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Ryan Reynolds and More Announce New Partnership

Match Group has announced that they have named four new Directors — Stephen Bailey, Melissa Brenner, Wendi Murdoch and Ryan Reynolds — to the Match Group Board. Match Group Directors Mark Stein and Gregg Winiarski have stepped down from the Board due to the separation from IAC.

“With today’s news, we’re welcoming four incredibly bright, energetic and discerning Directors to a world-class Board. Stephen, Melissa, Wendi and Ryan bring unique expertise and perspectives that will add to Match Group’s global expansion, strategic initiatives and continued success,” said Joey Levin, Executive Chairman of Match Group.

“I’m very excited to welcome our four new Directors to Match Group,” said Shar Dubey, CEO of Match Group. “I’ve gotten to know Stephen, Melissa, Wendi and Ryan and all four bring extensive expertise across consumer tech, marketing, investing and emerging markets, which are critical components to the long-term growth of our portfolio. We will be greatly served by their experiences and insights and I’m looking forward to working with each of them.”

“Match Group’s growth, innovation and portfolio of global products make it one of the most dynamic companies in the public market. I’m excited to help the Board, Shar and the executive team find new and meaningful ways to bring people together,” said Stephen Bailey.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Joey, Shar and the rest of the Match Group Board,” said Melissa Brenner. “Match Group is an incredibly innovative organization with an inspiring mission and I look forward to helping shape the future of the company as it enters this next phase of growth.”

“Most millennials and Gen Z can’t remember what dating was like before the advent of Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge,” said Ryan Reynolds. “These brands have enormous responsibility and opportunities to affect societies, all while embracing new technologies and remaining at the forefront of pop culture. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work with the team on their future growth and success.”

Reynolds is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, film & television producer and marketing executive. He has been nominated for Golden Globe and Grammy awards, and has won several awards through his career including MTV Movie Awards and People’s Choice Awards. Reynolds is an owner of Aviation American Gin and Mint Mobile, which delivers affordable, premium wireless service directly to consumers. He is also the co-founder of marketing agency Maximum Effort Productions and was named to AdWeek’s Creative 100 List, which honors the most creative people across advertising, marketing and television. In 2019, Maximum Effort Productions was also responsible for Aviation Gin being named Adweek’s top advertiser.

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Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend Dies at 98

Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98.

With one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood, Carl Reiner touch audiences young and old. You have to check out his IMDB page just to get a glimpse of how many films and television show’s he was involved with. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005348

Reiner, the father of filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner, was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” His most popular films as a director included “Oh God,” starring George Burns, in 1977; “The Jerk,” with Steve Martin, in 1979; and “All of Me,” with Martin and Lily Tomlin, in 1984.

Carl Reiner, a force in Hollywood that will be sorely missed.

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Robert De Niro Family Comedy: The War With Grandpa Out 9/18

101 Studios has announced that they will domestically distribute The War With Grandpa on September 18, 2020 in partnership with financier Brookdale Studios. The film was directed by Tim Hill (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run) and produced by Marro Media Company. Grandpa is based on the hugely popular children’s fiction novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith.

The War With Grandpa follows Peter (Oakes Fegley) and his Grandpa Jack (Robert De Niro). The two used to be very close but when Grandpa Jack moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession: his bedroom. Peter will stop at nothing to get his room back, scheming with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out. But Grandpa doesn’t give up easily, and it turns into an all-out war between the two.

“The War With Grandpa is a labor of love because the book was read and pitched to me by my then eight year old son, Tre. This film is a true family affair,” said Rosa Peart, Producer and Co-Founder of Marro Media Company. “We wanted to make a film where everyone of all ages can watch and enjoy. We are very excited, to introduce the next generation of kids to a once in a generation actor…Mr. De Niro.”

Marro Media Company financed the production The War With Grandpa. Ingenious and Joe Gelchion of Tri-G provided additional financing and serve as the picture’s executive producers.

The War With Grandpa was written by Matt Ember and Tom Astle (Home, Epic, Get Smart) and features the original song “Point of War” by cast member Laura Marano (Disney’s Austin & Ally).

“Brookdale is thrilled that our inaugural release is The War with Grandpa,” said Marvin Peart, CEO of Brookdale Studios. “With laughs from start to finish and a remarkable cast led by Robert De Niro, this film is the ultimate family film that we can’t wait for audiences everywhere to see.”

“As theaters are coming back online, we are very excited to release a film that the whole family can attend,” said David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. “In fact, what drew us in most to the project is the universal family themes. The film chronicles the always tumultuous, but loving family dynamics—themes that will resonate with everyone.”

The deal for Marro and Brookdale Studios was handled by Schuyler Moore of Greenberg Glusker. Leif Cervantes de Reinstein from Sheppard Mullin handled the deal on behalf of 101 Studios.

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Movies Coming out at the End of June

Force of Nature – R – Action, Adventure, Thriller
As disgraced cop Cardillo (Emile Hirsch) races to evacuate an apartment building, he comes across Dr. Troy (Kate Bosworth) and her retired detective father, Ray (Mel Gibson). When a murderous gang of thieves arrives to rob a wealthy tennant, they must join forces to battle the criminals and escape with thier lives before the entire city is deep underwater.

Tyler Jon Olson, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Kate Bosworth, Emile Hirsch, Michael Polish, Mel Gibson, David Zayas

Four Kids and It – PG – Adventure, Family
On a seaside holiday, four kids from a mixed family visit the beach, where they discover a floppy-eared creature that grants their wishes. But there’s a catch: the kid’s adventures in rock-climbing, pop stardom, and flying end promptly at sunset — leaving them in danger each time. Can they learn to control the magic before something dreadful happens?

Matthew Goode, Billy Jenkins, Paula Patton, Russell Brand, Simon Lewis, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Pippa Haywood, Caroline Sheen

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Shaquille O’Neal Announces $2 million contribution to Covid-19 campaign

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has announced a $2 million donation to people struggling financially because of Covid-19. O’Neal made the announcement at the 30,000-attendee online conference Collision from Home, produced by the team behind Web Summit – the world’s largest tech conference.

O’Neal has teamed up with Steady – a platform that helps users find jobs, seek financial advice and save money – and joined CEO Adam Roseman to speak about why the company is making the $2 million donation.

“We, as Steady, are giving away $2 million in emergency cash grants for those people that we’ve identified that have had losses due to Covid-19. Even though as a business we’re not where we want to be, our aim is still to help people make income. Looking at the stats – 40 million people out of work – that saddens me,” said O’Neal.

O’Neal explained why he got involved with Steady, remembering the financial hardship his family experienced.

“I had to go back to my childhood, and you know what, my mom and dad needed something like this. Because I used to see them struggle, going through newspapers, borrowing money from people, trying to go to the bank. I thought this is the right thing to do,” said O’Neal.

Using data that users have uploaded to the app, Steady has been able to see how Covid-19 has disproportionately affected African-Americans in the US.

“What’s unbelievably shocking is that over 70 percent of these individuals have stated that they’ve had to skip meals as a result of the income loss they’ve suffered. What’s equally as shocking, relevant to everything that’s going on around us right now, is that roughly 50 percent of these individuals are African-American,” said CEO Adam Roseman.

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