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do oscars and grammys indicate awards shows losing appeal?

After Nielsen’s brutal morning-after report cards for the Oscars and Grammys this winter, it’s worth asking whether television viewers are losing interest in watching the entertainment industry’s most prominent people celebrate themselves. The Academy Awards reached 26.5 million viewers, easily a record low for what is often the second most-watched program of the year after the Super Bowl. A month earlier, Grammy viewership slipped below the 20 million mark, down 24 percent from 2017 and the music awards show’s smallest audience since 2009. Opening night of the Winter Olympics had a bigger crowd than both shows. That’s alarming news for networks that have considered major awards shows to be reliable, DVR-proof live events. Experts suggest the shows aren’t immune to the same forces depressing viewership across all of television, with some specific…

affleck,damon’s production company to adopt inclusion rider

Prominent producers and celebrities like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar acceptance speech. Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films would be adopting the inclusion rider in conjunction with USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Early Tuesday, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig followed suit saying on Twitter that his company is also going forward with the inclusion rider for all film and television productions. Feig thanked Stacy L. Smith, the director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, for her “guidance and inspiration.” “We challenge other companies and studios to do the same,” Feig wrote. “Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan was one of the first to lend his public support…

apple supplier wistron secures land to build new site in southern india

A unit of Apple Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp has won approval from Karnataka to build a new assembly facility in the south Indian state, signaling a potential expansion of iPhone assembly work in India. The Karnataka state government has approved Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing India Pvt Ltd’s application for 43 acres of land, roughly 65 km (40 miles) from the tech hub of Bengaluru, according to a government document reviewed by Reuters. Wistron will invest 6.8 billion Indian rupees ($105 million) to develop this land and manufacture smartphones, internet of things (IOT) products and bio-tech devices, the document said. Wistron, in its proposal to the state government, said the new plant will create about 6,000 jobs. “When discussions started, their (Wistron’s) requirement was 50-100 acres,” a senior government official told Reuters. “But we were…

trump blocks broadcom takeover bid for qualcomm

President Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security. The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ends Broadcom’s four-month, $117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm — a deal that would have been the largest ever completed in the technology industry. In a statement, Broadcom said it “strongly disagrees” that the acquisition raises any national-security concerns. Qualcomm did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump’s order gives Broadcom few options other than to drop its bid, said Macquarie Securities analyst Srinivas Pajjuri. Broadcom faced challenges almost from the start of its quest. Qualcomm quickly spurned its unsolicited suitor and continued to resist even after Broadcom raised its original offer from $103 billion. Broadcom’s Singapore connections complicated matters, even though the…

facebook to stream 25 mlb games in exclusive deal

Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games in an exclusive deal. The games will be available to Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature announced last August, via the MLB Live show page. Facebook said that recorded broadcasts also will be available globally, excluding select international markets. The package, MLB’s first digital-only national broadcast agreement, precludes teams from televising those games on their regional sports networks. Facebook’s selection will come from among the nine games per season teams can lose from their local telecasts to national video partners, which include Fox and ESPN. MLB owners approved the deal in a telephone meeting this week. MLB will receive $30 million to $35 million, a person familiar…

movies & tv shows

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Four teenagers must work together to finish a video game for real as they are sucked into the magical game during detention. They play the game in the bodies of their avatars, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. FIVE FACTS: 1. Much of the film was shot in Hawaii. 2. Tom Holland was originally set to play Seaplane McDonough, but he instead worked on Spider-Men: Homecoming (2017). 3. When filming the helicopter scene, Kevin Hart suffered from motion sickness. 4. The jungle statues were modelled after the board games pieces in the original movie. 5. All the cast members sang a part of “Welcome To The Jungle”, with Jack Black singing lead vocals. Pitch Perfect 3 Since winning the world championship and graduating from college, the Bellas have all gone their…