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German Public Broadcaster Hit By Scandal as Director Resigns, Police Probe Embezzlement Allegations

German public broadcaster RBB has been rocked by a scandal surrounding its former director, Patricia Schlesinger, who is accused of embezzlement and misuse of her position as head of the Berlin-based media group, which is financed by German taxpayers. Schlesinger resigned from her post on Sunday. On Monday, Berlin’s public prosecutor confirmed it had opened […]

Mable Haddock, Black Public Media Founder, Dies at 74

Mable Haddock, the founding president and first CEO of Black Public Media, a major film and TV funding nonprofit, has died. She was 74. Haddock died Saturday in New York City of kidney disease after a brief hospitalization, it was announced Wednesday by Black Public Media. In the 1970s, Haddock saw a need to diversify stories […]

Paul Feig Talks Finding Original Voices at The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers Event: “I’m Tired of My Own Voice”

Having filled movie theaters with fun titles like Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters, Paul Feig says the secret to successfully hot-housing his own TV shows, like Fox’s Welcome to Flatch and HBO Max’s Minx, is knowing when to step up and when to step back from fellow creators. “I don’t want every show we produce to sound […]

Rogers-Shaw $20.8 Billion Merger Gets Canadian Approval

Rogers Communications has received regulatory clearance to acquire rival cable and telecom giant Shaw Communications for $26 billion (US$20.8 billion). The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved the deal that gives Toronto-based Rogers another 16 cable services based in Western Canada, a national satellite TV service and other broadcast and television assets. The regulatory green […]

Period Crime Drama ‘Vienna Blood’ Gets Season 3 Order

Austrian period crime drama Vienna Blood has received a third-season order from commissioning broadcasters ORF in Austria and ZDF in Germany. The series, based on the best-selling Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis, was adapted for the small screen by British writer Stephen Thompson. Matthew Beard and Jüergen Maurer star, respectively, as psychiatrist Max Liebermann and […]

World Premieres of HBO, Sky, Epix Series in 2022 Series Mania

Series Mania, Europe’s most prestigious television festival, on Thursday unveiled the nine series of its 2022 competition line-up. HBO’s We Own This City; Michael Hirst’s Western drama Billy the Kid, produced for Epix, MGM and Viaplay; the Sky/HBO/OCS series The Baby; the Channel 4 drama The Birth of Daniel F. Harris; Fire Dance from Israeli […]

CNN to Sell NFTs of Its Historic News Coverage

This … is a non-fungible token of CNN. The WarnerMedia-owned cable news channel is branching into the burgeoning NFT space with a new offering it is calling the “Vault by CNN.” Beginning in late June, the company will “mint” NFTs on the Flow blockchain of memorable moments from CNN’s 41-year history. It will then sell […]

Republican National Committee Demands “Reforms” From Presidential Debate Commission

Continuing a feud that percolated during the 2020 presidential election, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel sent a letter Tuesday night to the co-chairs of the Commission on Presidential Debates, saying that it would advise Republican candidates to avoid participating in future debates unless the Commission “adopts significant reforms.” “The CPD’s repeated missteps and the […]

Booming Russian Market Draws Global Interest in Roskino’s Key Buyers Event

For years, the Russian film and television industry has been a sleeping giant. A top 10 world box office territory, with a population of just under 150 million and a long, rich cinema cultural tradition of genius auteurs that stretches from Sergei Eisenstein through Andrei Tarkovsky to Andrei Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Loveless), Alexander Sokurov (Faust, Russian […]

HBO Max Delays a Series Because of Prince Philip’s Death

“The Prince coming soon to HBO Max,” writer-producer Gary Janetti teased April 4 of the animated series he created as a satirical take on Britain’s royal family, with Prince William and Duchess Kate’s son George as the title character. The series was expected to bow in late spring on HBO Max, but five days after Janetti’s […]

How Celebrities Are Joining Relief Efforts for India During COVID-19 Crisis

As India faces one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the world, more celebrities are stepping up to use their platforms to raise funds and drive relief efforts. On the heels of reports that India set a single-day record for most new COVID-19 cases with 412,262, the GO Campaign has announced that its COVID Relief […]

MIPTV: Global TV Industry Calls for Systemic Change on Diversity

Thanks to several top-down actions by major networks and streamers, on- and offscreen diversity is starting to become a reality, said industry executives attending the 2021 digital MIPTV market on international television.