‘The Walking Dead’s International Premiere Eats Competition
The highest-rated non-sports telecast among adults 18-49 on all of U.S. television this fall was the third season premiere of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead. The international premieres weren’t too shabby either. Fox International Channels completed its weeklong rollout of the first episode of Season 3 with 8.5M viewers, up 20% on the Season 2 debut. The first episode of Season 3 premiered in 122 countries across Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, defeating all cable competition in its time period with total viewers, and in some cases also beating its broadcast competition. Among some of the key markets that outpaced last season’s start are Peru (up 155%); Chile (up 133%) and Australia (up 44%). Across Fox in Latin America, the show was number 1 among all Pay TV channels in the 18-49 demo, delivering double or triple ratings compared to the previous 6 weeks’ primetime channel average. Other strong territories included the UK, Poland and Spain, where the premier outperformed Fox’s primetime average in the market by 712%.
Donald Trump Tries To Stop BBC Airing Doc
Lawyers for Donald Trump reached out to the BBC two days before it was set to air Anthony Baxter’s documentary You’ve Been Trumped about the real estate mogul’s alleged bullying of residents near his golf resort in Scotland. The attorneys were trying to stop Sunday night’s BBC Two broadcast, claiming it was highly defamatory, biased and misleading, according to The Guardian. The Trump organization threatened to complain directly to British regulator Ofcom if the screening went ahead. But the BBC showed the doc anyway to about 1.1M viewers. The letter from Trump’s reps had also asked for a right of reply at the end of the broadcast. Trump International Golf Links exec VP, Sarah Malone, told The Guardian: “We totally denounce the BBC for further abandoning its own editorial integrity by blatantly refusing us a right of reply at the end of the broadcast.” Picking up on the unfolding – and unrelated – turmoil at the BBC, she added, “It just goes to show that recent criticism of the BBC’s lack of sound editorial judgment to be correct.” In reply, the BBC issued a statement: “You’ve Been Trumped is an award-winning film that has been screened at festivals around the world. During the making of the film, Donald Trump declined the opportunity to take part. We are confident that Donald Trump was offered sufficient right to reply in accordance with BBC Editorial Guidelines. Donald Trump chose not to participate but the filmmaker took care to reflect his views on a number of different occasions in the film.”
Camerimage Lines Up Cinematography Competition
Cinematography festival Plus Camerimage has unveiled its lineup for the 20th anniversary edition to run November 24 to December 1 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The list of films and their DPs competing for Golden, Silver and Bronze Frogs includes Ben Affleck’s Argo (Rodrigo Prieto); Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Ben Richardson); Rufus Norris’ Broken (Rob Hardy); Reza Dormishian’s Hatred (Touraj Aslani); Leos Carax’s Holy Motors (Yves Cape, Caroline Champetier); Roger Michell’s Hyde Park On Hudson (Lol Crawley); San-cheol Lee and Ah-ga Shin’s Jesus Hospital (Sun-young Lee); Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways (Yves Bélanger); Marcin Krysztalowicz’s Manhunt (Arkadiusz Tomiak); Piotr Trzaskalski’s My Father’s Bike (Piotr Sliskowski); Bahman Ghobadi’s Rhino Season (Touraj Aslani); Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (Mihai Malaimare Jr.); Alejandro Fadel’s The Wild Ones (Julian Apezteguia) and Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Nicolas Bolduc). Keanu Reeves will open the festival with documentary Side By Side. Director Chris Kenneally, cinematographer Chris Cassidy, producer Justin Szlasa and producer/host Reeves will be on hand to present the film. David Lynch, editor Alan Heim and documentary filmmaker Steven Okazaki will also receive special awards.
France’s M6 Likes ‘The Taste’
French broadcaster M6 has ordered upcoming cooking competition show, The Taste, to be made into a local version. Created by Santa Monica-based Kinetic Content, the series will debut on ABC in the U.S. and be hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. Four culinary experts will each mentor a team of competing pro and amateur cooks as they vie to turn out the tastiest dish. Red Arrow International is handling global sales and recently sold local remake rights as well as rights to the U.S. version to Australia’s Nine Network.