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U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York said he rejected an $18.9 million settlement for women who claimed they had been subjected to sexual abuse and workplace harassment by Harvey Weinstein.

Hellerstein said he rejected the preliminary settlement because it’s unfair to women who Weinstein raped or sexually abused to be grouped together will women who had just met him.

Elizabeth Fegan, a lawyer representing nine We...

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Spotify Technology SA on Tuesday launched its service in Russia, the fastest growing international market for music, and 12 other regions as part of its expansion strategy after breaking into India last year.

Russia is the 17th largest global market for music streaming. Roughly 87% of people stream music online, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Strong growth during the global pandemic persuaded Spotify to move forward with free and subscript...

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The U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression on Monday accused the White House of mounting an “onslaught” against the media and referred to a negative “Trump effect” on global press freedom.

In his last official press briefing before his six-year tenure ends later this month, David Kaye said in a series of forthright comments that he hoped “attacks” on U.S. journalists would end when President Donald Trump leaves office.

“Clearly the signat...

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peacock is joining the streaming world with a few feathers plucked from its intended array of original programs.

Amid a stubborn, industry-wide production halt forced by the coronavirus, Peacock subscribers have to wait for a reimagined “Battlestar Galactica,” the podcast-based “Dr. Death” with Jamie Dornan and Alec Baldwin, and reboots of “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster.”

Nine new programs will be released on Peacock’s launch day, We...

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said Monday that his former writer who posted racist comments online was wrong but criticized “ghouls now beating their chests in triumph” after his staffer’s resignation.

“When we pose as blameless in order to hurt other people, we are committing the gravest sin of all,” the Fox host said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Carlson, who said the online commentary by Blake Neff had no connection to his show, said he would be taki...

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The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

A new name must still be selected for one of the oldest and most storied teams in the National Football League, and it was unclear how soon that will happen. But for now, arguably the most polarizing name in North American professional sports is gone at ...

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(Reuters) - American actress Kelly Preston who has appeared in films including “Jerry Maguire” and “Twins,” has died at aged 57 after battling breast cancer for nearly two years, her husband, John Travolta, announced in an Instagram post late on Sunday.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” the 66-year-old “Grease” actor said in his post.

“Kelly’s love and life will al...

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In a COVID-19 a world with stay-at-home orders and social distancing, people’s viewing habits have changed dramatically. With more time on their hands, consumers are purchasing more streaming and digital services. In fact, 80 percent of Americans subscribe to roughly one or more video streaming services.

In the absence of in-person focus groups and concerns about online market testing, including sample size, lack of audience diversity and piracy, a solution was needed to enable creators to reach consumers to test newly produced material in an efficient, secure manner.

Pilotly, a technology startup, aims to help producers and content creators gauge consumer response accurately and efficiently via a streaming, analytics and survey platform.

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Insurers have largely stopped covering independent film and television productions against the risk of COVID-19 illness, a shift that threatens the supply of new entertainment in 2021, Hollywood producers, insurers and industry experts said.

Thousands of shoots around the world shut down abruptly in March as the novel coronavirus spread and governments imposed lockdowns.

Now as filmmakers try to get back to work they are finding insu...

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NBC News leader Cesar Conde, in one of his first public acts in the job, has committed to building a workforce at the news organizations he supervises where at least half of the employees are minorities.

The staff is currently nearly 27% minority, including 8% each of Black, Latino and Asian workers. Conde set no deadline for achieving his “50 Percent Initiative.”

He also wants women to comprise half the employees at NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, ...