HBOs chief the force behind Game of Thrones to step down

first_imgHBO chief executive Richard Plepler, here with Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, oversaw HBO’s rise as an awards juggernaut.  Getty Images Richard Plepler, the longtime head of HBO who ushered the network to newfound critical and popular dominance with hits like Game of Thrones, is stepping down.  Plepler, whose departure was announced Thursday, oversaw HBO’s rise to dominate television awards ceremonies and audience ratings, most recently with blockbuster, critically praised hits like Game of Thrones. He also spearheaded HBO as one of the pioneers in TVs transition to direct-to-consumer streaming subscriptions. HBO was one of the first traditional networks to make its programming available online to people who subscribed directly with its app, rather than requiring a regular pay-TV subscription. The announcement comes the same week a court decision lifted the final question marks holding back AT&T from exerting its full control over HBO. AT&T agreed to take over HBO’s parent, Time Warner, more than two years ago in an $85 billion deal. But the Department of Justice took the companies to court, hoping to block the merger and, later, appealing to potentially unwind it. The US government lost its appeal Tuesday.”Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so,” Plepler said in a memo to employees. John Stankey, a veteran AT&T executive who was appointed to lead WarnerMedia last year (becoming Plepler’s boss), called him “one of the most successful executives in our industry.””I have been fortunate to have his support over the last months,” Stankey said in statement.  Share your voice 0 Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Digital Media Time Warner Game of Thrones HBO AT&T Netflixlast_img read more

Bella Thorne receiving massive support after Whoopis comment on nude photos

first_imgBella Thorne nude pictures leaked onlineBella Thorne (@bellathorne/Instagram)Bella Thorne made thousands of heads turned after she shared nude photos of herself on Twitter after an alleged hacker threatened her to release the videos and pictures on an x-rated website. Things did not go well for Thorne as she found herself receiving the blame from Whoopi Goldberg. But things have now started to turn for the model as she is receiving massive support online.As earlier reported, Whoopi Goldberg was not too pleased by Bella Thorne’s decision to release her own nudes. As per the Academy Award-winning actress, “I don’t care how old you are… you don’t take nude photos of yourself.” She even stated that “You cannot be surprised that someone has hacked you, especially if you have stuff on your phone. That’s why they’re hacking you.”Following which, the 21-year-old Bella took to Instagram to give a fitting reply to Whoopi. The famous model said in a tearful video that “Shame on you for putting that public opinion out there like that for every young girl to think that they’re disgusting for even taking a photo like that. Shame on you.”Now that this news has become a viral sensation, Bella Thorne is now finding herself on a more comfortable place as she is getting all the positive support from every corner.The Spider-Man: Far From Home actress Zendaya reportedly called Bella to make sure if she is doing well or not. The duo talked a lot about this generation and how as “women we shouldn’t feel bad about ourselves our bodies.” In addition to this, Bella Instagrammed several supportive message chats from her friends — including Madison Beer, Lily Rose-Depp, and Lucy Hale. In one of her conversation, Hale wrote the following:”Good for you baby girl. I’m so proud of you for speaking up. This breaks my heart. But you’re making a difference for other girls and women.”Descendants 3 actress Dove Cameron posted a lengthy tweet and stated that “where is the support for young women. I love women. Everyone should love women. Don’t be an a**hole! Sexuality is part of being HUMAN. But judgment and objectification is not. ugh, I can’t handle to ugly.” She even called Whoopi Goldberg that she does not have any kind words for her.last_img read more

Kids Stay Free at select luxury Bahia properties

first_imgKids Stay Free at select luxury Bahia properties Friday, June 16, 2017 MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is making summer travel even more affordable for families with a Kids Stay Free offer at select properties.Available for stays through Oct. 31, the offer includes the new five-star Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection and Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, where the first child stays free, as well as the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana where up to two kids stay free.“We have taken fantastic steps to make summer 2017 not only more kid-friendly than ever, but even more affordable as part of our commitment to offering all-inclusive luxury travel the whole family can enjoy,” said Helen Montijano, VP of Sales, USA. “From the new waterpark at Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica, to the new five-star Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection in the Dominican Republic, Bahia Principe knows how to turn family vacations into memorable Caribbean fairy tales – all while offering competitive rates.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe newly-opened Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection in Punta Cana features a pool with a fairy tale castle, complete with its own moat and bridge, a delight for children of all ages. Other family-friendly features in the new Fantasia include entertainment for all ages and a Kids Club with costume workshops, arts and crafts activities, cooking classes, expeditions and a waterpark. The Fantasia Teens Club for guests aged 12 to 17 is equipped with a gym, movie theatre, DJ dance floor, video consoles, pool table, and spa.Bahia Principe hotels offer a wide array of kid-friendly touches, including family suites in select hotels where welcome packages include children’s bath kits and bathrobes, minibars that come with milkshakes and soft drinks, children’s mini-clubs and even kids spa treatments. Babysitting services let parents take a romantic break too. For guests looking for adventure, the Bahia Scouts program combines fun, learning and excitement in supervised activities split by age group.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJBahia Principe Hotels & Resorts includes properties in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts Posted by Sharelast_img read more