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Issa Rae Is Getting Into the Cooking Game + More Industry News

Issa Rae Is Getting Into the Cooking Game + More Industry News
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Facebook is eyeing original programming.
The social media giant announced that next year, it is “willing to spend as much as $1 billion” on original video content. (WSJ)

Equity members approve raise in dues.
For the first time since 2002, members of Actors’ Equity Association have approved an administrative motion to increase annual dues. In a multi-week long vote, members overwhelmingly voted for the proposition 10,955 to 4,523. (Backstage)

Luxury brands commit to banning underage and underweight models.
In response to continuous criticism, fashion conglomerates Kering and LVMH (which own luxury brands like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Céline) announced they will stop hiring dangerously thin models on catwalks worldwide. Via a press release on Wednesday, the groups explained: “Respecting the dignity of every man and woman is at the heart of both group’s values. Having always cared for the well-being of models, LVMH and Kering feel that they have a specific responsibility, as leaders in the industry, to go one step further with their brands.” (LVMH)

Telluride Film Festival 2017 puts ‘Hostiles,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ on the map.
Prestigious yet defiantly low-key, Telluride Film Festival 2017 took place this Labor Day weekend Sept. 1–4. The Telluride, Colorado festival consistently gathers film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics—and is increasingly seen as a launching pad for the film industry’s largest awards. (Backstage)

Issa Rae is getting into the cooking game.
The “Insecure” star and creator is taking yet another YouTube series to the small screen. Cooking web series “Butter + Brown,” will premiere in October on Aspire TV with Rae co-executive producing. (Vibe)

Newly proposed legislation would protect child actors and models.
The Child Performers Protection Act, a just-proposed congressional bill, would establish federal requirements for child talent for the first time. The legislation would mandate a cap on the number of working hours for children employed as actors or models, as well as put in place new monetary protections for them. (Backstage)

“Star Wars: Episode IX” needs a new director.
Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm have parted ways. Maybe it’s time for the Star Wars universe to hire a woman for the job? (EW)

New York’s Film Forum is expanding. 
The West Village art-house cinema just announced they’ll be adding a screen as part of a multi-million-dollar renovation, going from three to four screens next summer. (Bedford + Bowery)

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