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China Cracks Down On Foreign TV & Film Programming

China is set to crackdown on foreign TV and film programming during primetime. The country's National Radio and Television Administration has published a draft of new rules that will limit foreign content to 30% of a channel's full schedule and ban it completely between the hours of 7pm and 10pm. The move is designed to crackdown on content that "deviates from socialist core values" as it looks to enforce the “protection of social stability”. It includes all types of… Read

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Woody Harrelson’s ‘Lost in London’ To Be Handed Production Guild of Great Britain Award

The production team behind Woody Harrelson's live, one-take feature film Lost in London are to be feted at Production Guild of Great Britain Awards. The awards take place on Saturday September 22 at The Grove in Hertfordshire and are sponsored by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. The team, which includes Co-Producer Andrew Warren, Production Coordinator Samantha Black, Supervising Location Manager David Broder and Location Manager Paul Tomlinson, are to be awarded for their… Read

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Amazon Prime’s Diego Maradona Biopic Series Sets Cast

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Nicolas Goldschmidt (Farsantes), Nazareno Casero (Stories of a Clan) and Juan Palomino (Truth Consequence) have been cast as the iconic and infamous soccer star Diego Maradona in Maradona: Blessed Dream, an Amazon Prime Video biopic series being  produced by RAZE, Dhana Media and BTF. The first season will begin filming in Argentina, followed by Uruguay, Spain, Italy and Mexico. Maradona: Blessed Dream follows Maradona’s life from infancy to his present life and his… Read

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SNL Podcast Gives Insider Perspectives On Its Trump-Era TV Tactics

For fans of Saturday Night Live insider baseball, there’s a new reason to live. That’s because there’s a new chapter coming of the Origins podcast by James Andrew Miller on the way, all focused on SNL’s Season 44. Origins Chapter 4: Saturday Night Live: Behind the Scenes of Season 44 has conversations with Alec Baldwin, producer Lorne Michaels, Weekend Update co-anchors (and Emmy hosts) Michael Che and Colin Jost, plus Kenan Thompson and other cast members giving their… Read

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Vice Pulls Six-Part Magic Commission ‘Dirty Tricks’ Out Of The Hat For Viacom’s Channel 5

EXCLUSIVE: Vice has pulled another rabbit from its production hat – scoring a six-part magic series from Viacom's Channel 5. The youth-skewing media company is making Dirty Tricks (w/t) for digital station 5Star, fronted by social media start Ryan Tricks. The company launched its Vice Studios division last year with a focus on producing programming for third party broadcasters and Dirty Tricks marks its latest commission after a four-part cocaine documentary for Channel… Read

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‘Sacred Games’: Netflix Renews Indian Crime Drama For Season 2

Netflix has handed a Season 2 renewal to its gritty Indian crime drama Sacred Games. Based on Vikram Chandra's best-selling novel, it’s described as a tale of betrayal, crime, passion and a thrilling chase through Mumbai's underbelly. “We've been thrilled by the response to Sacred Games from fans worldwide, and especially in India, to this high-quality production,” said Erik Barmack, VP International Originals at Netflix. "It's incredibly exciting for us to take the story… Read

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Charmaine Bingwa First Woman Of Color To Win Annual Heath Ledger Scholarship

After a record number of entries, Australians in Film announced Charmaine Bingwa as the winner of this year’s Heath Ledger Scholarship. The Australian/Zimbabwean actor is the first woman of color to be honored with the scholarship and the 10th winner of the award which was founded five months after Ledger’s death. The scholarship honors Ledger’s legacy and is awarded to an actor who exhibits distinctive and unique potential.  It offers assistance for a young and emerging… Read

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President Trump On Brett Kavanaugh: “I Think Everything Is Going To Be Just Fine”

President Donald Trump held a giant rally Thursday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center, his first since canceling a series of rallies last week because of Hurricane Florence. The rally happened as his pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, faces unexpected turbulence from a last-minute revelation of possible sexual misconduct in high school. A somewhat hoarse Trump briefly touched on the issue, noting, “I’m not saying anything about anybody else – but Brett… Read

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Julie Chen Moonves – Oops, She Said It Again On Thursday ‘Big Brother’

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Two questions loomed over tonight’s live Big Brother episode:  Will she?  Or won’t she? The answer: Yes, Julie Chen once again added her married name, Moonves, to address the audience at the beginning and end of the show. That marks the third time that’s happened in what’s fast becoming a regular routine for the host. It’s her way of showing support for her husband, Les Moonves, who is faced with numerous sexual misconduct accusations and was forced out as chairman/CEO at… Read

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Jenna Laurenzo’s Comedy ‘Lez Bomb’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures For November Bow

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EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Lez Bomb, written and directed by and starring Jenna Laurenzo and executive produced by Bobby Farrelly. The pic, which won a jury award when it world premiered at the Bentonville Film Festival, will hit theaters and on-demand platforms November 9. The pic centers on a young woman (Laurenzo) who comes home for Thanksgiving with life-changing news. Little does she know, the eccentric cast of characters that… Read

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Mark Steines Sues Hallmark Channel Owner Over ‘Home & Family’ Exit; Crown Media Says “No Merit” To Claims – Update

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UPDATED with Crown Media Family Networks statement: Mark Steines has filed a lawsuit against Hallmark Channel owner Crown Media, four months after he was abruptly removed as co-host of the network’s flagship series Home and Family. His four-claim suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that his exit came after he stood up in support of two women on the show’s staff who had accused the show’s then-executive producer Woody Fraser of sexual harassment, and he… Read

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Tom Rothman Inks Multi-Year Contract Extension As Sony Motion Picture Group Chairman

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Tom Rothman, who oversees all of Sony Pictures’ motion picture operations worldwide including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Imageworks, has recently seen his contract re-upped in a multi-year deal. Rothman came to the Culver City lot via 20th Century Fox in late 2013, where he served as the chairman of TriStar Pictures. In February 2015 he was named to his current role of chairman of… Read