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After Seeing Her Gay Love Story ‘Rafiki’ Banned In Her Homeland, Kenyan Director Wanuri Kahiu Calls For Artistic Solidarity – Cannes Studio

A tender, colorful lesbian love story set in the bustling streets of Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki was an early hit at this year's Cannes film festival, screening in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Sadly, the film was not so warmly received in Kenya, where the authorities—much like the broader community in Kahiu's film—turned out not to be so broad-minded. Stopping by the Deadline studio, the director took time to explain the situation at home. Said Kahiu, "After you make… Read

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Facebook Yanks 200 Apps In Data Probe

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As it moves to clean up its act — or at least to show the public that it is trying — Facebook said it has suspended 200 apps in the initial phase of its response to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. A blog post this morning by Ime Archibong, VP Product Partnerships, declared “the investigation process is in full swing.” It described the probe’s two phases. “First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data,” Archibong… Read

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Quietly And Carefully, Chinese Mega-Corporation Tencent Holdings Sets Sights On Hollywood — Deadline Disruptors

Tencent Holdings, based in Shenzhen, China, is Asia's most valuable corporation, and the world's biggest and most valuable gaming and social media company. In 2017 it reported a net income of $11.5 billion off revenues of $38 billion, and more than two-thirds of the Chinese population use its messaging services WeChat and QQ. Honor of Kings, which it owns, is the top-grossing mobile game in the world. And yet most people would be hard pressed to give you the names of… Read

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#SaveLucifer: Can Warner Bros. TV Find New Home For Canceled Cult Favorite?

This is a rare feat — Fox’s 2018 cancellations made the #1 trending topic on Twitter for two consecutive days. After #Brooklyn99 ruled social media yesterday following Fox’s decision not to pick up a sixth season of the cop comedy, today it’s #SaveLucifer at the top of the social conversation after Fox cancelled the comic book-based drama. Brooklyn Nine-Nine producer Universal TV is already exploring a new home. While Hulu, considered a suitable home because it already… Read

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Canceled ‘Lucifer’ Producers, Cast Raise Hell On Social Media: “Heartbreaking Doesn’t Begin To Describe”

Lucifer viewers might be in for a double heartbreak. Not only has Fox canceled the devilish series after three seasons, but showrunner Joe Henderson says his team created a season finale “with a huge cliffhanger” that’s going to “frustrate the hell” out of fans. “We created a season finale with a huge cliffhanger so that there was no way Fox could cancel us,” Henderson tweeted this afternoon after getting the news. “Instead, we’re going to frustrate the hell out of you… Read

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Fullscreen Joins With Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. To Launch Digital Venture

Digital media company Fullscreen has struck a deal with Sumitomo Corp., owner of Japan’s largest cable television provider, to launch the Sumitomo’s first digital venture, AlphaBoat. AlphaBoat will seek to identify emerging talent on social platforms such as YouTube and Instagram and help brands connect to consumers through these digital influencers. The newly formed company will offer a range off services, including talent management, content optimization, production… Read

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‘Phone Swap’: Fox TV Stations Set Summer Run For Snapchat Dating Show From Elisabeth Murdoch’s Company

Phone Swap is becoming the first Snapchat series to go from a mobile format to television. Fox Television Stations has closed a deal with Vertical Networks for a TV version of the company’s Snapchat reality dating show to air for a limited run on select Fox television stations this summer. The Fox station group introduced the limited summer-run model for testing new syndicated show prospects. Success stories to come out of the initiative are talkers The Wendy Williams Show… Read

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Digital Network Brat Finding Its Niche, Adds Three Partners

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EXCLUSIVE: Brat, the digital studio and network founded last year by Rob Fishman and Darren Lachtman, have added Nick Millman, Kristen Lachtman and Asher Levin as partners. The addition of Millman and Lachtman reunites the core of the executive team of the founders’ former company Niche. That outfit, which teamed social media stars and brands, sold to Twitter for mid-seven figures in 2015. Since its 2017 launch, Brat has focused on using those social media stars to build… Read

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ESPN Launches Daily Mobile ‘SportsCenter’, Touts Twitter Team-Up, Digital Originals – NewFronts

At its first appearance at the decade-old Digital Content NewFronts in New York, ESPN announced a new daily edition of SportsCenter for its mobile app, as well as a series of shows developed through parent Disney’s sweeping new agreement with Twitter. But at the same time, it noted that it didn’t need to trumpet any radical new direction. The event merely served to drive home the ubiquity of ESPN and its vast reach across social media. In a direct, 45-minute presentation… Read

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Snap Inc. Posts Slowest Quarterly User Growth In Its History; Shares Plunge

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UPDATED with executive comments: Snap Inc., already in the harsh Wall Street spotlight due to mounting complaints about its redesign last fall, released first-quarter results that included the lowest sequential growth in daily active users in the company’s history. The global user base grew 15% from the year-ago period to reach 191 million, but on a sequential basis, the 191 million was up just 4 million from levels in the fourth quarter of 2017. In North America, the… Read

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Donald Trump Clutches His Pearls Over Leak Of Potential Mueller Probe Questions

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President Donald Trump’s tweeted breathlessly about the New York Times report about the 40+ questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may want to ask him. NYT isn’t saying where it got the list of vague-ish, open-ended “questions.” So far, money is on someone from Team Trump having leaked the material. Maybe so that, hours later, Trump could tweet to his 40-something million followers how  “disgraceful” it is “that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were… Read

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Will Packer On Kanye West-Donald Trump Love-In: “I Miss The Old Kanye”

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Movie producer and social media force Will Packer enlivened Twitter’s NewFronts event with his take on the Kanye West-Donald Trump “expression of love,” as he called it. “Let’s take a minute real quick to say, I miss the old Kanye, OK?” Packer said during an appearance plugging the potency of #BlackTwitter, as the crowd burst into laughter and applause. (Later, Packer noted that the teleprompter operator might have gotten lost, as the comments were unscripted.) West… Read