Discovery Channel Hires ex-ITV exec Andrew O’Connell

LONDON — Discovery Channel U.S. has hired former ITV factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell as its vice president of development and production. Based in the U.K., O’Connell will work closely with production companies in the territory and will be responsible for generating the next factual hits for the U.S. network. He will also partner with Discovery… […]

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Five Police Officers Killed & Multiple Others Injured In A Sniper Shooting At A Protest In Dallas

***WARNING: Graphic Content Ahead *** On Thursday evening, a peaceful protest over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile turned fatal when five officers were killed after snipers opened fire on them in downtown Dallas, TX. It’s said at least six others, including one civilian, were injured in the ambush. Related: Tyga Slams Police […]

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Civolution Sells NexGuard Anti-Piracy Tech Business to Kudelski Group

Civolution has sold its forensic-watermarking business, NexGuard Labs, whose technology lets content owners track pirated copies of digital content, to Switzerland-based Kudelski Group — marking Civolution’s third and final divestiture. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the NexGuard sale, Civolution does not own any operational businesses anymore; the Netherlands-based holding company will continue to… […]

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CMC Media Fund Raises $350 Million (Report)

CMC Capital Partners, part of Li Ruigang’s China Media Capital (CMC) investment group, is understood to have raised $350 million in its latest dollar denominated fund-raising exercise. According to the Asian Venture Capital Journal, the $350 million figure is a first close target. The overall fund is seeking to raise $600 million is dollars and… […]

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Vicky Zhao, Leon Dai Under Fire From China Nationalists

Nationalist forces have turned on Zhao Wei, one of China’s most popular actresses and leading directors, due to the inclusion of Taiwan’s Leon Dai in her upcoming film. The Communist Youth League has used its own website and social media to criticize Zhao (aka Vicky Zhao) over Dai’s alleged support for Taiwanese independence. Its posting… […]

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French Director Robert Guediguian to Head Horizons Jury at Venice Film Festival

ROME – French auteur Robert Guédiguian (“Marius et Jeannette,” La ville est tranquille”) and Italian actor/director Kim Rossi Stuart have been recruited for jury duty at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, respectively as presidents of the jury for the Horizons section and for the Luigi di Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future. As… […]

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Update: 5th Police Officer Dies After Protest Shootout in Dallas

Five police officers in Dallas were killed and seven others were injured by snipers on Thursday night during a street demonstration protesting this week’s police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. One of the suspects was arrested during a shootout, according to Dallas Police. Another reportedly turned himself in. Police were also negotiating with a thurd… […]

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