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Today — 25 July 2024Variety

Sky Content Boss Zai Bennett Jumps Ship to BBC Studios as Chief Creative Officer

25 July 2024 at 10:05
Sky Studios content boss Zai Bennett has jumped ship to BBC Studios Productions, where he has been appointed CEO and chief creative officer. Bennett’s remit will span the company’s U.K. and international production units as well as owned labels (such as “Baby Reindeer” producer Clerkenwell Films) and invested indies. In terms of genre, it covers […]

Sarajevo Film Festival Selects 19 World Premieres in Competition Sections

25 July 2024 at 10:01
The Sarajevo Film Festival, which focuses on films from Southeast Europe, the South Caucasus and Ukraine, has selected 54 films to compete for its Heart of Sarajevo awards. Three films play out of competition. The festival’s 30th edition will run from Aug. 16 to 23. Jovan Marjanović, director of the festival, said the awards would […]

Jennifer Aniston Slams JD Vance’s Comments About Women Without Children: ‘I Truly Cannot Believe This Is Coming From a Potential VP’

25 July 2024 at 09:11
Jennifer Aniston took to social media on Wednesday night to speak out against resurfaced comments from Donald Trump’s VP pick, JD Vance, who called women without children “childless cat ladies.” In a clip posted on X by MeidasTouch editor-in-chief Ron Filipkowski that appears to be from Vance’s Senate run in 2022, he said that the […]

Moses Babatope Launches Nile Media Entertainment Group, Sets Female-Led Executive Team (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 07:41
Nigerian film industry veteran Moses Babatope has unveiled Nile Media Entertainment Group, a new production and distribution studio aimed at transforming African cinema. The company, named after the River Nile, will focus on cultural representation, industry excellence and sustainable practices. As co-founder of FilmHouse Group and managing director of FilmOne Entertainment, Babatope had been instrumental […]

Sony Pictures Television Inks Co-Production Deal With Anxo Rodríguez’s Espotlight in Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 07:30
Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) has inked multi-year co-production deal with Anxo Rodríguez’s Spanish production company Espotlight (“The Farad,” “Un Nuevo Amanecer.”) Under the deal, which further consolidates SPT’s presence in Spain, SPT will co-develop and co-produce new productions with Espotlight. Rodríguez is a Goya Award-winning producer with a background in law and business affairs. He […]

‘Tabloids on Trial:’ Where to Watch the Prince Harry Documentary Interview in the U.S.

By: Tim Chan
25 July 2024 at 07:29
Prince Harry’s tumultuous relationship with the British press is once again in the spotlight as part of the new documentary, “Tabloids On Trial,” which airs in the U.K. tonight, July 25. Broadcast on ITV and streaming online on ITVX, the one-hour special features Prince Harry, Hugh Grant, Charlotte Church and other celebrities who were targeted […]

Janhvi Kapoor Talks Spy Thriller ‘Ulajh,’ NTR Jr and Ram Charan Films: ‘Cinema at Its Best’ (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 07:15
Bollywood star Janhvi Kapoor is set to appear in her first espionage thriller, “Ulajh,” helmed by acclaimed indie director Sudhanshu Saria in his commercial debut. Produced by Junglee Pictures, the film follows a young Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, played by Kapoor, who becomes entangled in a dangerous conspiracy while on a diplomatic mission. Speaking […]

‘Sherlock’ Producer Hartswood Films Acquired by ITV Studios

25 July 2024 at 06:30
ITV Studios has acquired a majority stake in Hartswood Films, the production company behind the Emmy-winning series “Sherlock.” Founded in 1979, Hartswood is the U.K.’s longest-established scripted producer. Led by CEO Sue Vertue, Hartswood Films has created numerous notable series, including recent ITVX and ITV1 hit “Douglas Is Cancelled” and Prime Video’s “The Devil’s Hour.” […]

ITV Grows Profits, Margins as It Battles Headwinds in First Half of 2024

25 July 2024 at 06:15
British broadcast group ITV delivered a mixed financial performance for the first six months of 2024, as it continues to navigate a shifting media landscape. ITV reported a significant 40% increase in adjusted EBITA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax and Amortization) to £213 million ($275 million) for the period ending June 30, 2024. This substantial growth […]

Target Restocks Exclusive LEGO Wolverine Claw Ahead of ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ Release

By: Tim Chan
25 July 2024 at 06:08
As the highly-anticipated Deadpool & Wolverine arrives in theaters, retailers are also restocking their Deadpool and Wolverine merch, in attempt to generate some new sales from the buzz surrounding the Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman film. Case in point: Target has restocked the limited-edition Marvel Wolverine Adamantium Claws LEGO Set, which features a 14-inch building […]

Vicky Kaushal, Manoj Bajpayee, Huma Qureshi Star as ZEE5 Global Reports Surge in Viewership for Reality-Based Content (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 05:30
ZEE5 Global, a prominent streaming platform for South Asian content, has released data revealing the growing popularity of reality-inspired titles over the past two years. These productions now constitute approximately 20% of the platform’s total viewership. Content based on real-life events and notable figures has consistently topped the charts, indicating an increasing demand for factual […]

‘Wild Robot’ Writer-Director Chris Sanders to Discuss Film at 2024 VIEW Conference

25 July 2024 at 03:45
The creative team behind DreamWorks Animation’s “The Wild Robot,” led by writer-director Chris Sanders, will discuss the making of the film at this fall’s VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy. The weeklong English-language gathering is celebrating its 25th year curating talks, workshops and masterclasses with top talent from film, TV, animation, VFX and gaming. Sanders, whose […]

How Lisa Vanderpump and Gordon Ramsay Set Aside Their Egos to Decide Whose Competitor Won ‘Food Stars’ Season 2’s $250,000 Prize

25 July 2024 at 02:30
SPOILER WARNING: This story contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of “Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars” on Fox. It may be called “Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars,” but it was Lisa Vanderpump who owned the Fox competition when a contestant from her team of mentees won the second season on Thursday’s finale. In a two-hour episode […]

How NBC Became the Linchpin of the NBA’s Megabucks TV Rights Deal

25 July 2024 at 02:03
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum: The NBA’s much-anticipated new TV rights deal that was expected to reflect the financial muscle of streaming platforms wound up cementing the primacy of broadcast networks in sports contracts. The big moves in the 11-year agreement, valued at a whopping $76 billion, are the return […]

Kevin Feige Explains Why Marvel Spoiled Dafne Keen’s X-23 Return in Final ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ Trailer

25 July 2024 at 00:47
“Deadpool & Wolverine” has been pegged as a cameo-filled affair that sees the return of several mutants and other beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the majority of these appearances have remained a secret, Marvel let one surprise out of the bag in the final trailer for the superhero threequel: the return of […]

Joe Biden Says He Dropped Out of the Election to ‘Unite My Party’ Against Donald Trump

By: Gmaddaus
25 July 2024 at 00:42
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that while he believes his record merits a second term in office, he dropped his reelection bid to “unite my party” to confront a threat to American democracy. “Nothing can come in the way of saving our democracy. That includes personal ambition,” Biden said, before invoking a line from President […]

CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota’s Memoir to Be Adapted for Screen By ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Producers TEG+ (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 00:38
CNN anchor/correspondent Alisyn Camerota’s memoir “Combat Love: A Story of Leaving, Longing and Searching for Home,” is being developed for film and TV from Tiwary Entertainment Group, the producers behind Broadway musicals like Alanis Morisette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Green Day’s “American Idiot.” The memoir explores Camerota’s teenage years in the 1980s music scenes and […]

Two Alec Baldwin Jurors Were Leaning Toward Guilty Verdict When Case Was Dismissed

By: Gmaddaus
24 July 2024 at 23:37
Two jurors in the Alec Baldwin trial told Variety they were leaning toward a guilty verdict when the involuntary manslaughter case was abruptly dismissed. Their views are at odds with those of three other jurors who told the New York Times and People that they had serious doubts about Baldwin’s guilt. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer […]

Rupert Murdoch Seeks Family Trust Amendment to Leave Lachlan in Charge: Report

24 July 2024 at 22:40
Rupert Murdoch is facing a familial battle royale as three of the 93-year-old media mogul’s four adult children fight his efforts to adjust the family trust in order to leave eldest son Lachlan Murdoch in charge after his death, according to an investigative report published Wednesday by the New York Times. The Times report is […]