Bob Gerard was sitting in an office room, having just watched a public service announcement while wearing a sensor that Dr. Paul Zak had wrapped around his arm.
"When it was done," said Gerard, who had been introduced to Zak by a mutual friend who thought Zak could help Gerard improve his internal training sessions at Accenture, a professional services firm, "Paul showed me the graph that the sensor had generated, and he replayed the video. As it was replaying, he was telling me exactly what I was feeling as he was reading it off the chart. My first thought was: I need this."
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- USC, UCLA business school students jointly create a 3-D printed mask in Hack for Hope
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Analyst predicts M&A shakeup as Hollywood grapples with COVID-19 fallout<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg5ODI2Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0Njc4NTU0OH0.sDywCamIJEsIHGkmkbCzONVXFcmkXBCyxjes6aZA7Hc/img.jpg?width=980" id="035e5" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d083cd9c433e038afaa99a710b7b0efd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />c0.wallpaperflare.com<p>MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson made a rather dire prediction for the future of the entertainment industry: Prepare for Hollywood studios to consolidate through acquisitions as a way to fiscally survive the global coronavirus pandemic. With movie theaters shuttered (for the time being), the streaming world is now the most dominant channel to distribute content. "Heading into 2020, we had argued that the fundamental pillars of media were starting to crack," <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/film-studios-consolidate-streamers-create-content-analyst-1291665" target="_blank">Nathanson wrote</a> in the Friday report. "Now, we fear that they will crumble as customer behavior permanently shifts to streaming models. The impact should be felt in both the traditional TV ecosystem and the film industry as content producers re-examine the economics of producing linear TV content and feature films. As a result, when this is all done, the top streaming platforms – Netflix, Amazon and Disney – will emerge with the lion's share of scripted content creation." This could have major ramifications for studios like Sony Entertainment, which has long rumored to be on the auction block. Lionsgate, another smaller studio with both film and television assets, could also be eyed as a potential takeover target. </p>
USC, UCLA business school students jointly create a 3-D printed mask in Hack for Hope<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE2MjU2MS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNTY0NzcwMX0.sPMJ4Z3oJxZ12ByI5RMtB5iPj4LWovOGhG6P-eSVGIU/image.png?width=980" id="9ebd4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1a47a0ea5843be9e03999dc6e4f5e843" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Traditional rivals <a href="http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=3M0Lv7h-2BLWf33q4UOnsAOYhL9tHRlm8Mt0VKR5HH5nPxCCVAIeMU9k-2BF8YBxTUGc4SGq_SY9yQJI-2FAWp8Dt219ARgJybm43nkwLI5EOXj1zdfAH8TJIejbITZTOme852CLEVzXGU1M-2FPfa8OtG09Uaf8qgvceLFK1IRUQGUGCxo2QtR94ctZuOd42iCDDPgBg8EvLCJO1RInkqDj2Vxq9J3WI3UA6WB134kUmlNdBaOXhlfF46ol6gTEXb2G6kg7tKFggL3X-2BhW0qvunYFR0CLVg5-2BBbMwaSJ4J2ntD6FCUYpXJgsL1SI4MInq5ixIi-2Ft2HVkbzBneNyJVP0ioScJcfH2MM-2Fi84SW-2FuQFGYULmk4MjhTmt5h1c-2BL-2BUj7fmyshDGTekJcWA2jTTlEJxhIDrk0VXRCX6RJqPnczmOvUx6NWM49U9aTNF-2BlAqbSOpuc93vafKvw5Rm4n3-2Bn1XmNjAQYSuw-3D-3D" target="_blank">USC Marshall School of Business </a>and <a href="http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=3M0Lv7h-2BLWf33q4UOnsAOXqmhx5VKVumCvlV9NXnjsNUEJXGflZ-2F7EdnLN2y0-2FEB_hvk_SY9yQJI-2FAWp8Dt219ARgJybm43nkwLI5EOXj1zdfAH8TJIejbITZTOme852CLEVzXGU1M-2FPfa8OtG09Uaf8qgvceLFK1IRUQGUGCxo2QtR94ctZuOd42iCDDPgBg8EvLCJO1RInkqDj2Vxq9J3WI3UA6WB134kUmlNdBaOXhlfF46ol6gTEXb2G6kg7tKFggL3X-2BhW0qvunYFR0CLVg5-2BIiudnlvGB7nc9nazrTq-2F0vMNXzSG9z5e46MwOxddz5fw1-2Fh-2Bbi-2BDBtP5P7sR5E3e-2F9gdDe5Tgh6gw7L6ZHNfwlxOFhCVOkiAHNVEe2LNxWiau885c5KMF5WkGX87MDKE81oW4MllIffp50UBWg8lWuxI0ZSkCXhtgjsaT4bGbRiO9KqGf1giTw9PChEJwOjvw-3D-3D" target="_blank">UCLA Anderson School of Management</a> united earlier in April to fuel a search for solutions to problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The joint effort, an online hackathon called Hack for Hope, involved 600 students from both schools that created 89 projects aimed at helping out during the coronavirus pandemic. Taking away the big prize was a joint project between students at both schools that created 3-D printed, reusable respirator masks that can be easily disinfected. The students also made the print pattern available to others to replicate. </p><p>"We were very impressed by the global scope of the teams; they included undergraduates, graduate students and alumni, along with professionals from business, technology, health care, edtech and entertainment," said Elaine Hagan, associate dean of entrepreneurial initiatives at UCLA Anderson School of Management and executive director of the school's <a href="http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=3M0Lv7h-2BLWf33q4UOnsAOXqmhx5VKVumCvlV9NXnjsNb6-2BbXtxh7m1tj4GBjv6SCKoMUluZ9jVAOjcXOu2paKRqOrr81UF2IWxnUx9MYsjny42wVI6S7bePaX7MZ9YrzyYOx_SY9yQJI-2FAWp8Dt219ARgJybm43nkwLI5EOXj1zdfAH8TJIejbITZTOme852CLEVzXGU1M-2FPfa8OtG09Uaf8qgvceLFK1IRUQGUGCxo2QtR94ctZuOd42iCDDPgBg8EvLCJO1RInkqDj2Vxq9J3WI3UA6WB134kUmlNdBaOXhlfF46ol6gTEXb2G6kg7tKFggL3X-2BhW0qvunYFR0CLVg5-2BBj1IScmxuZuFnbXtj5SZ0-2BXBiyQ11viiEts6epa6MCbHC0Y-2FcTqBtZ1VnYE0wbroKdkWiy86-2Bmag8hmyuuFb9UOAa1n3VDEWHyu6uyanysdxFb05Id-2FXVv7aLydwRCsctrbdY5idcfCoQdjBGfTkOr0ZmAlttTgiHZ6M4uaHlbEERbli1I8cZ1H1ziLNwsMHg-3D-3D" target="_blank">Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.</a> "Their ability to provide real-time solutions that have already benefited at-risk community members has given the organizers confidence that we have moved from hope to impact, for which participants should be commended."</p><p>Each team was asked to submit a two-minute video describing the problem and their solution. Judges awarded a total of $38,500 in prize money to the most promising projects — specifically, to fund prototype development, proof of concept work or community outreach directed at students or workers in need of extra support at this time.<br></p>
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Having watched his reputation flourish upon a foundation of self-spun fabrications, then crumble into a heap of infamy that led him to change his name, Yves Bergquist knows a thing or two about stories.
As detailed in a November 2019 story in The Hollywood Reporter, Bergquist, who leads artificial intelligence (AI) projects at USC's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), was formerly a national security analyst and ABC News consultant named Alexis Debat. Once his lies were exposed, he left Washington D.C. in 2007, shrouded in shame.
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