Production Design Awards, CEO Confidence Rebounds and TIME’S UP

ADG Awards Gala on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland (PRNewsfoto/Art Directors Guild)

Nominations for Art Directors Guild 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards

The Art Directors Guild has announced nominations for the 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and, for the first time, animation features. Winners will be honored at the Awards Gala on Saturday, January 27, 2018, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. ADG Awards will honor eight-time Academy Award®-Nominee KATHLEEN KENNEDY with the Cinematic Imagery Award. The “William Cameron Menzies Award” will honor Disney’s Oscar®-nominated animation filmmakers RON CLEMENTS and JOHN MUSKER. Learn more at

Good News for Business Prospects: CEO Confidence Rebounds

The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence™, which declined in the third quarter, bounced back in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Measure now reads 63, up from 59 in the third quarter. Currently, 71% say conditions are better compared with 6 months ago, up from 56% in the third quarter. In addition, 47% expect economic conditions to improve during the next 6 months compared with just 39% last quarter. CEOs were also more upbeat about short-term prospects in their own industries over the next 6 months, with 41% anticipating conditions will improve versus 36% in the third quarter of 2017.

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Women Leaders Launch “TIME’S UP” Campaign to Eradicate Abuse of Power, Shift Leadership Imbalances and Promote Equality

TIME’S UP, an unprecedented movement started by women in the entertainment industry, has announced the launch of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. The fund is one of the ongoing commitments to combat the systemic power imbalances that have prohibited many women, especially women of color, from being safe and reaching their full potential in the workplace. Other initiatives cover legislation, corporate policy, hiring practices and aggregating important resources. TIME’S UP comprises many working groups that focus on tackling these issues from various angles. To learn more, visit


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Andrea Karen Hammer is the founder, director and owner of Artsphoria Publishing, Media Group & Shop ( Artsphoria International Magazine (; Artsphoria Movie Reviews & Film Forum (; Artsphoria: Arts, Business & Technology Center (; Artsphoria Event Advertising & Reporting (; Artsphoria: Food for the Soul (; Artsphoria Animation & Imagination World ( and Artsphoria Shop ( She is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer who has published articles in international publications.

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