Posts Tagged ‘news’

Golfing Origins Movie ‘Tommy’s Honour’ Lands at Roadside Attractions

September 23, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. rights to golfing origins movie “Tommy’s Honour” from Gutta Percha Productions. The drama, which was the opening night film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, is directed by Jason Connery. Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook wrote the screenplay, an adaptation from Cook’s acclaimed book of the same name. Keith Bank...

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Fox Networks Ad Sales Chief Toby Byrne to Step Down

September 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Toby Byrne, who has supervised advertising sales for TV’s Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports and, more recently, the 21st Century Fox general entertainment cable networks, stepped down unexpectedly Monday, another sign of the increasing pressure being put on the position across the TV-industry landscape. More to come….

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Fox Sports Is Banking on Skip Bayless to Be Its ‘Undisputed’ Champ

September 6, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Skip Bayless is considered one of the most articulate, fearless and polarizing figures on sports television today. The sports columnist turned on-air personality gained fame from a partnership with another outspoken figure, Stephen A. Smith, on ESPN2's weekday morning debate program First Take. Bayless, 64, left ESPN and is taking his contrarian viewpoints, including a propensity to bash three-time NBA champion LeBron James and an undying love for ex-NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, to Fox Sports and a new show for FS1 called Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. The program's format mirrors that of First Take, but Bayless gets a new sparring partner in NFL Hall-of-Famer and CBS Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe and a new moderator in FS1 host Joy Taylor. The program will air live on weekday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. Fox Sports considers the addition of Bayless a coup for the company and believes the news merits a significant multiplatform marketing campaign. Marketing elements for Bayless' arrival include a multimillion-dollar, off-channel media plan including billboards, TV and digital; a digital video stunt in which Bayless and Sharpe debate sports with customers at an L.A. barber shop; a Times Square billboard takeover, which will be up during the series premiere on Tuesday; a social media promotion where fans can tweet at Fox Sports for a chance to win a daily breakfast delivered by GrubHub vendors in local markets; and a 12-foot Skip Bayless bobblehead, which will travel to FS1 college football games across the country this fall. The promotion kicked off Friday at the Kansas State-Stanford game in Palo Alto, Calif.

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‘Rogue One’ New Trailer Premieres During Olympics (Watch)

August 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney dropped a new trailer for the Star Wars spinoff film “Rogue One” during Thursday night’s Olympics coverage on NBC. Watch the trailer above. Starring Felicity Jones, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in theaters December 16, 2016.

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European Pay TV Giant Sky Sees Revenues Rise 7% to $15.8 Billion

July 28, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Revenues at European pay-TV giant Sky Group for the year ended June 30 grew 7% to £11.96 billion ($15.8 billion). More to follow.

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CBS Spins Off Carpool Karaoke Into Its Own Series, on Apple Music

July 26, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Late Late Show with James Corden wasn't kidding about trying to beat Spike's new rival series (also combining cars and karaoke) to the punch. Today, CBS Television Studios announced that Apple Music had landed global rights to Carpool Karaoke, a series based on the wildly popular segment from The Late Late Show. It will be created and produced by Corden and Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston. The weekly series will consist of 16 episodes, in which celebrities ride along with the host and "visit places meaningful to the celebrity," according to the release. A host (which is very unlikely to be Corden) and premiere date will be announced later. CBS said Carpool Karaoke will also continue as a recurring segment on The Late Late Show. Apple Music is available in more than 100 countries. The service, which gives subscribers access to more than 30 million songs, costs $9.99 per month. While the show is obviously a good fit for Apple Music, it's still surprising that CBS didn't put the series on its own fledgling streaming service, CBS All Access. Executive producers had initially been dismissive of efforts to spin off Carpool Karaoke, as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon had done with Lip Sync Battle on Spike

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Jon Stewart Takes Down Roger Ailes and Donald Trump in His First Daily Show-Style Rant in 11 Months

July 22, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ever since Jon Stewart stepped down as host of The Daily Show last August, his fans have been begging him to return to late-night and deliver his brilliant, incisive political takedowns, especially in this year's over-the-top presidential race. While Stewart has mostly stayed out of the spotlight, he couldn't resist weighing in on two of the most seismic events to hit the Republican Party in modern times, both of which happened just hours apart: Donald Trump's officially accepting the Republican nomination for President at the Republican National Convention Thursday night and Roger Ailes' stunning resignation as chairman and CEO of Fox News two weeks after he was sued for sexual harassment. So Thursday night, Stewart briefly stepped in for pal Stephen Colbert, during his live broadcast of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He slipped on a suit jacket and clip-on tie and settled in at Colbert's desk to deliver his first late-night political rant in 11 months. Stewart, who also made a cameo appearance on Monday's Late Show, popped up after Colbert talked about Ailes' departure–and asked the camera to pan away so he could celebrate offscreen. Stewart also indulged in a bit of off-camera jubilation, before unleashing his own version of Throwback Thursday. "I was wondering if I could just maybe talk about the election for a little bit," he told Colbert, asking the Late Show host to step aside so he could take his seat. First, Stewart talked about the just-concluded Republican National Convention, observing that "the Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America: One, jail your political opponent. Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball-and-Red Bull enema, and, three, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejesus out of everybody." He quickly pivoted to the true focus of his ire: Fox News host Sean Hannity—whom Stewart nicknamed "Lumpy"—and his hypocrisy in calling President Obama elitist while overlooking and/or praising similar traits in Trump

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It’s Official: Roger Ailes Resigns From Fox News Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

July 21, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After a flurry of bizarre reports earlier this week, confirmed then quickly denied, about Roger Ailes' exit from Fox News, it's now official: The chairman and CEO is departing the top-ranked cable news network he co-founded in 1996. Ailes has resigned, effective immediately, 21st Century Fox announced. Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, will take over as chairman and acting CEO of Fox News and Fox Business Network. "Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years," said Murdoch in a statement. "I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice

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Zendaya in Talks for Hugh Jackman’s ‘Greatest Showman on Earth’

July 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Zendaya is in talks to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is being produced by Chernin Entertainment, Laurence Mark and Jackman. Zac Efron and Michelle Williams are also in negotiations for the project. Michael...

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John Malone’s Virgin Buys Irish Broadcaster UTV

July 11, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

U.K. cable company Virgin Media, a subsidiary of John Malone’s Liberty Global, has signed a deal with British TV group ITV to buy Irish free-to-air commercial broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million ($11.1 million). More to follow.

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