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Sky CEO: Companies That Don’t Embrace Diversity “Are Just Going to Fall Away”

Sky CEO: Companies That Don’t Embrace Diversity “Are Just Going to Fall Away”

BY GEORG SZALAI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business At the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, Dana Strong also addressed the Comcast company's European expansion plans, content business ambitions and deal mentality. Comcast’s European TV giant Sky is looking to expand across continental Europe in the coming years, boost its content creation business and increase diversity, CEO Dana Strong said on Wednesday. “There is no doubt that we can all do better” on diversity, she said. “We have got to keep making progress. I feel really passionately about it actually. Creating an environment and a culture where multiple, different voices,…
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Kia again halted Georgia vehicle production, blaming chip shortage

Kia again halted Georgia vehicle production, blaming chip shortage

By Matt Kempner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Cars #Business Kia Motors has again temporarily halted work at its sprawling vehicle assembly plant in Georgia, citing a shortage of semiconductor chips. It’s a problem other automakers also have wrestled with, increasing challenges for consumers trying to find and buy new cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. Kia stopped production Tuesday “because of supply chain conditions related to the ongoing worldwide semiconductor chip shortage,” spokesman Rick Douglas wrote in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He said regular production for all three shifts would resume Wednesday. The chip shortages first hit…
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Atlanta: Black newspapers join forces nationally online

Atlanta: Black newspapers join forces nationally online

By Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for AtlantaNewsAndTalk.Com #Business #EditorsPicks   Atlanta Voice part of 10-publication coalition from across country In 1971, Wilbert “Bill” Tatum was part of a group of Black investors who pooled their money together to save the New York Amsterdam News, the venerable Black newspaper and Harlem institution since 1909. Tatum became the paper’s sole owner in 1996 and when he died in 2009, his only daughter, Elinor, took over the family business as publisher and owner. Black newspapers “have been the voice of Black America for more than 100 years,” Elinor Tatum said. “We have…
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Sandy Springs: UPS delivers first COVID-19 vaccines by drone

Sandy Springs: UPS delivers first COVID-19 vaccines by drone

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for SandySpringsNewsAndTalk.Com #COVID-19 #Business   The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant UPS said it has started making its first COVID-19 vaccine deliveries by drone. UPS Flight Forward is making deliveries on the campus of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The drones open up the prospect of a quicker way to deliver sensitive medical shipments, such as to remote or rural areas. The hospital ships the vaccines by drone from its central pharmacy to family medicine practices on its medical center campus. Drone operators inspect the Matternet M2 drone before takeoff and scan the airspace…
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“We Feared Mass Eradication”: Theater Owners Air Anxieties at an Unusual CinemaCon

“We Feared Mass Eradication”: Theater Owners Air Anxieties at an Unusual CinemaCon

BY CAROLYN GIARDINA, AARON COUCH Troy Warren for CNT #Business #Entertainment During the pandemic-era Las Vegas convention, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman trotted out "It's the window, stupid" as a mantra as studios previewed movies highlighted by 'Matrix 4,' 'No Time to Die' and 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.' Following a devastating 18 months, theater owners returned to Las Vegas for CinemaCon to begin planning the industry’s next act.  The Hollywood Reporter headed to Caesars Palace — the smell of casino cigarette smoke heavy even under our masks — to chronicle the mood as cinema owners braced for more uncertain times. This year’s convention, held Aug.…
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Doc Studio XTR Launches Podcast Division

Doc Studio XTR Launches Podcast Division

BY MIA GALUPPO | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business #Digital Radio XTR will launch with 'Human Drama Thing', hosted by 'This American Life' contributor Davy Rothbart and KCRW's David Weinberg. XTR — the documentary studio behind titles including Hulu’s Homeroom and Neon’s Ailey — is getting into podcasting with new division XTR Radio. The division will launch with the documentary deep-dive show Human Drama Thing, hosted by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart and KCRW’s David Weinberg. Set to premiere this fall, the series will delve into titles like Paris is Burning, Roger & Me and Wild, Wild Country with Oscar-winning filmmakers, doc fanatics and subjects. “As a lifelong documentary…
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How the ‘Black Widow’ Battle Could Break the Mold on Hollywood Dealmaking

How the ‘Black Widow’ Battle Could Break the Mold on Hollywood Dealmaking

BY ERIQ GARDNER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business #Entertainment In the past, a little ambiguity in entertainment contracts wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but Disney's reaction to Scarlett Johansson has lawyers less willing to leave things between the lines. When Scarlett Johansson sued Disney on July 29 over her Black Widow pay, one community in Hollywood took the development especially personally: the ranks of transactional attorneys who negotiate deals for top talent. For many of them, the suit over the film’s concurrent release in theaters and on Disney+ not only highlights the complexity of compensation in the streaming era, it’s also evidence of…
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Fox Invests in Blockchain Distribution and Monetization Platform Eluvio

Fox Invests in Blockchain Distribution and Monetization Platform Eluvio

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital In a deal valued at $100 million, Eluvio will provide the technology powering Fox Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment's NFT arm, Blockchain Creative Labs. Fox Corp. is deepening its commitment to cryptocurrency with a new investment into Eluvio, an end-to-end platform for managing, distributing and monetizing content on the blockchain, the companies said on Wednesday. As part of the investment, which was valued at $100 million, Eluvio will provide the underlying technology powering Blockchain Creative Labs, an NFT company from Fox Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment. Fox’s chief technology officer and president of…
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Delta to levy $200/mth health care surcharge on unvaccinated employees

Delta to levy $200/mth health care surcharge on unvaccinated employees

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks #Business Atlanta airline also introduces weekly COVID-19 testing for holdouts Delta Air Lines plans to charge employees who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 an extra $200 a month beginning in November as part of the company’s health care plans. Atlanta-based Delta, which cited high hospitalization costs, also will require unvaccinated employees to be tested weekly for the coronavirus starting Sept. 12 while cases are high. About 75% of the airline’s 75,000 employees are already vaccinated, and the company already requires new hires to get shots. Others have been advocating more strongly for vaccine mandates since…
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Glendale: Boost for business or ‘huge hit’? Westgate businesses look ahead after Glendale cuts ties with Coyotes

Glendale: Boost for business or ‘huge hit’? Westgate businesses look ahead after Glendale cuts ties with Coyotes

Joshua Bowling | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for GlendaleNewsAndTalk.Com   Glendale says it won't renew the lease of one of its most high-profile tenants. Now, the Arizona Coyotes' neighbors will have to wait and see if business takes a hit in the team's absence. Glendale on Thursday announced it was cutting ties with the NHL team after the upcoming season, which starts in October. The plan is to put millions into renovations at Gila River Arena and pack it year-round with "more impactful" events. City Manager Kevin Phelps touted the decision as a savvy financial move for the city, the entertainment district and…
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