AT&T’s WarnerMedia is commiting more than $100 milllion for crews of productions shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are stepping up with a commitment of more than $100 million to assist team members of those productions during this time. And as things evolve, we'll continue to evaluate how we can best respond to the challenges we face as an industry as a result of this pandemic,” WarnerMedia CEO and AT&T COO John Stankey said in a memo to staff Friday.
The company – like others in media and entertainment – has paused many productions “for the health and safety of employees, cast, crew and community,” he said.
Here’s the memo:
From: John Stankey, President & Chief Operating Officer – AT&T Inc. & CEO – WarnerMedia
Subject: Updates and Thanks
Words cannot adequately express my appreciation for all you are doing to support each other in a situation like nothing we've experienced before — as a company, as individuals, as community members, or as citizens of the world. We are part of a company that has a distinct responsibility to society at times like these and I'm proud of your efforts to keep the public connected through technology, trusted information and storytelling.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, nothing has been more important than protecting the health and safety of our employees. Most of us are about two weeks into our new work-from-home arrangements, while it has been more than two months for many in our Asia Pacific offices. And we all owe great thanks to those keeping our news, networks and infrastructure going strong by continuing to work in the office, with new protocols and social distancing measures in place. It has been a big change. It's a new way to work, but it's also a new way of life, balancing the needs of work, family, loved ones and our own well-being. I agree it hasn't been easy, but I'm incredibly proud of how we've flexed, adapted and progressed together.
We've also had to reorient how our businesses operate in this uncharted landscape, and our senior leaders are working together to adapt and execute in new ways. To that end, I'd like to share some status updates, and some of the ways we are facing these challenges.
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The show's third episode gave us plenty to think about, diving into the mystery beyond Tessa Thompson's character and revealing more about Dolores' master plan. We also got to know Caleb a bit better and man, does Aaron Paul like to play tortured sad bois or what? Aaron, are you okay?
Now that the dust has settled it's time to turn our thinking caps on and figure out what the hell we just watched. As always, Reddit's here to pack on the conspiracies.
1. The Mirror World
Dolores spent plenty of time recruiting Caleb this episode, revealing bits of her master plan in the process but it's her description of Rehoboam's data use that raised a red flag over on Reddit. Dolores tells Caleb this about her enemy:
“It's about Insight. Not the company, the system that it's built on, the machine they call Rehoboam. The founders of this machine fed it everyone's raw data, long before there were privacy laws. Every purchase, job search, doctors visit, romantic choice, call text. every aspect of your live recorded, logged. In order to create a mirror world of this world... To make a composite of you, of everyone.”
The idea of a mirror world pops up a couple more times this episode. First, we have the show's opening credits which always seem to hint at plot points to come. One eagle-eyed Redditor has noticed the strange interaction between two human-like figures in the show's intro.Reddit
And then there's Hale's heartbreaking goodbye video to her son Nathan when she was still human and being hunted inside the park. The first video, the one our host Hale views in her office after her meeting with Dolores, sees Hale regretting not singing a lullaby to Nathan before she left. It's devastatingly sad but also a quick, surface-level apology. The next time host Hale watches the video we see an altered version, one that shows Hale singing the song, yes, but also admitting her mistake in placing the park's importance over her own son and perhaps atoning for the sins she committed while working for Delos.
Some Redditors think we're watching the first video in a sim created by Rehoboam. It's generic, less emotional, and seems to lack humanity. The second video feels more real, which may point to the bigger problem Rehoboam is trying to solve: creating a mirror world with hosts that can actually pass as human. That's why the A.I. needs Dolores and the information from the Forge.
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