Category: Columns

‘The People’s Joker’ Is a Comic-Book Fantasia More Authentic Than Just About Any Comic-Book Movie

“The People’s Joker,” a scandalous IP-on-acid coming-out comic-book psychodrama, is a movie that has all the earmarks of an underground/ midnight/guerrilla-cinema sensation. Vera Drew, who directed and co-wrote it, plays the title character, a mentally fractured aspiring stand-up comedian who bills herself as Joker the Harlequin. She wears a green wig parted down the middle, […] Go to Source

‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ Actor Amit Rahav Honors His Grandmother, a Holocaust Survivor, With Hulu’s WWII Drama

Growing up in Israel meant that “We Were the Lucky Ones” actor Amit Rahav was taught about the Holocaust at any early age. His childhood in Tel Aviv included a school trip to concentration camps in Poland. “It’s mandatory in the curriculum,” Rahav tells Variety. Then there were the stories at home. “My grandma, who […] Go to Source

The dos and don’ts of selling to an Employee Ownership Trust

When considering possible exit routes for your business, selling to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) can have several benefits, but a word of caution, this is not an exit route that can just be unilaterally imposed on your management team. I recently met with a business owner who had decided that sale to an EOT was the best way to exit his business and apparently…

Top Tips for Selecting a Marketing Agency

Business process outsourcing has skyrocketed since covid, with 48% of companies now outsourcing their work. Whilst saving time and resources, outsourcing your marketing is an effective way to pool real expertise, gain access to advanced marketing tools, minimise overhead and improve return on investment (ROI). With outsourcing, businesses can focus on core activity and provide services they could not before, far faster and more cost-effectively….

How and why gender diversity is KEY for business success

As a seasoned professional in the field of recruitment, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the transformative impact that gender diversity can have on businesses of all sizes. From startups to established SMEs, organisations that champion gender diversity consistently emerge as leaders in their respective industries. In the competitive landscape of recruitment, there has been a significant shift in candidate expectations and preferences. Increasingly,…

What does the budget mean for the ever-evolving world of corporate real estate?

With yet another budget having passed by, the economic landscape remains challenging for businesses. The economy spent most of 2023 teetering on the brink of recession, consumers are still feeling the pinch, and the taxation burden stands at a 70-year high as the UK seeks to pay off the enormous public expenses that were incurred during the Covid pandemic. Factoring in all manner of global…

Unlocking business success with virtual card payments

In a world of struggling supply chains and unexpected economic circumstances – ensuring cash flow and profitability is a top priority for many businesses. But shockingly, over half of businesses are still relying on manual checks for their B2B payments – meaning they don’t have a clear view on what their teams are spending and expensing. This is set to change, however as digitisation is…

How to show real appreciation in the workplace

With the latest Gallup report showing the UK as having only 10% of workers as being ‘highly engaged’, it raises the question of just how do we show employees how much they’re appreciated? We know how important managers are to people’s experiences of work, but Gallup also shares how managers reported as being even less engaged than non-managers in its latest poll. This might seem…

Embracing the pivot: a growing trend on the business landscape

The ability to adapt and change course can be the difference between thriving and merely surviving in today’s fast-evolving economy. In turn, ‘pivot’ has become an increasingly common term in the corporate lexicon, especially over recent years, as companies face unprecedented challenges and opportunities. What is a pivot? A pivot is a strategic shift in a company’s direction, involving fundamental changes to its business model,…

John Cameron Mitchell to Produce Warhol Superstar Candy Darling Biopic Directed by Zackary Drucker (EXCLUSIVE)

Zackary Drucker will direct the upcoming biopic about Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling starring Hari Nef. John Cameron Mitchell also joins the untitled film about the transgender icon as executive producer. It was previously announced that Nef (“Barbie”) will star in the movie. The film traces Darling’s childhood in Long Island through her years alongside […] Go to Source

My Imposter Self and Me

It was December 30th, and the honours list was announced on the news. I’d been given a tip off that I may have been included in the 2024 list, so as soon as the news was announced, I went to check the full list and see if my name was there. Nothing. I was gutted, but reasoned that I was not worthy enough to deserve…

Why some of the old rules still apply in business

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, the phrase ‘This is how we do things around here’ seems to have lost its relevance. Gone are the days when craftsmen and tradespeople meticulously honed their skills, passing down traditions to the next generation with pride. As we transition from the incremental era of yesteryears to the exponential age of today, it’s easy to believe that the rules of…

Providing credibility to your numbers

Who and what data you trust in business is important and increasingly audits are being used to provide confirmation of the facts – whether to shareholders, potential investors or banks. An audit is a statutory requirement for many businesses and is often performed on a voluntary basis by firms who do not otherwise have a legal requirement to have one undertaken. The purpose of a…

Everyone says they want feedback on their ideas – but this isn’t entirely true. Even for the business critical issues

Let’s face it – receiving feedback can be uncomfortable. Even the most well-meaning and gently delivered constructive criticism can feel like a complete shock to the system, and most people do not take feedback as well as they’d perhaps like. This can be problematic enough when it comes to employee experience of performance reviews, but when it’s your own business you’re receiving feedback on, it…

From Grief to Growth: The Transformative Journey of Empathy in a Chemical Company

In a quiet corner of the bustling chemical company, I found myself entangled in a story that unfolded the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of empathy. At the helm of the organisation was John Burrows, a man weathered by the storms of life, particularly the devastating loss of his own son to suicide. The CEO, grappling with the weight of grief,…

It’s the experience that counts – ways to retain your customers

“There’s no substitute for experience.” This is a phrase we hear often in business and our wider lives. But while this commonly refers to choosing people or a company to provide a service, shouldn’t the phrase also apply to the experience your customer receives? Without customers, businesses would not exist. The customer experience they receive at your hands matters most when you’re aiming to drive…

Oscars Season Analysis: Lily Gladstone Should Have Campaigned Supporting and Movie Studios are Back on Top

The Oscars ceremoniously wrapped a season dominated by blockbuster achievements, celebrating the extraordinary talents behind this year’s cinematic wonders. Despite the spotlight on artistic excellence, the awards season wasn’t without its missteps and controversies, notably influenced by voter apathy in the aftermath of prolonged industry strikes. This disengagement, particularly among American voters, may have bolstered […] Go to Source

The ‘Oppenheimer’ Oscars Reminded Us That Movies Can Still Be the Great Mass Art Form

The movies, if I dare say it, used to hold us together. They were a shared dream — which is why I wanted to become a film critic, not a poetry critic. The mass mythology of movies felt singular, intoxicating, enveloping, cathartic. And the Oscars have always been part of that. In embracing the world […] Go to Source

Donatella Versace and Dwyane Wade Host Los Angeles LGBT Center Event After Designer Gets Stuck in Elevator: ‘One of Her...

Talk about a fashion emergency. Donatella Versace got stuck in an elevator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Friday night on her way to co-host an event for the organization with Dwyane Wade. Staffers at the center immediately called the fire department, but sources say the fashion designer’s security took care of things. “One […] Go to Source

Using a shareholder agreement to avoid conflict, delays and costly mistakes

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s how unpredictable the world can be and the importance of planning ahead for challenging circumstances. Here, I’ll discusses the importance of a shareholders’ agreement, particularly when it comes to difficult scenarios. A shareholders’ agreement is an essential tool recommended for any company with two or more shareholders to regulate conduct between each person and put provisions…

Why CAC and LTV are ‘must know’ concepts for every entrepreneur

Do you know what your business pays in sales and marketing costs to attract one additional customer? Do you know the average profit your business realises from a future customer relationship? Gaining insight into your Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) and Lifetime Value (LTV) is crucial. The long-term success of your business depends, at least to some extent, on how the cost of attracting a customer…

‘Scream’ Star Mason Gooding Believes a Seventh Film Will Happen Despite Major Setbacks

As “Scream 7” continues to be reworked after a series of setbacks that saw cast members and the director leaving the project, star Mason Gooding is confident the movie will still get made. “If it could make money, I guarantee you, they’ll make it,” the actor told Variety at Vanity Fair and Instagram’s pre-Oscars Vanities […] Go to Source

‘The Traitors’ Became a Reality Sensation by Keeping Things Simple

There are practical reasons why the American iteration of “The Traitors” has exploded in its second season, which concludes this week. The reality competition show doubled down on its casting of established reality performers, drawing on such disparate fanbases as “Survivor” geeks and “Real Housewives” devotees. Its platform, Peacock, wisely pivoted to a week-by-week release, […] Go to Source

Google is updating its algorithm, here’s what you need to know

Google is currently in the process of rolling out one of its biggest updates in a long time and if you own a website, it’s likely to affect you. Google holds around 90% of the search engine market share, with the majority of online traffic coming from the Search Engine any updates they make to search results usually affect how much traffic your website receives….

Theo James Says the Duke of Beaufort’s Family Was ‘Not Impressed’ by Guy Ritchie’s ‘Gentleman’ Filming on His Estate: ‘They...

Guy Ritchie’s limited Netflix series adaptation of his movie of the same name shot at the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire, England. “The family was there looking very disapprovingly at us running around in chicken suits and saying ‘cunt’ a lot,” star Theo James told Variety at a special screening of the show […] Go to Source

Business Best Practice: Preparing for AI Regulation

The proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) has been rapid, with 9 in 10 leading businesses (across 112 countries) leveraging some form of the technology within their operations. New use cases are constantly emerging, with businesses across diverse sectors worldwide benefitting from enhanced analytics, productivity and a reduction in manual tasks. In a rapidly evolving environment businesses want to implement AI to avoid falling behind and…