September 6, 2018: Cicely Tyson and Spielberg Publicist to Receive Honorary Oscars, Nike Reveals Colin Kaepernick Ad to Air During Major Sporting Events, This Drone Company Is Adding Light Shows to Drake Concerts

By Ian Zelaya September 6, 2018, 9:12 AM EDT


1. CICELY TYSON AND SPIELBERG PUBLICIST TO RECEIVE HONORARY OSCARS: Actress Cicely Tyson, Steven Spielberg's publicist, the composer of the Mission: Impossible theme song, and others will receive Honorary Oscars at this year's Governors Awards. The New York Times: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said late Wednesday that Oscar statuettes would be awarded to Marvin Levy, who has worked in film publicity for five decades, the last four of them with Mr. Spielberg; Lalo Schifrin, who has written scores for roughly 100 films, including Dirty Harry and The Cincinnati Kid, in addition to the Mission: Impossible tune; and Ms. Tyson, whose 91 acting credits include Fried Green Tomatoes, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Sounder, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1973. Mr. Levy will be the first publicist to receive an Oscar. In addition, the academy decided to grant its Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for producing for the first time in eight years. The trophy, a bust of Thalberg, who was head of production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1920s and ’30s, will go to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who have worked together since 1991. (They are also married.) ... The 54-member board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has about 8,350 active members, picked the recipients in a vote on Tuesday night. The trophies will be handed out on November 18 in Los Angeles at a non-televised, black-tie dinner that also serves as a major campaign stop for those hoping for recognition at the 91st Academy Awards, which will be held on February 24." https://nyti.ms/2PI7CFx

2. NIKE REVEALS COLIN KAEPERNICK AD TO AIR DURING MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS: Nike is slated to air its first “Just Do It” ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick during the N.F.L. season opener tonight, as well as major sporting events including the U.S. Open. The two-minute ad, which was released Wednesday, spotlights athletes like Serena Williams and Lebron James, and focuses on N.F.L. players protesting racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Associated Press: “Kaepernick narrates the full spot but first physically appears midway through. As a camera pans to reveal Kaepernick’s face, a reflection of a United States flag is visible on the facade of a building behind him. Kaepernick says: 'Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.' At the start of the ad, Kaepernick says: 'If people say your dreams are crazy, if they laugh at what you think you can do, good. Stay that way, because what nonbelievers fail to understand is that calling a dream crazy is not an insult, it’s a compliment.' The former 49ers quarterback is revealed as the narrator toward the end of the spot. The spot is expected to air this week during college football and MLB games, and stream on various music, gaming, and other platforms, Nike spokeswoman Sandra Carreon-John said. ... The endorsement deal between Nike and Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday. It was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company’s clothes and sneakers—even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear. 'I stand for anybody that believes in change. I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude,' LeBron James said Tuesday night at a Nike fashion show and award ceremony in New York. 'I stand with Nike, every day, all day.' Nike also provides all N.F.L. teams with game day uniforms and sideline apparel, a partnership that was extended in March to run through 2028. President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of protesting N.F.L. players, tweeted Wednesday that Nike is getting 'killed' over the endorsement deal." https://bit.ly/2Qc6RG7

3. THIS DRONE COMPANY IS ADDING LIGHT SHOWS TO DRAKE CONCERTS: At one of Drake’s recent New York concerts, a light show made with drones occurred during the rapper’s performance of his song “Elevate.” The high-tech show was created by Verity Studios, which has been increasingly involved in showcasing its drone technology at live events. The Verge: “Its drones have flown in performances by Cirque du Soleil and Metallica. But the Canadian rapper represents a new high point, says Verity founder Raffaello D’Andrea. ‘Drake is about as good as we can get.’ Flight conditions for drones are tricky and vary by venue. An outdoor concert has to contend with weather, while an indoor performance has space constraints. Flying over people is a tricky task; one malfunction could send the machine plummeting into a crowd, resulting in bodily injury or worse. In the case of Drake’s concert, they fly solely around the performer, Aubrey himself. Verity’s job for Drake required 200 autonomous drones that were assembled and shipped in less than 30 days. The company doesn’t tour with the artist, but it provides equipment that his team’s own operators can start and stop during performances. According to D’Andrea, the team made over 40 changes with Drake’s people to finalize the performance. … D’Andrea declined to comment on the cost of the drones at Drake’s show, though it’s worth noting its Cirque del Soleil show (in which the drones donned lamps) was roughly half a million. He says Verity hopes to expand its abilities beyond simple light shows. That may include costumes, or even the ability to safely fly around the audience. ‘I don’t know if drones are the future of entertainment, but I do think robotics and A.I. has a huge potential in live events,’ he says.” https://bit.ly/2NRDqaq

* LOCAL NEWS *

LONDON:  The ninth annual London Cocktail Week will take place October 1-7. The event will feature pop-up events and activations from brands including Ketel One, Maker’s Mark, Hendrick’s, and Bacardi, along with specialty cocktails for festival pass holders at 300 bars in the city. 

LOS ANGELES:  Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will have its 20th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention September 30. The event will begin at West 88th Street and La Tijera Boulevard. 

Tracee Ellis Ross will return as host and an executive producer for the 2018 American Music Awards, which ABC will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater on October 9.

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

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter’s annual Moving Day Walk will take place November 4 at F.A.U. Stadium in Boca Raton. 

The $8.2 million renovation of the Boca Raton Yacht Club at Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, will be completed in November. The transformation includes marine- and yacht-inspired interiors at the 112-room property, while guests who purchase the new Yacht Club Experience will receive private concierge services and exclusive access to the redesigned Commodore Lounge. 

NEW YORK:  The second annual Tribeca TV Festival, taking place September 20-23 at Spring Studios, has announced additional programming. New events include a conversation with Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City’s cast members Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, and Tinsley Mortimer with producer Andy Cohen, and the season five premiere of Empire followed by a conversation with actor Jussie Smollett. 

Lincoln Center’s ninth annual White Light Festival, a multidisciplinary performance art festival, will take place October 16-November 18. 

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

SAN FRANCISCO:  Virgin Hotels San Francisco will host a job fair September 10 at Bluxome Street Winery. 

TORONTO:  JFL42 comedy festival will take place September 20-29 at multiple venues. Headliners include Hannibal Buress, Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes, and Ken Jeong. 

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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