11:57 AM PDT 7/20/2012 by Scott Roxborough, Stuart Kemp
"Dark Knight Rises" Paris Premiere Cancelled After Colorado Shooting, lightning strikes "Narnia" Star in Italy and YouTube targets Middle East viewers during Ramadan. Here’s THR’s look at the top media stories making headlines around the world this week.
British actor William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia), was hit by lightning during the shoot for his new film, The Silent Mountain. Moseley and nine other Silent Mountain crew members were injured while filming a scene on location in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy. All have since recovered and shooting on the film has resumed.
YouTube Launches Dedicated Ramadan Channel
Online video site YouTube launched a channel dedicated to Middle East series screening during the holy month of Ramadan, which kicks off Friday. YouTube will screen more than 50 series from across the region on the site. Middle East broadcasters earn a major chunk of their annual revenue during the 30-day period.
Apple Must Tell U.K. Consumers Samsung Tablet Not iPad Clone
Apple's global legal battle against Samsung's Galaxy tablets was dealt a blow in the U.K. this week when a judge ordered Apple to inform consumers on its U.K. web site and in British newspapers that Samsung did not copy the tech giant's designs for the iPad in its own tablet device.
BBC Keeps Olympics Through 2020
A week ahead of the opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics, the BBC has signed a deal to ensure it will remain the exclusive U.K. Olympic broadcaster through 2020 at least. The agreement signed with the International Olympic Committee includes U.K. rights across all media platforms, including online and mobile.
Locarno to Honor Mexico's Gael Garcia Bernal
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal will join U.K. actress Charlotte Rampling as recipients of the Locarno Film Festival’s Excellence Award, organizers announced this week. Garcia Bernal stars in Pablo Larrain’s historical drama No, which will screen in Locarno.
Universal Inks Russian Deal With Premium Film
Universal Pictures International (UPI) this week made a major play for the booming Russian market, announcing a principal agreement with Russian distributor Premium Film to release eight upcoming UPI films.The first major Premium release by UPI will be Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac, followed by Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Conde Nast's Ostroff and Hulu CEO Kilar At MIPCOM
Conde Nast Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar will give keynote addresses to industry attendees at this year's MIPCOM confab in Cannes. Ostroff's keynote will focus on the importance of storytelling in a multiplatform world while Kilar will stress the importance of original programming in Hulu's success.
Hollywood Movies Make $4 billion For Euro TV
Hollywood films were worth a cool $4.3 billion for European broadcasters last year, according to a research report published this week. The report found the six big Hollywood studios accounted for two-thirds of imported feature film hours last year. Germany was the biggest winner from Hollywood films, with broadcasters generating $1 billion from imported films.
Madonna Cancels Australia Tour, Adds France Gig
Madonnacancelled her plan tour of Australia this week, meaning it will be the first time in 20 years the pop music icon won't be touring down under. But Madonna added a July 26th concert date in Paris, where she has incurred the wrath of right wing politician Marine Le Pen for a screening a video showing a swastika superimposed on Le Pen’s face.