Vice to Launch 6 New Vertical Sites, 20 TV Channels Worldwide This Year

Shane Smith was lying flat on his back at the start of Vice’s Digital Content NewFront presentation. But the company’s 46-year-old founder and CEO soon got to his feet to announce that Vice would launch 20 TV channels across the globe this year — coming after the debut of Viceland on U.S. cable in February —… Read more »

Midge Ure touring U.S. in fall, playing NYC with Richard LLoyd ++ reforming Rich Kids for UK punk’s 40th anniversary

Midge Ure (Ultravox/Visage) will be touring the East Coast this fall. The NYC stop happens at Gramercy Theatre on October 2 and that show is with Television’s Richard Lloyd. Tickets are on sale now…

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Annette Bening Starring in Romance for Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli

Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters will star in the romance “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” for James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Colin Vaines. IM Global is co-financing the film, which has acquired international distribution rights. It will launch sales next week at the Cannes Film Festival. Shooting will begin in the U.K. on… Read more »

Gap Baffles NASA Fans by Featuring the Space Shuttle in an Ad About 1969

Gap’s been running ads celebrating “iconic Americana moments” and playing up the chain’s founding in 1969. But one of its retro choices left NASA fans flummoxed.

A tweet from the recent campaign, posted on March 1, featured a photo of a space shuttle liftoff, emblazoned with the text “1969.” As any fan of space history knows, that was the year Apollo 11 went to the moon on a Saturn V rocket, more than a decade before the space shuttle made its debut.

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Kiefer Sutherland ABC Drama ‘Designated Survivor’ Gets Formal Series Pickup, First Trailer; Eyes Jon Feldman As Showrunner

ABC has officially picked up conspiracy thriller drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland to series. The project, from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, had a straight-to-series order by ABC but I hear there was an out option after the pilot, written by David Guggenheim and directed by Paul McGuigan. However, I hear the pilot came in very strong, getting arguably the most enthusiastic reaction among all ABC drama pilots this year, thus cementing its series…