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10 Different Types of Sails (Plus Interesting Facts)

Bremen, Germany launched in 2006 the world’s most expensive sailboat known as the Eos. Tycoon Barry Diller owned the Eos which took three years to complete and cost $150 million dollars. The world’s fastest sailboat, on the other hand, is specially-designed and known as Vestas Sailrocket 2. Paul Larsen of Australia owned the sail which he navigated on Walvis Bay, Namibia at a record speed of 65.45 knots (or over 75 mph).

Jessica Watson from Australia and Laura Dekker from Holland are the youngest at 16 years old to have circumnavigated the world unassisted. In its effort to discourage kids from embarking on such dangerous pursuits, the Guinness Book of World Records no longer recognizes any such attempts among the youngest sailors.

Types Clew Sails

On a square sail, there are naturally four corners: two at the top and two at the bottom. A clew sail refers to either the bottom two corners of
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Barry Diller’s Iac Sued By Tinder Founders For $2 Billion

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Barry Diller’s Iac Sued By Tinder Founders For $2 Billion
The co-founders and early employees of the popular dating site Tinder have filed a lawsuit against owner Iac/InterActiveCorp and its Match Inc subsidiary, claiming Iac conspired to cheat the plaintiffs out of billions of dollars in stock options.

The suit, (read it here), filed Tuesday in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, said Iac and Match deliberately offered “false, misleading and incomplete financial information and projections” in order to keep Tinder’s value low, thereby limiting its equity exposure. The lawsuit says Iac and Match downplayed Tinder’s success in private to lower the valuation but boasted about it in public when it helped the stock price, so “Defendants could enrich themselves by talking out of both sides of their mouths.”

The 10 plaintiffs include Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Jonathan Badeen. They are seeking at least $2 billion in damages and a jury trial.

Iac and Match issued a statement,
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How Lil Rel Howery & Jerrod Carmichael Push Comedy Boundaries On Fox’s ‘Rel’ – TCA

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How Lil Rel Howery & Jerrod Carmichael Push Comedy Boundaries On Fox’s ‘Rel’ – TCA
With Jerrod Carmichael serving as Ep on Lil Rey Howery’s new Fox series Rel, the question from the TCA corps today was just how political in this new comedy series going to be?

The Carmichael Show pushed boundaries until its ultimate cancellation from NBC; “an uptight network” dinged one reporter in the room.

“During the Barry Diller era, (Fox) really challenged and felt dangerous; there was stuff on there my mom didn’t want me to watch,” said Carmichael, “We want to contribute to that legacy.”

“On The Carmichael Show we built from the argument out,” says that series former Co-ep and current Rel Ep Mike Scully, “Jerrod was like ‘we’re going to do Ferguson’. I was like ‘Wow, when does the family go camping?'”

In Rel, the writing team has been working it from reverse, setting up the situation and layering on the political and social issues later.
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Media Veterans Brett Bouttier, Betsy Morgan, Jeff Berman Form Venture Targeting Consumer Brands (Exclusive)

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A trio of seasoned media and tech execs — Betsy Morgan, Brett Bouttier and Jeff Berman — has teamed up to form Magnet Companies, a holding company looking to buy and build direct-to-consumer companies and maximize their reach, engagement and revenue.

Magnet Companies has secured “significant backing” from a multibillion-dollar private-equity fund based in New York, according to Bouttier, who most recently was president of AwesomenessTV. He declined to say how much money Magnet has at its disposal, nor would he reveal the name of the Pe fund.

So what is Magnet’s play, exactly? The partners say they’re focused on the intersection of “content, community and commerce”: The idea is to assemble and operate a portfolio of consumer-oriented properties that generate multiple streams of revenue.

“We’re not running around town as investors,” Bouttier told Variety. “We are looking at it as an operating fund. We’re looking to
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Taylor Swift Fans Can't Shake Off This Karlie Kloss and Harry Styles Photo

Taylor Swift Fans Can't Shake Off This Karlie Kloss and Harry Styles Photo
You got that long hair, slicked back, white T-shirt. It appears that Karlie Kloss and Harry Styles had lunch together in Sicily on Tuesday. The newly engaged supermodel and the "Two Ghosts" singer are seated next to each other in a new photo posted to Instagram by Diane von Furstenberg. "Glamourous lunch break," the designer captioned the social media snap, which appears to be taken on her and husband Barry Diller's Eos yacht. The group is reportedly in Sicily for Google Camp, an exclusive VIP conference for A-list celebs and tech stars. Past guests at the conference have included Prince Harry and Emma Watson. While this may seem like a casual photo to some, it's causing quite the...
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Twitter Names New Heads of U.S. News, Sports Content Partnerships (Exclusive)

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Twitter has filled some key roles in its reorganized content partnerships group in the U.S. — promoting company insiders instead of outside hires.

In June, Twitter’s global content partnerships group, led by VP Kay Madati, shifted to a regional management structure rather than one organized around content verticals.

With the reorg, global video-partnerships head Todd Swidler and global head of news Peter Greenberger left Twitter. Laura Froelich — formerly global director of sports content partnerships — was moved into the new role of head of U.S. partnerships, while David Grossman, formerly Twitter’s global head of entertainment, is now head of U.S. entertainment (reporting to Froelich).

Now Froelich has picked two other lieutenants: Tj Adeshola as head of U.S. sports and Nick Sallon as head of U.S. news.

Adeshola will lead all U.S. sports partnerships at Twitter, after spending the previous few years managing Twitter’s partnerships with major U.
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Comcast Drops Out of Bidding War With Disney for 21st Century Fox Assets to Focus on Sky

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Comcast Corp. has bowed out of its bidding war with Disney to acquire major 21st Century Fox assets, and instead focus on acquiring the European satellite TV provider Sky. Comcast’s move clears the way for Disney to take control of the Murdoch family’s Fox assets and intensify a looming battle with Netflix and other video-streamers for media-industry dominance.

“Comcast does not intend to pursue further the acquisition of the Twenty-First Century Fox assets and, instead, will focus on our recommended offer for Sky,” the company said in a statement Thursday.

Disney and 21st Century Fox have agreed to a $71.3 billion deal that will see Disney take control of the bulk of Fox’s assets, including the 20th Century Fox film and TV studio, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, and Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu. Comcast and Fox, and by association Disney, are still competing to buy London-based Sky,
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Sun Valley Scene: Cryptocurrency, Empire-Building and Chile’s Boss Dominate Day 2

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Sun Valley, Idaho — The first full day of conference sessions at Allen & Co.’s annual retreat included an informational session on cryptocurrencies, blockchain and other little-understood developments in the world of virtual money.

Court CBS Corp. chairman-ceo Leslie Moonves among those who got an education from the presentation. “I understand it a little better now,” Moonves said.

The morning sessions also included a panel with Iac chief Barry Diller, Bloomberg News founder Michael Bloomberg, and Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick talking about how they build their businesses. Sources said there was a little friendly sparring among the trio about various business strategies that are en vogue these days, including the push for “scale” in all things.

Another highlight was a presentation from Chilean president Sebastian Pinera. The leader of one of South America’s most prosperous nation made a strong case for investment in Latin America and stressed that the region has untapped potential.
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Warner Bros. Proposes Building Tramway to Hollywood Sign

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Warner Bros. has proposed building an aerial tramway from its Burbank lot to the Hollywood Sign.

The studio will pay the estimated $100 million for the project, which would include a visitor center near the sign. The tramway would be more than a mile long and last about six minutes, each way.

Warner Bros. said in a statement Tuesday that the Hollywood sign is “an important historic and globally recognized landmark for the city of Los Angeles.”

“The sign’s fame, however, has created unintended negative effects such as heavy traffic in adjacent residential areas and related safety concerns,” the studio said. “The concept of an aerial tram as a solution is one that been suggested in the past and was most recently highlighted as a potential solution in the comprehensive strategies report by Dixon Resources Unlimited.”

The studio said its proposal will not cost taxpayers any money, and that it will reduce street congestion,
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Iac’s Daily Beast Launches Subscription Tier for $100 per Year

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The Daily Beast is erecting a paywall — betting people will pay $100 annually to get exclusive access to a bouquet of content, including early access to articles and exclusive newsletters, podcasts and long-read stories. The news site also will solicit opinion pieces from paying members, promising to publish the best submissions.

The news and politics media site, owned by Barry Diller’s Iac holding company, announced the launch of Beast Inside, a new paid membership giving members early access to stories, exclusive series, and members-only newsletters— along with the opportunity to be published on the site itself. Beast Inside is regularly priced at $100 per year, but The Daily Beast is offering early subscribers access for $50 for the first year for a limited time.

The company believes it can attract paying customers from a hardcore fanbase of more than 1 million readers per month (of its 20 million average monthly visitors) who click through
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Brian Roberts and Bob Iger Go Head-to-Head in the Battle for Fox

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Brian Roberts and Bob Iger Go Head-to-Head in the Battle for Fox
One is the consummate manager and operator. One is the scion of a media pioneer who has taken the family business to impressive heights through his drive and ambition.

Bob Iger and Brian Roberts are two very different people and leaders, with a history of prickly relations, who want the same thing: spoils of Rupert Murdoch’s empire. The chairmen-CEOs of Disney and Comcast are on a collision course now that Comcast has formally unveiled its $65 billion cash offer for most of 21st Century Fox, countering the $52.4 billion all-stock pact Disney reached with Fox in December.

Disney battled back Wednesday morning with a significantly higher offer that includes a mix of cash and stock for 21st Century Fox shareholders, bringing the value of the pact to $71.3 billion, or $38 a share. The Fox board left itself wiggle room to consider a new offer from Comcast or another contender, but Fox in
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Adam Lambert, Troye Sivan, Gay Hitmakers Talk Homophobia in the Industry

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Adam Lambert, Troye Sivan, Gay Hitmakers Talk Homophobia in the Industry
“We’re in West Hollywood [where] brunch is definitely a Sunday thing,” observed Parson James, referring to the first “Out to Brunch” luncheon, which celebrated some of the most successful gay songwriters, artists and other creatives yesterday at Cecconi’s restaurant. “Sundays are for booze-y brunches, you know? Everyone is super-depressed on Saturday nights, so Sundays you need to keep drinking,” joked Lucas Keller, president and founder of the management company Milk & Honey, who cohosted the event with singer-songwriters James “JHart” Abrahart and Brett “Leland” McLaughlin. Then he gulped down a Bloody Mary.

“I’m so excited to be here,” said the music industry’s queer poster boy, Troye Sivan, in between exchanging air-kisses with admirers. “I am constantly so floored by the talent and influence that the Lgbtq community, specifically in music, has. You know, queer people have been writing your favorite songs forever; the talent has always been there.
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Steven Bochco Building Dedication Feels Like More of a Family Reunion

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Steven Bochco Building Dedication Feels Like More of a Family Reunion
On a sunny weekend afternoon, the Fox lot was quiet except for the group that gathered to dedicate Building 1 to the writer-producer-showrunner who occupied it for the last few decades: Steven Bochco. The building now bears his name and a plaque with his distinct signature, which was also used as his production card on his television shows.

Gary Newman, chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, spoke at the dedication, acknowledging the presence of cast members from “NYPD Blue,” “L.A. Law” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” including Jimmy Smits, Dennis Franz, Kim Delaney, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Gordon Clapp, James B. Sikking, Susan Ruttan and James McDaniel. Looking around those gathered, Newman noted, “Steven always cast the best of the best.”

Newman said the decision to rename the building was made swiftly and with the full agreement of the studio bosses. He pointed out, “As long as I’ve been on this lot,
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‘The Iceman Cometh’ Review: Denzel Washington Returns To Broadway, Shattering Pipe Dreams

‘The Iceman Cometh’ Review: Denzel Washington Returns To Broadway, Shattering Pipe Dreams
Well before Denzel Washington’s glad-handing salesman Hickey makes his fateful arrival in the dive bar of George C. Wolfe’s strong new Broadway staging of The Iceman Cometh, Eugene O’Neill’s collection of pipe-dreaming drunkards arrange themselves across their end-of-the-line cafe as if modeling for Leonardo’s “The Last Supper.”

All that’s missing is a savior.

Truth be told, O’Neill’s rum-bums need their messiah a lot more than this production does: Though certainly built around mega-star Washington, this Iceman is so well-cast and performed by, among others, David Morse, Bill Irwin and Tammy Blanchard, that Washington’s late, happy-dance entrance almost seems a worry. Is something delicate about to be knocked off balance?

And in some ways, it is. Washington, who
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‘Three Tall Women’ Review: Albee’s Late-Career Masterpiece Hits Broadway With Triple-Threat Cast

‘Three Tall Women’ Review: Albee’s Late-Career Masterpiece Hits Broadway With Triple-Threat Cast
Nearly 30 years ago, when Edward Albee was explaining why he’d develop his new play Three Tall Women in Vienna, the great playwright excoriated New York’s commercial stage. Broadway, he said, was not our national theater, it was our national disgrace.

Harsh in ’91, absurd beyond measure tonight with the premiere of Joe Mantello’s superb staging of the play’s long-in-coming Broadway premiere. Starring the redoubtable Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill, Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning late-career masterpiece has been given the loving, impeccable production that Albee apparently thought was beyond Broadway’s reach (Scott Rudin leads a team of producers that includes Barry Diller, Eli Bush and James L. Nederlander, among others).

When it debuted Off Broadway in ’94, Three Tall Women did seem to make some sort of case for Broadway’s inhospitality to serious drama (intelligent serious, not no laughs serious). Anyone who saw it could
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Barry Diller Says Weinstein “A Gorilla”, Trump “Bad Character” & Explains Why He’d Never Own A Studio Today: Report

In a sweeping interview with The New York Times, Iac chairman Barry Diller says The Shape of Water is "beautiful but silly," that he hopes for “some form of reconciliation” between men and women in the post-MeToo era, and that Donald Trump “was a man of bad character from the moment he entered adulthood, if not before. Pure, bad character.” Interviewed by The TimesMaureen Dowd <a…
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Barry Diller Says Weinstein “A Gorilla”, Trump “Bad Character” & Explains Why He’d Never Own A Studio Today: Report

In a sweeping interview with The New York Times, Iac chairman Barry Diller says The Shape of Water is "beautiful but silly," that he hopes for “some form of reconciliation” between men and women in the post-MeToo era, and that Donald Trump “was a man of bad character from the moment he entered adulthood, if not before. Pure, bad character.” Interviewed by The TimesMaureen Dowd <a…
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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Greta Gerwig — “Lady Bird”

Lady Bird”: Tiff

Greta Gerwig’s acting credits include “Maggie’s Plan,” “Frances Ha,” and “Mistress America.” She co-wrote the latter two features, and alongside Joe Swanberg she co-directed the romantic drama “Nights and Weekends.” “Lady Bird” is her solo directorial debut.

Lady Bird” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Gg: It is about grace, wholly unearned and mysterious. It is about how home becomes most vivid when you are leaving. It is about Sacramento, California. It is about mothers and daughters and dances and religion and musicals and memory and grocery stores and parking lots and sex and messing up and realizing that whatever childhood was, now it’s over.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Gg: I wrote it, and it had been building inside of me for a number of years — 10 or more. I never know exactly how long it takes me to write a film. I think I’ve always been writing it.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Gg: I want them to call their mothers.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Gg: Every step of the way was both a challenge and a grand adventure. The challenge was part of what made it so thrilling.

Losing our second location manager two weeks before shooting was a “challenge.” But the hardest part was sitting in the editing room and realizing that I couldn’t use every brilliant take my genius actors gave me, because then it would be a nonsensical film. Making decisions of what not to use felt most painful to me.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Gg: I am eternally grateful to Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, and Eli Bush for producing and financing my film. With my producer, Evelyn O’Neill, I had been trying to cobble together funding through other means, but Iac [InterActiveCorp] asked for the script and then signed on to make it.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Gg: It is an enormous honor to be at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is an incredibly wide-ranging festival that truly feels international.

I wish I could just watch movies all week. I know people who come here just for that, and I think they’re right on the money.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Gg: Best advice, which was about being a first-time director: “Never try to be ahead of where you actually are. You only get to not know what you’re doing once, so make the most of it. You’ll never be so foolish and so brave again.”

Worst advice, which was about what I should go after, professionally: “Women don’t really have the right personality traits to be directors.”

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Gg: Make the film. Just start the steps to make it. One foot in front of the other. Because we need your films. I need your films.

More practically, I think a lot of women wait for permission. I used to do that. I still do that. I think it’s the curse of being the “good student” — never wanting to get out of line or be disruptive or deviate from the assignment. But making art? There is no assignment, there is no teacher — you must give yourself sovereignty. Never wait for permission. No one will ever give it to you.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Gg: There are far too many to name, but “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels” by Chantal Akerman is the one that I think about most often.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Gg: I am not necessarily optimistic about existing power hierarchies granting women equal opportunity. What I am optimistic about is women themselves.

The women I know are so creative and powerful and interesting that they are undeniable and inevitable as directors, writers, producers, executives, cinematographers, sound mixers, etc., etc. But as Maggie Nelson wrote, “If we want to do more than claw our way into repressive structures, we have our work cut out for us.” I think we’re ready for the work.

Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Greta Gerwig — “Lady Bird” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Oprah and Gayle Take an A-List Vacation on David Geffen's $590 Million Dollar Yacht

Oprah and Gayle Take an A-List Vacation on David Geffen's $590 Million Dollar Yacht
Music titan David Geffen had a star-studded party in Italy on his $590 million yacht last week, with A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King and Diane Sawyer.

The party was anchored in Sicily near the exclusive Google retreat at the chic Verdura Resort known as “The Camp,” which Geffen attended, The Observer reported.

“Bob, Willow, Gayle, Oprah, Diane, Dasha, Dvf. A great week in Sicily,” wrote Geffen for an Instagram snap of the stars.

Oprah —who just launched O, That’s Good!, a line of health-conscious, heat-and-eat foods in collaboration with Kraft Heinz — has joined Geffen on his 454-foot yacht more than once.
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Hollywood-Backed Aviation Venture Blade Launches Flight Service To Coachella

Those headed from Hollywood to Coachella this week bracing for hours of traffic, might be interested in a pricier alternative. Blade, the digitally powered aviation company backed by media execs including Barry Diller, Eric Schmidt, Bob Pittman, David Zaslav, Brett Ratner, Geyer Kosinski and Kenny Lerer, this week launches its expansion to Los Angeles. Run by former Sony, and Warner Music chief exec Rob Wiesenthal, the service kicks off with helicopter flights from Santa…
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