UK-based Caledonia Investments has acquired a majority stake in privately-owned cinema lens maker Cooke Optics, whose camera lenses were recently used on films including Call My Your Name, Darkest Hour and upcoming Venom. Terms of the deal were not disclosed at press time. The current Cooke management team, including chairman Les Zellan, CEO Robert Howard and COO Alan Merrills remain in place, and day-to-day activities will continue unchanged, according to the company. "We have been experiencing a sustained period of growth, and the time was right to look for a new investor to help us develop further,” said Zellan in a released statement. “Caledonia, another historic British company, has a reputation for long-term investment and for supporting management teams to grow their businesses. With a strong financial partner in Caledonia, Cooke is in an excellent position to continue designing and making more of our coveted lenses for the film and television … [Read more...] about Cinema Lens Maker Cooke Optics Acquired by Caledonia Investments
SHIRLEY Ballas has defended the BBC's decision to pay her £70,000 less than Len Goodman in her debut series as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. Ballroom dancer Shirley, 57, was paid £180,000 last year after replacing head judge Len. But it fell short of Len's bumper £250,000 salary. Despite this, Shirley appeared to stand up for the BBC's pay gap when she was on the Loose Women panel today. She said "I do believe if a woman is doing the same job as a man, then everybody should be on equal pay. "Also, I understand that my first time on Strictly was like a trial so to speak. "They've got to see if you can do the job. "I felt that everybody was really happy and I'm sure that they will be more than fair when they give me the contract." Shirley revealed she has verbally agreed to sign up for the next series, but is yet to sign a contract. Like Len, Bruno Tonioli, 62, receives £250,000 for his services, in line with the amount he's paid to do Dancing With The Stars in … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas defends BBC’s decision to pay her £70,000 less than Len Goodman
WHEN Will Young pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing back in 2016, eyebrows were raised. His shock exit came a few dances after being controversially berated by chief judge Len Goodman for his performance with partner Karen Clifton - here is what we know.. What has Will Young said about leaving Strictly? Will's statement at the time read: "To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine. "I have found a creative partnership with Karen that has been the most wonderful thing to experience. "Unfortunately, I am leaving the show for personal reasons. I leave with joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television." Friends of the singer blamed his anxiety as the reason for quitting. However, a source revealed to The Sun Online that Strictly bosses believe Will quit because he couldn't win. Insiders pinpointed his clash with Len Goodman as the tipping point for the Light My Fire singer. At his final … [Read more...] about Why did Will Young quit Strictly Come Dancing 2016 and was Len Goodman involved in the singer’s exit?
LEN Goodman has hinted he is to leave the US version of Strictly Come Dancing. The talent show judge, 72, previously appeared on the BBC ballroom dance contest in Britain but quit in 2016 after struggling to appear on the series on both sides of the Atlantic. The former head Strictly judge still appears on Dancing With The Stars in America but has suggested he may be bowing out. He told the Daily Mail: “This may be my last season. It’s the end of my contract and they may not what to have me any more. “They might have had enough of me. I don’t want to retire totally but I’m quite happy doing nothing – reading a book and pottering in the garden.” Len revealed his plans to leave Strictly in 2016 but appeared on the show that year alongside fellow judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Toniolo and Craig Revel Horwood. He stood down at the end of the 2016 series and did not appear on the show last year. At the time, he said: “In 2004, I was asked to … [Read more...] about Len Goodman hints he’s quit Dancing With The Stars after admitting his ‘contract is up’
STRICTLY Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has been given a huge pay rise ahead of her second series on the show. For her first series, Shirley, 57, was paid £180,000 by the BBC - £70,000 short of the amount given to her predecessor Len Goodman, 73, for the same role. However, following the furore surrounding the gender pay gap at the Corporation, bosses have increased her pay packet to match Len's. A source told the Daily Mirror: "Shirley was thrilled her salary was brought up to what Len Goodman was paid in the role of head judge. “She couldn’t see why she should get less than the person she replaced – especially after more than proving herself in her first year. It’s a great victory for equal pay.” Bruno Tonioli, 62, also receives £250,000 for his services, in line with the amount he's paid to do Dancing With The Stars in the US, while Darcey Bussell, 48, and Craig Revel-Horwood, 53, each get £180,000. The Sun confirmed earlier … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas lands bumper pay rise to equal Len Goodman’s £250k old salary