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Baz Luhrmann Praises Tom Hanks as “One of the Great Actors of All Time” and Austin Butler’s Work Ethic

Baz Luhrmann brought Hollywood star power to a Royal Television Society (RTS) event in London on Tuesday, sharing his experiences with storytelling and working with stars and young talent. “I grew up on a very, very tiny country town,” with about 11 houses, a gas station and a farm, Luhrmann told the RTS London Convention […]

ITV CEO Previews Launch of Its Free Streaming Service As Disney, Netflix Ready Ad-Tiers

U.K. TV giant ITV said the fact that Netflix and Disney+ are preparing advertising tiers could expand the broader ad market and “is kind of about how powerful TV is,” CEO Carolyn McCall said on Tuesday in London. “We will have to monitor very carefully,” she added though. Speaking at the Royal Television Society (RTS) […]

BBC Boss Tim Davie on Diversity Targets, Future Funding, Possible World Service Cuts

The BBC will get a bigger percentage of its growing revenue from its U.K. commercial business in the future, but the license fee will remain the biggest source of income, Tim Davie, director general of the U.K. public broadcaster, told a TV industry event in London on Tuesday. He also shared that he and his […]

U.K.’s Channel 4 CEO on Possible Privatization, Netflix and Ad Market Challenges

Channel 4 is in discussions with the U.K. government about its future, Alex Mahon, the CEO of the U.K. broadcaster, said at a Royal Television Society (RTS) event on Tuesday. She expressed hope that the government of Prime Minister Liz Truss would focus on “facts, data and evidence,” she told the RTS London Convention 2022. “We’ll see […]

Warner Bros. Discovery Int’l President on His Commitment to Local Content and Saying “100 Percent Yes” to Theatrical Business

“The theatrical business is here to stay,” Warner Bros. Discovery is saying “100 percent yes” to theatrical windows, and local content is an important complement to global hits, the conglomerate’s president, international Gerhard Zeiler told a Royal Television Society (RTS) gathering in London on Tuesday. Zeiler spoke during an appearance at the RTS London Convention 2022 in a conversation […]