The U.K. TV giant, led by CEO Carolyn McCall, reports its latest financials. U.K. TV giant ITV early on Tuesday reported lower revenue for the first nine months of the year, with its studio arm, whose hit shows include Love Island, growing to partially make up declines elsewhere. The company reiterated that advertising continued to be affected by Brexit "uncertainty," but said second-half strength at ITV Studios kicked in during the third quarter with a return to "good growth" after a 6 percent revenue decline for the first six months of the year. Total external revenue at ITV fell 2 percent for the nine-month period to 2.2 billion pounds, with revenue at the ITV Studios content production arm ending the period up 1 percent. Broadcasting and online revenue fell 3 percent, with ad revenue down 3 percent for the nine months and up 1 percent in the third quarter. Management had guided to roughly flat advertising revenue for the third quarter after a 5 percent decline in … [Read more...] about ITV Revenue Drops 2 Percent, But Studio Unit Grows Helped by ‘Love Island’ U.S.
I’m such a big NASA nerd that when the 1202 alarm went off during an Apollo 11 simulation in For All Mankind, Apple TV+’s new alternate history of the space race, I immediately knew it was the same alert that in real life nearly scuttled the first lunar landing. I’m such a big NASA nerd that as soon as it was established that the show’s lead astronauts, Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman) and Gordo Stevens (Michael Dorman), were on the Apollo 10 mission that came within a few hundred feet of landing on the moon, I knew they were fictionalized stand-ins for Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan (and, for that matter, that as commander of Apollo 17, Cernan remains the last human being to stand on the lunar surface). Hell, I’m such a big NASA nerd that I can tell you who Stafford and Cernan’s backups were without looking it up — and even that Dennis Quaid played one of those backups, Gordo Cooper, in The Right Stuff. All of which is to say that I should be the … [Read more...] about ‘For All Mankind’ Review: Apple Leaps Into NASA Fan Fiction
Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags steps out on his own for his unexpectedly strong debut album, Salvation Town, which is due April 1st. In advance of his offering, the man born Jonny Wickersham serves up a welcome stylistic turn with “One Foot in the Gutter,” an irresistible slab of pub rock that recalls the heyday of artists like Graham Parker and Nick Lowe. Nick Lowe’s Quality Street and More Essential Christmas Albums “This is the first track we started working on for this record,” Wickersham tells Rolling Stone. “We had tried a couple of different approaches that weren’t working so well. Then Pete Thomas [Elvis Costello’s drummer] started playing this very signature feel of his and the song just finished itself. It’s about the constant struggle to make the right choices in life. . . To succumb to some kind of temptation or to fight your way into the light. I think we all find ourselves at these … [Read more...] about Jonny Two Bags Puts ‘One Foot in the Gutter’
Veteran reps Lindsay Galin, Jeff Raymond, Dennis Dembia, Michael Donkis and Marian Koltai-Levine have been promoted to serve under Alan Nierob at the newly-merged firm. In late July, Rogers & Cowan and PMK*BNC unveiled a merger, bringing together two of the highest-profile PR and marketing firms in the industry. In the first major news since the merger, the combined entity has promoted five senior-level executives to leadership positions in the entertainment division run by veteran Alan Nierob. The promotions include Lindsay Galin and Jeff Raymond upped to co-presidents talent; Dennis Dembia and Michael Donkis appointed co-presidents entertainment and business strategy; and Marian Koltai-Levine elevated to president film, content and marketing. Each will be charged with leading their respective teams while reporting directly to Nierob, who serves as chairman of the entertainment department. In a press release announcing the promotions, the agency was referred to throughout … [Read more...] about Rogers & Cowan/PMK Promotes Executives In Leadership Team
Avengers: Endgame continues to dominate the North American box office. After scoring its third consecutive number one with $63 million, the movie is now the third highest grossing movie of all time domestically, shooting past Infinity War and Black Panther with $723.4 million. Detective Pikachu's debut wasn't enough to stop Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Globally, Endgame is sitting at $2.4 billion in just three weeks in theaters, which places as the second highest grossing movie of all time worldwide. Avatar's $2.78 billion is the next milestone to beat and it looks like Endgame could go the distance when all is said and done. The box office debut of Detective Pikachu found the video game movie at number two with an impressive $58 million. Ryan Reynolds voices the iconic Pokémon character in the movie and it has been gathering positive reviews from moviegoers. It was able to get an A- from CinemaScore, while some of the hardcore Pokémon fans aren't sure what to make of it yet. … [Read more...] about Detective Pikachu Slides Into 2nd as Endgame Continues Dominating the Box Office