Variety 4 April 2018

New Seasons of Italian Mob Series ‘Gomorrah,’ ‘Suburra’ To Hit Global Screens in 2019

ROME — New seasons of Italy’s high-profile mob shows, Sky’s “Gomorrah” and Netflix and Rai’s “Suburra: Blood on Rome,” are now set to hit global TV and streaming screens in 2019. Sky announced today that the 12-episode fourth season of “Gomorrah,” which is produced by Italy’s Cattleya and Fandango in partnership with Germany’s Beta Film, will […]

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Overtime Taps Marc Kohn, Formerly at Barstool Sports and Bleacher Report, as Chief Content Officer

Overtime, the sports digital-media startup whose backers include NBA star Kevin Durant, has recruited its first chief content officer: Marc Kohn, previously head of programming for Barstool Sports and Turner Sports’ Bleacher Report. Kohn’s hire by the year-and-half-old Brooklyn company, which has focused on covering high-school athletes and teams, is part of Overtime’s strategy to […]

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YouTube Shooting Suspect Was Angry About ‘Demonetization,’ Father Warned Cops

New details have emerged about the woman identified as opening fire at YouTube’s headquarters Tuesday in San Bruno, Calif., injuring four employees. The shooting suspect was identified by local police as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old San Diego resident who died at the scene Tuesday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Four YouTube employees were injured, […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress on April 11

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify about the company’s data practices before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Oregon) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), its top Democrat, said in a statement that the hearing “will be an important opportunity to shed light […]

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Film, TV Escape Penalty as China Retaliates Against Trump’s Trade Tariffs

America’s film and TV industries dodged a bullet Wednesday as China announced tariffs of about $50 billion against American goods. The measures were in retaliation against new U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports unveiled a day earlier. China’s Commerce Ministry said it would increase import duties by 25% on 106 types of goods including soybeans, cars […]

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Roc Nation Taps Telemundo’s Gregory Resh for CFO Role (EXCLUSIVE)

Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z in 2008, has a new Chief Financial Officer. Gregory Resh arrives from NBCUniversal Telemundo Group, where he most recently served as CFO and senior VP. He replaces Joseph Barrino, who left Roc Nation in Aug. 2017. Roc Nation’s management roster includes Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Mariah Carey, Van Jones […]

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China and Japan Hatching Co-Production Treaty

Asian neighbors and frequent rivals Japan and China are expected to sign a film co-production treaty next month. The news was reported Wednesday by Japan’s Asahi newspaper, citing Foreign Ministry sources. The treaty would be the first of its kind for Japan, whose film production and distribution industries have seen a lull in growth after […]

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Twists the Spy Genre With BBC America’s Thriller ‘Killing Eve’

Eve Polastri may be brilliant, but 007 she is not. “She’s not trained to within an inch of her life — she can’t do a backflip, pull out a gun and shoot three people with one bullet,” says Phoebe Waller-Bridge about the central character in her new BBC America thriller “Killing Eve,” which bows April […]

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Dalian Wanda Group Sheds Assets, Mulls Next Steps as Fiscal Woes Mount

In 2014, the Dalian Wanda Group bought eight acres of prime Beverly Hills real estate for $420 million. Then riding high, the Chinese conglomerate planned to plant its flag in the heart of Los Angeles with a luxury hotel and condo development. Four years later, the parcel sits vacant. It’s for sale, but bids have […]

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‘The Deep’ Scribe Jón Atli Jónasson To Pitch ‘Violator’ at In Development (EXCLUSIVE)

Jón Atli Jónasson, best known for co-writing 2013’s Oscar short-listed “The Deep,” will be in France this week pitching his latest project, an Icelandic police procedural titled “Violator,” at both the Canneseries and MipTV markets. He also recently co-wrote for the in-development German-Finnish crime series “Arctic Circle,” which will receive a 15-minute sneak peek at […]

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