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Olympian Allison Baver Sets Film and TV Slate for Her New Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

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Allison Baver, a three-time Olympic athlete, is expanding her footprint in the world of entertainment. Her burgeoning production company, Allison Baver Entertainment, has announced its upcoming slate of movies, television shows and documentaries, all of which will emphasize female and diverse talent on both sides of the camera.

ABE’s film slate will feature social thrillers, including the psychological horror comedy “Wolf-ish.” Jessa Zarubica (“Six Feet Apart”) is writing and directing that movie, about a savvy marketing manager who discovers a dark secret in her workplace. Baver is executing producing “Wolf-ish.”

Another movie in the works is the fantasy horror film “Dead Princess,” which centers on an orphaned teenager who inherits a royal estate and learns of the ghostly terrors rooted in her family history. Production began in 2020 before the pandemic began and will resume next year. Baver is executive producing, and Bobby

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Change in media company leadership is in the air

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This week: Media leadership changes are in the air, top startups to watch, and Netflix salaries.



Donald Trump et al. sitting in front of a television: A broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at The Abbey, on September 29, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images


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A broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at The Abbey, on September 29, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images

What’s next for newsroom leadership

The election’s over, to our great relief. But those of us who thrive on drama can turn their attention to the news media.

Recently we’ve been watching how companies seems to be poised for their own upheaval in leadership, whether because of retirement, organizational changes, or personal

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Out Of The Box Theatrics And Holmdel Theatre Company to Present THE LAST FIVE YEARS

New York City’s Out of the Box Theatrics and Holmdel, N.J.’s Holmdel Theatre Company will join forces to co-produce a new streaming production of The Last Five Years, featuring book, music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County)

The musical will star Broadway’s Nasia Thomas (Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Nicholas Edwards (Frozen, Berkshire Theatre Group’s Godspell). Producing Consultant is Blair Russell (Slave Play).

The production will be rehearsed and filmed at Holmdel Theatre Company and will be streamed for 16 performances from February 11-25, 2021. Ticket information, director and additional creative team will be announced in coming weeks.An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, The Last Five Years’ unconventional structure

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Diageo’s CEO says company wants to buy more premium brands

Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo

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Drinks-maker Diageo is keen to buy further premium brands after acquiring spirits firms in the U.S. and U.K. in recent months.

In August, the company announced it would buy Aviation American Gin, a brand part-owned by actor Ryan Reynolds, in a deal valued at around $610 million. In October it agreed to buy the U.K.’s Chase Distillery, which produces gin and vodka from British potatoes and apples, for an undisclosed sum.  

The acquisition strategy is driven by people drinking “better, not more,” Menezes told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe,” a trend that has held steady throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The premiumization trend has continued through this period and I’d say that’s the biggest source of value creation for a company like Diageo, people drinking better and trading up to a Talisker single malt or a Johnnie Walker Blue (whisky) in China,” Menezes said

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Disney TV’s Head of Business Ops Ravi Ahuja Departs Company

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A year and a half after being named president of business operations and chief financial officer of Walt Disney Television, Ravi Ahuja is exiting the company “to seek a new adventure,” Disney General Entertainment chairman Peter Rice.

The move comes amid a greater restructuring at Disney that has seen a greater focus on streaming at the entertainment conglomerate. As Rice notes in an internal memo to staff, Ahuja’s position has “significantly changed.”

Ahuja will stay with Disney as a consultant while the company looks for a new head of operations and finance.

In a separate note to colleagues, Ahuja said that he did not make the decision easily, but express pride in what he and his team have been able to accomplish since he joined the greater company in the wake of Disney’s acquisitions of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. Ahuja was previousy

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Shawn Mendes, Manager Andrew Gertler Launch Film and Television Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

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On the heels of two momentous performances on Sunday’s American Music Awards and ahead of the arrival of a new Netflix documentary, singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes, along with his longtime manager Andrew Gertler, have announced their entry into original content with Permanent Content, a new film and television production company that will develop scripted and documentary projects “focused on issues that impact or are important to today’s youth.”

Among its first projects is the Netflix Original documentary, “In Wonder,” which chronicles Mendes’ rise to the top strata of pop music. Noted video director Grant Singer (The Weeknd, Lorde, Sam Smith) directed the feature-length doc which was executive produced by Mendes and Gertler (for Permanent Content) and Ben Winston for Fulwell73.

“I’m so excited for the launch of Permanent Content, with the  Netflix documentary as our first project, and so many more exciting things we’re

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Presents THE BRIDGE, November 23- 24

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Presents THE BRIDGE, November 23- 24

NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY Announces The Bridge Virtual Dance Institute of boundary breaking dance experiences free one-hour company class on Zoom open to all dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s website: https://www.nainichen.org/thebridge.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge. The Institute’s aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world renowned as well as up and coming dancers and choreographer to come to guest teach the class. Advanced/Intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers who are looking to

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#BoycottZomato Trends After Swara Bhasker Asks Company to Pull Out Ad From Republic TV



Swara Bhaskar standing in front of it


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After #BoycottBingo, Twitterati started the trend #BoycottZomato and deleted food delivery giant Zomato. It all started when Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker pointed out that Zomato’s ads were displayed on Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV. The actor took to social media and said that being a loyal user, she wasn’t okay with her money even indirectly funding this channel that spreads communal hatred. She tweeted: “Hey @zomatoin @zomato @deepigoyal I’m your regular customer.. do u plan to #DefundTheHate & pull your ads from hate espousing channels like @Republic_Bharat ? I’m not okay with my money even indirectly funding this kind of communal bigoted hate! Pls let your consumers know.”
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Moderna coronavirus vaccine works to prevent COVID-19, company says

  • Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine was highly effective at preventing COVID-19, the Massachusetts biotech company said on Monday.
  • The finding comes from a 30,000-person study that compared volunteers who got a two-dose regimen of Moderna’s shot to ones who got a placebo.
  • The vaccine was shown to be 94.5% effective in a preliminary analysis.
  • The announcement closely follows similar news from a rival vaccine program by Pfizer and BioNTech, which touted late-stage success a week ago.
  • The impact from these scientific successes won’t be immediate. Both vaccine candidates still need to secure regulatory approval, and initial supply will be extremely limited.
  • Still, it’s undeniably encouraging news in society’s fight against the pandemic. 
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A second experimental coronavirus vaccine has succeeded at preventing COVID-19 in the final stage of clinical research, marking a victory in the fight against the

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How cofounders with clashing personalities are leading their company

  • David Cancel, CEO of marketing software startup Drift, is an introvert. His cofounder and CTO Elias Torres is an outgoing extrovert.
  • When the company of more than 400 went remote during the pandemic, Cancel was a natural while Torres suffered from the lack of in-person interactions.
  • At times, their different communication styles created some tension, so Cancel started reading up on psychology and realized they were processing information in different ways. 
  • He created a method for more effective messaging, which led to a breakthrough in their relationship.
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When COVID-19 forced marketing software startup Drift to go fully remote in March, introverted CEO David Cancel found himself taking naturally to working from home.

“I joked at the beginning of the pandemic that I was born for this,” Cancel told Business Insider.

His talkative cofounder and CTO Elias Torres was another story.

“Remote SUCKS,” the

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