CAA has hired Silicon Valley media executive Joanna Popper to serve as its Chief Metaverse Officer. Popper will be responsible for establishing and executing the go-to-market strategy and core business priorities for CAA and its clients within the Metaverse. Popper will lead a dedicated team of Metaverse-focused executives, and will work closely with Alexandra Shannon, CAA’s Head of Strategic Development, and CAA Executive Adam Friedman, who guides the efforts of a cross-departmental team of agents working across the NFT landscape. “CAA has always been at the forefront of charting new and emerging business opportunities for our clients. At this pivotal time in our industry, the metaverse will be impactful to shifts in content creation, distribution, and community engagement that drive significant opportunity for our clients,” said Jim Burtson, President, CAA, in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome Joanna to CAA, as her knowledge, insights, relationships, and business building … [Read more...] about CAA Appoints Silicon Valley Media Exec Joanna Popper To Chief Metaverse Officer
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A track meet in Colombia turned NSFW real quick on Thursday ... when Italian decathlete Alberto Nonino 's junk popped out in the middle of a race. The unfortunate moment happened in the 400-meter event at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali ... when Nonino was forced to lose his spot at the front of the pack and cover up his privates several times before crossing the finish line. While the mishap will naturally have some folks giggling and blushing, Nonino went to social media to explain he wasn't in the laughing mood after the race. "I just want to talk to you a little bit about the rumpus there’s been on blogs and social media in general," Nonino said on Instagram. "I'm conscious it was obviously an accident and I'd like to tell you I’m aware of the reaction and you don't need to send me the links to the blogs out there." "I'm trying to laugh about it now but immediately afterwards I felt terrible and I'm thankful to my friends and … [Read more...] about Italian Decathlete’s Penis Falls Out Of Shorts Mid-Race
Music managers don’t exactly have a sterling reputation in the broad pop-culture consciousness. Casual fans usually only hear about them when there’s serious drama (either personal or financial), and they’re frequently seen as trying to cynically swoop in on the New Hot Thing with only a cursory interest in the art they’re making. But nowadays, with artists being visible 24/7 and the industry undergoing tectonic shifts seemingly every few years, the role of a manager has changed, and so have the people doing it. It’s not uncommon for people in music to straddle multiple roles — producers and A&Rs, singers and songwriters — but an increasing number of rappers have decided to try their hand at management. In most, but not all cases, these figures have put their own artistic career on the back burner to focus on developing new talent, sometimes to cultivate a more prosperous music scene in their beloved hometown, and sometimes to work in vastly different subgenres than those they … [Read more...] about The Managers on the Front Lines of Rap’s Generational Shift
Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Rolling Stone editors or publishers. I so perfectly recall the magical day I bought my first computer. I was about 13 years old and had scrimped and saved from my teenage moneymaking schemes to assemble a grand total of $115. At the local big box store, that would get me a Timex Sinclair 1000. Now understand that I am a digital fossil, but if you’ll just imagine all of this through the early Eighties lens of a Stranger Things episode, it will start to come into focus. These were days when there wasn’t any dominant computer platform. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were just coming out of the garage with the Apple 1. IBM earnestly presented its plain vanilla IBM 5150 (which we can only assume it didn’t realize was also the police Welfare and Institution Code). At the fringes were all kinds of nascent and primitive magical bits of kit from companies like Atari, Commodore and Sinclair. They were cheap, a … [Read more...] about Welcome Our Robot Overlords: Why I Think AI Creative Apps Are About to Disrupt the Business of Content
A New Zealand-based platform where fans track, review and share lists of movies old and new is an increasingly influential marketing tool for specialty film with budgets tight and audiences harder to reach. Letterboxd , founded as a passion project by Auckland tech entrepreneurs Matthew Buchanan and Karl von Randow just over a decade ago, recently passed 6.5 million members, with 40-50% in North America followed by the U.K., Europe and breakout markets including Brazil, India, Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It has 4.4 million monthly visitors and 800 million monthly page views. Since launch, users have logged a whopping 1 billion films they’ve seen, put 300 million films on watchlists and posted 76.8 million reviews. Average time spent per visitor per month across web and app is about 40 minutes. Letterboxd has been profitable since 2019, which is “source of immense pride,” Buchanan tells Deadline. The founders early on declined venture capital backing, … [Read more...] about The Letterboxd Story: A Site For Film Lovers & Film Listers Giving Indie Distributors A Hand – Specialty Preview
If you happened to be scrolling through Twitter last week, you may have noticed #MonkeypoxIsAirborn trending. The hashtag revealed a fierce debate over the transmissibility of monkeypox , and what measures the general public should be taking to protect themselves against an outbreak that on Thursday was declared a public health emergency . Shortly after it began trending, Twitter pulled the hashtag from the “What’s Happening” sidebar. A representative from the platform told Rolling Stone that the trend was “temporarily removed” for review, and that Twitter is working with “public health authorities, NGOs and governments, and other authoritative sources to elevate credible info and add context to content across the service” in order to curb the spread of misinformation on the platform. But it wasn’t just this one instance. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, social media has come under intense scrutiny for the role that it plays in disseminating potential … [Read more...] about What the Hell Is Happening With Monkeypox?
Russian trolls loom large in American political lore, thanks to their meddling in the 2016 election that Team Clinton has repeatedly suggested helped hand the White House to Donald Trump . Now, the pro-Putin troll team is back, this time attempting to whip up support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But when it comes to whipping up support for Russia’s bloodiest conflict since World War II, the troll factory is failing — badly and with cringeworthy missteps. The trolls from “Cyber Front Z,” as the new operation calls itself, are directing harassment at the wrong social media accounts, accidentally copy-pasting pro-Ukrainian content, and cranking out comically obvious photoshops to an audience of nearly no one. And they’re doing an especially bad job of concealing the fact that their supposedly grassroots activists are hired rent-a-shitposters. Researchers at Meta (popularly known as “Facebook”) announced on Thursday that they’ve linked “Cyber Front Z” posts to a Russian … [Read more...] about Russia’s Infamous Troll Farm Is Back — and Sh*tting the Bed
If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission. If you haven’t spent very much time with a tablet, it can be hard to figure out where it fits in your tech life. Is it a larger version of your phone, or a smaller, more portable version of a laptop? The truth is, depending on your needs, a tablet can be either (or both!) A tablet’s flexibility is its best asset. If it’s paired with “professional” accessories like a stylus or keyboard, it can be used for writing or sketching. When used on its own, a tablet is basically a large screen for web surfing, video streaming and gaming. It may seem redundant, but a tablet can slowly take over certain tasks that you used to do on your smartphone or computer. You may even begin to favor it over either device for certain tasks like photo editing, or reading and responding to e-mails. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular and versatile tablets … [Read more...] about RS Recommends: Four Tablets We’re Using for Reading, Gaming and Getting Work Done
Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Rolling Stone editors or publishers. Cause artists, cause athletes, spiritual activists, social entrepreneurs and impact investors constantly look at the world around them and imagine possibilities — just like futurists do. You could call them purpose-driven leaders with a true North Star. While so many may see them as the crazy ones, I see genius. Misfits who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. They can change things. Cause artists and athletes are misfits who genuinely care for the greater good. They use their talents, skills and network to change the world. Their weapons of mass affection? Artists can mobilize billions of fans to become a force of good. Why Are Artists Moving Beyond Big Tech? Managers and marketers are seeing Big Tech players squeezing artists like lemons. Recording artists often struggle to keep even low percentages of their total … [Read more...] about How Can Cause Artists and Athletes Change the World?
At 12:44 p.m. on June 13, the wife of a high-profile music-industry veteran received a call from a 917 number that made her stomach drop. A male voice with a thick accent told the woman that her daughter — whose name he used — had just been involved in a car accident and was in the back of his vehicle awaiting help. The man on the line assured the woman that her daughter was fine and hung up quickly. As the woman was relaying the conversation to her husband, the phone rang again. This time the voice on the other end was far less comforting. The stranger said he was a member of a Mexican drug cartel and told the woman that plans had changed. He was going to drive the girl across the southern border. The teen would be raped and dismembered if the woman didn’t meet his associate in a suburban Walmart parking lot and pay $10,000 in cash. Chillingly, the man raved about the girl’s blond hair and said she was “so pretty.” The woman then heard what she thought was her daughter in the … [Read more...] about ‘Virtual Kidnappings’ Hit Entertainment-Industry Elite