Peter Fincham, Tim Hincks Launch Production Company Expectation

Senior British television executives Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks have launched independent production company Expectation. The company has attracted investment from BBC Worldwide as a minority investor with a 24.9% shareholding and board representation. Expectation will have six departments across scripted and non-scripted programming, including drama, comedy, factual entertainment, entertainment, reality and factual. Nerys Evans… Read more »

Berlinale: Mediapro Takes Stake in Burman Office, Creating TV Creation-Production Hub (EXCLUSIVE)

BERLIN — Creating one of the biggest independent creation-production TV hubs in the Spanish-speaking markets which is aimed at making contents for the whole world, Spain’s Mediapro, a “The Young Pope” co-producer, has bought a substantial stake in Argentina’s Burman Office. Headed by Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema, Burman Office… Read more »

Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Says Press Isn’t at War With Trump Administration

Washington Post Editor Marty Baron joined the Code Media conference Tuesday fresh off a triumph, as his paper’s reporting was instrumental in pushing National Security Adviser and friend of Russia Mike Flynn to resign.

However, at the conference at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California, Baron said his publication isn’t looking for a fight with the Trump administration — just doing its job.

“We’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work,” he said.

Also Read: Washington Post Columnist Warns Journalists of Trump Presidency: ‘The Fight of Their Lives’

Baron, portrayed in his Boston Globe days by Liev Schreiber in Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” also rejected the president’s portrayal of the press as the opposition party.

“I think we’ve reached a strange point, when just being independent as the press should be is treated as opposition,” he said.

However, unlike rival publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post hasn’t yet explicitly said the president has lied in a story. Baron said the Post has a higher standard for using that word.

Also Read: Michael Flynn Jr Slams Washington Post Over ‘Fake News’: ‘Should They Continue to Operate?’

“Where he knew what he said was false when he said it,” Baron said. “For the moment, saying what he said is simply not true is appropriate.”

Baron also provided a useful definition of what a reliable source should be, especially at a time when filtering through unreliable voices is more important than ever.

“A source should be someone who has actual, direct knowledge of something, not just someone who has heard something,” he said.

Also Read: Washington Post Warns That China’s Hollywood Invasion Is a ‘Propaganda’ Play

And while the newspaper business is certainly going through a rough patch right now, with news of layoffs coming on a seemingly weekly basis, Baron said the Post is on a solid positive trajectory.

“Our subscriptions are growing at a very rapid rate right now,” Baron said. “That provides the revenue to do our journalism.”

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Awash With 6 Oscar Noms, How ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Navigated Storms But Didn’t Capsize

The road to Best Picture for independent films is usually filled with uncertainty and adversity. Only in hindsight does it seem like some beneficent movie god plotted the course, and that calamities along the way would in retrospect seem like big breaks. Manchester by the Sea might be defined by its rapturous 2016 Sundance premiere, followed hours later by a $10 million Amazon Studios deal that christened its long voyage to the Oscars. But it was an exhausting journey to…

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We’ve posted deals on this five-pound bag of Haribo Gold Bears a few times in the past, but this is the first real price drop we’ve seen in 2017, in case you’ve already depleted your stash. You’ll spend $11 if you order it through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program (you can cancel after your first …

China’s Recon Group in Talks to Acquire ‘Expendables’ Producer Millennium Films (Report)

Chinese company Recon Group is close to acquiring Millennium Films, the production company behind “The Expendables,” according to a Bloomberg report.

Recon’s chairman Tony Xia has proven that he’s willing to spend money to crack western markets. While certainly not as far west as Hollywood, he recently dropped $109 million to buy soccer club Aston Villa. The team was previously part of Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner’s portfolio.

Millennium Films did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment on the apparent talks. Bloomberg cited two sources who wished to remain anonymous, due to the private nature of the negotiations.

Also Read: ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Dominates Weekend China Box Office With Biggest Single-Territory Haul

Millennium also produced “Olympus Has Fallen” and Jason Statham’s “The Mechanic,” the latter of which was a huge box office hit in China. A mega-star in the far east, Statham will lead upcoming Chinese-U.S. co-production “MEG,” which is slated for a March 2018 release.

Xia gained control of Wenyuan Cable in November, shifting its focus from a manufacturer of wires and cable towards entertainment. Buying into Hollywood has been a big trend for top Chinese companies over the last few years, with the billions invested by Wang Jianlin’s Dalian Wanda Group leading the charge.
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Newswire: NAACP Image Awards salute Black-ish, Beyoncé, and Moonlight

As we noted back in December, the nominees for this year’s NAACP Image Awards line up pretty nicely with every other award show, and the big winners at this weekend’s two-night ceremony prove just how much of an impact shows and movies like Black-ish, The People V. O.J. Simpson, and Moonlight have had—not to mention the continued dominance of Beyoncé.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moonlight won four awards, with Mahershala Ali winning Outstanding Supporting Actor, Barry Jenkins winning Best Director and Outstanding Writing, and the film itself winning Outstanding Independent Picture. Black-ish won six awards, cleaning up nearly all of the TV categories alongside The People V. O.J. Simpson, and Beyoncé won five awards, including Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Music Video (for “Formation”), Outstanding Song, and Outstanding Album.

The full list of winners is below.

Entertainer Of The Year
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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International Fare and Oscar Shorts Win at Specialty Box Office

FIP’s “The State vs. Jolly LLB 2” was the highest-ranking independent debutante at this weekend’s box office, as the Hindi-language satire of India’s legal system reeled in $800,000 at 173 locations, edging out this year’s Oscar short film nominees.

“Jolly LLB 2” stars Akshay Kumar, whose past three films have grossed more than $1 million at the U.S. box office. His latest appears to be well on its way.

The Hindi film squeaked past Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures’ “2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films,” which brought in $660,000 at 184 locations for a $3,587 average. The short film feature includes all five live action shorts competing at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26.

Also Read: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ Oscar Nominees Lead Way at Specialty Box Office

While Oscilloscope’s “Kedi” had the highest average audience by far, grossing $40,510 at one location in New York, “A United Kingdom” had the strongest average audience of any film that opened in more than one theater. The Fox Searchlight romantic drama took home $70,000 at 4 locations for a healthy $17,500 average. The film follows the real-life romance between Prince of Bechuanaland Sir Seretse Khama and his wife, Ruth Williams Khama, who persevere despite vast opposition to their interracial marriage. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star as the couple.

Sony Classics’ “Land of Mine,” which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, debuted with $15,578 at three locations for a $5,253 average. The film has grossed a cumulative $23,510, including its qualifying run. The only other independent newcomer this week was China Lion’s “Duckweed,” which picked up $160,000 at 27 locations for a $5,925 average.

Oscar nominees continued to do well at the box office, as moviegoers look to catch up ahead of the Feb. 26 ceremony. A24’s “Moonlight,” which was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, topped the $20 million mark domestically with a $592,839 weekend.

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Bernie Sanders Nixes Notion of Starting a New Political Party (Video)

Sen. Bernie Sanders put to rest efforts that were launched last week called “Draft Bernie for a People’s Party,” telling Chuck Todd on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that his muscle is behind reforming the Democratic Party as it currently exists.

“What we need to do right now is focusing on bringing the American people together around a progressive agenda,” the Independent senator from Vermont told Todd.

“American people want to raise the minimum wage, they want to build our crumbling infrastructure, they want the wealthiest people in this country to start paying their fair share of taxes, they want the United States to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people as a right.”

Also Read: Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz Debate Lifts CNN to Ratings Victory Over Fox News

Former Sanders delegates and staff members who believe strongly in his vision launched the “Draft Bernie for a People’s Party” movement last week. Their mission was to create a nationwide effort to convince Sanders “to found a new party rooted in the progressive principles that awoke a political revolution during his campaign for the presidency.”

Sanders, however, will not be swayed. He told Todd, “Right now I am working to bring fundamental reform to the Democratic Party, to open the doors to the Democratic Party — working people, lower income people to young people who have not felt welcome in the embrace of the Democratic Party.”

Watch the clip above of Sanders’ interview with “Meet the Press.”

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Trump Disses ‘Not Smart Enough’ Mark Cuban, Sparking New Twitter Feud

Very early Sunday morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to once again let loose. This time, Mark Cuban was in the crosshairs.

“I know Mark Cuban well,” POTUS tweeted. “He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls. He’s not smart enough to run for president!”

The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” responded simply, “LOL.”

An hour later, Cuban tweeted that he didn’t know what triggered the president’s comment, saying, “But isn’t it better for all of us that he is tweeting rather than trying to govern?”

I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls.He’s not smart enough to run for president!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017

How soon they forget …. pic.twitter.com/VXcfnjj4qX

Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 12, 2017

I don’t know. But isn’t it better for all of us that he is tweeting rather than trying to govern ? https://t.co/953MuEdfeu

Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 12, 2017

Cuban has been very vocal about Trump’s rise, first as a presidential candidate and now as the commander-in-chief, so much so that The New York Post tagged him in a Sunday morning story as one of President Trump’s potential “foes” in the 2020 election.

The Post reports that “the White House’s ‘biggest fear’ is that Cuban, a billionaire businessman, would run because he can appeal to Republicans and independents.” Another WH insider went on to say, “He’s not a typical candidate. He appeals to a lot of people the same way Trump did.”

Also Read: Shark Tank’ Star Launches Political Campaign – And It’s Not Mark Cuban

The source added, “If you believe in the Trump revolution, you can believe a candidate like Mark Cuban could win an election. And Mark is the kind of guy who would drop half a billion dollars of his own money on the race.”

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Dwayne Johnson Named Entertainer of the Year at NAACP Image Awards

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been named Entertainer of the Year at the 2017 NAACP Image Awards, which were handed out on Saturday night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Johnson beat out Beyoncé, who won five awards on Friday night, when the bulk of the Image Awards categories were awarded in a non-televised ceremony. Viola Davis, Regina King and Chance the Rapper were also nominated.

“Hidden Figures” was named 2016’s best film, while movie acting awards went to Denzel Washington and Taraji P. Henson, who won acting awards both for “Hidden Figures” and for the TV series “Empire.”

“Queen Sugar” and “black-ish” won the Image Awards for the best television drama and comedy, respectively. Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Sterling K. Brown won TV acting awards.

Special Image Awards were given to LeBron James (Jackie Robinson Sports Award), law professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. (Chairman’s Award) and historian Lonnie G. Bunch, III (President’s Award).

The show was hosted by Anthony Anderson and broadcast live on TV One.

The winners, including Friday night’s non-televised awards:

Entertainer of the Year: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Outstanding Motion Picture: “Hidden Figures”

Outstanding Actor in a Motion PictureDenzel Washington, “Fences”

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures”

Outstanding Comedy Series: “black-ish”

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesAnthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Outstanding Drama Series: “Queen Sugar”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED WINNERS:

Television Categories
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Laurence Fishburne, “black-ish”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Tichina Arnold, “Survivor’s Remorse”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jussie Smollett, “Empire”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Naturi Naughton, “Power”
Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: Regina King, “American Crime”
Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): “BET Love and Happiness White House Special”
Outstanding Talk Series: “Steve Harvey”
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: “Iyanla: Fix My Life”
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): “2016 Black Girls Rock”
Outstanding Children’s Program: “An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win”
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series): Marsai Martin – “`black-ish”
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Roland S. Martin – “NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin”

Recording Categories
Outstanding New Artist: Chance the Rapper
Outstanding Male Artist: Maxwell
Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: “Freedom,” Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar
Outstanding Jazz Album: “Latin American Songbook,” Edward Simon
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): “One Way,” Tamela Mann
Outstanding Music Video: “Formation,” Beyoncé
Outstanding Song – Traditional: “I See A Victory,” Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams
Outstanding Album: “Lemonade,” Beyoncé
Outstanding Song – Contemporary: “Freedom,” Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar

Literature Categories
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: “The Book of Harlan,” Bernice L. McFadden
Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction: “Hidden Figures,” Margot Lee Shetterly
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” Trevor Noah
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography: “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” Trevor Noah
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: “The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage,” Daymond John, Daniel Paisner
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry: “Collected Poems: 1974-2004,” Rita Dove
Outstanding Literary Work – Children: “Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas” – Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: “As Brave As You,” Jason Reynolds

Motion Picture Categories
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis, “Fences”
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: “Moonlight”

Documentary Categories
Outstanding Documentary – (Film): “13TH”
Outstanding Documentary – (Television): “Roots: A New Vision”

Writing Categories
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Kenya Barris, “`black-ish” – “Hope”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Ava DuVernay, “Queen Sugar” – “First Things First”
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Charles Murray, “Roots” – Night 3
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Directing Categories
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Singleton, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” – “The Race Card”
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Rick Famuyiwa, “Confirmation”
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Animated or Computer Generated Image (CGI) Category
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Idris Elba – “The Jungle Book” (Walt Disney Studios)

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Brussels-based company Umedia is set to pursue its strategic expansion plan through a partnership with German banner Egoli Tossell Pictures. Moves complements Umedia’s acquisition of independent production outfits Be-Films and Nexus Factory, and its opening an office in Vancouver. The new deal, inked at the Berlinale, will allow Umedia to co-finance Egoli Tossell’s film development slate… Read more »