House Republicans update Action Plan unveil additional goals for 2014

first_img Categories: News LANSING — House Republicans today provided an update to the caucus Action Plan, including additional goals for Michigan that would address tax relief for individuals, human trafficking, gun-owner rights, transportation needs, and school safety.“The people of Michigan deserve real results that brings jobs for workers and reunites families in our state,” said Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. “The facts show that the past three years have been filled with making the tough decisions needed to move our state forward. We can’t be done with our work because the job is not done. We will continue working for Michigan’s hard-working families.”Bolger noted that in completing more than half of the two-year Action Plan in the first year alone, House Republicans were able to accomplish many things that had not been possible for years.Among these accomplishments are passage of sales tax on the difference legislation that brought tax relief to working women and men who trade up on an automobile, boat or RV. Campaign finance limits and transparency also have been improved. Both initiatives have been talked about around Lansing for decades but never completed.Fixing the Court of Claims law so that the court represents the full state of Michigan had been discussed since Gov. John Engler’s days but never accomplished until last year.House Republicans also tackled the problems and inadequate representation plaguing our indigent defense system. They provided vital reforms that have been overdue for decades. House Republicans made things happen through cooperation with people from both sides of the aisle to finally reform and create a better indigent defense system.The year 2013 also saw true Medicaid reform involving co-pays and responsibility for personal behavior — something that had been discussed since John Engler was governor and so important an issue that it once spurred a gubernatorial campaign. Through bipartisan work, Medicaid reform was accomplished when many said it couldn’t be done.“Everyone in Michigan deserves a bright future, a safe community and a successful career when they work hard and play by the rules,” said Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, chair of the House Republican Policy Workgroup that helped craft the Action Plan. “Today, and every day, we renew our commitment to the Action Plan we unveiled one year ago. We have traveled far, but we still have a long way to go to make it back from Michigan’s lost decade.”### Contact:Ari B. Adleraadler@house.mi.gov 09Jan House Republicans update Action Plan, unveil additional goals for 2014last_img read more

House Appropriations Chair applauds governors State of the State priorities

first_img Categories: Cox News Cox reflects on what Snyder’s comments mean for 2018-19 state budget State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, highlighted the issues from Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address that will impact next year’s state budget.Following the recession of the early 2000s, which depleted the state’s reserved funds, the Legislature and Governor Snyder have worked to replenish that fund. The governor, once again, highlighted the importance of the rainy day fund, a budget accomplishment of which Cox is very proud.“This fund is vital to our state’s future,” said Cox, of Livonia. “I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to do with my colleagues to grow and protect that money from being raided so we have it when we truly need it.  Keeping Michigan on the right track by safeguarding our nest egg and paying down our unfunded liabilities will be a top priority for me as we craft our budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year.”Cox also applauded the governor’s emphasis on K-12 education and career and technical (CTE) training.“Last year I presided over a budget which allocated more funding to K-12 public school education than ever before and placed great emphasis on CTE programs across our state,” Cox said. “I am intent on continuing the work of preparing our children for the 21st century jobs market.”Cox, who previously served as a law enforcement officer and has pushed for increased protections for Michigan communities, said she was pleased with the governor’s commitment in this area as well.Of the many topics covered in the governor’s address, Cox says cracking down on campus sexual assault is important to her.“As a member of the Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault Initiative, I have been working to stop assault on college campuses for several years,” Cox said. “Lately, this issue is being discussed on a national level and we are demanding a change. I am happy to partner with the governor and my legislative colleagues to stop all instances of sexual assault both on and off campus.”Cox and her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee will begin discussions for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year budget in the coming weeks.### Tags: State of the State center_img 23Jan House Appropriations Chair applauds governor’s State of the State prioritieslast_img read more

Rep Rendon supports bill to allow tribal social services representatives access to

first_img Legislation protects children State Rep. Daire Rendon has voted with the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee to give tribal social services access to certain records that would allow them to communicate with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for the best interest of children in their tribe.The bill would allow tribal officials to better cooperate with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in child welfare cases.“This legislation helps protect the best interests of children and promotes security of tribes and their families,” said Rendon, of Lake City.The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978 in response to a crisis affecting American Indian and Alaska’s Native children, families, and tribes. Studies revealed that large numbers of children were being separated from their parents, extended families and communities by state welfare and private adoption agencies.Under current law, the MDHHS cannot disclose confidential information when it comes to tribal children who are in the Child Protective Services system outside of a few enumerated situations.A confidential written report, confidential document, or confidential photograph also would be available to a tribal representative, agency or organization to care for, diagnose, treat, review and evaluate, or monitor active efforts regarding a child in their tribe.Senate Bill 616 moves to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Daire Rendon News 01Feb Rep. Rendon supports bill to allow tribal social services representatives access to state documentslast_img read more

Rep Wozniak Republican lawmakers unveil new caucus Action Plan

first_img20Feb Rep. Wozniak, Republican lawmakers unveil new caucus Action Plan State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, this week joined his colleagues for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide House Republican legislation for the 2019-2020 legislative term.Wozniak underscored the continued commitment within the plan to reduce car insurance rates for all drivers, invest in our state’s roadways and stand up for the most vulnerable people in Michigan.“We’re at a crossroads where what we accomplish and prioritize now dictates how prosperous our state’s future can be,” Wozniak said. “We’re not only committed to paving roads here in Michigan, we’re also committed to continuing the economic comeback we’ve been experiencing over the past several years. This action plan leads the way for all Michiganders to live, work and raise their families.”The action plan also focuses on the following issues in the next two years:Building Michigan’s future through improved infrastructure, including public water systems;Protecting constitutional rights and religious freedoms;Meaningful criminal justice reform, such as protecting private property rights through changes to civil asset forfeiture, while upholding the rule of law; andPutting more hard-earned money back into the pockets of Michigan taxpayers.Since 2011, House Republicans have publicly outlined their priorities to improve government transparency and accountability. The entire action plan is available to the public at gophouse.org/leading-the-way. Categories: Wozniak Newslast_img read more

Interim Mayor Just Says No to Citys Winter Shelters

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 6, 2014; XETV-TV, San Diego 6There are many ways that Todd Gloria, interim mayor of San Diego, is not like his predecessor, Bob Filner. His take on the issue of homelessness is one example. Filner, who resigned last year following multiple allegations of sexual harassment, hoped to keep San Diego’s city-sponsored winter shelters, typically only open Thanksgiving through Easter, available year-round. These shelters have not closed since November 2012.Gloria believes the money could be better spent. In his “State of the City” address last week, he proposed that San Diego close the winter shelters and instead spend the $1.9 million in general funds on programs that he believes have proven more effective in reducing homelessness.His proposal includes:$800,000 in assessment and case management for the winter shelter, including case management services for veterans.$400,000 to the Regional Task Force on the Homelessness to implement a coordinated Homeless Management Information System. This type of system is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to be in place in order to receive federal homeless dollars.$120,000 for the Serial Inebriate Program for chronic homeless alcoholics cycling through various facilities, allowing the county to increases services from 12 to 32 individuals at any given time.$80,000 for the Neil Good Day Center, a haven for many of San Diego’s homeless and a place where they can make phone calls, take showers, and use computers.$40,000 to augment the San Diego Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Teams.$150,000 for a storage facility, currently operated by Girls Think Tank, where more than 300 homeless may safely leave belongings while looking for work or attending doctor appointments.$300,000 to fill a funding gap at Connections Housing, a downtown shelter providing 223 interim and supportive-housing beds.The two mayoral candidates, David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, both appear to support Gloria’s proposal.Gloria’s proposed changes are not without controversy. Many are concerned Gloria would in effect be closing the winter shelters and displacing the 375 people currently using those beds. “The representation that the tents were going to be open year-round is illusory,” he stated, according to San Diego City Beat. “It wasn’t funded that way, and it’s one of the things we’ve been trying to deal with.”San Diego has an estimated 5,700 homeless residents, approximately 3,100 of whom live on the streets. San Diego also has a significant portion of migrant farmworkers living in makeshift housing in canyons near residential areas.There is, clearly, a lot of work to be done. As Gloria stated in his address, “We cannot be America’s Finest City with thousands of our neighbors living on our streets.” Hopefully, the next mayor is as committed to underserved San Diegans as Gloria is.—Jennifer Amanda Jones ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

The Gay Rights Community Takes the Lead for the Next Leg of

first_imgShare4TweetShare1Email5 SharesBy infomatique [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 11, 2017; Washington PostWould it be impolitic to equate the struggle for human and equal rights in today’s political environment to a relay race? Instead of the usual individual effort, in a relay race, each team member is responsible for a portion of the race, moving the baton to the next phase. That way, no one is overextended and each team member can apply their specific skills to hustle toward the finish line. In this case, anyone of the social justice, progressive, liberal, libertarian or Democratic Party persuasion who needs a brief hiatus from the front lines might find that the LGBTQ rights and equal rights communities are in place to take up the lead.The Human Rights Campaign, “America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality,” has orchestrated a series of high-profile political wins, boasts impressive membership numbers (and even more supporters), and, most importantly, has amassed a $26 million war chest.For the 2018 election cycle, the LGBTQ community is woke and poised to play. Collectively, they have used their voices and partners to make appreciable dents in barriers to full and equal rights, even knocking some down. When the dust from the great bathroom debate/debacle settled, the law’s chief proponent, the Republican governor of North Carolina, had lost his office and platform. Losing this governorship was not all the state lost. The more than 10 million supporters of equal rights effectively lobbied other states’ politicians, teams, and organizations, making North Carolina a national pariah. The state is believed to have lost as much as $201 million in tourism and revenue. Success breeds success, and the organization has developed a well-funded strategy. Recognizing that “all politics are local,” they are focused on 20 other states and their governorship and legislatures, believing they are the next equal rights battlegrounds.When it comes to relay races, the strategy is to run one’s second-fastest, third-fastest, slowest, and fastest racers—in that order. There is a method to the relay race madness. Each leg is different; some are shorter than others, but the last leg usually calls for the strongest runner. Progressives and liberals have been running variations of these races for a long time, and it’s likely that every conceivable faction of the coalition has served in every position. The Democratic/liberal progressive team took a massive hit in the Clinton/Trump race; today, they are reeling from four high-profile special election losses. Does that mean the DNC should widen its prospects? Well, look at the abundance of potential leadership, active members of the rank and file who have earned and deserve a seat at the big table. Absent this, progressive Democrats run the risk of alienating their base, which comprises a significant amount of the LGBTQ community.The collective gay community sees within itself a cross-section of every group that has been spat on, discriminated against, lynched, killed, beat up, bullied, and made to wear stupid dresses. They are right. They are gay African Americans, Asians, Latin@s, Caucasians, young people, seniors, women, men, trans folk, and queers of all stripes—and, most importantly, they are coming of age with their potential.Liberals and progressives from outside the LGBTQ community may find it prudent to accept the advantages of a movement in rebirth. Extant nonprofits working in the space should continue stepping up, mentoring, supporting, and guiding. As members of the community are doing work on the ground, the nonprofits should be handling the legal, administrative, and paperwork details. It appears clear that volunteers will not settle for being on the sidelines. With their accomplishments and success, there’s no reason they should.—Mary Frances MitchnerShare4TweetShare1Email5 Shareslast_img read more

Eurosport is to make its mobile streaming app avai

first_imgEurosport is to make its mobile streaming app available to Android users for the first time today, and has signed up Samsung as its exclusive launch partner.Users will be able to download the Eurosport Player app to access live simulcasts of Eurosport and Eurosport 2. Customers will be able to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as live cycling from the Tour de France, motorsports, football, snooker, wintersports and live tennis action from US Open tennis Grand Slam.To promote the app, Samsung customers who purchase a Galaxy SIII phone will receive a month long promotional subscription to the Eurosport Player app. Samsung is also extending its promotion with Eurosport during the London 2012 Olympic Games.last_img

Content management and global distribution company

first_imgContent management and global distribution company RR Sat has launched two new Ku-Band MCPC platforms on Spacecom’s AMOS-5 Satellite at 17° East.RRsat said the two MCPC platforms, Ku-1 for west central Africa and Ku-3 for east west Africa, will complement its DTH business in sub-Saharan Africa.“The African market for broadcast television is growing rapidly,” said Lior Rival, vice-president sales and marketing at RRsat. “Together with AMOS, we believe that with these platforms we will be able to provide leading TV and radio channels the opportunity to reach a continent demanding new television viewing.last_img

Elemental will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand P15 H

first_imgElemental will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand P15, Hall 10.1. Elemental Technologies will showcase its range of encoding solutions at ANGA COM, including its 4K TV and HEVC/H.265 capability.Elemental will highlight its ability to implement live and on demand video processing in on- premise, cloud-based or hybrid ground-cloud deployments.According to Elemental, the encoding features for its cloud-based encoding platform, Elemental Cloud, mirror those available with Elemental Server and Elemental Live, ensuring the same video output is available from on-premise appliances and secure cloud-based transcoding resources.Elemental Conductor meanwhile centralises management of all Elemental video processing deployments.In addition, Elemental will highlight Elemental Live and Elemental Server performing 4K Ultra HD encoding, real-time HEVC/H.265 encoding as well as MPEG-DASH streaming to a variety of end user players and devices.Technologies designed to help customers protect and monetise content in a multiscreen ecosystem, such as forensic watermarking, encryption, targeted ad insertion, advanced captioning and audio normalisation, will also be on display.Elemental solutions will also be featured in partner stands, including those of Teleste (stand E19, Hall 10.2) and Veramatrix (stand M10, Hall 10.1).“Each year, Elemental brings our latest technologies to the forefront of the EMEA region at ANGA,” said Keith Wymbs, VP of marketing for Elemental. “We view ANGA as one of the most important venues for showcasing our solutions for multiscreen video processing and our leadership in the market.”Elemental, Teleste and Verimatrix will also host a reception on Wednesday, June 5 from 16:30 to 18:30 on the Elemental stand.last_img read more

TeliaSoneraowned Estonian service provider Elion

first_imgTeliaSonera-owned Estonian service provider Elion added over 11,000 new customers to its NutiTV offering in the third quarter, a rise of 8% year-on-year, taking the total number of customers for the service to 161,000.Elion added 5% year-on-year to its broadband base in the same period, taking its total to 220,000. The company’s overall customer base now amounts to about 316,000, the operator said.Elion estimates it now has a market share of 44.8% in fixed line TV services, and 59% of the fixed internet market.Elion, which revamped its TV service last week, is continuing to invest in fibre, rolling out up 100Mbps services to a further 6,300 homes in Võru , Valga and Jõhvi in September.last_img

Crossing Lines Amazonowned VOD service LoveFilm i

first_imgCrossing LinesAmazon-owned VOD service LoveFilm is looking to up its exclusive content and original show commissions, with chief marketing officer Simon Morris admitting it is still “early days” for the firm. Speaking to DTVE at the press launch of Crossing Lines, the latest in a string of original drama series that LoveFilm has secured for the UK, Morris said LoveFilm was still trying out different types of content for the online service.“We’re trying library content, we’re trying exclusive first-pay content, we’re trying exclusive first-pay movie exclusive, first exclusive TV content. It’s early days – this is a really pioneering time for this business, so it would be fair to say we are experimenting in different areas,” said Morris.Part of the firm’s strategy rests on Amazon’s commissioning of its own exclusive shows through its US content arm Amazon Studios. This has involved a process where the firm selects shows from a broader range of pilots using viewer data and feedback. The first two of these shows – Alpha House and Betas are in production now, with more comedy pilots to appear next year.“We have a lot of information about customer preferences that we can use to inform our decisions about what new content we bring to the market,” said Morris.“We’re not a Syfy Channel or a Horror Channel. What we do have in this great age of big data, as a data-driven business, is the ability to be able to think about not only how people view but also the types of content we might want to buy.”Commenting specifically on the appeal of NBC crime-drama Crossing Lines, which LoveFilm has the exclusive rights to in the UK and is due to launch this week, Morris said:  “We like the international aspect, we like the potential fit with our audience, it’s already out in the States, Italy, Spain, France, so it’s starting to find a water level with consumers there, and that’s obviously interesting for us to watch.”last_img read more

Dan Taylor The BBC is going ahead to make the new

first_imgDan TaylorThe BBC is going ahead to make the new version of iPlayer it has been testing the default version for computers following what it said was an overwhelmingly positive response to the new design.The BBC rolled out the new iPlayer in preview on computers, tablets mobile phones and connected TVs nine weeks ago.According to the public broadcaster, over 95% of those who responded to its online survey to the launch were positive, with only 5% of its nationally representative sample disliking the new design.BBC head of iPlayer Dan Taylor said in a blog posting that the BBC would bring the new version of iPlayer for TV out of preview in the coming weeks and make it the default. Versions for other devices will be updated over the coming months.BBC iPlayer apps for Android and iOS devices will also be updated withy the new look and feel over the next few weeks.Taylor said that the BBC was making some changes to the iPlayer interface following the survey.It has decided to reintegrate the ability to sort categories of programmes by how recent the relevant shows were added to the player, a feature initially dropped from the new version. Taylor said the BBC would also look at how to create sub-categories to filter content on some broad categories like drama. It has also started introducing the ability to alphabetise favourites as well as the ability to organise them placing most recent content at the top.last_img read more

AirTies will exhibit at IBC on stand 5B33 Norigi

first_imgAirTies will exhibit at IBC on stand 5.B33. Norigin Media will exhibit on stand 14.H16 Set-top box maker AirTies has partnered with multi-screen and OTT services specialist Norigin Media to launch a new set-top box (STB) with mobile-to-TV casting capabilities.The “ultra-small” multimedia STB is designed to let users cast TV and video streams – as well as games, social media and music – from mobile devices onto larger screens at home.The firms said that the new casting solution is targeted at mobile and converged network operators “looking to increase the stickiness of their services in the connected home environment.”The AirTies STB uses cast streaming technology developed in conjunction with Norigin Media to enable video and other multimedia content to be pushed to TV screens using adaptive bitrate technology.The solution is designed to let viewers use their smartphone or tablet as a user interface to select programmes. It been developed on the AirTies 7205 STB in combination with Norigin ́s Hybrid Apps suite and will also work with AirTies’ Air 7405 set-top.“This latest innovation draws on the experience gleaned from developing a similar OTT solution for converged mobile, fixed and broadband operator Orange Spain. It allows any mobile operator to offer a full featured Pay TV solution bringing satellite quality video and security from the smart phone to the TV without expensive media gateways,” said Bulent Celebi, executive chairman and co-Founder of AirTies.Norigin Media’s co-founder, CEO and CTO, Espen Erikstad, added: “There has been much discussion about how the box at home and OTT services are different worlds and this partnership just proves otherwise and makes a stronger case for TV Everywhere.”last_img read more

The Doctor and the Dalek The BBC has launched a Do

first_imgThe Doctor and the DalekThe BBC has launched a Doctor Who-themed online game, aimed at viewers of its children’s channel CBBC. The Doctor and the Dalek is based around a stand-alone story from Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens TV writer, Phil Ford, and is voiced by current Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi.The free game launches on Wednesday through the CBBC site as part of the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital’ initiative, which is designed to inspire a new generation of children to get creative with coding, digital technology and programming.The Doctor and the Dalek includes a number of puzzles that are featured throughout the game, where players must take control of the Dalek and program it to perform a range of tasks, such as flying.BBC director of television, Danny Cohen described the game as “an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”Sinéad Rocks, head of BBC Learning added that The Doctor and the Dalek is not only an entertaining game, but also “a great introduction to some key principles of computer programming.”The Doctor and the Dalek was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else in association with BBC Future Media.last_img read more

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has make its onlin

first_imgPay TV operator Sky Deutschland has make its online services Sky Online and Snap available on the Microsoft Xbox One game console platform.The agreement means that Xbox One users will be able to view a range of Sky content, including full access to live sports content via day tickets, on their game consoles.Snap by Sky provides online access to a range of content from Sky Channels. The Sky Starter pack includes taccess to the complete catalogue of Snap programmes for €9.99 a month. Snap is also av ailable via a dedicated app on the Xbox One platform for €3.99, with viewing on two devices and offline consumption available for €6.99.last_img

The BBC has a combined weekly global audience of 3

first_imgThe BBC has a combined weekly global audience of 308 million people across its news and entertainment services, according to figures published by the corporation. The combined figure includes radio, TV and online audiences – including, for the first time Facebook and YouTube reach – with growth recorded across all platforms.The BBC said that its weekly global news audience for 2014/15 climbed by 7% year-on-year to a record 283 million – representing one in every 16 adults around the world.For the first time TV overtook radio as the most popular platform for BBC international news, with an audience of 148 million, compared to radio’s 133 million and the web’s 55 million.BBC Global News’ audience grew to 105 million with BBC World News TV’s up by 12% and the bbc.com/news website growing by 16%.The BBC World Service’s audience increased by 10% and now stands at 210 million, with the biggest boost coming from new World Service TV news bulletins in languages other than English, according to the BBC.BBC World Service English also reported its highest-ever weekly reach with an audience of 52m, an increase of more than 25% year-on-year.“Today’s audience numbers show the global reach of the BBC to be strong and growing,” said BBC Worldwide CEO and director, global, Tim Davie.“The consumption of branded BBC services across TV, radio and digital platforms speaks to the international appetite for premium content across all the genres for which we are best known – primarily news, but increasingly for drama, factual and entertainment.”In 2013, BBC director general, Tony Hall, set a target of 500 million for the BBC’s global reach for 2022.last_img read more

Arris planned US21 billion €195 billion take

first_imgArris’ planned US$2.1 billion (€1.95 billion) takeover of Pace has received unconditional merger clearance from The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce in Colombia.This deal has already received pre-conditional clearance in Germany, South Africa, and Portugal, but is yet to pass antitrust clearance in the US and also needs to meet merger control requirements in Brazil.Last month Arris said the Pace takeover could now be delayed until late December or early next year, but said that it continues to believe that it will be able to obtain the necessary clearances for the deal to go through – although conditions or limitations could be imposed, “which may include a divestiture”.Arris and Pace initially agreed the deal in April.last_img

The BBC is considering asking pensioners to waive

first_imgThe BBC is considering asking pensioners to waive their right to not paying the licence fee and make a voluntary contribution.The UK pubcaster agreed last year to foot the bill for the over-75s licence fee from 2020 at an estimated annual cost of £650 million.It is now thought to want celebrities including Helen Mirren and Michael Parkinson to front a campaign designed to persuade older viewers to make a contribution.The BBC is preparing a report on ways to attract voluntary contributions, with the findings to be released later this year. The campaign for said contributions would likely then start in 2017.A debate over the BBC licence fee is continuing. It was thought to have been settled last year, with the Corporation footing the bill for over-75s in return for an inflation-linked fee. Government officials, however, subsequently made clear that the final settlement has yet to be reached.last_img read more

Ricky Van Veen Ricky Van Veen the cofounder of I

first_imgRicky Van VeenRicky Van Veen, the co-founder of IAC/InterActiveCorp-owned comedy site CollegeHumor, is moving to Facebook to become head of global creative strategy.Announcing the move in a Facebook post, Van Veen said that he will work with creators and organisations to help them to post “engaging and meaningful content” to the world’s biggest social network.“In terms of Facebook’s opportunity to leverage great content (specifically video) to the right audiences, things are just getting started,” he said.Van Veen co-founded CollegeHumor along with video site Vimeo and T-shirt store BustedTees. All three sites were acquired by IAC in 2006 when it bought a controlling stake in parent company Connected Ventures.Since the takeover, Van Veen has helped to grow the CollegeHumor site, which IAC says attracts more than 12 million unique users every month. He also helped to launch multiple other projects at IAC, including Notional in 2009, a New York-based production company that creates TV content.“As of this summer, I’ll have clocked an even decade working at IAC since they acquired our companies in 2006. It’s been even longer since I coded the original CollegeHumor website while a weirdo freshman in an unkempt dorm,” said Van Veen.“Aside from my high school dishwashing days, this has been the only job I’ve ever had. So while I don’t have much to compare it to, I imagine it’s been about as fulfilling as a job can be.”The news comes a day after Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor announced he is stepping down from the IAC-owned video site after four years in the job.Trainor said in an email to staff that he has decided to “step back from Vimeo” and plans to “live life for a bit while working with a few companies as a board member until I’m ready to announce my next full time project.”last_img read more

Eighties movie Dark Crystal is headed for a series

first_imgEighties movie Dark Crystal is headed for a series remake at Netflix.The Jim Henson Company-produced feature film is being rebooted as a ten-part prequel series that goes into production this autumn in the UK.Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will launch to Netflix’s subscribers in 190 territories, telling a story set many years before the movie.The Anglo-American 1982 fantasy adventure film followed an elf-like character that attempts to restore balance to hisalien world, Thra, by returning a lost shard of a powerful, but broken, gemstone.Like the movie, the TV series will feature state-of-the-art creatures from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and original concept designer Brian Froud.The show will return to Thra and following three ‘Gelfling’ who discover the secret behind a dangerous power an set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.Director Louis Leterrier will return to executive produce and direct, with Jim Henson producing, and Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford also exec producers.Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi is producer, while Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews (Life in a Year) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach lead the writing and are co-executive producers.“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life.“Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”Netflix has previously rebooted classic intellectual property such as Gilmore Girls, Full House and Lost in Space.This week, Netflix has revealed it was adapting fantasy comic book and video game series The Witcher.last_img read more