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Who was at the meeting, who wasn't at the meeting and who else should the Cubans meet with?

While Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel was in New York to address the United Nations, he met with members of Congress and executives from the agriculture, travel and information and communication technology (ICT) industries. The ICT meeting was at Google's New York office and ten other companies attended. In addition to Díaz-Canel the Cuban ministers of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment and Communications were at the meeting.

Since the only report I have seen of the meeting was a short article in Granma (Spanish), I don't know what was discussed or decided — I can only guess.

The following is a list of the companies at the meeting with a little speculation.

Google: Perhaps they talked about their latest, rumored, unspecified deal to expand Internet access in Cuba. Another possibility would be bringing their African broadband infrastructure company CSquared (begun as Google Project Link) to Cuba.

VaynerMedia: I'd not heard of them, but they seem to be an Internet-savvy PR agency that has done work for many companies, including Google. Perhaps they would like to promote Cuban tourism, ICT or biotech companies or Cuban offshore development services. Or, they might be interested in a Cuban production facility. (Google has production spaces in ten cities — how about Havana)?

Connectify: They are already in Cuba — their software is widely used by Cubans who share connections at WiFi hotspots.

Mapbox: I bet this map of Cuba uses their geographic information system tools. Perhaps they will develop something for the Cuban tourism industry?

McKinsey and Company: They might be looking for a strategic ICT planning engagement. (Others will work for less — see below).

Virgin Group: This is a capital investment company with experience in travel, telecommunication, media and other areas where Cuba has both needs and assets — might they invest in Cuba, S. A.?

AirBnB: They are already doing a robust business in Cuba by providing a good deal for both Cuban renters and tourists. (I wonder whether Trump's clamp-down on tourism has hurt them).

Revolution: I assume this is Revolution Ventures. If so, they may be interested in investing in Cuban startups.

Twitter: Cubans already use Twitter — what more can they be thinking of?

Microsoft: Pirated Microsoft software is common in Cuba — might they be talking about some sort of licensing or royalty agreement in return for support? (I recall long ago visiting a government-run storefront where you could bring floppy disks and order copies of all major US software, including Microsoft's). Microsoft might also be looking for tech employees, offshoring or opening a Cuban development center.

Bloomberg: Did they attend as financially-oriented journalists?

Cresta AI: might they be looking for developers or to build intelligent applications?

Those were the attendees. Who not there?

I was relieved to notice that none of the large US wireless or wireline ISPs were at the meeting. I would not want to wish my experience with Verizon and Spectrum on Cubans.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel meets in New York with executives of the U.S. technology companies on Sept. 24, 2018

I was surprised that Cisco did not participate. Cisco supplied Cuban networking infrastructure in the early days of the Internet, but Huawei has replaced them today. Still, Cisco is the only US ICT company I can think of besides Google that has made the effort to build relationships in today's Cuba, enabling them to begin offering their Cisco Networking Academy training at the Universidad de Ciencias Informáticas. Cisco-trained students may be willing to purchase their equipment once in the workforce.

I was also surprised that no one from ETECSA was there, although there may have been ETECSA representatives seated in the periphery of the room behind the conference table as is often the case in such meetings.

Finally, who was not there that I would advise Díaz-Canel and Cuban ICT decision makers meet with?

I would urge the Cubans to consider a broad set of advisers and collaborators as they plan the future of their Internet, for example:

  • Organizations like the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations Development Program and the Internet Society, which have expertise in networking in developing nations, national broadband planning, regulation, and policy. Cuba needs to consider next-generation infrastructure ownership and regulatory alternatives as well as next-generation technology.
  • ICT ministries of nations like Singapore's Ministry of Communications and Information, which has been an ICT planning leader for many years.
  • Municipal networking experts like The Baller Group and a representative of Stockholm's successful municipal network AB Stokab.
  • Representatives of citizen networks like Havana's SNET and Spain's Guifi.net. Cubans are well educated and have a culture and tradition of innovation and self-sufficiency (thanks in part to the US embargo). SNET (and El Paquete Semanal) are providing much of what people use the Internet for. Might ETECSA look upon these organizations as collaborators (or customers) rather than extra-legal competitors?
  • Consultants and consulting firms with deep expertise in networking in developing nations like the Network Startup Resource Center, the Association for Progressive Communication (which provided UUCP connectivity to Cuba in the pre-Internet days) or Steve Song in Africa.
  • People from companies working on future technologies which will not be available for a number of years, for example, representatives of low-Earth satellite companies like OneWeb and SpaceX or engineers working on Ericsson's long-run 5G mobile products.
  • To keep the technology and policy experts honest, I would also include some people concerned with the social impact of the Internet, for example, Yuval Noah Harari, Zeynep Tufekci and Elon Musk.

Don't get me wrong — I think meeting and establishing relationships with companies from the US and other nations is a positive step for the Cubans, but I hope they broaden their contacts and meet with an eclectic group of people and organizations thinking about long-range planning for leapfrogging to future technologies as well as stopgap interim measures like WiFi hotspots, home DSL and 3 and 4G mobile connectivity. One can imagine a most interesting Cuban Internet-advisory committee.

Written by Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University

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Pam Lifford has been promoted to president of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences (WBGBE), with responsibility for consumer products, DC, themed entertainment and a new global franchise team, the studio announced Thursday.

Lifford will become the highest ranking female executive of color at Warner Bros., reporting directly to studio chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

In her new role, Lifford is charged with developing all-new fan-engagement business opportunities as well as working to align the current fan-focused activities of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Themed Entertainment and DC.

Additionally, she will coordinate with WarnerMedia sister companies HBO and Turner as well as various AT&T divisions.

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The day-to-day operation of DC will continue to be run by Jim Lee, publisher and chief creative officer, and Dan DiDio, publisher, who both now report to Lifford.

Consumer Products will be led by its current management team.

The Wizarding World franchise business will continue to be overseen separately by Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, and president of Harry Potter Global Franchise Development, reporting directly to Tsujihara.

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The formation of WBGBE is part of a broader effort by the studio to engage consumers more deeply in its franchises and other content. Additionally, through expertly curated experiences, fans will be able to create moments and memories linked with Warner Bros.’ and DC’s brands and franchises, further strengthening their connection to iconic characters and franchises.

Lifford joined the Studio as president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products in February 2016. She previously spent 12 years at Disney, rising through the ranks to become a member of the consumer products executive leadership team where, as Executive Vice President, she oversaw the global home, fashion and infant businesses.

Lifford also worked at Quiksilver, Inc., where she served as Executive Vice President, Global Licensing.

“Pam has deep experience across consumer products and building emotional
connections with fans, and in the two years she’s been at Warner Bros., has proven herself and her vision,” Tsujihara said in a statement.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to super-serve our fans across a variety of platforms and venues throughout their lifetimes,” said Lifford. “Warner Bros. has world-class characters and brands that are beloved around the world — from our licensed DC Super Heroes and the Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera animated superstars to a library of over 10,000 films and TV shows — and we’re now making it a priority to bring these properties to fans in new and exciting ways.”

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The majority of foreigners, who visited Russia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup, were thrilled with what they saw and experienced in the country. They were thrilled to see Russia that was so much different from what their media was making them to believe. The level of organization of the tournament in Russia was superb indeed: no incident was reported, not a single brawl occurred. Nikolskaya Street, where most fans gathered, became the street of global peace and the main street of the world. The goal of the organizing committee was to show foreigners Russia's best side, to make them remember their time in Russia and have unforgettable impressions. Today, one can say for certain: the goal has been achieved. The 2018 World Cup has changed Russia's imaged for the better in the whole world. The performance of the Russian football team at the tournament became an important addition to the organization of the whole event. Few in Russia could even think that the national football team could exit the group, reach the 1/8 finals and even leave Spain behind on the way. Even when Russia lost to Croatia in a series of penalty kicks, the whole nation was infinitely grateful to their footballers for their amazing achievement. Ratings of broadcasts of playoff matches with the participation of the Russian national team were comparable with the ratings of president's New Year speech. The World Cup has given Russia not only 12 stadiums that hosted the games, but also almost a hundred smaller arenas throughout the European territory of the country. They will be used for  children's sports schools.New airport terminals, renovated roads and streets, the experience of thousands of people who were involved in the organization of the world's biggest event has become the precious legacy that football has given Russia. The whole world has finally got a chance to see Russia as an open and hospitable country, and we would like to hope that many foreign fans would like to come to Russia again and bring their families along. It is worthy of note that all foreigners having FAN IDs for the 2018 World Cup will not need to get the Russian visa if they wish to visit Russia again before the end of 2018. The 2018 World Cup cost Russia more than $14 billion. The financial results of the tournament  have not been calculated yet, but one can already say that the income that Russia has received was a lot lower than the spending. However, profit is not the most important thing, and Russia did not have the goal to make as much as possible from football. Russian football fans bought the largest amount of tickets - 900,000 of 2.4 million. Surprisingly, American fans come next - they bought 89,000 tickets. The list continues with Brazil - 72,500 tickets, Colombia - 65,200, Germany - 62,500, Mexico - 60,300, Argentina - 54,000, Peru - 43,600, China - 40,300, Australia - 36,400, and England - 32,400.The number of European visitors was unexpectedly low. Having been zombified by the media, many British and French fans preferred to stay home and watch the games on TV. Yet, the number of American visitors was higher than expected. Financial results of the 2018 World Cup will follow soon, although experts say that the football tournament has contributed from 0.2 to 1 percent of GDP to the Russian economy. The infrastructure created for the competition and the subsequently growing tourist flow can bring an additional 120-180 billion rubles to Russia's GDP annually for the next five years.Given that Russia's GDP amounted to about 92 trillion rubles last year, these expected revenues will simply be invisible and fit within the error margin. The spending of 1.2 trillion rubles that Russia has incurred during seven years of preparations for the event is just as insignificant.
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Discovery and the PGA Tour have struck a massive $2 billion deal for tournament rights outside of the United States through 2030. That’s a lot of green — and we’re not just talking about the putting surfaces.

The pricey (and lengthy) alliance, which tees off next year, will result in about 2,000 hours of content annually and nearly 150 tournaments, including The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs, and the Presidents Cup. It will grant Discovery the exclusive non-U.S. television and multiplatform rights to all PGA Tour golf events by 2024 — here is a timetable for implementation:

Date
Markets
2019
Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain
2020
Poland, South Korea
2021
Belgium, China, Germany, South Africa
2022
Denmark, Finland, India, Norway, Sweden, UK
2024
France

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About those multiplatform rights: Together, Discovery and the PGA Tour will develop a new PGA Tour-branded OTT video streaming service to serve 220 markets and territories.

“Today is a fantastic day for golf fans around the world as Discovery proudly partners with the PGA Tour to create something that has never been done before,” David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, said. “The long-term partnership between the PGA Tour and Discovery will create the new global Home of Golf, including delivering over 2000 hours of live content year-round and this prestigious sport’s greatest moments, stories and athletes. Following our successful first Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Discovery will contribute its strong global distribution and promotional infrastructure, in-market relationships, global sports expertise with direct-to-consumer platforms and brands to create a valuable new long-term Home of Golf offering in every market outside the U.S.”

“This is an exciting next step for the PGA Tour, which presents a tremendous opportunity to accelerate and expand our media business outside the United States, better service our international broadcast partners, and drive fan growth with a deeply experienced strategic global partner,” added Jay Monahan, commissioner, PGA Tour. “This partnership aligns very well with the opening of PGA Tour offices in London, Tokyo and Beijing in recent years and will support our long-term objectives of growing the game of golf. It also will deliver more value to our sponsors as it presents a tremendous opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences around the world.”

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The partnership will be led by Discovery’s Alex Kaplan, who is president and general manager of the new Discovery and PGA Tour venture. His management team will include the PGA Tour’s Thierry Pascal as head of distribution.

Kaplan previously was an executive vice president at Eurosport Digital, where he helped grow the Eurosport D2C business to over 1 million subscribers. Prior to joining Discovery, Kaplan was a senior vice president of global media distribution for the NBA.

“I am incredibly excited to work with David Zaslav and JB Perrette to take international coverage of PGA Tour golf to the next level,” Kaplan said. “We can’t wait to get started and build a world-class global platform and long-term distribution strategy to turn the vision of this partnership into a reality. By joining forces with the outstanding PGA Tour team, led by Jay Monahan and Rick Anderson, we have a unique opportunity to build an amazing product that will serve the fans with the golf content they love on every screen.”

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A version of this story first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

There’s no other show on TV quite like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and there’s no other character quite like Rachel Borstein’s acerbic Susie Myerson. Myerson is a tough-as-nails manager to diamond-in-the-rough standup comic and 1950s Upper West Side Jewish housewife Midge Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan.

With a caustic wit (“It smells like an armpit smoked a cigarette,” is how she describes a musty used record store) and neo-feminist bent (“You do not need a goddamn man at your side to do this — if you wanna be a comic, you have to grow the f— up right now,” she admonishes Midge), Susie’s the lovechild of a Fran Lebowitz-Jackie Gleason hookup.

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Borstein, who was born in Illinois but now lives in Barcelona, Spain, said her chemistry with Brosnahan came quickly and unexpectedly. “The first time Rachel and I ever met was when I was auditioning,” she said. “They had us read together, and it kind of just happened off the bat.

“There was an interesting camaraderie that you wouldn’t have expected: I’m old enough to be her mother, we’re years apart, we’re very different, kind of like the way Midge is just a dainty, feminine girl and Susie is more of a bulldog. So it seems as if we’re such opposites, but there’s something there that’s just a very cool connection.

“I can’t explain it. It’s chemistry, ya know?”

You may also know Borstein from her work on “MADtv” and “Gilmore Girls,” and if the voice sounds familiar, it’s because she provides it for Lois Griffin on “Family Guy.” Her comic heroes, she said, run the gamut.

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“Growing up, I was obsessed with Steve Martin, Jonathan Winters, Madeline Khan, Gilda Radner, Gene Wilder, Peter Sellers,” she said. “People who create characters and commit to them. People who play to the reality of the thing rather than simply going for the joke.”

As for the reality of Susie Myerson, Borstein calls the character an amalgamation of many women.

“I grew up with very strong female role models,” she said. “My mother is a powerhouse, but also very feminine and ladylike. My grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, a survivor in every sense of the word. Then there are some women I’ve come across in the entertainment industry — agents, managers, club bookers. There’s a little bit of all of them in there, but Susie is her own person.

“I really wanted to convey that she’s in love with Midge in some way, that it’s not just a business relationship, that she really cares deeply.”

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Having a show that features a pair of trailblazing female protagonists debut at the birth of the TimesUp movement, of course, could be considered good timing — but Borstein would prefer not to dwell on that aspect.

“I think the best timing we have is that the world is such a downer right now, and this is a show about an optimist,” she said. “So, more than anything else, it’s a breath of fresh air.”

Read more of TheWrap Emmy magazine’s The Race Begins issue here.

 

 

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Terry Gilliam has tried to make his film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” for two decades, and it finally screened on the closing night of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

It’s the quintessential production from hell, complete with on-set injuries, lost funding, natural disasters and outsize ambitions worthy of the hero of Cervantes’ classic novel. Even after it wrapped, a lawsuit threatened to derail the film from screening at Cannes, and Amazon Studios pulled out of a deal to distribute the film in the U.S.

So the irony isn’t lost on anyone that Gilliam’s quest to make a movie about Don Quixote has been nothing if not quixotic. Here’s a not-so-brief timeline of every step on the road to Gilliam getting his film made.

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1997

Gilliam started thinking about an adaptation of Cervantes’ 1615 novel “Don Quixote” in the early ’90s, and in a 1997 interview with Neon Magazine, he revealed “Don Quixote” as one of the “10 movies they wouldn’t let me make.”

“The years I wasted on this one,” he lamented, hardly realizing how quaint that now sounds. He originally asked for $20 million in funding from Europe and found that still wasn’t enough for his vision.

Gilliam also revealed that the studio wanted Sean Connery for the title role, but the actor left the project to make “The Defective Detective” (another movie that never came to pass). The director was replaced by Fred Schepesi, with John Cleese and Robin Williams in the lead roles, though that version never panned out either. “That really hurts, that I let a project I’m convinced I’m the best director on the planet to do, slip by,” Gilliam said.

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1998

After the U.K. premiere of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1998, Gilliam said that “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” would be his next film. He had secured a $32 million budget and planned to begin production in Spain in September 2000.

In this version, Quixote would be played by French actor Jean Rochefort, who had learned English for the role, with the director’s “Fear and Loathing” star Johnny Depp as the Sancho Panza figure.

The script he wrote with Tony Grisoni was about a 21st-century ad executive (Depp) who travels back in time to the 17th century and gets mistaken for Sancho Panza. The story also drew inspiration from Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” another of the 10 movies Gilliam said he hoped to adapt for the screen in that Neon interview.

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September 2000

The production appeared cursed from day one. As documented in the 2002 documentary “Lost in La Mancha,” production began north of Madrid near a Spanish military base and fighter planes flying overhead drowned out the sound recording.

On the second day of shooting, a flood washed through the area, causing the crew to lose equipment and for the landscape to be changed so drastically that it affected continuity. And after feeling pain from riding a horse, Rochefort was then sent to a doctor in Paris and was found to have a back issue.

He would not return, and production was canceled altogether in November. Nicola Pecorini, the film’s director of photography, said in the documentary, “Never in 22 years of being in this business have I seen such a sum of bad luck.”

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September 2005

Gilliam’s interest in “Don Quixote” perked up again in 2005, when “Tideland” producer Jeremy Thomas came on board the project and Gilliam hinted that he wanted Gerard Depardieu to play the lead role.

June 2009

Johnny Depp breathed new life into the project when he told Ain’t It Cool News that he loved Gilliam and was still on board — though he hedged about whether he would be available given his commitment to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

“I’d hate to put him in a position — or ask to be in a position — where he’d have to wait for me. That would be wrong,” Depp said. “But also… I feel like we went there and tried something, and, whatever it was — the elements and all the things that got up underneath us – -were there and happened and were documented well in that film ‘Lost in La Mancha.’ So I don’t know if it’s right for me to go back there. I don’t know if it’s right for Terry to, but if he wants to…”

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December 2009

Collider reported that Gilliam wanted Robert Duvall for the lead role of Don Quixote, but only “if they get the money,” Duvall said.

May 2010

With Depp tied up, Gilliam turned to Ewan McGregor to play the Sancho Panza role opposite Duvall. He also said that he slashed the budget to a mere $20 million.

September 2010

Funding falls apart again for Gilliam’s film, despite having Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor attached. “I shouldn’t be here. The plan was to be shooting ‘Quixote’ right now,” Gilliam told Variety.

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November 2013

Shortly after releasing his sci-fi “The Zero Theorem,” Gilliam confirmed to ComingSoon.net that he had begun preproduction on a seventh version of on “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”

“Lucky seven, maybe,” he said. “We’ll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life.”

August 2014

Gilliam told TheWrap that he secured funding for “Don Quixote” and planned to shoot it in early 2015 — with the film now set in the present day and revolving around a movie being made about Quixote. “I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it,” Gilliam said. “I’ve done it so many times — or not done it so many times — I’ll believe it when I see it.”

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September-November 2014

After another casting “hiccup” that Gilliam described to Rolling Stone as a “Sisyphean rock,” John Hurt was confirmed to play the role of Don Quixote, with Jack O’Connell as Sancho Panza. He even sparked a renewed excitement by releasing concept art for the film on his Facebook page.

September 2015

Another major setback suspended production when star Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He eventually passed away in 2017, a sad reality Gilliam knew all too well after Heath Ledger passed away during production of “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.”

May 2016

Teaming with Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, Gilliam got “Don Quixote” back on track yet again with a new cast that this time includes Gilliam’s “Monty Python” co-hort Michael Palin, Adam Driver and Olga Kurylenko as the female lead.

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September 2016

Branco failed to get together funds that he promised, stalling its planned production date in October. Branco clashed with Gilliam, demanded creative control over the film, slashed the budget, dramatically reduced the fee for Palin and even threatened legal action over the film.

“I was moving with caution,” Branco said in Le Monde. “In most of Gilliam’s films, budgets had exploded. But I quickly realized that he had a deep hatred towards producers. I started to have doubts even though I had a lot of funding.” 

But Gilliam persevered, telling BBC Radio 2, “We are still marching forward. It is not dead. I will be dead before the film is.”

June 2017

Production finally wrapped on “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” — this time with Jonathan Pryce as Quixote and Driver as Toby, a modern ad executive mistaken for Sancho Panza. The cast also included Stellan Skarsgard, Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, Jordi Molla, Sergi Lopez and Rossy de Palma.

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April 2018

At long last, a trailer is released for “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” The film tells the story of a 21st-century marketing executive named Toby (Driver) who time jumps between modern times and 17th-century Spain, where Don Quixote (Pryce) mistakes him for his trusted squire, Sancho Panza.

Then the film landed the closing-night slot at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, with a gala screening on May 19.

Within days, though, former producer Branco filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent Cannes from screening the film and claiming that Gilliam needs Branco’s permission to screen the film. Cannes organizers stood by Gilliam and defends the right to screen it, even taking a swipe at Branco.

May 2018

A Paris court dismissed Branco’s lawsuit, allowing the film to screen at Cannes’ closing night as planned.

But the troubles didn’t end. Gilliam suffered a minor stroke just days before the court ruling and Amazon Studios pulled out of its deal to release “Don Quixote” in North America, telling TheWrap they pulled out because producers failed to deliver it.

The film finally did screen and won affectionate reviews from critics, including TheWrap’s Ben Croll, who called it “an awful lot of fun”: “The director hasn’t lost an inch of his Monty Python irreverence, gleefully poking holes in the narrative by breaking the fourth wall and calling attention to all the artifice.”

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Amazon Studios has restructured its TV division under the leadership of Jennifer Salke.

Albert Cheng, who had been serving as interim chief since Roy Price’s exit amid sexual misconduct allegations, has been named co-head of television. In addition, Cheng will retain his currently-held position of COO and will oversee day-to-day oversight of the business, creative and production units.

The studio is currently on the hunt for Cheng’s partner, a position expected to be filled in the coming months.

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“I’m delighted that an opportunity for Albert to be elevated within the Television Studios has been created. His business acumen, collaborative nature and clear goals toward continued success make him an invaluable team player as we move forward,” Salke said in a statement.

Additionally, Amazon has realigned its scripted series development team as follows:

Sharon Tal Yguado, who had been serving as interim head of comedy and drama since the departure of Joe Lewis, will oversee one-hour genre programming, including event series in the areas of science fiction, fantasy and supernatural.

Marc Resteghini will serve as head of drama, overseeing all non-genre one-hour programming. Gina Kwon and Ryan Andolina will be co-heads of comedy for both single and multi-camera formats.

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Nick Hall will serve as head of alternative, including YA, specialty series and supporting efforts to drive talent and new ventures to the service. Georgia Brown will be the point person for UK-originated series, which includes sourcing, developing and producing series originating overseas. She will also retain her responsibilities for EU Originals (for Germany, France, Italy and Spain).

Heather Schuster remains head of unscripted and Melissa Wolfe remains head of kids programming.

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Kim Kardashian West has landed her sixth Vogue cover!

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 37, graced the front page of Vogue Taiwan‘s February Beauty issue in which she models six glamorous looks for the inside pages.

Kardashian showed off her latest fashion publication picture on Instagram and Twitter, writing, “New @voguetaiwan beauty cover shoot talking all about @kkwbeauty.”

This marks Kim’s second Vogue cover as a blonde, following her June 2015 spread for Vogue Brasil which was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. (Kardashian West debuted her icy platinum hair back in September during New York Fashion Week.)

Her Vogue portfolio also includes Spain (August 2015), Australia (June 2016 and February 2015) and U.S. (April 2014) issues.

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For the cover story, Kardashian West discussed her latest beauty release, KKW fragrance.

The new mom of three’s Kimoji Hearts KKW Fragrances just dropped eight days ago on KKWFragrance.com. To promote the latest business venture, the star mailed out boxes filled with a large, hollow chocolate heart made by Chef Chris Ford (with the fragrance stashed inside) to special people in her life. Each recipient was mailed a box filled with one of the three new scents: BFF, Bae and Ride or Die.

In November, Kardashian West launched her fragrance empire with three different perfumes: Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Citrus and Crystal Gardenia Oud.

The announcement of her Vogue Taiwan cover comes three weeks after Kim and husband Kanye West announced the birth of their third child, daughter Chicago via surrogate.

The couple is already parents to 4½-year-old daughter North and 2-year-old son Saint.

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That long line of cones splicing Sunset Boulevard on Thursday night, steering traffic away from the famed Chateau Marmont, came with good reason.

Throngs of Golden Globe nominees and other captains of pop culture ascended to the rooftop penthouse for a pre-Golden Globes weekend soiree tied to the release of W Magazine’s Best Performances portfolio.

Ashley Olsen and Elizabeth “Lizzie the Sundance Queen” Olsen

Much like how their corporate cousin Vanity Fair swallows Oscar week’s glitterati, W Magazine Editor In Chief Stefano Tonchi, Best Performances guru Lynn Hirshberg, and their glossy squad drew the power players around Golden Globes weekend into a single orbit on Thursday night.

James Franco arrives in one of the 35 chauffeured Audi Q7’s whisking talent past the throngs of paparazzi and autograph hounds down below

The stars in the middle of that orbit? Salma Hayek, “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot, James Franco, Mary J. Blige and a rare sighting of Olsen sisters Ashley and Elizabeth (not Ashley’s twin) in the same room.

Spanish import Miranda Makaroff has flown in to spin this bash for the past few years (BFA)

Tilting your forehead 45 degrees towards the floor, you might have seen the breakout of the juniors division, young Brooklynn Prince from “The Florida Project,” chatting up the Lizzie Olsen or Gadot, while looking up revealed a new addition on the packed outdoor balcony — a disco ball. It would go to good use as a feisty duo from Spain flew in to spin in the living room, as they have for the past few years

“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross. (Getty Images)

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Frankie Shaw, the force behind Showtime’s semi-autobiographical single mom comedy “SMILF,” caught Tracee Ellis Ross in the hallway, introducing herself. Ross told Shaw she was so glad she had stopped her. When a photographer approached to ask to capture the moment, Ross asked, “Would you please?”

Mainlining glam: James Franco and Emilia Clarke (Donato Sardella/Getty Images)

Less accessible was Gal Gadot. The “Wonder Woman” star had a dedicated security guard stationed in front of her patio table throughout the night.

Salma Hayek, continuing her trend of pure candor, had no qualms about capturing the view herself. After Entertainment Tonight’s Carly Steel wrapped up casual on-camera arrival chats in one of the converted bedrooms, the one-time “Frida” had a friend shoot cellphone pictures of her on the balcony overlooking Sunset.

Hong Chau, Lynn Hirschberg (who cast and wrote the Best Performances portfolio), and Salma Hayek (Donato Sardella, Getty Images)

“I had a successful soap opera career in Mexico,” Hayek says in the new issue. “I left my fame and my comfort and I moved to Los Angeles because I wanted to make films. I was very, very famous in Mexico, and in the States I was working as an extra. People thought maybe I was running from the police.”

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As for actual running, the night before this party a new cast began racing around the world again on CBS’ 30th season of “The Amazing Race.”

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The show beat “The X-Files” in ratings, won its timeslot and nearly doubled recent premiere numbers. I caught CBS chief Les Moonves near the elevators who accepted congratulations.

“It’s back and the numbers were great,” Moonves told The Party Report.

There was an endless tap of Dom Perignon. Here, a bottle butler made it past Gadot’s security guard to fill her glass (Donato Sardella/Getty Images)

Other titans and cultural curiosities in the mix included New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (whose team has the weekend off due to a playoff bye), Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, hat guy Nick Fouquet, and model Karrueche Tran.

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Tracee Ellis Ross and “SMILF” star Frankie Shaw. (BFA)

In a more somber and odd coincidence, Jim Belushi also made the scene. As part of well known Hollywood history, his older brother John died in this hotel back in 1982. His connection to the event and this year’s Globes is not clear.

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View from the Chateau Penthouse. (BFA)

Those fully invested in this confluence of media and entertainment in the mix included Dawn Ostroff (President, Conde Nast Entertianment), CN Chief Business Officer Chris Mitchell, Pilar Guzman, and one of Hollywood’s skeleton keys, Ken Sunshine.

Released earlier on Thursday, the party celebrated W’s 2018 “Best Performances” portfolio.

This year’s honors featured six covers of duos: Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone; Mary J. Blige and Tom Hanks,  Gadot and Franco; Daniela Vega and Robert Pattinson; Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman; and Saoirse Ronan and Andrew Garfield. They are the leads among 29 awards-favored artists along with  Hayek, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Kaluuya, Diane Kruger, Hong Chau, Timothee Chalamet, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and more.

W Editor In Chief Stefano Tonchi shows “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya his spread in the Best Performances broadsheet (BFA)

The Best Performances portfolio was co-produced with British Vogue, photographed by Juergen Teller, styled by Edward Enninful. Audi, who started their partnership with Amazon (which includes Sunday night’s post-show bash and Amazon music streaming in their chauffeured Q7’s) shuttled the talent. Dom Pérignon  provided an endless pour of top shelf bubbles and Dior also partnered on the event.

The Golden Globes air live coast to coast on NBC this Sunday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

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BARCELONA, Spain — Catalonia's secessionist parties won enough votes Thursday to regain a slim majority in the regional parliament and give new momentum to their political struggle for independence from Spain.

It was hardly an emphatic victory, however, as the separatists lost support compared to the previous vote in 2015, and a pro-unity party for the first time became Catalonia's biggest single force in parliament.

The anti-independence, pro-business Ciutadans (Citizens) party garnered 37 seats in the 135-seat regional assembly with nearly 99 percent of the votes counted.

The economy of Spain is the twelfth-largest economy in the world, based on nominal GDP comparisons, and the fifth-largest in Europe. It is regarded as the world's 15th most developed country. Until 2008 the economy of Spain had been regarded as one of the most dynamic within the EU, attracting significant amounts of foreign investment. Spain's economy had been credited with having avoided the virtual zero growth rate of some of its largest partners in the EU. In fact, the country's economy had created more than half of all the new jobs in the European Union over the five years ending 2005, a process that is rapidly being reversed. More recently, the Spanish economy had benefited greatly from the global real estate boom, with construction representing an astonishing 16% of GDP and 12% of employment in its final year. According to calculations by the German newspaper Die Welt, Spain had been on course to overtake countries like Germany in per capita income by 2011. However, the downside of the now defunct real estate boom was a corresponding rise in the levels of personal debt; as prospective homeowners had struggled to meet asking prices, the average level of household debt tripled in less than a decade. This placed especially great pressure upon lower to middle income groups; by 2005 the median ratio of indebtedness to income had grown to 125%, due primarily to expensive boom time mortgages that now often exceed the value of the property. A European Commission forecast had predicted Spain would enter a recession by the end of 2008. According to Spain’s Finance Minister, “Spain faces its deepest recession in half a century”. Spain's government forecast the unemployment rate would rise to 16% in 2009. The ESADE business school predicted 20%. Due to its own economic development and the recent EU enlargements up to 27 members (2007), Spain had a GDP per capita of (105%) of EU average per capita GDP in 2006, which placed it slightly ahead of Italy (103%). As for the extremes within Spain, three regions in 2005 were included in the leading EU group exceeding 125% of the GDP per capita average level: Basque Autonomous Community leading with Madrid and Navarre, and one was at the 85% level (Extremadura. According to the growth rates post 2006, noticeable progress from these figures happened until early 2008, when the Spanish economy was heavily affected by the puncturing of its property bubble by the global financial crisis. The centre-right government of former prime minister José María Aznar had worked successfully to gain admission to the group of countries launching the euro in 1999. Unemployment stood at 7.6% in October 2006, a rate that compared favorably to many other European countries, and especially with the early 1990s when it stood at over 20%. Perennial weak points of Spain's economy include high inflation, a large underground economy, and an education system which OECD reports place among the poorest for developed countries. However, the property bubble that had begun building from 1997, fed by historically low interest rates and an immense surge in immigration, imploded in 2008, leading to a rapidly weakening economy and soaring unemployment. By the end of 2010 unemployment had reached 20.33 .


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