PBS is an invaluable resource for early childhood literacy. Those children who get regular exposure to PBS programming are primed and ready for the reading skills they need when starting school. I literally grew up on shows like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, and Sesame Street. I am so thankful that their programming is still around today for my kids to learn from. I’m also thankful for all the people who act and lend their voices to characters that bring these learning opportunities to life.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has optioned City Of Saints & Thieves, the bestselling debut novel by Natalie C. Anderson. Will Packer’s Will Packer Productions and Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company are in negotiations to produce. James Lopez, Packer’s Head of Motion Pictures, will also produce. They are moving quickly on this project: Melina Matsoukas, exec producer and director of the HBO series Insecure is being sought as director.
The protagonist is Tina, a girl who has been living on the streets of Kenya since her mother’s murder. Recruited by a gang of orphans and street kids, Tina gets closer to exacting revenge for her mother’s death but soon discovers that she may not have all the facts. This is the second book that Scandal star Washington has come involved in; last week TriStar preempted The Perfect Mother, a thriller novel by Aimee Molloy that will be crafted as a star vehicle for Washington, who’ll produce with Amy Pascal.
CAA reps the author along with Faye Bender at The Book Group; Packer is CAA and Ziffren Brittenham LLP, and Washington is CAA, Washington Square Films and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.
New York. The Gorham Manufacturing Company Building, 386 Fifth Avenue at 36th Street,1904.
Gorham Company moved uptown from their 1877 building at 19th and Broadway, They hired Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White to build their new Offices and showroom, opening in September 1905. Rivals Tiffany and Company, opened their own Stanford White designed building
up the block at 401, with in days of Gorham’s.
Kerry Washington: 'Women need to support other women'
Kerry Washington has urged women in the movie business to be courageous and support their female peers.
The Scandal actress addressed a group of women at the Sundance Film Festival‘s annual Women in Film Brunch on Monday (23Jan17), and advocated for more representation for women, people of colour and people of the LGBTQ community on film sets.
The film industry is still lacking in diversity both on and off camera, and the actress, who has launched her own production company, Simpson Street, has been proactive about creating change in the industry.
However, she told the invited guests that progress is going to take “courage on all of our parts.“
“Sometimes the people who are in charge of those rooms, they want us to feel lucky to be in the room. And we are because we’re all really blessed to be doing what we do… but that doesn’t mean that I don’t get to bring other people with me,” Kerry told the audience, according to the Associated Press. “Being alone in the room is exhausting… you feel like you have to stand up for the entire gender or race.”
The 39-year-old who gave birth to her second child, son Caleb, in October (16), was speaking alongside Manchester by the Sea producer Kimberly Steward, who had previously mentioned in a profile about her work that Kerry was a woman she admired.
“A woman who shouts out other women? That’s just something we all have to do,” insisted the Confirmation star.
Now a producer, the Scandal star makes it a priority to hire other women, people of colour and film workers from the LGBTQ community.
“(It’s) making sure people in society who we’ve labelled as ‘other’ have a seat at the table,” she explained.