Posts Tagged ‘news’

South Park Hysterically Satirized Ad Blocking and Sponsored Content

November 19, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

South Park's 19th season has been unusually strong, thanks to a season-long storyline involving topics like political correctness and gentrification. "Sponsored Content," last night's episode of the Comedy Central hit, was one of its best yet in 2015. Show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone hilariously took on several of the issues advertisers have been grappling with, including ad blocking and sponsored content. In the episode, the elementary school's new principal, PC Principal, informs the student editor of the school newspaper, Jimmy, that he can no longer distribute the paper in school until the content is pre-approved. Jimmy refuses and instead delivers it door to door, to the delight of parents who are finally able to enjoy news stories that aren't obstructed by ads. "There's no ads, no sponsored content, no links to click on," says one overjoyed parent, Stephen. He then goes off on this rant about the insanity of reading content online: "Do you know how long it's been since I was just able to sit back and read the news? I got so used to getting news off the internet, but I feel like I'm always trying to chase the news somehow. It's like I'm in a black void trying to reach the news story, but then the next thing I know, I'm reading an ad for Geico.

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China Bans Foreign Shows on Set-Top Boxes

November 18, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

China’s film and TV regulators have banned plug-in software that has allowed TV viewers to access foreign TV shows through set-top decoders.

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CTE, Viva To Launch Filipino Version of Celestial Movies Channel

November 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Celestial Tiger Entertainment has teamed with Viva Comms. to launch a localized Philippines version of Chinese film channel Celestial Movies

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Asia Share Markets Lower After Paris Terror Attacks

November 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Stock markets in Asia dropped on Monday in the first trading session since the Paris terror attacks last Friday.

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Tropfest Festival Cancelled Due To Financial Issues

November 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Tropfest, billed as the world’s largest short film festival, has cancelled its upcoming edition in Sydney.

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HBO, Sky Extend Exclusive Deal to include Germany, Italy, Austria

November 12, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Pay TV operator Sky and HBO have extended their existing deal, which covers the U.K. and Ireland, to include Germany, Italy and Austria. More to follow.

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China Box Office: ‘Scorch Trials,’ ‘Ex Files’ Top In Quiet Weekend

November 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials” and Chinese romantic comedy “The Ex Files 2: The Backup Strikes Again” topped the Chinese box office chart in a weekend in which new releases took four of the top places.

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AFM: Bruno Wu Launches $1.6 Billion Hollywood Fund With China’s Ezubo

November 6, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Colourful Chinese entrepreneur and producer Bruno Wu, has partnered with China's Ezubo financial platform as an international film finance tool.

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Trevor Noah Undergoes Emergency Appendectomy

November 4, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was rushed this morning into emergency surgery, where the late-night comedian underwent an appendectomy. "We're happy to report that the procedure went well and he is currently recuperating from the surgery," Comedy Central said in a statement. Tonight's show will be a repeat, but Noah is expected back Thursday night. In an interview with Adweek for this week's cover story , the 31-year-old South African comedian talked about the rigors of hosting a new show every day. "Three things," he told us. "No. 1, having a great angle, covering the news, making it funny. The second thing is planning for the future while we're working on the present. You're doing that at the same time, and that's tough, because often creativity lives in the space of a very relaxed atmosphere. Third is, on a personal level, finding that you have to make your skin thicker and thicker every single day."

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Japan Box Office: ‘Galaxy Turnpike’ Wins Second Weekend

November 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Koki Mitani sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Turnpike” won its second straight weekend at the Japanese box office.

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