ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY, RITA ORA, MORE SIGN SOCIAL MEDIA PLEDGE: The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority has gotten 16 celebs to sign a pledge promising they will clearly disclose if they were paid for products or services they endorse on social media. Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are among those who signed on. "Influencers can have a huge impact on what their fans decide to buy. People could, quite rightly, feel misled if what they thought was a recommendation from someone they admired turns out to be a marketing ploy," explained CMA CEO Andrea Coscelli. "You should be able to tell as soon as you look at a post if there is some form of payment or reward involved, so you can decide whether something is really worth spending your hard-earned money on."
CONAN O’BRIEN RETURNS WITH DOWNSIZED FORMAT: In May, TBS announced that Conan O’Brien’s late night show would be transformed into a less traditional 30-minute format when it returned. The retooled Conan made its bow Tuesday night, with a revamped set and the classic three-celeb interview format out the window. Tom Hanks was the solo guest. Conan now airs 11-11:30 PM Monday-Thursday. Do you think a shorter format is better for late night?
NETFLIX SNAPS UP MIDDLE EASTERN LEGAL DRAMA: Netflix has picked up global ritghts for Justice, the first UAE show the streamer has snagged. Described as an LA Law-style legal drama, the show (created by LA Law and NYPD Blue’s William Finkelstein and He Named Me Malala producer Walter Parkes) follows the real-life cases from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department and stars Farah, an ambitious young lawyer and daughter of one of the UAE’s top legal eagles.
NETFLIX JOINS MPAA: Netflix has joined the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA currently has six studios as members, and raked in $38 million in membership dues in 2017. But after news broke that Twentieth Century Fox was merging with Disney, Netflix had the opportunity to join. Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, said, "Joining the Motion Picture Association further exemplifies our commitment to ensuring the vibrancy of these creative industries and the many talented people who work in them all over the world." Netflix received it first Best Picture Oscar nomination Tuesday with Roma.