Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Film & TV
Sir David? That’s Sir Sir David to you, thanks very much. David Attenborough has been given a second knighthood for services to TV and conservation.
The new Jurassic Park is out and reviews range from “time to drop the dead dino” (The Guardian) to “worst of the franchise” (NME). I’m sold. Off to Peckhamplex.
BUT critics are rather fond of the new Disney+ series Ms Marvel - Marvel’s first Muslim superhero story. Change of plan. Staying in now instead.
London’s Steven Stoke Daley has been awarded this year’s LVMH Prize for young designers. Vogue explores how he won.
Amazon’s luxury fashion site has gone online across Europe after success in the US.
Profits at Zara have risen by 80% in the first quarter of this year. Not bad.
Music & Radio
More than 50 music organisations, including the Ivors Academy and AIM, have called for a halt to proposed cuts to new music funder PRS Foundation.
A new app has launched with Universal Music which aims to help dementia patients recall important memories using music. Amazing.
Foo Fighters have announced two shows in September in London and LA to mark the life of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Music Venue Trust has launched a crowdfunder for their campaign for the live music community to own, protect and improve grassroots music venues.
Spotify reckons it’s on track to reach a billion users by 2030. Same with the newsletter.
Katie Phillips, who has over 20 years of experience in entertainment PR, has launched a new podcast about living with cancer.
The Guardian picks its best albums of 2022 so far. No place for the Disney album of lo-fi beats curated by Minnie Mouse? Cowards.
557 new video game studios formed in the UK between 2020 and 2021, according to TIGA stats. Great stuff.
Microsoft’s new Xbox TV app will allow buyers of new Samsung TVs to stream games without a console. Futuristic.
Tech & Telecoms
All new smartphones, tablets and laptops in the EU will be required to use a USB-C charger by 2024. But the UK is ‘not currently considering’ copying the plans.
Look out Klarna et al. Apple has just unveiled its own ‘buy now, pay later’ function and announced iOS 16 plans like the ability to unsend texts. Handy.
Oh and did you know Apple’s iOS app economy now supports more than 440,000 jobs in the UK alone.
New Ofcom rules will save at least 1,400 phone boxes from closing in rural areas with patchy signal. Hoorah!
Good to see. UKRI and British Academy are teaming to provide a total of £4.5m over three years to enhance research on diversity and inclusion in innovation.
Uber is now powering emergency food deliveries in Ukraine.
Multiverse, the start-up for apprenticeships from Euan Blair, has just hit a £1.4bn valuation and plans to scale up to 100,000 apprentices from 8,000.
Water under the bridge. Five years after fighting in courts, Waymo and Uber are teaming up on autonomous trucking.
Twitter is set to comply with Elon Musk’s demand for data on fake accounts after he threatened to walk away from the deal. Like a soap opera you can’t turn off.
TikTok is adding the option for screen-time controls to stop us scrolling and scrolling and “oh it’s Binley Mega Chippy” and scrolling and…
Ford is aiming to go 100% online for sales. On the internet? It’ll never catch on.
NASA is putting together a research team to study UFOs if anybody is keen?
THERE’S STILL TIME! Forbes on the Italian tech founder who started a microchip testing business aged 60 and became a billionaire at 87.