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Kobalt Signs Childish Gambino

Kobalt, a music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, announced that it has signed Grammy award winning, actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ, Donald Glover, a.k.a., Childish Gambino. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration, including global synch and creative support services, for all of Childish Gambino’s future songs after the Awaken, My Love! album. In addition, Kobalt has signed Wolf + Rothstein, Glover’s musical teams of collective songwriters and artists for publishing administration, global synch and creative support services.

Said Kobalt Music SVP, Creative, Al McLean, of the deal, “Donald is one of those rare multi-talented artists who can do it all. It’s an honor to sign Donald and Wolf + Rothstein Collective to the Kobalt family.”

Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy-winning actor, writer, comedian, DJ, and rapper Donald Glover broke into pop culture mainstream first on the hit TV sitcom Community after serving on the writing staff of both The Daily Show and 30 Rock. In August 2011, he signed to Glassnote Records under his rap moniker Childish Gambino and has since released two albums. Glover also currently stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created and occasionally directs.

Operating out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles, Wolf + Rothstein is the creative agency comprised of Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Donald Glover, Wolf Taylor, and Fam Rothstein, all whom worked with the band that helped compose the critically acclaimed Awaken My Love! Released December 2, 2017, Awaken My Love! and the chart-topping hit single “Redbone” are nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance (winner), Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Childish Gambino is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on May 5, 2018.

“Wolf and Rothstein is excited to partner with Kobalt for publishing,” said Wolf Taylor of Wolf + Rothstein. “We’re looking forward to growing the roster together.”

CNN Wins Peabody Award for Coverage of Fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Written By | Lauren Cone

CNN’s coverage of the fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria has won a Peabody Award in the News category, it was announced today by the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors.

Combining dramatic reports from multiple CNN correspondents across key datelines with exclusive drone footage and other types of technology to enhance storytelling, CNN’s coverage demonstrated a “continued investment and dedication to the story…as global conflicts simmer,” according to the Peabody jurors.

Full comments from the jurors: “CNN’s war reporters revealed many sides of the fall of ISIS, and the devastation left in its wake. In addition to courageous correspondents, this notable set of dramatic reports provided fresh angles and the creative use of technology, including stunning drone footage that captured the size and scope of ruined neighborhoods. The network’s continued investment and dedication to the story is especially significant as global conflicts simmer.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

BMW Group publishes Sustainable Value Report 2017: “For us, sustainability means future viability.”

The BMW Group understands sustainability from the supplier through production to recycling. The Sustainable Value Report 2017 provides all the facts and figures: more than 100,000 electrified vehicles sold for the first time in 2017; fleet average CO2 emissions in Europe; share of renewable energy further increased; supply chain for electromobility improved.

Munich. The BMW Group made significant progress in shaping sustainable mobility in 2017. For the first time, the company sold more than 100,000 electrified vehicles in a single year. Although the percentage of diesel vehicles in Europe decreased, fleet consumption was further reduced – to an average of 122 grams per kilometre. As part of its holistic approach to decarbonisation, a major breakthrough in energy supply was also achieved at the company’s production locations. In 2017, for the first time, 100 percent of the electricity purchased by the BMW Group in Europe came from renewable energies. The BMW Group also expanded its pioneering role in procurement of relevant raw materials for electromobility in 2017 – for example, by making its cobalt supply chain much more transparent.

The new Sustainable Value Report 2017, which will be published to coincide with the company’s Annual Report on 21 March 2018, provides a detailed overview of all facts and figures. The message is clear: The BMW Group is committed to creating sustainable mobility – from suppliers, to production, to the end of the vehicle lifecycle.

“For us, sustainability means future viability – for the BMW Group and for society. We know the challenges and are rising to meet them. We develop innovative mobility solutions that create additional value for customers, the company and society,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG: “The BMW Group doesn’t just make project announcements – we also ensure they are implemented.”

By focusing early on electromobility, the BMW Group has already earned itself a leading position in the market for electrified vehicles. In an expanded competitive environment, it is the clear leader in registrations of new fully-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Europe, with a market share of 21 percent. The BMW Group’s percentage of the electrified vehicle segment is therefore already three times its market share with traditional models.

This success in selling electrified vehicles also helped the BMW Group make further progress in decarbonising its product portfolio in 2017. Despite the decreasing share of diesels in core markets, the BMW Group reduced its average CO2 fleet emissions in Europe to 122 grams/kilometre (previous year: 124g/km). Consequently, COemissions are 42 percent lower than they were in 1995. The aim is to achieve a reduction of 50 percent by 2020.

“In line with its holistic sustainability strategy, the BMW Group is focusing its climate protection activities not just on products, but also on emissions at its production locations. The BMW Group’s long-term aim is to achieve CO2-free production worldwide”, says Ursula Mathar, head of BMW Group’s Sustainability and Environmental Protection. Another important milestone in this direction was reached in 2017: For the first time in Europe, all purchased electricity came from 100-percent renewable energies. The goal is for all other locations worldwide to follow suit by 2020.

A large number of projects helped the BMW Group manage its energy resources more efficiently in 2017 and continue to reduce its CO2 footprint: For example, wind turbines at the Leipzig site ensure that the BMW i3 is produced using solely CO2-free electricity. A new battery farm at the same location enables energy from the plant’s wind turbines to be integrated into the power grid. In this way, up to 700 used BMW i3 high-voltage batteries are given a “second life”, which extends their usefulness beyond the end of the vehicle lifecycle and saves resources.

The growing use of high-voltage batteries in electrified vehicles and second-life utilisation concepts places increasing demands on a clean, transparent supply chain. This applies, for example, to the raw material cobalt. In 2017, the BMW Group became the first automobile manufacturer worldwide to publicly release information on smelters and countries of origin for the raw material. The BMW Group is also currently working with an independent partner to explore how the social and environmental situation can be sustainably improved in a model mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

These and many other facts and figures on holistic implementation of the BMW Group sustainability strategy in the areas “products and services”, “production and value creation” and “employees and society” can be found in the new Sustainable Value Report 2017.

The substance of sustainable development, as well as reporting transparency, are also recognised by international experts: The BMW Group is the only automobile manufacturer to feature in the rating published by RobecoSAM AG for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) every year since 1999. In the rating compiled by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the BMW Group once again earned the highest “A” rating for transparency and climate protection measures for the eighth consecutive year. The BMW Group also achieved the top “A” rating in the CDP’s Global Water Report, which evaluates responsible use of water. In the most recent ranking compiled in 2016 by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and the business association “Future e.V.”, the BMW Group’s Sustainable Value Report was named best sustainability report published by a major German company.

The BMW Group has published sustainable value reports since 2001 and, since 2013, solely as an interactive PDF. The 2017 report was once again compiled in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI standards; comprehensive level) and meets the criteria of the CSR reporting standard in Germany in full. All quantitative and qualitative statements in the 2017 report were also verified by an external auditing firm (PricewaterhouseCoopers) under the following criteria: materiality, stakeholder inclusiveness, clarity, completeness, accuracy, reliability and comparability. Independent assurance was performed in accordance with the ISAE 3000 Standard (International Standard of Assurance Engagements).

 

Saudi Arabia to Host the Greatest Royal Rumble®

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia & STAMFORD, Conn.– The Saudi General Sports Authority in partnership with WWE will present the Greatest Royal Rumble event at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27. For the first time ever, the Royal Rumble match will feature 50 WWE Superstars. As part of this historic event, fans will see WWE Superstars John Cena™, Triple H™, Roman Reigns™, AJ Styles™, Braun Strowman™, The New Day™, Randy Orton™, Bray Wyatt™ and Shinsuke Nakamura™, among others.

“Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to present WWE’s world-class entertainment to a global audience on a grander scale than ever before.”

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Ticket and broadcast information will be available in the coming weeks. This event is part of a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership in support of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s social and economic reform program.

“The Greatest Royal Rumble will be a spectacle of historic proportions,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to present WWE’s world-class entertainment to a global audience on a grander scale than ever before.”

 

 

WWE®’s George Barrios to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced that its Co-President, George A. Barrios, will participate in a fireside chat at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

A live audio webcast will be available online at corporate.wwe.com/investors. Mr. Barrios’ remarks are expected to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET). A replay of the fireside chat will be available after the actual event and will be available for 90 days following the conference.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 20 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is now available in almost all international markets other than embargoed countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

BACARDÍ®, SWIZZ BEATZ AND THE DEAN COLLECTION BRING NO COMMISSION BACK TO MIAMI TO CELEBRATE CARIBBEAN “ISLAND MIGHT”

BACARDÍ®, Swizz Beatz and The Dean Collection celebrate the return of their groundbreaking art platform No Commission to Miami from December 7 – 9, 2017 at Soho Studios, Wynwood, Miami.

After a whirlwind international tour over the last two years, No Commission: Miami promises to be the biggest, most impressive show to date. Since its inception in 2015, No Commission has challenged traditional art fair formats by giving artists free exhibition space and total control of sales. This homecoming continues that tradition, while featuring the theme of “Island Might,” a homage to the BACARDÍ Caribbean culture.

Timed to one of the world’s biggest art fairs, No Commission: Miami consists of a three-day immersive pop-up event in Wynwood, highlighting a unique mix of interactive art, live music, craft cocktails and culture. The exhibition marks the culmination of No Commission’s 2017 global tour and will honor the vibrancy of Cuban culture through the work of some of the world’s most celebrated – and emerging – artists.

No Commission is the brainchild of Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Swizz Beatz, The Dean Collection and BACARDÍ, and seeks to forge a direct link between the artists, art community and art patrons. The platform is uniquely designed to support both new and established artists in a way that breaks down conventional barriers – all artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly to the artists.

Mercedes-Benz hits pothole in China with Dalai Lama post

Written By | Sherisse Pham

Mercedes-Benz has become the latest major global brand to offer a public apology after upsetting the Chinese government on a sensitive subject.

The carmaker apologized Tuesday for hurting “the feelings” of Chinese people by quoting the Dalai Lama in a post on its Instagram account. The move comes just weeks after Marriott, Delta Air Lines and other big names found themselves in trouble with Beijing over how they described politically sensitive places like Taiwan and Tibet.

The Chinese government has launched frequent attacks on the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, calling him a “traitor” and a separatist. Beijing considers Tibet to be part of its territory and comes down hard on any suggestions to the contrary.

Mercedes, which is owned by Daimler, (DDAIF) ran afoul of China’s stance when it paired a quote attributed to the Dalai Lama with a photo of one of its luxury sedans on Instagram — a social media platform that is banned in China.

“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open,” the quote read.

The ad was posted on Monday and garnered nearly 90,000 likes before Mercedes deleted it the following day, according to a screenshot posted by Chinese state media.

The Global Times, a state-run newspaper that often strikes a nationalistic tone, criticized Mercedes, saying the company was quick to respond to the incident but shouldn’t make such mistakes in the first place.

Mercedes issued a statement in Chinese about the incident on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter (TWTR), offering a “sincere apology” three separate times.

“We fully understand how it has hurt the feelings of people in the country, including our colleagues working in China, we sincerely apologize for this,” Mercedes said, adding that the post contained “extremely erroneous information.”

With its rising middle class and growing economic might, China is a key market for many global brands. Mercedes is no exception.

Of the nearly 2.4 million vehicles it sold worldwide last year, more than a quarter were snapped up by Chinese buyers.

A growing number of international companies have recently found themselves in hot water in China over politically sensitive issues.

Authorities last month blocked Marriott’s websites and apps for a week in China after it listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries in its emails and apps. Marriott(MAR) apologized profusely, saying it respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.

Shortly after that, Delta (DAL) came under fire for similarly listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries. It said it was “an inadvertent error with no business or political intention” in its apology.

At the same time, the owner of European clothing brand Zara was chastised by regulators for listing Taiwan as a country and ordered to rectify the situation.

China and Taiwan — officially the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China — separated in 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war.

They have been governed separately since, though a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures, with Mandarin spoken as the official language in both places. The government in Beijing has always maintained that Taiwan is a renegade province that is an integral part of its sovereign territory.

Communist China sent troops into Tibet in 1950 to enforce its claim on the region, and has controlled it since 1951 — though the central government in Beijing has faced repeated bouts of unrest from ethnic Tibetans unhappy over its rule.

Black Panther in Theaters Feb. 16, 2018

Black Panther

Marvel Studios’“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits theatres on February 16, 2018. 

 

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Fifty Shades Freed

50 Shades

IN THEATERS FEBRUARY 9

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Also returning from prior Fifty Shades entries are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman and Robinne Lee, who are joined for the first time by Arielle Kebbel and Brant Daugherty.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Cast & Crew

CAST

Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman, Arielle Kebbel, Robinne Lee, Brant Daugherty, and Marcia Gay Harden

DIRECTOR

James Foley

SCREENPLAY BY

Niall Leonard

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY

E L James

PRODUCER

Michael De Luca, E L James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi

TOMB RAIDER

Theatrical Premiere: March 16, 2018

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero. The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (Ex MachinaThe Danish Girl) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave), with Oscar-winner Graham King (The Departed) producing under his GK Films banner. The executive producers are Patrick McCormick, Denis O’Sullivan and Noah Hughes.

Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful EightDjango Unchained), Daniel Wu (AMC’s Into the Badlands) and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient).

Uthaug directed from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons. The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography George Richmond (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation); production designer Gary Freeman (Maleficent); Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (SkyfallGorillas in the Mist); Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and costume designer Timothy A. Wonsik (assistant costume designer, Free State of JonesIron Man 3).

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwiyn-Mayer Pictures present, a Square Enix Limited production, a GK Films production, Tomb Raider. Set for release on March 16, 2018, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by MGM.

 

Genre: Action/Adventure