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Actor and Activist Kendrick Sampson Launches BLD PWR Productions (EXCLUSIVE)

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Actor and activist Kendrick Sampson has launched BLD PWR Productions, a new production company that extends the impact of his advocacy initiative of the same name.

The actor — best known for “Insecure,” “Miss Juneteenth,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “The Vampire Diaries” — is the co-founder of BLD PWR, which helped to mobilize thousands of protesters during the #BlackLivesMatter movement of summer 2020 and organized industry leaders to sign a letter calling for Hollywood to divest from the police.

“The days of begging for a seat are over. This is what building our own table looks like,” Sampson said in a press release announcing the launch. “We will continue to challenge those in power, but we recognize that it’s not Hollywood’s job to reimagine our future… we have always been experts at our own narratives and we are taking that power back.”

The new banner is led by strategic advisor D’Angela Proctor and director of development Taylor Jett, with plans to produce content in all genres and for all platforms. BLD PWR will host a preview launch event on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

“Since our inception in 2018, BLD PWR is still at the forefront of reimagining Hollywood,” added BLD PWR co-founder Tia Oso. “A large part of that work is producing short-form content with and for our partners, so it is an organic and necessary expansion to launch BLD PWR Productions, a production company to house our long-form content development and production.”

According to a press release, “BPP prides itself on serving as social architects that shift culture by building community and producing content that is rooted in the love of everyday people.”

Jett brings industry and production experience from CAA, HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” and Netflix’s original series content team. Proctor is a multi-award winning producer, C-suite executive and attorney who has previously served as the CEO of Wayfarer Entertainment, head of production and business development of Codeblack films and head of original programming at TV One.

“BLD PWR is the home for storytellers who share a passion to bear truth, expand imagination and improve the lives of our communities,” Proctor said.

[Pictured: Kendrick Sampson and Taylor Jett]



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Hillary Clinton on Kim Kardashian’s Criminal Justice Efforts: ‘Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen’ (Exclusive)

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Hillary Clinton is singing the praises of Kim Kardashian. The former Secretary of State and host of the docuseries Gutsy has nothing but appreciation for the reality star’s criminal justice reform efforts.

Hillary and daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke with ET’s Deidre Behar at Variety’s Power of Women gala in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and the pair opened up on which of the many celebs they interviewed — as part of their Apple TV+ docuseries — impressed and impacted them the most.

“Kim Kardashian was unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” Hillary said in awe. “Because she is serious about trying to help people have been been incarcerated unfairly, for too long.”

Kim’s appearance on Gutsy made headline in August when a preview clip revealed that the reality star and law student actually bested Hillary in a legal pop quiz show-down.

Another guest who wowed the famous mother and daughter was Megan Thee Stallion.

“[She] was so calm and impressive as we were painting with her,” Hillary recalled.

“And she also had a lot more talented than we did, which surprised no one,” Chelsea added with a laugh.

While the Clintons have been working together on Gutsy, it seems that Chelsea isn’t planning on following in her mother’s footsteps when it comes to potential political ambitions.

“I think all of us right now are political, especially if you’re a woman in America, when we have politicians deciding what’s best for our bodies instead of we knowing what’s best for ourselves,” She shared. “So I think we all are political.”

“I have no plans to run for public office, but I care deeply about being an engaged citizen and deeply about insuring that my children have even more rights than I’ve had,” she added.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s inspiring 8-episode docuseries, Gutsy, is streaming now on Apple TV+.

 

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ABC, Vice Lead 2022 News Emmy Award Winners

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ABC and Vice tied with the most wins, at 8 each, on night one as the news portion of the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out at the Palladium Times Square in New York City.

Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award was presented by Robert MacNeil, co-creator and former co-anchor of the NewsHour.

“Tonight’s Emmy winners exemplify broadcast journalism at its best, reporting that values fact over fiction, accountability over advocacy, and that champions the advance of truth in the interest of the communities we all serve”, said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “America has never needed its journalists more than today. We congratulate tonight’s honorees and thank them for the indispensable service they provide to our nation.”

Here’s a rundown of Night 1 winners:

OUTSTANDING LIVE NEWS PROGRAM

“CBS Mornings / CBS This Morning” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING RECORDED NEWS PROGRAM

“60 Minutes” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING EMERGING JOURNALIST

Rachel Scott (ABC)

OUTSTANDING LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

NBC News Specials: January 6 Attack on the Capitol (NBC)

OUTSTANDING EDITED BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

“Vice News Tonight” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING CONTINUING NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir: “The Climate Crisis” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING CONTINUING NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

Vice News Tonight: “Yemen: The Forgotten War” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING SOFT FEATURE STORY: SHORT FORM

ABC News Soul of a Nation: “Miss Lucille” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SOFT FEATURE STORY: LONG FORM

20/20: “The Babies of 9/11: Twenty Years Later” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS FEATURE STORY: SHORT FORM

The Lead with Jake Tapper; “9-Year-Old Afghan Sold into Marriage” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS FEATURE STORY: LONG FORM

Vice News Tonight: “A Christian Summer Camp’s History of Abuse” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

“How a U.S. Drone Strike Killed the Wrong Person” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

Frontline and BBC Arabic: “Yemen’s COVID Cover-Up” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING LIVE NEWS SPECIAL

“The 15th Annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING RECORDED NEWS SPECIAL

60 Minutes: “9/11: The FDNY” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING NEWS DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS

Meet the Press: “Schools, America & Race” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWS ANALYSIS: EDITORIAL AND OPINION

The New York Times Opinion Video: “Blue States, You’re the Problem” (The New York Times)

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The New York Times Opinion Video: “Humanity Has Not Yet Failed (Featuring Greta Thunberg)” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING LIVE INTERVIEW

The New York Times DealBook Summit: “One-on-One with Adam Neumann” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING EDITED INTERVIEW

20/20: “Escape from a House of Horror” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENTAL COVERAGE

CNN Special Report: “Eating Planet Earth: The Future of Your Food” (CNN)

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“Unlivable Oasis” (ProPublica, TIME, Truly CA, Univision Noticias)

AND

World News Tonight: “Madagascar: The Children of Climate Change” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HEALTH OR MEDICAL COVERAGE

Vice News Tonight: “Aging, Inc.” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING ARTS, CULTURE OR ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE

The New York Times Presents: “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” (FX)

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS, CONSUMER OR ECONOMIC COVERAGE

Frontline and The New York Times: “Boeing’s Fatal Flaw” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING CRIME AND JUSTICE COVERAGE

“Get Away from the Target – Rescuing Migrants from the Libyan Coast Guard” (The Outlaw Ocean Project and The Guardian)

BEST NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

“How a U.S. Drone Strike Killed the Wrong Person” (The New York Times)

BEST NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

“Return of the Taliban: A Vice News Special Report” (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING NEWS PROGRAM IN SPANISH

“Noticiero Univision” (Univision)

OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST IN SPANISH LANGUAGE MEDIA

Vanessa Hauc (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A BREAKING NEWS STORY IN SPANISH

Noticiero Telemundo: “Enero 6 – Asalto a la Democracia” (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN SPANISH

Aquí y Ahora/Univision Investiga: “La oscura luz del mundo” (Univision)

OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN SPANISH

Vice News Tonight: “Después de la tormenta” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING WRITING: NEWS

20/20: “Escape from a House of Horror” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH: NEWS

“Ethiopia: Exposing the Hallmarks of a Genocide” (CNN)

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Vice News: “The Shockwave” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION: NEWS

“ABC News Soul of a Nation” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING VIDEO JOURNALISM: NEWS

“Return of the Taliban: A Vice News Special Report” (Showtime)

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Vice News Tonight: “Inside the Battle for Jerusalem” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION: NEWS

CNN Digital (CNN)

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Today: “Jenna Skydives Live with U.S. Army” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: SPOT OR BREAKING NEWS

“Battleground Salt Lake” (KSL 5, Salt Lake City)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

“My Name Is Anjanette Young” (WBBM 2, Chicago)

43rd News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Nominations

Breakdown by Network, Show, Program or Segment

ABC 8

Vice 8

CNN 5

The New York Times 5

CBS 3

NBC 3

PBS 2

Showtime 2

Telemundo 2

Univision 2

FX 1

The Outlaw Ocean Project and The Guardian 1

ProPublica, TIME, Truly CA, Univision Noticias 1

KSL-TV (Salt Lake City, UT) 1

WBBM-TV (Chicago, IL) 1



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Tony Khan Isn’t Releasing AEW Wrestlers After WWE’s Power Play

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News continues to swirl about different wrestlers wanting to be released from their AEW contracts. Tony Khan reportedly won’t be letting anyone go.


Tony Khan and AEW have had a challenging summer, which has led to some wrestlers reportedly wanting out of their contracts with the company. A recent report indicates that All Elite Wrestling doesn’t intend to release performers from their contracts early and has made that clear. It’s a hardline stance by Khan, but probably a line in the sand that should have been drawn sooner.


Based on at least one source, it’s clear that WWE attempted to raid some of AEW’s contracted wrestlers. Khan alluded to this during the post-All Out media scrum, indicating that he wasn’t happy with how the company has approached AEW since Triple H took over in late July. The co-founder and owner of All Elite Wrestling told gathered reporters that he wasn’t going to “sit back and take this f***ing s***.” He vowed to take the fight to WWE when the time came, and this new mandate might be the first step towards backing those statements up.

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Speaking about Khan’s reaction to AEW wrestlers demanding their releases, Dave Meltzer had this to say on Wrestling Observer Radio: “Nobody’s getting released. That’s the doctrine. Tony Khan made that very clear, I guess, in the last couple of days.” Meltzer continued, stating that “[the WWE] really came after [Tony], it’s pretty blatant. [WWE] came after so many of the guys. Basically, everyone that had a previous relationship with Triple H was contacted.”

It had been rumored that WWE had made overtures to The Young Bucks, but Meltzer makes it sound like anyone who’s worked for Triple H was contacted. That’s a large chunk of AEW’s roster, including some of the biggest names, including Malakhai Black, Adam Cole, FTR, and Swerve In Our Glory. Khan didn’t take too kindly to WWE’s power play and let it be known that he won’t void any contracts moving forward. It’s worth noting that plenty of misinformation has been spread about certain wrestlers asking for and being granted their release.

Black recently appeared on Instagram to clarify why he’d stepped away from AEW and firmly stated that he’d be back with the company soon. There was also a rumor that Bobby Fish tried to lure Cole and Kyle O’Reilly back to WWE following his release, but everyone involved denied those claims. Miro is another former WWE star who had to clear the air following rumors about his being unhappy circulated as well. None of the “reports” or rumblings about AEW stars bailing for WWE have proven true since Triple H took over. It’s essential to take news with a grain of salt, especially when so many people on both sides of the fence have things to gain by spreading misinformation. Tony Khan has made his stance clear on releasing his wrestlers and won’t be letting AEW talent walk back to WWE easily.

Source: Wrestling Observer Radio

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