1Digital® Agency Starts Work for Reece Boutique

1Digital® Agency Starts Work for Reece Boutique

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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 1Digital® Agency is excited to announce that they are beginning an SEO campaign for The Reece Boutique, a retailer of affordable and fashionable women’s clothing based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. They are dedicated to offering clothing that is affordable and always in line with current trends. As their online storefront has begun to expand, the team at The Reece Boutique has decided that they need to expand online as well. After exploring their options, they have chosen 1Digital® Agency for their expertise in eCommerce SEO services.

Certain eCommerce industry categories, like the fashion industry, can be fiercely competitive. Paid traffic costs can add up quickly and don’t always produce conversions. In order to get the best return on their investment, The Reece Boutique has decided to build their SEO authority. The process of publishing SEO content does take time, but it can really pay off.

SEO is one of the most effective forms of digital marketing. SEO is all about showing search engine algorithms that your website is an authority in its field. By targeting the right keywords and creating backlinks, an SEO campaign will increase a business’ search rankings for certain search terms. 1Dgital®’s team of SEO specialists has already helped The Reece Boutique assemble a list of valuable fashion-related keywords to target and their writers are beginning to craft the content that will help increase their site’s rankings and engage users. 

In addition to partnering with 1Digital® to perform SEO marketing services, The Reece Boutique also requested retainer support for their website. Keeping an agency like 1Digital on retainer provides The Reece Boutique with the flexibility to complete a wide variety of projects for their site. Whether it is a simple design tweak, fixing an unexpected bug, or integrating an app, 1Digital’s team is there to help their site get back on track as quickly as possible. 

No matter what services your online business needs, 1Digital® can help. Their team of eCommerce experts includes designers, developers, marketing specialists, and content creators. They are experienced with all of the major eCommerce platforms and are experts at helping businesses migrate their businesses between platforms. Whether you are looking to completely rebuild your eCommerce website or you are just looking to have a team on call when bugs arise, 1Digital® Agency is a clear choice. 

If you are interested in any of the services 1Digital® Agency can provide, feel free to contact one of their eCommerce experts by calling 215-809-1567 or sending an email to info@1digitalagency.com. You can also visit www.1DigitalAgency.com to find more information on all of their eCommerce services.

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Switchers Are The Future Of Work. Are You Ready To REINVENT Yourself?

Switchers Are The Future Of Work. Are You Ready To REINVENT Yourself?

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The first time I got laid off, it hit me like a semi-truck. I’d recently been promoted, was receiving great performance reviews, and saw a long-term future at a company I enjoyed where I’d managed two regional functions and built relationships across multiple offices.

Then, poof! Just like that, I received a call at 5pm on a Tuesday saying my job was gone. It was 2002 and I was working for Arthur Anderson.

I was shocked, terrified and completely lost. My core identity had been ripped away, even though I’d been doing everything right – working long hours, taking initiative to volunteer for extra projects, and even earning a Masters Degree in the evenings (despite my high school guidance counselor hinting my test scores weren’t college worthy). Often, I would return to the office at 10pm after class to prove I was dedicated. To top it off, when this happened, I was in the middle of a divorce and a cross-country relocation, so the timing couldn’t have been worse.

After applying desperately online for months, it seemed inevitable I’d be asking my parents if I could rent my old bedroom. All my professional contacts were in the same position of looking for new employment, and the brand I had once been proud to be associated with was now a bad joke in the marketplace.

One night in passing, I shared my sob story with my neighbor, mentioning the companies where I’d been applying, only to learn that his colleague was married to a Director at one of my top choices. He offered to pass my resume along and within two weeks, I had an interview. After months of online applications resulting in zilch, one brief conversation landed me an opportunity. In that moment, I realized the problem wasn’t that I hadn’t been working hard enough, but rather I was focusing my energy in the wrong places.

If your career has been significantly disrupted in the last six months, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ve been applying online without success and are dealing with competing challenges like trying to homeschool young children? It feels like an out-of-control roller coaster going off the rails and makes you wonder how you ticked off the karma gods to deserve this nightmare.

I’ve been there, and it’s terrifying and overwhelming to realize that even after struggling to climb the ladder, a bad few months can knock you right back to the bottom rung. These are highly unsettling times, and while I wouldn’t wish this hardship on anyone, there is some good news. You will get through it, and you will be stronger for it. In fact, despite how it might feel, you’re not even close to the bottom of the ladder and haven’t lost as much as it might seem. Right now, you’re actually building your resilience, resourcefulness and adaptability, which are key skills for the future of work, and can only, unfortunately, be acquired by enduring tough times.

You may also feel angry and frustrated. I certainly did back in 2002, and eventually I used that anger to fuel my actions to create the career I have today, helping people get unstuck, find satisfying work and feel in control of their careers, regardless of what’s happening in the economy. And I want to share how you can make that happen, because even if this is the first time you’ve found yourself in an unexpected career situation, it certainly won’t be the last.

Even before Covid-19, the professional world was changing rapidly with technology advances, globalization, contract roles, delayed retirement, and a growing misalignment between education and marketable skills. The pandemic has accelerated this, decimating industries, turning office buildings into ghost towns, and catapulting technology into the center of all our lives from Zoom family meetings to contactless payment structures.

Switchers ARE the future of work, and you need to be ready to reinvent, not just now, but likely every few years for the remainder of your professional career. A career switcher is someone who makes an industry change, functional change or both in their career trajectory. And if you haven’t made a major pivot, chances are it’s only a matter of time before you’re forced to, perhaps at the least convenient moment. So why not get ahead of it?

The painful lesson I learned 20 years ago and some may be experiencing today is: stellar skills and hard work aren’t enough. In addition, it’s critical to have a strong network of diverse connections (inside and outside your company) with people who know your brand and are willing to go to bat for you. These three things – 1) marketable skills, 2) a visible brand and 3) a strong network are the foundation I’ve built my career upon, and it’s not only worked for me, but hundreds of others whom I’ve had the privilege to coach.

And it’ll work for you. Switchers are the future of work, so here’s how you can get ready:

Step 1 – Mindset. One of the most important steps in taking control of your career is taking control of that voice in your head. The one that tells you you’re not good enough, things are too unfair, it’s not the best time or it won’t work. Our thoughts create our mindset and to be a successful switcher, you need to be your own biggest cheerleader. If you’re thinking, “I have no idea where to begin” you’re in good company. Many industries and functions are emerging or evolving and we’re all learning at the same time.

I had a client who had worked at one company for 25 years and was convinced he had no option other than to ride out his career there, even though new leadership had created a toxic culture. Making a big change was scary as hell after 25 years, so he used this incorrect and untested belief to accept it. But after working together, developing a list of accomplishments with transferable skills and speaking to his network, he started to see himself differently and his mindset shifted. He landed a great job a few months later and laughs when he remembers how scary it felt to make a move.

It’s okay to feel fear, but take small steps forward regardless. Don’t wait until you know it’s the right step – just take action. Each step forward helps you see things from a new vantage point. So, do you have an untested belief that’s holding you back? Action kills anxiety, so try something new today and see where it leads.

Step 2 – Reinvention. Part of the reason a career switch is so scary is because it requires us to shed – or at least alter – an identity we’ve become attached to. This is no small task and most don’t realize how comfortable we’ve gotten in how we identify with our careers. Changing makes us vulnerable – we’re pursuing something we don’t feel we have expertise in, which can be difficult if you’ve built up a reputation in your field as the “go-to” person.

But reinventing ourselves is something we’re all going to need to get comfortable with as the market continues to morph. Those who grasp tightly to old ways of doing things will be left behind, so now is a great time to start looking at your experience more holistically. Reflect on ALL your roles, education, projects, volunteer positions, certifications and experiences and you’ll see you have many transferable skills. Identify which are most in-demand in today’s marketplace and how you can present yourself as a problem solver for key challenges. Also, this exercise can help to identify skills gaps so you can proactively pursue opportunities to close those gaps.

While two-thirds of Americans believe technology will eventually take over about 50% of current roles, over 80% of those same people believe their roles won’t be impacted. Clearly, there’s a disconnect. We need to face the reality our careers will look different in the not too distant future. No one is going to manage your career as well as you, so make it a habit to focus on reinventing periodically, even (or especially!) in good economic times. You’re more than your title, so don’t sell yourself short.

Step 3 – Brand. Once you begin to look at yourself more holistically, not just as a title or label, but rather as a complex package of experiences, knowledge and abilities, you’ll be able to more clearly understand the value you bring to the market, and especially your target audience, and how your skills can solve their biggest pain points. Your target audience can be found by asking yourself the question, “What problems do I want to solve and who is doing that work?” The key is to brand yourself as the solution to your audience’s problems, in how you introduce yourself, your online content, through your network – visibly be the candidate they’re looking for.

This may mean removing some irrelevant items from your resume, and no longer using titles to identify yourself, but instead introducing yourself with your value. I had a client who was an attorney and wanted to work in HR and the moment she stopped introducing herself as a lawyer who wanted to be in HR, but rather an accomplished corporate professional who helped design policies to protect employees, she started to get interest from hiring managers.

If creating a professional brand is a new concept, get insights from people who know you. Friends can be valuable sources of information regarding strengths and achievements we sometimes fail to give ourselves adequate credit for.

Step 4 – Ambassadors. As you reinvent, it’s your responsibility to help those in your network to see you in a new way, including the value you bring to your target audience. If your contacts understand your brand, they can be ambassadors for you, opening the door to potential opportunities or relaying helpful information during your job search. We know more than 70% are jobs are filled before they’re advertised, and referrals account for 40% of hires even though they’re only 7% of applicants. If your primary strategy is online applications, you’re not only competing with 100% of the applicants for only 30% of available jobs, but you’re missing out on some great roles that may never go public.

One of the easiest ways to network is to start with people you know – those who already trust you and want to see you succeed. They have their own circles of contacts who can likely help if you’re clear and specific in what you need. Don’t underestimate anyone – social media has expanded all our networks and you may be surprised at what emerges.

One time, I mentioned to my brother I was trying to land a speaking gig at a company in NY. Coincidentally, his good friend in Utah, knew the head of the organization, which after a few emails, ended with me giving that talk 6 months later. It’s a little shocking someone in my immediate family had access to contacts I didn’t, but it’s easy to forget we all interact with diverse groups of people every day – at work, online, in the community – everywhere.

Make it easy for your contacts to help by sharing the language they can use to introduce you, having a clear goal and asking for something they are uniquely able to offer. Then, you’ll start seeing results!

The future of work is here. The pandemic opened our eyes to the fact that job security is a myth, even for high achievers. Also, change is not only constant in the marketplace, but now it’s accelerated. Companies are struggling with the same ambiguity and uncertainty that we are as individuals. Our careers are not their priority. But, they need to be our priority.

It’s time to take control of your career before it takes control of you.

Happy hunting!

Source: www.forbes.com

Author: Dawn Graham

The Latest: Mexico States Run Out of Death Certificates

The Latest: Mexico States Run Out of Death Certificates

MEXICO CITY — The coronavirus pandemic has hit Mexico so hard that the governments of several states ran out of death certificates.

Officials said Friday the federal forms started running out about 15 to 20 days ago in at least three states — Baja California, the State of Mexico and Mexico City.

Authorities say a million new forms have been printed and are being distributed. The certificates are printed with special characteristics because falsification has been a problem in the past.

Mexico has suffered the fourth-highest level of COVID-19 deaths in the world. On Friday, the number of confirmed cases rose by 6,196 to 623,090, while deaths rose by 522 to 66,851. Cases in Mexico now appear to have plateaued and are no longer decreasing.



— Model projects 1.9M more coronavirus deaths by end of 2020

— Biden confirms virus test, says he’ll be tested regularly

— Will long Labor Day weekend mean another U.S. coronavirus spike?

— WHO chief says the U.N. health agency won’t recommend any COVID-19 vaccine before it is proved safe and effective, even as Russia and China have started using their experimental vaccines before large studies have finished.

— U.S. unemployment dropped sharply in August to a still-high 8.4% from 10.2%, with about half the 22 million jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak recovered so far

— Italy’s ex-leader Silvio Berlusconi admitted to Milan hospital as precaution to monitor his coronavirus infection.


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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 168 new cases of the coronavirus, the third consecutive day the daily jump came below 200 in a possible sign the country is starting to see the effects of unprecedented social distancing restrictions.

The figures released Saturday brought the national caseload to 21,010, including 333 deaths.

Officials say 115 of the new cases were in the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 51 million population. Infections were also reported in other big cities, including Bunsan, Gwangju, Daejeon and Daegu.

Authorities have decided to extend for another week tougher social distancing restrictions in the Seoul area, saying the viral spread is still at risky levels. Restaurants are allowed to provide only takeout and home delivery after 9 p.m. Gyms, billiard clubs and after-school academies are closed.

Officials have also shut down churches and nightspots and shifted most schools back to remote learning nationwide.


NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana athletic and education officials are cautiously planning for high school football games to begin in October, while Gov. John Bel Edwards is expressing hope he will be able to ease some restrictions on businesses next week.

State officials, leaders of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and lawmakers discussed plans for resuming football at a meeting Friday amid positive trends in the state’s coronavirus statistics.

Later in the day, Edwards made no commitment to ease restrictions that have limited public gatherings and restaurant seating while shutting down bars since July. But, noting that current restrictions expire next Friday, he said he hopes he will be able to move to less restrictive regulations. He didn’t give any details on what looser rules might allow.


SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico officials say enrollment in Medicaid has increased by nearly 7% in the state since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, with employers shedding jobs and more families entering into poverty.

In a briefing Friday for state legislators, Human Services Secretary David Scrase praised federal legislation that increases the federal matching rate for Medicaid health care and allows the state to quickly extend no-cost coronavirus testing to the poor and undocumented immigrants.

At the same time, he says the current 6.2% boost in federal matching funds is inadequate to keep up with rebounding demand for medical services under Medicaid and could end abruptly at the discretion of federal health regulators.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is urging Americans to “remain vigilant” about the coronavirus over the Labor Day weekend.

Trump said at a White House briefing Friday that “we need everybody to be careful” and to “apply common sense” in their interactions with one another.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said this week that several Midwestern states that have seen jumps in coronavirus caseloads should be especially vigilant during the holiday weekend. They are North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

Past increases in cases of COVID-19 have followed the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays.

Trump is eager to put the pandemic in the past, but he tells Americans to “let’s just try to get through this one weekend.”


UNITED NATIONS — The president of the United Nations General Assembly is warning that a vaccine for COVID-19 must be made available to everyone who needs it because if just one country is left out the world will still face a crisis from the coronavirus.

As the world looks to a vaccine and a post-COVID-19 world, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande also warned that “inclusion is key, because without inclusion the suffering of those who are already left behind, will continue — and we cannot guarantee peace in that kind of a context.”

He said statements from those developing vaccines have said they intend to make them widely available which is important. “I believe that there will be protocols and agreements to guarantee affordability and accessibility to the product when it is available,” he said.

Muhammad-Bande said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press that the pandemic, perhaps ironically, has defied initial predictions that developing countries would be hardest hit because many of their health systems are poorer.

But what has happened, he said, is that death rates and infections are far lower in percentage terms in developing countries, including in Africa, than in the major developed countries of the world.


PARIS — Coronavirus cases in France increased to nearly 9,000 in the last 24 hours, health officials said Friday.

The 8,975 new cases were the highest number of infections since France successfully grappled with the spread of the coronavirus during a strict two-month lockdown. There were some 1,800 cases less a day earlier.

The rise likely reflects an increase in tests, along with the return to work and end of vacation when many French may not have observed social distancing. Hospitalizations, including in ICUs, remained relatively stable.

But active clusters increased to 444, with 53 new clusters reported in the last day. Total deaths in France have reached nearly 30,700.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma is making a number of changes to how it reports coronavirus data and expects an increase in the number of confirmed positive cases as a result, health officials said Friday.

Among the changes, positive results from rapid antigen tests will now be counted as positive cases. Previously, positive results from antigen tests were considered “probable” and were treated the same by the Department of Health in terms of contact tracing and investigation, but were not included in the daily case count, said Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye.

“In the past, there were very few antigen tests and the ones that were out there were not that good, frankly,” Frye said. “The new machines are better.”

Frye said more than 200 antigen machines and testing kits are being deployed to Oklahoma nursing homes, and that more will be deployed to schools by the end of the year.

The changes will be reflected in the state’s data reporting beginning on Tuesday, Frye said.


SEATTLE — A widely cited model predicts worsening outbreaks in the Northern Hemisphere will lead to 1.9 million more coronavirus deaths in 2020 unless governments act.

Mask mandates and social distancing could save hundreds of thousands of lives, but there is “a tremendous amount of COVID fatigue” among the world’s government leaders because of economic downturns, said Dr. Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Most of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere. Respiratory illnesses tend to peak in winter months, a seasonal effect expected to hold true for COVID-19, Murray said Friday. Disease models are based on assumptions about human behavior, so there is a large amount of uncertainty.

Even if a vaccine proves safe and effective, there won’t be time to distribute enough vaccine to change the bleak forecast, Murray said.

The IHME model projects the wave will peak globally in mid-December at 30,000 deaths per day and in the United States in early December at about 2,900 deaths per day. India, the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Japan will lead the world in total deaths by Jan. 1, according to the forecast.


ANKARA, Turkey — The number of daily confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Turkey topped 50 — the highest single-day fatality in the country since mid-May.

Health Ministry figures released Friday showed that 53 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll in the country to 6,564.

There were 1,610 new confirmed cases of the virus within the last 24 hours, as the number of infected people also continued to hover around levels previously seen in May.

Authorities have imposed nationwide restrictions on weddings, engagement parties and other large social gatherings.

Turkey has recorded more than 276,000 infections since March.


BERLIN — Authorities in Germany have acknowledged two mishaps involving coronavirus tests as the country reports 1,453 cases in the past 24 hours.

Health officials in Hamburg say 250 samples were lost; they were taken from people who were tested at the airport last week upon return from high-risk areas. Authorities say all of those affected should still be in quarantine and would be tested again.

Health officials in Bavaria say test results for about 10,000 people who were swabbed at airports in the southern German state were delayed due to technical problems.

Meanwhile, Berlin’s public health office say they registered dozens of potential “super spreading events,” where people infected with coronavirus came into contact with several others including at four schools, five doctor’s practices and a sex party.


ALFRED, Maine — An outbreak of the coronavirus at a jail that is linked to another outbreak at a wedding poses enough of a risk that schools in Maine’s southernmost county should take more precautions, education officials said Friday.

York County is home to an outbreak of more than 80 cases at a jail in the community of Alfred, as well as other outbreaks. The jail cases overlap with a larger outbreak centered on a wedding reception in Millinocket, in the northern part of the state, that has sickened more than 140 people and killed three. State officials have said a jail employee attended the August reception.

Every Maine county but York is designated at lowest risk for the virus, which has elevated risk. The county’s test-positivity rate of 1.8% is three times the state average.


LONDON — The head of the World Health Organization says the U.N. health agency won’t recommend any coronavirus vaccine before it is proved safe and effective.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the comment Friday, even as Russia and China have started using their experimental vaccines before long-term studies have been completed. Other countries have proposed streamlining authorization procedures.

He says vaccines have been used successfully for decades and credited them with eradicating smallpox and bringing polio to near elimination. He pointed to newly developed Ebola vaccines that helped end the recent Ebola outbreak in Congo.

Tedros appealed to people opposed to vaccination to do their own research.

“The anti-vaccine movement, they can build narratives to fight against vaccines. But the track record of vaccines tells its own story and people should not be confused,” he says. “They can have a look for themselves on how the world actually used vaccines to reduce under 5 mortality to save children.”

He says he’s hopeful there’d soon be an effective coronavirus vaccine “so the world can get back to normal.”


MADRID — Spain is nearing a half a million coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic after adding more than 10,000 new cases on Friday.

The new Health Ministry data showed a significant increase in the latest wave of contagion sweeping Spain, although authorities say the situation has no comparison with when the outbreak peaked.

Health authorities say Spain is testing more, most of the cases discovered don’t require hospitalization and the treatment of patients has improved.

There were 184 deaths added on Friday for a total toll of 29,418.


PHOENIX — Arizona reported 728 confirmed coronavirus cases and 41 deaths on Friday. That increased the state’s totals to 204,681 cases and 5,171 confirmed deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona went from 784 on Aug. 20 to 545 on Thursday, while the rolling average for daily deaths went from 43 to 34.

Arizona was a national hot spot in June and July, but cases and deaths have been trending downward since then.


ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities say coronavirus checks will be carried out on all care homes for the elderly throughout the country within the next 10 days.

Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias made the announcement on Friday.

Care homes had remained untouched in the first wave of the pandemic in Greece, when a lockdown imposed early in the outbreak is credited with keeping the number of cases and deaths low.

But a recent increase in the spread of the virus after restrictions were relaxed and foreign tourists were welcomed into the country has resulted in outbreaks in at least two care homes, with several deaths reported.

Health authorities announced 202 new cases and one death, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 11,200 and 279 deaths in Greece.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Author: The Associated Press

When creators come out against adaptations of their work, should fans be worried?

When creators come out against adaptations of their work, should fans be worried?

SALT LAKE CITY — When Netflix first announced it would be making a live-action remake of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” many fans were cautiously optimistic.

Fans of the popular animated Nickelodeon series had been burned once before by a live-action adaptation, a 2010 film from director M. Night Shyamalan that was near-universally reviled by both fans and critics alike (“The Last Airbender” movie has a 5% critic score and a 30% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to a 100% and 98% scores for the animated series). But the upcoming Netflix version had one crucial difference from the movie: the creators of the original series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, would be involved.

Or, at least, that was the plan. When DiMartino and Konietzko announced earlier this month that they were leaving the Netflix series due to creative differences — and Netflix made clear it intended to continue making the show without them — many fans were both upset and very, very worried. It didn’t take long before #CancelNetflixATLALiveAction was trending on Twitter, with fans afraid that the Netflix series was on track to repeat the movie’s mistakes.

The question that seemed to bother most fans was whether the Netflix show could be a true adaptation without the creators being involved. In order for an adaptation to be “good,” does it need the original creator — or at least his or her blessing? And whose opinion matters most when it comes to an adaptation — the creator? The studio who owns the rights? Or ultimately, the fans themselves?

@netflix Cancel the live action Avatar: The Last Airbender.

If you aren’t going to hold true to the creators’ vision, we don’t want it

Just cancel it.

Neither DiMartino or Konietzko went into detail about why they chose to leave the show. However, they both made it clear the decision was because of a disagreement with Netflix about the direction of the series, which Konietzko wrote he believed was not “in line with the spirit and integrity of ‘Avatar.’”

“When Netflix brought me on board to run this series alongside Mike (DiMartino) two years ago, they made a very public promise to support our vision,” Konietzko wrote in an Instagram message to fans. “Unfortunately, there was no follow-through on that promise.”

DiMartino and Konietzko are not the first creators to clash with a studio over an adaptation of their work — and with adaptations growing ever more popular in Hollywood, they’re not likely to be the last, either.

Even with less movies appearing in theaters in 2020, a significant number of them have been adaptations — from “Dolittle” and “Call of the Wild” earlier this year to the upcoming “Death on the Nile” and “Dune.”

Why are adaptations so commonplace in Hollywood? And when creators of an original work disagree with a studio about the way their work is adapted, like DiMartino and Konietzko, are fans right to be worried?

Hollywood has adapted books and other content into movies since nearly the beginning — think “Gone With the Wind” or “The Wizard of Oz.” Adaptations are both a safe and a profitable option for studios because they know the existing work has a fan-base, which gives them a built-in audience.

“Most of the industry believes that the way to attract big, loyal audiences is to tell stories that viewers already know they’re interested in (because they liked the previous movie, or the book or whatever), starring actors with whom they’re already familiar,” film critic Alissa Wilkinson wrote for Vox earlier this year. “Hollywood believes in the big swing — but not, in the end, in taking risks.”

Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese made headlines last year for criticizing Marvel and superhero movies, but in a New York Times op-ed, Scorsese clarified his larger point, which is that franchises and remakes are taking over Hollywood at the expense of films that he considers “art,” because they are considered a safer (and more financially profitable) choice.

“That’s the nature of modern film franchises: market-researched, audience-tested, vetted, modified, revetted and remodified until they’re ready for consumption,” Scorsese wrote for the Times.

That being the case, when it comes to adaptations, Hollywood often prefers to take the safer route, which is to try to change the work to appeal to as big of an audience as possible, rather than try to appeal to what seems like a more niche fan base, according to Dr. Kyle Bishop, a professor of English at Southern Utah University who teaches courses in film and television studies, in an interview with the Deseret News.

The business, rather than creative, mindset has grown in Hollywood, as more studios are beginning to be run by CEOs from other industries rather than filmmakers or actors, says Bishop. In this mindset, screenplays and story concepts are often treated like “commodities,”

For example, George Lucas sold the rights to “Star Wars” to Disney in 2012. Even though he no longer technically owned the franchise, Lucas still expected Disney to use his story ideas for its sequel trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But Disney opted not to use his ideas, and Lucas was critical of the storyline of “The Force Awakens” after it was released.

Of course, Disney was not contractually obligated to use any of Lucas’ ideas, and Lucas himself made the decision to sell the rights to “Star Wars.” But as the creator of the “Star Wars” universe, he was disappointed that his stories were not used.

Bishop said that the attitude of Hollywood studios toward purchasing story concepts or screenplays is like buying a new car. Once the car is purchased, the new owner is free to paint the car, buy it new tires, or make whatever changes they want to it. And of course legally they are able to do so.

But for original creators who see changes being made to their work without their input — or, as “Percy Jackson” author Rick Riordan described the movies based on his books, “my life’s work going through a meat grinder” — it’s not easy.

”His entire self was wrapped up in the fact that he was responsible for what was perhaps the greatest mythology of our time,” former Disney CEO Bob Iger wrote in his memoir about Lucas, according to THR. “That’s a hard thing to let go.”

The “Percy Jackson” movies are a prime example of an adaptation that went wrong, both for the author of the original books as well as for fans of the series.

“The Lightning Thief,” the first of two movies that were adapted from Riordan’s bestselling series, was released in 2010. Both it and its sequel — “Sea of Monsters” — underwhelmed both critics and fans of the books.

“I think most readers will prefer the movie in their imaginations,” film critic Moira MacDonald wrote in a review of “The Lightning Thief” for the Seattle Times.

Riordan was concerned about the adaptations even before the movies were made, after reading the first script for “The Lightning Thief.” In 2018, Riordan shared emails on his website that he sent to the film’s producers about his concerns, which included aging up the main characters (from 12 years old in the books to 17 years old in the movies) and using stronger language than was in the books, which are marketed to middle-grade readers.

But ultimately, the producers chose not to listen to Riordan’s concerns, even after he offered to rewrite parts of the script himself.

“There is a widespread myth (ha!) that authors have much more control over movie decisions than we actually do,” Riordan wrote on his website in 2018. “Even the most powerful authors (yes, the ones you are thinking of right now) have WAY less influence and control than you think they do.”

We’ve seen this play out in the comic book industry. For example, HBO recently adapted “Watchmen,” a graphic novel by Alan Moore that was published by DC Comics in the 1980s. Since then, DC has held onto the rights for “Watchmen” and prevented them from returning to Moore and the comic’s artist, Dave Gibbons, according to The Guardian.

DC made a movie version of “Watchmen” in 2009 and a series of prequel comics in 2012, both of which were disapproved of by Moore, according to Vulture. Damian Lindelof, the showrunner of HBO’s “Watchmen” series, was both aware of and troubled by Moore’s disapproval of adaptations before ultimately deciding to work on the show.

“What are the ethical ramifications of this even existing at all when I completely and totally side with the creator?” Lindelof said in an interview with Vulture last October. “Acknowledge that the creator has been exploited by a corporation? Now that very same corporation is basically compensating me to continue this thing.”

As for Moore himself, he appears in some ways to have put “Watchmen” behind him.

“I no longer own copies of these books,” Moore once said in an interview, according to Forbes. “And, other than the earnest creative work that I put into them at the time, my only associations with these works are broken friendships, perfectly ordinary corporate betrayals and wasted effort.”

But just because a creator disagrees with the way that their work is interpreted, does that mean that an adaptation is bad or wrong?

Some movies that are now considered classics were adaptations of works that were disliked by their original creators.

P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins,” famously hated the Disney movie based on her books and even cried after seeing it at the premiere, according to The Washington Post. In particular, she felt as though the singing and dancing “trivialized” both the story and the character of Mary Poppins.

“It is as though they took a sausage, threw away the contents but kept the skin, and filled the skin with their own ideas, very far from the original substance,” Travers once wrote in a letter, according to the Post.

Yet Disney’s “Mary Poppins” won five Academy Awards after it premiered, and continues to be beloved by many. So how much weight should be placed on a creator or author’s opinion?

As adaptations continue to grow more and more popular, it’s a question that fans will have to continue to wrestle with. In the case of shows like “Watchmen,” as HBO showrunner Lindelof pointed out, is there an ethical dimension to working on or enjoying a show that was made without the original creator’s consent?

For fans of “Percy Jackson,” it will soon be easier to disregard the movie versions entirely — Riordan announced earlier this year that a television series based on the books was in the works for Disney Plus, and he assured fans that this time, he would be “involved in person in every aspect of the show.”

But according to Bishop of SUU, while artist intent is “interesting,” interpretation of a work is best left to the fans.

“Ultimately, ownership of a property on some level is in the hands of the person who is currently engaged with it,” Bishop said. “So when when the book is written, it’s all the artist’s. When it’s adapted, then it’s the adapters who own it. And when it’s filmed, it’s the director, and when it’s released, it’s the studio. But when it’s watched, it’s the audience.”

So when Netflix releases its adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” whenever that is, it will be up to the fans to decide whether the new series is true to their experience of the original. Like Lucas or Riordan, the creators of the original show may choose to give their opinion on the finished product, but at that point their role in the process is already finished and their views bear less weight, according to Bishop.

“And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good,” “Avatar” creator DiMartino wrote in an open letter to fans earlier this month. “It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”

Source: www.deseret.com

Author: Valerie Jones

Ravens work out TE Crockett Gillmore

Ravens work out TE Crockett Gillmore

In a surprising move, the Ravens reportedly hosted former tight end Crockett Gillmore for a workout.

Gillmore was drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He showed promise early in his career; he started 10 games in 2015 recording 33 receptions for 412 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, his injury struggles ultimately held him back. In 2016, he played in only seven games due to a thigh injury. He then missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a MCL injury in training camp. It should be noted that Gillmore attempted to transition to the offensive line in 2018, but he is listed as a tight end in the report.

Gillmore’s tryout could be a sign that the Ravens are still exploring their options for the third tight end spot on the depth chart. Charles Scarff, Eli Wolf, and Jerell Adams are currently competing for the spot. Right now, Adams appears to be the favorite; Scarff was reportedly informed that he was cut until Wolf suffered a knee injury.

Ravens informed TE Charles Scarff this am that he would be cut. But rookie TE Eli Wolf tweaked a leg muscle in today’s practice, so team held off on cutting Scarff. Either way, if Ravens keep 3 “true” TEs and don’t make outside addition, it seems clear that Jerell Adams is guy.

They have also explored using Pat Ricard as their third tight end.

Ravens also could expand Pro Bowl FB Patrick Ricard’s responsibilities and use him at times in third TE role. That would allow them to keep just Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle and use the roster spot they had earmarked for 3rd TE elsewhere. https://t.co/nWNOltJ0MV

Gillmore seems like a long shot to sign a deal, but if the front office is not confident in Adams, Wolf, or Scarff, a potential Gillmore return is not out of the question.

Source: www.baltimorebeatdown.com

Author: Jakob Ashlin

Does Online Dating Sites Work? Singles On Finding Like On The Internet

Does Online Dating Sites Work? Singles On Finding Like On The Internet

Does Online Dating Sites Work? Singles On Finding Like On The Internet

It doesn’t matter how things pan down, most people we chatted to agree totally that dating is a way that is great learn brand new things about your self. “Going on times has really aided me understand where i am at emotionally. If We carry on times and I also’m simply immediately perhaps not experiencing them or perhaps not going for an opportunity after all, I understand i am plainly perhaps not in a spot to really start myself up, ” Violet claims. “we additionally learn the thing I like and the thing I can’t stand through relationship, which can be vital. “

“I’ve learned a great deal, ” Jasmine claims. “You’ll get the variety of relationship you think you’ll have, the type of relationship you have got with your self, while the sorts of individual you’re in a relationship. If you like a significantly better relationship, you need to focus on usually the one you have got with your self, in spite of how cliche that noises. Because if you learn usually the one but have not labored on your self (or perhaps you don’t believe you deserve that love), you may for certain lose it. “

Abby’s take about this subject is somewhat different. “My biggest concept i have discovered through dating — two serious relationships (one which originated for a dating application together with other face-to-face) along with more casual times — is that we have a tendency to mix my entire life actually quickly with individuals i am enthusiastic about and find it difficult to set clear boundaries through the outset, ” she describes. “When i love some body, we usually you will need to become familiar with them better by looking at restaurants or television shows they like, spending time with their friends, and investing just as much time together with them that you can. Although this is reasonable, i believe the one thing i’ve been working on recently is maintaining a much better feeling of myself in a relationship and establishing clear boundaries that make sure the individual i will be with respects my needs, desires, and passions just as much theirs. When I respect”

For anybody with reservations, the good thing is that the times that do not work out as prepared frequently develop into funny tales. Violet recalls one specially strange date: “My date arrived during the club a few momemts before me personally. He’d purchased a beer. Once we left, he explained he intentionally did not pay money for the alcohol he previously. A whole lot worse, he kept dropping it into the flooring and saying ‘internet kid! ‘ while pointing to himself. ” Teddy took a various way of a bad meetup, laughing about an occasion once the kid he had been on a night out together with “was being so obnoxious we began pawning him down to many other individuals during the club. “

Shane claims their many dates that are memorable pretty awkward and funny in retrospect. For instance, an adult date whom wanted to choose him up rolled up in a sedan by having a new jamba juice paint work and invested a lot of the night speaking about her love for Jamba Juice. A different one of their rendezvous led to a stand that is one-night. The day that is next discovered just exactly what turned into her Nuva Ring and had to go back it to her, even though that they had mutually do not see one another once again.

Although it’s clear that online dating sites doesn’t have a 100% rate of success, a lot of people we asked thought it had been a worthwhile experience whenever these were in a position to determine their objectives or develop significant connections. For instance, Sharon’s story: “I’m engaged and getting married to a person that is amazing came across from the software Coffee Meets Bagel. Daniel had been my 3rd match. Him why he was leaving when he canceled his account, the app asked. He stated which he came across somebody. We dated for four years from then on and are usually now involved, ” she informs us.

Abby claims, “The second dating application date we ever proceeded resulted in a significant relationship, therefore I form of wound up finding a proper connection much faster than we imagined. While that relationship would not work call at the finish, having met a severe boyfriend on a dating application, we now totally genuinely believe that they are able to result in genuine connections and long-lasting relationships. “

The exact same does work for Eleanor. “It did provide me personally the thing I ended up being to locate, ” she informs us. “we wound up someone that is meeting, and now we’ve been dating for pretty much a 12 months, therefore in one single method or any other, it provided me with significantly more than the things I had been trying to find. But before it did https://sex-match.org/, I happened to be frequently frustrated (though which may also function as the instance with dating as a whole). ” Jamesine echoes this basic concept: “we think, generally speaking, whether you are having a software or meeting somebody in the club, if you are clear together with your motives and you communicate what you need, you will find an individual who suits you. As well as in my situation, when I made the decision the things I actually desired, i discovered an individual who desired exactly the same thing. “

Source: www.lateralfood.com

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