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Natalka Znak Reveals How She Skated Off With Fox Pilot For Big-Budget Entertainment Format ‘Revolution’

Natalka Znak has revealed how Fox boarded a pilot for Rollerball-style British entertainment format Revolution. The I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here producer, who runs U.S./UK production company Znak & Co., scored a U.S. pilot for the big-budget skateboarding and BMX format after securing a series from British pay-TV broadcaster Sky. The show, which launched in the UK earlier this year, is a, large-scale competition format in which contestants will compete across a… Read


‘The Split’: Creator Abi Morgan Files Papers On Female-Led Divorce Drama For BBC One & SundanceTV

Suffragette writer Abi Morgan says that a teenage hockey match was the inspiration behind BBC One and SundanceTV's drama The Split, which brings together high-profile divorces, an obsession with other peoples' relationships and a predominantly female cast and crew. Morgan, who previously created period drama The Hour and crime thriller River, said that the idea for the six-part series came about while she was watching her daughter's school game. "I started talking to a… Read


Tencent Music Explores Anticipated Huge IPO For Its Streaming Music Service

China’s largest music streaming company, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, is poised to create an initial public offering (IPO) and is negotiating with several banks for underwriting. The Wall Street Journal reported that the successful debut of Spotify Technology SA is the motivator for Tencent. If all goes as planned, the IPO would bow in the second half of 2018 and is anticipated to be one of the largest of the year. The IPO would likely be listed in the US, but… Read


Earnings Season Puts Spotlight On Viacom, Facebook, Comcast And More

Public companies have a particular cadence to their shareholder-oriented existence. Every quarter, they must report financial results and, except in rare cases, most also face the Wall Street music on conference calls with analysts. That ritual, which is revving up again for the spring season, can mean less-than-ideal timing for press-weary (and -wary) execs. The week ahead offers a full slate of such moments for media and tech companies who have been making a lot of news… Read


NFL Anthem Protest Leader Colin Kaepernick: Police Actions Are “Lawful Lynching”

As much as the National Football League was hoping the off-season would help its efforts to make fans forget about the kneeling during the national anthem protests, it’s still alive and kicking. On Saturday, Amnesty International gave former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award for his role in leading the national anthem protests. The ceremony took place in Amsterdam. Kaepernick has been unable to find a job in the NFL since… Read


CBS Football Analyst Apologizes For Gun Photo On Daughter’s Prom Night

Jay Feely, a former NFL kicker and Michigan teammate of Tom Brady who is now an analyst for CBS Sports, has apologized for tweeting a photo of himself posing with a handgun and standing between his daughter and her prom date. “Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom,” the original tweet said, along with the hashtag “#BadBoys.” In a followup tweet yesterday, Feely said the photo was “obviously intended to be a joke.” The couple, who has dated for a… Read


BAFTA TV Craft Award Winners Include ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘The Crown’

UPDATED WITH FULL WINNERS: Game of Thrones scored its first BAFTAs, winning two awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Craft Awards. HBO's fantasy drama won in the Costume Design category for Michele Clapton and in the Production Design category for Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron. Netflix period drama The Crown won in the Sound: Fiction category and director of photography Adriano Goldman received the award for Photography and Lighting… Read


Sarasota Film Festival Caps 20th Anniversary Edition With Jury Prizes For ‘I Am Not A Witch’ And ‘Minding The Gap’

The Sarasota Film Festival ended its 20th anniversary edition Saturday night by announcing jury prizes, which went to I Am Not a Witch for top narrative feature and Minding The Gap as best documentary. Closing night also featured a screening of Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, plus the presentation of career achievement awards to Virginia Madsen and Steve Guttenberg. Florida’s own Nick Bollettieri, the famed tennis coach, also attended a screening of a… Read


British Politicians Urge Inclusion Riders To Be Introduced To Secure Film & High-End TV Tax Relief

High-profile film and TV projects may soon be required to feature an inclusion rider in order to secure multimillion-pound tax relief in the UK. The Labour Party, currently the opposition to the British government, has revealed that it is drawing up plans to only make the tax credits available to producers and directors who operate a more inclusive cast and crew. However, given that Labour is not in power, and despite an uncertain political climate in the UK, the next… Read


Hollywood Celebrates Earth Day With Environmental Shout-Outs

Happy Earth Day! Like Mother’s Day, Groundhog Day and other specialized occasions, Earth Day was created to draw attention to an issue. Started in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an international awareness event for the environmental movement. While it’s predictable that politicians and activist organizations would use Earth Day to virtue signal their concerns, Hollywood entertainment companies and celebrities also weighed in, some with surprisingly solid advice on ways to… Read

Box Office

‘Ghost Stories’ Leads Subdued Weekend For Limited Releases; Holdover ‘The Rider’ Gallops: Specialty Box Office

UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. New specialty releases had a fairly weak showing overall this weekend despite featuring work from high-profile filmmakers. Leading the roster of newcomers reporting numbers Sunday was IFC Films thriller Ghost Stories, which grossed $12,646 from an exclusive New York showing, giving it a technical win for the weekend’s top per-theater average. Cinema Libre's multi-lingual bio-romance Lou Andreas-Salomé, Audacity To Be Free placed… Read


Disneynature Celebrates Earth Day With Trailer Drop For ‘Penguins’

Disney’s all-ages fauna division Disneynature is celebrating Earth Day by dropping a new full-length trailer (see below) for Penguins, which will be released on this same weekend in 2019. As with the distributor’s previous, species-specific features like Chimpanzees and Bears, Penguins is non-fiction, but it aims to hook viewers by turning the anthropomorphism dial up to 11. While its striking visuals show Antarctica and the familiar waddling formations, predatory leopard… Read