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Global Showbiz Briefs: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Reality Show Axed; Monty Python To Reunite; Dubai Film Fest Unveils Arabian Nights Program; Eyeworks Group Names Nordic Head; Marathon Media CEO Exits

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 9:30pm PST

Sun News Network Pulls Plug On Toronto Mayor Reality Show
Controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, will not be returning to Sun News Network with their newly launched reality show. The hourlong Ford Nation aired one episode on Monday night before getting the axe, despite notching a record 155K views in its first airing and 45k in repeats across Western Canada. The network blamed the move on the show’s demanding production schedule and use of resources. “What we will do is invite the Fords on other programming on the network where they’ll have an opportunity to be interviewed by other hosts,” Sun News VP Kory Teneycke said.

Monty Python To Reunite
Surviving Monty Python members Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are set to reunite in a stage show, UK media reports. The show, expected to be announced at a Thursday press conference, would be the comedy troupe’s first in over three decades.

Dubai Fest Announces Films For Its Arabian Nights Program
The Dubai International Film Festival has solidified the lineup for the second installment of its Arabian Nights program, which focuses on innovative, boundary-pushing films originating from and focused on the Arab region. Titles include Nasreddine Ben Maati’s post-Arab Spring documentary A Doomed Generation; Mahmoud Kaabour’s Chamo Of The Camp, which follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition across more than 70 camps; and prolific Syrian filmmaker Mano Khalil’s The Beekeeper, about a man who lost his wife, children, country and over 500 bee colonies in the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. “The films are a kaleidoscope of viewpoints, techniques and stories,” DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said. “The unifying thread throughout all films is a fresh, distinct take on the pressing issues facing the Arab world today.” The full lineup is here. The 10th annual Dubai fest runs December 6-14. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC Worldwide, ‘The Devil’s Playground’, Ovation Acquires ‘Scapegoat’, ‘Life Of Pi’ To Open Dubai

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 10:03pm PST

BBC Worldwide Appoints Interim CEO
As the BBC regroups amid its ongoing crises, a game of management musical chairs is playing out. Paul Dempsey will take over as interim CEO of BBC Worldwide beginning next month. Dempsey, who is currently managing director for consumer products at BBCW, will oversee the division until Tim Davie takes over as CEO in March. Davie became interim director general of the BBC when George Entwistle resigned earlier this month, but had previously been named to follow outgoing BBCW CEO John Smith who leaves in December. Tony Hall is to become the official BBC director general in March. Dempsey joined BBCW in 1998 as UK sales director and has since held posts that include managing director of BBC Audiobooks and director of BBCW’s audio & music business. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Australia’s Got Talent’, Aussie Pay TV, Chello Zone And CBS, Muhr AsiaAfrica Lineup

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 11:30pm PDT

‘Australia’s Got Talent’ Finds a New Home
The Nine Network has picked up Australia’s Got Talent less than 24 hours after the Seven Network pulled the plug on the show after six seasons. Ratings for the FremantleMedia-produced show based on Simon Cowell’s format flagged this year against Nine’s The Voice. But it was a consistent ratings winner last year, averaging 1.8 million viewers per episode. Nine intends to freshen up the format and hire new judges; the judges on Seven’s show were singers Dannii Minogue and Brian McFadden and shock jock Kyle Sandilands. The new AGT is expected to launch in the second half of 2013, possibly against Seven’s top-rating The X Factor. – Don Groves Read More »

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