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NEW MEDIA: Spotify lands exclusive podcast deal with Barack and Michelle ObamaThe Obamas are getting into the podcasting...
06/06/2019
Spotify lands exclusive podcast deal with Barack and Michelle Obama

NEW MEDIA: Spotify lands exclusive podcast deal with Barack and Michelle Obama

The Obamas are getting into the podcasting business, and Spotify has the exclusive rights.

Spotify announced Thursday that it has signed a partnership deal with Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, to produce podcasts that will be available only on its streaming platform.

The deal comes on the heels of a similar agreement between Higher Ground and Netflix that will see the former first couple producing movies and television shows for the Hollywood streamer.

As with the Netflix deal, the Obamas will produce and develop storytelling ideas that aim to inspire people and give voice to underrepresented people, rather than shows that engage directly with politics or the Trump administration.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/spotify-lands-exclusive-podcast-deal-barack-michelle-obama-n1014536

Landing the former first couple is a major win as the podcast industry grows and the fight for rights to premium shows and creators becomes more contentious.

NEW COMPANIES: Ex-Netflix Publicity Exec Lindsay Colker Launches Elevate PR FirmFormer Netflix publicity executive Linds...
06/06/2019
Ex-Netflix Publicity Exec Lindsay Colker Launches Elevate PR Firm

NEW COMPANIES: Ex-Netflix Publicity Exec Lindsay Colker Launches Elevate PR Firm

Former Netflix publicity executive Lindsay Colker has founded Elevate, a Los Angeles-based public relations and consulting boutique specializing in entertainment, technology and lifestyle.

The shingle’s services range from global strategic communications counsel and streaming strategy consultation to unit publicity and personal PR to film and TV program publicity and more.

https://deadline.com/2019/06/lindsay-colker-launches-elevate-pr-former-netflix-publicity-executive-1202628085/

Former Netflix publicity executive Lindsay Colker has founded Elevate, a Los Angeles-based public relations and consulting boutique specializing in entertainment, technology and lifestyle. The shin…

SPORTS VENUES (GOOD ARTICLE): NBA and Twitter Team Up to Bring “Virtual Sports Bar” to LifeAs the NBA Finals shifted...
06/06/2019
NBA and Twitter Team Up to Bring "Virtual Sports Bar" to Life

SPORTS VENUES (GOOD ARTICLE): NBA and Twitter Team Up to Bring “Virtual Sports Bar” to Life

As the NBA Finals shifted from Toronto to Oakland, basketball’s best players not only shifted venues, but so did some of the sport’s best Twitter personalities.

While Kawhi Leonard and Steph Curry faced off on the court on Wednesday in game three of the finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, top influencers like Ronnie Singh – the de facto face of the popular NBA2K video game who posts under the tag @Ronnie2K – and Victoria Jacobi – a well-known basketball personality who uses the handle @CountOnVic – fired off tweets about the game from a suite inside Oracle Arena.

https://frntofficesport.com/nba-twitter-finals/

The presence of highly-visible members of #NBATwitter at NBA Finals games stemmed from the partnership between the NBA and Twitter.

EVENTS: Gretchen Carlson steps down as Miss America chairwomanGretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who helped elimina...
06/06/2019
Gretchen Carlson steps down as Miss America chairwoman

EVENTS: Gretchen Carlson steps down as Miss America chairwoman

Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who helped eliminate the pageant's swimsuit competition to the chagrin of some, is stepping down as board chairwoman of the Miss America Organization.

She was part of an all-female leadership team that took over the pageant following an email scandal in which male leaders insulted former Miss Americas, denigrating their appearance, intelligence and even their sex lives.

Carlson pushed for the elimination of the swimsuit competition from the pageant, which originated in Atlantic City nearly 100 years ago. In its place last year, contestants spoke about themselves, their goals and how they planned to serve the community.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019/06/05/gretchen-carlson-quits-miss-america-chairwoman/1351784001/

The #MeToo leader who controversially dropped the swimsuit competition from Miss America pageant is stepping down as chairwoman of the organization.

MAGAZINES: Entertainment Weekly Going MonthlyThe frequency change takes effect in August.Entertainment Weekly will no lo...
06/06/2019
Entertainment Weekly Going Monthly

MAGAZINES: Entertainment Weekly Going Monthly

The frequency change takes effect in August.
Entertainment Weekly will no longer be a weekly magazine starting in August, when it starts publishing monthly as part of a larger "reimagining" of the brand.

The July 5 issue will be the last weekly offering.

J.D. Heyman, who has served as deputy editor, will take on the top editorial job as part of the transition, parent company Meredith announced Thursday.

"I want to thank Henry Goldblatt, who is stepping down as EW's editorial leader after a distinguished 17-year tenure, and I wish him the best in his next chapter," said Meredith Entertainment Group's president, Bruce Gersh.

As part of the change, the brand will also double down on digital, social, video and experiential platforms, the company said.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/entertainment-weekly-going-monthly-names-new-editor-1216303

The frequency change takes effect in August.

SPORTS TELEVISION: CBS CEO Ianniello expects to retain NFL rightsActing CBS chief executive Joe Ianniello has said that ...
06/06/2019

SPORTS TELEVISION: CBS CEO Ianniello expects to retain NFL rights

Acting CBS chief executive Joe Ianniello has said that he expects the US broadcaster to retain its domestic rights to the National Football League (NFL).

Speaking at a Credit Suisse communications conference, Ianniello was adamant that NFL broadcasts remained a priority for the media giant and that he was confident that CBS would secure a renewal of its rights from 2022 when they go to market.

Ianniello said: “We certainly anticipate retaining the NFL. Their core audience is broadcast.

“You’ve never seen a Super Bowl on a cable network. They understand the broad reach. We’ll be partners for a long time.”

CBS is due to broadcast the 2021 Super Bowl after agreeing a switch with NBC and the NFL, with Fox airing the 2020 edition.

http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/cbs-ceo-ianniello-retain-nfl-rights-super-bowl-sports-betting-ott-streaming

FASHION TECH: Amazon launches AI-powered ‘Shazam for clothes’ fashion searchAmazon is a behemoth of online retailing...
06/06/2019
Amazon launches AI-powered ‘Shazam for clothes’ fashion search

FASHION TECH: Amazon launches AI-powered ‘Shazam for clothes’ fashion search

Amazon is a behemoth of online retailing, but there’s one sector it has yet to crack: fashion. To help dig into this lucrative market, the company is introducing a new AI-powered tool named StyleSnap which will help customers find clothes to buy.

StyleSnap is basically Shazam for clothes, built into the Amazon mobile app. Users can take a picture or upload an image and StyleSnap will use machine learning to “match the look in the photo” and find similar items for sale on Amazon.com.

Amazon’s consumer worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke unveiled the feature at the company’s Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas today, saying: “The simplicity of the customer experience belies the complexity of the technology behind it.”

But lots of startups offer similar services, including online fashion giant Asos. And it remains to be seen if StyleSnap can live up to Amazon’s claims. It might be easy for AI to identify basic items of clothing, like pencil skirts or flannel shirts, but that doesn’t really help consumers who can usually identify these items themselves. Whether or not the feature can match niche items and styles will be the real challenge.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/5/18653967/amazon-fashion-ai-stylesnap-mobile-app-clothes-search

StyleSnap uses machine learning to find similar clothes and styles

EXECUTIVE MOVES: Atlantic Records names David Saslow EVP, international artist relations and A&RAtlantic Records has app...
06/06/2019

EXECUTIVE MOVES: Atlantic Records names David Saslow EVP, international artist relations and A&R

Atlantic Records has appointed David Saslow to the newly created position of EVP, international artist relations and A&R.

New York-based Saslow, who joined Atlantic in 2007, was previously the label's SVP of video content, programming and production and then general manager.

In his new post, Saslow (pictured) will oversee the company's international repertoire in the US, focusing on the development of creative, tailored strategies to nurture the domestic careers of both established artists and emerging talent.

http://www.musicweek.com/labels/read/atlantic-records-names-david-saslow-evp-international-artist-relations-and-a-r/076411

ENTERTAINMENT/SOCIAL GOOD: Live Nation Announces First Recipients For Women's FundLive Nation announced that its Women N...
06/06/2019
Live Nation Announces First Recipients For Women's Fund

ENTERTAINMENT/SOCIAL GOOD: Live Nation Announces First Recipients For Women's Fund

Live Nation announced that its Women Nation Fund has selected three female-led businesses for its first round of funding: Tina Farris Tours, Conscious City Guide and Kingdom of Mind.

Launched in May 2018, the fund is an early-stage investment vehicle to give underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the live entertainment industry access to company resources and capital.

Tina Farris Tours was founded by tour manager Tina Farris with an artist roster including The Roots, The Internet, Anderson .Paak, Lil Wayne, Black Eyed Peas and Chris Rock. She also co-produces Roots Picnic, Broccoli City and newcomer Queensfest and launched a women’s mentoring group in 2016 called "Decades," which has produced several successful events and conferences in four different countries.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8514095/live-nation-womens-fund-first-recipients

Live Nation today announced that its Women Nation Fund has selected three female-led businesses for its first round of funding: Tina Farris Tours, Conscious City Guide and Kingdom of Mind.

MEDIA: Netflix Takes Near TKO In Exec Poaching Suit With Fox & Disney; Could Signal Beginning Of The End Of Legal WarTur...
06/06/2019
Netflix Takes Near TKO In Exec Poaching Suit With Fox & Disney; Could Signal Beginning Of The End Of Legal War

MEDIA: Netflix Takes Near TKO In Exec Poaching Suit With Fox & Disney; Could Signal Beginning Of The End Of Legal War

Turns out that Netflix’s invoking Olivia de Havilland in its long legal tussle with Fox and now Disney over snagging executives a few years back and pushing back against employment contracts did the streamer about as much good as the two-time Oscar winner’s unsuccessful feud with FX over Feud.

“This court does not believe the overall legislative intent behind Labor Code §2855(a) would be served by the blanket ruling Netflix seeks, one that would prohibit all employees under contract in any business or context from engaging in continuous employment with the same employer for more than seven years,” a tentative decision from a Los Angeles Superior Court judge wrote Wednesday.

Coming just before a hearing in Santa Monica this morning, the left hook by Judge Marc Gross slams the always wide-swinging argument by the Reed Hastings-run company that the agreements now Netflix promotions and drama programming development bigwigs Marco Waltenberg and Tara Flynn had with their former employers at Fox were enforceable.

https://deadline.com/2019/06/netflix-poaching-lawsuit-setback-fox-disney-executives-1202627601/

(UPDATED WITH TENTATIVE RULING BEING MADE FINAL) Turns out that Netflix’s invoking Olivia de Havilland in its long legal tussle with Fox and now Disney over snagging executives a few years back and…

TECHNOLOGY: Amazon Reveals Its Latest Delivery Drone DesignAmazon has unveiled a revolutionary new drone—part helicopt...
06/06/2019
Amazon Reveals Its Latest Delivery Drone Design

TECHNOLOGY: Amazon Reveals Its Latest Delivery Drone Design

Amazon has unveiled a revolutionary new drone—part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft—that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months.

The new device takes off vertically, then tilts to fly horizontally like a plane. It also features artificial intelligence, using a suite of sensors the company said will allow it to fly robotically without threatening traditional aircraft or people on the ground.

“We have a design that is amazing,” Gur Kimchi, vice president of Amazon Prime Air, said in an interview in which he declined to say where the device would be tested. “It has performance that we think is just incredible. We think the autonomy system makes the aircraft independently safe.”

http://fortune.com/2019/06/05/amazon-new-drone-test-deliveries/

The FAA gave its go-ahead for Amazon to start test flights.

06/05/2019
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, Assaf Swissa Launch Coast Productions With Showtime Injury Recovery Docu ‘100%’

SPORTS MEDIA: Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, Assaf Swissa Launch Coast Productions With Showtime Injury Recovery Docu ‘100%’

Showtime has set a June 28 date to air 100%, a documentary about New England Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman’s recovery from a devastating knee injury that shelved him in 2017, through a PED suspension that cost him the first four games of 2019, to being named Super Bowl MVP in February when his 10 catches helped fuel the Pats to a 13-3 victory over the Rams.

Edelman and Assaf Swissa are using the docu to launch Coast Productions, a Boston-based company that will mount projects that include a romantic comedy set in the world of pro football, and a pseudo-autobiographical half hour dramedy series they will pitch around town with their ICM Partners reps in July. The film and TV projects were written by Swissa, Edelman and Kyler Schelling, who directed the Showtime docu, and wrote it with Swissa.

https://deadline.com/2019/06/julian-edelman-super-bowl-mvp-new-england-patriots-showtime-documentary-injury-100-percent-assaf-swissa-coast-productions-1202626021/

Showtime has set a June 28 date to air 100%, a documentary about New England Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman’s recovery from a devastating knee injury that shelved him in 2017, through a PED…

EXECUTIVE MOVES: Netflix Hires Former Fox Exec Spencer Klein to Bolster Theatrical Film DivisionNetflix has hired former...
06/05/2019
Netflix Hires Former Fox Exec Spencer Klein to Bolster Theatrical Film Division

EXECUTIVE MOVES: Netflix Hires Former Fox Exec Spencer Klein to Bolster Theatrical Film Division

Netflix has hired former Fox executive Spencer Klein to serve as the streaming giant’s director of distribution on Tuesday.

Klein was former Fox distribution head Chris Aronson’s No. 2 at the studio before Disney began laying off employees following its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets.

Klein, who will oversee Netflix’s distribution as it attempts to operate more like a full-fledged Hollywood studio, will report directly to Netflix’s head of film Scott Stuber.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/netflix-hires-former-fox-exec-174634699.html

Netflix has hired former Fox executive Spencer Klein to serve as the streaming giant’s director of distribution on Tuesday.Klein was former Fox distribution head Chris Aronson’s No. 2 at the studio before Disney began laying off employees following its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s film a...

ARTS: NYC Mayor's Office Announces $500,000 in Grants for Female MusiciansThe finances are part of the office's NYC Wome...
06/05/2019
NYC Mayor's Office Announces $500,000 in Grants for Female Musicians

ARTS: NYC Mayor's Office Announces $500,000 in Grants for Female Musicians

The finances are part of the office's NYC Women's Film, TV and Theatre Fund -- now renamed the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, as music is brought under its umbrella for the first time.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) is investing $500,000 in grants to local female musicians, an effort to support music made by and for women in a male-dominated industry.

The finances are part of the office's NYC Women's Film, TV and Theatre Fund -- now renamed the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, as music is brought under its umbrella for the first time. Currently in its second run, the program has already awarded $1.5 million to 63 film, TV, theatre and digital media projects made by women-identifying creatives.

Newly-appointed MOME commissioner Anne del Castillo announced the funding Tuesday (June 4) at the third annual New York Music Month conference: Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Tech. She says the funding was motivated in part by the results of a widely-discussed recent report from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative that found just 10% of Grammy nominees from 2013–2019 were female.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8514444/nyc-mayors-office-media-entertainment-announces-500k-grants-female-musicians

The finances are part of the office's NYC Women's Film, TV and Theatre Fund -- now renamed the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, as music is brought under its umbrella for the first time.

SPORTS EVENTS: Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl joins forces with SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 at new Las Vegas Stadium start...
06/05/2019
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl joins forces with SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 at new Las Vegas Stadium starting in 2020

SPORTS EVENTS: Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl joins forces with SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 at new Las Vegas Stadium starting in 2020

Beginning in 2020, the Las Vegas Bowl will be played in the new, state-of-the-art Las Vegas Stadium and feature a team from the Pac-12 Conference vs. a team from either the SEC or Big Ten Conference in a six-year deal announced Tuesday at the Palms Resort.

"This is a ground-breaking development for our game and for our city," said John Saccenti, Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl executive director. “In less than three decades the Las Vegas Bowl has grown into a must-see event each December and this collaboration takes us to the next level in not only the bowl world, but also the sports landscape as we will welcome three of the top conference brands in the nation to our event, which will be played in a stadium that is second-to-none.”

https://www.raiders.com/news/mitsubishi-motors-las-vegas-bowl-joins-forces-with-sec-big-ten-and-pac-12-at-new

Beginning in 2020, the Las Vegas Bowl will be played in the new, state-of-the-art Las Vegas Stadium and feature a team from the Pac-12 Conference vs. a team from either the SEC or Big Ten Conference in a six-year deal.

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