first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Who’s that girl?For Andrea Bolley, it’s the question that indubitably swoops up and down the local party scene, particularly among novices.Seeing her dart through it — dressed in the long frock coats she favours, and a countenance that throbs with the guise of a latter-day Lauren Bacall — it’s clear, however, that she doesn’t exactly fit the dictionary definition of “girl.” Nor does it square when she casually drops mentions of long-gone hot spots, like Bemelmans and Prego. But, where the usual suspect can — and does — outplay all and any millennial comers? On the dance floor of life. Andrea Bolley poses with Drake at an exclusive pre-opening event held at the rap superstar’s new Toronto restaurant, Pick 6ix (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin) Rug-cutting like no one else, she is the “secret sauce,” some might say, to shindigs, galas and launches in this town — a foil to the dreary, frozen-smiled socialites one routinely sees around, as well as the hashtag-mad, too-trite newer kids. Something that even Drake, yes, Drake! — Toronto’s unofficial mayor — noticed when he saw her dancing at a party, and since has made her part of his “squad,” one might say. It’s not every day that you see a white woman of a certain age pop into his social media stream, as was the case when he included her in an Instagram Story he posted a few months ago.“Who are you?” Bolley, somewhat shy off the dance floor, recalls Drake asking when she crossed paths with him at the opening of his restaurant Fring’s on King St. W. in 2015. She was making her moves, feeling the music, when he started taking a photo of her and then told her to come join him in his booth. “He was, like, c’mon up,” she continues, summing up the moment. “I said no. He said, ‘You have to!’ He took my purse and jacket. Asked me what I’m drinking. I said vodka and tonic. He said, ‘Same as me!’ Jada Pinkett Smith was there too.” Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Rep Leutheuser welcomes Star of Life recipient to state Capitol

first_img Categories: Leutheuser News “Congratulations Lyn LaCourse from Reading Emergency Unit for being named one of the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services’ Stars of Life. Thank you for all of your work as a critical care paramedic making our communities safer! Thanks also to David Slifka for advocating for these professionals.”PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Leutheuser (left) presents a special tribute from the State of Michigan to Lyn LaCourse for being named one of the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services’ Stars of Life. Joining them was David Slifka (right), executive director for Reading Emergency Unit, Inc. in Hillsdale County. ###center_img 06Jun Rep. Leutheuser welcomes Star of Life recipient to state Capitollast_img read more

Viacom is reportedly eyeing one of the biggest all

first_imgViacom is reportedly eyeing one of the biggest all-cash takeovers in recent US media history by planning to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for around US$10.6 billion.According to Reuters, New York-based Viacom is willing to fork out cash to finance the deal, which would add the Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel to a stable already including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.News emerged last week that Viacom and Discovery Communications were both interested in a deal for Tennessee-based Scripps.Discovery is believed to be looking at a merger structure, similar to the one discussed back in 2014, though as the slightly larger company would likely control the combined business.Viacom has the clout to buy Scripps outright, but Reuters reported that the deal would likely mean it loses its Moody’s investment grade. Viacom’s debts are currently around U$12.17 billion.The move would be by far the biggest Bob Bakish has made since being named president and CEO towards the end of last year.He has so far focused his strategy on core Viacom channel brands, including the creation of new US entertainment channel Paramount Network, and the sale of the company’s stake in US premium cablenet Epix to reduce debt.Much of this has been an attempt to convince shareholders the business is back on track after boardroom battles and unstable ratings led to a tanking share price under former chief Philippe Dauman.Viacom declined to comment this morning, while Scripps hadn’t responded to requests for comment at press time.A Wall Street Journal report claims Scripps’ management has been debating the merits of a sale. Besides its cable portfolio, it owns Polish commercial broadcaster TVN and 50% of UK multichannel operator UKTV.Scripps launched in 2008 when American channels group E.W. Scripps spun off its cable division as a New York-listed company.last_img read more

Some of the shine came off Netflix this week with

first_imgSome of the shine came off Netflix this week, with the streaming giant’s subscriber growth falling a million short of expectations.Netflix’s addition of 5.2 million new members in Q2 led to an immediate dip in its share price. The SVOD company has also forecast a year-on-year decline in net additions for the quarter to September.Some 4.5 million of Netflix’s new subscribers were in international markets, indicating the extent to which domestic US growth has leveled off.CEO Reed Hastings remained bullish on the earnings call that followed the results, saying that the company’s fundamentals “have never been stronger” and making the point that paid net additions were up compared with the previous year.Hastings did admit that Netflix is facing “a lot of new competition”, citing Disney’s entry into the streaming market, new investment for HBO and plans by French broadcasters to launch their own OTT TV service.However, Disney has yet to make its play and France’s plans for the Salto joint venture between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial players TF1 and M6 are still at a very early stage, and have already attracted sceptical comments.HBO, meanwhile, is forecasting a “tough year” ahead as it pushes to increase its subscriber base and up its content line-up. Netflix also this week beat HBO for the number of Emmy nominations received for the first time.Hastings’ recipe for taking on this putative competition is essentially more of the same – combining “the best content we’ve ever done” with “the best user interface” and “the best recommendations” and marketing.It’s a formula that has served the company well to date. It is worth noting that the shareholder retreat following the poor Q2 showing came immediately after a first quarter in which Netflix delivered phenomenal growth, beating expectations for by close to the same amount that it undershot in Q2. However, the slowdown in the US in particular may have spooked investors, amid an underlying wariness about the company’s level of debt.Subscriber growth – particularly international growth, given the relatively saturated status of the US market – is a must for Netflix and the share price movement this week indicated how sensitive investors are to any sign of a wobble from the company.Despite Hastings’ claim that Netflix has a tried and trusted formula, some things have been changing. Investors – and Netflix’s management – are aware that Disney and Fox – and potentially other suppliers – will increasingly retain the rights to their own content for their own direct-to-consumer initiatives, meaning that Netflix will become more and more dependent on its own originals rather than licensed shows. That means it needs to keep up and even increase its already massive investment in original content. Uncertainty about the future impact of competition from studios – and unknowns such as whether Apple can and will break into content or whether Amazon’s growth trajectory, based on a broader and more sustainable business model, will accelerate – are probably also beginning to weigh on investors minds more than before.Netflix’s original content mix is meanwhile changing to reflect its need to attract new categories of subscribers that have not yet been tempted by a line-up of high-end, predominantly US drama. Although the streamer has shied away from the path followed by Amazon into live sports and channels, it is branching out more into unscripted content, original movies and also into commissioning more local content from non-English-language markets, a trend observed this week by analyst group IHS Markit.The growing emphasis on international content reflects the predominance of international subscriptions in fuelling the company’s growth.On the Q2 earnings call, Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters highlighted the growing importance of Asia and in particular of India, where he said the SVOD outfit was “getting some nice momentum” with series such as Sacred Games and the forthcoming Ghoul.Doing deals with cable and telecom operators is also a key strategic focus, bringing Netflix into a big-screen environment where consumers are used to paying monthly subscriptions for a multi-play bundle of which content is a part. An increase in cord-cutting is no longer in Netflix’s interest as it becomes more reliant on distribution via third-party set-top boxes, and becomes more like a pay TV partner rather than a disruptor in the pay TV market. Increasingly, the groups that regard Netflix as a competitor rather than a partner are the studios, such as Disney, and free-to-air broadcasters.last_img read more