KC PAC Selects “Fundraising Powerhouse” As Its CEO

“The Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center has made its most important personnel decision since selecting architect Moshe Safdie to design the facility in 2000. On Tuesday the center’s board announced the appointment of Jane Chu, 48, as president and chief executive officer of the facility… Locally Chu is known as a fund-raising powerhouse with research-based knowledge of performing-arts facilities. Toward her doctoral dissertation she is examining the finances and staffing of nearly 100 centers around the United States.”

Emmy Staff Defends New Nomination System

This year’s Emmy nominations process changed, and many critics were perplexed by some of the nominations. But Emmy spokemen say the experiment was a success. “Historically, the biggest criticism of Emmy nominations has been that they’re a popularity contest because they’re chosen by a popular ballot. Lower-rated networks like FX and the WB weren’t getting a fair shake, so we gave them their day in court.”

Study: Canadian Film Industry Shrinks

“In 2004, 688 films were made in Canada, down from 728 in 2001 and production revenue over the three years fell 10.6 per cent to $1.49 billion, the agency reported on Tuesday. However, total revenue for film and video production rose 10.9 per cent to $2.9 billion because of growth in non-production activities such as broadcasting and film distribution.”

Why Computers Beat Humans

Here’s “something researchers have known for decades: that mathematical models generally make more accurate predictions than humans do. Studies have shown that models can better predict, for example, the success or failure of a business start-up, the likelihood of recidivism and parole violation, and future performance in graduate school. They also trump humans at making various medical diagnoses, picking the winning dogs at the racetrack and competing in online auctions. Computer-based decision-making has also grown increasingly popular in credit scoring, the insurance industry and some corners of Wall Street.”

Ruling: Tate Broke Law In Buying Ofili Work

Britain’s Charity Commission has ruled that the Tate Museum broke the law when it cought a £600,000 work by Chris Ofili. “Most major art institutions are set up as charities. By law, trustees cannot receive monetary benefit from their charity without express permission, usually from the commission. The Tate failed to seek permission, not only in the case of the Ofili work, The Upper Room, but in 17 previous purchases of work by artist-trustees going back 50 years.”