Disney-Owned Foodles Production Admits Two Breaches Over Harrison Ford ‘Star Wars’ Accident

Foodles Production, the Disney-owned production company responsible for working on the UK et of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has admitted two health and safety breaches following the accident that crushed Harrison Ford’s leg. Ford found himself pinned by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship during filming. A Milton Keynes magistrates court heard that the accident could have killed the then-71 year old Ford, who was reprising his iconic turn as…

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Mobile-Game Maker Scopely Raises $55 Million

Scopely, the L.A.-based mobile games developer and network whose titles include “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival,” has closed $55 million in Series B financing. The funding, which brings Scopely to about $98.5 million raised to date, was led by Greycroft Growth Fund. “Companies are looking at mobile with the recent success of ‘Pokemon Go,’… Read more »

“Star Wars” Firm Guilty of Health Violations over Harrison Ford’s Broken Leg

LONDON – A British production company owned by Disney pleaded guilty Tuesday to two health and safety violations on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in connection with an incident during filming that resulted in a broken leg for Harrison Ford. Ford, reprising his role as Han Solo, was walking through the spaceship… Read more »

Paramount And European Union Finalise Deal Over Anti-Trust Investigation

Paramount Pictures and the European Union have finalised a deal as part of the EU’s anti-trust investigation into the six studios’ geoblocking of pay TV rights with Sky TV. The European Commission first launched its case in July last year against pay TV platform Sky and the six major Hollywood studios, arguing that customers across Europe should have access to Sky’s services in the UK and Ireland. At the time, E.U. competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager had argued…

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This Ad for a Snorkeling Mask Is So Elegant, You Won’t Want to Hit the Beach Without One

This ain’t your grandpa’s snorkeling mask.

To promote Tribord’s Easybreath full-face snorkeling mask, French agency Rosapark released a spot that almost seamlessly blends water and sky—a visual metaphor for how the Easybreath lets you breathe underwater just like you do on land. 

“Easybreath is a real innovation in the world of diving—gone is the need for a separate mask and snorkel, and the difficulties some people having using them,” explains the agency’s creative director, Jamie Standen. “Our brief was to get across the scale of this invention.” 

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Venice Days Unveils Lineup With Accent on Women Directors

ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled a lineup that emphasizes first-time and female filmmakers, with 10 of the 11 competition titles slated for world premieres. The accent on “female creativity,” said artistic director Giorgio Gosetti, will include new short films by acclaimed Japanese… Read more »

AMC Networks Launches Five Channels on Miramax Owner BeIN in Middle East, North Africa

AMC Networks Intl. has pacted with beIN Media Group, the ambitious Qatar-based broadcaster that bought Miramax this March, for five AMC channels to be carried by beIN on its pay TV platform in the Middle East and North Africa. AMC will be offered exclusively to beIN subscribers in HD in the region. Further AMCNI channels… Read more »