Last-Minute Angling Ahead Of UK Media Ethics Report
Lord Justice Brian Leveson‘s report into UK media ethics will be published Thursday. Today, key cross-party figures from the House of Commons and the House of Lords voiced their opposition to statutory control of the newspaper business. In a joint letter to The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, more than 80 signatories including Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, London Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe and former home secretary David Blunkett, wrote the solution to abuses of the press “is not new laws but a profound restructuring of the self-regulatory system.” But The Guardian also reports that prime minister David Cameron, who had a 24-hour advance look at the report, is likely to reject proposals of a re-jiggered form of self-regulation. The question of whether any form of regulation will be legislated by law remains hotly contentious. Leveson’s recommendations are likely to be strong, though not to the point of insisting on state control over the press. The judge has made clear he does not intend for his report to become another footnote in the history of “failed regulatory systems.” – Joe Utichi
Toby Jones Joins ‘Leave To Remain’
The Girl‘s Toby Jones has joined the cast of humanitarian feature, Leave To Remain. The title refers to the stamp immigration officials apply to the passports of foreigners granted entry to the UK. The film is the story of a group of teenagers from different countries who are thrown together as they seek asylum in London. Documentary director Bruce Goodison makes his feature directing debut with coming of age drama which blends professional actors and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Shooting is underway in London. Financed by the Oak Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the film’s proceeds will be returned to the Leave to Remain Community Interest Company to fund future training academies that teach filmmaking to young people seeking sanctuary.
Lingerie Football League to Debut in Asia on KIX
Celestial Tiger Entertainment has signed an exclusive licensing deal to air U.S. Lingerie Football League matches on its pan-Asian action channel KIX. The LFL will debut in the first quarter of 2013 as a key element of the channel’s combat sports strand. The TV rights deal was brokered by LFL’s exclusive Asia agent, Total Sports Asia. Headquartered in Hong Kong, CTE is a joint venture between Lionsgate, Saban Capital Group and Celestial Pictures, which is owned by Malaysian DTH platform Astro. Its channels include Celestial Movies, Celestial Movies on Demand and horror and suspense service Thrill. – Don Groves