Media, Arts and Entertainment

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Walt Disney has become the latest company to slash its advertising spending on Facebook Inc as the social media giant faces an ad boycott over its handling of hate speech and controversial content, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the situation.

Disney joins other companies like Starbucks Corp, Unilever Plc, Adidas AG and others that have pulled advertising from the tech giant.

The time frame for Disney’s pullback wasn’t clear as some brands paused their ad spending for longer stretches.

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Twitter Inc disabled a campaign-style video that President Donald Trump retweeted on Saturday, citing a copyright complaint.

The video, which included music from the group Linkin Park, disappeared from the president’s Twitter feed late Saturday with the notification: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

Twitter removed the video, which Trump had retweeted from White House social media director Dan Scavino, afte...

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SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) - Some K-pop stars’ accounts have been blocked from view on TikTok’s China version Douyin, Reuters’ checks showed on Friday, days after South Korea’s media regulator slapped fines on the short-video app for data privacy noncompliance.

The reasons for the blocks were unknown, but the move also comes after remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTo...

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As the coronavirus pandemic ripped around the globe, Cirque du Soleil, a circus troupe formed by Quebec street performers that become a global powerhouse, saw most of its operations grind to a halt in barely 48 hours.

The company, which gained international renown for extravagant shows featuring acrobats, jugglers, firebreathers and musicians, was forced to shut down productions in China, Italy and the Uni...

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GLAAD's Studio Responsibility Index sees highest recorded percentage of LGBTQ films, but racial diversity drops and zero transgender characters appear

GLAAD released its eighth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) today, a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ characters in films released by the eight film studios that had the highest theatrical grosses from films released in the 2019 calendar year and four of their subsidiaries as reported by box office...

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The birthplace of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, News Corp’s (NWSA.O) Australian business, is shaping up as a trouble spot for the global firm, following a billion dollar writedown and a move to stop printing more than 100 regional newspapers.

It’s an emotional challenge, given 89-year-old Murdoch’s ties to his native country where he turned a single newspaper inherited from his father in 1952 into one of the world’s most influential comp...

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CBS Television Studios has signed a multi-year agreement with civil rights group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to create content for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, the first such production deal for the NAACP.

The partnership will also allow them to sell content to third-party platforms, the ViacomCBS-owned company said on Wednesday.

NAACP President and Chief Executive Officer Derrick Johnson sai...

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The original handwritten lyrics of Don McLean’s song “Vincent”, a tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh, are going up for sale with an asking price of $1.5 million.

Los Angeles-based rare documents dealer Moments in Time said on Wednesday that the lyrics, scrawled in pencil over 14 pages with deletions and additions, are being sold by a person who acquired them directly from the American singer-songwriter.

“They are written in pencil. There are so...

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A recent spike in cases in Tokyo is due to failure to stick to guidelines to prevent contagion, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a prominent Japanese government adviser, said on Wednesday.

“I think the virus is mutating all the time ... it may be a much stronger virus that triggers a second wave,” said Kurokawa. “But if there are some mutations, that is a completely different story. That could happen anywhere in the world.”

A physician who served as a science adviser to the Japanese cabi...

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon’s “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer, the media giant said.

“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. It is terminating its relationship with Cannon, ViacomCBS said.

The company’s move was in response to remarks made by Cannon on a podcast in which he and Richard “Professor G...