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  • LinkedIn: Closing The Gap In Finance & Entertainment

    In the era of #MeToo and Times’ Up, LinkedIn partnered with CNBC to get a sense of the state of gender across the American workplace. We received more than 2,000 responses from LinkedIn members working in finance, entertainment and the motion picture/film industry in the U.S. Our questions tried to cover both the alleged problems as well as potential solutions, asking respondents to weigh in on if their careers have been impacted by the issues surfaced by the #MeToo and Time's Up movements and their ideas for how to make the industry more inclusive. We then interviewed more than 100 members across the industry to get their analysis through reported featured on the issues. To date, thousands of additional professionals both on and off LinkedIn have joined the larger conversation about the results and their implications for the American workplace.
  • Marc Schaffel Profile

    Court TV did an exploration of the biography and character of Michael Jackson's unindicted co-conspirator, Marc Schaffel. Schaffel has been a producer of gay porn films since the 1980s. He was known for recruiting young men who looked younger than they were. And he stage-managed the filming of the Jackson "rebuttal tape," telling Debbie Rowe what to say and how to say it.
  • Reel life vs. real life

    "Using many of the same categories found in the 2000 Census, USA Today tallied statistics about age, race and gender of the actors and characters in 2001 movies that played on at least 600 screens." It found that Hispanics lag, women are underrepresented, men are older and women are younger, and fewer major movie characters are married.
  • The Pious Pornographers

    CBC reports on how "large corporations are involved in the sale of pornography through the ownership of satellite and cable television systems." The main finding is that Bell ExpressVu, a blue-cheap, well-respected Canadian company, has been breaking the country's broadcasting rules by showing violent hard-core porn. The story reveals that pornography has become a lucrative industry that is seducing also some American giants like General Motors, AT&T and Time-Warner.
  • Hollywood Wars

    Brill's Content looks at "the history of a Hollywood-Pentagon alliance that can often blur the line between entertainment and propaganda." The investigation is based on hundreds of pages of military documents that have made "the nature and scope of the Pentagon's dealings with Hollywood filmmakers ... suddenly more vivid." The article reveals that "filmmamkers who want their movies about the military to look real seek assistance from the Pentagon, but the military imprimatur comes with a price." Filmmakers can get "nearly cost-free access to the military's equipment", if they implement changes to the script "to ensure ... that the military is presented accurately and in positive light." The story includes a list of well-known movies that either exemplify the military's influence, or have been disapproved by the Pentagon. The author points to the CIA as another government organization that tries to influence filmmakers.
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    Bruce McNall was at one time hailed as the smartest, most glamorous monguls in sports with financial statements in 1993 worth $133 million. Unfortunately, however, McNall threw his multimillion-dollar party for himself and his cronies on borrowed money. A GQ article examines how McNall fooled lenders for ten years compiling loan upon loan and lying about details in his personal life to impress friends and associates. (June 1995)