UK House of Lords OKs Assistance For Victims Of Media Misbehavior
As David Cameron’s government in the UK continues to dither over what to do about the proposals made in the Leveson Report on the phone-hacking scandal, peers in the House of Lords — the UK parliament’s upper house — have passed an amendment to the Defamation bill establishing a cheap arbitration service between newspapers and those claiming to be wronged by the press. The proposal was a key feature of Leveson’s report. The cross-party amendment was spearheaded by peers including film producer Lord David Puttnam, who said lawmakers had an “obligation to act, and to be seen to act, on behalf of victims past, present and future”. The Defamation Bill, which has a key focus on complaints against alleged defamation published on the Internet, reflected none of the concerns brought to light by the Leveson Report, he said. “It is almost as if Leveson never happened.” The move marks a major rebellion against the government, with peers voting 272 to 141 in favour of legislation which would also introduce a statutory system for press regulation, a line Cameron had promised not to cross. The bill will go back before the House of Commons next month, forcing the Leveson debate back into the open.
Endemol Acquires Canadian Series ‘Continuum’
Endemol has secured worldwide distribution rights for the Canadian hit drama series Continuum which recently began production on Season 2 (13×1 hour). Endemol SVP Sales And Acquisitions Matt Creasey negotiated the deal with Reunion Pictures. The deal includes any additional seasons to come. Created by Simon Barry, Continuum was developed and produced by Reunion Pictures in association with Shaw Media for Showcase Canada and acquired by Syfy USA and Syfy UK. Series is about a group of terrorists who escape their execution in the year 2077 and time-travel back our present with a protectorate officer in pursuit. Series stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, Criminal Minds), Victor Webster (Mutant X, The Lot), Erik Knudsen (Jericho, The Guardian), Stephen Lobo (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone, Fringe), Lexa Doig (Andromeda, Stargate SG:1) and Roger Cross (The Chronicles of Riddick and Eureka). Endemol Worldwide Distribution will launch Continuum Season 2 at MIPTV 2013.
‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods’ Goes IMAX in Japan
The upcoming anime film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be remastered and released in IMAX, FilmBizAsia reports. It will be the first Japanese film to be released in the giant-screen format. It’s also the first Japan-produced film in Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball franchise for 17 years. It will released in Japan on March 30 by Toei Company. The story takes place between installments 517 and 518 of the Dragon Ball comic book series, filling in the 10-year story lapse after Demon Boo is defeated. Toriyama was involved as producer and screenwriter. It is directed by Masahiro Hosoda. “With its fast-paced battle sequences and stunning visuals,” IMAX exec Greg Foster said in a statement, “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is an ideal fit for the IMAX experience”. Only a handful of Asian movies have been made or remastered in IMAX, including Aftershock (2010), Beginning of the Great Revival (2011) and Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011) from China; Sector 7 (2011) from South Korea; and Dhoom 3 from India.