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Jeffrey Katzenberg Bids Farewell to DreamWorks Animation Staff as Comcast"s $3.8B Deal Closes

Katzenberg will now become chairman of DreamWorks New Media, which includes digital-focused properties such as AwesomenessTV. read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterJan 12th, 2017

"Transparent" Actress Trace Lysette Accuses Jeffrey Tambor of Sexual Harassment, He Responds

Trace Lysette is speaking out to accuse her Transparent co-star Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment on the set of the Emmy-winning Amazon series. The actress, who is transgender, says that when she emerged on set in a revealing costume, Tambor said, “My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually.” Minutes later while the camera [...] Trace Lysette is speaking out to accuse her Transparent co-star Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment on the set of the Emmy-winning Amazon series. The actress, who is transgender, says that when she emerged on set in a revealing costume, Tambor said, “My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually.” Minutes later while the camera was being set up, she says that Tambor, dressed as his character Maura, approached her. “He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrust back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas,” Lysette told THR. Trace says the moment was discreet and anyone who might have saw it happen probably thought he was giving her a hug. Jeffrey has previously been accused of sexual harassment by his personal assistant Van Barnes, whose accusations in a private Facebook post launched an investigation at Amazon into the claims. Click inside to find out how Jeffrey Tambor responded to the new claims… Read Tambor‘s statement about Trace‘s claims below: “For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility – of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood,” Tambor said in a statement to Deadline on Thursday (November 16). “Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly.” “I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator – ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express,” he added. Trace Lysette’s Full Statement Last week, it was reported in the media that Van Barnes, who previously worked as Jeffrey Tambor’s assistant while shooting Transparent, had privately spoken out on her social media about her own experiences of abuse. Sadly, I must add my voice to the chorus. Jeffrey has acted inappropriately with me too. Jeffrey has made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical. One day on set during season 2 Jeffrey, Alexandra Billings and I were all outfitted in pajamas. I was in a flimsy top and matching short shorts. Upon seeing me in my costume, Jeffrey sexualized me with an over the top comment. Alexandra and I laughed it off because it was so absurd and we thought surely it had to be a bad joke. I shook it off. Then later, in between takes, I stood in a corner on the set as the crew reset for a wide shot. My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me. He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me. Again, I laughed it off and rolled my eyes. I had a job to do and I had to do it with Jeffrey, the lead of our show. When they called action, I put that moment in the corner into its own corner of my mind. Compartmentalizing has always been part of my survival tool kit, long before I came to Hollywood. It’s shitty to admit out loud — and I don’t say it to justify what I went through — but given the journey and circumstances of my life, I was used to being treated as a sexual object by men — this one just happened to be famous. Despite multiple uncomfortable experiences with Jeffrey, it has been an incredible, career-solidifying honor to bring life to my character Shea on Amazon’s Transparent. Working on the award-winning series as a low-income trans woman with active roots in New York’s ball culture is a rare opportunity most of my sisters are not given. My hope is that Amazon can find the good in this, and use this as an opportunity, a teachable moment to re-center the other trans characters in this show with the family members instead of just pulling it. Let our brilliant writers continue to craft something that is entertaining and creates social change the way they know how. Don’t let the trans community suffer for the actions of one cis male actor. Transparent has been a guiding light in the industry, by employing more trans people in Hollywood than any other production in history, which made it even more difficult to speak out. As trans-women and survivors we have often felt we never had the power or the voice to speak out on our personal and collective pain. I am proud of my work on Transparent and its “trans-affirmative action” mission, as coined by its creator Jill Soloway. And I call on Amazon to make another bold affirmative move to our communities, remove the problem and let the show go on. It’s vital that the show’s creator, showrunner and its studio re-center the narrative of Transparent on the experiences of the other trans characters and family members audiences have grown to love on the series......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 16th, 2017

Jeffrey Katzenberg: Harvey Weinstein Is a Monster, But Didn't Act Alone - Variety

VarietyJeffrey Katzenberg: Harvey Weinstein Is a Monster, But Didn't Act AloneVarietyFormer Dreamworks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg repudiated his former colleague Harvey Weinstein at Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Monday evening, but also said that Weinstein couldn't have acted alone — and that it ...Jeffrey Katzenberg: Harvey Weinstein 'not a lone actor'CNETFormer Disney Studios chairman: Weinstein 'a monster' in 'pack of wolves'The Times of Israelall 13 news articles ».....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzOct 17th, 2017

Jeffrey Katzenberg Apologizes For — But Also Denies — Molly Ringwald Quote!

Is it too late now to say sorry? It might actually be… As we reported, amid Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal, Molly Ringwald wrote a revealing essay about her experiences in Hollywood, and indirectly called out Jeffrey Katzenberg who reportedly said (via a Movieline article): "I wouldn't know [Molly Ringwald] if she sat on my face." On Tuesday, [...] Is it too late now to say sorry? It might actually be... As we reported, amid Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal, Molly Ringwald wrote a revealing essay about her experiences in Hollywood, and indirectly called out Jeffrey Katzenberg who reportedly said (via a Movieline article): "I wouldn't know [Molly Ringwald] if she sat on my face." On Tuesday, the former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and CEO of DreamWorks Animation told The Hollywood Reporter he is sorry, but also denies saying the quote as he does "not use language like that." Related: All 45 Women Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein So Far He remarked: "That Molly Ringwald had to read those words attributed to me and believe I said them is horrifying, mortifying and embarrassing to me. Anyone who knows me now or back then knows I do not use language like that as a matter of course, or tolerate it. Ms. Ringwald, 22 years too late, I am deeply, deeply sorry." You can read Molly's full essay HERE! [Image via Joseph Marzullo/Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 18th, 2017

China to Probe DreamWorks Animation Takeover by Comcast

China is to launch an anti-trust investigation into the recent takeover of DreamWorks Animation by Comcast. “Recently the Ministry of Commerce received complaints regarding Comcast’s decision to buy out DreamWorks claiming that the deal would .....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 2nd, 2016

Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Assault by "Never Again" Makeup Artist

A third woman, who worked with Jeffrey Tambor on his 2001 film Never Again, has come forward to accuse him of sexual assault. The 73-year-old actor is already facing harassment allegations from his former assistant Van Barnes as well as his Transparent co-star Trace Lysette. He has responded to both claims and announced he is [...] A third woman, who worked with Jeffrey Tambor on his 2001 film Never Again, has come forward to accuse him of sexual assault. The 73-year-old actor is already facing harassment allegations from his former assistant Van Barnes as well as his Transparent co-star Trace Lysette. He has responded to both claims and announced he is leaving the show. This time, Never Again makeup artist Tamara Delbridge told Refinery29 that he forcibly kissed her on the set of the film. On the last day of the shoot, she allegedly told Jeffrey, “It was very nice to work with you,” adding, “And he grabbed me out of nowhere and kissed me on the lips. And I was just shocked. I didn’t even know how to react, because how do you react when you’re not expecting anything like that? So I didn’t know if I was embarrassed or shocked or mortified or stunned. It was a whole bunch of emotions.” Wondering if she had come across as flirty, Tamara also revealed that Jeffrey‘s co-star Bill Duke saw what happened and told her that Jeffrey was inappropriate. “In my mind, he just confirmed that I didn’t do anything to provoke it,” Tamara shared. “I don’t know why (Jeffrey) did that to me. But an older, prominent actor violated me and then another older, prominent actor let me know that it was inappropriate. So I think it’s important to add because I will appreciate Bill Duke until the day I die.” Click inside to read Jeffrey’s response to the allegation… “If it did (happen), it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot,” Jeffrey responded in a statement. “However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 22nd, 2017

DreamWorks Animation Acquires Rights to Felix the Cat

Iconic cartoon character Felix the Cat has found a home with Jeffrey Katzenberg at DreamWorks Animation. The DreamWorks Animation CEO unveiled the acquisition Tuesday during a presentation at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, touting the 95-year-old charac.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMay 27th, 2017

Jeffrey Tambor Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Transparent Costar Trace Lysette — And Here"s His Response

Jeffrey Tambor isn't going to be able to brush off this claim. As you surely saw, earlier this month, the Transparent actor became the subject of an internal investigation at Amazon after his former assistant, Van Barnes, accused the industry vet of sexual harassment. At the time, Tambor downplayed the controversy by calling the accusations "baseless" [...] Jeffrey Tambor isn't going to be able to brush off this claim. As you surely saw, earlier this month, the Transparent actor became the subject of an internal investigation at Amazon after his former assistant, Van Barnes, accused the industry vet of sexual harassment. At the time, Tambor downplayed the controversy by calling the accusations "baseless" and labeled Barnes as a "disgruntled" ex-employee. Related: JHud's Ex Claps Back Following Protective Order Announcement Well, it seems Van isn't the only one who has had an issue with Jeffrey's behavior as one of his Transparent costars has since accused him of misconduct. Actress Trace Lysette, who plays Shea on the Amazon TV series, has come forward with claims that Tambor made lewd and sexually suggestive remarks to her on several occasions. In addition to the unwelcome comments, Trace says Jeffrey once pressed up against her during a break in filming in a "sexually aggressive manner" Specifically, while filming a scene which required Trace to don a salmon-colored lingerie top and matching short-shorts, the celebrated performer remarked: "My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually." Ugh. Actress Alexandra Billings, who was filming the scene with Trace and Jeffrey, confirms she heard the comment. Per Lysette, both "laughed it off because it was so absurd." The situation only escalated as, only a few minutes later, Tambor approached Trace with seemingly predatory intentions. She recalled: "He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrust back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas." Ew. Ew. EW. Sadly, no one was present to witness this exchange as Billings was not there and the crew was busy focusing on their jobs. Trace explained: "It was discreet. If you were behind Jeffrey you might have thought he was giving me a hug." SMH. Not to mention, Lysette witnessed the harassment Tambor put Barnes through as she previously shared a house with the Hollywood assistant: "She would pick him up in the morning and bring him home at night and everything in between. She would come home wrecked and stressed. I saw him break her down. She for the most part kept it to herself. She was just like, 'Girl, he is a piece of work. If you only knew what I'm going through.' But I knew." Lysette saw warnings signs about Jeffrey's true nature as he'd often kiss her on the lips when she'd try for the cheek or would make an unusual remark about his desires for her. Apparently, after Trace thanked Tambor for arranging a meeting with his manager, he responded: "...and he said, 'Well, yeah Trace. I really believe in you. And you know what? I don't even want to have sex with you.' And then he just looked at me as if he very much indeed wanted to have sex with me. It was an up-and-down look. I rolled my eyes and went to my trailer and thought, 'This man is something else.'" While the 73-year-old acknowledges that he hasn't "always been the easiest person to work with," he defends that he is in no way a "predator." The Arrested Development veteran noted in a statement: "For the past four years, I've had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility – of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly... I know I haven't always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator – ever." Hmmmm, we're not sure we're buying that. He continued: "I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express." Although Lysette has yet to make an official complaint to Amazon, she has advised the company and the show's creator Jill Soloway to "remove the problem and let the show go on." It's said Amazon plans to add this latest accusation to their already existing investigation against Jeffrey. We have a feeling the Emmy winner will be written out of Transparent as some reports state the series was already considering writing out the Maura Pfefferman character. Whoa. As always, be sure to check back for any and all updates about this matter. [Image via Brian To/Dave Bedrosian/Future Image/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 17th, 2017

Jeffrey Katzenberg: Harvey Weinstein Is a Monster, But Didn’t Act Alone

Former Dreamworks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg repudiated his former colleague Harvey Weinstein at Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Monday evening, but also said that Weinstein couldn‘t have acted alone — and that it was time for Hollywood to change key policies. “Make no mistake about it: He is a monster,” Katzenberg said. […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 16th, 2017

Dreamworks" Jeffrey Katzenberg feted in Hollywood

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the co-founder of Dreamworks, is honored in Hollywood with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)......»»

Category: videoSource: reutersOct 1st, 2016

Jeffrey Katzenberg Accepts Deadline’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Video

Jeffrey Katzenberg has answered Deadline's call. The DreamWorks Animation CEO tweeted today he has accepted our ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — his second to date. He earlier accepted a challenge from Steven Spielberg, icy plunge and all, and agreed to up hi.....»»

Category: topSource: deadlineFeb 8th, 2017

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Shares Photo of Him Holding Daughter George!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has shared a cute new photo of himself and his newborn daughter George! The 51-year-old The Walking Dead actor and his wife Hilarie Burton welcomed their second child together on February 16. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jeffrey Dean Morgan “My girl. Got her daddy wrapped but good,” Jeffrey captioned [...] Jeffrey Dean Morgan has shared a cute new photo of himself and his newborn daughter George! The 51-year-old The Walking Dead actor and his wife Hilarie Burton welcomed their second child together on February 16. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jeffrey Dean Morgan “My girl. Got her daddy wrapped but good,” Jeffrey captioned the photo on his Instagram account. Hilarie shared the first photos of George about a month ago. The couple are also parents to a son named Gus, who was born in 2010. A post shared by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@jeffreydeanmorgan) on Mar 31, 2018 at 2:30pm PDT.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredApr 2nd, 2018

Jeffrey Tambor Announces Exit From Transparent Amid The Sexual Harassment Scandal: "I Don"t See How I Can Return"

Jeffrey Tambor has exited Transparent. As we previously reported, there have been rumblings of an ousting ever since two women came forward with claims of sexual harassment against the celebrated actor. Tambor's accusers included his former assistant, Van Barnes, and his costar, Trace Lysette. Related: Morrissey Calls Accusations Against Kevin Spacey "Ridiculous" While it was rumored on Friday [...] Jeffrey Tambor has exited Transparent. As we previously reported, there have been rumblings of an ousting ever since two women came forward with claims of sexual harassment against the celebrated actor. Tambor's accusers included his former assistant, Van Barnes, and his costar, Trace Lysette. Related: Morrissey Calls Accusations Against Kevin Spacey "Ridiculous" While it was rumored on Friday that those in charge of the Amazon hit were prepared to move forward with season five sans Jeffrey, this piece of gossip has been proven to be TRUE as Jeffrey has come forward to announce his departure from the series. In a statement to Deadline on Sunday, the Arrested Development alum explained: "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago." Yes, we're sure it's a change in the role which has driven you away from the Transparent set. *eye roll* He continued: "I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent." Although we should mention, prior to the dropping of the unsavory claims, Jeffrey's option for season five had yet to be picked up. Regardless, Amazon is looking into the matter as they're investigating both sexual harassment complaints. It's said Amazon is currently speaking with creator Jill Soloway, members of production, and Tambor. Soloway has stayed relatively tight-lipped amid this scandal as, during a panel in Hollywood on Saturday, she noted that she was "not able to say anything at all" about the drama. Still, Jeffrey's accusers have found support from other Transparent bigwigs, as writer/producer Our Lady J publicly supported both women. After thanking Trace for her "leadership," the industry vet added that they "cannot let trans content be taken down by a single cis man." Hear! Hear! At the end of the day, we're curious to see how the writers tackle Jeffrey's departure from the show... [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 20th, 2017

Jefffrey Katzenberg: Harvey Weinstein Is a Monster, But Didn’t Act Alone

Former Dreamworks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg repudiated his former colleague Harvey Weinstein at Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Monday evening, but also said that Weinstein couldn‘t have acted alone — and that it was time for Hollywood to change key policies. “Make no mistake about it: He is a monster,” Katzenberg said. […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 16th, 2017

Will Steven Spielberg Drop the DreamWorks Name?

With a move from Disney imminent, Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios must decide by Jan. 1 if it will continue to license the name from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. read more.....»»

Category: moviesSource: hollywoodreporterSep 25th, 2015

Oriental DreamWorks: Warner In Talks to Buy Universal Stake (Reports)

Universal is in talks to sell its stake in Oriental DreamWorks, the China-based joint venture animation company, according to reports. The Financial Times reported Monday that Universal has held discussions to dispose of the 45% stake in the venture that it inherited when Comcast acquired DreamWorks Animation last year. The majority 55% holding is owned... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 3rd, 2017

Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million

In today’s film news roundup, Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million, “Happy Death Day” tops $100 million in box office, and the comedy “Future ’38” gets sold. PROPERTY DEAL Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million to Korea-based Hana Asset Management and Los Angeles-based […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 22nd, 2017

Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks Animation Expand ‘Trollhunters’ World With Two New Connected Netflix Series

Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks Animation, and Netflix have expanded the world they created in the Emmy-winning animated series “DreamWorks Trollhunters” with two more interconnected series. The trilogy, branded together as “Tales of Arcadia,” was announced by del Toro on Monday following a screening of the first two episodes of “DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 2,” set to […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 7th, 2017

Ronstadt, Katzenberg among those honored by Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Linda Ronstadt, DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and public radio host Diane Rehm are among those being honored at the White House Monday for their contributions to arts and humanities......»»

Category: topSource: yahooJul 28th, 2014

Jeffrey Tambor Accuser Reveals To Megyn Kelly That The Transparent Alum Allegedly Watched Her Sleep Naked

After hearing Van Barnes' side of things, Jeffrey Tambor sounds like the boss from hell. On Wednesday, one of the disgraced Transparent star's accusers stopped by Megyn Kelly's hour of Today to talk about her unpleasant experiences with the Emmy winner. As we previously reported, Tambor was fired from the Amazon hit after his former assistant [...] After hearing Van Barnes' side of things, Jeffrey Tambor sounds like the boss from hell. On Wednesday, one of the disgraced Transparent star's accusers stopped by Megyn Kelly's hour of Today to talk about her unpleasant experiences with the Emmy winner. As we previously reported, Tambor was fired from the Amazon hit after his former assistant Barnes and costar Trace Lysette hit him with allegations of sexual misconduct. Related: Columbus Short Sentenced To A Year In Jail Well, during her sit down with Kelly, Van went into further detail about what the 73-year-old put her through, including a claim that he used to watch her sleep naked. Barnes shared with Megyn: "I worked for Jeffrey Tambor for just about two years, on Transparent, and a few other projects and movies. Continually, I was always harassed. It ran the gamut of sexual harassment, physical harassment, and verbal abuse constantly." How awful. To make matters worse, supposedly, Jeffrey regularly asked Van why they had not slept together. She continued: "It wasn't something I could always deflect, the sexual statements and requests." The transgender actress says she shared her body insecurities with Tambor, and he responded by saying he was "comfortable" with it after watching her sleep naked. Per Barnes, this violation occurred while they had lived together for two weeks during production. The complainant noted: "It's violating. It's so creepy." Girl, you can say that again!! Although Amazon investigated the matter and axed Jeffrey for his inappropriate behavior, Barnes thinks they only "partially handled" the controversy. Specifically, she is frustrated with the fact that the studio hasn't "completed the whole process of helping [her] stand back up on [her] feet." Nonetheless, Van doesn't feel a single ounce of guilt for whistleblowing, as Jeffrey "brought this on himself." Speaking of Tambor, he still maintains his innocence against Barnes and Lysette's respective accusations. Be sure to watch Van's sit down with Megyn for yourself (above)!.....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonMar 7th, 2018

Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Hilarie Burton Welcome Baby Girl!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have welcomed a baby girl to the world! The Walking Dead actor and the One Tree Hill alum confirmed the happy news via Jeffrey‘s Twitter on Thursday (March 1). PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Hilarie Burton “Hey y’all… baby gal morgan is spectacular. We just respecting her [...] Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have welcomed a baby girl to the world! The Walking Dead actor and the One Tree Hill alum confirmed the happy news via Jeffrey‘s Twitter on Thursday (March 1). PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Hilarie Burton “Hey y’all… baby gal morgan is spectacular. We just respecting her wishes for laying low a bit longer. But we super appreciate all the well wishes n stuff. Thank you. Xojdhilgusandbabygal,” Jeffrey wrote. The actor accidentally spilled the beans that they were expecting a girl during a Supernatural fan convention last year. The two also have a son named Gus, who turns 8 in March. Congratulations to the happy family! Hey y’all… baby gal morgan is spectacular. We just respecting her wishes for laying low a bit longer. But we super appreciate all the well wishes n stuff. Thank you. Xojdhilgusandbabygal — Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) March 1, 2018.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredMar 1st, 2018