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Gotham Awards To Honor NYC Film Office, Aziz Ansari & Judith Light


The New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment will receive an Appreciation Award at this year's Gotham Awards show, which is set for November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street. Office commissioner Julie Menin and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen will accept the award, in recognition of the office’s 50th anniversary. The pair will then present "Made in NY" awards to Aziz Ansari, whose Netflix series Master Of None is based on his experiences in New York, and Judith… Read


‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 Debut Up 34% Internationally


Continuing on its ratings streak, the Season 7 shocker debut of The Walking Dead saw a 34% ratings growth internationally, marking the highest-rated launch in international distributor Fox Networks' history. The opener's growth was measured across 28 markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America where performance metrics were available overnight. Launched simultaneously as the domestic broadcast on Sunday, which saw 17 million tune into AMC’s zombie apocalypse blockbus… Read


Cubs Win & World Series Ratings Surge To Best Game 2 Result Since 2009

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It may not be the World Series that Los Angeles Dodgers fans dreamed of, but Fox and Major League Baseball must be very pleased with how the battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians is going. With the Cubs winning their first Fall Classic game since 1945 with a 5-1 win last night in Cleveland, Wednesday's Game 2 ratings hit a seven-year high. The primetime matchup scored an 11.3/19 in metered market results, which is the best any World Series Game 2 has… Read


Chris Petrikin Exiting 20th Century Fox; Will Launch Communications & Crisis Management Consultancy

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Twentieth Century Fox Chief Communications Officer and respected industry veteran, Chris Petrikin, has set his departure from the studio at the end of 2016. The exec will then form a strategic communications and crisis management consultancy — with Fox as a client. Until his exit, Petrikin will continue working in his current role with the studio and will assist Fox Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider to transition the post. Petrikin said today, "For the last decade, my Fox… Read


UK Creative Industries Call For Government-Industry Partnership Post-Brexit

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Reaction to EU Referendum result, London, UK - 24 Jun 2016

With Britain's official exit from the European Union on the horizon, UK creative industries have pooled together and called upon the government to work with them to construct a framework that will protect the sector and identify potential opportunities in a post-Brexit world. Around 500 people from the UK's creative businesses, including British Film Institute chief exec Amanda Nevill and filmmakers Simon Curtis and Stephen Frears, contributed to a 73-page document… Read


Stephen Colbert Explains To Newt Gingrich Why Sex Always Is More Interesting Than Public Policy


UPDATE with video: Stephen Colbert took on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s blasting of Megyn Kelly for trying to discuss the affect Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape boasts, and the women who have accused him of groping them, are having on the GOP nom’s polling. Gingrich had shot back, like he meant it to sting, that she was “fascinated with sex” and does “not care about public policy.” Gingrich, you see, wanted her to talk about the latest WikiLeaks DNC email… Read


Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Goes Live For Election Eve And Post-Mortem Wednesday

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has decided to broadcast live shows on CBS the Monday and Wednesday bookending Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Monday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 9.  Colbert will host his show live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, on CBS. On Tuesday, Colbert will cover election results live for premium cable network Showtime, starting at 11 PM ET, 8 PM PT. Live Late Show broadcasts following recent presidential debates, and the Veep debate… Read


California’s $330M Film Incentives Are Working as Expected – And Then Some


California's expanded $330 million film incentives program hasn't fully kicked in yet, but in its first full year has generated an estimated $1.5 billion in direct in-state spending, including $600 million in below-the-line wages, according to the California Film Commission's latest progress report. One of the expanded program's specific goals was to induce TV shows to relocate here from other states, and by all accounts, it's already been a major success. So far, six… Read


Twitter Execs Talk Up NFL Live Streaming And Plans, But Not Status Of Sale Effort

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey kicked off his Q3 earnings call saying he wouldn’t discuss the issue on everyone’s mind — what’s happening with the effort to sell itself. Company shares spiked and then fell over the last two months as took a look, and others — possibly including Disney — kicked the tires. But none made a formal bid. With that out of the way, CFO Anthony Noto talked up the early response to its live Thursday Night Football video streams. “We’re at… Read


‘Great British Bake Off’ Cooks Up Record Finale Ratings; Chris Fry Joins Sister Pictures – Global Briefs


In its last regular season hurrah on the BBC, The Great British Bake Off scored its biggest overnight audience ever with an average 14M viewers watching the finale. The peak of 14.8M came just before 9PM local time on Wednesday as the winner was awarded the coveted engraved cake plate prize for what included a 49-piece royal picnic that judge Mary Berry called "an absolute humdinger of a showstopper." The finale has now become the most-watched program of 2016 in the UK… Read


Twitter Says It Will Slash 9% Of Workforce As Q3 Earnings Beat Expectations

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Twitter plunged 12 percent as the social media company reported another loss and user adoption rates continue to slow

Twitter shares are up more than 4.5% in pre-market trading after the struggling social media company said that it will cut employment by 9% — but beat Wall Street’s expectations for Q3 financials. The number of monthly active users — a closely watched statistic — increased 3.3% vs last year to 317 million. Analysts expected 316 million. Twitter reported a net loss of $102.9 million, a 21.9% improvement vs the period last year, on revenues of $616 million, up 8%. Analysts… Read