BritBox Steals March On SVOD Rivals With Vera Deal
EXCLUSIVE: The competition between U.S streaming services to acquire premium British dramas is heating up as BritBox, the streaming service set up by BBC Worldwide and ITV, poached the latest season of detective drama Vera away from rival Acorn TV.
I hear that BritBox has picked up the eighth season of ITV Studios' Brenda Blethyn-fronted mystery franchise and will launch it on 7 January, day-and-date with its UK release. Various seasons of Vera have previously aired on… Read
Sen. Gillibrand Responds To Donald Trump’s Vulgar Tweet: “You Cannot Silence Me”
“You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office,” Dem Sen. Kirsten Gilliband tweeted at President Donald Trump, minutes after he sexually harassed her on .
Trump had tweeted this morning, that New York's Dem Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand used to come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions, adding she "would do anything for them.”
Trump's vulgar… Read
Donald Trump Tweets Sen. Gillibrand Offered To “Do Anything” When “Begging” For Campaign Contributions
President Donald Trump tweeted this morning that New York’s Dem Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand used to come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions, adding she “would do anything for them.”
Trump’s vulgar sexual implication that Gillibrand offered to have sex with him in order to secure campaign contributions comes the morning after the senator had called for Trump to step down. Gillibrand told CNN she found to be “credible” the women who have claimed he sexually… Read
‘Happy’ Premiere Scores Strong Ratings For Syfy
The Wednesday, December 7 premiere of Syfy’s Happy! set a new benchmark for the network in Live+3. The debut episode starring Christopher Meloni and featuring the voice of Patton Oswalt was Syfy’s best series premiere since The Magicians in January 2016 across all key demos, according to the network and Nielsen.
The premiere of the quirky series from Universal Cable Productions delivered 1.708 million viewers in P2+, 779,000 in P18-49, and 271,000 in P18-34. It also was… Read
eOne Strikes First-Look Deal With Emily Mortimer’s King Bee Productions
Entertainment One (eOne) is continuing to back A-list television talent after striking a first-look deal with Emily Mortimer's production company King Bee Productions. The producer and distributor will act as the studio on all King Bee series, which includes a number of scripted shows in development with Amazon and TruTV.
King Bee, which is run by The Newsroom star Mortimer and her husband Alessandro Nivola, was behind HBO and Sky comedy Doll & Em (pictured), which… Read
Film & TV Firms To Breathe Easier: European Parliament Votes Against ‘Country Of Origin’ Proposals
European film and TV producers and distributors along with the major Hollywood studios will be breathing a sigh of relief after it emerged that the European Parliament voted to reject plans that would have likely abolished territory-by-territory sales of TV series and movies.
Politicians in Strasbourg voted 344 to 265 against the European Commission's 'Country of Origin' proposals, a key plank of the EC's plans to introduce a Digital Single Market. The move would have… Read
Donald Trump Set To Visit The UK In Early 2018; Protests Expected
Donald Trump is set to visit the UK early in the new year, according to one of his top diplomats. However, the visit is set to provoke massive protests that could top the 2M that turned out to rail against the Iraq war over ten years ago.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who is now U.S Ambassador to the UK, told BBC Radio 4's Today show that the President is likely to visit the country in early 2018 to open the U.S Embassy, which is moving from its current base in… Read
BBC Backs Bansky Doc; Sundance London; BBC One Lines Up Saturday Night Format – Global Briefs
Danny Boyle is teaming up with controversial artist Banksy for a Christmas special. The Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director is fronting The Alternativity, an hour-long film for BBC Two, that will see him travel to Bethlehem to capture a festive performance of the nativity created by Banksy. The artist is putting on the event in the carpark of his The Walled Off hotel around the corner from Manger Square, Bethlehem – believed to be the birthplace of Christ… Read
‘Victoria’: Jenna Coleman To Return As ITV & PBS Bring Back Royal Drama
Jenna Coleman's Victoria may have already ascended to the throne and married Prince Albert but ITV's royal drama shows no sign of slowing after the UK broadcaster ordered a third season of the big-budget series.
The new season will follow the next chapter in the monarch's eventful life and will see Coleman and Tom Hughes, who plays Albert, both return. ITV-owned Mammoth Screen will produce the series for ITV and PBS' Masterpiece. It will follow a feature-length episode… Read
NFL Network Suspends Analysts After Sexual Harassment Accusations From Former Employee
The NFL Network has suspended retired players and analysts after a former employee claimed that they sexually harassed her.
In a lawsuit filed against NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court, former wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor accused retired players Marshall Faulk and Ike Taylor as well as analyst Heath Evans and former NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger, who is now president of sports commentator Bill Simmons's media group, of sexual harassment… Read
‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Responds To Landing Golden Globe Nomination 26 Years After Winning For Original Series
In 1991, Kyle MacLachlan won the Golden Globe for his role in David Lynch’s cult classic Twin Peaks. This year, history may repeat itself as MacLachlan is nominated for the same role that has become iconic since its inception.
"I'm truly thrilled and humbled by the nomination this morning. What a surreal experience to be nominated today for a role that I was so lucky to win this award for 26 years ago,” said MacLachlan in his official statement regarding his Golden Globe… Read
Fareed Zakaria To Conan: Donald Trump Has Taken Over Media
Fareed Zakaria visited Conan to talk about Donald Trump’s media domination.
Conan noted New York Times‘ report that Trump treats each day of his presidency as if it were a television show.
“Completely believable,” the CNN show host responded. “When have you seen a president who will say something like ‘I may have taped my conversations with Jim Comey – I’ll let you know in a few weeks!’ He’s literally teasing the next episode.”
“He’s winning; he’s dominating the news… Read