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Best and Worst Ads of 2016: Commercials That Look Like TV Shows Captivated and Constipated

19 December 2016 6:14 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Heads of state, titans of the fourth estate and even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are worked up over the growing prevalence of “fake news.” No one, however, seems much concerned about the widening distribution of “fake content.”

In 2016, so-called fake content has become a very real phenomenon. As the consumer’s power to ignore, skip past, or work around traditional advertising has grown, the people who make commercials and the people who desperately need the money that comes from running commercials have struck a new kind of collaboration. They are teaming up to create ads that look nearly identical to the programming and information that attracts potential customers in the first place.

This isn’t a business shift that started this year, but it’s one that has grown more dominant – and could have severe effects on how we consume video entertainment going forward. Consider the January launch of the comedy series “Angie Tribeca” on Time Warner »

- Brian Steinberg

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Film Festival Roundup: Lower East Side Film Festival Unveils Winners, Telluride Names Guest Director and More

16 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

Exclusive: The 6th Annual Lower East Side Film Festival and their 2016 panel of judges, including Ethan Hawke, Cindy Tolan, Steve Farneth and Raul Castillo have announced their winners. Check them out below.

Best Feature Film – “Americana” – By Zachary Shedd

Best Live Action Short Film – “Killer” – By Matt Kazman

Best Animated Short Film – “The Mega Plush: Episode I” – By Matt Burniston

Best Music Video – The Knocks’ “Collect My Love” – By Austin Peters, Music by The Knocks, featuring Alex Newell

Best Documentary Short Film – “Erosion” – By Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler and Brandon Bray

The Advocacy Award Presented by Here TV – “Video” – By Randy Yang

The Lesff Neighborhood Award – “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” – By Michael Levine

Best of Fest, The Lesff Prix D’Or – “Art of the Prank” – By Andrea Marini

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- Kate Erbland

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Grammy Awards 2016: And the Winners Are…

15 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The 2016 Grammy Awards have begun! The top artists of the year are going home with their gramophones after being recognized for the best performances of the past year - and we're tracking a selection of the winners as they're announced. See the list of nominees below, with winners in bold.• Check out People's full 2016 Grammy Awards coverage! Best Pop Vocal AlbumTaylor Swift's 1989Comedy AlbumLouis C.K.'s Live At Madison Square GardenBest Latin Pop AlbumRicky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative AlbumPitbull, DaleBest Americana AlbumJason Isbell, Something More Than FreeMusiCares Person of the »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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