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All3Media Buys Sports Producer & Formula E Partner Aurora Media Worldwide

All3Media is adding more sports firepower to its books with the acquisition of Aurora Media Worldwide. The superindie has brought in the company, which was founded in 2012, to its production group. Aurora Media Worldwide, which is run by former Endemol and IMG exec Lawrence Duffy, produces live sports programming including Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival, ATP/WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, BWF Badminton, International Six Day Track Cycling and Formula… Read


Hulu Picks Up Anna Friel-Fronted British Drama ‘Butterfly’ From Fremantle International

Hulu has come on board Anna Friel-fronted British drama Butterfly after a deal with Fremantle. The U.S. streaming service will launch the three-part mini-series on January 18. Fronted by the Marcella star, Butterfly is penned by The Secret Agent writer Tony Marchant. It tells the story of the complex relationship between separated parents, Vicky, played by Friel and Stephen, played by Emmett J. Scanlan, and their division in opinion over how to support their youngest… Read


BAFTA Reveals 2018 New Members: Jodie Whittaker, Hugh Grant, Letitia Wright, Willem Dafoe Among Crop; See Full List

Hugh Grant, Jodie Whittaker and Letitia Wright are among 386 new BAFTA members. The 2018 intake span the film, games and TV industries across eleven countries. Scroll down for the full list of new members. Among new members are BAFTA-winner Grant, Doctor Who star Whittaker, BAFTA-nominee Willem DafoeBlack Panther star Letitia Wright, La La Land producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, Mad Max: Fury Road costume designer Jenny Beavan, Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade… Read


BBC Films Hires Former Number 9 Exec Claudia Yusef As Head Of Development

BBC Films has appointed Claudia Yusef as Head Of Development. Reporting directly to Director of BBC Films, Rose Garnett, Yusuf will take up her role in January 2019 and will be part of the BBC Films' management team. Yusuf most recently served as Head Of Development for UK production firm Number 9 Films, producer of Colette, a role she took up in May of this year. Prior to Number 9, she was Talent Development Executive at the Scottish Film Network, part of BFI NETWORK… Read


BBC To Examine Rupert Murdoch’s Influence Over The British Press In Three-Part Doc Series ‘A Tabloid Empire’

The BBC is to examine Rupert Murdoch's influence over the British press in a major three-part documentary series. The British public broadcaster has commissioned A Tabloid Empire (w/t) from Trump: An American Dream producer 72 Films. The three-part series, which will air on BBC Two, will explore the extraordinary reach of the Murdoch empire across the British press. Covering the period from 1997 to 2012, the series examines how the press went from exerting astonishing… Read


Donald Trump Says “People Would Revolt” If He Was Impeached

As we continue this saga that we call the Trump administration, Donald Trump thinks everything is A-OK and is not worried about being impeached in after his former personal attorney Michael Cohen said he made payments to two women so that they would not discuss their alleged affairs with the former host of The Apprentice. Trump insists that the payments were not illegal and did not violate campaign finance laws. “It's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything… Read


Arrowverse Unveils Title Of Fall 2019 Crossover Event

Just as fanboys and fangirls are trying to let the events of this year’s Arrowverse crossover event sink in, next year’s fall crossover event has been revealed: “Crisis on Infinite Earths”. As soon as it was announced fans lost their minds. The announcement of the title was unveiled at the end of tonights three-part “Elseworlds” crossover event which had Arrowverse newbie Batwoman (Ruby Rose) showing concern Arkham Asylum inmate Dr. John Deegan has found a new friend in… Read


MPTF Has Helped Industry’s Military Veterans Collect $500K In Unclaimed VA Benefits

Veterans Affairs MPTF

The Motion Picture & Television Fund's VA Benefits Assistance Program has helped Hollywood's military veterans and their families collect more than $500,000 in unclaimed retroactive Veterans Affairs benefits over the last five years — and more than $85,000 in ongoing monthly benefits, all tax free for life. On Saturday, the MPTF will hold its 2nd annual VA Benefits Screening Day to help even more vets and their families receive the benefits they've earned. The… Read


Stormy Daniels Ordered To Pay Donald Trump $300K In Legal Fees From Defamation Suit

UPDATE, 5:25 PM: The way things are closing in for Donald Trump in Robert Mueller's investigation, the former Celebrity Apprentice may need every dime of the nearly $300,000 he was awarded in attorney's fees today in one of his battles with Stormy Daniels. "The Court GRANTS IN PART AND DENIES IN PART Defendant’s Motion, and orders Plaintiff to pay Defendant $293, 052.33 in attorneys’ fees, costs, and sanctions," declared federal Judge James Otero today of the defamation… Read


NFL & All Its Teams Hit With Antitrust Suit By Oakland Over Raiders’ Relocation

The Oakland Raiders have only three games left in the NFL regular season, but a lawsuit filed today could see those gridiron battles being the last the relocating Bay Area team plays for a while, anywhere. Almost six months after the Oakland City Council gave the go ahead for legal action over the franchise's proposed moved to Sin City, City Attorney Barbara J. Parker tackled the team, the NFL itself and the "unlawful cartel" of the 31 other teams in the league on Monday… Read


Fox’s MLS Cup Final Ratings Best Since 1997

Atlanta MLS Cup

Fox’s broadcast of the 2018 MLS Cup final between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers drew 1.56 million total viewers in primetime Saturday night, making it the most-watched MLS title game since 1997, the U.S. pro soccer league’s second year of existence. Viewership for the game — a 2-0 victory for the hometown United in front of an MLS-record crowd of 73,019 at Mercedes-Benz Arena — jumped more than 90% from last year’s final, when Toronto beat Seattle on ESPN in a… Read


A Fervent Plea To Hollywood’s Film Academy: Consider The No-Host Oscar Option


As the wise heads of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deliberate their latest headache — the rapid demise of Kevin Hart as prospective Oscar host — here's a heartfelt plea. Please, please give serious thought to the no-host option. As noted two weeks ago, the host-free shows of 1969, 1970, and 1971 were actually pretty good. Granted, no-host 1989 — producer Allan Carr's Snow White year — was a bust. But the earlier host-less ceremonies were short… Read