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Vice Expanding In Asia Pacific; NBCU Intl Takes ‘Chance’ – Global Briefs


Vice Media has inked a slew of international mobile deals and is planning a vast rollout in the Asia Pacific region, its founder and CEO Shane Smith announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday. The new slate of partnerships includes original production, licensing, direct-to-consumer offerings and Viceland programming, and will see programming delivered to more than 80 territories by the end of 2017. Major deals have been reached in Indonesia with XL… Read


Tribune Media Shares Jump On Report That Sinclair Is Interested In A Deal

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Tribune Media shares are up more than 9% in pre-market trading this morning after Reuters reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group is interested in a merger — and Tribune disclosed Q4 earnings that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The news service describes the talks with Sinclair as “preliminary” and notes that they may just involve parts of Tribune. A straight combination would put the surviving company well above the FCC’s ownership caps — although many analysts… Read


Bill Maher To Chris Matthews: Donald Trump’s Speech To Congress “Will Fool A Lot Of People”

Comedian Bill Maher jokes about his newfound love for Mitt Romney during the latest episode of "The Messy Truth," a town hall series hosted by Van Jones.

“It’s Teleprompter Trump,” Bill Maher said of President Trump’s speech to the joint session of Congress, on a special late-night edition of Hardball. “There's two Trumps. Every president, to a degree, talks out of two sides of their mouth. But this guy is on a level beyond what anybody's seen,” Maher told host Chris Matthews. “Teleprompter Trump doesn't match the off-the-cuff Trump and what they're doing legislatively.  They've passed one law that said oil companies could… Read


Martin Moszkowicz Re-Ups As Constantin Film CEO

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Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific German industry veteran behind such titles as the Resident Evil franchise and TV series Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments, has renewed his contract as CEO of Constantin Film for another four years. The new contract will see him at the helm until February 28, 2021. Well-respected Moszkowicz has been CEO of Constantin Film AG since January 2014 and in addtition to corporate management and strategy, he's been responsible for managing… Read


Kim Cattrall To Play POTUS In Swedish Crime Series ‘Modus’

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Kim Cattrall is adding to her international TV credits with Modus, the Swedish crime series originated by TV4’s streaming service C More. The erstwhile Samantha Jones will play the U.S. President in the psychological thriller’s second season which is currently in production for air this fall. Modus‘ first season followed psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman) as she found herself, and her autistic daughter, drawn into an investigation surrounding a… Read


ITV Revenue Jumps Despite Ad Decline Amid Economic & Political Uncertainty


Reporting its full-year results for the period ended December 31, 2016, ITV said this morning that its overall group revenue grew by 3% to £3.064B ($3.8B). With a 3% drop in net advertising revenue across 2016 — and amid an uncertain economic and political background as Brexit hovers — the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster predicts a 6% ad dip in the first four months of 2017. Still, ITV expects to outperform the market and reported a slight increase in pre-tax profits… Read


‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Trailer Teases Star-Lord’s Father Ego

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Chris Pratt unveiled the latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, which introduces a brand new character fans have patiently been waiting for. The video features a handful of the same scenes that have been seen in previous trailers and promos, with the superhero team assembling to save the galaxy for a second time, as well as continuing the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true… Read


Donald Trump Wows Crowd With First Stab At Sounding Presidential In Speech To Congress

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Donald Trump was at his most presidential tonight. Sticking to the teleprompter, with whom he has had a contentious relationship in the past, Trump mostly re-delivered his stump speech, but in a more calm, measured manner, and wrapped up in talk of the the country’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2026. He opened his speech with strong condemnations of the murder of an Indian man in Kansas, and the threats against Jewish communities around the country. “Recent threats… Read


Casey Affleck’s ‘Light Of My Life’ Sold In Multiple International Territories

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Casey Affleck's upcoming survival drama, Light of My Life, has been sold in multiple international territories. Sierra/Affinity, which boarded international sales on the project after recently handling Manchester by the Sea, first made the movie available to buyers at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin. Affleck, who won the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday night, wrote and is directing Light of My Life, as well as starring in the film. The story follows a father… Read


Hollywood Reacts To Trump’s First Address To Congress

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Tuesday night, Donald Trump made his first address to Congress since taking office in mid-January. Trump addressed a variety of topics, including immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border, repealing Obamacare, and his plans for "American greatness," among many other concerns. While making his speech, it didn't take long for celebrities to grab their phones and tweet their opinions. Patton Oswalt shared a handful of tweets, writing, "Boy DOES Trump stress THE wrong words.”… Read


Solid Ratings Starts For VH1’s ‘The Breaks’ & CMT’s ‘Sun Records’, USA’s ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Hits Premiere High


VH1's new music drama series The Breaks premiered with a 0.98 adults 18-49 rating in Live+3. That was below the 1.3 for The Breaks movie, which spawned the series, but a solid delivery for the network. Including two encores, the total audience for the premiere night was 2.3 million total viewers, just shy of the 2.6 million for the movie. According to VH1, The Breaks was up +204% vs. the last scripted series debut on the network, Hindsight, in January 2015, and logged… Read