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BBC Names Elan Closs Stephens Acting Chair

Elan Closs Stephens has been named the acting chair of the BBC, replacing Richard Sharp who recently unveiled his resignation, effective June 27, following a report that said he had breached appointment rules by not fully disclosing his role in a loan given to former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. U.K. Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer […]

Scandal-Plagued U.K. Ex-TV Host Denies Grooming Much Younger Colleague, but Admits “I Did Something Very Wrong”

“I did something very wrong, and then I lied about it consistently.” This is how Phillip Schofield, who recently had to resign from his role as co-host of U.K. TV giant ITV’s morning show This Morning, apologized for an affair with a much younger production assistant during a BBC interview that made headlines and waves […]

AMC Networks CFO Outlines Three Steps to “Economic Repair” in the Streaming Age

AMC Networks CFO Patrick O’Connell elaborated on how media and entertainment is pivoting to streaming sustainability, telling an investor conference on Thursday that “there needs to be economic repair to the media business.” Speaking at TD Cowen’s 51st Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in New York in a session that was webcast, he said that […]

All3Media Up For Sale From Warner Bros. Discovery, Liberty Global

Entertainment conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery and John Malone’s cable and telecom giant Liberty Global are considering alternatives for their production joint venture All3Media, the largest TV production firm in Britain, whose titles include the likes of Fleabag, The Traitors and The Tourist, as well as the 2019 film 1917. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that […]

Renzo Rossellini to Receive Locarno Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Italian producer and director Renzo Rossellini by presenting him with a lifetime achievement award, organizers said Thursday. The award ceremony in the Swiss town’s Piazza Grande on Aug. 10 will be followed by a screening of Federico Fellini’s La città delle donne (City of Women, 1980), on which Rossellini […]

Saudi Production Hub Neom, Studio Telfaz11 Strike Partnership for Up to 9 Film, TV Projects

Neom, the burgeoning production hub in northwestern Saudi Arabia, and Telfaz11, a studio specializing in content from the Middle East that was behind this year’s Saudi Oscar submission Raven Song, have struck a partnership for the creation of up to nine TV and film projects over the next three years. “The collaboration between Neom and […]

‘Charlie Harper,’ Romance Movie Starring Emilia Jones, Sells Wide

The romance movie Charlie Harper, starring CODA breakout Emilia Jones and Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, FX’s Pistol), has sold to various international markets after being presented to buyers at the Cannes film market. To be directed by Tom Dean and Mac Eldridge from a script written by Dean, the film will be produced by Picture Perfect Federation’s Patrick […]

Lucy Liu to Exec Produce and Voice Star in VR Game ‘The Pirate Queen’

Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill) is executive producing and voicing the Tribeca Film Festival-bound immersive VR game and experience The Pirate Queen, the story of legendary pirate Cheng Shih, from writer-producer-director Eloise Singer and her U.K.-based production company Singer Studios. “The Pirate Queen is the forgotten story of Cheng Shih, a woman in 19th-century […]

BAFTA Sets 2024 Film Awards Date, Keeping Ceremony in Traditional February Slot

The British Academy said on Wednesday that the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards would take place in its traditional February slot, three weeks ahead of the Oscars. The latest edition of the British awards ceremony is set for Sunday, Feb. 18. For this year, the academy had shifted the event back to its usual February slot […]

Peter Simonischek, Austrian Actor and Star of ‘Toni Erdmann,’ Dies at 76

Peter Simonischek, the Austrian actor who starred in the movie Toni Erdmann and was known for his work on theatre stages, in films and on TV, has died at the age of 76. Austrian public broadcaster ORF, German news agency dpa, and other media outlets in Austria and Germany reported the news on Tuesday without […]

Bear Grylls on Redefining Success and Taking on Negativity With Docuseries ‘Becoming Xtraordinary’

Becoming Xtraordinary, a biographical docuseries showcasing inspirational life stories and insights into success, which is produced by BecomingX, a company founded by Bear Grylls that encourages personal development, studio Chrome Productions and family edutainment brand Da Vinci, is launching this Sunday, May 28. The first 10-episode season, for which a recently launched trailer provides a taste, debuts […]

Cineworld Now Expects to Emerge From Bankruptcy in July

Movie theater giant and Regal owner Cineworld said on Thursday that it now expects to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July. The second-largest exhibitor in the world had previously targeted to do so “by mid-year.” Cineworld had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September to look for ways to restructure its big debt burden. It then […]