Comcast Buys Up 30% Of Sky Shares & Hopes To Close Takeover By End Of October
Comcast has secured more than 30% of Sky shares – three days after agreeing to pay $40B for the European pay-TV giant.
The move means that the NBC Universal owner must now offer to buy out other investors at the formal offer price of £17.28. The company, in a note to the London Stock Exchange, said that it was now "seeking to make further market purchases of Sky Shares".
The company is hoping to wrap up a deal to acquire at least 50% of the shares in the company by the… Read
ITV Backs Genial Productions From ‘The Durrells’ Writer Simon Nye & Ex-Tiger Aspect Boss Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
The Durrells and Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye and former Tiger Aspect boss Sophie Clarke-Jervoise have established a production company backed by ITV Studios.
The production arm of the British commercial broadcaster has taken a minority stake in Genial Productions. The company will produce comedy and drama.
Nye has previously written an episode of Doctor Who as well as a biopic of Tommy Cooper, while Clarke-Jervoise has exec produced series including Benidorm and Th… Read
James Lipton Ends Run As ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ Host As Show Moves To Ovation TV
James Lipton, host of the interview series Inside the Actors Studio that has run on Bravo since 1994, is hanging up his index cards as the series has set a deal to move to Ovation TV in fall 2019.
Lipton is creator, executive producer and host of the show, which features actors, writers, directors and other entertainment figures discussing their craft — and always with Lipton. The Bravo run included more than 200 episodes and the series earned 20 Emmy nominations — its… Read
Seth Meyers Mocks Media’s Chaotic Coverage Of Rod Rosenstein And Donald Trump
Seth Meyers captured the crazy of the day’s news cycle on Late Night.
It started when the media thought Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned, or been fired, for having suggested – or joking – a year ago that he wear a wire and record President Donald Trump to expose the chaos consuming the administration.
“We’re on the brink of constitutional crisis because nobody could tell if Rod was joking or not?!” Meyers marveled. “Can I just make a suggestion to all… Read
‘The Royals’ Dethroned: Lionsgate Says Series Officially Over, Thanks Fans
The Royals’ Loyals officially are without a show. After unsuccessfully shopping the series that was canceled by E! last month, Lionsgate TV tweeted today that the Elizabeth Hurley drama has been dethroned for good.
#Loyals, we're so thankful for your undying support of Read
Top TV Agent Adam Berkowitz Exits CAA
UPDATED: CAA veteran Adam Berkowitz, one of the agency’s most senior TV lit agents, has departed the talent agency after a lengthy tenure. A rep for CAA has confirmed that Berkowitz is no longer employed there, declining further comment.
The circumstances surrounding Berkowitz’s abrupt exit are unclear but I hear there was an internal CAA investigation into the seasoned TV lit agent who had overseen packaging for a slew of TV series. I also hear that there was an alleged… Read
ABC Developing ‘PANK’ Drama Series From Felicia D. Henderson & Darryl Taja
We have the SMILF comedy series on Showtime. Now another female-centered project with a catchy acronym as a title, drama PANK, is headed to the small screen.
ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to PANK, from writer Felicia D. Henderson (Soul Food), producer Darryl Taja and 20th Century Fox TV.
In the one-hour drama, written by Henderson, 33-year-old Faith Jones is living and lovin' her life as a PANK: Professional Auntie No Kids: a new guy, a new promotion, a… Read
Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tells Fox News He Was A Virgin At Time Of Alleged Sexual Assault/Misconduct
UPDATED: Brett Kavanaugh tonight took to Fox News Channel to deliver a whopper pre-buttal to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who will appear Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss her sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.
You can read the entire transcript of his FNC interview and/or watch a clip below.
Ford claims that, when they were high school students, Kavanaugh and a Georgetown Prep colleague classmate locked her in a room at a… Read
‘Westworld’ EP Roberto Patino Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
In a competitive situation, writer-producer Roberto Patino (Westworld) has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Under the pact, Patino will develop new material for the studio geared toward premium cable and streaming outlets.
Patino has been an executive producer on the first two seasons WBTV’s sci-fi drama series Westworld and shared in the HBO series’ two best drama Emmy nominations. His previous credits include NBC's Prime… Read
Hillary Clinton’s Upcoming TV Project Provokes More Negative Reaction Than Obamas’ Netflix Deal
With Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV adapting Elaine Weiss’ acclaimed book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, research firm Alpha decided to compare audience reaction to that project with the film and TV deal the Barack and Michelle Obama struck with Netflix.
It turns out that art imitates life.
The Clinton project, which chronicles the decades-long fight by activists to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, produced… Read
‘First Wives Club’: Mark Tallman, RonReaco Lee & Malik Yoba Set As Male Leads In Paramount Network Series
EXCLUSIVE: The First Wives Club series has found its guys. Single Ladies alum Mark Tallman, RonReaco Lee (Survivor’s Remorse) and Malik Yoba (Empire) are set as the male leads opposite Ryan Michelle Bathe, Michelle Buteau and Jill Scott in Paramount Network's dramedy based on the popular 1996 Paramount film. The 10-episode series hails from Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver and Paramount Television.
The First Wives Club series, like the movie that starred Diane Keaton… Read
Sundance Institute Unveils 2018 Episodic Lab Fellows
Sundance Institute has selected nine original TV pilots for its fifth annual Episodic Lab, which runs from September 27-October 2 at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. Topics and formats range from half-hour comedies about friendships put to the test to historical dramas about the struggle for Native American land sovereignty. Read about the projects and their creators below.
Beginning with the Lab, the 12 new fellows will receive customized, ongoing creative and… Read