Another lit agent from Jeff Berg’s folding Resolution talent agency has successfully landed elsewhere. Gersh has hired veteran Ian Greenstein as a senior agent in its TV lit department, which is headed by Roy Ashton. Greenstein, who joined Resolution a year ago after a long tenure at Paradigm, will bring with him longtime client Steven Cragg (Happy Endings) who, along with writing partner Brian Bradley, are under an overall deal at Universal TV and sold two comedy… …read more
Mobile marketing and ad tech company Fiksu announced this morning $10 million in debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, after a year which saw it hiring 100 new employees, bringing its total headcount to 300, and seeing revenues of over $100 million. The company today claims it has 800 customers, including big-name brands like Coca-Cola, Disney, Topps, Dunkin’ Donuts and Groupon using… Read More
On May 19, Google acquired a startup for $120 million in cash and stock, making it one of the largest New York exits of 2014. One-third of the company’s 70 employees became millionaires. Everyone kept their jobs. And the founders are leading Google’s Android enterprise group. But most people have never heard of the company, Divide, or its CEO, Andrew Toy, age 36. The acquisition was reported, but no price was disclosed and it read like a fire sale. Divide is a mobile productivity app that allows employees to carry one device instead of two to work. Once downloaded, the app splits a phone into two modes: work, which can be controlled and monitored by a corporate IT department, and personal, which IT departments don’t have access to, for regular enjoyment. How does a $120 million acquisition slip through the cracks? Google is characteristically secretive, enforcing strict NDAs during acquisitions. It also isn’t required to report acquisition prices under a few hundred million dollars, because they aren’t meaningful to the $55 billion company’s bottom line. Enterprise startups are also largely ignored by the press, which favors buzzy consumer apps like Uber. So wildly successful exits like Divide’s sometimes fly under the radar. New York startup TXVia, for example, was sold to Google for more than $100 million in 2012, but that amount has never been reported either. Google declined to let Business Insider speak with Toy about Divide or the acquisition. Instead, we spoke with other Divide insiders, as well as friends and family members of Toy. They helped us piece together the story of how first-time founders built a massive enterprise startup that became one of the largest, and quietest, New York City tech exits of the year. A Standout CEO Andrew Toy was born in Hong Kong, but he has an accent that’s hard to place. It’s British, with a slight Australian twang. His father moved from Australia to China before Toy was born to become an architect, and the Toys joined a largely British expatriate community there. It felt odd to Toy and his siblings, who looked Chinese like their father, that they were a minority in their Hong Kong school. “We were always aware we stood out and were different, and that stuck with us,” Andrew’s younger brother, Chris, tells Business Insider. When Andrew Toy was seven, his father gave him a …read more
There’s a new article in ESPN The Magazine where anonymous agents and other sources trash Kobe Bryant and say he’s the reason the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled in recent years. NBA superstars don’t want to play with Kobe, Kobe has sabotaged free agency negotiations with multiple players, and the Lakers don’t believe they can rebuild until Kobe leaves, according to NBA sources quoted in the article. The main takeaway is this: The Lakers aren’t good because they haven’t signed any big free agents, and it’s Kobe’s fault because no one wants to play with him. This theory is problematic. It ignores some external reasons why the Lakers haven’t signed a star free agent in years, and is reliant on an assumption (no star players want to play for L.A. anymore) that’s hard to justify. One of the big reasons the Lakers haven’t signed any big free agents since their last NBA championship in 2010 is that the new collective bargaining agreement (signed in 2011) changed the rules. It’s now much harder for teams to sign max-level free agents away from their current teams. Superstar free agents are highly incentivized to stay in place. These players can get five-year contracts with 7.5% annual raises if they re-sign their current teams, but only four-year contracts with 4.5% annual raises if they leave. Since 2011, only two high-profile free agents have taken less money to play elsewhere, and both of them did so under unique circumstances. LeBron left Miami to go home to Cleveland (where he signed a two-year contract that will actually help him gain back the money he left on the table by leaving Miami). Dwight Howard left Los Angeles to go to Houston (more on that later) Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony have all been unrestricted free agents since 2012, and all of them re-signed with their teams. In addition, we’ve seen a bunch of young players (Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin) sign lengthy contract extensions rather then entering free agency as quickly as possible. The top free agents who’ve left their teams in recent years (Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith, Lance Stephenson) all signed for below max money. So why are the Lakers having trouble signing max free agents? Because everyone is having trouble signing max free agents. In the post-2011 CBA world, it’s an incredibly rare for a superstar to …read more
Devon Still could have shied away from public attention and focused wholly on the recovery of his young daughter Leah, who is battling cancer. Instead the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle is being a hero to his daughter, an advocate for cancer research and on Tuesday he brightened the day of one young woman going through a fight of her own.
College basketball player Lauren Hill is a hero and inspiration in her own right. The 19-year-old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and has been forced to come to terms with her own mortality. She is making the most of the time she has by continuing to play basketball and raise awareness. Lauren was surprised at practice on Tuesday when she thought she was simply there to prepare with her team, Mount St. Joseph University.
.@Dev_Still71 surprised Lauren Hill at basketball practice @_theMount this morning. #LeahStrong #OneLastGame pic.twitter.com/hNRN7wXhCL
— Perry Schaible (@Local12Perry) October 21, 2014
Still met with the team, spent time with Lauren and snapped a few photos.
Quite the visit for @msjwomensbball @Dev_Still71 @elehill2 #leahstrong #onelastgame pic.twitter.com/utOjhmIxdk
— Brad Johansen (@bradjohansen) October 21, 2014
Devon Still wasn’t going to leave just giving Lauren a memorable moment, he had a heartfelt gift for her.
.@Dev_Still71 left a special gift 4 @ELehill2 Notice the inscription. #BeatCancer #gameworn #OneLastGame @EAGerhardt pic.twitter.com/WRcJrzzA1p
— Perry Schaible (@Local12Perry) October 21, 2014
Here’s a full video of Lauren’s amazing story and information about her “One Last Game,” scheduled for November 2.
Manchester City are struggling in Champions League after a pair of lackluster performances against Bayern Munich and Roma, but the Citizens have a chance to make up ground on their rivals on Tuesday, when they take on Group E’s bottom team CSKA Moscow (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).
Samir Nasri is still recovering from a groin problem, so Manchester City will be without him. Frank Lampard is also out, while Fernando and Fernandinho are both battling injuries, although both are expected to be available. CSKA are without Rasmus Elm, Vitinho and Kirill Panchenko, and are sweating the fitness of Mario Fernandez.
If you live in the United States, there are a lot of different options for catching this game online, two through FOX and two through ESPN. On the Watch ESPN app, you have two streaming options. There’s an ESPN3 feed that does not require a TV subscription and a Spanish-language ESPN Deportes feed for those who do get that channel on their television packages
Because the game is on FOX Sports 1, you can catch the game for free on FOX Sports Go if you are a TV subscriber to the network. You can also catch it on FOX Soccer 2 Go, which is a paid service that doesn’t require a TV subscription, and could be the only option for some users.
You can catch the game on Sportsnet World Online in Canada and Sky Go in the UK. For listings from more countries, check out LiveSoccerTV. …read more
The amazing and talented singing nun, Sister Cristina, is a huge fan of the Madonna…and the other Madonna.
For her first album, due to release on November 11, the 26-year-old nun has included a cover of “Like A Virgin,” Madonna’s racy 1984 hit.
Before prudent mothers everywhere sound the alarm, be assured that Sister Cristina Scuccia left out all the sexy bits — like, “Gonna give you all my love, boy” — and calls the version more of “a secular prayer than a pop song.” Addressing any fears, Scuccia told Italian newspaper Avvenire:“If you read the lyrics without being influenced by what has gone before, you discover that it is a song about the capacity of love to make people new again To release them from their past. And this is how I wanted to interpret it. That’s why we’ve transformed it from the pop-dance track it was into a romantic ballad a bit in the style of Amos Lee.”
Sister Cristina exploded onto the public stage in March with her performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One” on “The Voice of Italy.” She went on to do covers of “Hero,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and more — ultimately winning the competition and scoring a record deal with Universal.
All the while, the nun has remained humble about her success, performing only in her black habit and flats and letting her voice capture the crowds. She plans to make her perpetual vows in 2018, National Catholic Register reports.
Pop star Madonna, on the other hand, has explored many faith traditions over the years, which may or may not have inspired the religious symbolism in the original “Like A Virgin.” Either way, take a look at the 1984 music video, shot in Venice like Sister Cristina’s 2014 remake, and tell us which you like better: …read more
If you’ve ever wondered why kitchen knives cost so much, this video is your answer. Ben Edmonds of Blok Knives walks us through the process that goes into creating one of his kitchen knives — which, btw, run for roughly $380 — and it is enlightening (and beautiful).
Ben Edmonds worked for over a decade as a graphic designer and decided the comfort up office life for a more hands on craft. The work doesn’t necessarily come easy. Edmonds explains that you could put three to four hours into a knife only to then mess it up and have to start all over. Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. …read more
Despite the top two teams remaining the same, there was plenty of shifting in the rankings following a wild Week 7.
Coming into the season, some experts thought the Dallas Cowboys would not win six games by the end of December. Yet, Dallas appears to be one of the best teams in the NFL, ranking with the likes of the Denver Broncos as the elite through seven weeks. The Cowboys are the only team with six wins after beating the struggling New York Giants on Sunday, making fans in Big D wonder if this could be the year for Tony Romo and the band.
Elsewhere, the champs continue to plummet. After starting the season 3-1, the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Cowboys at home before being upset by the lowly St. Louis Rams, dropping them five places in the rankings. The Rams utilized a pair of trick special teams plays to top Seattle, putting the Seahawks at 3-3 and third in the NFC West. Seattle is a tough spot, still with two games left against both the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, and dates with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
Speaking of the Chiefs, Kansas City came out of its bye week and defeated the host San Diego Chargers on a last-minute 48-yard field goal by Cairo Santos, vaulting them five spots. With the win, Kansas City concludes a brutal stretch in which it faced four playoff teams from 2013 in five weeks. Now, the Chiefs will be home for the Rams and New York Jets.
On Sunday night, Peyton Manning set the all-time passing touchdown record while his Broncos hammered the 49ers, 42-17. Denver could do no wrong, moving into first place in the AFC West and maintaining the top spot in our rankings. San Francisco finally saw the effect of having Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and others sidelined, getting beaten in every facet without much fight. The 49ers dropped five spots and now get a well-timed bye week.
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She’s best known for her role on the later seasons of “Boy Meets World,” but lately Maitland Ward has been making more noise for what she’s wearing on the red carpet.
The 37-year-old has been absent from the small screen since 2007, but she turned heads at the Adolfo Sanchez fashion show in Los Angeles on Monday, wearing the most daringly sheer dress in Hollywood — possibly dethroning Gwyneth Paltrow in the process. …read more