Industry News: Google, Handmaid�s Tale, Ryan Murphy and More!

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GOOGLE & YOUTUBE TO PAY $170M FOR CHILDREN’S PRIVACY VIOLATIONS: Google will pay $170 million to settle claims by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General Letitia James that YouTube collected personal information from children, without their parent’s consent. In a blog post, Google agreed to change its data collection practices. “This means that we will limit data collection and use on videos made for kids only to what is needed to support the operation of the service,” the company said. “We will also stop serving personalized ads on this content entirely, and some features will no longer be available on this type of content, like comments and notifications.”

HANDMAID’S TALE SEQUEL SNAGGED BY MGM AND HULU: Margaret Atwood’s follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale, dubbed The Testaments, will head to the big screen. MGM and Hulu (home to the hit Handmaid’s Tale series), announced how the sequel will become “an important extension” of Bruce Miller’s Emmy-winning drama starring Elisabeth Moss. The Testaments will land September 10th and takes place 15 years after the ending of the original Handmaid’s Tale. The Hulu series has moved beyond the plot of the Atwood’s first book. 

REPRESENTATION BETTER, BUT NEEDS WORK: A new study from Professor Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC shows that 2018 showed major progress in terms of diversity and inclusion in film. Much of that is due to the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and Warner Bros.Crazy Rich Asians. Still, there’s work to be one, the report finds. “In 2018 we saw companies taking steps to ensure that certain groups were included in some of their most notable movies,” said Dr. Smith. “While we are pleased to see progress in some areas, efforts cannot end here. There are several arenas where much more growth is needed,” highlighting representation of the disabled and LGBTQ community, and women in major roles. 

RYAN MURPHY BEEFS UP NETFLIX SLATE: Ryan Murphy has revealed his next slate of originals for Netflix. Murphy is creating a 10-episode A Chorus Line miniseries and a limited drama about the iconic designer Halston, with Ewan McGregor attached to star. He is also preparing a 10-part documentary series about the artist Andy Warhol