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Netflix’s Anne Mensah Asserts Svod’s “Long-Term Commitment” To UK Production & Eyes “Deep Roots” With British Talent

Netflix has asserted that it has a “long-term commitment” to producing shows out of the UK and is growing “deep roots” with the British creative community.

Anne Mensah, Vice President of Original Series, Netflix told the House of Lords’ Communications Committee, “I was brought in to essentially work with British talent and to help and support that talent to reach a global stage. I believe my appointment and the appointment of my team in London is an indication of Netflix’s commitment and its long-term commitment to production in the UK.”

The former Sky drama chief said that Netflix wanted to have a mixed model in the UK with original commissions, co-productions with linear broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4 and co-licensing deals. “It’s about collaboration, not competition,” she said.

She also revealed that Netflix, which now has around 130 employees in the UK, a marked increase over the last twelve months,
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Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

The Secret Life of Pets 2, 2019.

Directed by Chris Renaud.

Featuring the voice talents of Patton Oswalt, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, and Nick Kroll.


Max becomes overly concerned about a new addition to his pack, Gidget is given custody of an important toy and Snowball becomes a freedom fighter for animals everywhere.

Illumination Entertainment is known primarily as the studio the Minions built. But it also found a hit in 2016 with The Secret Life of Pets, sold as a sort of Toy Story for domesticated critters. The movie raked in the best part of $900m at the global box office, making a sequel absolutely inevitable. Three years later, the same pets that drove the first film to multiplex success are back, sans the voice of controversial leading man Louis Ck,
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46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the winners of the 46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The gala was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Southern California.

“Tonight’s awards ceremony is an example of the extraordinary depth and breadth of Daytime television,” said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “It is with great pleasure that we honor these talented nominees and a special honor to be recognizing Jacques Pepin’s culinary career with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Check out the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards winners list below.

Digital Drama

Best Digital Actress

Vanessa Baden Kelly, “Giants”

Best Digital Actor

Kevin Spirtas, “After Forever

Best Digital Supporting Actress

Erin Cherry, “After Forever

Best Digital Supporting Actor

Terrence Terrell, “Giants

Best Digital Guest Performer

Sean Patrick Flannery, “The Bay

Best Digital Writing

After Forever

Best Digital Directing

After Forever

Talk Show

Best Talk/Entertainment
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Daytime Emmys Go to ‘Young and the Restless,’ Valerie Bertinelli: The Complete List of Winners

  • The Wrap
Daytime Emmys Go to ‘Young and the Restless,’ Valerie Bertinelli: The Complete List of Winners
The Young and the Restless” was named Outstanding Drama Series at the 46th Daytime Emmy Awards, which were handed out Sunday evening at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

It was a big night for the actors on ABC’s “General Hospital,” who won five of the seven awards for their performances, including Maurice Benard, who won for Lead Actor, Vernee Watson for Supporting Actress, Max Gail for Supporting Actor, Hayley Erin for Younger Actress and Patricia Bethune for Guest Performer.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood from “The Bold and the Beautiful” took home the trophy for Lead Actress, her fourth nomination and first win.


Also Read: 'The Young and the Restless' Leads Daytime Creative Arts Emmys

Valerie Berinelli let out a “holy s—” when her Food Network show “Valerie’s Home Cooking” won for Outstanding Culinary Program, and she was in tears when her name was later called for Outstanding Culinary Host.
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CBS, ‘The Young and the Restless’ Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners

  • Variety
The 46th annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Friday recognized the top achievements in daytime television.

CBS took home 12 awards, the most of any network, with Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and PBS right behind at 10 awards each. With five nods, the Eye’s “The Young and the Restless” soap was the program with the most awards, while “After Forever” and “Crow: The Legend” followed with four apiece. “Sesame Street,” “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” and “The Talk” all won three awards.

Variety also nabbed an outstanding special class series Emmy for its “Actors on Actors” series. Additionally, chef Jacques Pepin was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Below is a selection of Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award winners:

Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series

Sesame Street,” HBO

Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series

Odd Squad,” PBS

Outstanding Short Format Children’s Program

“Nick Jr Color Song: Red,” Nickelodeon

Outstanding Preschool
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‘The Young and the Restless’ Leads Daytime Creative Arts Emmys

The CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” led all shows in wins at the 46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The series won five awards, to four for Amazon Prime Video’s “After Forever” and Baobab Studios’ “Crown: The Legend.” Three awards each went to “Days of Our Lives,” “Sesame Street,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Talk.”

CBS was the leading network, with 12 wins, to 10 for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and PBS.

Also Read: Daytime Emmy Nominations: 'Days of Our Lives,' 'General Hospital' Lead Nominees

The show is a precursor to the Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, May 5.

Here is the list of winning shows. The full list of individual winners in each category can be found at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website.
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Starz Acquires Marie Colvin Feature Documentary ‘Under The Wire’ Based On Book

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Starz has acquired feature drama-documentary Under The Wire based on Paul Conroy’s book of the same name, which chronicles Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Conroy’s journey from inside Syria in 2012.

The documentary hails from London-based indie Arrow Media, History Films in association with A&E IndieFilms, BBC Storyville and the British Film Institute in association with Vice Films, and Arrow’s joint creative director Tom Brisley. Under the Wire will premiere Monday, April 22nd at 9 Pm Et/Pt on Starz.

Helmed by BAFTA-nominated director Chris Martin (The War On Democracy) and based on Conroy’s book, Under The Wire tells the incredible story of his and Marie Colvin’s fateful mission – and Conroy’s epic battle to escape the city.

On February 13, 2012, Sunday Times war correspondent Colvin and photographer Conroy entered war-ravaged Syria to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in Homs, a city
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‘Traitors’ Producer 42 Hires Literary Manager Eugenie Furniss

  • Variety
Eugenie Furniss is joining London- and Los Angeles-based management and production company 42 as literary manager, it was announced Wednesday. The company’s slate include movie “Ironbark,” a Cold War thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and TV series “Traitors,” a spy thriller coming to Netflix in the U.S. at the end of the month.

Furniss joins 42 in the London office to expand the company’s offerings in representation and create a book division that represents international authors, both across fiction and non-fiction. She brings with her a wealth of best-selling writers, with a particular interest in stories that translate to other media. Her clients’ work has been adapted for TV, including the hit BBC series “Call the Midwife,” which is filming season nine, the BBC’s “Hotel Babylon,” which aired for four seasons and starred Dexter Fletcher, and ITV’s “Mr. Selfridge,” starring Jeremy Piven.

Most recently Furniss set up and
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Sky Orders Third Season Of ‘Tin Star’; 42 Hires Former Wme Exec Eugenie Furniss As Lit Manager — UK Briefs

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Sky has ordered a third season of its original UK drama-thriller series Tin Star, starring Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie. Plot details are unknown at this stage but Sky says the “final chapter of the trilogy”, created by British writer Rowan Joffe, will pick up where season two recently left off with Jack (Roth) and Angela’s (O’Reilly) revelation of a devastating truth to daughter Anna (Lawrie) and the family’s dark history catching up with them as their ultimate threat arrives on their doorstep. Producers are Kudos and Gaumont UK. The third instalment (6 x 60mins) will go into production later this year and will be set in and around Liverpool, culminating with the Worth family returning to the UK to confront their menacing past. The series is internationally distributed by Endemol Shine International and Sky Vision. Upcoming Sky dramas for 2019 include Catherine The Great, Chernobyl,
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‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd.’ Trailer: Ben Kingsley Stars As A Holy Man With A Penchant For Violence In New Drama Series

It’s hard to describe the upcoming Epix series “Perpetual Grace, Ltd.” in any sort of brevity. Sure, you could say that the series follows the attempt of two men to rob an older couple that runs a church. But then again, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Read More: Netflix/BBC’s ‘Watership Down’ Is A Modern Take On A Classic Tale Hobbled By Terrible Animation [Review]

As seen in the trailer for the series, there’s so much more to this new drama than just the robbery that gets the plot moving.

Continue reading ‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd.’ Trailer: Ben Kingsley Stars As A Holy Man With A Penchant For Violence In New Drama Series at The Playlist.
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10 Differences Between Netflix's Watership Down and the Original

The original Watership Down movie is most known as the one that scarred many childhoods due to its major violence. So, of course, many heads turned when Netflix decided to make their own series of this rabbit refugee adventure. As you can imagine, Netflix's Watership Down was very different from the 1978 British movie that gave kids nightmares.

Related: Watership Down Voice Cast & Character Guide

We will certainly discuss the shock value. But it’s also worth noting that these films were inspired from the Watership Down book by Richard Adams. The book was rich in rabbit lore, language, and at its core, it was the story of refugees trying to find a home. So we will also talk about the book in these comparisons as well.
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Video Game Review – Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey

Red Stewart reviews Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey…

“Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it. For them there is no winter food problem. They have fires and warm clothes. The winter cannot hurt them and therefore increases their sense of cleverness and security. For birds and animals, as for poor men, winter is another matter. Rabbits, like most wild animals, suffer hardship.”

So goes one of my favorite quotes from Richard Adams’s Watership Down, not only because of how richly written it is, but because it contains an eternal truth: when it comes to the natural world, humans are pampered. Something as simple as rain and snowfall may seem trivial to us. However, for the creatures that thrive in the woodlands, these climate patterns become harrowing nightmares that literally dictate life and death.

One such weather condition
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Daniel Kaluuya & Lakeith Stanfield eyed for Ryan Coogler’s ‘Jesus Was My Homeboy’

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British actor Daniel Kaluuya is in talks to reunite with ‘Black Panther’ helmer Ryan Coogler on his next project ‘Jesus Was My Homeboy’ a story focusing on the story of grassroots activist and Black Panther member, Fred Hampton.

Also circling the project is ‘Sorry to Bother You’ and BAFTA rising star nominee Lakeith Stanfield. Kaluuya is up for the role of Hampton while Stanfield would play William O’Neal, the man who betrayed Hampton to the FBI.

The film will focus on the rise and untimely demise of Hampton as seen through O’Neal’s eyes. Hampton was a respected and talented grass-roots civil rights activist who rose to become chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Panthers organization and deputy chairman of the national Bpp. But his charisma, oratorical skills and swift ascent marked him out as a threat in the eyes of the FBI and in 1969 he and
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Pete Dodd’s ‘King of the Swamp’ to Pitch At Cartoon Movie

  • Variety
Director Pete Dodd will pitch “King of the Swamp” at Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie, kicking off March 5.

A 3D CGI comedy-adventurer, “King of the Swamp” follows Clive, a bad-tempered but endearing old Swamp Monster, in a place where Fairy Tale creatures live under human rules, expected to ignore the abilities that make them different. Along with Sam, a misguided fairy boy and Daisy, a human girl, the reluctant Swamp Monster hero becomes embroiled in a plan to replace humans as the dominant species.

“King of the Swamp” is produced by Dodd’s U.K.-based Mummysboy Ltd., and budgeted at $9 million. It will be Dodd’s second animated feature after 2011’s “Freddy Frogface.”

“This is an original story inspired by watching how children play, fantastically unprejudiced, naturally mixing all sorts of characters that ‘don’t fit’ with one other. There’s a kind of magic in not‘knowing any better
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘The Favourite,’ and More 2018 Films Get Reimagined as Comic Strips

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘The Favourite,’ and More 2018 Films Get Reimagined as Comic Strips
As he did last year, illustrator Ben Matsuya has reimagined five of 2018’s best films as comic strip panels. After highlighting “Get Out,” “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Good Time,” and “The Florida Project” in 2017, the artist has done the honors for “Black Panther,” “The Favourite,” “First Reformed,” “Eighth Grade,” and “You Were Never Really Here” this time, matching key scenes with the films’ overall themes. Avail yourself of them below.

Eighth Grade,” for instance, is depicted as its young heroine’s YouTube channel, with videos like “How to Be Yourself” and “Hanging Out With Dad” offering glimpses of crucial moments from Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age drama — and garnering 12 views at most.

The Favourite,” meanwhile, brings Queen Anne’s rabbits to life in a disturbing way that wouldn’t be out of place in “Watership Down,” and “First Reformed” looks like a stained-glass window.

The most traditional of the bunch is “Black Panther,
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2019 Annie Awards winners: Full list led by ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Bojack Horseman’

Winners of the 46th annual Annie Awards were revealed on Feb. 2, 2019 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won all seven of its races including Best Studio Animated Feature. Its main Oscar rival for that award, ‘Incredibles 2,” took just 2 of its leading 11 bids. The Annies, which hand out awards in 32 categories, are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Assn. Scroll down for the full list of winners (and complete roster of nominees).

In addition to the competitive awards, honorary Windsor McKay awards were presented honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation by director, animator and art director Ralph Eggleston, voice director and voice actress Andrea Romano and, posthumously, to Frank Braxton, the first African-American animator, animation director and guild president. The Ub Iwerks Award was presented to Ton Roosendaal for developing Blender Open Source Animation Software while the
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Oscar Nominees Barras, Gagnol, Felicioli Highlights at 21st Cartoon Movie

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Oscar Nominees Barras, Gagnol, Felicioli Highlights at 21st Cartoon Movie
Claude Barras’ “Savages!,” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli’s “Tales of the Hedgehog” and Peter Dodd’s “King of the Swamp” are among the sixty-six projects –a 10% increase from last year– to be pitched at the 21st Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading animated movie co-production event, which will take place in the French port city of Bordeaux, kicking off March 5.

Projects will be offered to buyers and potential partners in different stages: 28 in concept, 24 in development, seven in production and seven sneak previews.

Savages!” is the much-awaited sophomore project from Switzerland’s Barras, following his multi-awarded and foreign-language Oscar nominated “My Life as a Zucchini.” A stop-motion feature, “Savages!” is produced by France’s Prélude in co-production with Switzerland’s Helium Films. It tells the story of the friendship between 11-year-old Kéria and a Bornean orangutan baby. They will be forced to flee from Kéria’s father who wants to
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Horror-On-Sea 2019: ‘Cute Little Buggers’ Review

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Stars: Kristofer Dayne, Steve Aaron-Sipple, Dan Abrams, Lydie Misiek, John R. Walker, Caroline Munro, Honey Holmes, Gary Martin, Dani Thompson | Written by Garry Charles, Andy Davie, Tony Jopia, Kristofer Dayne | Directed by Tony Jopia

If Monty Pythons and the Holy Grail (1975) and Watership Down (1978) taught me anything growing up, if it doesn’t look like it isn’t dressed up to attend the Playboy Mansion, rampant rabbits are dangerous. Tony Jopia takes that premise one step further with his B-Movie creature feature Cute Little Buggers.

When hostile aliens land on earth with the intension of taking over the planet to save their own race, they choose to mutate the local rabbit population. Blending the rabbits with alien DNA, they knowingly unleashed the cute but vicious blood thirsty creatures on the unsuspecting locals. As the butchered bodies starts piling and the rampant rabbits begin to rampage, the locals are forced to
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Hear Sam Smith Team With Normani for Sultry New Song ‘Dancing With a Stranger’

Hear Sam Smith Team With Normani for Sultry New Song ‘Dancing With a Stranger’
Sam Smith teams with Fifth Harmony’s Normani for the sultry new single “Dancing With a Stranger,” which the duo released digitally Friday.

“Dancing With a Stranger” is the result of a chance meeting between Smith and Normani: Smith was writing new music at a Los Angeles studio while Normani recorded in the studio next door. The two singers professed to be fans of each other’s work before Smith recruited Normani for the single.

“I don’t want to be alone tonight/It’s pretty clear that I
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The week in TV: The ABC Murders; Watership Down; You; The Dead Room; Mrs Brown’s Boys

John Malkovich’s turn as an ageing Hercule Poirot fleshed out the Belgian sleuth, while Watership Down offered gory lessons in team management

The ABC Murders (BBC One) | iPlayer

Watership Down (BBC One) | iPlayer

You (Netflix)

The Dead Room (BBC Four) | iPlayer

Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One) | iPlayer

Best thing about Christmas, apart from the relief from wall-to-wall Westminster yawl, was the quite spooksome, gorgeously tense, adaptation by Sarah Phelps of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders. May she long make a habit of this sort of thing. John Malkovich, despite being born in Illinois, made the one Poirot I’ve ever really been able to believe in.
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