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CTV Adds ‘The Conners’ To Its Tuesday Night Lineup

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CTV has acquired the new Roseanne spinoff comedy The Connors, which will anchor its Tuesday night lineup. The Conners will air on CTV at 8 PM ET/9 PM MT. "Were excited to deliver this exceptional spin-off to Canadians who made an appointment with the Conners family in record numbers earlier this year," said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. "We're confident this timely addition to the Tuesday night lineup will once again anchor a big comedy… Read

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YouTube Targets International Markets With Local Language Original Programs

YouTube will target Germany, Japan, Mexico, France and India with scripted series and other original programming in hopes of bolstering its paid subscription service. The move puts YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc., into competition with Netflix and Amazon, both also investing in local language programming for online audiences. Programming under consideration includes reality series, music documentaries, talk shows and scripted series, said Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global… Read

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Spectrum Cable, Internet And Phone Service May Be Booted From New York

New York’s public service commission is trying to remove Spectrum, the state’s largest TV and Internet service provider, because it allegedly reneged on commitments and has failed to properly serve customers. The state commission has given Charter Communications, the owners of Spectrum, 60 days to come up with an exit plan while the state seeks a new service provider. The state also fined the company $3 million and said it must provide uninterrupted service during the… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

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Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday… Read

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Netflix India Petitioned To Delete Content From ‘Sacred Games’ Series

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Netflix is being taken to court in India and asked to delete certain “offensive scenes” and remarks about former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in its original series, Sacred Games. The Delhi High court is studying a petition filed by Nikhil Bhalla against Netflix, which is producing Sacred Games as its first Indian original series. Bhalla is a member of the opposition Congress party, which Gandhi led until his assassination in 1991. Sacred Games is set in Mumbai and… Read

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Blockbuster Video’s Last Two Alaska Stores To Close, Leaving A Lone Oregon Outlet

And then there was one. Blockbuster Video, once a ubiquitous part of America’s landscape and leisure time, is down to one Oregon location after it was announced today that its two remaining Alaska stores are closing. The final Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks are closing their rental business on Monday, July 16, but will reopen on Tuesday through the end of August to sell-off their inventory. That leaves a lone Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon as the last… Read

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Univision Vs. Dish Networks Carriage Dispute Escalates, As Univision Goes Dark

Univision has gone dark on three channels programmed for the DishLatino and Dish networks, a new escalation in the ongoing carriage dispute with the satellite and Internet provider. Univision and UniMás (including local affiliates) and Galavisión were the three channels affected. Univision has also blocked Sling customers from accessing all of its channels on the service. "Univision's attempted price hikes target Hispanics despite the fact that fewer members of our… Read

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Dish Claims Univision Carriage Dispute At An Impasse – Offers Free Antennas

UPDATE: Univision has responded to the Dish Network accusations with its own statement. “Dish continues its efforts to pay Univision only a fraction of what it pays our English-language peers,” said the Univision statement. “Dish's latest offer to UCI is an insult to our viewers, who depend on us for the news and information that we provide like no other. Dish is just going through the motions; it is providing hollow offers that hardly represent true negotiations. “We… Read

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Priyanka Chopra Apologizes To Fans Outraged Over ‘Quantico’ Terrorist Episode

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Actress Priyanka Chopra apologized today to those offended by a recent episode of her series Quantico that featured a terror plot involving Indian nationalists. The episode outraged some fans of the Mumbai-born Bollywood star, who viewed it as a betrayal of her people. It led to the network and the series producers apologizing to Indian fans who took exception to the characterizations. Quantico is wrapping up its third and final season.  Chopra said she was “saddened and… Read

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Film Facility In Upstate New York Struggles, Transfers Title For $1

A plan to bring a touch of Hollywood to upstate New York has run aground. SUNY Polytechnic Institute is transferring ownership of its Film Hub facility outside of Syracuse to Onondaga County for $1.  Local news reports indicate the state will pay the county $1.7 million for the facility, which opened just a few years ago. The 52,000-square-foot facility was built for $15 million to attract movie production to Central New York. The Film Hub’s new owners, the Greater… Read

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China Film Bureau Names Wang Xiaohui As New Head Of Department

Wang Xiaohui, an attorney and longtime Communist party bureaucrat, has been named Head of the China Film Bureau. When the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in March, state media said a proposed new body overseeing radio and TV management would fall directly under the State Council, i.e., more firmly under the thumb of the Communist Party. But a question mark was left over what was to become of film oversight. With Wang’s appointment… Read

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New European Privacy Law Set, Flooding Inboxes With Mailing List Updates

Companies that market themselves through email – practically every company in the world, that is – are scrambling to become compliant with a new European law that could cause major legal actions. The General Data Protection Regulation (known by the acronym GDPR) is a new European law that takes effect on Friday, May 25. Consumers have already noticed a flood of updated email requests from companies that have them on their mailing lists, and more such notices are to… Read