Netflix ’s Harry & Meghan doc series is officially here and debate is already raging over whether the Royal Family were shown the series prior to launch, and how or if they will respond. The family claim they were not asked for comment on the hotly-anticipated six-parter, BBC Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond told the BBC’s Today this morning, but the first episode, which dropped at 8 a.m. GMT (12 a.m. PST), starts with the disclaimer: “Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within this series.” It adds: “This is a first-hand account of Harry and Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive. All interviews were completed by August 2022.” Rumors were swirling this week over whether the Royal Family had seen the show following the release of two trailers, in which Harry spoke of “the pain and suffering of women” marrying into the Royal Family and said he would tell the full truth behind the couple’s relationship with the … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Harry & Meghan’: Were The Royal Family Given Prior Sight Of The Doc?
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‘PhoneShop’ Creator Phil Bowker Strikes Deal With Tiger Aspect Channel 4’s PhoneShop creator Phil Bowker has struck an exclusive first-look deal with Banijay label Tiger Aspect. Meanwhile, Tiger has signed four people to its comedy development team. Bowker will develop a slate of scripted projects as producer and writer for the Man like Mobeen, Bad Education and Mr Bean outfit. He is the creator of Channel 4 cult comedy PhoneShop , which was picked up by FX, with other credits including Pulling and 15 Storeys High. Tiger Aspect has meanwhile signed Sarah Fraser, Saima Ferdows, Hannah Rose and Jason Charles to David Simpson’s comedy development team as it expands its offering. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Phil into the Tiger family,” said Simpson. “He is such a talent and I have been a huge fan of his work for many years. I must thank Banijay who continue to back scripted comedy and help us to make deals like these happen.” Paramount+ Launches … [Read more...] about ‘PhoneShop’ Creator Phil Bowker Strikes Deal With Tiger Aspect; Latest Paramount+ Launches; BBC ‘Nightsleeper’ Drama
Starz has tapped Jimmy Hilburn as chief marketing officer and Susan Ievoli as SVP, Publicity, Events and Awards, the company announced Thursday. Both Hilburn will report to Alison Hoffman, President, Domestic Networks, and Ievoli will report to Hilburn. Additionally, Robin Chacko has been promoted to EVP, Direct-to-Consumer from SVP, OTT Marketing, and will continue to report to Hoffman. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jimmy and Susan to the Starz team and elevate Robin’s oversight in a key area of the business,” said Hoffman. “These best-in-class executives are creative disruptors who are as strategic and analytical as they are innovative. They will further amplify the company’s momentum as we continue to grow our subscriber base and develop premium campaigns in support of our robust slate.” Ievoli takes over for Jennifer Minezaki-Washington who was promoted in March 2021 to EVP, Corporate and Brand Communications. She has been in the position since March, overseeing the … [Read more...] about Starz Taps Jimmy Hilburn & Susan Ievoli To Lead Marketing & Publicity; Robin Chako Promoted To EVP
Eder Flag in Oak Creek, Wisc. makes American flags – a huge number of them. More than five million a year, in fact. It sells 3’ by 5’ outdoor flags for $39.99 or 50’ by 80’ giant Old Glories for a little under $10,000, and flags of every size in between and the flagpoles to fly them on. What’s especially remarkable about Eder is not so much its annual sales, but who makes the flags. Most of the company’s workforce hails from around the world – Iraq, Tanzania, Mexico, Algeria, Serbia, Bosnia and other parts of the globe – people born under another flag. The Oscar-contending short documentary The Flagmakers reveals the stories of many of those who sew, assemble, package and ship for Eder. The film directed by Sharon Liese and Cynthia Wade premieres on the National Geographic Channel tonight, and launches on Disney+ on December 21. “It’s majority immigrants and refugees sewing the American flag,” Wade says, noting Eder has become the country’s largest … [Read more...] about In Oscar Contender ‘The Flagmakers,’ Immigrants And The Native Born Stitch Together Old Glory
Brad Smith, Microsoft ’s vice chair and president, and Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick both said they’re confident their $69 billion merger will close, despite news that the antitrust-buster FTC plans to challenge it in court. “This sounds alarming, so I want to reinforce my confidence that this deal will close,” Kotick said in a memo to employees. “The allegation that this deal is anti-competitive doesn’t align with the facts, and we believe we’ll win this challenge.” Smith said Microsoft has “been committed since Day One to addressing competitive concerns, including by offering earlier this week proposed concessions to the FTC. While we believed in giving peace a chance, we have complete confidence in our case and welcome the opportunity to present our case in court.” Kotick’s memo : Team, I wanted to provide a brief update on our pending merger with Microsoft. This week the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its decision to challenge … [Read more...] about Microsoft, Activision Blizzard Confident Merger Will Close As FTC Prepares To Challenge $69-Billion Deal In Court – Update
The face of KNBC news is changing dramatically. At least five veteran newscasters at Los Angeles NBC owned KNBC have accepted “voluntary early retirement” buyouts and will leave the station at the end of the year, sources confirmed to Deadline. Evening news co-anchor Chuck Henry , along with longtime reporters Beverly White , Vikki Vargas , Angie Crouch and Kim Baldonado , accepted the voluntary buyouts that were presented to some staff members earlier this year in the hope of avoiding layoffs. NBCUniversal has been undergoing dramatic cost-cutting, as have other television stations industrywide, due to fears of a possible recession in 2023, an expected advertising downturn and other factors. Six people in ad sales, public relations and at KNBC’s sister Telemundo station, KVEA-TV Channel 52, learned they were part of layoffs that were unavoidable, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the exits. KNBC declined comment. Vargas, the … [Read more...] about Chuck Henry, Beverly White, Vikki Vargas Among 5 Veteran KNBC Newscasters Exiting Station
Holiday parties are usually a mix of people and purposes but hosts this year are intent on cross-pollinating the stars of film with those of Hollywood’s exo planets – YouTube and TikTok. So will Robert DeNiro enjoy trading secrets this year with PewDiePie? What will Leonardo Di Caprio confide to MrBeast or Liza Kushy or Bryan Lourd to FaZe Apex? Most Hollywood stars likely have never heard of Brian Awardis, but the 26 year old with 22 million YouTube followers drew lines around the block this week at FaZe Clan’s sanctum sanctorum. The credentials of these outliers, after all, are formidable. MrBeast — with 117 million followers — and fellow YouTuber Unspeakable reportedly made $54 million and $28.5 million respectively last year so why wouldn’t they mesh with film stars, who face fading income streams? The superstars of YouTube like MrBeast or, more attractively like YuYu or Hudo, may not have garnered Oscar nominations or graduated from Julliard but they are heroic … [Read more...] about Peter Bart: YouTube Stars Like MrBeast Now Invited To Hollywood’s Exclusive Party, But 100M Followers Might Prove Better Company