Confirmed! Bombshell Stage Adaptation In The Works

first_imgBrace yourselves…The drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls are heading to the stage for real! After a huge amount of speculation, Bombshell, the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical from the NBC drama Smash, is officially being developed for the stage!The news comes in the wake of the much-buzzed about one-night-only concert earlier this month. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who penned the songs for Bombshell on screen, remain on board for the project, with Shaiman serving as composer and co-lyricist and Wittman as co-lyricist. On the Town’s Joshua Bergasse, who won an Emmy for his work on Smash and co-directed the recent concert, will serve as choreographer for the production. A book writer will be announced soon.Bombshell on the stage will be brought to you by a stellar team, including Smash executive producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg, along with Universal Stage Productions. In short, this is happening, everyone, although we have no timeline for it.We’re still a long way from casting, but the series starred American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee and Broadway favorite Megan Hilty as the Marilyn hopefuls, as well as Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, Andy Mientus and Jack Davenport.Smash premiered in February 2012 and followed the conception, development and Broadway life of the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical. Among the ladies to have donned the platinum blonde wig during Bombshell’s course were Ivy Lynn, a Broadway alum looking for her big break (Hilty), Karen Cartwright, a wide-eyed newcomer from Iowa (McPhee) and film star Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman, because of course). The show’s second season introduced Kyle and Jimmy (Mientus and Jordan), a singer-songwriter duo who write Hit List, a new Broadway-bound musical that ultimately competes with Bombshell at the (fake/super campy) Tony Awards. The series concluded after two seasons in May 2013.A Marilyn Monroe musical has been seen on Broadway once before; in 1983 the short-lived Marilyn: An American Fable played 34 previews and 17 performances. View Commentslast_img read more

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Keeping your collections operation compliant

first_imgEnsuring that your collections operation is compliant with the various state and federal regulations is no easy task. You’re required to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that your team is operating under the law, and processes to identify situations in which guidelines are not being followed so that you can address and correct any issues or potential violations.Financial institutions, large and small, are more vulnerable than ever to regulatory scrutiny. The main culprit is the “potential” compliance scrutiny they face from state and federal regulatory audits. In this article, we’ll address the problems lenders face within the realm of compliance, and provide tips on identifying potential violations.There’s No Getting Around Compliance in CollectionsLet’s begin by addressing a couple of the “facts of life” for lenders: Lending inevitably leads to collections, and collections inevitably leads to additional compliance obligations.Whether lenders manage their collections completely in-house, outsource a portion, or outsource all of their collection work, maintaining compliance with the various federal and state laws is critical in order to avoid legal action, regulatory fines, and a loss of reputation.The best way to stay out of trouble is to be well informed. Let’s take a look atthree specific regulations that are most relevant to the compliance industry.Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAPs)This overarching and comprehensive set of legislation prohibits firms offering financial services from engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices. This has been of particular concern in the collections business, where it is essentially the consumer who determines if they’ve been treated unfairly.For a collection operation, the best line of defense against UDAAP violations is to be proactive. The first step in preventing UDAAPs (and remaining compliant with all collection regulations) is to ensure you have a well-documented, formalized policies and procedures manual. A well-defined manual gives your collections staff a guide and reference for expectations and guidelines. It should be organized, repeatable, and easily accessible to all necessary personnel.Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA)The FDCPA was designed to eliminate abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices by collection agencies. The act restricts the time and frequency of calls, as well as the tactics available to a collector. It also requires certain conduct of debt collectors, like providing verification of debt and giving the name and address of the original creditor.Collection operations have one job when it comes to the FDCPA—make sure collectors are properly trained and certified, and are operating under the rules for every borrower interaction. Proper training would cover the guidelines under which debt collectors may conduct business, define rights of consumers involved with debt collectors, and prescribe penalties and remedies for violations of the Act.Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)The TCPA was enacted to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls. Regulators have expanded the protections over the years, to include restrictions of cellular phone calls. Companies found in violation of TCPA rules pay dearly, with fines of $500 to $1,500 per violation. According to JDSpura, “In 2018, TCPA lawsuits remained one of the most filed types of class actions in courts across the country.”Minimizing TCPA violations requires thorough and on-going employee training and technology. Having technology in place that scrubs cell phone numbers from calling lists can greatly reduce the chances of calling an unauthorized cell phone number.Compliance has become an even greater priority for lenders and collection agencies because consumer behavior has shifted. Consumers are digitally connected, more informed, less loyal, and more demanding. And, they’re not afraid to voice their complaints in places like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) online forums. These forums give consumers a quick and easy way to voice their complaints about things like debt collectors.Have you evaluated your financial institution’s collections operation lately?If you’d like to learn how outsourcing some or all of your collections work to us could not only put you ahead of the regulatory curve, but help you reduce delinquencies and increase collection cure rates, download our collections comparison guide today! 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amy Bailey Amy Bailey is the Director of Compliance with primary responsibilities of supporting, developing and managing compliance policies and procedures to ensure business operations are conducted in compliance with regulatory and … Detailslast_img read more

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Follow COVID-19 protocols or else we’ll lose our jobs, Aaron Finch advises teammates

first_imgMELBOURNE: As Australia prepare to fly to the United Kingdom for their upcoming limited-overs tour, skipper Aaron Finch on Tuesday called on his players to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols as they owe it to fans and to administrators around the world who have worked on the logistics of the resumption of cricket to toe the line.Australia will be playing three T20Is and as many ODIs against England starting September 4. While the T20Is will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the ODIs will be held at the Old Trafford in Manchester. “What’s important to remember is we are in a position to help continue the global game, and there should be no more motivation than that to do everything right. I’ve been very strong with the guys in the last couple of weeks about making sure that we do literally everything we can with regards to the protocols to keep the global game going,” Finch told a virtual press conference as per cricket.com.au. “Because at the end of the day, if that fails then we are all out of jobs and the game is not in a healthy state, which we can’t afford to have. There’s been so much time and effort put in by thousands of people to give us the opportunity to play international cricket again, and even us leaving Australia, leaving Victoria, is a big process. “The people who’ve worked their backside off over the last couple of months to allow it to happen in Australia, in the UK, in India, South Africa, the UAE, wherever it is, thousands of people are doing an unbelievable amount of work to get the game up and running again. “We owe it to them in particular to do everything right,” he added. The 2020 T20 World Cup has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic to 2022, thus making the 2021 T20 World Cup in India as the next major men’s global tournament. However, Finch believes the location of the tournament will have little bearing on the specific roles Australia want for their T20I side. “What it does do is give people an opportunity to jump out of the pack and really make a great case to be part of that final 15 for the World Cup in India,” said Finch. “The fact it’s been pushed back 12 months and it’s in India, it doesn’t really change the way we structure up the side because we feel like we had a lot of bases covered. Depending on wickets and conditions that we could go either way with that structure,” he added. IANS Also Watch: Govt Acts Tough On Schools Without Licenceslast_img read more

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Firefighter injured battling house blaze in Charles City

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A firefighter has been injured after battling a house fire in Charles City on Wednesday night. The Charles City Fire Department says they were called to 200 Kelly Street at about 9:30 last night. On arrival, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the home as well as observed fire on the second story of the residence. The department was able to extinguish the fire within 15 minutes. The Fire Department says one firefighter sustained a minor injury and refused treatment at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The home is owned by Michael Vanderslice. Nobody was in the house at the time firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office being called in to assist with the investigation.last_img read more

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