WWE’s ‘Smackdown’ Will Move To Live Broadcast On USA (EXCLUSIVE)

USA is about to flip WWE fans’ expectations for one of the wrestling programs it airs every week. “Smackdown,” which moved to the NBCUniversal-owned outlet from sister Syfy in January, will be broadcast live for two hours every week starting Tuesday, July 19, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., resulting in five hours of live WWE… Read more »

Tony Nominee George C. Wolfe On ‘Shuffle Along’ & The Problem Of Success – Deadline Q&A

On the subject of success, George C. Wolfe has always been ambivalent. Wary.
”When I was little, I remember rehearsing starving, so that when I got to New York I would know how to do it,” he told me. “I came to New York to write and direct, and when I got here, a lot of my rage came out.” As it happens, he said that to me 30 years ago, shortly after the opening of his take-no-prisoners satire, The Colored Museum, at the Public Theater. In the three-decade interregnum, he…

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Former BBC & Sky Exec Andrea Hamilton Launches Om TV With China’s 3C Media

Marking the first time a Chinese production outfit has invested in a UK company, Andrea Hamilton has entered a joint venture with the Middle Kingdom’s 3C Media to create Om TV. Based in London, Om will focus on entertainment and factual entertainment for the UK, also working closely with 3C on international co-productions.
Hamilton, who will be Om TV’s CEO, has an extensive background in entertainment programming having exec produced BBC One’s hugely popular Strictly Come…

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Netflix, Amazon Face Calls For European Content Quota

The European Commission announced Wednesday it would be seeking to impose a quota for on-demand and streaming video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime of at least 20% European content across its film and TV series. The moves come as the European Commission unveiled a series of proposals aimed at overhauling Europe’s laws over digital content as part of the Audiovisual Media Services directive.
“The proposal also clarifies that member states are able to ask…

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Netflix, Amazon Prime Face Content, Investment Quotas in Europe

Netflix, Amazon Prime and other video-streaming sites in Europe look set to be subject to 20% European content quotas, plus European product-investment requirements in European Union countries that demand them, under proposed new regulations unveiled Wednesday. The proposed quotas are part of a massive overhaul of E.U. broadcasting regulations that aims to create a level… Read more »