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WIRED25 Day 1: Be Empathetic to Each Other

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To kick off this year’s WIRED25, a group of entrepreneurs, filmmakers, cooks, and actors gathered (virtually) to discuss how they’re improving the world through art and culture.

During a conversation with WIRED editor in chief Nick Thompson, Netflix co-CEO and cofounder Reed Hastings described how he has maintained a culture of innovation at Netflix and how the company has risen to the challenge of entertaining a global audience. Also in discussion: the mechanics behind Netflix’s recommendation algorithm, the future of his company, and the quiet beauty of Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Wildlife.

Sonia Chopra, the executive editor of Bon Appétit, then led a talk on sustainability and equitable work practices in the food industry. Joining her was Gabriela Cámara, a chef and owner of the beloved Cala restaurant in San Francisco and Contramar in Mexico City. Accompanying them were Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker, the cofounders of the culinary collective Ghetto Gastro. During the talk, Serrao noted that “food is a system that’s been designed for people to be oppressed, for people to not operate at their optimum self by feeding them foods that are full of sugars and pesticides, processed foods.” Together, these socially conscious cooks and business owners have pushed their industry and consumers toward healthier, greener, and more egalitarian eating habits. As Serrao put it, we need to be “conscious about the sourcing and what we’re consuming.”

Next up, Nia DaCosta, the director of Little Woods and the hotly anticipated Candyman (coming in 2021), chatted with Jason Parham, a senior culture writer at WIRED. DaCosta shared her experience working with the modern-day-Hitchcock Jordan Peele, how she thinks the pandemic will affect the movie industry, and her love of horror films as a child. Horror, she says, can foster empathy. “Understanding the horror of a ghost or a serial killer can be tangible for people who don’t understand Black trauma, Black horror, Black pain.”

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Extra: NZ’s MediaWorks sells TV business to Discovery; Sales for ZDFE, Hat Trick Intl.

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Discovery acquires MediaWorks TV

Discovery has inked a deal to acquire MediaWorks TV, the free-to-air television business owned by New Zealand commercial broadcaster MediaWorks.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.

The MediaWorks TV acquisition marks Discovery’s most significant free-to-air investment in the New Zealand market to date, and includes entertainment channels Three and Bravo, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub, as well as the further channels Three+1, Bravo+1, The Edge TV and The Breeze TV.

Discovery currently operates a portfolio of six pay-TV channels in the New Zealand market, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, Living and Discovery Turbo, as well as free-to-air channels HGTV and Choice TV.

As part of the deal, Glen Kyne has been appointed general manager of TV, a role that will continue under Discovery once the transaction closes.

Discovery’s Australia and New Zealand operations will move under Simon Robinson, president of APAC. Following completion of the sale, Kyne will report to Robinson.

Gareth Codd has been appointed acting commercial director for MediaWorks Group in the interim.

Rebecca Kent, GM of Discovery Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, will continue to oversee the New Zealand pay-TV portfolio and free-to-air channels Choice and HGTV, and the Australia operations.

ZDF Enterprises orders, pre-sells WW2 series

ZDF Enterprises has commissioned the WW2 history series Frontlines from UK indie Impossible Factual.

Prior to completion, the series (pictured) has been sold to Viasat World for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS, Foxtel in Australia and iPrima (Czech Republic).

The 8 x 50-minute series, to be distributed globally by ZDF, focuses on eight battlefields on the frontlines of the war: Midway, Anzio, Monte Cassino, Omaha, Hill 112, Bastogne, Iwo Jima and Berlin.

Frontlines includes first person testimony, location demonstrations, analysis and storytelling to bring the frontlines to life.

Hat Trick Int’l sells Dinner Date abroad

Indie distributor Hat Trick International has signed deals for the long-running factual entertainment series Dinner Date in South Africa, Australia, Finland and France.

Produced by Hat Trick Productions, the format is now in its 10th series on ITVBe in the UK.

A second season of the show is currently being produced by Seapoint for ZDF in Germany, with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. This new season will bring the total number of episodes commissioned in Germany to 60.

The finished program has sold globally to SBS Australia, Roku North America, Discovery Benelux, BBC Lifestyle in Poland and Africa, TVNZ New Zealand and Sky Italia Italy, across all media platforms.

In each episode of Dinner Date, someone is given the chance to find true love over three meals.

A participant will choose three menus from five, put together by five mystery hosts. They then go on the three dates with the “chefs,” who cook them a meal in their own homes. After the dates, all three chefs prepare for a night out at a restaurant, but the participant can only choose one to go with – leaving the other two to have a night in alone with a ready-made meal.

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Is The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon new tonight, September 16?

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Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on the NBC website or app.

Who are you most excited to see on The Tonight Show? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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‘Below Deck Med’s Rob Westergaard Was in A Tantric Sex Movie?! What You Should Know About ‘Sexology’

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Well, Below Deck Mediterranean‘s Rob Westergaard is just full of surprises, isn’t he? First, we learned about his modeling days with Taylor Swift, and now, he’s clued us into another super sexy project he was a part of.

In the latest episode of the Bravo series, as the deckhand is getting ready to spend the night in the guest cabin with his girlfriend, third stew Jessica More, Rob says in his interview, “She’s a sexual person, I’m a sexual person.” Cool! As if the fact that they had to be reprimanded for making out on the boat within eyeshot of the guests earlier in the episode wasn’t already an indication of that.

But then Rob says, “I was in a documentary about tantric sex so the whole idea is like, you release your energy out of your emotional love tank and then that goes through her. Sting and his wife, I heard that they have sex for three days straight, doing it, you know.” Well, these two had a charter the next day so there would have to be a time limit on just how tantric they could get.

However, judging by the noises coming from that guest cabin, let’s just say it sounds like Rob as learned a thing or two from this documentary he was a part of.

So where can you see it? Well, the documentary is called Sexology and was released in 2016. It features Gabrielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg as they set out to discover all they can about the female orgasm. You can peep Rob in the trailer around the 5:15 mark. Currently, you can rent the documentary (that appears to be quite life-changing!) on Prime Video for $3.99 — a small price to pay for a lifetime of satisfaction.

Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. 

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