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JHVEPhoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Google is investing over $1 billion to establish a new campus in New York City, the company announced in a blog post Monday.

The 1.7 million square-foot campus in Manhattan, named Google Hudson Square, will comprise of two buildings on Hudson Street and another building on Washington Street. The company says it hopes to move into the Hudson Street buildings by 2020 and the Washington Street building by 2022.

The new campus, Google says, will be its main location for its New York-based global business organization.  

"When we came to New York City almost two decades ago, it was our first office outside of California," Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and Alphabet, wrote in the blog post. "It’s now home to more than 7,000 employees, speaking 50 languages, working on a broad range of teams including Search, Ads, Maps, YouTube, Cloud, Technical Infrastructure, Sales, Partnerships and Research."

"New York City continues to be a great source of diverse, world-class talent—that’s what brought Google to the city in 2000 and that’s what keeps us here," she added.

Along with Google Hudson Square, Google announced earlier this year it had purchased the Manhattan Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion. With the combined investments, Porat noted that Google "will have the capacity to more than double the number of Googlers in New York over the next 10 years."

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400tmax/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Christmas is just over a week away -- and if you want to make sure your packages and cards get to their destinations on time, you better act fast.

The deadline for FedEx ground and home delivery is Monday.

Michael Murphy, a senior operations manager at a FedEx facility in Chicago, tells ABC News they'll be extremely busy.

"Mondays are absolutely the busiest, and they're projected to be the busiest in our company's history," he says.

The deadline for UPS three-day select shipping, meanwhile, is Tuesday.

If you are using the United States Postal Service, you have until Thursday to get your cards and packages in the mail via First Class or Priority. Anything sent beyond that will require you to pay extra for Express to ensure delivery by Christmas.

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Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Variety(NEW YORK) -- Colin Kroll, the co-founder and CEO of the HQ Trivia app, has died, a spokesperson for the company he founded confirmed to ABC News on Sunday.

"We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it's with deep sadness that we say goodbye," the spokesperson said in a statement. "Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time."

Kroll, who was 35 years old, was found unconscious and unresponsive in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday by New York City Police after they responded to a wellness check, the NYPD said in a statement.

He was pronounced dead on the scene and the medical examiner's office is working to determine the cause of death, police added.

Drugs were found on the scene and taken for further testing, according to the NYPD.

The tech industry guru rose to prominence after founding the app Vine in 2012.

More recently, he was known for being the co-founder and an executive for the HQ Trivia app, which he co-created in 2017.

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Alvin Chan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Luxury Italian fashion house Prada announced that it will pull certain accessories from stock following accusations that the merchandise perpetuates blackface imagery.

Chinyere Ezie, a New York-based civil rights lawyer and social justice activist, said she spotted the "shocking" products in the windows and on the shelves of Prada's store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan on Thursday.

The figurines and $550 keychains, part of Prada's Pradamalia line, featured dark black faces and over-sized red lips, which Ezie said were reminiscent of the racist images and dehumanizing caricatures of black people that appeared in American theater and literature beginning in the 19th century.

In particular, Ezie pointed out similarities between the Prada merchandise and some versions of the children’s book "Little Black Sambo," whose illustrations were considered racist stereotypes of dark-skinned people.

"I was shocked to see blackface and Sambo images in a Prada SoHo window display in 2018," Ezie, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in a statement obtained by ABC News Saturday. "This iconography has been used throughout history to mock and demean black people and strip us of our humanity -- oftentimes in response to our efforts to assert our rights."

Ezie said she happened to come across the Prada storefront on her way back to her New York City office from a civil rights conference in Washington, D.C., where she saw an exhibit on blackface at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"It was a cruel reminder of how history continues to repeat itself," she said.

Ezie posted photos of the display on social media and expressed her outrage in a now-viral Facebook post, in which she called for people to boycott Prada.

New York City Council member Jumaane Williams shared Ezie's outrage, saying he wants to know who's behind the decision-making at Prada.

"Who looked at this marketing scheme and said this was OK?" Williams told ABC New York City station WABC in an interview Friday. "Let's pretend you've never seen history, those exaggerated features look OK to you?"

Prada released a statement on Friday announcing the company's decision to pull the products, which it said are "fantasy charms" and weren't intended to be offensive.

"Prada Group abhors racist imagery. The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface," a Prada Group spokesperson said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest we will withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation."

Ezie is now calling on Prada to donate any profits from the sale of the figurines to organizations that work to combat racism.

"Everyday racism is just a bitter pill that black people have to swallow, but we can fight back," she said.

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Massimo Merlini/iStock(NEW YORK) --  Luxury Italian fashion house Prada announced that it will pull certain accessories from stock following accusations that the merchandise perpetuates blackface imagery.

Chinyere Ezie, a New York-based civil rights lawyer and social justice activist, said she spotted the "shocking" products in the windows and on the shelves of Prada's store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan on Thursday.

The figurines and $550 keychains, part of Prada's Pradamalia line, featured dark black faces and over-sized red lips, which Ezie said were reminiscent of the racist images and dehumanizing caricatures of black people that appeared in American theater and literature beginning in the 19th century.

In particular, Ezie pointed out similarities between the Prada merchandise and some versions of the children’s book "Little Black Sambo," whose illustrations were considered racist stereotypes of dark-skinned people.

"I was shocked to see blackface and Sambo images in a Prada SoHo window display in 2018," Ezie, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in a statement obtained by ABC News Saturday. "This iconography has been used throughout history to mock and demean black people and strip us of our humanity -- oftentimes in response to our efforts to assert our rights."

Ezie said she happened to come across the Prada storefront on her way back to her New York City office from a civil rights conference in Washington, D.C., where she saw an exhibit on blackface at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"It was a cruel reminder of how history continues to repeat itself," she said.

Ezie posted photos of the display on social media and expressed her outrage in a now-viral Facebook post, in which she called for people to boycott Prada.

New York City Council member Jumaane Williams shared Ezie's outrage, saying he wants to know who's behind the decision-making at Prada.

"Who looked at this marketing scheme and said this was OK?" Williams told ABC New York City station WABC in an interview Friday. "Let's pretend you've never seen history, those exaggerated features look OK to you?"

Prada released a statement on Friday announcing the company's decision to pull the products, which it said are "fantasy charms" and weren't intended to be offensive.

"Prada Group abhors racist imagery. The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface," a Prada Group spokesperson said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest we will withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation."

Ezie is now calling on Prada to donate any profits from the sale of the figurines to organizations that work to combat racism.

"Everyday racism is just a bitter pill that black people have to swallow, but we can fight back," she said.

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Joel Carillet/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Carnival Cruise Line is planning to unveil what it calls the "first-ever roller coaster at sea" in 2020.

The cruise line plans to feature "BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster" on board the ship Mardi Gras when it launches in two years. The 800-foot, all-electric coaster will travel up to about 40 miles per hour and feature "twists, turns and drops."

"Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some tryly special features and attractions," Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said in a press release. She called the roller coaster a "one-of-a-kind, game-changing, exhilarating attraction."



Carnival's website says riders will be able to control the speed of their ride -- up to the limit, of course -- and will experience 360 degree views of the ocean around them.

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golubovy/iStock(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Facebook said a software bug affected nearly 7 million users who shared photos with as many as 1,500 third-party apps on Friday.

This includes photos that were never posted, the company said.

"Our internal team discovered a photo API bug that may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. We have fixed the issue but, because of this bug, some third-party apps may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018," the company said in a post on its developer blog.

"When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline. In this case, the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or Facebook Stories. The bug also impacted photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post. For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn't finish posting it -- maybe because they've lost reception or walked into a meeting -- we store a copy of that photo so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post," the company said.

The social media giant also said the bug may have affected "up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers," the statement said. "The only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos."

Users who were affected were notified by an alert on Facebook, the company said Friday. They also recommended users log into apps and check which photos they granted access to.

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CPSC(NEW YORK) -- New York State is suing the Target Corporation, Walmart Inc., and importer LaRose Industries, for allegedly selling a toy jewelry kit containing lead levels up to 10 times higher than the federal limit, state Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood's office announced on Thursday.

Authorities allege that those retailers and importers committed deceptive acts, false advertising and thousands of violations of state laws related to selling hazardous toys when they imported and sold thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry-making kits between 2015 and 2016, according to the suit filed in Albany County Supreme Court.

“No parent should have to worry that their child’s toy may be toxic. As we allege, these companies imported and sold toys with dangerous levels of toxic lead -- jeopardizing the health of New York’s children and breaking the law,” Underwood said in a statement. “Our lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for the failures that allowed lead-contaminated toys on store shelves, while forcing them to take responsibility for the safety of the products they sell.”

The federal limit for lead is 100 parts per million (ppm).

In a statement, Walmart said that they take safety seriously and "require our suppliers to meet safety standards."

"As soon as LaRose Industries made us aware of the product recall nearly three years ago, we removed the items from our shelves and online and haven’t sold them since. We’ve discussed this matter with the New York Attorney General’s office and will address the allegations and demands with the court," Walmart added.

Target also issued a statement in response to the lawsuit.

"As soon as the New York Attorney General let us know about the allegations with this product after its testing back in 2016, we immediately and voluntarily pulled the bracelet kit from our stores," said Target in a statement. "We’re committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests and we require all of our vendors to follow safety laws and CPSC guidelines for the products they sell at Target."

In 2015 and 2016, the New York attorney general’s office said they tested Cra-Z-Jewelz kits sold in New York City, Long Island, Syracuse and Buffalo and found lead levels of 120 to 980 ppm in wristbands from kits sold at Target and supplied by LaRose. Prosecutors determined the same LaRose-supplied kits were sold in New York Walmart stores, according to the lawsuit.

Following the initial finding of high-lead levels in the wristbands, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, LaRose and the attorney general’s office all did additional testing that also found that there was lead contamination, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

LaRose then issued a national recall of the jewelry-making kits, according to the attorney general. They also adopted "measures to better ensure that the imported toys they sell comply with federal lead limits."

Prosecutors are seeking civil penalties from $70 to $6,000 for each Cra-Z-Jewelz kit the companies sought to sell in the state and a court order requiring the companies to "take actions to ensure that toys with high lead levels do not end up on the retailers' store shelves."

LaRose did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

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bigtunaonline/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Post a photo of a baby on Facebook and you’ll see ads for diapers, toys and more, or purchase a gift for a friend’s new baby and you’ll start getting ads for baby products yourself. Users of social media know the drill when it comes to ads.

Now, one mom is calling out tech companies after her own emotional experience with ad targeting.

Gillian Brockell, of Washington, D.C., said she was inundated with ads for baby products the first time she picked up her phone after delivering her stillborn son in November.

Brockell posted an open letter on Twitter asking tech companies to fix their algorithms so that users are not confronted by ads they don’t want to see.

“Please, Tech Companies, I implore you: If your algorithms are smart enough to realize that I was pregnant, or that I’ve given birth, then surely they can be smart enough to realize that my baby died, and advertise to me accordingly -- or maybe, just maybe, not at all,” she wrote.

"We never asked for the pregnancy or parenting ads to be turned on; these tech companies triggered that on their own, based on information we shared. So what I’m asking is that there be similar triggers to turn this stuff off on its own, based on information we’ve shared," Brockell added.

An open letter to @Facebook, @Twitter, @Instagram and @Experian regarding algorithms and my son's birth: pic.twitter.com/o8SuLMuLNv

— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) December 11, 2018

The letter by Brockell was published this week by The Washington Post, where she works as a video editor.

Brockell, who declined to comment for this article, noted in her letter that social media platforms should be able to detect from her online activity that she did not deliver a healthy baby.

“But didn’t you also see me googling 'braxton hicks vs. preterm labor' and 'baby not moving'? Did you not see my three days of social media silence, uncommon for a high-frequency user like me?” she wrote. “And then the announcement post with keywords like 'heartbroken' and 'problem' and 'stillborn' and the 200 teardrop emoticons from my friends? Is that not something you could track?”

Brockell’s letter has been shared on Twitter more than 25,000 times. Many of the commenters shared similar experiences.

“I received big envelopes and packages in the mail from Shutterfly on my baby’s due date and for many months, encouraging me to capture memories of the first year. I had miscarried at 12 weeks and I never signed up for Shutterfly. So sorry for your loss,” wrote one commenter.

“Heartbreaking. I lost four pregnancies (although thankfully all much earlier) so I absolutely understand exactly how horrific these posts can be. So sorry and wishing you all the best in persuading them to tackle this,” wrote another.

Brockell also received a tweet in reply to her post from Rob Goldman, the vice president of ads for Facebook, who said the platform is working on the issue.

Goldman shared that there is a way to change ad settings manually on Facebook, by going to Settings>Ad Preferences>Hide ad topics.

Brockell said in a later tweet that once she adjusted her ad settings on Facebook, she received an ad about adoption.

Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, did not reply to requests for comment.

"We cannot imagine the pain of those who have experienced this type of loss,” a spokesperson for Twitter told ABC News' Good Morning America in a statement. “We are continuously working on improving our advertising products to ensure they serve appropriate content to the people who use our services."

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KFC(NEW YORK) -- The holidays are synonymous with the intoxicating aroma of good food and the smell of a cracking fire -- but KFC has just married the two with a KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog.

That's right, the comfort of a warm fire and the smell of Kentucky Fried Chicken can now waft from your fireplace, "to create a delightful, hearth-warming and hunger-inducing experience," according to the company.

The five-pound logs were created in partnership with Enviro-Log, and "is dramatically less wasteful and significantly more effective at making your home smell like fried chicken than burning actual fried chicken."

There are some caveats, KFC points out -- notably that the smell could attract hungry bears or neighbors, and, of course, that you shouldn't attempt to actually taste the log while it's not burning and especially when it is.

If they're not sold out, you can get yours at KFC.com/fire-log.

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After Nancy Pelosi walked out of the White House in a fire-red, high-collared coat earlier this week after a contentious meeting with President Trump, her sartorial statement went so viral that the coat's designer, MaxMara, is reportedly planning to bring back the design in 2019.

The House minority leader, and likely future speaker of the House, made headlines when her meeting with Trump erupted into political fireworks around the topic of border wall funding.

After the meeting, Pelosi buttoned up in her bright-hued MaxMara jacket, popped on some sunglasses walked out of the White House to face the press alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Photos of her fashion-forward exit quickly went viral across social media, with the coat taking center stage and hundreds coveting over the bright-colored, classic statement piece.

A parody account, in the voice of the coat itself, was started on Twitter.

The coat's designer was eventually identified by eagle-eyed fashionistas online as MaxMara, and the fashion label put out a statement on Facebook Thursday saying they are "honored" that Pelosi wore their coat "to her recent historic meeting at the White House."

"This boule shaped, funnel collar coat represents lasting values and projects both personal strength and glamour," the Italian fashion house added.

Pelosi's daughter, Christine Pelosi, tweeted that her mother originally bought the coat for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Many on Twitter eventually pointed out that she wore to that event as well.

MaxMara did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, but Glamour reported Wednesday that MaxMara will be bringing the coat, originally from their 2013 collection, back to stores in 2019.

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Google (NEW YORK) -- Lime, the e-bike and scooter company, will be integrated into Google Maps as a transportation option and launched in 13 cities around the globe, the companies said.

Icons for available Lime vehicles — whether they are bicycles or electric bikes or scooters — will begin appearing on Thursday in the Google Maps "directions" or transit tab. Google will also show the vehicles' locations and the estimated cost of the trip, according to a press release from Lime and a blog post from Google. Because Lime scooters and bicycles are dockless, the location information is significant.

Google Maps has already integrated the ride sharing apps Lyft and Uber. Alphabet Ventures — the capital arm of Google's parent company, Alphabet — and Uber have invested in Lime.

In an email to ABC News, a Google spokesperson said that this relationship would not affect users' data privacy.

"Lime shares vehicle availability and pricing information to surface this useful information within Google Maps. We are not sharing any data with them," the spokesperson said.

Hospitals and health centers in cities where e-scooters have launched have seen an uptick in emergency room visits for broken bones and serious head injuries. Two fatal accidents have been tied to Lime scooters. The company has recalled an undisclosed number of its scooters twice this year. The first affected vehicles had batteries that could catch fire. The most recent recall in November came after numerous reports of the brand's scooters breaking apart while in use.

In the U.S. the cities launched in Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, San Antonio, San Jose, Scottsdale and Seattle. The feature also kicked off in Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia.

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D-Keine/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Attention last-minute Christmas shoppers, there's still time to get all your gifts before Dec. 25 thanks to online retailers adjusting their rush shipping promotions.

Amazon announced Thursday it would extend its holiday free shipping promotion to Dec. 18 to all customers with no minimum purchase.

The online retailer also expanded Amazon Prime free one-day shipping to 10,000 cities and towns.

Additionally, Prime Now deliveries can be placed until 11:59 p.m. on December 24 with "free two-hour delivery exclusively for Prime members in more than 30 cities," the company said in a press release.

Amazon published a holiday delivery calendar to help ensure shoppers know the best time to buy products in a time crunch.

Target, Walmart and Best Buy are also offering special speedy holiday shipping.

According to a press release earlier this year, Target is the first retailer to offer shoppers same-day delivery and Drive Up service from coast to coast.

The retailer is taking on competition like Amazon, offering free two-day shipping to all guests on a number of items, with no minimum purchase and no membership required.

Walmart also offers free two-day shipping on qualifying orders of $35 or more with no membership fee.

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PeskyMonkey/iStock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Apple is expanding its presence in the U.S. as a part of a billion-dollar investment that the company said would generate at least 5,000 new jobs.

The iPhone maker will build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, and open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, to broaden its U.S. footprint, according to a statement released early Thursday morning.

"Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "[W]ith this new expansion, we're redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide."

Apple expects the 133-acre Austin campus to generate 5,000 jobs initially and potentially 10,000 more later. It also plans to expand in other U.S. cities, including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado, over the next three years, "with the potential for additional expansion elsewhere."

New jobs at Apple's planned Austin outpost will include engineering, research and development, operations, finance sales, and customer support positions.

Apple already has about 6,200 employees in Austin, making it the company's largest enclave outside of its Cupertino, California, headquarters.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot and Austin Mayor Steve Adler celebrated the news in a statement.

"Apple has been a vital part of the Austin community for a quarter century, and we are thrilled that they are deepening their investment in our people and the city we love," Adler said.

Abbot praised the tech giant as one of "world's most innovative companies" and a creator of jobs in his state.

"Their decision to expand operations in our state is a testament to the high-quality workforce and unmatched economic environment that Texas offers," he said.

In addition to the new $1 billion campus, Apple also said it added 6,000 U.S. jobs in 2018 and is on track to generate about 20,000 jobs nationwide by 2023.

Apple has a market capitalization of about $803 billion, making it one of the world's most valuable firms, but the company's stock price has been under pressure due to concerns about declining demand for new iPhones. Shares have declined almost 30 percent since October, after the stock hit a year-to-date high of $233 per share.

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YinYang/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- This year has been a pivotal time for women in Hollywood with the emergence of the Time’s Up and the #MeToo movements.

Feminism has been pushed to the forefront, and more women in film are raising their voices for gender equality in show business.

A recent study examining top-grossing films in the U.S. -- commissioned by Time’s Up -- found that those with female leads outperformed male-led films. The data examined 350 films, released from January 2014 to December 2017, across all budgets.

Of the films examined, 105 are categorized as female-led and 245 are categorized as male-led.

Studio System by Gracenote, an entertainment database, determines the status of a film’s lead by who is listed first in the film’s press materials. Trailers and one-sheets were used when that information was unavailable, according to the website.

When assessing co-leads, the first name listed in the database for the film was considered the lead.

The study, conducted by Los Angeles-based talent and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and shift7, a technology company, categorized the pictures into five budget levels: under $10 million, $10 million to $30 million, $30 million to $50 million, $50 million to $100 million, and over $100 million.

Movies with female leads grossed more money in every category.

 "This is powerful proof that audiences want to see everyone represented on-screen," said Amy Pascal, head of Pascal Pictures and former chairman of Sony Pictures, in a press release. "Decision-makers in Hollywood need to pay attention to this."

Christy Haubegger, an executive at CAA who worked on the project, said the group intended to eradicate a very common stigma in the film industry.

"What we knew is that there was a perception, when we talked to the women executives and producers and asked why we don’t see more female protagonists," she told ABC News.

"One of the quick responses everybody had was it was perceived to not be as lucrative -- that female led films don’t make as much money. That was an assumption that most people in our industry were working with. Then the question was 'Well is that true? Is that backed up by data?'" said Haubegger.

The group’s findings proved the opposite.

"This critical, conventional wisdom is actually just not true, and we certainly should be able to see a greater number of female protagonists going forward," she added.

The findings give hope to many within the industry.

“The report released today confirms what many of us have known: that films with women at the center are good business and good entertainment,” said Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film Los Angeles, a group that advocates for women working in the film industry, in a statement to ABC News.

The study also examined which films passed the Bechdel test, which measures if a film has at least two female characters who speak to each other about something other than a man.

The films that passed this criteria outperformed those that did not, of the 350 films examined in the study.

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