Variety 7 April 2018

FDNY Responds to Fire at Trump Tower

The Fire Department of New York quickly extinguished a fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan. One civilian has been seriously injured with firefighters sustaining three non-life-threatening injuries, according to the FDNY. “Fire at Trump Tower is out,” President Donald Trump tweeted. “Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a […]

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Why Every Liberal Should See ‘Chappaquiddick’

In our noisy, toxically divided, my-way-or-the-highway political culture, you’re on one side or the other, and there’s almost no middle ground left — no place where liberals and conservatives can overlap without feeling like they’re betraying their own cause. “Chappaquiddick,” the deep and gripping new docudrama about the tragic incident that took place on July […]

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All3Media Secures Sales in Germany, Benelux

All3Media International has closed deals to provide 350 hours of factual content to broadcasters in Germany and Benelux, the distribution company announced on the eve of MipTV.   Germany’s ZDF has signed Lion Television’s three-part series “The Great Fire of London: In Real Time,” produced for Channel 5. The series uses new historical evidence and […]

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Soon-Tek Oh, Voice of Mulan’s Father and Asian-American Theater Pioneer, Dies at 85

Soon-Tek Oh, a pioneering figure in Asian-American theater who voiced Fa Zhou in two “Mulan” films and acted with Roger Moore in “Man with the Golden Gun,” has died. He was 85. Oh died Wednesday in Los Angeles after a long fight with Alzheimer’s, according to actor Chil Kong. Kong co-founded the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble […]

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MipFormats: Channel 4’s Alex Mahon on Reinventing Unscripted TV in Netflix Era

Alex Mahon, chief executive of Britain’s Channel 4, said Saturday that producers and broadcasters need to work together to move the unscripted genre forward, as has already happened on the scripted side. Giving a MipFormats keynote interview in Cannes, to a room of mostly unscripted producers and distributors, the former Shine boss said there was […]

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Shaping Amazon Prime Video’s European Content Plans

Amazon has big programming ambitions for its Prime Video service in Europe and Georgia Brown is tasked with making them a reality. The former BBC Worldwide and FremantleMedia executive joined the streamer last year as its first director of original television for Europe. Beth Pattinson has since joined her team, coming over from the BBC […]

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MIP: Italian TV Exec Tozzi Talks Netflix and How to Reach Global Audiences

U.K.-based ITV Studios recently bought a majority stake in top Italian production shingle Cattleya, which made “Gomorrah” for Sky and “Suburra” for Netflix. The deal marked the biggest foreign acquisition in the Italian media sphere in recent memory. Cattleya founding partner Riccardo Tozzi spoke exclusively to Variety about the vision behind the company’s increasingly international scope, what […]

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SZA, Future, Anderson.Paak Join CAA; Migos and Lil Yachty Stay With ICM

The fallout from agents Caroline Yim and Zach Iser leaving ICM for CAA began to settle this week, as SZA, Future, Anderson.Paak, Daniel Caesar, Rae Sremmurd, ScHoolboy Q, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, The Internet and Willow Smith all officially joined CAA, a source close to the situation confirmed to Variety. The acts join an already formidable roster that includes Beyonce, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, Logic, A Tribe Called […]

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Ryan Murphy Says ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8 Will Return to ‘Tone’ of ‘Asylum’ and ‘Coven’

A mixture of Christmas and Halloween came early this year for “American Horror Story” fans, as co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy veered from tradition and announced plans for season eight. During the final segment of an “American Horror Story: Cult” panel, Murphy shared with the audience and “Cult” cast members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, […]

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‘A Quiet Place’ Wins Box Office With $45 Million

John Krasinski’s thriller “A Quiet Place” is set to make a loud debut at the box office this weekend with $45 million from 3,508 North American theaters. The film, which premiered at SXSW to favorable reviews, stars Krasinski and Emily Blunt as parents trying to keep their children safe in a world where alien creatures […]

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