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  • Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023
Dan Cooley topped the Location Manager of the Year--Studio Feature category for his work on "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley"

Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) unveiled the winners for the 28th annual California on Location Awards (COLAs) presented last night (12/1) at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. 

More than 650 supporters of California-based production attended this year’s awards ceremony to recognize exceptional location managers and teams, public employees, and production companies that help facilitate on-location filming across the Golden State. 

Netflix’s upcoming “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley” took home Location Manager of the Year (Dan Cooley) and Location Team of the Year awards in the Studio Feature category. The Independent Feature category was similarly swept by “The Greatest Hits,” which clinched awards for Location Manager (Justin Hill) and Location Team. For the Television Episodic 1-Hour category, top honors went to “Daisy Jones & The Six” for Location Manager (Jay Traynor) and “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers More

  • Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
This undated image shows a self-portrait of entertainment marketing consultant Michael Latt, who was fatally shot inside his Los Angeles home on Monday, Nov. . Latt, 33, had worked on projects with filmmakers including Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, as well as rap artist Common. (Sundance Institute via AP)

A high-profile entertainment marketing consultant was targeted by a woman who had been stalking and threatening a film director friend of his before she fatally shot him after her forcing her way inside his Los Angeles home, according to prosecutors and court records obtained Thursday.

This week's slaying of Michael Latt sent shockwaves through Hollywood as the suspect faces charges of murder and burglary. Latt, 33, had worked on projects with filmmakers including Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, as well as rap artist Common.

He was pronounced dead Monday at a hospital. Prosecutors allege that Jameelah Elena Michl, 36, knocked on his home's door and forced herself inside once it was open.

She had sought out Latt's home "after she targeted him for being friends with a woman she had been stalking," the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release Thursday. She allegedly fired at him with a semi-automatic handgun More

  • Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
Adam Botkin, a football TikTok influencer, edits a video for a post at a Chipotle Mexican Grill while eating dinner, May 3, 2023, in Missoula, Mont. A federal judge ruled Thursday, Nov. 30, that Montana can’t enforce a first-in-the-nation law banning the video sharing app TikTok in the state while a legal challenge to the law moves through the courts. (AP Photo/Tommy Martino, File)
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- 

Montana's first-in-the-nation law banning the video-sharing app TikTok in the state was blocked Thursday, one month before it was set to take effect, by a federal judge who called the measure unconstitutional.

The ruling delivered a temporary win for the social media company that has argued Montana's Republican-controlled Legislature went "completely overboard" in trying to regulate the app. A final ruling will come at a later date after the legal challenge moves through the courts.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said the ban "oversteps state power and infringes on the Constitutional right of users and businesses" while singling out the state for its fixation on purported Chinese influence.

"Despite the state's attempt to defend (the law) as a consumer protection bill, the current record leaves little doubt that Montana's legislature and Attorney General were more interested in targeting China's ostensible role in TikTok than More

  • Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
The Meta logo is seen at the Vivatech show in Paris, France, June 14, 2023. Instagram and Facebook's parent company Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, has sued the Federal Trade Commission, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in an attempt to stop the agency from reopening a 2020 privacy settlement with the company that would prohibit it from profiting from data it collects on users under 18. . (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- 

The parent company of Instagram and Facebook has sued the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to stop the agency from reopening a 2020 privacy settlement with the company that would prohibit it from profiting from data it collects on users under 18.

In a lawsuit filed late Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., Meta Platforms Inc. said it is challenging "the structurally unconstitutional authority exercised by the FTC" in reopening the privacy agreement.

"Meta respectfully requests that this Court declare that certain fundamental aspects of the Commission's structure violate the U.S. Constitution, and that these violations render unlawful the FTC Proceeding against Meta," the company says in its complaint.

The dispute stems from a 2020 consent agreement Meta made with the FTC that also had the social media giant pay a record $5 billion fine over privacy violations.

In May of this year, the FTC said Meta has failed More

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
An Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Academy Awards enthusiasts won't have to stay up quite as late to hear the best picture winner in March.

The 96th Oscars will begin one hour early, with the official show starting at 7 p.m. Eastern for the first time, ABC said Thursday. The official pre-show will also begin earlier, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

The show has traditionally begun at 8 p.m. Despite various experiments to keep the runtime to three hours, the broadcast has sometimes stretched into the 11 o'clock hour.

The Oscars are broadcast globally in more than 200 territories and film academy membership has also become more international in recent years. Those involved in the show, from the film academy to the network, have also been working to get ratings back to pre-pandemic levels and making modest gains.

Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host the show for the fourth time, with Raj Kapoor serving as executive producer and showrunner alongside Katy Mullan and director More

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
Aidy Bryant (photo by Alexa Viscius)

Actress and comedian Aidy Bryant will host the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards. This 2024 Spirit Awards will mark the 39th edition of the annual awards show honoring the best of independent cinema and television, while also celebrating the 30th anniversary of Film Independent’s influential Artist Development program.
The awards nominees will be announced on December 5th at 7 a.m. PST. Winners will be revealed at the awards show on February 25th in Santa Monica and will be streamed live on the IMDb and Film Independent’s YouTube channels, and across other social platforms, beginning at 2 p.m. PST.
“We’re thrilled to have the incandescently talented Aidy Bryant joining us to host the 39th annual Spirit Awards” said Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent. “Through her humor, skill and seemingly endless supply of energy she has been entertaining audiences for years, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us as we More

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
Carly Avener (l) and David Allen

Leo Burnett UK has evolved its design department to become POPDesign, a studio that will operate its own business proposition, strategy and open its doors to its own clients.

Led by Burnett’s creative director of design David Allen, POPDesign will continue to work with the agency's clients including McDonald’s, TUI, Morrisons, Škoda, as well as attracting new design briefs from prospective clients. 

POPDesign will harness the agency’s strategic firepower to deliver distinctive assets for clients, providing the consistency and flexibility they need to pop at scale across all channels and platforms. POPDesign’s mission is to tap into popular culture and create work that connects with the widest audience. 

The studio consists of 20 conceptual designers with expertise in social, branding, packaging, illustration and animation.

As well as creating brand worlds for clients such as Morrisons and TUI over the past year, POPDesign has More

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
Frank Lawley

Advertising agency House 337 has hired former UNICEF UK head of corporate partnerships Frank Lawley as commercial director of its new sports practice, House 337 X Sport.

Lawley led the corporate partnership team at the charity, focusing on developing strategic partnerships with the private sector. Previously, he was UNICEF UK’s head of sport, overseeing partnerships that increased the social impact of sports organizations, delivering purpose-led campaigns and empowering children through sport.

House 337 x Sport is underpinned by a mission to “make better” through the power of sport, and Lawley has a brief to drive that “sport for good” agenda on behalf of rightsholders, brands and non-profits. Reporting to chief strategy officer Matt Rhodes, Lawley will also advise clients on the commercial complexities of the sports world and focus on developing and growing the new practice. Working across all the agency’s accounts, he will also take an More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023
Elon Musk, who owns X, formerly known as Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX, speaks at the Vivatech fair, June 16, 2023, in Paris. Musk said Wednesday, Nov. 29, that advertisers who have halted spending on his social media platform X in response to antisemitic and other hateful material are engaging in “blackmail” and, using a profanity, essentially told them to go away. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Billionaire Elon Musk said Wednesday that advertisers who have halted spending on his social media platform X in response to antisemitic and other hateful material are engaging in "blackmail" and, using a profanity, essentially told them to go away.

"Don't advertise," Musk said.

He appeared to specifically call out Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger, saying, "Hey Bob, if you're in the audience ... that's how I feel."

In an on-stage interview at The New York Times DealBook Summit, Musk also apologized for endorsing an antisemitic conspiracy theory in response to a post on X that helped fuel an advertiser exodus.

The comments come just two days after Musk visited Israel, where he toured a kibbutz attacked by Hamas militants and held talks with top leaders.

Musk has faced accusations from the Anti-Defamation League, a prominent Jewish civil rights organization, and others of tolerating antisemitic messages on the platform since More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has announced the inductees into the 2024 AAF Advertising Hall of Fame (AHOF).  Six industry luminaries will join this prestigious group, along with corporate icon AT&T.  
The inductees include (in alphabetical order):

  • Jerri DeVard, CEO and founder, Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA). While Jerri has built a legacy by transforming the companies for which she’s worked, it is her bold ambition and unwavering commitment to speak for others and call out injustice that has made her forever a diversity champion.  As Jerri has said, for more than 30 years she has tried to “keep it real,” calling truth to power as an authentic integrationist who believes we work more effectively and efficiently when we are all joined up.  With that in mind, Jerri founded BECA, the world’s first and largest organization of Black executive marketing leaders. Through BECA, new champions are created More

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