Bob Iger Reinstated as Disney Head
The House of Mouse has a familiar face sitting in the executive suite once again. Disney announced Bob Iger will resume his position as CEO “effective immediately.” He takes over for Bob Chapek who assumed the CEO position following Iger’s departure in 2020. In a statement, the Chair of the Board Susan Arnold said, “The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the Company through this pivotal period.” He is expected to serve in the role for two years.
FIFA Squashes Teams' Human Rights Protest Plans
Harry Kane and England kick off their quest for the World Cup with their game against Iran. As Kane steps on the pitch, he will not wear a “OneLove” armband, which “represents support for equality.” The captains from France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Wales, and The Netherlands had also planned to wear the rainbow colored statement piece. However, the teams received threats of punishment from FIFA that would have included both fines and sanctions for the individual players. However, BBC’s Alex Scott wore the band in her sideline reporting spots. It is only the most recent in a series of noble acts for Scott. Over the weekend her thoughtful commentary went viral following FIFA head’s Gianni Infantino‘s questionable kick off comments.
Dreamville Teams up with Creed III for Upcoming Soundtrack
Michael B. Jordan is heading back into the ring. Creed III marks the directorial debut for Jordan, who will also reprise his role as Adonis Creed. During an appearance at ComplexCon on Sunday, Jordan revealed that Dreamville will executive produce and curate the soundtrack for the film. Creed III will premiere in March.
Cristiano Ronaldo Surpasses 500M Instagram Followers
The Kardashians have nothing on Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese footballer celebrated the start of the World Cup with a personal feat. He eclipsed 500 million Instagram followers, becoming the first person to meet the mark. In the last year, Ronaldo added more than 100 million followers. Over the weekend, Ronaldo paired up with Messi for a Louis Vuitton campaign that made an immediate impact. It garnered nearly 55 million likes in just 24 hours
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Put Artists First with New Production Company
It’s been almost 25 years since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck took home the Oscar for Good Will Hunting. Now, the two are teaming up with Redbird Capital’s founder and managing partner Gerry Cardinale to launch a new production company. Artists Equity will partner with directors and creatives, offering them entrepreneurial opportunities. The first film distributed by the company will be Affleck and Damon’s upcoming project that documents the rise of Jordan Brand.
New York Cannabis Retailers Expected to Open by the End of the Year
New York is about to experience a green wave. The Empire State took a big step in the legalization process on Sunday. The Office of Cannabis Management finalized a list of 36 dispensaries expected to receive licenses following a major vote on Monday. Overall, the state received 903 applications. The finalists are largely businesses that will be fronted by individuals previously arrested for cannabis-related offenses.
Taylor Swift Takes Home Top Honors at American Music Awards
The stars were out in LA last night for the 50th American Music Awards. Taylor Swift continued her total domination of the final quarter of the year, sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated for her Red re-release. Bad Bunny, who led all artists with eight nominations, took home two awards. Harry Styles also took home two awards.