Strauss, who is moving her producing deal to Sister, is coming off a 34-year tenure at HBO where she has spent her entire career to date, from a temp through a slew of executive jobs, including entertainment president, to an Emmy-winning producer.Read more
What would have become of Anne Frank had she survived the Holocaust? That intriguing hypothetical is the premise of “The Book of Ruth,” a short film premiering online at the DeadCenter Film Festival on June 11. The debut film from Israeli American actress-writer-producer Chen Drachman stars Tovah Feldshuh (SHS 1966) as a Jewish grandmother whose secret identity we discover via a conversation with her granddaughter (Drachman) after a Passover seder.Read more
Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig (SHS 1979) discusses colleges potentially going out of business as a result of the coronavirus and how the company is putting students first during the pandemic.
In the digital age, when we are bombarded by media and competing narratives from all directions, awareness is key. Are we passive or active in what stories we consume? How well-versed are we in the digital lexicon, and what does this mean for our position in society? How does today’s media foster relationships, and between whom?
On 5 June at 16:00 CEST / 10:00 EDT, this GLF Live will see Douglas Rushkoff (SHS 1979), a leading thinker and explorer of the media ecosystem, give insights on what our media consumption means, and how this can shape our own narratives, even without our knowing. This forms part of the Storytelling Track of the GLF Bonn 2020 digital conference.Read more
Over the past decade, no one has added more to my understanding of how we think about, discuss, and debate politics and religion than Jonathan Haidt (SHS 1981).
I first connected with Haidt in 2012, after I wrote a blog post for Commentary based on an interview in which Haidt discussed his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. “It’s extremely easy to spot the weak arguments, hypocrisy, and double standards of those with whom I disagree,” I wrote. “It’s much harder to see them in myself.”Read more
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