Odds & Ends: Lea Michele & Daveed Diggs Join Forces & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Lea Michele Cast in Daveed Diggs’ TV PilotLike Spring Awakening darling Lea Michele, Tony winner Daveed Diggs has taken his acting chops to the small screen following his lauded Broadway run in Hamilton. According to Deadline, the two are teaming up: Michele has been cast in Diggs’ previously reported ABC pilot. The single-camera comedy follows hip-hop artist Courtney Rose, to be played by Search Party star and Broad City alum Brandon Michael Hall. Rose runs for office as a publicity stunt to promote his mixtape and miraculously gets elected. No word yet on a pilot title, production timeline or Michele’s role, but we’re hoping she gets to use her musical talents! After all, Glee’s Rachel needs applause to live.Broadway Publicist & Former Performer Patty Freedman Dies at 64Patty Freedman, co-owner of Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations, has passed away at the age of 64. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Freedman died on February 17 after battling breast cancer. Her roster of clients included Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Liz Larsen, Eartha Kitt, Steven Lutvak, Margo Martindale, Winnie Holzman, John McDaniel, Julie Halston and Lea DeLaria. As an actress known as Patty Dworkin, her Broadway credits included See-Saw, Shenandoah and Sly Fox. On screen, she appeared in The Love Boat, Dynasty, Happy Days and Ghostbusters.Josh Gad & More Talk Beauty and the BeastDisney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hits theaters next month, and the teasers have our anticipation mounting. In a recently released featurette, the cast and director Bill Condon discussed the pressure and privilege of retelling the tale as old as time. “It was something that we all knew we had to live up to,” said Tony nominee Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou in the film. You can catch Broadway faves Gad, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and the rest of the cast on March 17! View Comments Lea Michele (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Imageslast_img read more

People moves: NN IP hires behavioural scientist; New lead for XPS master trust

first_imgXPS Pensions Group – Paul Armitage has become the new head of the pension consultancy’s defined contribution (DC) master trust, National Pension Trust (NPT). He was formerly head of distribution at NPT and takes over from Dave Hodges, who retired earlier this year.NPT became an authorised master trust in 2019 and provides benefits for more than 46,000 members with assets under management worth more than £750m (€820m).Ben Bramhall, co-CEO at XPS, said: “I am delighted that Paul will lead NPT as this is a key area for XPS and the future of the pensions industry. We believe master trusts and NPT in particular will play a vital role in the future of pension provision, offering schemes and their members the well-governed, low-cost options that so many need.“I would also like to thank Dave Hodges for his enormous contribution to the business over many years and wish him the best in his retirement.”HSBC Global Asset Management – Lane Prenevost has been appointed as global head of discretionary asset management and head of UK multi-asset, reporting to Jean Charles Bertrand, global chief investment officer, multi-asset. Prenevost will start his new role on 1 September and will be based in London.With nearly 25 years in the industry, Prenevost brings a wealth of multi-asset experience, most recently as global head of wealth investments for HSBC Wealth and Personal Banking, where he led a global team of investment analysts and product experts focusing on wealth management and multi-asset investment solutions.Since joining HSBC Group in 2005, Prenevost also held senior investment roles at HSBC Global Asset Management, including global head of wealth and multi-asset product, where he led the design of products for both retail and institutional investors. Before that, he spent 12 years at TD Asset Management in Toronto, Canada, where he was a senior portfolio manager responsible for multi-asset solutions.In his new role, Prenevost will be responsible for the multi-asset team in the UK and will also focus on enhancing the firm’s global discretionary asset management proposition for clients across HSBC.Alongside this appointment, Ashley Reid, current head of the multi-asset team in London, will leave the firm to pursue other opportunities.Longview Partners – The specialist global equity investment firm has announced the appointment of Jamie Carter as chief operating officer. Formerly CEO of Oldfield Partners, a value equity investment management firm, Carter’s appointment is effective from January 2021. He will be a member of the London executive committee.With extensive investment management experience in a variety of roles spanning more than 20 years, Carter brings valuable experience to Longview’s executive team. He will have a broad multi-disciplinary remit.Carter was one of the founding partners of Oldfield Partners in 2005 and was appointed CEO in 2013. He played a key role in the development of the firm over the last 15 years. Prior to this, he was a product specialist at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he started his career in 1998.Mercer  – David Scopelliti has been appointed global head of private debt at the consultancy, based in its US office in Connecticut. Mercer said he had more than 30 years of experience in a variety of senior private debt and private equity roles. He has been CEO of Alcentra Capital Corporation, partner at GarMark Partners, a middle market debt and equity firm, and head of private equity and principal investment officer at the State of Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, among other roles.Mercer has nearly $4bn in assets under management in multi-manager private debt strategies.House of Lords –  Brinley Davies, Helena Morrissey and Frank Field have been nominated for life peerages.Davies would be the first qualified actuary to enter either House of Parliament for more than 50 years, said the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), of which he is a fellow. It said his peerage was in recognition of his expertise on pensions policy and for his services as a qualified actuary, where he has worked principally for the trade union movement to improve and maintain standards of public and occupational pension provision. Davies founded Union Pension Services in 1989 to support trade union pension schemes, after leaving Bacon and Woodrow, now part of Aon. He will sit on the Labour benches in the House of Lords.  Field chaired the influential Work and Pensions Select Committee from 2015 to 2019. Morrissey is head of personal investing at Legal & General Investment Management, which she joined in 2017. She also founded the 30% Club, which campaigns for more gender-balanced company boards, and is chairwoman of the Diversity Project. She chaired the UK asset management associaton from 2013 to 2017, and was chief executive of Newton Investment Management from 2001 to 2016.Phoenix Group – The FTSE 100 long-term savings and retirement business has named the leaders of five business units established to drive growth in its Open business, which manufactures and underwrites products primarily under the Standard Life brand.Tom Ground has been appointed managing director of the retirement services unit, responsible for driving growth in bulk purchase annuities and exploring the equity release market. He will join Phoenix in January from Aviva, where he is currently managing director of annuities and equity release. He has also previously held senior roles at L&G and Accenture.The leaders of the other Open business units have been promoted from within Phoenix Group. They will report into Andy Curran, CEO of Savings and Retirement, UK and Europe, when he takes over from Susan McInnes.Phoenix, which also has businesses in Germany and Ireland, broadly divides its business into two segments, Heritage and Open. The Heritage segment comprises products that are no longer actively marketed to customers and has been built through the consolidation of over 100 legacy insurance brands. The Open business is underpinned by a strategic partnership with Standard Life Aberdeen following Phoenix’s acquisition of Standard Life Assurance Limited in 2018.Artemis Investment Management – The asset management firm has announced that Greg Jones will join the firm on 1 September as its head of distribution, replacing Jasper Berens who has left Artemis. Until 2019, Jones was head of distribution for EMEA, APAC and Latin America at Janus Henderson.Jones joined Henderson in 2009 through its acquisition of New Star, where he was a founder of the company’s UK investment funds business and managing director of New Star International Investment Funds. He started his career in 1985 as a portfolio manager for part of Sedgwick Group, before moving into sales and management with Schroders, Morgan Grenfell and Aviva. He has 35 years of experience in fund management. NN Investment Partners, XPS Pensions Group, HSBC Global Asset Management, Longview Partners, Mercer, House of Lords, IFoA, Phoenix Group, ArtemisNN Investment Partners – Roeland Dietvorst has been appointed lead behavioural scientist at the Dutch asset manager. He will be part of the innovation team based in The Hague and report to Arnoud Diemers, head of responsible investing and innovation.According to NN IP, Dietvorst is a faculty member at Singularity University Benelux, and lectures on neuroscience at several business schools such as INSEAD and Universiteit van Amsterdam. He specialises in understanding cognitive bias, and the dynamics between automatic versus deliberate mental processes. He was founder of Alpha.One, a consumer neuroscience strategy firm.NN IP said he would apply his understanding of behavioural science and neuroscience and apply techniques to better understand how the processing of information leads to decision making in order to advance the investment decision-making process.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at Frank Lampard after his VAR claims

first_imgLONDON: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t mince his words as he hit back at Chelsea manager Frank Lampard over his claims that Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) has been favouring the ‘Red Devils’ in the last few matches.Lampard stopped short of being critical of the VAR decisions that have gone United’s way in recent matches. United have already been awarded 13 penalties this term, which is a joint Premier League record. Ahead of his team’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Solksjaer hit back at Lampard’s claims and pointed towards the occassions where VAR ruled against them. “I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this,” Solskjaer told reporters as per Goal.com. “It looks like there’s a narrative, it looks like people want to influence whoever’s making the decisions. I hear people talking about luck, that we’ve been lucky more than unlucky. “If you look at the factual decisions, I don’t want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts, but if you’re offside, you’re offside. That’s clear. Talking about lucky, the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us, that might be two points for us. IANS Also Watch: Himanta Biswa Sarma Visits Jorhat Medical Collegelast_img read more