Variety 8 April 2018

CAA, GLAAD Host Summit on Advancing LGBTQ Representation

At the first-ever Creators Summit presented by GLAAD and the Creative Artists Agency, producers, writers, content creators and industry execs gathered to discuss the future of diversity, inclusivity and intersectionality in entertainment at the agency’s headquarters in Los Angeles. (The daylong event kicked off the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will be held in […]

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China Box Office: ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Hindi Medium’ Win Holiday Weekend

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” enjoyed a strong second weekend at the box office in China. It remained on top of the chart with $43.8 million in three days, for a cumulative score of $163 million after 10 days. The film also benefitted from a bumper Thursday, when it scored $25.5 million. The day is […]

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Han Solo Finds Himself Part of a Crew in Final ‘Solo: A Stars Wars Story’ Trailer

“Star Wars” fans have one more piece of content to speculate over before “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters. A new trailer dropped Sunday prompting fans to wonder what originally caused Han Solo to take to the stars and featuring the assembly of a team to take on a new “job.” “You’re after something,” […]

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MipTV: Endemol Shine and Youku Pact for Chinese Unscripted Projects

Chinese streaming service Youku and “Big Brother” producer Endemol Shine are joining forces to work up a pair of unscripted projects. The pair will co-create two non-scripted shows, they said, as the curtain was raised on MipTV 2018. Endemol Shine Group and the Endemol Shine China division, which was formed in 2015, will work together […]

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Survey: Local Broadcast TV Still Dominant Source of News in ‘Fake News’ Era

Local broadcast TV remains the dominant source of news and information for adults in the U.S. amid growing concern about the spread of “fake news” online. That’s the takeaway from a recent survey conducted by research firm SmithGeiger in connection with the National Assn. of Broadcasters annual confab this week in Las Vegas. The survey […]

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All3Media International Makes Move Into Nordic Drama With ‘Blinded’ (EXCLUSIVE)

All3Media International is getting into the Nordic drama business, investing in “Blinded,” the buzzy Swedish thriller. All3Media International will join the co-production, its first non-English-language drama project, which comes from FLX, the Stockholm-based producer behind Netflix’s first Swedish original “Quicksand. Streaming service C More and broadcaster TV4 are also backing the drama, which is based on the […]

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After Oscar Winners ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Shape of Water,’ Could ‘A Quiet Place’ Tickle the Academy’s Genre Fancy?

With a monster (no pun intended) opening weekend box office haul and one of the most impressive critical approval ratings of the year so far, John Krasinski’s hushed thriller “A Quiet Place” is stirring its share of awards talk. We’re certainly in a new Oscar era, but can the buzz hold? Just over a month […]

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MipFormats: ‘The Four’ in Development in 18 Countries as Fox Preps Season 2

As Fox starts pre-production on the second season of “The Four,” versions of the singing competition show are being worked up in numerous international territories, delegates at a Variety-hosted MipFormats session heard in Cannes on Sunday. The show has been greenlit by broadcasters CTC in Russia and Antena 1 in Romania. Armoza Formats, which created […]

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MipTV: Soccer Star Hernan Crespo Helps Launch ‘The Football Show’

Retired Argentinian soccer star Hernan Crespo was in Cannes on Sunday to promote “The Soccer Show” at MipTV. The sales arm of Dick Clark Productions is handling the show’s distribution and international launch. “It is important that people know about the former football players outside of the sport,” said Crespo, who played for major professional […]

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Facebook’s Communications Meltdown: How the Company Lost Control of Its Messaging

“You’re asking a really important question.” “It’s such a good question.” “Those are fair questions, and I think those are real questions.” When Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks to journalists these days, she frequently praises their questions — and then proceeds not to answer them, instead talking about something else. Anyone who has ever undergone […]

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