Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which opened in Singapore this summer, will debut in New York on Nov. 18. U.S. fans of Downton Abbey will get a chance to visit the sets and revisit some of their favorite characters in the Crawley household – both upstairs and downstairs – starting next month. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which launched in Singapore this summer, is coming to the U.S. on a multi-city tour, starting with New York. NBCUniversal's NBCUniversal International Studios said Thursday that the immersive exhibit about the multiple-award-winning Carnival Films/Masterpiece co-production, which has been seen in more than 250 territories and ended in 2015, would make its New York debut on Nov. 18. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition wants to "connect fans with their favorite characters, costumes, locations and historic events of the era, as well as showcase never-before-seen footage," the company said. "Debuting in 2010 and now seen in over 250 territories, Downton … [Read more...] about ‘Downton Abbey’ Exhibition Coming to U.S.
Judging by papers filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week, a dispute over the streaming of a Polish broadcaster's programming is likely to become an important one. The U.S. government is warning that it could hamper the ability of the Justice Department to crack down on large-scale criminal piracy abroad. And Disney, Fox, Warner Bros. and the leading trade groups in the music industry are hoping the federal appellate circuit clarifies that proof of infringement doesn't require what's known as "volitional conduct." This case is more than two decades in the making. In 1994, Poland's national public television broadcast company Telewizja Polska (TVP) granted Spanski Enterprises (SEI), a Canadian corporation, the exclusive right to distribute its content in North and South America for 25 years. About a decade ago, the two sides engaged in arbitration and open-court litigation over internet rights. The result was a settlement agreement that, among other things, … [Read more...] about U.S. Government, Hollywood Studios Weigh in on Dispute Exploring Reach of U.S. Copyright Law
Judging by papers filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week, a dispute over the streaming of a Polish broadcaster's programming is likely to become an important one. In fact, the U.S. government is warning that it could hamper the ability of the Justice Department to crack down on large-scale criminal piracy abroad. And Disney, Fox, Warner Bros. and the leading trade groups in the music industry are hoping the federal appellate circuit clarifies that proof of infringement doesn't require what's known as "volitional conduct." This case is more than two decades in the making. In 1994, Poland's national public television broadcast company Telewizja Polska (TVP) granted Spanski Enterprises (SEI), a Canadian corporation, the exclusive right to distribute its content in North and South America for twenty-five years. About a decade ago, the two sides engaged in arbitration and open-court litigation over internet rights. The result was a settlement agreement that … [Read more...] about U.S. Gov’t, Hollywood Studios Weigh in on Dispute Exploring Reach of U.S. Copyright Law
The price of the most popular plan is going up by 10 percent to cover rising content costs, starting in November. Netflix is raising its subscription prices, again. The cost of the video streaming giant and TV game-changer's most popular U.S. plan is going up by $1 to $10.99, it was announced Thursday. The aim is to cover sky-high content costs as the search heats up for the next Orange Is the New Black or House of Cards for Netflix to go up against Amazon's Transparent and Hulu's Emmy-winning The Handmaid's Tale. "From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster," Netflix said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. The changes impact Netflix's 53 million U.S. subscribers binge-viewing on films and TV series as the video platform has emerged as a major buyer of original content. … [Read more...] about Netflix Hikes U.S. Subscription Prices Amid Spending Spree
Designer Humberto Leon said Fashion Month is "one big run-on sentence" when addressing critics of the brand's theatrical shows. Kenzo traditionally throws some of the best bashes — from an '80s punk prom theme to a taco truck feast a few seasons back — and this year, the second of its Fashion Week fetes was to celebrate the opening of its new Marais store. Kenzo presented its collection Thursday as the intermission of a traditional Japanese Kagura performance. It made for good Instagram, but left some editors grumbling at the hour-plus running time. Designer Humberto Leon addressed the critics, saying it was needed to stand out in a crowded Fashion Month. “We’ve been really thinking about what the experience is and I know that for a lot of journalists, it might be easier to come in and come out, but in many ways I feel like Fashion Week is such a big run-on sentence," he told Pret-a-Reporter. "When I’ve gone to shows as a buyer, the shows are … [Read more...] about Kenzo Eyes Retail Return to U.S.
Ottawa says it won't tax local subscribers of U.S. digital services as Netflix announces a $500 million investment over five years in local series like 'Alias Grace.' As Canada rolls out a new digital strategy, the government has decided against imposing a sales tax on U.S. streaming video and digital services like Netflix, Amazon and iTunes operating in the country. "We are absolutely not committed in any way to raising taxes on the middle class," Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the Canadian heritage minister, told The Hollywood Reporter while attending the annual Canada Media Fund content showcase in Ottawa on Wednesday night, which brought together on- and off-screen talent, broadcasters and local politicians. Casey's comments came ahead of Netflix on Thursday announcing it will invest $500 million over five years to help produce Canadian content for its worldwide platform, and establish a "production presence" north of the border, its first-ever outside the … [Read more...] about Canadian Streamers See U.S. Rivals Avoiding Sales Tax as Threat
As a Netflix customer, the best service they provide is the large amount of full television series I can watch anywhere I have an Internet connection. As someone living in the U.S., the best part of Netflix’s wide array of available television is the deal it has with the BBC, which allows us to watch popular shows like Doctor Who if we don’t happen to have the BBC America channel, or more obscure shows like Spaced that have been off the air for quite some time. Now, however, Netflix has launched in the U.K. and Ireland, giving customers across the pond a chance to check out our gritty American television, such as all of our remakes of BBC shows. Yeah! Being Human and The Office aside, Netflix actually does have a wide array of good American television on hand that may not make it to other countries — Showtime, FX, and AMC shows come to mind, as well as some of our genuinely good comedies, like Malcolm in the Middle, Parks and Recreation, and Better off Ted. As of … [Read more...] about Netflix Launches in U.K., Ireland, Now They Can Watch U.S. Versions of Their Shows
Analysts believe the company will still surpass Comcast, even if it is shy of estimates. Netflix is poised to become the largest subscription entertainment business in the U.S. when it reports quarterly earnings on Monday. Analysts are figuring that Netflix will have added around 3.7 million subscribers to its ranks, giving it 23.7 million, give or take 100,000. Even if Netflix is shy of estimates, it will likely show enough growth to propel it ahead of Comcast at 22.8 million video subscribers and beyond the 20.2 million subs at Sirius XM Radio. Because growth has stalled at Comcast’s video business, it will likely have to settle for being third in this particular contest as Sirius XM and Netflix duke it out for supremacy in the entertainment-subscription arena. Ensuring that Netflix maintains it’s growth – and some analysts predict it will close out the year with north of 30 million subs – is its embrace of digital streaming, where there isn’t much … [Read more...] about Netflix to Become Largest Subscription Entertainment Business in U.S.
The raunchy comedy, which is a spinoff of a British television show, is described as a U.K. "American Pie." The Inbetweeners is coming to America. The popular British movie, which was spun off a hit Channel 4 TV show, has been picked up for U.S. release by fledgling production and distribution outfit Wrekin Hill Entertainment. The company plans to open the raunchy comedy theatrically in spring 2012. Known in the U.K. as The Inbetweeners Movie and described as a British American Pie, the film focuses on four loser friends who are guided by their hormones. In the movie, the four boys to on a vacation to Greece “in search of high times and wild sex - with no parents, no teachers, no money, and little to no chance with the ladies,” according to Wrekin Hill. The film stars Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, and Joe Thomas. Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, who created, exec produced and the wrote the series, which ran from 2008 to 2010, penned the script for the film. The … [Read more...] about ‘Inbetweeners’ Movie Books U.S. Release
The "Twilight" star, appearing in the upcoming second season of BBC sitcom "Cuckoo," talks about swearing on TV, shooting a scene in moving traffic and why his part in the comedy is unlike his past roles. LONDON — Ahead of Thursday's second-season premiere of BBC sitcom Cuckoo, the show's new star Taylor Lautner has admitted that working in the U.K. has allowed him to swear onscreen much more than at home. "The writers were getting away with lots that we couldn't do in America," the Twilight star told The Daily Star, a local newspaper. "I was very surprised, but it is one of the things that I enjoyed about it." PHOTOS 'Twilight': Where Are They Now? Lautner replaces Andy Samberg, who helped the first season of Cuckoo break BBC Three ratings records but was unavailable to return due to commitments on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Samberg's character was killed off in the family comedy mid-season, with Lautner coming on board as a long-lost son. "My goal following the Twilight franchise was … [Read more...] about Taylor Lautner: U.K. TV Writers Get Away With More Than U.S. Scribes
Recently released from prison, the director turned his career honor at the Deauville festival into a political speech John McTiernan made the personal political as he accepted a career honor at the Deauville festival with a speech highly critical of the U.S. After thanking the festival for welcoming him back after "an extraordinarily difficult time," the Die Hard and Hunt for Red October director, who was released from prison Feb. 25, scrapped his prepared speech to speak off the cuff about the prison system. "I can only plead with you to examine the current political and cultural works of my country [the U.S.]. We are in the hands of a terrible counterrevolution and a great reaction, a second Civil War sponsored by the same people that lost the first Civil War," the director said. "And it has created a good president who is a prisoner of the White House who can do little beyond the ceremonial," McTiernan continued. "It has made, despite of what you may see on screens, a prison … [Read more...] about ‘Die Hard’ Director John McTiernan: U.S. Embroiled In ‘Second Civil War’
The romantic comedy seduces U.K. audiences, grabbing the top spot on its first weekend Despite a somewhat limp performance in the U.S., debuting in fourth place in July and scoring just $38.1 million so far, Sex Tape has won the top spot on its opening weekend in the U.K. Sony’s Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel-starring romantic comedy may have been described in the U.K. press as “depressingly dreary” (The Guardian) and "never on full thrust, settling for tentative gags with underwear firmly in place” (The Telegraph), but it still scored $2.3 million (£1.43 million) on 441 screens, including $717,000 in previews, according to figures from box-office tracker Rentrak. Sex Tape toppled Lucy to take the number one spot. Luc Besson’s action film earned $1.9 million to cross the £10 million mark with $16.8 million (£10.44 million) to date after three weeks in release. Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S. J. Watson best-seller Before I Go to Sleep … [Read more...] about ‘Sex Tape’ Scores in U.K. After Flopping in U.S.
Following theater chains' decision not to screen the film, Sony canceled the release of the North Korea-set assassination comedy on Wednesday The U.S. government is set to name North Korea as the source of the damaging cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to CNN Justice reporter Evan Perez. Anchor Wolf Blitzer announced the news break during a broadcast of The Situation Room. A news Chyron on the cable channel read: "Sources: North Korean Leaders Ordered Attack on Sony." Separately, unnamed U.S. intelligence officials cited by The New York Times were quoted saying that the country was "centrally involved" in the hack. While North Korea has been linked to the hack of the studio due to the subject material of the assassination-themed Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview, the country has not officially claimed responsibility. Following theater chains' decision not to screen the film, Sony canceled the release of the comedy on Wednesday. "In light of the … [Read more...] about CNN: U.S. to Name North Korea as Source of Sony Hack
"Read-through from the U.S. is overdone," says Liberum's Ian Whittaker, who calls Friday's drop a buying opportunity. The stock of U.K. TV giant ITV fell more than 5 percent in early Friday trading, with observers saying it was hit after two tough days for U.S. entertainment stocks. As of 10:30 a.m. London time, the stock had recovered somewhat and was down 3.7 percent at $4.06 (£2.618). U.S. sector stocks have been hit by concerns about the future of the cable business after Walt Disney this week reduced its growth guidance for ESPN and some on Wall Street highlighted ratings and advertising weakness and cord-cutting risks. "Read-through from the U.S. is overdone," Liberum Capital analyst Ian Whittaker said about ITV's performance on Friday in a note to investors. He said the stock was "down today on the read-across from U.S. media names that have got smashed in recent days" plus "a negative spin being put on some of the data" from an annual report by U.K. media regulator Ofcom. … [Read more...] about ITV Stock Hit, U.S. Declines Hurt U.K. Powerhouse
The Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge this year explored the state and outlook for the industry. The future of TV and relationships between U.S. and U.K. sector players were in focus this week at a TV industry convention in Cambridge, England. The biennial Royal Television Society (RTS) convention this year explored the topic of "Happy Valley or House of Cards? Television in 2020," with panels focusing on changing viewer habits, "Working for the Yankee Dollar. Consolidation and Creativity" and other topics. David Abraham, CEO of British broadcaster Channel 4, which has been looking for co-productions with U.S. networks, reiterated previous concerns about American acquisitions of U.K. TV production firms and networks, such as Viacom's purchase of Channel 5. "I’m incredibly proud of what this country is capable of doing, and we should really work to preserve what it is that makes us special," he said, highlighting differences between the U.S. and British industries. … [Read more...] about TV Industry Future, U.S.-U.K. Relations in Spotlight at Cambridge Conference
Property, design-themed shows popular cross-border TORONTO -- HGTV U.S. has a makeover idea for changing times: Share new series concepts and costs as you co-produce more Canadian-made shows with sister HGTV Canada.Over the past year, HGTV U.S. bought the first seasons of seven Canadian property- and design-themed shows, including the top-rated "Income Property," and secured impressive ratings for the Canadian imports on its schedule. The U.S. cable channel recently came on board to co-produce with HGTV Canada the second seasons of six of the indie Canadian shows, and it bought the second season of the seventh, "For Rent." HGTV U.S. president Jim Samples said the stepped-up cooperation started in July 2008 when programmers from both networks met in Toronto to talk development slates and market trends, and discovered common ground on how to pursue audiences as the property market cooled. Ongoing conversations remain about more than after-market sales. "I see that (cooperation) as a … [Read more...] about HGTV Canada, U.S. pair up on new series
The star will add his voice to those speaking out about the lack of diversity on British TV during a speech in front of members of parliament. While the past week has seen the Academy called out for a lack of diversity among the nominees for its acting honors, Idris Elba — who failed to make the shortlist — will on Monday speak out against a particular area of the entertainment industry considered problematic in terms of diversity: British TV. The Beasts of No Nation star, who first broke through in The Wire and went on to take on the title role in the BBC's ongoing series Luther, is set to deliver a speech during a meeting set to be attended by over 100 members of parliament and TV executives, in which he will slam U.K. TV for not offering enough opportunities for black actors. “People in the TV world often aren’t the same as people in the real world. And there’s an even bigger gap between people who make TV and people who watch TV. I should know, I live … [Read more...] about Idris Elba on U.K. TV Diversity: ‘Luther’ Lead Came Only After U.S. Move
Among the seven conglomerates, $20 billion in value was wiped out on Friday, and of the 50 entertainment/media stocks tracked by THR, one closed higher. Wall Street had one of its worst days in years on Friday after the U.K. voted in favor of Brexit, a referendum to remove itself from the European Union, a surprise decision that had investors heading for the exits and pundits predicting doom and gloom. "The Brexit as catalyst could likely be the turning point that will trigger a financial market crash in the U.S. and in global markets in parallel," Thomas Kee Jr. wrote at MarketWatch, a unit of News Corp's Dow Jones. Others on Friday were focusing more narrowly on the entertainment companies. Rick Munarriz at the Motley Fool, for example, predicted Disney theme parks in Florida will take a hit, given that 1.7 million visitors to that state came from the U.K. last year and Friday's vote had the pound plunging relative to the dollar. "When it costs 8 percent more to purchase things in … [Read more...] about Media Stocks Tank in U.S. After Brexit Vote
Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest. AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest, has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Thames TV to broadcast season 11 of The X Factor U.K., The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the deal, AXS TV will broadcast episodes of the singing competition series featuring judges Cowell, Mel B, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and music manager Louis Walsh. Dermot O'Leary serves as host. The pact marks the first time the U.K. incarnation of the X Factor has aired stateside. Season 11 marks Cowell's return to the judge's bench for the first time in three years. PHOTOS Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 AXS TV will broadcast the 34-episode series starting on Sunday, Aug. 31 — a day after the series debuts in the U.K. on ITV. Episodes will air on Sundays and Mondays at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and re-air the same night after the initial … [Read more...] about AXS TV Brings Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor U.K’ to U.S.
A racketeering lawsuit against Disney over how it allegedly conspired with an IT consulting firm to replace hundreds of American tech workers at Walt Disney World nearly landed with a thud. On Tuesday, a Florida federal judge threw out the complaint from Leo Perrero and others similarly situated that claimed that Disney colluded with HCL to abuse the H-1B visa process by falsely telling the Department of Labor that the hiring of foreigners wouldn't adversely affect the working conditions of U.S. workers. However, on Wednesday, the judge quickly vacated the dismissal order, leaving the case as live. Word that Disney workers were forced to train immigrant replacements sparked outrage after it was covered by The New York Times, but after being brought to court, Disney stated in a motion to dismiss there was nothing inherently unlawful about using a workforce that includes H-1B visa holders. On allegations of misstatements in visa applications, HCL argued that the plaintiffs were confused … [Read more...] about Disney Still Facing Lawsuit Over Replacement of U.S. Workers With Immigrants