Wednesday, April 29, 2009

News Round-up: Diversity, Robin Wright, Dylan Patton

Dan Wieden Makes Impassioned Diversity Pitch at 4A's
Speaking plainly, directly and at times profanely, Wieden + Kennedy's Dan Wieden today used the platform of the American Association of Advertising Agencies to urge agencies to finally address the relative lack of diversity in the industry.

Wieden pointed to an outdoor camp for at-risk youth he helped create in Oregon as a concrete example of what he has done to introduce minorities to the art of filmmaking and the possibility of working in advertising. At the same time, he acknowledged that his agency is still predominantly white, though its percentages of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians have increased in the past six years.

INTERVIEW: DAYS' Dylan Patton (Will)
"I think Will is a typical 16-year-old. My real mom is not lying and manipulative like Sami, but we still have our disagreements -- only it's about real life stuff like curfew and chores."

Obama To Nominate Clyburn As FCC Commissioner
President Obama late Wednesday announced his intention to nominate South Carolina Public Service Commission member Mignon Clyburn to be a Federal Communications commissioner. Clyburn is a South Carolina public service commissioner and daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Sources said last week that she had already been vetted for the post by the administration.

Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn separate again
EXTRA has learned that Sean Penn filed for "legal separation with minor children" from wife Robin Wright Penn (ex-Kelly, SANTA BARBARA) on Friday, April 24th, 2009, according to a court record. Penn and Wright married on April 27, 1996, and have two children, Dylan and Hopper Jack. The couple filed for separation in December 2007 but reconciled in April 2008.

Daytime broadcast syndication is getting more people falling down and shots to the groin next season as Disney-ABC Domestic Television is selling AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS as an hourlong Monday-through-Friday strip.

Currently cleared in 85% of the U.S., and sold to the Fox Television Stations in the country’s largest markets, Disney-ABC is offering the episodes hosted by Tom Bergeron, who took the job in 2001.

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