American indie distributor Greenwich Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple‘s (SHS 1964) Desert One.
Under terms of the deal, Greenwich will license the North American theatrical and select home entertainment rights for Desert One, which recounts the attempted rescue mission of 52 American citizens on April 1980 who were taken hostage in Tehran during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.Read more
Chegg CHGG shares have skyrocketed since its first-quarter results wowed Wall Street on May 4. The company, which began as an online textbook hub, has expanded into a diverse digital educational platform that had already proved it’s poised to grow in a quickly changing learning environment, and then the coronavirus forced everyone to stay at home.Read more
The expert Tucker chose was Aaron Sorkin (SHS 1979), the famed writer, director and producer who adapted Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird into a Tony Award-winning Broadway play. Tucker had met Sorkin more than two decades ago when she performed in a Syracuse University production of Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. The two renewed their acquaintance last year on Broadway when Tucker was a member of the “Mockingbird” ensemble cast and an understudy for the part of Calpurnia, the Finch family housekeeper.Read more
Former NBC Executive Tom Rogers Suggests Biden Not Ready for ‘Prime Time’: ‘I Really Fear a Crisis’ for Him if He Can’t Articulate Better
Former NBC executive Tom Rogers revealed his fears that 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden is not “ready for prime time election season,” Monday, calling his performances to date “very unsatisfying” and his messages on the coronavirus not “very convincing.”Read more
The arrival of Covid-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system and our grade isn’t pretty: At least 71,100 dead, 1.2 million infected and 30 million unemployed; nursing homes, prisons and meat packing plants that have become hotbeds of infection. The actual numbers are certainly far higher, since there still hasn’t been enough testing to identify all those who have died or have been infected.Read more
Modern digital tools have brought about new conveniences, enabling many to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite our countless ways to connect with each other, studies increasingly show that people are more isolated, more depressed and less empathetic than before. In this episode of Big Tech, co-hosts David Skok and Taylor Owen speak with Douglas Rushkoff (SHS 1979) about the internet’s evolution from an emerging technology to the monopolistic system we have today. Rushkoff is a professor of media theory and digital economics at Queens College, City University of New York and author of Team Human, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus and more.
Ten years ago, Dan Rosensweig (SHS 1979) made a bet on higher education and the Internet. The whole college system, he decided, was ridiculously outdated. Universities would have to modernize and embrace online teaching sooner or later. The former COO of Yahoo and CEO of Guitar Hero took on the role of CEO and president of Chegg, an online tutoring and student services company.Read more
Flash charity auction offers the opportunity to bid on lunch with MIT professors in support of COVID-19 relief in Cambridge
Dream of dining and discussing space travel with former NASA astronaut and MIT Aerospace Engineering Professor, Jeffrey Hoffman (SHS 1962) Want to grab a sandwich and talk sports analytics with Ben Shields, former ESPN executive and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan? Perhaps you'd like to break bread and ponder the future of nanomedicine with Paula Hammond, the head of MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering.Read more
Greenwich Entertainment has acquired the North American theatrical and select home entertainment rights for Barbara Kopple’s (SHS 1964) documentary Desert One. Greenwich will release Desert One on a to-be-determined date followed by a broadcast on History.
The docu from the two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker, which debuted at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, revisits April 1980 when the military participated in a rescue operation known as Operation Eagle Claw, whee they rescued 52 U.S.Read more
Earl Graves Sr., the founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine and iconic entrepreneur in the black community, has died.
Graves' son, Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., confirmed his father's passing in a post on Twitter, saying he died after a long battle with Alzheimer's. According to Black Enterprise, Graves Sr. was 85.Read more