ICYMI: Fewer judges at Cannes Lions, new safety tools at Twitter

In case you missed it: Cannes Lions is dropping the number of judges in 2017, more muting tools come to Twitter and Elle Canada has a new editor-in-chief.
cannesLionsCanada

Cannes Lions announces judging changes for 2017

Cannes Lions has announced changes to its juries beginning in 2017. The size of the jury panels present in Cannes will be reduced by 92 members across the board. The decrease is being made in order to increase the amount of meaningful debate, according to a release on the decision. With the changes, the first phase of the voting process for the Media, Promo & Activation and Direct Lions will be completed in the weeks before the festival by a shortlist jury.

Twitter announces new platform safety tools

Twitter has introduced new tools aimed at combating the rise in abuse, bullying and harassment seen on the platform. The platform has expanded its “mute” feature beyond blocking Tweets from certain accounts to include keywords, phrases and conversations that users don’t want to see notifications about.

The social media company has also made it more direct to report harassment, adding the option to report tweets as “it directs hate against a race, religion, gender or orientation” or “”includes targeted harassment.” The social media company said in a blog post on the updates that it has also retrained its support teams on the policies.

Nashville finds new home on W Network

Corus Entertainment channel W Network has acquired the TV rights to season five of Nashville. In the U.S., the country music-based series was cancelled by ABC in the spring, before CMT picked up the fifth season of the show. It will debut on W Network at 9 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2017 with a two-hour premiere.

Elle Canada names new editor-in-chief

TVA Publications’ Elle Canada has named Vanessa Craft as its new editor-in-chief. Craft has been with the magazine since 2011 as beauty director. She takes over the post that has been vacant since Noreen Flanagan left Elle Canada to become editor-in-chief at St. Joseph Media’s Fashion in July.

CAA-Québec taps TVA Publications to publish magazine

CAA-Québec has named TVA Publications as publisher of its quarterly magazine. Formerly called Touring, the magazine will now be known as CAA- Québec Magazine. The three-year deal also includes the production of customized content for the company.