TV Production Company All3Media Suspends Sale Efforts After 6 Months
CEO Steve Morrison and the company’s board, including chief executive Steve Morrison, made the decision on a conference call Sunday, The Daily Telegraph reported. Sony Entertainment and private-equity firms are thought to be among the bidders, all of whom apparently came in too low for major stakeholder Permira. The private-equity house acquired its share of All3Media for $502M in 2006 and was thought to be seeking around $1.1B. The desire to capitalize on the U.S. success of its Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Skins and find a partner to expand internationally was considered a driving force for the sale. All3Media declined comment.
Anti-Copyright Group Makes Strong Showing In Berlin Election
The Pirate Party, whose goal is to reform or abolish online copyright laws, scored its biggest electoral victory today with the election of all 15 members who ran to Berlin’s state parliament. The Pirates claimed nearly 9% of the vote. Their success shocked Germany’s traditional political parties and seemed to surprise even the Pirates. “If we’d known we would do so well, we would have put forth more candidates,” Andreas Baum, one of the winners, told German TV. There are official Pirate parties in 16 European countries, but up till now the only major electoral success had been in Sweden, which elected two Pirates to the European Parliament in 2009. Sunday’s vote is certain to add weight to the Pirates’ call for reform of current copyright laws, in particular their demand that operators of anonymous file-sharing sites should not be held criminally responsible for the activity of their users.
China’s ‘Super Girl’ TV Show Is Pulled For Household Tips
Hollywood studios rushing to cash in on the huge Chinese market would be wise to be mindful of Beijing’s ultra-aggressive culture cops. Government censors have struck for the second time in a month, kiboshing the popular TV show Super Girl, a music show comparable to American Idol. In its place, Hunan Satellite Television said it will broadcast shows about housework and “morally improving topics.” Jeremy Goldkorn, who follows Chinese media on his Danwei.com blog, said he didn’t think the content was the key. “I think it’s more about clamping down on the uppity provincial station,” he told the UK’s Guardian newspaper, “making sure they don’t have a runaway hit that puts (state broadcaster) CCTV to shame.” Earlier, Chinese censors banned more than 100 websites featuring songs from Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys and others.