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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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 Thursday a new environmental award, 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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Streaming Into A Diverse Entertainment Future

President & CEO of Pinta, multicultural marketing firm with clients such as Carnival, Dr. Seuss, Heineken, Microsoft, NFL Tecate & T-Mobile.

One of the most ubiquitous trends at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology is content streaming. It’s no secret that “over-the-top” services, also known as OTT, have been moving in a diametrically opposed direction to traditional media. As print newspapers and broadcast networks experience precipitous declines, streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others are enjoying exponential growth.

There’s a famous saying that goes something like “never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel,” which refers to the immense power of reporters and publishers. Today, the more accurate refrain might be “never compete with someone who has low-cost structure, unlimited inventory and provides consumers with total flexibility.” Interestingly, this trend is even more prevalent in the U.S. Hispanic market, where

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Flutter Entertainment and Scientific Games Celebrate 20 Year Global Sports Betting Partnership with Long-Term Renewal

Scientific Games fueling sport betting growth for FanDuel, Betfair, Paddy Power, Sky Betting and Gaming and Sportsbet

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) secured a five-year contract renewal with long-term customer Flutter Entertainment plc to continue providing its OpenSports™ technology to the operators’ portfolio of global brands.

Scientific Games Corporation
Scientific Games Corporation

Flutter Entertainment is the world’s leading sports betting, gaming and entertainment provider serving over 13 million customers worldwide through its innovative, diverse and distinctive brands including FanDuel in the U.S., Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Bet in the U.K. and Europe and SportsBet in Australia.

The five-year renewal comes on the back of FanDuel selecting Scientific Games to power their sportsbook offering across all current and future regulated markets in the U.S.

Flutter Entertainment and Scientific Games first partnered with Paddy Power in 2000 making

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Ice Cube lands new sci-fi role | Entertainment

Ice Cube is to star in a new sci-fi film.

The 51-year-old rapper and actor has teamed up with Universal for the as-yet untitled project, which will be produced by Patrick Aiello and Timur Bekmambetov.

Plot details on the movie are vague but it is described as a grounded sci-fi film that explores the themes of privacy versus surveillance. Rich Lee is directing from a script written by Kenneth Golde.

The film has been greenlighted by Universal and is set to begin production next month. The studio are reportedly encouraged to use the new technology that has been developed by Bekmambetov.

The new technology allows production to be completed remotely with cast and crew working from their individual separate locations, particularly useful amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hip hop legend Ice Cube has took on a variety of film roles since making his acting drama in Los Angeles gang drama ‘Boyz

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NetworkNewsBreaks – Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (NASDAQ: BHAT) Achieves Direct Increase in Sales Through Live-Event Content

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Sep 23, 2020 (NetworkNewsWire via COMTEX) —
Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (NASDAQ: BHAT), a leading producer, developer and operator of augmented reality (“AR”) interactive entertainment games, toys and educational materials in China, today announced solid initial results from the direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) partnership with Xiamen Xing Meng Wei Lai Culture Media Co. LTD (” Xing Meng Wei Lai “). Xing Meng Wei Lai is a leading Chinese multi-channel network and internet content development agency that specializes in building DTC social content marketing through live streaming and short videos. After the two-month implementation period, Blue Hat held several live shows displaying its interactive software and products, attracting an aggregate total audience of over 50,000 consumers. “We have placed a renewed focus on leveraging new technologies and mobile purchasing trends to strengthen Blue Hat’s marketing initiatives. To date, we

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Color Star Technology Enters into MOU to Acquire South Korean Artist Agency and Live Entertainment Company

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq CM: HHT) (the “Company”, “we” or “HHT”), a company engaged in the businesses of providing online and offline knowledge-paid services for music and entertainment industries globally, today announced that it, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Color China Entertainment Co., Ltd., entered into a memorandum of understanding (the “MOU”) on September 21, 2020 with FENT Co. Ltd. (“FENT”), a South Korean K-pop entertainment and artist agency service company, to acquire 100 percent equity interest in FENT (the “Proposed Transaction”).

FENT, also known as Fascino Entertainment, is a South Korean-based live entertainment company that engages in: i) talent development and management in the music, film and fashion industries; ii) live concerts and events; iii) music and video production, distribution, and licensing; iv) public relations, media outreach and brand management. FENT also sells cosmetics (e.g., lipsticks) and fashion products

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Variety to Host Virtual Entertainment & Technology Summit on Oct. 14 and 15

Variety‘s annual Entertainment & Technology Summit presented by City National Bank is going virtual this year. The event will take place over two days, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT each day.

Matt Strauss, Chairman, Peacock and NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Larry Wilmore, Comedian, Writer, Producer and Host will be the keynote speakers.

Strauss will be discussing business strategies and goals for NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform. Wilmore will talk about how he assesses creative opportunities in this expanding entertainment landscape.

A “State of Entertainment Development and Production” panel will discuss the profound impacts of COVID-19 disruptions and the way forward for content producers, featuring Rob Mills, SVP of Alternative Series, Late-Night, Specials, ABC Entertainment; Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Content, YouTube; Peter Gal, Chief Creative Officer, DreamWorks Animation Television; Tina Perry, President, OWN; and Nina Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer, ViacomCBS Entertainment

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Variety to Host Virtual Entertainment & Technology Summit

Variety‘s annual Entertainment & Technology Summit presented by City National Bank is going virtual this year. The event will take place over two days, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT each day.

Matt Strauss, Chairman, Peacock and NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Larry Wilmore, Comedian, Writer, Producer and Host will be the keynote speakers.

Strauss will be discussing business strategies and goals for NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform. Wilmore will talk about how he assesses creative opportunities in this expanding entertainment landscape.

A “State of Entertainment Development and Production” panel will discuss the profound impacts of COVID-19 disruptions and the way forward for content producers, featuring Rob Mills, SVP of Alternative Series, Late-Night, Specials, ABC Entertainment; Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Content, YouTube; Peter Gal, Chief Creative Officer, DreamWorks Animation Television; Tina Perry, President, OWN; and Nina Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer, ViacomCBS Entertainment

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