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TV Review: ‘Wolf Hall’

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Anchored by Mark Rylance’s towering central performance, “Wolf Hall” is a very quiet “Masterpiece,” visiting the court of King Henry VIII minus the perfume and airbrushing associated with something like “The Tudors.” Adapted from Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels, this six-hour project boasts an insanely good cast, while moving at such a methodical pace as to… Read more »

Starz Set For Middle East Launch With Starz Play Arabia

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Starz on April 2 will launch its previously announced Starz Play Arabia OTT subscription service across 17 territories in the Middle East and North Africa, beating Netflix to the punch in an area with a population estimated at 370 million and a young highly wired demographic. Starz Play Arabia service marks the first Starz-branded service… Read more »

Lionsgate Launches Premiere Label, Jean McDowell to Head Marketing

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Lionsgate is launching a new specialty film distribution label, dubbed Lionsgate Premiere, which will distribute up to 15 films annually. The studio behind “The Hunger Games” is positioning the move as part of a wider diversification effort. Lionsgate runs other targeted brands, such as Codeblack Pictures, its urban films label, and Pantelion Films, a joint… Read more »

Weekly Ratings: ‘Walking Dead,’ College Basketball Lead the Way; CBS Tops Among Networks

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The most-watched March Madness tournament in 25 years has been good news for CBS, which won last week’s ratings race with ease, though it was AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that finished atop the program rankings in key demos. The zombie drama wrapped its fifth season with a huge 8.2 rating/22 share in adults 18-49 and… Read more »

China’s Huayi Bros Approves Deal With Robert Simonds’ STX

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China’s Huayi Brothers Media has agreed a deal to co-finance at least 18 movies to be produced over a three-year period by Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment. Huayi, the 20-year-old firm that is China’s largest private-sector film company, announced an outline of the deal in a regulatory filing in mid-March, but did not name its U.S…. Read more »

Rules Tightened for Foreign Content on China’s Online Video Platforms

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Unlicensed foreign films and TV series are to be removed from China’s powerful online video platforms beginning today. Under new regulations drafted by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), which were announced in September last year and took effect from today on April 1, all films and TV shows must… Read more »

C. Linna Chen

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