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U.S. Remains Largest Export Market For British TV With Sales Of $441M

The U.S. remained the largest export market for British TV content with sales of £335M ($441M) across the 2016/17 year, according to a new report. Total revenues from UK TV programming sales were estimated at £902m, according to the TV Exports report, published by British trade association Pact. The U.S. was considerably larger than other markets with Australia, at £73M, and France, at £60M, coming in second and third. Finished TV program sales is the major source of… Read

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BBC Introduces NFL’s Rooney Rule As It Aims To Increase BAME Representation

The BBC is taking its cues from the NFL after introducing its own version of the Rooney rule in order to boost diversity across the organization. The move comes after the British public broadcaster has published a "landmark" report on career progression and culture for staff from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background. It is introducing a policy that ensures shortlists for all jobs above a certain level include at least one person from a BAME background… Read

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Avalon COO Tim Robinson Leaves ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Producer

EXCLUSIVE: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver producer Avalon has lost its Chief Operating Officer. I hear Tim Robinson has left the British production company and talent management agency. Robinson, a popular figure within the British television industry, joined the company, which has offices in London, New York and LA, in September 2016 and left at the end of last month. He lead day-to-day operations at the business and managed the long-term strategic development of the… Read

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Endemol Shine Group Calls In Banks To Explore Sale

Endemol Shine Group has called in the banks to explore a sale – two months after Deadline revealed that the Big Brother superindie was set to be put on the block. The company, which produces series including Black Mirror, The Biggest Loser, Peaky Blinders and Broadchurch, has hired Deutsche Bank and Liontree, according to CNBC, to explore its options. It is thought that 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, which currently own 50% each, have both agreed to sell… Read

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‘Vanity Fair’ Trailer: First-Look At ITV & Amazon’s Adaptation Of The Classic Napoleonic Novel

ITV and Amazon have unveiled a first-look at the forthcoming adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic 1848 novel Vanity Fair. The partners have debuted a short trailer that features Ready Player One star Olivia Cooke with her foot all over a globe, as the seven-part drama is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. The Mammoth Screen-produced series sees Cooke play Becky Sharp, as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of… Read

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The BBC Lines Up Quirky Saturday Night Quiz Format ‘The Time It Takes’ With ‘Taskmaster’ Star Joe Lycett

The British love a slice of quirky and eccentric Saturday night television and it seems the BBC's latest primetime gameshow will deliver just that. The British public broadcaster has ordered The Time It Takes from Hat Trick Productions, the company behind long-running panel format Have I Got News For You and Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes. The Time It Takes, which has been handed an eight-part run starting later this year on BBC One, will be fronted by rising comedian Joe… Read

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Kristen Wiig Exits Apple Comedy Series Because Of ‘Wonder Woman’ Conflict, Project Eyes Recasting

EXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live alumna Kristen Wiig has departed Apple’s upcoming comedy series, which she was attached to star in and executive produce, because of a scheduling conflict with Wonder Woman. The untitled half-hour project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's short story collection You Think It, I'll Say It, is currently on hold as Apple and the producers evaluate their options, including proceeding with a different actress. Apple closed a deal for a… Read

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More MoviePass Drama: Stock See-Saws As Parent Company Pitches Ways To Avoid Nasdaq Delisting

The bizarre ride of MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson Analytics continued today after the company issued a preliminary proxy report unveiling proposals to overhaul its financial structure. With 15 minutes to go in today’s trading session, not long after the filing was posted, company shares abruptly spiked by more than 25% before plummeting back after hours to 30 cents a share, a new 52-week low. Trading volume was twice the normal level. Shareholders who own stock as… Read

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Netflix Goes ‘Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons’ With Latest Factual Original

Netflix is going inside the world's toughest prisons with its latest factual original. The SVOD service has ordered a four-part documentary, hosted by ex-prisoner and journalist Raphael Rowe, from British production company Emporium Productions. Inside the World's Toughest Prisons has secured unique access behind the bars of some of the toughest prisons on Earth including a number ruled by convicted murderers in gang-run jails and others with maximum security compounds… Read

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Donald Trump’s Attacks On Media Taking A Toll On Broadcasters, WGA East Survey Finds

A survey of WGA East members who work at ABC and CBS news operations has found that nearly half of those responding said that President Donald Trump's constant attacks on the media have taken a toll on them. Trump, the most virulently anti-press president in modern American history, has called the "fake news" the "enemy of the American people" and "our country's biggest enemy." "The current political climate is taking a toll on our broadcast members," WGA East executive… Read

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Hollywood Condemns Fox News, Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Policy: Adam Scott, James Gunn, Others Speak Out

Refresh for updates Adam Scott, co-star of the Fox sitcom Ghosted, has added his voice to the growing opposition – both inside and outside the Fox entertainment family – against Fox News and what the actor calls the network’s “support for & blatant lying about state-sponsored child abuse.” The chorus of critics has been expanding steadily today since director Paul Feig (20th Century Fox’s Spy, The Heat), Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane, director Judd Apatow and Modern Family… Read

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Sky One Renews Buddy Cop Drama ‘Bulletproof’ For Second Season

EXCLUSIVE: Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters are set to return for a second season of Sky One's buddy cop drama Bulletproof. Season one of the Vertigo Films-produced drama ended this evening on the pay-TV channel and Deadline can reveal that the broadcaster has renewed it for a second six-part season in 2018. Sky said that the first episode of the show, which launched in May, had a total audience of 1.59M viewers, making it the biggest Sky One audience of the year. Clarke… Read