BAFTA Names Emma Baehr To New Director Of Awards Post
As film awards season gets underway, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has created a new post overseeing all five of its London-based prize ceremonies.
Previously the Acting Head of Film, Emma Baehr has been named Director of Awards and will be responsible for the ongoing development of the British Academy's kudos, including the BAFTA Film Awards that fall just ahead of the Oscars in February. She is charged with ensuring that output reaches a wide and… Read
China Format ‘Sing My Song’ Going Wide With Universal Music & ITV Studios Global
Eyeing what could be a new international breakout, Universal Music Group is partnering with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to bring China's Sing My Song to a worldwide audience. The format is a primetime entertainment show from Star China which is the first talent format to be exported out of the Middle Kingdom. ITVSGE is selling it overseas after a deal it entered at Mip-TV in April. This new pact will see UMG support local broadcasters by casting singer-songwriters as… Read
‘Hedwig’ Producer David Binder Attaches To London Stage Fest
David Binder, lead producer of the 2014 Tony-winning best musical revival Hedwig And The Angry Inch, has joined the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) as Artistic Associate. He'll develop international projects and collaborations from his New York base. Binder worked with LIFT this past summer to produce Deblozay, an immersive piece by the French company Rara Woulib inspired by Haitian funeral marches. The next LIFT is slated for June 2016.
On Broadway this… Read
BBC & Red Planet Form Pact; Gal-Raday Named At ProSiebenSat:Global Briefs
Tony Jordan's Red Planet Pictures has entered an exclusive development deal with BBC Worldwide that will see the commercial arm of the BBC provide investment, co-production expertise and global market support in return for the first-look on Red Planet's new content. Red Planet's credits as producer include Death In Paradise for BBC One which is moving into its 4th season, and The Nativity and By Any Means, both for BBC One. It's next producing The Passing Bells (photo… Read
‘Citizenfour’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Chilling Edward Snowden Documentary
Watch my video review of Citizenfour, the chilling documentary by Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked tens of thousands of pages of classified documents about vast U.S. spying operations at home and abroad. The impact of those leaks continues to reverberate around the world.
Poitras, a filmmaker and journalist, previously was nominated for an Oscar for her film My Country, My Country. Here, she records the process that led to… Read
Fox Nabs Legal Drama From Alexandra Cunningham & Film 44 As Put Pilot
Frequent collaborators Alexandra Cunningham and Film 44's Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey are reuniting for another drama project, which has been set up at Fox with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Titled Expert Witness, the crime drama stems from the development deal Cunningham inked with 20th TV in June and falls under Film 44's pact with the Fox network.
Cunningham and Film 44 first worked together on the well regarded NBC remake of Prime Suspect,… Read
Ben Bradlee Dead At 93, Washington Post Editor During Watergate Era — Update
Update, 6:18PM: President Barack Obama reacts to Ben Bradlee's death with the following statement: “For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped… Read
Jeremy Sisto & More Join ‘Love Is All You Need,’ Kea Ho Gets ‘Urge’
EXCLUSIVE: Reverse gay-bullying drama Love Is All You Need? has bolstered its cast as filming continues in LA. Suburgatory's Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, Deception's Katherine La Nasa, Trophy Wife's Jenica Bergere, and Drumline's Leonard Roberts have joined Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Kyla Kennedy in the film set in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied. Director Kim Rocco Shields has also tapped Pretty Little Liars' Tyler… Read
PBS Names Don Wilcox VP Digital Marketing and Services
Online marketing veteran Don Wilcox will join PBS' digital team next week, working under Ira Rubenstein, the recently named SVP and GM of PBS Digital. Wilcox will oversee PBS.org and PBS Digital Studios, and oversee programs that help the public broadcaster's local affiliates drive membership.
Wilcox was most recently VP and General Manager of Branded Entertainment for Fox, where he oversaw operations and strategy for Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com and TheXFactorUSA.com. Like… Read
CNN Florida Governor’s Race Debate: No Fan, Much Hot Air
"Everybody comfortable here?" Jake Tapper asked impishly of Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Rick Scott at the start of tonight's debate in a Jacksonville TV studio. It was a reference to the last time the two men squared off, when there was a “flap over a fan and viewers were blown away!” as CNN Voiceover Guy said breathlessly tonight in the minutes leading up to tonight's CNN-hosted square-off.
Sadly, for casual viewers of political debates, the fun… Read
Napa Valley Film Festival Hoping Quake Damage Doesn’t Shake Up Show
It's white-knuckle time for the Napa Valley Film Festival's organizers, filmmakers and fans, with a key venue and two hotels still fixing earthquake damage ahead of the Nov. 12 opening night. The post-quake craziness comes just as the four-year-old event is getting traction in Hollywood for its Oscar Season-adjacent timing, with companies setting encore screenings and star appearances, to tout awards contenders from earlier in the year.
The festival bills itself a mix of… Read
Greg Garcia To Produce NBC Comedy With Sebastian Maniscalco Eyed To Star
My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia is back at NBC with a new comedy project he is executive producing through his CBS TV Studios-based Amigos De Garcia Productions. It is inspired by the life of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco who is expected to star. Written by Austen Earl, writer-producer on Garcia's CBS series The Millers, and produced by CBS Studios, the untitled comedy follows newlywed Sebastian as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a… Read