Author: Bolaji Odumodu

TF1, M6 to Buy France Television’s Stake in Salto if Merger Happens

French TV groups TF1 and M6 have reached a pact to buy France Televisions’ stake in Salto, the streaming service they jointly launched in 2020, if their proposed merger gets anti-trust approval. Since TF1 and M6 unveiled their merger plan, the French public broadcaster France Televisions said it wished to exit Salto if their deal […]

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Harry Styles’ ‘Sign of the Times’ Gets String Cover for ‘Bridgerton’

Harry Styles just announced that he has an album coming in May, but superfans might not have to wait as long to hear a new version of “Sign of the Times.” A string arrangement of Styles’ first single, originally released in 2017, appears in the frothy period drama “Bridgerton,” which premieres its second season on […]

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Heather Riley Named to Develop Political Programs, Series at ABC News

Heather Riley was named executive editorial producer of political programming and affairs at ABC News, and has been assigned to help develop political-news programming for both the Walt Disney Co. unit’s linear programming as well as for Hulu and the streaming-video outlet ABC News Live. She will report to Wendy Fisher, ABC News, senior vice […]

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Where to Watch West Side Story Online

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Variety may receive an affiliate commission. With seven nominations under its belt, “West Side Story” will have a large presence at the Oscars this weekend, with Steven Spielberg’s critically-acclaimed adaptation potentially winning the same best picture statue that the original […]

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Final Oscar Predictions 2022: ‘CODA,’ ‘Belfast’ or ‘Power of the Dog’?

It’s all come down to this. Ninety-four years of Oscar history have been digested and cross-examined to help yield the critical answer: Which films and performances will win Academy Awards on March 27? By the sheer scope of its nomination tally, Netflix is the closest it’s ever been to taking home the statuette for the […]

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Archivists at Paramount Spent 5 Years Restoring ‘The Godfather’

Being given the job of restoring arguably one of the greatest films of all time, “The Godfather,” is daunting enough. Doing it under the watchful eye of its director, Francis Ford Coppola, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the filmmaker’s Academy Award-winning opus is another level entirely. It was a team led by restoration expert […]

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2022 Oscars Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Variety’s Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar and Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year’s list of contenders in all categories. Variety’s Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four […]

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2022 Oscars Best Animated Short Predictions

Variety’s Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar and Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year’s list of contenders in all categories. Variety’s Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four […]

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Apple’s ‘Severance’ Neurosurgeon Says We’re ‘Not Far Off’ From Chip

Apple TV Plus drama “Severance” takes place in a world where people are able to undergo a medical procedure that gives them a literal work-life balance by implanting a chip in their brain that essentially splits them into two different conscious versions of themselves: an “Innie” who is awake only at work, and an “Outtie” […]

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Patrick Moxey Unveils New Label Group With Warner Music

Veteran dance music executive Patrick Moxey has announced details of his new label group and has signed a new, worldwide deal for two key record labels with Warner Recorded Music. The agreement, which encompasses the legendary Payday Records and the newly created Helix Records, will see Warner Recorded Music handling global digital distribution via its […]

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Netflix Dating Show Casts ‘Too Hot to Handle,’ ‘Love Is Blind’ Singles

Netflix and Kinetic Content are teaming up once again. The streaming giant announced a new reality show coming soon, featuring stars from “Too Hot To Handle,” “Love Is Blind,” “The Circle,” “Selling Tampa” and more. “Singles from Netflix reality shows have done some crazy things to find love. But they’re still single,” the official description […]

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Surf Drama ‘Barons’ Is Calling Card for New Look Fremantle Australia

“Barons,” a surf and business drama series that plays this week at Series Mania, is a calling card for the newly re-structured Australian operations of TV giant Fremantle. In recent weeks, leadership of the unscripted side of the business has been put in the hands of Eureka, a company in which it bought an increased […]

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India Streaming Audience Poised to Reach 600 Million by 2024

Streaming was the biggest growth story in India during a pandemic affected 2021, while the film and TV sectors recovered, the annual EY/Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry media industry report reveals. The streaming audience grew from 450 million in 2020 to 497 million in 2021 and the report estimates that the number […]

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Sharon Horgan Apple Dark Comedy Series ‘Bad Sisters’ Reveals Main Cast

Sharon Horgan’s new Apple series has set its main cast. The series, now titled “Bad Sisters,” will star Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, and Eve Hewson as the Garvey sisters. Claes Bang, Brian Gleeson, Daryl McCormack, Assaad Bouab, and Saise Quinn also star. The series follows the lives of the Garvey sisters bound […]

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Princess Diana’s Death Explored in Miniseries by Headline, Itineraire

London-based Headline Pictures (“Kin”) and French banner Itineraire Productions (“Oussekine”) are set to produce together “Who Killed Lady Di?,” a drama mini-series set in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death in Paris in 1997. The series re-teams Itineraire Productions with Julien Lilti, the up-and-coming creator and screenwriter of Disney Plus Star’s original series “Oussekine” and […]

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The Third Floor Launch Animation Group, Tool Suite

The Third Floor (TTF), who are responsible for visualization work on dozens of Marvel blockbusters including “Avengers: Endgame,” have launched an animation group as well as a suite of animation tools. The tools, which have been developed over Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, enable creatives to develop ideas and render in real time. TTF estimate they […]

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Meghan Markle ‘Archetypes’ Podcast to Premiere on Spotify in Summer

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and actor-turned-would-be-media-mogul, will have “uncensored conversations” about stereotypes that have historically applied to women on her forthcoming podcast for Spotify. The podcast series, “Archetypes,” is slated to debut this summer on Spotify. It’s the first production to land on Spotify under the streaming service’s exclusive deal inked in 2020 […]

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‘Superman’ Actor Margot Kidder’s Last Film Resumes Production

PRODUCTION Debutant Galen Rosenthal‘s “Robber’s Roost,” the last film starring Margot Kidder, has resumed production with the addition of Shiladitya Bora (Platoon One Films) as executive producer. The project is currently filming in Park City, Utah. A psychological thriller set at the turn of the 20th century during the last days of the Wild West, […]

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‘How to Survive a Pandemic’ Review: A Sharp Doc on the Vaccine Rollout

A decade ago, when his documentary “How to Survive a Plague” rode a wave of festival acclaim to an Oscar nomination, journalist-turned-filmmaker David France probably didn’t imagine that a similarly titled quasi-sequel was in the cards. A superb overview of the early years of HIV-AIDS activism in the face of political indifference and ineptitude — […]

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Paramount Outlines International SVOD Strategy – Series Mania

Paramount is the latest studio to plant its flag in the ground at French TV drama festival Series Mania, where international CEO Raffaele Annecchino broke down the company’s international distribution and SVOD strategy. In a keynote moderated by Variety’s Italy and West Asia correspondent Nick Vivarelli, Annecchino detailed plans to focus internationally on premium SVOD service Paramount […]

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