Sun News Network Pulls Plug On Toronto Mayor Reality Show
Controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, will not be returning to Sun News Network with their newly launched reality show. The hourlong Ford Nation aired one episode on Monday night before getting the axe, despite notching a record 155K views in its first airing and 45k in repeats across Western Canada. The network blamed the move on the show’s demanding production schedule and use of resources. “What we will do is invite the Fords on other programming on the network where they’ll have an opportunity to be interviewed by other hosts,” Sun News VP Kory Teneycke said.
Monty Python To Reunite
Surviving Monty Python members Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are set to reunite in a stage show, UK media reports. The show, expected to be announced at a Thursday press conference, would be the comedy troupe’s first in over three decades.
Dubai Fest Announces Films For Its Arabian Nights Program
The Dubai International Film Festival has solidified the lineup for the second installment of its Arabian Nights program, which focuses on innovative, boundary-pushing films originating from and focused on the Arab region. Titles include Nasreddine Ben Maati’s post-Arab Spring documentary A Doomed Generation; Mahmoud Kaabour’s Chamo Of The Camp, which follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition across more than 70 camps; and prolific Syrian filmmaker Mano Khalil’s The Beekeeper, about a man who lost his wife, children, country and over 500 bee colonies in the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. “The films are a kaleidoscope of viewpoints, techniques and stories,” DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said. “The unifying thread throughout all films is a fresh, distinct take on the pressing issues facing the Arab world today.” The full lineup is here. The 10th annual Dubai fest runs December 6-14.
Eyeworks Group Names Esben Halding Head Of Nordic Cooperation
Esben Halding has been appointed as Head of Nordic Cooperation at Eyeworks Group. He will work to solidify cooperation among the countries in the Eyeworks Nordic group — Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the recently added Finland – so that ideas and formats are exchanged quickly and efficiently within the group. “All our companies have a different background in terms of what kind of programs we develop and produce, and a successful exchange of ideas, formats and skills, are essential if we shall fulfill our ambition to become a top player in the Nordic region as a whole,” Halding said. “With less accessible international formats, it’s more important than ever that we support each other in sales of our own original IP and Eyeworks Group formats.” He retains his title as Managing Director of Eyeworks Denmark.
Marathon Media CEO Steps Down
Vincent Chalvon-Demersay has stepped down as CEO of Marathon Media and is selling its shareholding into Zodiak Media. He joined Marathon as Managing Director in 1999 and became member of the executive committee of Marathon Group in 2005, until the sale to the De Agostini group in November 2007. Chalvon-Demersay was named Chief Strategy Officer of Zodiak Media in January 2012, a post he held until two months ago. Marc-Antoine d’Halluin has been named interim CEO in addition to his current role as CEO of Zodiak Media.