Cultural Council looking for leader skilled at fundraising, communications and program development

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VERO BEACH — Arts organizations throughout Florida have been hard hit by COVID-19 but for the Cultural Council of Indian River County, that has also meant difficulty in finding and hiring a new executive director.

Barbara Hoffman, who led the Cultural Council for over 10 years, retired last year and the Council formed a search committee to find her successor. The committee, composed of board members, crafted a new job description that more accurately reflected the role the Council plays within the artist community of Vero Beach, Sebastian and throughout Indian River County.



a man playing a guitar: Steve Erickson, a local musician, plays and sings soothing music on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in the treatment room at Florida Cancer Specialists in Vero Beach as part of an Arts in Medicine Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County. The program integrates a variety of art and artists into the clinical setting designed to create a healing environment that can help patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals deal with serious illness.


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Steve Erickson, a local musician, plays and sings soothing music on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in the treatment room at Florida Cancer Specialists in Vero Beach as part of an Arts in Medicine Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County. The program integrates a variety of art and artists into the

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Next-gen Witcher 3 will buy 4-5 years of sales to help fund Witcher 4

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Witcher 3’s next-gen re-release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X could help push 5 more years of sales, CD Projekt RED hopes.

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Witcher 3’s next-gen re-release in 2021 could lead to a decade of strong sales–or at least that’s what CD Projekt RED wants. The beloved RPG has already sparked 5 years worth of strong sales across consoles, PC, and Switch, and now CDPR is shooting for five more.

The 2021 re-release will mark the fourth The Witcher 3 launch; first in 2015, then again in 2016 as a GOTY edition, then once more in 2019 on Switch. This time CDPR is pushing the game past its limits with new higher-end CPU, GPU, and storage tech.

In a recent conference call, CD Projekt president Adam Kicinski gives insight on why The Witcher 3’s next-gen re-release is happening. It’s all about extending sales, which makes

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IAB: Linear TV Advertising Down 24% in 2020

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NEW YORK—While IAB reports “light at the end of the tunnel” for the likes of digital advertising, the outlook for traditional media does not look so rosy. Buyers expect an average estimated -8% ad spend across all media channels, with linear TV in particular down 24% in 2020.

IAB projects that overall U.S. traditional media ad spend is expected to be down 30% in 2020 from its 2019 numbers. Digital, on the other hand, is estimating a 6% increase year-over-year. As has been reported by other outlets, the amount of time and money spent on digital platforms during the pandemic has increased, likely helping push it to this growth.

IAB gives a specific focus to the rise in digital video consumption (OTT/CTV) during the height of the pandemic (March through May). The number of households that watched OTT daily went up from just over 44 million at the start

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