International glory beckons for popularSABC1 drama series InterSEXions.(Image: Intersexions-tv.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Harriet GavshonCurious Pictures+27 11 726 2828Valencia TalaneHardly a month after walking away with 11 South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) in March, popular SABC drama series InterSEXions has clinched an international accolade in the form of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award.“We were notified by email of our win,” said Harriet Gavshon, MD of Curious Pictures, the production company that is responsible for the hugely popular series.“We’re really excited about this. It’s a big achievement and we take the Peabody particularly seriously.”The Peabody is the oldest electronic media award in the world, having started in 1940.The awards are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media and each year between 25 and 35 productions from around the world are named as winners.Curious Pictures worked with several partners on the project – including USAID; the Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa; ANTS Multimedia and SABC Education – and for this, Gavshon said, they are grateful.“It’s an important project, needless to say. The funding we got helped us to get our mission and vision through nicely,” she said.Groundbreaking seriesInterSEXions first aired on SABC1 in October 2010 and had resounding feedback from viewers after just the first episode.This, Gavshon asserted, was part of the mission of the project – to get people talking about HIV and Aids, its impact on their lives and what they could do differently in their lives.The unique format that the series adopted – of multiple storylines that are part of a bigger network of people affected by the virus – won viewers over, and they took to social networking sites to talk about the show.This worked very well for the producers, said Gavshon, because it gave them the advantage of seeing through viewers’ eyes what worked in the show and what didn’t.“Part of the point of the show was to get people talking, among themselves and with us, about issues related to HIV/Aids, and to spread the point of our message – that people must protect themselves from the disease.”Twenty-six episodes later, people were still talking!The InterSEXions Facebook page, which is almost 30 000 fans-strong, continues to update with everything from anecdotal messages to advice shared among fans.Gavshon, joking about how the concept has become part of the daily lives of fans, said even the title InterSEXions has become part of common language, cropping up in discussions over sexual health and behaviour.“I like that people have embraced it to that extent,” she said.For the project to work well, the production team had to pay attention to every last detail of every single story, again owing to its never-been-done-before format.“In terms of the production itself, the writing had to be intricate because of the unique format of the series. This took about two years to complete before the cameras started rolling,” said Gavshon.“The message we’ve been working on from day one has been a simple one: ‘Protect yourself’.”Gavshon added that unlike numerous other HIV/Aids education programmes, the idea behind InterSEXions was not to patronise viewers, but to inspire them, all the while keeping them entertained with the drama element.Opportunity for aspiring writersThe project would not have fulfilled its mandate had it not incorporated a certain level of participation with fans of the series.It was on Facebook that the producers ran a competition for scriptwriters who wanted to get a hands-on feel of the production.“Four winners were selected this way and they got to be part of the show,” said Gavshon.The four took part in a workshop that enabled them to develop their story ideas for the series.One of the young writers, Khono Mtetwa said: “We had to lay ourselves bare. It was very difficult – it wasn’t easy for any of us,” she said, adding: “By the time we left, we felt we had known each other for years.”InterSEXions 2The only thing better for fans of InterSEXions would be InterSEXions2, right?Asked whether viewers can expect a sequel to the successful series any time soon, Gavshon could not give away too much but said that the second instalment can be expected early next year.“We can’t say it will follow the same format, because we have to keep it interesting, but it will be very exciting.”She added that the nature of the series – which does not follow the usual linear storyline format – opens up opportunities for the production team to be adventurous and explore different writers with varying degrees of experience to bring into the fold.The Peabody AwardAdministered by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, the Peabody Awards were named in honour of George Foster Peabody, described on the university’s website as a financier and major benefactor of the institution.Asked if any of the main actors would be attending the ceremony, which takes place in New York on 21 May, Gavshon said out of 58, it would be hard enough to notify them of the win, let alone try to figure out who will go and who will not!“Outside of Curious Pictures we will probably have people from our various partners also going. It’s early still to confirm the logistics.”Among the other winners of awards are Fuji Television for a production called The Untold Stories of the Tsunami in Japan; Bhutto, a documentary about the late Pakistani leader produced by American network PBS; and Al Jazeera for its coverage of the Arab awakening.
“We do a psychological autopsy only at the request of the family when it’s ruled a suicide,” he said. The actress died of a gunshot fired inside her mouth in the foyer of Spector’s mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, after going home with him from her job as a nightclub hostess. Spector’s defense contends Clarkson killed herself. Asked why he did not consider materials from the computer, Pena said, “It was not provided to me.” Testimony was interrupted when Plourd tried to question Pena about whether his opinion would have changed if he considered the computer material. Fidler dismissed jurors and ordered a full-scale hearing. The judge in Phil Spector’s murder trial said Thursday that he will likely allow the defense to introduce gunshot victim Lana Clarkson’s writings about having visions of a dead actress who killed herself with a gun. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler gave the indication after intense arguments in which defense attorney Christopher Plourd said the writings found on her computer hard drive also include discussions of her fascination with guns, depression over her failing acting career and struggles with alcohol and drugs. Prosecutors acknowledged they knew about the material but considered it untrustworthy and did not bring it to the attention of the coroner who concluded that Clarkson was a homicide victim and did not commit suicide. Before jurors were sent out of court for a hearing, Deputy Medical Examiner Louis Pena testified he did not consider doing a “psychological autopsy” on Clarkson because he concluded her death was a homicide. He said information he obtained about Clarkson convinced him she was a hopeful person with no tendency toward suicide. Plourd then disclosed some contents of the hard drive including entries in what Clarkson called “The Story of My Life.” “She talks about drug problems, trying to get off medications,” he said. “She has delusions. She’s seeing people who are deceased and talks about them.” Plourd also said Clarkson “talks about seeing a dead actress who comes to her in visions, a struggling actress who didn’t make it and killed herself with a gun.” The actress’s name was not given in court. Plourd said the defense investigated the story, found that this was a real actress who committed suicide and found the place where she lived, which is where Clarkson claimed to have had the visions. He said Clarkson, who stopped making entries a year before she died, also spoke of going to a metaphysical therapist “to rearrange her subconscious.” As part of the therapy, he said, “You look into a candle and meditate. She sees a vision of a cowboy, a vision of George Bush comes to her.” Plourd said a district attorney’s investigator read the diary and concluded that it didn’t contain anything relevant. Prosecutors gave it to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as part of a bundle of 500-600 pages of information and said they could look at it if they wanted to do a psychological autopsy, he said. Plourd argued that Pena should be questioned on whether his homicide ruling would have changed had he read Clarkson’s writings. “If you consider this information, it weakens and shakes his opinion,” Plourd said to Fidler. The judge said he would read the entire manuscript over the weekend and make a ruling. But before court ended for the week, he said he had read some of it and was inclined to admit it in evidence. Prosecutor Alan Jackson argued that the writings in the computer were not authenticated, could not be relied upon and were probably creative efforts that Clarkson made for a writing class she was taking. The judge, who at one point referred to the writings as a “memoir,” appeared to disagree. “I think you are arguing way too much,” Fidler said to Jackson. “If you have the words of a deceased … how do you keep that away from the jury and away from an expert who could have considered it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
with the arrival of winter, the hot summer e-commerce sites have begun to gradually cool down, it seems that with the gradual change in the season of winter.
e-commerce winter hit
what is the key word of this year’s e-commerce website? – no doubt, that is "layoffs". From the beginning of the second half of the year, the major domestic group purchase websites have been caught in a collective downsizing cycle: "happy group purchase" in one fell swoop laid off hundreds of employees, "gaopeng.com layoffs 25%…… As a national commodity city of Yiwu, it is inevitable that the phenomenon of e-commerce website layoffs. Insiders said, the electronic commerce website is a sign of layoffs, perhaps after a booming e-commerce industry, a sudden turn for the worse.
so, what causes the scenery has electronic commerce to have unlimited layoffs misery? It is understood that the electronic commerce website has been able to scale expansion in a short period of time, is to rely on a huge amount of money based advertising offensive. All businesses have adopted " unconventional " means at blood draw users had bigger volume, enough money to play ultra cheap goods, attract more capital into, seek listing. The electronic commerce website in addition to money advertising to improve the awareness, the number of employees, the company is still in business and other aspects of the rapid expansion of the scale of website. Now, e-commerce sites into a huge amount of advertising costs as a result, but it is not profitable, so layoffs is an important way to think about cost cutting.
, executive vice president of the Yiwu municipal network association Chen Yufei said, "the electronic commerce enterprise as the rapid growth of the bamboo shoots after a spring rain", whether it is the management system and operation mechanism are not mature. Although the scale of the site continues to expand, but the management capacity and operational capacity can not be matched. Such enterprises listed on the performance of the capital market based on the pressure, will continue to put the money from the capital market to continue to invest in the endless vicious competition.
e-commerce website should go from here
so, the emergence of e-commerce sites layoffs trend means that the winter has come of e-commerce
analysts pointed out that from the initial fame to now have layoffs, China e-commerce " Pandora’s box " has been quietly opened, burn the leader of the era is gone. In order to make a breakthrough in e-commerce, it is necessary to work hard on pattern innovation and resource integration.
in spite of this, most people are optimistic about the future of e-commerce, that winter is only temporary. According to the Yiwu large third party e-commerce B2B platform – China Yiwu foreign trade network, the relevant person in charge, from the current data, the current e-commerce boom continues. Although some e-commerce business recession, but it has a great relationship with the enterprise itself, belonging to the normal survival of the fittest, and the industry does not have much relationship; the person in charge also said that enterprises in
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