United Kingdon

The British TV news powerhouse returned to profitability and diversified its business under his nine-year leadership. British TV news powerhouse ITN said Wednesday that CEO John Hardie has decided to step down at the end of 2018 following nine years at the helm. Since joining in 2009, he has overseen a turnaround that has returned
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The British Academy also confirmed its Britannia Awards in L.A. The British Academy on Tuesday announced the dates for next year’s film awards ceremony.  The BAFTAs, the biggest event on the film calendar outside of the U.S., will take place in London on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.  Also announced were the Britannia Awards in L.A.,
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The London-based senior development exec is moving to LA to become senior vp, development and current. Undercover Boss producer, Studio Lambert, is increasing its U.S. development presence by transferring and promoting its senior London-based development executive, Jack Burgess, to SVP, development and current, Los Angeles. Burgess will lead the company’s U.S. unscripted development strategy, reporting
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The British Academy will honor HBO’s fantasy series for “revolutionizing and pushing the boundaries” of television production. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTAs, will give a special award to Game of Thrones for the show’s contribution to the art and craft of TV. The HBO fantasy series will receive a special
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Despite mediocre reviews, Sony’s adaptation of the beloved children’s character toppled ‘Black Panther’ and held off ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ and ‘Ready Player One’ to claim the top spot for three straight weeks. In the end, it wasn’t a rebooted and more suitably-clothed Lara Croft that toppled Black Panther from its record-breaking spell at the top
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The U.K. public broadcaster has, as previously unveiled, combined its commercial and production operations under one roof. The BBC has officially unveiled its new-look commercial arm, BBC Studios, while also unveiled a further push into China as it looks for production opportunities in the growth market.  BBC Studios had previously been the name of the
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The British rising star becomes the youngest and first non-white industry figure to deliver the prestigious MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. BAFTA-winning actress and screenwriter Michaela Coel is set to deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, becoming not only the youngest speaker, but the first non-white industry figure and only the
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The British Academy unveiled its behind-the-camera nominees on Thursday, with Netflix’s royal drama earning seven, and Tom Hardy’s ‘Taboo’ claiming six. The Crown is leading the race following Thursday’s BAFTA TV Craft Award nomininatons, celebrating behind-the-camera talent on the small screen in 2017. Netflix’s acclaimed royal drama emerged with seven nominations, closely followed by the
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Oscar-winning ‘King’s Speech’ director Tom Hooper will helm the eight-part BBC/New Line Cinema series. Lin-Manuel Miranda also stars. The big-budget adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy epic His Dark Materials has a lead and director.  Dafne Keen, the breakout star of Logan, is set to star in the eight-part series alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, with Oscar-winning The
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Sandra Oh stars in the show from the ‘Fleabag’ creator. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is heading back to the BBC.  Killing Eve, a new high-stakes thriller from the Fleabag creator and multi-award-winning writer, has been acquired by the U.K. broadcaster. The eight-part series, a Sid Gentle production for BBC America that was acquired from Endeavor Content, will
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The Time’s Up protest played out across the ceremony. As had been widely expected, the growing anti-harassment movement was a major presence at the BAFTA awards in London on Sunday night.  Alongside the activities on the red carpet, where black was a central color theme and several stars – including Gemma Arterton, Andrea Riseborough, Gemma Chan,
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The annual pre-awards event was held at London’s regal Kensington Palace. This year’s crop of BAFTA nominees gathered at London’s Kensington Palace on Saturday for the annual pre-awards party. Among the stars attending the glitzy soiree were Margot Robbie and Allison Janney (both nominated for their performances in I, Tonya), Octavia Spencer (The Shape of
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He was suspended from the British Academy in October 2017. The British Academy has officially rescinded the membership of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.  “Following the suspension of Harvey Weinstein’s BAFTA membership in October 2017, BAFTA has formally terminated his membership, effective immediately,” it said in a statement made Friday. “The termination is the result
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The four-part series will move the setting of Lucy Kirkwood’s Olivier-winning stage play to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. William Oldroyd, the British director of 2017 indie hit Lady Macbeth, is to helm a four-part adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood’s acclaimed stage play Chimerica for U.K. network Channel 4. Chimerica, which won the Olivier Award for
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The Hollywood blockbusters that went bust, the low-budget underdogs that triumphed and Germany’s inexplicable affection for David Hasselhoff. Even in this world of global homogenization, local tastes matter. The studios, with their worldwide marketing campaigns and day-and-date releases, dominate the international box office, and last year was no exception. But a hit in Hollywood can
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