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June 27, 2016: Iconic Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham Dies at 87, VaynerMedia Founder Apologizes for Sexist Cannes Party Invite, YouTube Steps Up Live Streaming Capabilities


1. ICONIC FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER BILL CUNNINGHAM DIES AT 87: Bill Cunningham, the legendary fashion photographer best known for his documentation of street style and events for The New York Times, died on Saturday from a stroke at the age of 87. The New York Times: “Although he sometimes photographed upward of 20 gala events a week, he never sat down for dinner at any of them and would wave away people who walked up to him to inquire whether he would at least like a glass of water. Instead, he stood off to the side photographing women like Annette de la Renta and Mercedes Bass in their beaded gowns and tweed suits. As Anna Wintour put it in the documentary about Mr. Cunningham, ‘I’ve said many times, ‘We all get dressed for Bill.’’ Mr. Cunningham’s position as a perennial outsider among a set of consummate insiders was part of what made him uniquely well suited to The Times. … Mr. Cunningham also resisted the trends of celebrity dressing. He had seen actresses in their fishtail dresses preening and posing before the phalanxes of photographers at ceremonies like the Golden Globes and the Oscars. They were poised. They looked pretty. Yet he could not muster enthusiasm for them. It wasn’t simply that he was nostalgic for another time, back when famous women like Lauren Bacall and Brooke Astor actually dressed themselves. That era may have held a certain appeal for him, but even when he was in his 70s and 80s, he still had plenty of subjects he loved to shoot.” http://nyti.ms/28XYkCd

2. VAYNERMEDIA FOUNDER APOLOGIZES FOR SEXIST CANNES PARTY INVITE: Gary Vaynerchuk, the founder and C.E.O. of VaynerMedia, has apologized for a Cannes Lions party invitation emailed last week that asked for “attractive females and models only.” The email was sent out to numerous festivalgoers who planned on attending the Wednesday Party, an event that was sponsored by VaynerMedia and Thrillist. Vaynerchuk and Thrillist C.E.O. Ben Lerer both apologized and blamed third-party promotional spam, after agency executive Cindy Gallop tweeted out the sexist invite. Adweek: “The email was sent by events company iGetIn. Its key section reads (emphasis via the sender of the message): ‘Thank you for your interest in attending!! Please be aware that this specific list is for attractive females and models only.’ The note, which was also shared by members of the public Facebook group Cannes for Cannesseurs, then instructs male attendees to "contact the PR departments of the respective sponsors" if they want to get into the party. The email has become a minor scandal at a festival that has included messages of female empowerment from speakers such as Madonna Badger of #WomenNotObjects fame. Before forwarding it to Gallop, one of the executives in question called the number listed, where a representative told her that such demands are ‘a totally normal practice.’ VaynerMedia founder and CEO Gary Vaynerchuk quickly responded to Gallop and others on Twitter with multiple videos shot while he was walking around the festival. In the first, he said he was "mortified" by the email and, as the agency's CEO, took responsibility for it. … A Thrillist spokesperson stated the email blast was not a legitimate invite to the event, writing, ‘A third-party promotions company sent this email without us knowing. We apologize to anyone who was spammed with this, but it didn't come from Thrillist or Vayner. The guest list for the party has been closed for some time and will not include anyone who replies to that email.’” http://bit.ly/28PlBcM

3. YOUTUBE STEPS UP LIVE STREAMING CAPABILITIES: In an effort to compete with live streaming platforms including Periscope and Facebook Live, YouTube is making its live streaming option more accessible to mobile users. The company announced that soon, users will be able to broadcast live video directly from their mobile apps. Wired: “‘You won’t need to open anything else, just hit the big red capture button right there in the corner, take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail, and you can broadcast live to your fans and chat in near real time,’ the company said in a blog post. The company added the live streams will have the same search, recommendations and playlists as other videos on YouTube. YouTube has hosted live streams of videos since 2001–it says more than 21 million people watched its first 360-video live stream earlier this year–but this is the first time users have been able to directly stream from their devices. The move comes in the wider context of social media companies making it possible for their users to stream video directly to their friends and followers.” http://bit.ly/291L3eK

* LOCAL NEWS *

BOSTON:  B3, a music-inspired restaurant, is slated to open in Berklee. Eater: http://bit.ly/28X1MM9

LOS ANGELES:  The Comedy Store's fifth annual Canada Day Comedy Show will take place on Thursday. 

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Due to a new city rule limiting events in the downtown area, the city of Delray Beach has denied a downtown location permit to the Delray Beach Garlic Fest, which is held every January. Event organizer Nancy Stewart told WPTV-TV that she is scouting other locations for the festival, which has existed for the past 17 years. WPTV: http://bit.ly/292q2y6

Chef Daniel Boulud’s New York restaurant, Boulud Sud, has a pop-up at db Bistro Moderne Miami until July 30. The pop-up exchange, which began June 15, has a Mediterranean menu featuring flavors from France’s Côte d’Azur, Spain, Italy, Greece, North Africa, and Turkey.

NEW YORK:  The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a Vote Miami 2106 rally July 6 at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The event, which will have G.M.C.V.B executives as guest speakers, is aimed to encourage voters about their right to use their vacation days.

Fifth Harmony will headline the third annual VH1 Save The Music’s Hamptons Live event on August 27. The concert, held at a private resident in the Hamptons, will benefit Save the Music, which raises funds for music education in public schools.

Brand communications agency Invnt has appointed Tracy Thompson-Harte as director of strategic accounts.

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  The nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms will hold a conversation about mental health issues during its Supporter Conference July 22-24 at the Holiday Inn Orlando. Organizers say the topic is particularly important in light of the recent shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, has announced programming highlights for the event, which will take place August 24-28 at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Performance coach Dan Thurmon will give the keynote speech on August 25, while former Tonight Show host Jay Leno hosts a general session on August 26.

PHILADELPHIA:  Wawa Welcome America! presented by Comcast NBCUniversal launches an eight-day festival Monday at various locations throughout the city. The event includes free performances from a number of artists, including Tony-winning Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., as well as Leon Bridges and Viva Más.

TORONTO:  Outdoor art event the Figment Festival will take place July 23-24 at Olympic Island. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  TV One is hosting a premiere screening Monday of its original feature film The Secret She Kept, a drama that aims to eradicate the stigma tied to mental-health issues, especially among African-American women. The screening, which will be held at National Cable Television Association's headquarters, will be followed by a panel discussion.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin and Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Carla Hay, Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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