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‘Scandal’ Spinoff ‘Gladiator’ Digital Series Launches On ABC.com

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A week before the season 6 premiere of Scandal, ABC has launched a six-part digital series spinoff Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios. Scandal series regular Darby Stanchfield makes her directorial debut with the series, which stars Scandal cast members Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern. In the series, written by Juan Carlos Fernandez, Huck (Diaz), Quinn (Lowes) and Marcus (Smith) are tasked with finding an… Read

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Alibaba Group Becomes Worldwide Olympic Games Partner Through 2028 – Davos

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Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group and the International Olympic Committee used the World Economic Forum as a platform today to announce a historic and long-term deal which sees the Chinese e-commerce giant become IOC’s Worldwide Olympic Partner through 2028. Under the digital pact, Alibaba will be the IOC’s official cloud services and e-commerce platform services partner, as well as a founding partner of the Olympic Channel. For Ma, the move falls in line with his strategy for… Read

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‘SNL’ Takes On ‘The Bachelor’, Bearded And Brainless; “Shondra & Malik” Short Continues Show’s Digital Winning Streak

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Politics was absent from two of the better Saturday Night Live skits last night, unless we’re including sexual politics. The first, titled “Beard Hunk,” is a take-down of The Bachelor, with one vacuous female hopeful after another (“sorry, can I steal him for a sec?”) flirting for the attention of the equally vacant, no-prize dude of the title (Beck Bennett, with sculpted facial hair). “I have a twin sister and this is really hard to tell you,” says one bachelorette… Read

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TF1, Mediaset Take Stakes In ProSieben’s Studio71 With 53M Euro Investment

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France’s leading commercial network TF1, and Italian broadcaster Mediaset, have taken minority stakes in Studio71, the media studio and multi-channel network of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. The companies are putting in a combined investment of 53M euros ($56.4M) at a valuation of approximately 400M euros ($425.7M). ProSiebenSat.1 will retain about 70% of the shares in Studio71. The deal gives Studio71 access to key European markets where the online video market is picking up… Read

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Peter Bart: How Content Creators Are Exploited By Monoliths Apple, Google, Facebook

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Will Taylor Swift ultimately emerge as a role model for musicians, writers and other artists toiling in the pastures of pop culture? This could become reality because the pop megastar took on a role usually assumed by investigative journalists: She decided to "follow the money." So when she discovered Apple was prepared to give away her songs for free (no royalties) in a promotion for its streaming service, Swift told Apple, "I don't ask for free iPhones, so why free… Read

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Disney Merges Maker Studio Into Content & Media Biz Unit; Courtney Holt Gets New Gig

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The situation at Maker Studios shifted into a new mode today with parent company Disney now melding the digital operation into its content and media business division and boss Courtney Holt now being made an EVP Media and Strategy at the House of Mouse. "In the weeks to come, you'll hear more about how the teams will come together around an integrated digital content strategy – both domestically and internationally," Holt said Tuesday in a memo sent to staff announcing… Read

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Woody Harrelson Writes, Directs & Stars In Live-Event Film ‘Lost In London’ With Owen Wilson & Willie Nelson

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Here's a first: Woody Harrelson is set to direct and star in a live feature film event Lost In London LIVE in January. Harrelson, who also wrote the project, will be joined by Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson in the film, which will be shot in London and broadcast live to U.S movie theaters, giving audiences the chance to watch a film shot in real time. The film, which will be shot and broadcast on January 19, 2017, is loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events… Read

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Amazon Prime Video Confirms Global Expansion To 200+ Territories

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As Deadline reported last month, Amazon Prime Video has gone global. The company confirmed the news on Wednesday, saying that the service is now available in more than 200 countries and territories. The expansion will enable Amazon Prime members in Canada, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and India to tap into its streaming service at no extra cost to their existing subscriptions. Customers in new territories can sign up for an introductory price of $2.99 (€2.99) per month… Read

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BBC, ITV & AMC Team To Launch U.S. SVOD Service ‘BritBox’

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BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has paired with ITV to launch a new SVOD service called BritBox for the U.S. market. The streaming service will be available in Q1 2017 and AMC Networks, which has a joint venture with BBC for cable channel BBC America, has invested in the service with a non-voting minority interest. BBC Worldwide and ITV share an equal majority stake in the joint venture. BritBox will offer up a comprehensive collection of British content… Read

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Scandinavian VFX Group Goodbye Kansas Blows Into UK With New London Outpost

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Stockholm-based VFX Group Goodbye Kansas is setting up shop in the UK with a new London studio to help deliver what it calls a “unique smorgasbord” of services to filmmakers, marketers and game developers. The new operation will be led by Motion Picture Company and Prime Focus alums James Prosser and Martin Hobbs, alongside VFX Supervisors Matt Kasmir and Jesper Kjölsrud; and Art Director Rafael Morant. Among the first commissions for the new team is work on the George… Read

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‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ 3D Conversion Opts Out Of 2016 China Release

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EXCLUSIVE: One of the most anticipated films of the year-end in China will have audiences waiting a little longer. The 3D remastering of Terminator 2: Judgment Day has opted out of a crowded late 2016 Middle Kingdom slot in favor of what could now be a first-quarter 2017 unveiling. DMG Entertainment, Studiocanal and James Cameron teamed on the special 3D conversion with particular designs on the Chinese market. Cameron is a major draw in China, but the 1991 sequel was… Read

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‘Decker: Unclassified’ Renewed For Second Season At Adult Swim

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Amid strong ratings, Adult Swim has picked up a second season of comedy Decker: Unclassified, created by and starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington. Production started today in Los Angeles. Decker first premiered online in 2014 on AdultSwim.com. After three seasons online, Decker: Unclassified premiered its first linear season this past June on Adult Swim. The first season averaged over a million total viewers per week and experienced year-over-year audience growth… Read