By Ann-Christine Diaz
For the third year, creative networking site Working Not Working has released an annual list of the top 50 companies creatives would "kill to work for full-time."
Derived from a survey of Working Not Working members, this year's lineup included 25 companies that made the list for the third time in a row. Those included Airbnb, Google, Apple, 72andSunny, Barton F. Graf, Disney, Droga5, BBDO, Pentagram, Nike and Wieden & Kennedy. Thirteen companies appeared on the list for the first time this year. Among them were Adam & Eve/DDB, Anomaly, Deutsch, Snapchat, Spotify and Stinkdigital. See the full list above and on Working Not Working's blog.
According to Working Not Working co-founder Justin Gignac, this year's survey saw the continuing trend of creatives wanting to work more in tech, media and publishing over traditional agencies. Companies who have been in the headlines, such as Spotify and Snapchat, jumped onto the ranking as well.
Mr. Gignac said the list has grown more international -- with the addition of newcomers including London-based Adam&Eve/DDB and Stranger & Stranger, Vancouver's Giant Ant, Germany's Bureau Mirko Borsche and Stockholm-based Snask and Spotify.
Working Not Working's list debuted in 2014 as a lineup of companies that freelance talents would give up their freedom to work full-time for. Since then, the platform has expanded to include full-timers, so the survey has evolved to represent aspirational companies for all creatives, no matter what their current job attachment status.Although survey responses showed that the fourth most popular answer was "None/Freelance" -- suggesting it would still take a lot for un-attached creatives to give up their freedom -- 60% of those respondents cited "creative opportunity" as one reason they would consider going full time, followed by "the team" and "company's mission."
Since Working Not Working released last year's list, its community has increased 50%, from 5,000 members to 7,500. Its talent base has expanded from ad agency creatives to other sectors, including production with the addition of directors and editors as well as VR-focused talents.
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By T.J. Auclair
This is a piece for my fellow weak-minded golfers out there.
Noise doesn't bother me on a golf course, be it music, the grounds crew doing their thing, a cart that comes to an abrupt stop during my backswing -- all good.
I also don't like to blame anyone but myself for poor play or a poor shot.
That said, there are certain lines I've heard from playing partners on the course that irk me. There's nothing I love more than busting chops with friends while chopping my ball around the golf course.
But there are some things that I think need to be off limits and I'm not even including the wishing of "good luck" my buddy Jeff has been giving me a split second before starting my downswing since we were 14 years old.
Again, this is for my fellow weak-minded golfers out there. A lot of you reading this are going to proclaim: "You're a wuss! Get over it! Block it out!"
I totally get it and that's more than fair. But, please, for me and golfers like me, hear me out.
Here's a list of 11 things we really, really don't want to hear on the golf course.
1. "Look out for the water hazard on the left."
Thank you, playing partner, for bringing a hazard to the forefront of my brain that I hadn't even considered until you mentioned it. You've seen me hit my tee shots right all day long. Now it's going to look like there's a magnetic force pulling my ball to the complete opposite side of the course into that hazard.
2. "Put me down for a 6 there."
Why do I have to "put you down" for a specific number? Can't I just put you down for the score you actually totaled on the hole?
3. "I can't believe I just shanked that shot! When's the last time you hit a shank?"
Well, I'm not sure about the "last time" I hit one, but I'm pretty sure the "next time" is right around the corner since you mentioned the word.
4. "I've never seen anything better than a three-putt from the part of the green you're on."
Fantastic. I'm sure I'll have no problem bucking that trend now that you put that out there.
5. "I haven't seen you hit a bad shot yet."
Thanks for noticing. I'm going to dial one up for you right now.
6. "Have you been playing this entire round with just one ball? I'm impressed."
The only way you -- and me -- will be more impressed is if I don't lose the ball on this next shot.
7. "All you need to do is bogey this hole to shoot your career-best score."
At around the 12th hole I realized how well I was playing today and have been doing everything in my power to not think about the score and take it all one shot at a time just like the pros... Until now. Sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, I'm going to make worse than bogey on this hole.
8. "Wait until you see the lie you have in this bunker. Nasty."
I'm sure I'll be able to make that discovery myself once I get there. Thanks, Feherty.
9. "Great try for birdie giving it a run like that. But man, you have a knee-knocker left for par."
Yes, yes. I can see with my own two eyes that I pretty much hosed myself on an easy two-putt par. No need to poor salt on the wound. Now, let me try to pull it together and stroke this 4-footer with all that positive reassurance dancing around in my head.
10. “Don't leave this putt short."
I appreciate you pointing that out. I didn't notice the downhill severity of this putt until you were kind enough to verbalize it. So, if I leave this one short you mean to tell me I'll be faced with a second severely downhill putt and that wouldn't be a good thing?
11. "Take your time."
This is one of my favorites. My dad -- the man I have probably played more golf with in my life than anyone else -- has been notorious for this since I started playing at age 5. I'll be playing great (by my standards). Suddenly, I'll hit a shot or putt that has me running a little hot. Just as I address the next shot, without fail, he'll pipe up with, "Take your time, T."
Boom. Kiss of death. Back away, restart the routine and inevitably screw up the next shot as I'm wondering as I play it whether or not I'm taking my time.
This happens most often when I elect to finish out rather than mark my ball. And, most often again, means I still have two putts left to hit.
For fun, here's a video featuring 10 of the best golf rants and tantrums:
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By Nyay Bhushan
The upcoming launch of Amazon's Prime Video Service in the country will offer catalog and future titles from leading filmmaker Karan Johar's banner.
Amazon has set its eyes on Bollywood ahead of the planned India launch of its Prime Video service, unveiling a licensing deal Monday with leading filmmaker Karan Johar's Dharma Productions banner.
The pact covers catalog and upcoming titles, such as romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.Directed by Johar, the film stars actor Ranbir Kapoor and actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma. It will be released theatrically on Oct. 28 during the Diwali festival frame.
Other upcoming titles include OK Jaanu and Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, while Prime Video subscribers will also have access to Dharma's catalog, such as hit romantic drama Kal Ho Naa Ho, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Agneepath, Student of the Year and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, among others. Also included are recent titles such as Brothers, Kapoor and Sons, Shaandaar and Gori Tere Pyar Mein.
“We are excited to have Dharma Productions’ library and future slate of titles for the upcoming launch of Prime Video” in the country, Amazon Video India director and country Nitesh Kripalani said. “We know our Prime members are going to love the broad selection of films and stories - everything from soulful romance to heartfelt and funny family stories - that Dharma does so well.”
Dharma Productions CEO Apoorva Mehta added that “the time couldn’t be more right for us to mark our presence” on digital platforms and that partnering with Amazon “will go a long way in ensuring that our content will not only be seamlessly streamed, but will also see a huge demand from users of Prime Video."
The companies didn't disclose financial details and didn't say if Amazon could also use the licensed content in other markets.
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By Saqib Shah
Facebook Live has been conspicuously missing from the desktop version of the platform since its launch at the start of the year.
Popular demand, however, has forced the social network to expand the livestreaming feature. In fact, Facebook has already quietly begun rolling out desktop Live video to select users. The company confirmed the news in a statement to SocialTimes: “We’re starting to roll out the ability for people to broadcast live on Facebook from their desktop or laptop.”
The wider launch of the feature reportedly comes on the back of requests from vloggers, journalists, and general fans of Live video. Facebook claims the desktop version is currently only available to a “small percentage” of users with more set to receive the feature “in the coming months.”
The company added that Facebook Live video on desktop supports both peripheral cameras, in addition to built-in cameras on laptops.
Additionally, Search Engine Journalspotted a video of a lucky user who already has access to the feature. Delilah Taylor shared a Facebook Live clip recorded from her desktop in which she discusses the random appearance of a “Live Video” button within the status composer.
“When I first clicked live video it didn’t do anything,” Taylor says in the video. “You’ve got to put in a comment and then you hit next, and when you hit next it will bring up a secondary screen, which kind of looks like a Google Hangout screen, and you can adjust your camera and microphone … Then you hit ‘Go Live.’”
The process of naming your broadcast before going live — what Taylor describes as “putting in a comment — has always been part of the streaming process on Facebook Live for mobile. Taylor does make reference to one major difference from the mobile version: the ability for broadcasters to type comments during the livestream.
The expansion of Live video doesn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Facebook began rolling it out on its Windows 10 app in May, consequently allowing users to broadcast from a Windows desktop or laptop. However, launching the feature on its desktop site will help introduce it to an even larger audience.
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A. Brent Lovell