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Friday, May 14, 2010

CSN on road to second national championship

COLLEGE BASEBALL: CSN advances to regional championship game
Trevor Kirk delivered a two-run single to break a 4-all tie in the bottom of the eighth inning as the top-seeded College of Southern Nevada Coyotes beat No. 3 seed Salt Lake Community College 6-5 today and advanced to the championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 18 Baseball Championships at Morse Stadium in Henderson, tomorrow (Saturday).

It is also a chance to see the number one MLB draft choice pitch for CSN.

Gadzooks, No Little Orphan Annie!

"The Sun will come out your bottom dollar, that tomorrow, there'll be sun."

The iconic read haired orphan Annie is ending her time on newspaper comic pages.

Tribune Media Services (formerly Tribune Syndicate)  has cancelled 85 year old "Annie", although she would be closer to 95 years old if she were a real woman.

"It's a hard knock life."

The subject of a popular radio show, a television show, two Broadway Musicals, several movies and a long series of adventure books, the Spunky Orphan who America first met August 5, 1924, was rescued by Daddy Warbucks (names after World War I's large military industrial complex) and later adopted her famous dog Sandy.

Tribune is not killing her off. They see an Internet age reincarnation using digital media.

The last day the strip will appear is June 13.

New Model for Concerts and Promotions

Can this be a new marketing and concert norm for the digital age?

Press release follows:

This spring, fans of GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel can become a part of the first worldwide album launch party that is coming to their hometown.

On Monday, June 7, 2010, VELOCITY Broadcasting and Big Machine Label Group will host a High-Definition, interactive concert event that will be broadcast into private clubs, restaurants and theaters in 75 cities across the nation.

This is far from your ordinary concert. It’s a new model for how artists can bring their music to the marketplace:

The ticketed event will give concert-goers the chance to hear and see Jewel perform songs live from her new album, “Sweet and Wild,” even before it is available online or in stores. They’ll get a live, behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the concert and more on how Jewel created her new album. The concert will also include an opening act by country duo, Steel Magnolia.  

Fans who attend can ask Jewel questions live on the air, and they can be part of selecting the songs she performs. They also get the chance to make themselves part of the High-Definition broadcast through the use of individual HD cameras that will be distributed at the worldwide locations.

When they leave, they’ll take home a once-in-a-life, intimate experience with their favorite musician. They will also have the chance to purchase an autographed copy of her new album…before it hits the streets.

Another blow to file sharing



Call it Napster II. A federal court in New York has found the file “sharing” service Limewire liable for copyright infringement.

The case was brought by the RIAA, and seeks fines that would run into the billions of dollars. No decision has been made yet on penalties. quotes the head of the RIAA as saying that Limewire just didn’t seem to get it:
The music business has been devastated by the kind of digital theft rampant on P2P services, and the movie business is beginning to see the same kind of problems.

LGBT Actors

I wanted you to see the news release we distributed yesterday in response to the Ramin Setoodeh story for Newsweek.  The article included certain references that could have been taken to mean that actors, particularly LGBT actors, are limited in the types of roles that they can play.

As you know, encouraging and enforcing fair and diverse casting and hiring practices are core to our mission of protecting SAG members. This statement which includes quotes from National LGBT Actors Committee chair Jason Stuart and Deputy National Executive Director and General Counsel Duncan Crabtree Ireland strongly makes our case and has been published by a variety of media outlets.

David White, NED, SAG


Screen Actors Guild Responds to “Straight Jacket” Newsweek Article

Los Angeles (May 13, 2010) - On April 26, 2010, Newsweek printed an article entitled “Straight Jacket” in which contributor Ramin Setoodeh contends that audiences do not accept openly gay actors playing straight roles, while offering no proof to support this claim other than his own discomfort. Screen Actors Guild rejects the notion that lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) actors are restricted in the roles they can play.

“Intentional or not, Ramin Setoodeh’s wrongheaded argument sends a damaging and false message that we are limited in the roles we are able to play,” said actor Jason Stuart, chair of the SAG National LGBT Actors Committee. “This committee was formed to provide support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors so that they no longer need to feel as if they must hide who they are in order to work in this business. Unfortunately, harmful attitudes like those of Setoodeh are used to pressure actors to stay in the closet. Our work is clearly not done and we will continue to fight to end fear within the acting community that being open about who you are means the end of your career. I’m an actor; it’s not who I am but what I can play that counts.”

SAG’s Affirmative Action & Diversity Department and the SAG National LGBT Actors Committee work to support LGBT actors in the workplace. “Screen Actors Guild is committed to supporting all of our members in their pursuit of work in order to attain full inclusion within the industry,” said Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG deputy national executive director and general counsel. “Despite the progress made over the years, our LGBT members face discrimination and harassment as do other historically underrepresented groups and SAG will continue to demand that all performers have equal employment opportunities and insist that qualified individuals are hired regardless of how they may identify.”