News Bits & Trends: 3/4/15


By: Susan Berman Hammer

Ready for a Sizzling Summer? Hot TV Series Return!

We can’t wait for the spring thaw in a few weeks. But we have even more exciting news to report -- the start of a sizzling summer when some very hot TV series will air on Netflix. The streaming service just announced its June and July premiere dates for several popular TV series and specials. And, the countdown starts now!

  • The original special, What Happened, Miss Simone, premieres June 26. It’s a biographical documentary about Nina Simone, directed by Liz Garbus, which premiered at this year’s 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
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Groundbreaking TV Series on Cancer Airs March 30-April 1

A groundbreaking Ken Burns documentary about cancer will air on PBS television stations this spring. The six-hour documentary based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist and assistant professor at Columbia University in NY, will run in two-hour segments from March 30-April 1. Viewers will learn about the 4,000-year-old history and science of cancer and listen to contemporary case studies.

Everyone is touched by this disease. One in two men and one in three women will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes and this year, 1.7 million Americans are facing cancer and 600,000 will die.

Watch this exclusive video to discover more about Stand Up To Cancer’s involvement in Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.

Three influential women in the media were also instrumental in the making of this monumental film titled, Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies A Film by Barak Goodman.

  1. Katie Couric, TV news journalist and Yahoo global anchor whose first husband died from cancer
  2. Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA-TV in Washington, D.C. and a cancer survivor herself, and
  3. Laura Ziskin, legendary film producer who passed away after her own battle with cancer.

Ziskin’s dream, according to those who knew her well, was to make a film that would create a tipping point for cancer research, as An Inconvenient Truth has done for global warming. "She wanted to jump-start the conversation and make sure that people understand that we must make it a priority to conquer this disease."

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Fall 2015 Fashion Trends: NY, London & Milan

Now that we have reported some spring and summer news, let's move on to fall. Click on these links to scan slide shows of the best fall fashion trends from runways in NY and across the pond in London and Milan.

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Susan Berman Hammer brings more than 35 years of professional communications, management and parenting experience as well as journalism training to The Honey Good team of writers. Susan is also PR counsel and a business strategist to Susan previously served as the Senior VP-Account Supervisor of a Chicago PR agency and later headed her own agency. She earned graduate and undergraduate degrees from Northwestern University. Follow Susan on Twitter: @SueBermanHammer