Naomi Watts’ buzz-worthy Lady Di biopic, featuring the King Kong actress as the People’s Princess, has begun shooting in Croatia. Originally called Caught in Flight, the drama from director Oliver Hirschbiegel has been retitled as simply Diana.
Europe Kills ACTA
The European Parliament on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to reject ACTA, the Hollywood-backed international treaty designed to crack down on online piracy. Open Internet activists declared victory, but the end of ACTA likely won’t mean much for the studios, which will continue to push for tougher anti-piracy laws.
New BBC Boss
George Entwistle is the new big man at Britain’s Grey Lady, known lovingly as the Beeb. The former BBC journalism trainee nabbed the top job at the BBC this week, becoming the BBC’s 15th director general. the country's highest-profile TV industry job. Analysts described the news veteran as a “safe pair of hands” for the British broadcaster, but his lack of experience in the digital media business raised some concerns.
Universal Music Gets Extra Time to Explain EMI Deal
European regulators gave Universal Music Group a few more days to respond to concerns over its planned $1.9 billion takeover of label EMI. The deal will link up UMG recording artists, such as Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas, with EMI's roster, which includes works of Coldplay and the Beatles.
The march to the London Olympics has begun. With the Games mere weeks away, British rock band Musereleased the video for Survival, its official Olympics song. The BBC rolled out its marketing campaign for the event, including an animated teaser featuring a specially-commission track by Brit pop band Elbow.
NY IPO for Man U
English soccer club Manchester United this week filed for an initial public offering on the New York stock exchange. Forbes magazine has valued the top club at $2.24 billion, making it the most valuable soccer team in the world. But critics of the plan say it is merely an attempt by owner Malcolm Glazer to pay off the massive debt he piled on the club when he bought it in 2005.
Lambert, Queen of Kiev
American Idol star Adam Lambert rocked Ukraine this week, taking the stage as the new frontman for iconic band Queen for a two hour show in Kiev. Lambert brushed up on his “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year when he sung a medley of Queen hits together with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor at the MTV Europe Awards.
Freddie Mercury Tell-All
The original Queen frontman, the late Freddie Mercury, proved he still knows how to surprise and entertain his fans. The release of a new in-depth biography of the rock star by best-selling author Lesley-Ann Jones this week reveals intimate details of Mercury’s friendships with David Bowie, Michael Jackson and his Queen bandmates.
1.3 Billion Digital TVs by 2017
A new report from Digital TV Research forecasts the number of digital TV homes worldwide will double by 2017 to 1.3 billion. The research, based on estimates from 80 countries, says digital penetration will climb from under 50 percent to 86.7 percent in five years. Growth is set to be strongest in Asia, led by China, which is expected to have 417 million digital homes by 2017.