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Film4-backed Cold War to screen In Competition at Cannes

Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to his 2015 Oscar and BAFTA winning Ida, has been selected to screen In Competition at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 8-19. Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “Cold War is a magnificent piece of cinema and following on from the huge success of Ida, confirms Pawel Pawlikowski as a filmmaker of unique talents. I’m delighted that Film4 has played a role in bringing Pawel and producer Tanya Segatchian’s latest collaboration to the screen, and that the Cannes selectors have invited…

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ITN has appointed Jess Bulman as Deputy Editor of 5 News.

Jess will support Editor Cait FitzSimons who was appointed in February this year. She joins from ITV News where she was Head of Home Planning. Jess’ role marks her return to 5 News where she worked as news editor and planning editor in 2010. Jess’ career spans 18 years working in TV News. For the last 3 and a half years she has overseen the planning of UK and specialist content at ITV News: Jess ran the newsgathering operation on the day of the Grenfell tower disaster, whose coverage has…

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LIONSGATE ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF THE HUNGER GAMES IN CONCERT GLOBAL TOUR

Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) today announced that it will kick off its international tour of “The Hunger Games in Concert” with a July 12th world premiere in Manchester, UK. The live music experience will feature a 60-piece orchestra performing the acclaimed The Hunger Games score from Grammy® Award-winning and Emmy® Award and multiple Academy Award®-nominated composer James Newton Howard and will accompany an HD screening of the first blockbuster film The Hunger Games. “The Hunger Games in Concert” follows on the heels of Lionsgate’s highly successful “La…

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A Global Star Will Produce English and Spanish-Language Feature Films to Be Released by Lionsgate

Adding to its roster of A-list talent relationships, global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) has signed a first-look producing deal with Salma Hayek Pinault, one of the industry’s premier multi-hyphenates, along with her producing partner Jose “Pepe” Tamez. Under the agreement, Hayek Pinault and Tamez will produce feature films for Lionsgate under Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions banner. Reflecting Hayek Pinault’s enormous versatility, her production banner will also explore feature film opportunities with Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films venture. The collaboration is an extension of the studio’s longstanding relationship with Hayek Pinault,…

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British artist Alys Tomlinson named Photographer of the Year

The World Photography Organisation today names the overall winners of the prestigious 2018 Sony World Photography Awards at a London ceremony. The coveted Photographer of the Year title was presented to British artist Alys Tomlinson for her series Ex-Voto, winning the photographer $25,000 (USD). The work was praised by the jury for its beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power. Tomlinson was selected from the 10 category winners of the Professional competition who was announced today alongside…

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Grantchester, starring James Norton and Robson Green, will return to ITV

Grantchester, starring James Norton and Robson Green, will return to ITV for a fourth series in a co-production from Kudos and MASTERPIECE on PBS. This series will feature James Norton’s final episodes as character Sidney Chambers, the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman, and one half of the unlikely crime-fighting duo based in 1950s Grantchester. Casting of the new vicar arriving in the hamlet of Grantchester will be announced shortly. Along with Robson Green, who plays Detective Geordie Keating, returning members of Grantchester’s ensemble cast include Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth….

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ITV2 heads back to Ibiza for two seasons of Weekender plus Boat Party spin off series

Twofour and Motion Content Group have been commissioned to produce a double order of popular Weekender brand, totalling 20 hour-long episodes, as well as The Weekender Boat Party (w/t), a 6 x 60’ spin off series. This new format will see favourite and new weekender reps facing their biggest challenge yet: working aboard a yacht as they tour party hotspots and ensure it’s all plain sailing for their guests. With the captain keeping a watching eye over them, there’s sure to be some choppy waters ahead. Weekender’s latest series, which…

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The One Show to broadcast NHS awards special

As the NHS marks its 70th year, viewers of BBC One’s The One Show have been nominating candidates for the first ever NHS Patients Awards. Around 2500 patients and colleagues answered the call sending in their stories of outstanding treatment and care. In a special heartfelt edition of the programme Matt Baker and Alex Jones, together with the Patients Association, will honour those who have gone above and beyond in delivering outstanding care to patients and their families and celebrate the inspirational work carried out by NHS staff across five…

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Web series This Country to return for two more portions

After the recent cliff-hanger at the end of This Country’s second series, BBC Three has doubled-down and commissioned both a one-off special and a third series of the award-winning mockumentary. The second series of This Country launched in February 2018 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer with a slot on BBC One on Tuesday nights. The show has had over 11 million iPlayer requests to date and on BBC One has seen audiences of well over a million, winning its slot every week with an average 13% audience share. This…

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Hit series The Great British Sewing Bee will return to BBC Two next year

Hit series The Great British Sewing Bee will return to BBC Two next year with new host, award-winning British comedian Joe Lycett. Over eight weeks amateur sewers will be put to the test and take on challenges as they compete to be named Britain’s best home sewer, and face resident expert judges – Patrick Grant and Esme Young. Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: “I am delighted that Sewing Bee will be returning with Joe Lycett. The series is brilliant TV filled with great craft, passionate creators and a big…

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