‘SMILF,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Dumplin” Stars to Help You Master #Adulting at BE Con 2019!

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WrapWomen’s third-annual BE Conference for mentorship is happening on the beach and a bunch of TV and movie stars, entrepreneurs and entertainment business leaders will be there, ready to inspire you!

“SMILF” show creator and lead actress Frankie Shaw will share her experience about going from making a narrative short to running a fully staffed series on premium cable.

Shaw joins actresses Danielle Macdonald (Netflix’s “Dumplin’”), Melanie Liburd (NBC’s “This Is Us”) and Jessica Parker Kennedy (The CW’s “The Flash”), along with BBC America Executive Director Courtney Thomasma, star venture capitalist Jesse Draper, Girlgaze founder Amanda de Cadenet, Flex Company CEO Lauren Schulte and a slew of other industry leaders — all speaking and mentoring at BE Con 2019.

The annual mentorship conference, happening in Santa Monica, California on Thursday April 25, promises to energize and connect Gen Z and millennial women to the career of their dreams in the fields of entertainment, lifestyle and media.

Macdonald will talk about “Building Confidence” at the event, while Liburd and Kennedy will mentor attendees in tailored breakout sessions for ambitious young women seeking career tips and insider secrets. Thomasma will guide BE Con goers on “BEcoming an Executive,” while Draper and Schulte will offer “Tips From Top Entrepreneurs” — and more!

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Miss Teen Universe Lotte Van Der Zee Dies of Heart Attack at 20

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Lotte van der Zee, a Dutch the 20-year-old who won the Miss Teen Universe contest in 2017, died of “sudden cardiac arrest” while on vacation in Austria, according to a post on her Instagram page last month.

“It is with the deepest sadness that we have to inform you about the reason behind Lotte’s public absence the past couple of days,” read the caption, written by the girl’s parents. “Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf – Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell throughout the course of the afternoon. A feeling that swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest.”

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According to her parents, Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul, van der Zee was hospitalized and placed under a coma until her death on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

“Thank you in advance for the loving words about our daughter. We are grateful for everyone’s support and sincerely thank you for your love and positivity in these times when she needs it most,” the post read.

“We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. If you have any questions, please contact Lotte’s management.”

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Lieve vrienden, Met het grootst mogelijke verdriet willen wij jullie hierbij informeren over de reden achter Lotte’s publiekelijke afwezigheid de afgelopen dagen. Twee dagen geleden, tijdens onze vakantie in Westendorf – Oostenrijk, begon Lotte zich in de loop van de middag onwel te voelen. Een gevoel dat snel escaleerde in een plotselinge hartstilstand. Ze is naar het dichtstbijzijnde ziekenhuis gebracht waar ze in coma ligt en momenteel onder intensieve supervisie van de artsen in slaap wordt gehouden, zodat zij haar gezondheid kunnen monitoren. Bij voorbaat dank voor de liefdevolle woorden over onze dochter. We zijn dankbaar voor de steun van iedereen en danken jullie uit de grond van ons hart voor jullie liefde en positiviteit in deze tijden waarin zij dit het meeste nodig heeft. We waarderen het respect voor onze privacy in deze moeilijke tijd. Neem bij vragen alsjeblieft contact op met het management van Lotte. Liefs, Haar ouders – Bert van der Zee & Eugeniek van het Hul —————————————————————————— Dear friends, It is with the deepest sadness that we have to inform you about the reason behind Lotte’s public absence the past couple of days. Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf – Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell throughout the course of the afternoon. A feeling that swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest. She was helped to the nearest hospital where she got into a coma and is since then kept a sleep under intensive supervision of the doctors in order to monitor her health. Thank you in advance for the loving words about our daughter. We are grateful for everyone’s support and sincerely thank you for your love and positivity in these times when she needs it most. We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. If you have any questions, please contact Lotte’s management. With love, Her parents – Bert van der Zee & Eugeniek van het Hul

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Carrie Underwood, Karen Fairchild Lead CMT’s Push for More Women in Country Music

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The 2018 Artist of the Year awards honored only female country artists for the first time in history.

As Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild accepted her award at CMT’s Artist of the Year Awards, she pulled out her phone. She promised she wasn’t being rude–she just didn’t want to forget any one of the 35 female artists and acts she listed during the award show in late October that honored an all-female slate of musicians for the first time this year.

The moment, labeled one of the most powerful 45-seconds of an award show this year, was a plea for more support and radio play for country’s female stars. The genre has been under fire for years for its favoritism of male artists of the so-called “bro country” variety. In fact, the percentage of female country songs charted by Country Aircheck dropped to 10.4 percent in 2017, down from 13 percent in 2016, and there were no solo women artists in the 10 most-played songs on country radio in 2017, according to Billboard year-end charts. A radio consultant recently claimed in Elle that women’s voices are a biological “irritant” to listeners.

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All of which served as context for Fairchild’s speech. “I can’t say enough about CMT for just honoring women and celebrating women when it’s really important right now. And I’m humbled and I hope I can live up to this honor,” she said, alongside her bandmate Kimberly Schlapman.

“I just want to say in case anyone’s watching that Danielle Bradbery, Runaway June, Kelleigh Bannen, Kassi Ashton, Ashley McBryde, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Mickey Guyton, Lucie Silvas, Jillian Jacqueline, Heather Morgan, Abby Anderson, Aubrie Sellers, Tenille Townes, Rachel Wammack, Maddie & Tae, Carly Pearce, Ruthie Collins, Maggie Rose, Caitlyn Smith, Lindsay Ell, Jana Kramer, Clare Dunn, Lauren Alaina, Margo Price, the Sisterhood Band, Natalie Stovall, Kree Harrison, Brooke Eden, Candi Carpenter, Lillie Mae, Emily Hackett, Little Feather, Kalie Shorr, and Lacy Cavalier are there for you to support–and play on the radio if you want to.”

Carrie Underwood made clear while accepting her own Artist of the Year award that she wasn’t there because she’s a woman. “We’re here because we’re damn good at what we do,” she said. Underwood’s Cry Pretty album earned the best sales week of the year by a female in September, unseating Cardi B as the record-holder.

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In Celebration of a Defining Year for Women

Leslie Fram, senior VP of music strategy for CMT, says the network believed this was the perfect time to honor the women of country, calling it a “defining year for women, not only in music but in general.”

“CMT has been bold about supporting female artists at a time where it’s been a challenge with terrestrial radio, internet radio, and streaming services,” Fram says. “We’ve been at the forefront of supporting female voices, so it made sense to turn ‘Artist of the Year’ into a celebration of women.”

The night’s honorees included Loretta Lynn, Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Fairchild and Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.

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“I am a country artist and also a really big feminist and I feel really supported by CMT,” said Kalie Shorr during a red carpet interview before the event. “I was on the ‘CMT Next Women of Country Tour’ earlier this year. It was my first tour and it just blew open these opportunities for me. Anytime I get to party with CMT and celebrate women is a good day for me.”

The Next Women of Country franchise is CMT’s way of supporting women year-round. It started as a campaign in 2013 to support female artists by airing their music videos and content created at CMT’s studios in Nashville. It’s since expanded into a tour, serving as an incubator program for undiscovered artists and showcases emerging female artists. Several alumnae have achieved critical acclaim, including Morris, Brandy Clark, and Kacey Musgraves.

“A lot of new artists don’t go on tour if they don’t have a song on the radio,” Fram explains. “We had some pretty substantial artists headline the tour, like Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride and Sara Evans, and they brought young females with them like Maggie Rose to Lindsay Ell.”

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The assumption that country music fans don’t want to listen to lady crooners likely comes from the 2015 controversy dubbed “tomatogate,” when trade publication Country Aircheck quoted consultant Keith Hill asserting, “if you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.” According to Hill, country radio’s predominantly female listener base prefers male artists. “I play great female records, and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females,” he said at the time.

What an incredible night full of amazing, strong, talented, gorgeous, smart, sweet women! I am honored to be in your company and am in awe of each and every one of you! Thank you @cmt for recognizing women in Country Music! ????: @ShearerPhoto @GettyImages pic.twitter.com/aiVlNCvDam

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) October 18, 2018

In pre-recorded interviews that aired during the ceremony, honorees addressed country’s gender imbalance directly.

Ballerini, who highlighted that “bro country” has been a thing for a while, said, “we’re not saying this music’s bad–we’re just saying that you’re leaving people out.” Morris, meanwhile, debunked the idea that women don’t want to hear women. “I will have to call B.S. on that one, because I grew up listening to women. That’s why I’m here today,” she said.

.@MarenMorris looks up to a fellow #CMTAOTY honoree when it comes to her career. Watch and find out who… pic.twitter.com/G1ud4K4TO3

— CMT (@CMT) October 16, 2018

“These ladies are influencing the next generation, but they were influenced by some amazingly talented, strong, bold women. Without them they wouldn’t be standing on that stage,” says Margaret Comeaux, vice president of music and event production for CMT, who produced the Artist of the Year show. “People like Loretta Lynn. Good God. You’re hard pressed to find ladies like that. In a time when no one was really standing up for women, she did. That came out very naturally in the interviews.”

The Artist of the Year awards will always be about celebrating the Top 5 artists of the year, says Comeaux, but they are willing to center the ceremony around whatever is happening in the industry. “I think we found in the last two years that it’s a show that can morph into what it needs to be. It’s about celebrating the artists and our format,” she adds. “We’re always going to continue to keep pushing things forward.”

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TheWrap’s Inaugural ‘Power Women Summit’ Broadcasts Exclusively on SiriusXM

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 SiriusXM announced that it will exclusively broadcast TheWrap’s first-ever Power Women Summit, which aims to raise awareness and have frank conversations about gender equity in entertainment and media. The week-long special series will premiere on November 12 at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET on Stars channel 109.

The “Power Women Summit on Stars” kicked off on Monday with highlights from the summit, including “Activism and Empowering the Next Generation” with Dolores Huerta, Katie Hill, and Zoe Saldana; “On the Basis of Sex,” with Felicity Jones; and “Leading by Example: A Conversation,” with Jill Soloway and Rebecca Sugar. The trailblazing lineup of speakers that will be featured throughout the week also includes actress and activist Alyssa Milano, former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, attorney Anita Hill, actresses Mira Sorvino and Olivia Wilde, #MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke, and more.

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“The Wrap put together a remarkable lineup of women, and we are excited to share their powerful, thought-provoking conversations with the national SiriusXM audience,” said Megan Liberman, Senior Vice President of News, Talk, and Entertainment at SiriusXM.

“Right now is a crucial time to discuss equality and women’s rights,” said Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, The Wrap. “There was an air of excitement and momentum at our inaugural Power Women Summit, and I’m grateful to SiriusXM for helping further the message to a national audience.”

The Wrap’s 2018 Power Women Summit took place in Los Angeles on November 1 and 2 before a gathering of more than 1,500 women from across the media and entertainment industry. More information can be found at http://wrapwomen.thewrap.com.

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Acclaimed actor David Oyelowo will join the historic Power Women Summit kicking off Thursday November 1 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

One of the most respected actors of his generation and best known for his iconic portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 film “Selma,” Oyelowo is an activist and supporter of greater inclusivity in the entertainment industry.

He joins best-selling author Joanne Lipman and producer Scott Budnick for a conversation on Friday, November 2 titled, “Working Together: Bringing Men Into the Conversation.”

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TheWrap is also pleased to announce that Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning composer Diane Warren and Marisa Corvo will be performing Warren’s original song “I’ll Fight” from the documentary feature “RBG.”

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Just a few days before the historic midterm election, the focus of the Summit is to achieve gender equity in Hollywood, with the theme: The Road to 50/50 By 2020.

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HAIM joins the Power Women Summit for a special performance on Thursday, November 1 in Los Angeles.

The rock trio has climbed the pop charts and played to sold-out crowds across the globe, but they’ve also been outspoken advocates for women in music.

“Anyone that identifies as a girl: whenever you walk into a guitar shop or a soundcheck or a recording studio, do not let anyone that’s there intimidate you, or make you feel like you don’t belong there, because you do belong there,” said Este Haim at the NME awards this year.

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They join an outstanding program featuring Felicity JonesAnita HillDolores HuertaMira Sorvino,Barbara BoxerSherry LansingAlyssa MilanoIbtihaj MuhammadEmily RatajkowskiJill Soloway and many more. Topics of conversation include taking risks, women who are “the firsts,” the new generation of activists, equal pay, sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship and more. There will be main stage sessions and deep dive discussions with show runners, producers, directors, talent, journalists and executives.

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Here’s a Fall 2018 Playbook for TV Marketers

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When’s the last time you felt caught up on the season’s hit TV shows? Last summer? Ten years ago? In an era of competing and diverse content providers, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the vast choices available. In fact, last year, the number of TV shows released in the U.S. hit a new high, up to 487 compared to 455 in 2016.

This swell in TV programming combined with the massive growth of over-the-top (OTT) and trend of cord-cutting– which, according to eMarketer, will jump 32 Percent this year–begs the question: what does this mean for TV marketers and how can they keep up?

They adapt. Innovations in Advanced TV and mobile advertising have opened doors for advertisers to go beyond the large-scale TV ad buys and focus more on targeted advertising that makes an impact. As our watch lists continue to grow and more and more consumers cut the cord, we need a new playbook for TV marketers looking to cut through the entertainment clutter and capture consumer attention. Here are four ways to navigate the new landscape of TV.

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Lean into Advanced TV

In today’s fragmented landscape, where viewers turn to alternative methods for traditional TV content, advertisers are finding it increasingly difficult to reach audiences in one place. There are too many ways to reach consumers and at too many times throughout the day. Advanced TV ditches the one-size-fits-all approach of getting in front of broad audiences to help marketers connect with consumers at the right place and the right time through addressability and interactive ads.

Recent innovations in addressable TV are putting advertisers in the driver’s seat with more sophisticated models for targeting. Leveraging first-and-third-party data, marketers now have the ability to show different ads to different households during the same TV program, and it works! A study from Forrester reported a 19 percent increase in overall brand efficiency, 39 percent increase in overall brand awareness and 67 percent ad recall in addressable TV ads versus traditional TV ads.

For a more engaging experience, consider leveraging interactive TV ads, such as overlays with clickable video, or ACR-powered ads on connected TVs that drive engaged viewers to a website or send promotions to viewers’ smartphones. Interactive ads offer a cross-device experience that connects the dots between TV and mobile.

Another benefit to advanced TV? The medium allows marketers to close the loop on reporting. Advanced TV allows precise measurement after a campaign airs, so that brands can measure their ROI with precision.

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Speaking of the changing living-room and viewer consumption habits, OTT advertising shouldn’t be forgotten. Advertising on these platforms, like Xbox, offers marketers a unique opportunity to connect with engaged viewers. And, results are not only measured by the number of viewers reached, but also on how audiences are engaging with the ad.

What can marketers do? Take advantage of the personalization available with OTT advertising and connect with viewers in a compelling and customized way. Whether it’s transactional video on demand (TVOD), subscription video on demand (SVOD) or ad-supported video on demand (AVOD), consumers continue to spend time with OTT video services. According to a recent Oath study on video consumption, 51 percent of video viewers use an OTT video streaming service to watch TV shows or movies. Earlier this summer PwC released its Global Entertainment and Media Outlook for 2018-2022, which forecasts that OTT will show an average of 10 percent growth for the next five years.

Diversify your video advertising spend

The need to diversify video advertising spend has never been more apparent. According to Forrester’s recent Video Advertising Forecast, TV Everywhere is expected to grow from 89 million users in 2018 to 111 million in 2023, and virtual multichannel video programming distributor users will grow from 24.2 million this year to 44.3 million in 2023.

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Close to a quarter of video viewers now use an app to watch TV shows or movies from a cable, satellite, telco TV service or TV network with higher levels among Millennials (33 percent) and Gen Z (31 percent) according to the same video consumption study from Oath. What’s more, when it comes to watching free, ad-supported content, consumers are in — particularly GenZers, who are more open to learning about new products that are relevant.

This presents a massive opportunity for marketers to put their money where consumer eyeballs are. The key is ensuring your strategy integrates both TV and digital video so you have a consistent message across every touchpoint.

Invest in mobile video to capitalize on OTT and all-access apps

U.S. consumers spend an average of five hours a day on mobile, and it shows no signs of slowing down. From social media to news, consumers are turning to their phones to stay connected — and that also means making their phones a second screen for TV shows and video content. With the rise of OTT and all-access apps, the opportunity for mobile video advertising continues to grow. But to effectively engage consumers via mobile video, creating a personalized experience that works seamlessly is critical.

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Pre-roll video and native video ads are some of the most effective video formats on mobile because they provide an uninterrupted video viewing experience. And research shows that native video ads between 15-22 seconds in length on mobile are significantly more engaging than desktop ads. This is great news for advertisers; 15-22 seconds gives marketers more opportunity to engage consumers in a personalized and meaningful way. Finally, if you’re looking to reach specific audience segments, consider going programmatic. Combining the data and targeting of programmatic advertising with the creativity of native video ensures you’re reaching viewers on smartphones with meaningful content that is tailored to their interests.

As we move further away from primetime and closer to TV everywhere, the video advertising landscape is ripe for innovation. Marketers need a new playbook that incorporates these strategies to ensure they’re making the most out of their TV and video ad spend.

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About the author:

Young has been growing new, scalable and profitable businesses in the technology and media space for the last 15 years. Currently, as the VP, industry lead for Entertainment, Media and Gaming at Oath, he oversees industry advertising revenue for all of Oath’s content and ad tech products. Prior to Oath, Young led the programmatic initiatives for the field sales team at Yahoo! (acquired by Verizon for $4.48B in 2017) and held various leadership positions in mobile and programmatic at BrightRoll (acquired by Yahoo! for $640M in 2014). Early in his career he worked on the content and production side of media, starting as a journalist in South America, and then running his own entertainment company in Los Angeles.
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