Tag: Entertainment

Snap Taps Facebook, Google Alum Alexa Levine as U.S. Head of Entertainment Sales

Snap, parent company of Snapchat, has hired Alexa Levine as U.S. head of entertainment.

Levine comes to Snap from Facebook, where she worked for three years oversaw the company’s film, TV, streaming and live event ad clients as industry manager for entertainment. Prior to joining Facebook in 2017, she had a variety of roles at Google — including, most recently, senior account executive, media and entertainment — as well as Microsoft and ad agency Omnicom.

At Snap, Levine is responsible for leading the company’s entertainment sales team and working with U.S. entertainment clients advertising on the platform. Based in Los Angeles. Levine reports to Clayton Peters, U.S. head of verticals, who oversees Snap’s enterprise verticals.

Levine holds a bachelor’s degree in business and hotel management from Cornell University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Snap continues to bulk up its originals slate

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CEO’s of Spotify, Disney, NexTech AR, and Snap Discuss Augmented Reality, Streaming, and the New Mega-Trends Driving Entertainment Business

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wall Street Reporter, the trusted name in financial news since 1843, has published reports on the latest comments and insights from leaders at: Snap (NYSE: SNAP) NexTech AR Solutions (OTC: NEXCF) (CSE: NTAR) The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), and Spotify (NYSE: SPOT).

The entertainment industry is undergoing a sea change, as new technologies upend traditional revenue and distribution models. While streaming gets even bigger, new Augmented Reality and hologram formats are emerging as “the next big thing”. Wall Street Reporter highlights the latest comments from industry thought leaders:

Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) CEO Evan Spiegel: “Overlaying New Experiences on World Through Augmented Reality”

“…We are working hard to overlay new computing experiences on the world through augmented reality. And the Snap Partner Summit showcased some of our latest AR products, including Local Lenses that allow people to share

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Prince William, David Attenborough Launch ‘Earthshot’ Award | Entertainment News

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Prince William has joined forces with renowned British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough to launch a new environmental award Thursday, the Earthshot Prize, which has grand ambitions to “incentivize change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years.”

The prize takes its inspiration from the Moonshot challenge that President John F. Kennedy set for the U.S. in 1961 to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

William, who has been immersed in environmental issues all his life, said the same resources used to tackle the coronavirus pandemic should be devoted to saving the natural world.

“According to the experts, it really is the point of no return,” he told Sky News. “We have 10 years to fundamentally fix our planet.”

The plan envisions five prizes of 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) awarded each year

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Apple TV+ Joins ‘Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment’ Anti-Piracy Coalition

Apple’s Apple TV+ division has joined the Motion Picture Association of America’s Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy group committed to “supporting the legal marketplace for video content and addressing the challenge of online piracy.”

ACE first launched in June 2017 with Netflix and Amazon as founding members, and dozens of movie and content studios have joined like Comcast, Disney, NBC, BBC, AMC, MGM, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Fox, and others.

‌Apple TV‌+ will join the ACE governing board, which includes Amazon, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., in addition to Apple.

ACE’s goal is to disrupt the piracy ecosystem that harms creators, with streaming piracy representing 80 percent of all piracy today, costing companies as much as $71 billion annually. As noted by Axios, streaming piracy is a greater concern to Apple now that it has original streaming content to protect.

Streaming piracy is a growing

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‘NEXT’ puts another new spin on the threat of killer A.I. run amok | Entertainment

The idea of artificial intelligence running amok is hardly new — there are memorable examples back in the 1960s and ’70s — but nevertheless feels especially acute today. Enter “NEXT,” a promising Fox drama, with the disclaimer that a series built around playing a chess match against a monster, as this one does, is particularly vulnerable to wrong moves.

The influences feel too numerous to cite, but the more obvious examples would include “The X-Files” in the show’s structure and “The Terminator” in its central threat, with a pinch of “Person of Interest.” In this case, it’s an AI that has become sentient, posing a serious danger to humanity, and using every technical tool in its sizable quiver to fight back.

Leading the defense, meanwhile, is an eccentric tech innovator, Paul LeBlanc (“Mad Men’s” John Slattery), who enlists an initially skeptical FBI agent, Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade), as an ally.

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Leading Entertainment Studio Jam City Announces First-Ever Mobile Game Partnership with McDonald’s

Global Mobile Game Developer Jam City to Become First Mobile Game Prizing Partner for iconic Monopoly® Coast to Coast Game with McDonald’s Canada

Entertainment studio Jam City announced today a first-ever mobile game partnership with McDonald’s Canada for their annual MONOPOLY® Coast to Coast game. Starting today, the famed golden arches are giving Canadians a chance to win* all kinds of cool prizes at more than 1,400 restaurants across Canada, including $300,000 in virtual giveaways from Jam City’s globally famous match-3 mobile game, Cookie Jam. To learn more about this year’s game and the millions of prizes available to win* go to mcdpromotion.ca.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201006005039/en/

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with McDonald’s on this iconic promotion,” said Sam Notowitz, Vice President of Business Development, Jam City. “The combination of great food, fun games and exciting Cookie Jam

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Zoom’s Got Game for Poker Players | Online Entertainment

By Jack M. Germain

Oct 6, 2020 4:40 AM PT

Mandatory stay-at-home restrictions and bans on small-group gatherings indoors are easing in some locales, but social distancing and face coverings are still a reality that makes card playing among friends a bit risky.

Welcome to the new phenomenon of playing Zoom poker. It is a novel idea that is catching on as the pandemic continues.

The Zoom video platform has become a popular solution for friends who miss their regular in-person poker games. It adds a missing element of banter and social interactions that playing cards and other table games alone on a computer just cannot provide.

Playing Zoom poker is not something Los Angeles-based insurance agent Kenneth Madick would have done on his own. He is not an online poker player.

“I’m just a casual for-fun poker player by nature. I don’t do this as a hobby, as a

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AMC Entertainment Expected to Run Out of Liquidity Within 6 Months

Despite AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE:AMC) opening over 80% of its movie theaters by mid-October, ratings agency S&P Global says the theater operator’s financial condition is dire and it expects the chain to run out of money within six months.

That outlook could change if AMC is able to raise additional capital before then, but S&P doesn’t see that as likely. It warned the risk of default is great as it lowered its rating on the theater operator to CCC- from CCC+.

Abandoned movie theater

Image source: Getty Images.

Turning out the lights

AMC has danced around the brink of bankruptcy as it restructured its debt, but as the potential for any movie blockbusters to draw in crowds this year fades, S&P’s outlook for the theater operator has darkened considerably. It wrote, “We believe a liquidity crisis is all but inevitable even if the company were to fully reopen all of its theaters.”


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Technology is humanity’s greatest enemy in ‘Next’ | TV Review | Arts & Entertainment


Cast: John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Fernanda Andrade (“The Devil Inside”), Eve Harlow (“The 100”), Aaron Clifton Moten (“Disjointed”), Gerardo Celasco (“How to Get Away With Murder”)

Airs: The series premieres Tuesday on Fox.

The premise: Silicon Valley pioneer Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery) built a fortune on the world-changing technologies he invented. But after discovering that one of his own creations, a powerful artificial intelligence called neXt, might have dangerous ramifications if released to the public, LeBlanc tries to shutter the project, only to be kicked out of the company by his own brother.

When a series of unsettling tech mishaps points to a potential crisis, LeBlanc joins forces with Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) and quickly realizes his worst fears have come true.

Highs: If you’ve spent time online, chances are you’ve felt the uncomfortable sensation that technology was creeping into your life a little

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Entertainment and Media Market 2020-2030: Global Business Growth, Size and Forecast

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Sep 28, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
Global Entertainment and Media Market Research Report: by Type (Amusement Park/Facilities, Animation, Book & Magazine,Films and Theatrical, Outdoor Advertising, Radio and Broadcasting), by Application (Wired, Wireless), and by Region (North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World)–Forecast to 2030

The global entertainment and media market is expected to grow at a 10.40% CAGR during the forecast period 2018-2030.

The entertainment and media industry is expected to attain a rapid growth with advancements in digital technologies and the emergence of 5G network connectivity services. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to have an impact on the gaming sector with consumers demanding enhanced gaming experience; this is expected to present an opportunity for key players to invest in the market. However, the challenges of controlling piracy and proper enforcement of copyright laws remains a

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