James Corden is going home, sort of. Under a new exclusive deal, Sky and CBS Studios International have pacted to bring The Late Late Show With James Corden to the UK and Ireland for the first time. Beginning July 19, all Sky TV and NOW TV entertainment pass customers will have access to episodes one day after the U.S. broadcast. In addition, Sky 1 will also air the Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special which will include highlights from the segment that’s become a viral smash. The show’s official YouTube channel has passed 1B total views and has 138 clips with more than 1M views each and 6M subscribers. The UK-born Corden is a familiar face on Sky as the host of entertainment program A League Of Their Own.
China has appointed a new internet regulator with Xu Lin stepping into the role that Lu Wei is vacating. Xu will now head the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the Communist Party of China Central Committee said according to local reports. Xu was previously chief of Shanghai’s Civil Affairs Bureau, Agricultural Commission and its booming Pudong New Area. Pudong is the Shanghai district in which Disney recently opened its new resort and theme park. From 2013 to 2015, Xu was the city’s publicity director, giving him experience in media management, Chinese media says. As with many things in China, the internet is growing at a clip, and is how many viewers access television content. By the end of last year, there were 688M users and 4.23M websites, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.
Maxine Peake (Silk) and Lesley Sharp (Scott And Bailey) are set to star in Three Girls, a BBC One drama based on the true stories of victims of sex trafficking and abuse in Rochdale, an area of Manchester, England, from 2008-2012. Nine men were ultimately convicted. The three-part story will look at the way in which these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities directly responsible for protecting them, and how they eventually made themselves heard. Peake and Sharp play two women who were instrumental in getting the girls’ voices heard. A BBC Studios production in association with Studio Lambert, Three Girls is made by the team behind the multi-award winning BBC drama Five Daughters. Written by Nicole Taylor (The C Word), Three Girls is exec produced by Susan Hogg.
David Smyth has been appointed to Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. Based in London, Smyth, who has been with the company since 2009, is moving up from his position as SVP, Sales and Development. He replaces Steve Cornish, who is retiring after 30 years with the company. Smyth will be responsible for the overall, day-to-day operations of the division as well as distribution activity and expansion of business relationships with broadcasters across Europe and Russia. He will continue to work with TCFTVD production executives in developing co-production opportunities for original content to air in the U.S. and around the world.
The UK’s Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund has opened submissions for the annual John Brabourne Awards. The CTBF is the charity for behind-the-scenes workers and provides care and financial support to industry employees and their families who suffer from hardship. The JBAs award grants of up to £5,000 to up to 12 individuals who are talented and driven but who have faced hurdles in progressing their careers. Eligible applicants will have at least two years’ experience anywhere behind the scenes in film and/or TV. The deadline is July 31, here. John Brabourne was one of Britain’s most prolific producers with credits that include A Passage To India, Murder On The Orient Express and Romeo And Juliet.