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The Irwin Family Returning To Animal Planet With New Projects – Mipcom

The Irwin family — Terri, Bindi and Robert — is back in business with Discovery Communications. President and CEO David Zaslav said at Mipcom today that the family will return to Animal Planet which will work with the Irwins to develop and produce new projects that will air across the network's platforms. The Irwin family will also serve as global ambassadors for Discovery Communications. Zaslav told Mipcom attendees the series will be “action oriented.” The kids have… Read

Critical Content Takes Stake In UK’s Renowned Films – Mipcom

In a move towards international, LA-based Critical Content has made a strategic investment in UK production company Renowned Films. Founded in 2012, Renowned makes unscripted, factual entertainment, features and documentaries for TV and digital. Back in 2015, Channel 4 took a share of the company that was launched by BBC radio host Duane Jones along with Max Welch and Tim Withers. The terms of the deal call for Critical to acquire the Renowned stake owned by Channel 4's… Read

‘Skam’: Facebook Watch Orders U.S. Version Of Norwegian Teen Hit – Mipcom

Back in December, Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment said it was making an English-language version of hit Scandi teen drama Shame (Skam). Today at Mipcom, Facebook’s Head of Global Creative Strategy, Ricky Van Veen, said the company is teaming with Fuller to bring the series to its newly-launched Facebook Watch. The show, which debuted on NRK platforms in 2015, uses narratives in real time with unknown actors and scripts that are geared to a 16 year-old audience with a… Read

Eurosport Teams With Snap In Olympics Content Partnership – Mipcom

Discovery Communications' Eurosport and Snap, Inc have entered a strategic advertising and content agreement that will bring Snapchat users coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. This is the first time that Snap has committed to a European, multi-language deal for the Olympics. The Olympics content will include behind-the-scenes action from events such as snowboarding, downhill and freestyle skiing and ice hockey — as well as from athletes and… Read

Questions About U.S. Investment Swirl As China’s Communist Party Enters Into Its 19th National Congress

USA China

EXCLUSIVE: This is an important week for China, and Hollywood. October 18 kicks off the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party. There will be much fanfare, with an opening ceremony broadcast live on China Central Television. The Congress is meant to unveil new leadership and set a blueprint for national development for the next five years and beyond. So, what's at stake for Hollywood? First the negotiations on a new contract that would cover quota films has not… Read

Political ‘Groundhog Day’: Court Blocks Travel Ban 3.0, White House Outraged, DOJ Will Appeal

“Is this going to keep going,” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked wearily after a federal judge ruled to block President Donald Trump’s latest stab at a travel ban  – Travel Ban 3.0, TV news outlets have taken to calling it, to distinguish from Trump’s first and second stabs at a travel ban. Following script closely, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly issued its latest statement, saying “Today’s dangerously flawed district court order undercuts the… Read

John McCain To CNN: Donald Trump’s “Spurious Nationalism” Taking Us Down Path That Led U.S. To World War II

President Donald Trump is taking the country down the same path that led to U.S. entry into World War II, Sen. John McCain warned today, spelling it out for reporters who appeared not to get the message he delivered Monday night in Philadelphia. On Monday, McCain blasted isolationism, declaring “unpatriotic” those calls to abandon the country’s role as international leader. “To fear the world we organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we… Read

‘The Mantis’: Netflix Acquires Carole Bouquet Crime Drama – Mipcom

Adding to its range of local-language offerings, Netflix has picked up The Mantis, a French serial killer thriller starring Carole Bouquet. The six-part drama is made by Septembre Productions and will be available globally on Netflix on December 29. In France, it’s already been added to the streaming service where it runs after broadcast on TF1. Handled by AB International Distribution, the series centers on Jeanne Deber (Bouquet), aka The Mantis. She’s a famous serial… Read

‘Upgraded’: Ale Damiani To Helm Fox International Productions’ Latino Comedy

Fox International Productions has set Ale Damiani to direct Latino comedy Upgraded, a wish-fulfillment story written by Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman. Damiani made the sci-fi short-film M.A.M.O.N., a satirical critique of the U.S. president’s immigration policies that gained an international following after it was released last year (see the video below, featuring a robot Donald Trump). Upgraded revolves around two uncool high school boys from Mexico who, while… Read

The Scaramucci Post Pulls “How Many Jews” Holocaust Poll After Twitter Torching

Anthony Scaramucci

The shortest-tenured White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is back in headlines again, and not in a good way – again. This time it’s over a poll put up on his The Scaramucci Post, launched after Scaramucci’s 10-day tenure as President Donald Trump’s chief media massage-er. The poll asked how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, with multiple-choice options ranging from “Less than 1 million” to “More than 5 million.” It was pulled as it was closing in… Read

Catherine Zeta-Jones Talks ‘Cocaine Godmother’ & True Ambition – Mipcom

Catherine Zeta-Jones hit the Croisette today to talk up her Lifetime original movie, Cocaine Godmother. The film is directed by Guillermo Navarro and is based on the life of Miami drug lord Griselda Blanco (Zeta-Jones), one of the original "Cocaine Cowboys" who pioneered the drug trade between Colombia and the U.S. in the 70s and 80s. The goal for Zeta-Jones was “not to homogenize her or find a sympathetic quality, because I don't think she had one. I applaud Lifetime… Read

TV Azteca, Keshet Team For Super Series; Acorn Looks ‘Straight Forward’ – Mipcom

TV Azteca and Keshet International are joining forces in a deal to co-develop and produce an original Spanish-language super series to air on TV Azteca. It will be developed under the KI banner and co-produced with TV Azteca in-house. The plan is to launch the 60-episode series next year. KI is handling global sales. Joshua Mintz, Deputy President for TV Azteca, and Kelly Wright, VP Distribution and New Business at KI, will oversee development. TV Azteca is the… Read