold, 5 Silver, and 22 Bronze awards. 

“All of us at the Bowery Awards are thrilled to honor these creative freelancers and provide a curated showcase to shine the spotlight on their exceptional work. The innovation, creativity, and caliber of the entries exceeded our expectations and impressed the Grand and Executive Juries,” said Scott Rose, executive director of The Bowery Awards.

Intrepid Fox South Africa’s “Let’s Go Together” for client SportsHosts earned the inaugural Carol H. Williams Together For Better Award. The winning entry illustrates that families have been split down More

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020
Filmmaker Jeanette Dilone
NEW YORK -- 

For the second year in a row HBO has partnered with the Official Latino Film and Arts Festival to select three films that will premiere on HBO and HBO Max in 2021. HBO’s ongoing commitment to showcase, nurture and support emerging creatives was the driving force in launching the U.S. Latinx short film competition in 2019, in an effort to support culturally inclusive films and filmmakers that represent true American diversity. Currently the 2019 winners Slipping Into Darkness, La Serenata and Pepito can be seen on HBO Max. 

Here is an overview of the selected films and filmmakers for 2020:
 
PRINCESS CUT
Princess Cut is adapted from Demetra Kareman’s stage play, Bitch Brow. Worlds collide when Teresa and Elodie, two women from opposite sides of the tracks, wind up together in an all-night laundromat. Both struggling with the expectations and pressures of More

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020
Elliot Page arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Umbrella Academy" on Feb. 12, 2019. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor of “Juno”, “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy” came out as transgender on Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood. The 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia said his decision came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page, the star of "Juno," "Inception" and "The Umbrella Academy," came out as transgender Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood.

"I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer," Page said in a statement on social media. 

Page, the 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia, said his decision to come out as trans, which also involved changing his first name, came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community.

"I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self," Page wrote. "I've been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place."

"The more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and More

  • Monday, Nov. 30, 2020
This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a Zoom ad, in New York. Zoom’s videoconferencing service remains a fixture in pandemic life, but its breakneck growth is showing signs of tapering off as investors debate whether the company will be able to build upon its recent success after a vaccine enables people to intermingle again. Zoom highlighted its head-spinning success story agai
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) -- 

Zoom's videoconferencing service remains a fixture in pandemic life, but its breakneck growth is showing signs of tapering off as investors debate whether the company will be able to build upon its recent success after a vaccine enables people to intermingle again.

For now, Zoom is thriving as tens of millions of people who never heard of the service at the beginning of the year rely on its video meeting tools to connect with their co-workers, teachers, friends and family while efforts to fight contain the pandemic prevent them from going into offices, schools and most many other places. That dependence boosted Zoom's fortunes, producing a pandemic-driven success story that was highlighted again Monday with the release of the company's quarterly results for the August-October period.

Zoom's revenue more than quadrupled from the same time last year to $777 million, yielding a profit of $198 million, up from just $2.2 million a year ago. More

  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, a man wearing a face mask walks past a billboard advertising 'The Crown' television series about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family, during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London. Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden in a newspaper interview published Sunday Nov. 29, 2020, said he thinks “The Crown” should come with a disclaimer as it’s a work of fiction with historical liberties taken in the Netflix drama about the British royal family. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Britain's culture minister thinks the Netflix TV series "The Crown" should come with a disclaimer: It's a work of fiction.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden weighed in amid criticism of the historical liberties taken by the drama about the British royal family.

"It's a beautifully produced work of fiction. So as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that," Dowden told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. "Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact." 

Dowden is expected to write to Netflix this week to express his view. Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Questions of historical fidelity were not a major issue during earlier seasons of the show, which debuted in 2016 and traces the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, which began in 1952.

But the current fourth season More

  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
In this file photo dated Friday, May 7, 1999, Dave Prowse, the original Darth Vader from the "Star Wars Trilogy," poses during the New York Comic and Fantasy Creators Convention. The British actor, Prowse who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85 on Saturday, according to an announcement by his agent Sunday Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lynsey Addario, FILE)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died. He was 85.

Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday.

Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion and represented England in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size, including Frankenstein's monster in a pair of Hammer Studios horror films.

Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in "A Clockwork Orange" and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (almost 2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the Wookie Chewbacca in "Star Wars."

Prowse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because "you always remember the bad guys."

Physically, Prowse was perfect for the part. Yet his More

  • Friday, Nov. 27, 2020
In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo people walk by a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses.

The U.K. government said Friday that it's setting up a "Digital Markets Unit" next year to enforce a new code of conduct governing the behavior of tech giants that dominate the online advertising market. 

The Digital Markets Unit, scheduled to launch in April, will oversee a new regulatory regime for tech companies that's aimed at spurring more competition.

The measures were foreshadowed in findings by former Obama economic adviser Jason Furman, who was commissioned by the U.K. Treasury to carry out a review of the digital economy. 

It's part of a wider push by governments in the U.S. and Europe to constrain the power of big tech companies amid concern about their outsize influence. The European Union this week unveiled proposals to More

  • Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020
Fern Berresford
LONDON -- 

Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Fern Berresford has joined Rattling Stick for directorial representation in the U.K.

Equally at home in the world of commercials, music videos and photography, Berresford is a diverse talent whose commercial work includes an eclectic mix of projects for clients such as Fentimans, Aldi, Renault, VO5, Gala Bingo and Swisse Me.

She has also had success writing and directing short films--most notably FELL (co-directed with Russell Warren), which was selected by Oscar-winning producer Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame) to receive initial funding through the arts charity “Ideas Tap,” and her first film, the short Man Made, which won the award for best film at the Women In Film Festival. 

Photography is another weapon in Berresford’s creative arsenal, one which she wields as an additional outlet for her inventive eye and distinctive voice. Having exhibited her work in More

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