Indian Parliament Erupts After Rape Documentary is Banned

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Convicted rapist blames women for rape in interview. Minister claims to be personally hurt by the film, launches enquiry into how it obtained permit to shoot inside jail.

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U.K. TV Network ITV Sees 8% Rise in Revenue, 18% Growth in Profit

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LONDON — U.K.-based TV broadcast, production and distribution group ITV has reported an 8% rise in revenue to £2.6 billion ($3.99 billion) for 2014, and an 18% growth in profit (EBITA) to £730 million ($1.12 billion). Adam Crozier, ITV chief executive, said: “ITV is now a high-growth business with increasing emphasis on international content creation... Read more

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‘Agents of SHIELD’ Postmortem: How Long Can Skye Keep Her Secret?

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” Season 2, Episode 11, titled “Aftershocks.” In the “Agents of SHIELD” midseason premiere, we saw Skye (Chloe Bennet) locked in quarantine for most of the hour as the team broke down around her, each member reacting to the devastating aftermath of the... Read more

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Singapore’s MM2 Poised to Buy Animation Firm Vividthree

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Deal would be first post-IPO acquisition for Melvyn Ang's growing empire

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

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Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10 respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday. Marvel’s summer box-office smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the... Read more

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Bobby Flay Isn’t a Fan of Food Bloggers Trading Snark for Clicks

March 4, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Bobby Flay Age 50 Claim to fame Chef (restaurants include Gato, Bar Americain and Mesa Grill); host of Food Network series such as Beat Bobby Flay, All-Star Academy and Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction Base New York Twitter @bflay What's the first information you consume in the morning? It's usually The New York Times, the actual newspaper. I'm a die-hard home delivery person. The first thing I do after waking up is I go to my door and get the newspaper. Then I watch news programs, which varies from The Today Show to CBS This Morning . I like Morning Joe a lot. What social media do you use? I use Twitter, but not really much else. I've used Instagram sparingly, although I am going to start doing it again. Do you read any food blogs or sites? I like Food52 a lot. I use the Bon App

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Major Theater Chains to Boycott Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Major theater chains will boycott the release of “Beasts of No Nation,” the Cary Fukunaga drama that Netflix bought this week for $12 million, because the company is debuting the film simultaneously on its streaming service. Four of the country’s four largest exhibitors — AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike — do not plan to show the... Read more

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Yahoo’s New Season of Community Spoofs Age of Ultron Trailer

March 3, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Yes, it's really happening, folks: Yahoo Screen's sixth season of Community —the one that nearly didn't happen because of low ratings and a difficult relationship between creator Dan Harmon and NBC—released its first trailer. And it spoofs the worlds-will-die grandiosity of Marvel's buzzy spot for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, of course. Yahoo has acquired plenty of sponsorship muscle for the upcoming season—Harmon joked at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that "the entire sixth season takes place inside a Honda," and sure enough, the trailer has a Honda tag at the end. Here's hoping Yahoo lets Harmon nibble the hand that feeds him a bit; some of the show's best gags have been at the expense of laid-back brands like Subway . The show is produced by Sony and held together with chewing gum and bailing wire by Harmon, producers the Russo Brothers (who also directed the second Captain America flick, explaining both the Marvel love here and Community star Danny Pudi's appearance in that film) and Joel McHale, who reportedly

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Guy-Centric Spike Network Hopes Scripted Shows Like Tut Will Entice Female Viewers

March 3, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Viacom's bro-centric Spike network hasn't been in the upper echelons of cable TV in the recent past, but the company plans to change all that. Today at Manhattan's Cipriani 42nd Street, a cavernous restaurant housed in what used to be an art deco bank building, the network announced its intentions to attract more women to its air, pump up its scripted offerings, and bring viewers the story of King Tut. Also, lip syncing. Within the larger Viacom portfolio, "I think it's in a great place to be the home for general entertainment for both men and women," said the network's evp of brand marketing and creative, Frank Tanki. "Shows like Ink Master and Bar Rescue have brought in a ton of women, so now we just want to put a little polish on the brand. We're trying to make it a little more holistic as a brand. We want to make it more cohesive." The network has big plans for the future, including a new show from World War Z author Max Brooks called Emergency Broadcast, in development with Legendary Entertainment, more episodes of Lip Sync Battles, and a new show ordered for 10 episodes called Sweat Inc., an unscripted series in which a health guru tries to find the right workout for the right bod. Tut is definitely the highlight of the slate—star Ben Kinglsey attended the event in person alongside Avan Jogia, the miniseries' lead actor, and actress Sibylla Deen. It's a major investment in an original production (as opposed to an acquisition or a co-production with a larger partner) commissioned from Muse, the outfit that put together The Kennedys and Pillars of the Earth

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TV Writers See Little Diversity Progress, WGA Reports

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Women and minority writers have seen minimal progress in television, the Writers Guild of America West has reported. The guild’s television staff brief found that female writers accounted for 29% of TV staff employment during the 2013-14 season, down from 30.5%. Minorities accounted for 13.7% during the 2013-14 season, down from 15.6%. “Over the years,... Read more

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