Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern, 37, Becomes Prime Minister of New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern is poised to become the new prime minister of New Zealand.CreditMarty Melville/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Jacinda Ardern is poised to become the new prime minister of New Zealand.CreditMarty Melville/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

37-year-old Jacinda Ardern became prime minister of New Zealand on Thursday, being an end to the center-right National Party's nine-year control of governing in the nation. Ardern becomes New Zealand's youngest leader in more than 150 years.  According to the New York Times:

Ms. Ardern’s ascension represents a remarkable rise for a woman who just months ago became Labour’s youngest leader ever, setting off “Jacindamania” among the party’s followers. Unconventional and described by colleagues as intensely focused, she has defied the norms of New Zealand politics and refused to be pinned down on whether she has considered having children, saying no male politician would be forced to answer that question.

The coalition assembled by Ardern is unorthodox and does require her to deal with the populist party New Zealand First. Read on for the whole story. 

Amazon Studios' Roy Price Resigns, Fiancée Calls Off Wedding & Cancels Marchesa Wedding Gown


The Hollywood Reporter documents the resignation of Amazon Studios' Roy Price just days after Isa Hackett's sexual harassment claims. 

Price was put on indefinite leave Oct. 12, hours after The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of published "allegations of his vulgar propositioning" of 'The Man in the High Castle executive producer. Five days later on October 17, Amazon announced Price is stepping down. Now the focus is on other executives potentially guilty of Price-like behaviors, along with a push to change course at Amazon Studios both creatively and culturally.

Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng, a former Disney/ABC digital exec, has taken over while the hunt for a new studio content head -- preferably female say sources -- is consummated.

Price's relationship with Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. is also under heavy scrutiny. "When Price was dissuaded from trying to set up his then-girlfriend Lila Feinberg’s television series at Amazon, her manager found a home for it at Weinstein Co. (Feinberg, who had appeared at events in gowns designed by Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman, recently called off her wedding to Price.) This is one of multiple mutual involvements under scrutiny. "

Hackett first reported to Amazon in July 2015 Price's alleged harassment at Comic-Con in San Diego.  Price is alleged to have told Hackett loud enough for others to hear: “You will love my dick” while saying “anal sex!” in her ear. Amazon brought in Investigator Christine Farrell at the time and again this past spring to investigate the incident. Amazon’s HR department also questioned executives about what they may have seen and heard regarding Hackett's claims.

Related: Amazon Exec Roy Price's Fiancée Calls Off Wedding After Harassment Claim The Hollywood Reporter

Led By Claims of Harassment in California's Capital, American Women Join #MeToo Campaign

The California State Capitol building in Sacramento. CreditDavid Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The California State Capitol building in Sacramento. CreditDavid Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The groundswell of women furious over the Harvey Weinstein-launched #metoo campaign moved to Sacramento, California on Tuesday with more than 140 women -- including legislators, senior legislative aides and lobbyists -- coming forward to denounce their perceived sexual misconduct by powerful men in America's most influential state governing body. 

Detailing their grievances in a public letter, accompanied by a series of interviews, the women "complained of groping, lewd comments and suggestions of trading sexual favors for legislation while doing business in Sacramento", writes The New York Times

The #metoo campaign has also touched down in the state capitals in Rhode Island and South Dakota, as the Harvey Weinstein scandal has set off a wave of accusations, recriminations and investigations across the country. 

“As women leaders in politics, in a state that postures itself as a leader in justice and equality, you might assume our experience has been different,” the California letter said. “It has not. Each of us has endured, or witnessed or worked with women who have experienced some form of dehumanizing behavior by men in power in our workplaces.”

Related: California Today: A Rallying Cry Against Harassment in Sacramento The New York Times