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Alix Madigan Joins Broad Green Pictures From Anonymous Content

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EXCLUSIVEAlix Madigan is joining Broad Green Pictures as head of creative affairs, becoming a key player for the ambitious indie film company. The well-respected Madigan is joining from Anonymous Content, where she was working most recently as a staff producer. Prior to that. Madigan had stints at Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She currently serves on the board of Film Independent. "Alix has years of industry experience, and we are thrilled… Read

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Vincent Bolloré Tightens Grip On Canal Plus, Becomes Chairman And Ousts Chief Exec Bertrand Meheut

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Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré consolidated his grip on French pay TV giant Canal Plus on Thursday by naming himself chairman and also ousting long-serving chairman of the supervisory board and Canal Plus Group chief exec Bertrand Meheut in favor of Jean-Christophe Thiery. Thiery is a longtime Bolloré Group executive, having worked in the French billionaire’s media businesses for over a decade. He currently oversees assets such as the Direct Matin free daily newspaper… Read

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Fox Finalizing Deal To Take Over Wales’ Dragon International Studio For Kurt Sutter’s ‘The Bastard Executioner’

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Fox 21 Television Studios is finalizing a deal to take over Welsh studio Dragon International and make it the home of Sons Of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter’s new show The Bastard Executioner. The Fox division is taking out a long lease on the studio, which has been largely remained unused for much of the past decade after going into administration with debts around $25 million. Dubbed ‘Valleywood’- in reference to Wales’ famous hilly landscape- the studio had previously only… Read

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Rebekah Brooks Rejoins Murdoch’s News Corp As News UK Chief, Again

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News Corp today confirmed what Deadline reported last week — that Rebekah Brooks is rejoining the company as chief executive of News UK. She will be joined by David Dinsmore as COO and Tony Gallagher as editor-in-chief of The Sun, Britain’s largest-selling daily newspaper. Brooks will replace Mike Darcey, who is departing after three years in the post. Brooks left News Corp in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s empire in 2011 and led to… Read

Business

Bloomberg News Sacks 80 Journalists, Including A Critic Of Bloomberg News

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While subordinates sent some 80 staff members home for Labor Day weekend never to return, Bloomberg News editor in chief John Micklethwait emailed a manifesto to the remaining staff today, laying out a vision for the enterprise that includes “cut[ting] back on lengthy self-indulgent stories.” The memo, which has been obtained by Deadline, is more than 3,000 words long. Its message, boiled down, is that “this is not about downsizing; it is about refocusing our considerable… Read

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Watch: Michael Fassbender Gets Medieval In ‘Macbeth’

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Witch please! The latest trailer release for Justin Kurzel’s rough and tumble Shakespearean adaptation of Macbeth highlights once again just how much this is not your father’s Scottish play. Featuring a typically committed performance from Michael Fassbender as the doomed warrior-turned-king, Macbeth is filled with breathtaking battles. Already the film looks set to battle it out with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu’s The Revenant for best-looking film of the year. Marion Coti… Read

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BFI London Film Festival Announces Full Line-Up

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The 59th BFI London Film Festival unveiled its full line-up today with a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, 8 international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 Archive films including 5 Restoration world premieres. The festival runs October 7 – 18.  In addition to opening and closing with the previously announced European premieres of Sara Gavron’s Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep… Read

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VMAs Liked By Instagram: 64M Social Interactions During MTV Broadcast

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EXCLUSIVE: MTV’s Video Music Awards led the way on Instagram last night with a total of 64 million social interactions. Those are “huge numbers,” according to a source with the social media app. For comparison’s sake, last night's VMAs generated 21.4 million tweets, which reached 11.8 million people, the Viacom-owned network boasted. Additionally, 16 million people had 39 million Facebook interactions related to the VMAs yesterday Selena Gomez dominated with the top VMA… Read

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Hackers Up Attacks On Media, Showbiz

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Computer hackers’ efforts to penetrate and disrupt media and entertainment networks were up sharply in the quarter that ended June 30, major Internet security company Verisign reported. Media and entertainment companies represented 20% of Verisign’s work in the quarter to thwart or minimize attacks such as the 2014 assault on Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Rapid TV News. Verisign said the largest attack targeted online video services with denial-of-service… Read

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Rebekah Brooks Will Return To Pre-Scandal Perch At News Corp UK: Reports

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Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch appear to be thisclose again. British press reports Friday said that Brooks has agreed to return to her former post as head of News Corp’s newspaper division, and News Corp wasn’t denying it: “As we ‎have said, we have been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcements to make we will let you know,” a News Corp spokesman told the Financial Times today. Brooks resigned four years ago in the wake of a hacking… Read

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Polish Court Sets Date For Roman Polanksi Extradition Hearing

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A Polish court has set September 22 as the date for Roman Polanski’s next extradition hearing. The move is the latest in a decades-long attempt by U.S. Justice Department officials to have the now-82-year-old filmmaker extradited to the U.S. to carry out a sentence first issued in 1977 after he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old during a photoshoot for French Vogue. Polanski is expected to appear before a judge at the new hearing after U.S… Read

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Christopher Nolan Headlines LFF Connects; Fortissimo Weds ‘La Novia’ – Global Briefs

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Christopher Nolan (Inception) will headline a new series of industry talks launched by the BFI London Film Festival titled LFF Connects. The events will aim to explore the future of film and how film engages with other creative industries such as TV, music, art and games. Artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale FILM at the Tate Modern, will join the Batman Begins director for the new series, which launches with a conversation event on October 9 at… Read