Tom Fetner: Everything We Know So Far About The Young Hollywood Rising Star

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 18, 2019 / — Young Actor, Tom Fetner, has made a lot of big headlines in the past few months. At just 20 years old, he is already accomplishing more than any actor does in their whole career. Having already filmed a huge blockbuster movie for Netflix, and signing on for two more blockbuster hits, here is everything we know about the Rising Star.

Tom Fetner was born in South Orange, New Jersey, a town that is filled with amazing actors. He attended Columbia High School, a school that has alumni such as, Zach Braff and Lauren Hill. While he was in High School, Tom did numerous theatre productions such as, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Spring Awakening.

After High School, he attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), where he studied Musical Theatre. He graduated in 2019 and immediately started working. He booked a featured part on this upcoming season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which will be his first time on screen.

Shortly after that, it was announced that he will be joining the star studded cast of Hillbilly Elegy on Netflix. Tom will be playing Young Uncle Jimmy, son of Glenn Close’s character. This movie is set to release in select theaters on New Years Day for a limited time only. It will be on Netflix on February 1st.

Just that alone would be a great start for any actors career, but there’s more. Tom is also signed on to lead Ron Howard’s Spy Vs. Spy as the Spy in White. This film, 8 years in the making is finally starting to get on its feet. This movie will begin production in November 2020. And as if that wasn’t enough, he has also made headlines for the Spring Awakening film, which he is playing Moritz Steifel alongside Ansel Elgort, set to hit theaters Christmas 2023.

He also has a part on the new Riverdale spin-off, Katy Keene on CW. He will be playing Alf, who is the description is a gay fashion model who falls in love with Katy Keene’s Boyfriend. This will premiere on CW on February 6th at 8.

Tom Fetner currently resides in New York City. It is known that he is in a serious relationship with girlfriend Olivia Roth, as seen on his Instagram.

Making a huge splash in the industry at such a young age, is so exciting to watch. I cannot wait to see what this future Academy Award winning Actor has in store.

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Skanda Media Group jumpstarts the Holiday Season with a Star-Studded Comedy Fiesta.

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iHeartRadio KUBE 93.3 and Skanda Media Group (SMG) come together for Healing with Humor show at Accesso Showare Center In Seattle, Washington.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, November 17, 2019 / — The first iHeartRadio-SMG Comedy Fiesta will celebrate the best in StandUp comedy on a Friday evening December the sixth with star-studded performances by DL Hughley, Lil Duval, Gary Owen, Ali Siddiq and Gastor Almonte with a special opening musical act introducing Tay Da Prince (John Legend’s Nephew) at the Accesso ShoWare Center in Seattle.

The event, hosted by Aida Rodriguez and Joe Torry with music by DJ Charma will also be a benefit show for the Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Amazon Rainforest.

Healing With Humor by Skanda Media Group and iHeart Radio is part of a ten city tour that includes Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, New York City, Miami, New Orleans,Los Angeles, Charlotte, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Pierre Dixon, the Executive Director and Show Producer of SMG says, "Healing with Humor was conceptualized to address the contemporary crisis points like Amazon Rainforest, Gun Violence and many such pressing issues in today's world using the mediums of comedy and entertainment as a basis to start the conversation."

Nagendra Karri, the CEO of Skanda Media has also announced Freedom4SAS in addition to Healing with Humor as the other upcoming in-house productions that is currently in development to focus on the integration of fashion, music and art to celebrate the spirit of SAS (Sexual Assault Survivors).

"We need art in any form to heal the world. Building different intellectual properties that can define the core values of our everyday life is very important in today's world. That is our main objective in driving new-age concepts like Healing with Humor and Freedom4SAS. We are in the process of building a good team by bringing in some really bright individuals who have the capacity to contribute in executing our vision in the long term." says Karri, who is currently in negotiations with various streaming giants in order to make the properties a household name in US and around the world.

The iHeartRadio-Skanda Media Group Comedy Fiesta Healing With Humor is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally-recognized comedy events including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio Wango Tango, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego and iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.

Proud partners of the Healing with Humor 2019 include iHEARTRADIO, KUBE 93.3, Skanda Media Group, Accesso Showare Center and Love Notes Foundation.

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iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including more than 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: IHRT). Visit for more company information.

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Skanda Media Group is a diversified media conglomerate with a dedication to films, live shows, television, digital media and talent management divisions. Healing with humor is a platform that aims to deliver laughter through stand up comedy with some of the funniest guys known to America. The goal is to bring back joy in people’s lives through laughter, shed light on contemporary crises and support causes that need our attention. Visit for more information on the show. Freedom 4 SAS is an artistic endeavor designed and conceptualized to celebrate the spirit of sexual assault survivors by bringing together the world of fashion, music and art. Check out for more company information.

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Delaware Drug and Alcohol Workplace Testing Laws Now Available at

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 15, 2019 / —, an online training provider operated by Easler Education Inc., announced today that it has launched a new state law course designed to educate individuals and private employers on the relevant workplace drug and alcohol testing laws in the State of Delaware.

The course, which is entitled “Delaware Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing Laws Training," is available for enrollment on and all of its e-commerce affiliate reselling partner sites immediately.

Andrew Easler, the co-founder of Easler Education Inc, indicates that “particular changes to society’s attitudes regarding Medical Marijuana have led to a massive increase in legislative changes to workplace testing laws across the country. We decided to become a source of reliable information about these changes as they approach on the horizon so that employers can make informed decisions about changes to their policy and so that employees can avoid unwittingly violating their employer’s policies.”

The new course provides private employers and interested employees in Delaware a summary of the current state law as it relates to drug and alcohol testing. The course has been designed for the benefit of both legal and non-legal professionals. In an effort to make this kind of information accessible to non-lawyers, the course is designed to avoid legalese whenever possible and to explain legal terminology when the use of the term is unavoidable.

This course will cover essential topics such as: which type of testing is allowed in Delaware, the benefits and drawbacks of implementing a testing policy including relevant insurance discounts, if applicable, and how to qualify, some of the observed dangers and pitfalls other employers have encountered through relevant case law, and the current status of state marijuana laws and their effects on the implementation of workplace testing programs.

Medical Marijuana became legal in Delaware in 2016, and many employers and employees have found themselves on the wrong side of the statute. Employers have been sued for wrongful termination, and employees have been fired for what they believed to be lawful activity under the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act. The course is expected to benefit a wide range of employers and employees, including, but not limited to:

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Hollywood’s finest set to attend the 6th​ Annual Voice Arts Awards November 17​ at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

SOVAS presents The Voice Arts Awards

The 6th Annual Voice Arts Awards

The Annual Voice Arts® Awards honoring the best talent in the voiceover industry will be back at WB Studios in Burbank for this year's award's gala

This year’s Voice Arts® Awards includes many of the top names in entertainment and there is no better venue than Warner Brothers Studio Lot to showcase their amazing accomplishments in voiceover”

— Emmy® Award-winning producer and SOVAS CEO, Rudy Gaskins

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, November 15, 2019 / — Voice Arts® Awards Announces Honorary Award Winners Ahead of November 17th Gala

(New York, NY) Society for Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS) announced the winners of the honorary awards for the 2019 annual Voice Arts Awards, honoring the best talent in the voiceover industry.

Along with all the standard categories, The Voice Arts® Awards also celebrates the power of the voice to impart change in the world. Acclaimed actor Ving Rhames will be on hand to receive the Voice Arts Icon Award. Philanthropist Manuela Testolini will receive the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award presented by her husband Eric Benet. Emmy-award winning journalist and Senior Correspondent for Telemundo, Venessa Hauc will be on hand to receive the Voice Arts® Environmental Award. As part of the SOVAS weekend, Sci-Fi queen and Comic-Con goddess, Katee Sackhoff, best known for her iconic role as Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on Battlestar Galactica, will be accepting the Backstage Vanguard Award at this year’s That’s Voiceover! Career Expo 2019 at the Hilton Universal on November 16h. The award presentation will be accompanied by a personal one-on-one interview conducted by Hollywood legend Edward James Olmos, Katee’s co-star from Battlestar Galactica. Jim Cummings, the voice of scores of characters including Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Darkwing Duck and The Tasmanian Devil, will deliver the keynote address

The Voice Arts® Awards features nearly 100 categories stretching across all aspects of the voiceover industry, including some of the world’s most beloved and recognizable voices spanning animation, video games, commercials, and audiobook narrators. Good Morning America called the Voice Arts® Awards, “The Oscars of voiceover acting.”
The Voice Arts® Awards Gala will be held this year on November 17th at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA. Kit Harrington, Tom Hanks, Taraji P. Hensen, and America Ferrera are all nominated in animation categories. Other notable nominees include Gal Gadot, Tim Allen, Kirsten Wiig, and Gerard Butler. Previous award winners include, Jon Hamm, Kate Winslet, James Earl Jones, Katy Perry, Sigourney Weaver, Rosario Dawson, and William Shatner.

Good Morning America called the Voice Arts® Awards, “The Oscars of voiceover acting.”

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Netflix and Dolly Parton's Heartstrings Series Releases in One Week

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Y’all ready? Check out the trailer for Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, launching on Netflix November 22, 2019.

The Dolly music you love, the stories you’ve been waiting for. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. New and classic Dolly music will score every episode. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies.

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’ award-winning cast includes Kathleen Turner, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Ginnifer Goodwin, Julianne Hough, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Timothy Busfield, and Melissa Leo (full cast lists can be found below).

Episode Titles: These Old Bones, If I Had Wings, JJ Sneed, Jolene, Cracker Jack, Sugar Hill, Down From Dover, Two Doors Down

Launch Date: November 22, 2019
Showrunner: Patrick Sean Smith
Executive Producers: Sam Haskell, Dolly Parton, Patrick Sean Smith
Format: Anthology series; 8 x 1-hour standalone episodes
Produced by: Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for Netflix

These Old Bones
Kathleen Turner – “Miss Mary Shaw aka Old Bones”
Ginnifer Goodwin – “Genevieve”
Kyle Bornheimer – “Landon”
Writer: Jim Strain
Director: Joe Lazarov
SYNOPSIS: A big-city lawyer comes home to TN to convince an alleged “witch” (Old Bones) to sell her land to a mining company. She wrestles with her past and the future of the town.

If I Had Wings
Gerald McRaney – “Tom Freeman”
Delta Burke – “Ellie Holder”
Ben Lawson – “Clay”
Michele Weaver – “Phyllis”
Brooke Elliott – “Nancy Bridges”
Tim Reid – “Kendal Hooks”
Writer: Jim Strain
Director: Timothy Busfield
SYNOPSIS: After receiving invitations to the 70th birthday party of their decades-long estranged father, three disparate siblings converge on a Mississippi farm where they test the bonds of blood and issues of faith, all to confront the sins of their father.

JJ Sneed
Colin O’Donoghue – “JJ Sneed”
Willa Fitzgerald – “Maddie”
David Denman – “Deke Fletcher”
Mac Davis – “Reverend Riggs”
Vanessa Rubio – “Cimmaron”
Writer: Jim Strain
Director: Terry McDonough
SYNOPSIS: In the 1880s, a feisty young woman trapped in a mundane existence dreams of more, until a seductive outlaw pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime

Julianne Hough – “Jolene”
Dolly Parton – “Babe”
Kimberly Williams-Paisley – “Emily”
Dallas Roberts – “Aaron”
Writer: Patrick Sean Smith
Director: Andrew Fleming
SYNOPSIS: Based on Dolly Parton’s Grammy award-winning classic, “Jolene” tells the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different women who find themselves part of the iconic love triangle, ultimately impacting each other’s lives in profound ways.

Cracker Jack
Sarah Shahi – “Lucy Jane”
Rochelle Aytes – “Scarlett”
Jessica Collins – “Monica”
Tammy Lynn Michaels – “Bitsy”
Writer: Lisa Melamed
Director: Liesl Tommy
SYNOPSIS: Two stories — one past, one present — about the power of unconditional love between a girl and her dog, and that same girl, now grown, who questions what her life means and who she can truly count on when faced with her greatest fear.

Sugar Hill
Patricia Wettig ‘ “Harper Cantrell”
Timothy Busfield – “Logan Cantrell”
Virginia Gardner – “Young Harper”
Tom Brittney – “Young Logan”
Writer: Thomas Ian Griffith & Mary Page Keller
Director: Lev L. Spiro
SYNOPSIS: A married couple in their twilight embarks on a road trip back to the place where they first fell in love, along the way revisiting the history of their love story.

Down From Dover
Holly Taylor – “Delilah ‘Dee’ Covern”
Shane McGhie – “Lincoln Dollarhyde”
Robert Taylor – “Reverend Covern”
Bellamy Young – “Myrna Jorgensen”
Camryn Manheim – “Mrs. Grover”
Mary Lane Haskell – “Mrs. Cunningham”
Writer: John Sacret Young
Director: Erica Dunton
SYNOPSIS: After being shunned by her pious widowed father, a pregnant teenager finds support at a home for unwed mothers, where she hopes for the safe return, of the young man she loves, from the Vietnam War.

Two Doors Down
Melissa Leo – “Amelia Meegers”
Ray McKinnon – “Roy Meegers”
Andy Mientus – “Tyler Meegers”
Katie Stevens – “Lee Meegers”
Michael Willett – “Cole Evans”
Writer: Mark B. Perry
Director: Wendey Stanzler
SYNOPSIS: A family’s lifetime of secrets come bursting out during a chaotic and comedic New Year’s Eve wedding weekend. Will they make it to witness the “I do’s” without killing one another?

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The International Legacy Film Academy (TILFA) Announces the Pangaea Award and Its Impact on the Global Stage

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The Pangaea Award honors visionary humanitarians committed to bettering the world

Honoring the works of revered, living visionaries determined to change the world today

SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, November 15, 2019 / — Today, the International Legacy Film Academy (TILFA) is pleased to announce the first-ever, global change initiative award, the Pangaea Award par Legacy Excellence in Film & Humanity, honoring visionary humanitarians committed to bettering the world whose works have altered the course of the human race. The inaugural nominations ceremony will be held on February 25, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, at the renown, Skirball Cultural Center.

The Pangaea Award is an accountability award that mirrors the values of inclusion, empathy, ambition, responsibility, transparency, and ultimately – Legacy and is the first award presented to global humanitarians from the film and entertainment industry on behalf of the millennial generation and beyond.

“The International Legacy Film Academy is excited to unveil the nominees for the first-ever Pangaea Award,” states Jean-Que M. Dar, Founder, and CEO of TILFA. “This first group of nominees includes many of the most prominent humanitarians on the planet who’ve made it their mission to positively impact the world we live in while ensuring that their fingerprints never fade from the lives they have touched. It is our honor to celebrate and acknowledge these outstanding individuals who have challenged the undefeatable odds to execute change where change seemed impossible.”

Established in 2019, the Pangaea Award par Legacy Excellence is a symbol that “art creates what policy cannot – a new vision forward.” The award is a symbol of unity, solidarity, completeness, humanity, compassion, and accountability. Founded around the concept of “all the earth,” Pangaea was the name of our supercontinent that existed over 200 million years ago that started to break apart owing to continental drift. The spirit of the award mirrors the concept of Pangaea as we honor the works of humanitarians that are determined to shift our world back together again. The goal is to honor and support the efforts of these fantastic visionaries while inspiring others to leave a legacy that serves humanity.

For more information on The International Legacy Film Academy or the Pangaea Award, visit

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Melissa Leigh Releases "Hello"

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GOODLETTSVILLE, TN, UNITED STATES, November 14, 2019 / — For Immediate Release:

Melissa Leigh is country with a soulful edge who can move you with her words!

Her latest release "Hello" on the MC1 Nashville label is now impacting at Country Radio. It's already becoming a fan favorite.

Melissa Leigh was recently in studio with Rebecca Lynn Howard who was her vocal producer, sang harmony and did BGV's for her new upcoming EP. Melissa's new EP will be released early 2020.

Melissa has been heavily active in the Nashville songwriters scene at many songwriter's rounds and venues. She will be one of the many artists from the Country Music Highway 23 that will be featured in Season 3 starting on Monday, December 2nd on the CMH 23, Country Music Highway on The TCN Network. The TCN Network is broadcast on the Dish Network, Sling, Dish Anywhere, Roku and many 4K Broadcast Cities including New York NY, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Washington D.C. and many other cities across the country. More info can be found at

About Melissa Leigh:

Melissa Leigh has a passion for writing and a love for singing. From the Appalachia Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, she grew up off the Country Music Highway 23 where music is deep rooted. She has performed at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork, Belcourt Taps, the Commodore, the Stillery, the Valentine and recently the Millennium Maxwell House, where she shares her originals.

She co-writes with many songwriters around Nashville and all over the country. Several of her songs were recently critiqued by Bob Leone, founder of Lady Gaga and Lana Del Ray. He wrote that "These are all very well-written songs. …I like the productions. They all sound great — radio-quality. And your vocals are perfect. You were born to be a country music singer."

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Melissa Leigh
Title: "Hello"
Artist: Melissa Leigh
TRT: 2:59
Intro: 16 seconds
Tempo: Medium
Genre: (Crossover): Country Pop, Pop Rock, Southern Rock
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Publisher: TAS4K Music Enterprises
Producer: Mike Mariucci, Mariucci Productions
Mixing & Mastering: Vaughn Lofstead/Smoke House Productions
Contact Information: Melissa Leigh 810-441-0354 or Anita Stanley Cox 304-533-3739

MC1 Nashville is a music label working in the Country, Christian, Bluegrass and Americana Music genres.

We offer Studio Recordings, Production, Radio Promotions to Music Row, Media Base/Airplay, Inspirational Country, Bluegrass, American/Roots and other radio markets. We also facilitate Video Productions, Promotions, Publicity, Showcases, Concerts, and other events. We are a team of seasoned professionals that are honest and working to take our clients' music career to the next level.

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Comedian Mo’Nique Sues Netflix for Pay Discrimination Based on Race/Gender

David deRubertis, firm principal at The deRubertis Law Firm, APC

Michael Parks, firm principal at Schimmel & Parks, APLC

Comedian and actress Mo’Nique sued Netflix today alleging pay discrimination based on race and gender and violations of both CA and federal discrimination law.

By this lawsuit, Mo’Nique is taking a stand against the most severe pay gap of all: the pay gap experienced by black women in the American workforce.”

— David M. deRubertis

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, November 14, 2019 / — Contact: Brenda McGann
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Comedian Mo’Nique Sues Netflix for Pay Discrimination Based on Race/Gender

LOS ANGELES, CA., Nov. 14 – Comedian and actress Mo’Nique sued Netflix today alleging pay discrimination based on race and gender, among other things, and violations of both California and federal discrimination law, announced her lawyers at the deRubertis Law Firm, APC and Schimmel & Parks, APLC.

In the Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, Mo’Nique alleges that Netflix’s homogeneous management is insensitive and discriminatory toward black workers and perpetuates pay inequity especially against black women.

“Netflix is one of Hollywood’s most innovative companies, yet it not only perpetuates racial and gender inequality, it also takes advantage of a gender pay gap that disproportionately affects black women, who nationwide make only 61 cents for every dollar white males bring home,” says Mo’Nique’s lawyer Michael W. Parks. “When Mo’Nique, one of the most well-known black female comedians in America, faced that anachronistic attitude, she knew it was time to challenge the status quo.”

Netflix’s dominance of the stand-up comedy market has a particularly negative effect for black female comedians the network hires for comedy specials, the lawsuit explains. After being aggressively recruited by Nexflix’s stand-up programming staff, Mo’Nique was offered a mere $500,000 for a comedy special for which she would contribute the content, while Netflix would retain copyright and total control of almost every other aspect of the production and distribution. A $500,000 offer may seem like a lot of money, but pay is relative. That offer paled in comparison to what Netflix consistently pays both white comedians and black male comedians for similar work.

In contrast to the $500,000 offer to Mo’Nique, the lawsuit asserts, other white male or female and black male comedians received deals at or above $20 million per comedy special. The lawsuit also alleges that, when Mo’Nique spoke up against what she believed was a discriminatory offer, Netflix responded retaliatorily by refusing to negotiate in good faith with her. In contrast, when white female comedian Amy Schumer was initially offered $11 million for an hour-long comedy program, Netflix negotiated in good faith with Schumer and upped its offer to $13 million. Then, after Mo’Nique objected to her discriminatory offer, Netflix acknowledged it needed to do better with black comedy specials and it renegotiated the previous “low-ball” offer it made to black female comedian Wanda Sykes, allowing Sykes to “move the comma,” in her words. But according to the lawsuit, Netflix retaliatorily refused to similarly renegotiate its offer to Mo’Nique after she called Netflix out for this act of pay inequity.

“In recent years, the spotlight has appropriately shined on the gender pay inequities that continue to plague the American workforce. By this lawsuit, Mo’Nique is taking a stand against the most severe pay gap of all: the pay gap experienced by black women in the American workforce,” says David M. deRubertis, who also represents the plaintiff. As alleged in the lawsuit, according to deRubertis, “Netflix praised and courted Mo’Nique, recognizing that she had the skill, talent and experience for the work it offered to her. But it then perpetuated the racial and gender pay gap by making an offer that was a mere token of what it consistently pays white comedians or black male comedians for similar work.”

The lawsuit also alleges that Netflix failed to diversify its “whites-only” C-suite and board until forced to by public pressure, tolerated an upper-level manager’s persistent use of the “n-word,” and permitted the leading star in a renowned series to abuse black employees and contractors. The complaint provides examples of the network’s alleged double standards, with approved expense account items favoring traditional male activities while denying female pursuits, and pay inequity that resulted in the lead female star of a popular series receiving thousands of dollars less per episode than a supporting male cast member.

The case is Hicks v. Netflix, Case No. 19STCV40934 (LA Sup. Ct. Nov. 14, 2019).

Schimmel & Parks, APLC, based in Los Angeles, is a plaintiff’s trial and litigation law firm representing employees and individuals in employment, consumer, catastrophic property damage and personal injury matters.  The principals of Schimmel & Parks, APLC, Alan Schimmel and Michael Parks, are both recognized as Southern California “Super Lawyers” and they both hold the prestigious “AV” rating given by Martindale-Hubbell to select attorneys across the country. 

The deRubertis Law Firm, APC is a Los Angeles-based boutique litigation firm representing employees in discrimination, whistleblower, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation matters, as well as catastrophic personal injury and wrongful cases on behalf of plaintiffs. Firm principal – David deRubertis – has been recognized as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, California “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law (CLAY Award), Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year – Employment Law Individuals (Los Angeles)” twice, among many other honors.

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Singer Jennifer Nettles and Artist Alice Mizrachi Rock 53rd Country Music Award Red Carpet

The message on these clothes was heard far beyond the CMA awards Red Carpet

The finished Christian Siriano jacket and train with Mizrachi design

The Christian Sirano pants suit with Mizrachi's enhancements was the buzz of the CMA awards Red Carpet.

Mizrachi’s draft design of the Nettle’s CMA outfit.

The striking design was a breakout hit at thd 53rd annual CMA awards.

Nettles and Mizrachi chose the images to make a bold statement at the CMA awards.

Christian Siriano pants suit sporting Mizrachi art the talk of Country Music Awards Red Carpet

This is a beautiful case of women supporting women across industries, she in the country music world, and I’m in the visual arts world.”

— Alice Mizrachi

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 14, 2019 / — The Bronx, NY – Nov. 14, 2019 – Singer Jennifer Nettles made a bold statement at Wednesday night’s Country Music Awards, with a big assist from artist Alice Mizrachi.
Nettles, a presenter and performer at the 53rd Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, hit the red carpet wearing an elegant white pants suit trailing an oversized pink train that she threw open to reveal the message “Play Our F*@#!N Records” under her right arm, and “Please & Thank You!!!” under her right.
The train carried another message on the back – “Equal Play!” atop a classic Mizrachi Earth Mother drawing, with the female symbol underneath, mirroring one of Nettle’s right pants leg.
Nettles’ outfit, by designer Christian Siriano and accented by Mizrachi, called out the male dominated country music radio stations for not playing more records by female artists, and in that way limiting their exposure and income.
The statement was heard, loud and clear.
“Jennifer Nettles Is A Boss In ‘Equal Pay’ Power Suit On 2019 CMA Awards Red Carpet,” read the Billboard headline.
“Jennifer Nettles Calls On Industry to Play Women’s ‘F-ing’ Records With Statement Outfit at CMA Awards,” Bonnie Fuller wrote in her Hollywood Life column.
In an article praising Nettles’ outfit, People Magazine cited a recent study by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USA Annenberg Inclusion Initiative that between 2014 and 2018 only 16 percent of the top 500 country songs were by women.
Studies show that more radio airtime can increase sales, even for those songs that are not instant hits.
“This is a beautiful case of women supporting women across industries, she in the country music world, and I’m in the visual arts world,” Mizrachi said. “When I researched her I found that our vision is aligned.”
Nettle’s called Mizrachi a week before the event. Though they have never met, Mizrachi said Nettles told her she knew Mizrachi was a big advocate for women in the arts.
Nettles told the artist Mizrachi she had followed Mizrachi’s work empowering women in the arts. “She said she has been a fan of my work and enjoyed my focus on the positive action rather than just complaining about it.”
Now Nettles wanted Mizrachi to help her create an outfit for country music’s big night that would “make a statement.”
“She wanted the train so she could throw it open on the red carpet,” Mizrachi said. “She wanted the back to say ‘Equal Play’ to request a call to action to the industry, to tell country music executives we want you guys to play our records equally, because women in country music are underrepresented on many levels.”
The outfit arrived on Saturday and Mizrachi worked on it for three days and shipped it back
The rest is CMA history.
“I love it,” Mizrachi said of the project. “This is a beautiful case of women supporting women across industries. She is in the country music world, I’m in this art world where I’m working in public spaces. Here she is following me over the years and saying I love her vibe, I want to someday work with her, and finding a way where she can match her vision of making a statement with my art, even though they are from two different worlds.
“It’s fabulous!” Mizrachi said. “Here we are, two women who are clamoring positive messages to get out voices heard and uplift other young women, working toward the same goal in different industries and really appreciating each other for doing that work.
“It opens my world to her world and cross pollinates our work in industries where oftentimes women are not given access,” Mizrachi said.
“How brilliant is that!”

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Albuquerque Store Gets Taken Over by Rose Apothecary from Shitt’s Creek

Rose Apothecary Products

Rose Apothecary Products

Rose Apothecary Pop Up from Shitt's Creek

Rose Apothecary Pop Up from Shitt’s Creek

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Rose Apothecary Pop Up Full Line

The store known for “Breaking Bad” products will launch a “Shitt’s Creek” inspired pop-up experience selling Rose Apothecary goodies.

It's a general store, but it's also a very specific store. It's also not just a store. And yes, we will be selling things, but it's more like a branded immersive experience.”

— David Rose

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, UNITED STATES, November 14, 2019 / — New Mexico Entrepreneur Keith West, a fan of the Emmy Nominated television show “Shitt’s Creek”, is turning his Albuquerque store into a pop-up shopping experience from the show’s Rose Apothecary starting November 22, 2019 raising money for New Mexico Women in Film.

“I love the show and starting thinking what it would be like if each member of the Rose family had a product in the Rose Apothecary,” said West, “I got inspired and the November pop-up store idea was born.”

Clear Light’s location at 123 Broadway Blvd SE has long been known for selling products like Bathing Bad and Los Pollos Hermanos Seasoning based on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”, but this year’s holiday shopping event is inspired by the Rose Apothecary from the POP TV hit. “Shitt’s Creek” has five seasons on Netflix.

The Pop-Up store will sell products like:
– Moira’s Rose Moisture Lotion
– David’s Spicy Citrus Deep Moisture Cream
– Alexis’ Coconut Milk & Salt Bath Soak
– Patrick’s Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Body Spray
– Johnny’s Juniper & Sage Body Wash
– Rosebud Motel Face & Body Bar Soap with Cedarwood, Rose and Lemon
– Rosebud Motel Hibiscus & Fig Bath Soak

The store will stream episodes of the show while guests shop and try hands-on demos of the products. How does the character David from the show describe Rose Apothecary?

"It's a general store, but it's also a very specific store. It's also not just a store, it's like a place where people can come and get coffee or drinks, but it's not a coffee shop, nor is it a bar. Yeah, it's an environment. And yes, we will be selling things, but it's more like a branded immersive experience."
— David Rose explaining the Rose Apothecary.

A party celebrating the Shitt’s Creek Pop-Up shop is Friday, November 22 from 7 to 9 pm featuring 15 of David Rose’s favorite cheeses that is a fundraiser for New Mexico Women in Film. Rose Apothecary products will be available in the store and at

About New Mexico Women In Film
New Mexico Women in Film is a New Mexico-based outreach network committed to the professional development and achievement of women in the film and television community through Mentorship, Networking, Education, and Community.

Women in Film was born in 1973 in the Los Angeles office of Tichi Wilkerson-Kassels, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter. She gathered a group of women for lunch to discuss the state of women in The Business. The results of that lunch were big plans to work together as Women in Film to increase awareness of the contributions of women in the industry. Word spread rapidly. Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) was soon formed to act as the global network comprised of all of the member chapters. There are now over 40 Women in Film organizations worldwide spanning 4 continents, 18 countries with more than 14,000 global members, among which all of our members are included.

New Mexico Women in Film was formed in 2005 and NM representatives attended a WIFTI World Summit. To form a chapter, Janet Davidson, Deborah Johnson, Karen Koch and Kaaren Ochoa invited every woman listed in the New Mexico Film Directory to the initial meetings. NMWIF quickly became the fastest growing chapter to date and continues to receive significant attention from the international membership.

About Keith Allen West
KEITH ALLEN WEST is a dynamic actor that portrays powerful, complex and authentic characters in feature films and tv shows. Through out his career, he has worked with actors and directors from multiple Academy Award winning films. He has stars in a new sitcom Deeply Superficial and has a lead role in the film Third Act. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he has been entertaining crowds and appearing on major media since his college journalism degree. He works in TV, film and commercials throughout New Mexico and Los Angeles, CA.

His career includes BRAVO’s Untying the Knot, HGTV’s You Live In What, CBS All-Access Interrogation, Hell or High Water, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Better Call Saul, Longmire and many more. He’s featured in People Magazine, USA Today, VOGUE, Huffington Post, The Guardian, LA Times, NY Times, FOX, CNN, NPR and many more media outlets. His small business online reality series THE STARTUP reached 24 million subscribers.

Keith is represented by Carissa Mitchell of Mitchell & Associates Talent at, and 505-262-9733.

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