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Vintage German Train Car Brought To New York For Auschwitz Exhibit

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A vintage German train car — similar to those used to cart Jews to Nazi death camps during the Holocaust — will soon be on display at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

The eight-decade-old car arrived on Sunday morning and was lowered onto tracks outside the museum in downtown Manhattan. It’s one of 700 artifacts to be added to the new exhibit on the Auschwitz concentration camp — the largest of its kind.

Some of the items have never been seen in the United States, according to the AP. On display will be gas masks worn by the SS and a dagger and helmet used by Heinrich Himmler, the chief architect of Adolf Hitler’s genocidal plan. There are also personal items that belonged to the prisoners, such as a MacGyvered comb and a trumpet.

The exhibit, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” opens May 8, the fateful day in 1945 when the camps, including Auschwitz in Poland, were liberated. It will run in New York through Jan. 3.

The windowless wagon is the centerpiece of the exhibit. Jews around Europe were taken from their homes and shuffled into the wooden cars. Eighty people were squeezed into one car, 92-year-old survivor Ray Kaner recalled to the AP, and their only source of a restroom was a pail.

“You couldn’t lie down, so you had to sleep sitting, and it smelled,” she said.

About one million Jews and 100,000 others were killed in Auschwitz. A total of six million Jews died in the Holocaust.

Source: https://forward.com/fast-forward/421853/holocaust-auschwitz-nazi-hitler-poland-new-york-museum-jewish-history/

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Anne del Castillo Named New York City’s Commissioner of Media and Entertainment

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The film and TV industries in New York City have a new boss: Anne del Castillo, who has been tapped by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Del Castillo had served as general counsel and chief operating officer of MOME since 2015. She succeeds Julie Menin, who left the post in February after nearly three years to become Census Director for the city. Del Castillo had been acting commissioner since Menin’s departure.

“Media and entertainment are central to New York City’s economy and identity. Anne has the vision and experience to continue to strengthen the industry during this time of unprecedented growth and change,” said de Blasio. “Her commitment to diversifying our entertainment sector and piloting innovative programs will ensure New York continues to be the media capital of the world.”

At MOME, del Castillo will oversee all activity in the city related to location shooting, tax incentives and the city’s growing focus on diversity and inclusion programs designed to open doors for film and TV employment opportunities to a broad range of New Yorkers. MOME’s charter also extends to the music, Broadway, advertising and other media sectors active in the city.
In all, media and entertainment account for some 305,000 local jobs and economic output of $104 billion, per the Mayor’s Office. Given the rapid growth of lensing in New York during the past 20 years, the MOME commissioner has influence in Hollywood as well as in the five boroughs.

“This is an exciting time for our agency to engage a broad cross-section of industry, community and other key stakeholders to advance an inclusive, sustainable and thriving creative economy that benefits all New Yorkers and reflects the diversity that defines our city,” del Castillo said.

Under Menin, expanded from supporting the film, TV, and theater industries to supporting the music, publishing, advertising and digital media industries as well. MOME also encompasses NYC Media, the City’s official broadcast network and the Office of Nightlife.

That office — and the institution of former bar owner Ariel Palitz as the city’s first “nightlife mayor” — was one of Menin’s signature initiatives as commissioner, along with an outreach program for the city’s music industry, which included a hearing involving some 75 organizations and companies that do business in the city. Menin was also involved in the city’s hosting of the 2018 Grammy Awards, the first time in 15 years the ceremony was held in New York.

Del Castillo joined MOME in 2014 as director of legal affairs. She was closely involved in the creation of the Made in NY Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund, which is has begun to distribute $5 million in grants to women filmmakers and playwrights.

Before that, del Castillo was VP of development and business affairs at American Documentary, producer of PBS’ “POV,” and she worked as associate director of the Austin Film Society, where she administered the Texas Filmmakers Production fund.

“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for his selection, we welcome Commissioner del Castillo, and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the great staff of the Mayor’s Film Office,” said Dee Dee Myers, executive VP of worldwide corporate communications and public affairs for Warner Bros.

Del Castillo’s work in the arena of diversity and inclusion makes her well-suited to her new role.

“We have had the privilege of working with Anne on a number of projects, including the innovative Made in New York Writers Room fellowship, which is advancing the careers of talented television writers whose backgrounds and voices reflect the diversity of the city,” said Lowell Peterson, exec director of Writers Guild of America East. “Anne and MOME are great partners to an important industry and we look forward to continuing to work together.”

Source: https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/anne-del-castillo-new-york-commissioner-media-entertainment-1203191751/

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World War Z Launch Suffers with Connectivity Issues, Server Problems and Bugs

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World War Z launched yesterday, but its first day on the market didn’t exactly go smoothly. Players have reported numerous issues such as multiple failed attempts to connect to the game’s servers and problems during gameplay that halts progression.

The biggest issue at launch appears to be a lack of servers for players to join, meaning that the game is only playable in an offline state. For an online-focused co-operative title, this is quite clearly a major issue. To developer Saber Interactive’s credit though, it looks like the team is trying its best to get more servers up and running to alleviate the problem.

What may take a little more time though are the bugs and glitches that have been brought to light. Personally speaking, we haven’t been able to finish the game’s first chapter yet because the game freezes and doesn’t conclude the level correctly. Other players have reported jittery movement, a “Loading Game Logic” message that crashes the game, and being unable to play with friends in different regions.

Source: http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2019/04/world_war_z_launch_suffers_with_connectivity_issues_server_problems_and_bugs

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Dish to Game of Thrones fans: ‘You’ll need to subscribe to HBO Now’

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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and a Dish or Sling TV customer, you’re going to need to subscribe to HBO Now if you want to watch the April 14 premiere of the hit TV show’s final season.

Since Nov. 2018, Dish and HBO have been involved in a dispute which has left the premium TV network blacked out for Dish subscribers. Sling TV, Dish’s streaming platform, has been affected by the dispute as well.

As a result, subscribers to either Dish service have been unable to subscribe to an HBO package through their TV provider.
With the long-awaited final season of Game of Thrones premiering on Sunday night, the satellite television company is directing its subscribers to sign up for HBO Now.

Dish has even gone so far as to set up a website explaining to its customers how to subscribe to HBO Now, which it calls “similar to Netflix.” HBO Now is HBO’s standalone streaming television service, so it doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription. Dish doesn’t receive any compensation for sending its customers to the HBO Now service, though the company obviously benefits by keeping its customers happy.

As of April 2019, the Dish-HBO standoff is in its fifth month, with neither company close to a deal as far as anyone on the outside knows. The channel blackout on Dish is HBO’s first in its history.

Negotiations stalled between the TV service provider and the premium TV network over a “carriage fee” dispute. Dish claimed in a 2018 statement that HBO’s parent company, AT&T, wanted “a guaranteed number of subscribers, regardless of how many consumers actually want to subscribe to HBO.”

As of now, it looks like the dispute between HBO and Dish will continue long after winter comes on the final season of Game of Thrones.

Source: https://mashable.com/article/dish-network-sling-tv-hbo-now-dispute-game-of-thrones/#rENh2UxEBPqx

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