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Television Academy sets new standards of professional conduct

One key document that has taken on added resonance with recent events is the Television Academy's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

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The Television Academy is participating as a member of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.
The Television Academy is participating as a member of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Wikimedia Commons
  • Chairman Hayma Washington sent a letter to Academy members, linking to the two-page code of conduct
  • Violations of the code may result in disciplinary action
  • One key document that has taken on added resonance with recent events is the Television Academy’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

Following the lead of the film academy and other Hollywood guilds, the Television Academy has established its own new code of ethics and standards of professional conduct.

Chairman Hayma Washington sent a letter to Academy members, linking to the two-page code of conduct, reports variety.com.

The document read: “The Academy has zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment, as well as illegal, dishonest or unethical conduct. The Academy will not tolerate, condone, or ignore unethical conduct and is committed to enforcing these standards at all levels.”

Violations of the code may result in disciplinary action, “up to and including being refused admission or ejected from an event, being barred from future events, or the suspension or expulsion of membership”.

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In the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the Academy voted in November to permanently expel him from their ranks.

The letter read: “As we recently announced, the Television Academy has taken the last year to review and revise several of its governing documents.

One key document that has taken on added resonance with recent events is the Television Academy’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

In the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the Academy voted in November to permanently expel him from their ranks.
In the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the Academy voted in November to permanently expel him from their ranks. Wikimedia Commons

“The watershed events of the past months gave new urgency for us to revisit and revise these ethical guidelines, leaving no doubt as to the conduct and the behaviours the Television Academy expects from its leadership, members and staff. Below, we are providing a link to the revised Code of Conduct that was recently approved by your Board of Governors. Please give it a thorough read.

“The Television Academy is also proud to be participating as a member of a new industry organisation, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

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“Like the Motion Picture Academy, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA) and other members of the Commission, we are committed to achieving and supporting safer, more equitable and accountable workplaces.

Our revised Academy guidelines make clear that we expect nothing less from Academy leadership, members and staff than respectful conduct and behaviours that foster and maintain environments free of disruption, abuse, discrimination and harassment of others – during and outside of Academy events. This Code of Conduct is an acknowledgement that all of us share the responsibility for upholding a positive, professional, inclusive and supportive environment for our Academy business and member activities.” (IANS)

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Online Concert “I For India” Raises Approx Rs 52 Crore

India's COVID-19 relief concert raised Funds

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Bollywood Celebrities like Shahrukh Khan have participated in the concert. Wikimedia Commons

India’s star-studded I For India online concert, held in support of frontline workers of the COVID-19 battle on Sunday night, has raised a whopping Rs 52 crore in donations so far, and counting.

Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Kapoor, and Karan Johar took to their social media handles to share the donation amount, and thanked people for “watching, responding and donating”.

The image posted by the stars read: “I for India: The Concert For Our Times, raises Rs 52 crore (and counting).”

It went on to reveal that: “I for India becomes world’s biggest live fundraiser on Facebook by raising Rs 4.3 crore online (and counting). Corporate donors and philanthropists donate Rs 47.77 crore (and counting). I for India continues to get overwhelming attention and support from the world over. 100% of proceeds go to GiveIndia for COVID-19 relief work.”

The stars posted a thank you note for the fans, too.

“From our hearts to yours. Thank you for watching. Thank you for responding. Thank you for donating. I for India started out as a concert. But it can be a movement. Let’s continue to build a safe India. A healthy India. A strong India. I for India. Please continue to donate,” they wrote while posting the statement.

I For India, the mega fundraiser concerts, which was live-streamed on Facebook on Sunday, saw a massive Hollywood and Bollywood participation.

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International Stars like Will Smith also participated in the concert. Wikimedia Commons

Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, Tiger Shroff, Vicky Kaushal, Vidya Balan, Katrina Kaif, Rani Mukerji, Arjun Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh were among 85 artistes who participated in the virtual concert to raise funds for those affected by the novel coronavirus.

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Also joining in were Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan, and Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan.

International stars including Jack Black, Will Smith, Russel Peters, Mick Jagger, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were also part of the concert.

Everyone did their bit to entertain the audience while performing at the noble show, which was organised by filmmakers Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar. (IANS)

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Hollywood Celebrities Who Donated Millions For The Cause of COVID-19 Pandemic

During this crucial situation, most of the counties have allocated billions of dollars of budget to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

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During this crucial situation, most of the counties have allocated billions of dollars of budget to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Pixabay

It’s almost been nearly 5 months since the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, which started spreading from the Chinese province of Hubei. Now it has spread its tentacles to almost all the countries in various corners of the world.

Shockingly, most of the COVID-19 cases reported are from developed countries like the USA, Italy, Spain, Russia, etc… These are some of the counties that have one of the best medical facilities around the globe but couldn’t find a suitable cure to prevent the spread of this pandemic virus.  The virus is still spreading at a faster rate, thus making thousands of people’s life.

During this crucial situation, most of the counties have allocated billions of dollars of budget to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, a number of Hollywood celebrities have also donated a large amount of money to help people during the Pandemic.

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Here is the list of some of the Hollywood celebrities who have donated for the cause:

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Maleficent Actress, Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, one of the famous Hollywood actress and humanitarian has donated $1m during the outbreak of COVID-19 to fight child hunger, the disease caused by a coronavirus.

She has donated the cash to No Kid Hungry Foundation which will provide meals for children belonging to low-income families across the US.

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Angelina Jolie, one of the famous Hollywood actress and humanitarian has donated $1m during the outbreak of COVID-19 to fight child hunger, the disease caused by a coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

Lady Gaga

One of the popular American singer, Lady Gaga has also donated a percentage of profits through her beauty brand HAUS to support food banks.

The brand said in a statement, “In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, it can be easy to feel powerless,” Furthermore, it told that “We’ve been thinking a lot about our community and responsibilities in this time of uncertainty. Social distancing is one of the most important things we can do to control the spread of this virus and we encourage our community from across the world to participate if you can.”

Justin Bieber

The pop star, Justin Bieber had pledged to donate £23,500  to help with the relief efforts to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation, a children’s charity in China, where the virus originated.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

The famous Hollywood couple, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated over $1m to help provide food for older people and low-income families. The Deadpool star also shared a post on Instagram wherein he said that “COVID-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families.”

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One of the popular American singer, Lady Gaga has also donated a percentage of profits through her beauty brand HAUS to support food banks. Wikimedia Commons

Rihanna

The Barbadian singer, Actress, and Businesswoman who is recognized for embracing various musical styles has also contributed in large for the ongoing pandemic.

Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has donated $5m towards organizations in the US and around the world.

These Funds will go towards protective equipment for frontline health workers, food banks in America, research to develop a vaccine and work to accelerate testing and care in countries such as Haiti and Malawi.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

The Oscar-winning Hollywood actor has helped launch America’s Food Fund with $12 million in response to the global coordinates pandemic through the Ford Foundation. This new initiative is said to be hosted by GoFundMe and benefit Feeding America and World Health Kitchen.

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Irrfan Khan: The Greatest of all Times

The world mourns as it loses a gem like Actor Irrfan Khan

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Magnicent actor, Irrfan Khan died on April 29, 2020. Wikimedia Commons

By Muskan Bhatnagar

I sit here in the corner of my room, watching the sunset as I proceed to write this article, with tears in my eyes as a bunch of news articles surround me, all of them shouting the story of the legend’s untimely demise, Irrfan Khan.

29th April 2020, the world rose to the tragic news of the death of the finest actors of Cinema world, Irrfan Khan. Nothing could be more disheartening than losing a legendary actor like Irrfan Khan amid the ongoing pandemic. A piece of news which the world wanted to be false, a piece of news which broke millions of hearts worldwide, a piece of news that’ll take forever to sink in, a piece of news which made my heart scream “ why does this have to be real?”

Noon it is, and I receive a call from a friend. “Irrfan Khan is no more,” she said.

“What? Who died?” I ask. I heard her the first time but my mind and heart failed to believe.

“Irrfan Khan bro, Irrfan Khan “ she replied. My heart ached. I was not able to believe her words, or probably I didn’t want to.

I hung up the call, madly running towards the television to watch the news.

“Actor Irrfan Khan passes away at 53” the news anchor read. I stand there still, looking at the television with a blank face, not wanting to believe my eyes.

“We won’t get any Irrfan Khan movies now?, We won’t be able to see that beautiful smile on screen?, Wasn’t it too early for a gem like him to leave us? Who is going give us the best movies of the year?” so many questions cross my mind while I get flashbacks of his epic film scenes and dialogues.

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Irrfan Khan was laid to rest at 3pm on April 29. Wikimedia Commons

“I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”, his dialogue from the movie ‘Life of Pie’ seemed truly meaningful on this tragic day.

I return to my room teary-eyed and sit back. As I open my phone, I find out that the whole internet is flooded with grief. The world has had so many celebrity deaths, but this one was felt by each person. Why did the demise of Irrfan Khan feel like a personal loss? It was his aura, his screen presence, his power to make the screen alive, his ability to connect with every person through his films, his loyalty and devotion to his work, his unbeatable acting skills, his hard work and determination that made him the finest actor to ever exist in Bollywood.

Irrfan Khan started his film journey with a small role in the movie ‘Salaam Bombay!’ back in 1988 at 21 years of age, while he was still doing television and theatre. With his first film, Irrfan started getting roles and opportunities but his movies flopped until 2001. In 2001 Irrfan played the lead in the movie ‘The Warrior’ which made him popular as it opened in international film festivals. He was now a known face, but the turning point of his career was yet to come. ‘Maqbool’, released in 2003 was one of Irrfan’s greatest performances and was the turning point of his career. From then, there was no looking back. The legend went on to receive Padma Shri Award (2011) and National Award for Best Actor (2013). Irrfan made India proud as he acted in several Hollywood films like ‘Life of Pie’, ‘Jurrasic World’, and many more. If I go on to write down the list of his achievements and how extraordinary his performances were, then this article might just not end.

What makes his achievements even more admirable and his journey more beautiful is the fact that he came from a non-film background. He struggled his way to be on screen, he struggled to get lead roles, he struggled to pursue his childhood dream of being an actor. And like almost all other actors, he was not a man with six abs and perfect looks, hence he struggled to get accepted in the industry entirely on the basis of his skills and talent. Whatever he achieved in his life was through his hard work. “People love to see my work, not my face”, the effortless actor was once quoted saying.

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Irrfan Khan will stay alive in our hearts always. Wikimedia Commons

It’s been all day since the news of his demise broke out. All my friends are talking about him but I haven’t come across even a single person who seemed like it didn’t affect them. My friends who don’t have much to do with films or Bollywood have been feeling low since they heard of it. As I said earlier, his untimely demise feels like a personal loss. I also came across another observation, that this man, the legend has absolutely zero haters. As I scroll through my Instagram feed, all that I find is tons of love and admiration for the man who left us today. We usually say that a person won “millions of hearts” but I won’t be wrong if I say that Legendary Actor Irrfan Khan won “all the hearts”.

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I’m nobody but just another admirer of his work like millions out there. Still, there’s so much to pour out, so much to express. My heart aches as I think of it, my eyes get watery as I see those Instagram posts, my mind just doesn’t want to accept the reality. Here I go, pouring my heart out and paying tribute by writing this.

Irrfan sir, you undoubtedly are the best actor to ever exist, and a human that inspired millions out there. You started from television and you conquered Bollywood as well as Hollywood step by step. You ruled the Cinema world with your effortless acting and amazing work. I remember watching movies just because you starred in them, as your presence assured me that the movie will be a good one. The legacy you’ve left behind will stay with us until the end of time. You’ll always be remembered as the greatest actor of all time. Your work, legacy, and the inspiration you’ve given to us will remain immortal. Today, the world bows down in respect as you leave us. Maybe god was running out of gems so he called you up there. There was, there is, and there will never be another Irrfan Khan ever because you’re irreplaceable. No one, absolutely no one can do what you did. Thank you, sir, for entertaining us till the end of your life and giving us the best movies ever. You’re truly the greatest of all. Rest In Peace, sir.

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