Breakfast Briefing: Five things to know Wednesday

PRWeek releases selections for its Brand Film Festival; Musk and the SEC head to court; McDonalds stops lobbying against minimum wage; Boeing's campaign to restore confidence; A comedian runs for president.

PRWeek has released the list of films to be shown at this year’s Brand Film Festival. The officially selected films will be shown at the festival, set for May 2 at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. The fourth-annual Brand Film Festival showcases the most artistic, creative, and effective branded content films, from YouTube videos to long-form documentaries.

The Elon Musk/SEC Tweet controversy is headed to court. According to Marketwatch, Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission will be in court April 4 to see if he will be held in contempt. The SEC says Musk’s February tweet about the number of vehicles Tesla will make this year violates an agreement that Tesla has oversight and pre-approval over his tweets that are material to the company.

McDonalds will stop lobbying against the minimum wage. It has told the National Restaurant Association it will stop fighting minimum-wage hikes at the federal, state or local level. In a letter to the association Genna Gent, McDonald's vice president of government relations, wrote: "The conversation about wages is an important one; it’s one we wish to advance, not impede." (Politico)

Boeing starts working today on rebuilding trust. Bloomberg reports the company is starting a campaign to restore confidence in the 737 Max in the wake of two deadly crashes and has invited customers and news media to Renton, Washington today to talk about an update to stall-prevention software. The update is meant to help pilots more easily avert conditions linked to an October Indonesia disaster. The software is also under scrutiny in a second deadly Ethiopian crash.

If you think "only in America" when you think of Donald Trump as president, think again. The BBC reports that anti-establishment comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads the polls in Ukraine’s March 31 presidential election. "[It’s] Zelenskiy against the system... a comedian against Ukraine's deep state," says Alexander Motyl, a Ukraine expert at Rutgers University.

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