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Liberty Media Plots Formula One’s Route to Revenue Growth

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On Tuesday Liberty Media will seek the approval of stockholders for its acquisition of motor-racing business Formula One in a deal that values the latter at $8 billion. What will potentially follow is a shakeup of the sport to maximize revenue. Since Liberty Media announced in September that it had agreed to buy Formula One… Read more »

Isabelle Huppert Receives French Cinema Award at Star-Studded Paris Ceremony

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PARIS– Isabelle Huppert, who just won a Golden Globe for a critically-aclaimed performance in Elle Verhoeven’s “Elle,” received today UniFrance’s French Cinema Award during a star-studded ceremony held at France’s Culture Ministry. Hosted by Audrey Azoulay, the culture and communication minister, Jean-Paul Salomé, the president of UniFrance, and Isabelle Giordano, the ceremony brought together more… Read more »

Q&A: New NATPE Chief JP Bommel Tunes Up Conference Programming

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There’s a new boss at the helm of the NATPE convention this time around. JP Bommel is steering his first show since joining the organization as managing director and chief operating officer in September 2015. Bommel’s background in music and marketing is evident in the conference schedule this year, which will feature a program track… Read more »

Viceland to Launch In Africa on Kwesé Network

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ROME – Viceland will launch across sub-Saharan Africa through an exclusive partnership with Kwesé, the multi-platform network operated by African telecom and pay-TV operator Econet. The tie-up with Econet, which operates on the “TV Everywhere” model in which subscribers access content through multiple devices, marks a key step in the expansion of Vice Media’s global… Read more »

AOL’s Tim Armstrong Touts Live-Programming Push With New NYC Studio, as Yahoo Deal Hangs in Limbo

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Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, has two distinct full-time jobs right now: running the AOL business, and planning for when — or if — parent company Verizon completes the acquisition of Yahoo. On the former, Armstrong presided over opening night of AOL’s new live-streaming Build Studio last Thursday in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The… Read more »

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Dominates Social Media Buzz

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Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker” topped social media buzz last week with an impressive 152,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The studio released the soundtrack listing on Jan. 12, three days after Taylor Swift also posted a “first look” of her soundtrack music video with Zayn Malik. PreAct estimates that a… Read more »

Lee Greenwood Says Performers May Regret Passing on Chance to Perform at Inauguration

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Lee Greenwood, who will perform at inaugural events this week for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, suggested that those who turn down the chance will later regret missing the opportunity. He said that he had not heard that Jennifer Holliday, announced as a performer at the opening concert at the Lincoln Memorial… Read more »

French-Moroccan Actor Assaad Bouab Broadens His Canvas

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PARIS– Having playing a Muslim Azerbiijani boy in Asif Kapadia’s “Ali and Nino,” a Syrien camp commander in “Homeland” (season 5) “Homeland,” the handsome French-Moroccan actor Assaad Bouab might well be on track to follow the footsteps of Reda Kateb, another French actor of North African origins who appeared in dozens of French films and… Read more »

‘Supernatural’ Reunion Staged on NBC’s ‘Timeless’ With Guest Star Misha Collins

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“Timeless” is staging a reunion between “Supernatural” star Misha Collins and creator Eric Kripke. Collins is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of the NBC action-adventure drama, which will air on Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. He will portray historical figure Eliot Ness. In the episode, titled “Public Enemy No. 1,” when Flynn (Goran Višnjić)… Read more »

TV Ratings: Packers-Cowboys, Steelers-Chiefs Draw Huge Audiences

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UPDATED: The regular season may have been a nadir for NFL ratings, but the NFL playoffs are shaping up to be big, with Fox’s afternoon NFC divisional game once again leading the way. Fox’s Sunday telecast of the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys brawl, which dashed hopes of a hate-watchers’-dream Cowboys-Patriots Super Bowl when the Packers… Read more »