Two Rivers Media Buys Out Parent Kew Media Group’s Stake In Business

Two Rivers Media has bought out parent group Kew Media Group’s minority stake in the business.

Formed by former Stv Productions head Alan Clements in January 2019, the production outfit behind Channel 5’s recent “Susan Hill’s Ghost Story” launched with the backing of Kew, Noble Grossart Investments and Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund.

Noble Grossart Investments and Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund are increasing their interests to facilitate the buy-out.

The buy-out comes a month after Kew Media Group triggered a strategic review of its business, revealing that the company could be broken up or sold completely following

U.S., Mexico Are Top Destinations for Spanish TV Dramas
U.S., Mexico Are Top Destinations for Spanish TV Dramas

Having conquered the global Svod market with large hits such as “La casa de papel” (“Money Heist”) and “Elite,” Spanish dramas continued gaining ground in 2019.

The international presence of Spanish fiction was driven by period dramas and thrillers, as its most demanded TV genres.

By territories, Mexico and the U.S. were the top destinies for Spanish TV shows.

These are some of the trends relating to the impact of Spanish TV content in the world, unveiled Tuesday by Alejandro Rojas, regional director at Parrot Analytics, at the 3rd Madrid TV Pitchbox pitching event.

With a variety of Internet data sources,

BritBox U.K. Taps Will Harrison as Managing Director

Streamer BritBox has appointed Will Harrison as managing director for the U.K.

Harrison comes to the service from media investment group Ingenious Media, where he was managing director. An industry veteran, he has had previous stints at Warner Bros., HBO, Disney, A+E Television and Turner Broadcasting.

His duties will include profit and loss responsibility, staff management, strategy and stakeholder relationships. He will report into Reemah Sakaan, who will now be in an expanded role as chief brand and creative development officer for BritBox Global.

Sakaan said: “He brings with him great experience and a track record of success

HBO’s ‘Beartown’ Among 50 Nordic Sneak Peeks at Göteborg’s TV Drama Vision

For the first time ever, a record number of 13 talent scouts -including U.S. reps from Wiip, CAA, Gersh- will set foot at Göteborg’s sold-out Nordic TV Drama Vision (Jan.29-30), where around 50 series in progress and in development will play to 420 industry delegates.

“This is the first time ever we have such a large presence of talent agents in Göteborg, but mirrors the worldwide trend of people trying to uncover and snap up the next big talent and stories, of which the Nordics abound,” said head of industry Cia Edström.

Heading the works in progress is HBO’s Swedish original “Beartown,

BBC Director-General Tony Hall to Step Down

Tony Hall will step down as the Director-General this summer.

“Tony Hall is an inspirational creative leader, within the UK and around the globe, and the BBC has been lucky to have him as our Director-General for the last seven years,” the Chairman of the BBC, Sir David Clementi, said in a statement. “Tony has led the BBC with integrity and a passion for our values that is obvious to everyone who meets him. His reforms have shaped the BBC for the future and he will leave the BBC in the summer with our gratitude and our very best wishes.

Mbc Studios to Launch Arabic TV Series ‘Blood Oath,’ Written by Britain’s Tony Jordan

Mbc Studios, the Saudi-owned production unit of top Middle Eastern free-to-air satellite network Mbc Group is set to launch “Blood Oath,” an Arabic crime series written by Britain’s Tony Jordan.

The announcement comes as Dubai-based Mbc Studios, set up in 2018 and headed by former president of NBCUniversal International Peter Smith, is making a major push into high-end Arabic scripted content to help kick-start a film and TV industry in Saudi Arabia.

Mbc last week at a Dubai gala launched a new version of its Shahid streaming platform and said it is raising investment in drama productions “fourfold,” though no figures were disclosed.

SAG Award Winners: Game of Thrones, Maisel and Fosse/Verdon Lead TV Pack, Aniston Gives Apple TV+ Its First Win
SAG Award Winners: Game of Thrones, Maisel and Fosse/Verdon Lead TV Pack, Aniston Gives Apple TV+ Its First Win

Winners for the 2020 SAG Awards were announced Sunday night in a ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles that honored the year’s biggest achievements in TV and film.

Game of Thrones‘ farewell run, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Fosse/Verdon led the TV pack with two wins each, while The Morning Show‘s Jennifer Aniston gave newbie streamer Apple TV+ its first major award win.

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Baby Yoda Roots for Green Bay Packers in Nfc Championship Game
Baby Yoda Roots for Green Bay Packers in Nfc Championship Game

Baby Yoda is a Cheeesehead.

Disney chief Bob Iger tapped the breakout star of “The Mandalorian” to show his support for the Green Bay Packers just as the NFL’s Nfc Championship Game got underway on Sunday evening. The Packers are battling the San Francisco 49ers for a shot at the Super Bowl.

The Kansas City Chiefs secured their spot in the big game — marking the team’s first shot at the Lombardi Trophy in 50 years — earlier in the day in a rollicking victory against the Tennessee Titans. Both of Sunday’s conference championship games are expected to bring in blockbuster ratings.

Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile Set as Dynamic Duo for Grammys
Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile Set as Dynamic Duo for Grammys

Country legend Tanya Tucker and her producer, Brandi Carlile, will perform together on the Grammys in one week, both singers announced on their respective social media accounts Sunday.

Wrote Carlile: “Let’s. do. this.”

“I wanted you to be the first to know!” wrote Tucker. “I’ll be performing at the #GRAMMYs this year with a whole line up of amazing artists, including one of my favorite people in the whole world, @BrandiCarlile!”

The “first to know” comment is a reference to the fact that CBS and the Grammys have consigned much of the announcement duties this year to the artists themselves,

Did Batwoman Just Deliver Its Big, Post-Crisis 'What the F--k' Moment?
Did Batwoman Just Deliver Its Big, Post-Crisis 'What the F--k' Moment?

The following contains a major spoiler from Sunday night’s Batwoman midseason premiere.

The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” may be over, but its resolution appears to have left Batwoman‘s mind-blown Kate Kane doing a double take.

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At the close of this Sunday’s midseason premiere — which, it must be noted, also had Batwoman publically coming out as a lesbian (via a Kara Danvers exclusive for CatCo!

Power Recap: My Brother's Weeper
Power Recap: My Brother's Weeper

Brothers gotta (t)hug.

So it makes sense that when Ghost takes his final breaths in this week’s Power, it’s Tommy who’s right by his side. And given Tommy’s mercurial nature, it’s also fitting that the hotheaded Mr. Egan spends the three-quarters of the episode that precedes that moment dead-set on murdering the exact same man for whom he winds up weeping.

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Ray Donovan Finale Recap: Ghostbuster
Ray Donovan Finale Recap: Ghostbuster

Liev Schreiber’s titular brute figuratively and quite literally buried the past in Ray Donovan‘s brutal, bloody Season 7 finale. When the dust settled, multiple characters — including at least one series regular — were left for dead.

The episode largely centered on Ray learning that his late sister Bridget was pregnant when she took her own life as a teenager some three decades ago. Ray also pieced together that the pregnancy was a byproduct of her being raped by Jim Sullivan, a discovery that forced him to confront his own complicity in her death, doomed his present-day romance with Jim’s daughter,

Brad Pitt References Quentin Tarantino’s Foot Fetish, His Marriages in SAG Awards Speech
Brad Pitt References Quentin Tarantino’s Foot Fetish, His Marriages in SAG Awards Speech

Brad Pitt referenced Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish and his headline-making marriages in a wide-ranging speech while accepting the Screen Actors Guild Award for male actor in a supporting role.

The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star set the humorous tone of his speech from the get-go. “I have to add this to my Tinder profile,” he quipped, holding up The Actor.

In addition to thanking his co-stars, he thanked his female costars’ feet: “Margot Robbie, Margot Robbie’s feet, Margaret Qualley’s feet, Dakota Fanning’s feet.”

“Seriously, Quentin has separated more women from their shoes than the Tsa,

The Outsider Recap: 'You're the One Who's Supposed to Be Scared'

Detective Anderson may be on mandatory leave, but that doesn’t mean his wheels have stopped churning. The third episode of HBO’s The Outsider raises more questions, while adding one genius, yet highly unorthodox Pi to the mix — hello, Holly Gibney!

At the top, local police swarm the barn, bagging-and-tagging evidence they don’t know what to do with. Cherokee City gets wind and sends Officer Crankypants Jack to check it out, but as usual, he’s super salty. He gets liquored up before driving to the barn to do his job, which honestly, is pretty on brand for him.

SAG Awards 2020: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are always the first peer group ceremony of the new year, giving those who make films and television series the chance to celebrate each other. Going into the 26th annual ceremony, which took place Jan. 19, the nominees were a mix of industry veterans and beloved favorite and some newer-comers, notably on the small screen side of the ballot.

With 160,000 voting members, SAG is such a large organization that it can be hard to predict what they may celebrate in certain categories. Both the film and television side of the ballot had seeming favorites and frontrunners

Supergirl Recap: Lex Luthor's Post-Crisis Plan Leads to [Spoiler]'s Return
Supergirl Recap: Lex Luthor's Post-Crisis Plan Leads to [Spoiler]'s Return

One crisis down, a million new ones to go. Sunday’s Supergirl kicked off with Kara & Co. struggling to process the reality of life on Earth-Prime, where Lex Luthor is a paragon of goodness and the Brainiac-5’s flow like wine. (We’ll get to that second one later.)

As Lex explained to an understandably disoriented Lena, they now live in a world where Supers and Luthors work in harmony for the betterment of mankind, describing this public partnership as “the perfect cover-up” for their morally dubious side hustles. Lex later proposed a tenuous truce with Supergirl, if only

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Music: How the Italian Tuba March Found Its Way to Larry David
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Music: How the Italian Tuba March Found Its Way to Larry David

When “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returns for its much-anticipated 10th season it does so with it a musical theme that’s a prime example of recognizable sonic branding and has become synonymous with comedy in our complicated times: “Frolic” by composer Luciano Michelini.

But surprisingly, this comic march for tuba, mandolin and piano wasn’t specifically written for the series. Rather, it was composed as a throwaway piece for an obscure Italian film, wound up in a music library and was accidentally discovered by comedian-writer Larry David.

In a previous recounting, David spoke of hearing it in a bank commercial. “I love that,

Black Lightning: Original Cast Member Damon Gupton Out Ahead of Season 4
Black Lightning: Original Cast Member Damon Gupton Out Ahead of Season 4

Black Lightning has struck down an original cast member.

Damon Gupton, who has played Inspector Bill Henderson since the CW series’ January 2018 debut, announced on Twitter on Sunday that his run has ended.

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“And that’s a wrap. My final night on the set of @blacklightning,” he wrote, alongside a picture of his chair on-set (embedded below). “In December before X-mas I was told Chief

SAG Awards: Jennifer Aniston Lands Apple TV Plus Its First Major Hollywood Win

Apple TV Plus is on the board. The new streaming service won its first major Hollywood honor on Sunday, as “The Morning Show” star Jennifer Aniston picked up a SAG Award for best female actor in a drama.

The win capped a busy Sunday for the streaming service, which held its first-ever presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier in the day. Aniston was even there in attendance at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, promoting Season 2 of “The Morning Show,” before heading to the Shrine Auditorium and the SAG Awards.

The Morning Show” had previously been nominated

9-1-1: Lone Star — Grade the Premiere! Plus, Get the Story Behind That Big Twist for Rob Lowe's Character

Fox two-stepped down to Texas on Sunday for the series premiere of 9-1-1: Lone Star, a dramatic tale of heroism, tragedy and the importance of a personalized skincare regimen.

Here’s the story: Six months after an ammonium nitrate-fueled explosion wipes out all but one member of Austin, Texas’ Ladder 126, the Department of Justice turns to a decorated Manhattan fire captain (Rob Lowe as Owen Strand) to help rebuild the fractured firehouse from the ground up. The manicured-yet-rugged city mouse is naturally hesitant to upend his entire life… until a series of unfortunate events forces him to reevaluate his priorities.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 Premiere Recap — A 'Big Goodbye' Brings Big Trouble for Larry
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 Premiere Recap — A 'Big Goodbye' Brings Big Trouble for Larry

The social assassin is back in action! Though Larry David may be fatwa-free in Sunday’s Season 10 premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he certainly finds new ways to make himself a social pariah.

The new year is looking bright for Larry, but you know what that means — new rivals (Mocha Joe!), new arguments (Susie!) and a disastrous misunderstanding that spirals into madness.

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The New York Times’ Made-for-tv Endorsement Missed the Mark (Column)
The New York Times’ Made-for-tv Endorsement Missed the Mark (Column)

At some point during the New York Times’s special endorsement episode of its branded series “The Weekly,” the paper’s editorial board muses on the manner in which Donald Trump has changed how we envision what a potential president could look like. After the brief and energetic snippet we’re shown of a visit from candidate Andrew Yang, the room discusses how the primary process seems more open as more candidates see themselves as possible heads of state. Timesman Brent Staples jokingly admits to having half-considered a run himself: “I’ve thought that several times myself. I’ve thought,

The Apprentice-Style, Times Reveals Its Democratic Candidate Endorsements, Warren and Klobuchar, on FX Series
The Apprentice-Style, Times Reveals Its Democratic Candidate Endorsements, Warren and Klobuchar, on FX Series

“You’re endorsed!”

The New York Times used its Sunday-night TV newsmagazine, The Weekly, to build up to and then reveal its endorsements for the Democratic presidential race: Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar.

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Explaining the split vote, the Times said in a statement, “In this perilous moment, both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration. For this reason,

SAG Awards: Jennifer Aniston Lands Apple TV Plus Its First Major Hollywood Win
SAG Awards: Jennifer Aniston Lands Apple TV Plus Its First Major Hollywood Win

Apple TV Plus is on the board. The new streaming service won its first major Hollywood honor on Sunday, as “The Morning Show” star Jennifer Aniston picked up a SAG Award for best female actor in a drama.

The win capped a busy Sunday for the streaming service, which held its first-ever presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier in the day. Aniston was even there in attendance at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, promoting Season 2 of “The Morning Show,” before heading to the Shrine Auditorium and the SAG Awards.

The Morning Show” had previously been nominated for three awards at the Golden Globes, while Billy Crudup won a Critics’ Choice Award for best supporting actor. But the SAG Award gives “Morning Show,” Aniston and Apple TV Plus major momentum as it enters what should be the most crowded Emmy race in history.

“I am beyond thrilled

Apple TV Plus Renews ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ Ahead of Series Premiere
Apple TV Plus Renews ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ Ahead of Series Premiere

Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz’s “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” has been renewed for a second season ahead of its series debut, Apple TV Plus announced Sunday.

The half-hour comedy follows a team of developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. It was inspired by McElhenney’s visit to Ubisoft’s headquarters, during which, as he previously told Variety, he met a creative director who “took this very loaded beat, and he took a breath and stared out into the distance and said, ‘I create worlds.’”

In addition to McElhenney, who stars as

Kumail Nanjiani on Not Wanting ‘Little America’ to Focus on the Political System
Kumail Nanjiani on Not Wanting ‘Little America’ to Focus on the Political System

Apple TV Plus’s anthology drama “Little America” may not be about politics, but by telling tales of immigrants in a polarizing time, many people feel there is a political undercurrent to its themes.

“It is amazing that we are living in a time where kindness, empathy, humanity and shared experience feels like a political statement,” said executive producer Sian Heder. “It felt like an act of resistance just to put these stories out there with empathy.”

Little America” Season 1 consists of eight episodes that each centers on a different immigrant story across different geographic regions in both the country

Bob's Burgers Ep's Musical Comedy Central Park Slates Apple TV+ Premiere

Central Park, an animated musical comedy from Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) will premiere at Apple TV+ this summer, the streaming service announced Sunday.

The series follows the Tillermans, a family that lives in and cares for — you guessed it — New York City’s Central Park. “Owen, the park manager, and Paige, his journalist wife, raise their kids Molly and Cole in the world’s most famous park, while fending off a hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long suffering assistant Helen, who would love nothing more than to turn the park into condos,” reads the series’ official description.

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‘Central Park’: Loren Bouchard Addresses Casting Decisions for New Apple Animated Series

This summer, Apple will debut a new musical animated series, “Central Park,” set in the iconic strip of Manhattan greenery and following the family living in the center of it.

Central Park” also features characters outside the main family — notably, Daveed Diggs and Stanley Tucci both voice female characters, similar to the way that John Roberts and Dan Mintz do on “Central Park” creator Loren Bouchard’s long-running series “Bob’s Burgers.”

At the Television Critics Association 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA on Sunday morning, Bouchard addressed the new show’s casting decisions.

“Animation just makes you want to take this voice and have it come out of this face. It’s so delicious that I just can’t stop myself,” Bouchard said. “Daveed playing Helen, we knew it early on it was gonna be so fun to do it. So we couldn’t look away once we imagined that.

Amazing Stories Reboot Gets Premiere Date at Apple TV+ — See First Photo
Amazing Stories Reboot Gets Premiere Date at Apple TV+ — See First Photo

Mark your calendars: This March promises to be amazing.

The long-awaited reboot of Stephen Spielberg’s Amazing Stories will premiere with five episodes on Friday, March 6, the streaming service announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

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Per the official logline, this version of Amazing Stories is described as a “reimagining” of the Emmy-winning original anthology series, which ran on NBC for two seasons in the mid-1980s.

Disney Is Cracking Down on Sellers of Unlicensed Baby Yoda Dolls
Disney Is Cracking Down on Sellers of Unlicensed Baby Yoda Dolls

Ever since “The Mandalorian” premiered on Disney+ in November, the adorable “Baby Yoda” character has melted hearts and minds around the world. However, despite fervent requests for Baby Yoda dolls, Disney has been rather slow to respond to product demands, reportedly in order to keep Baby Yoda’s reveal in “The Mandalorian” pilot a secret per Jon Favreau’s request.

But the cat was out of the bag after the show’s premiere, and “The Child” quickly became a social media sensation. It shouldn’t then be a surprise that impatient fans have already taken matters into their own hands, with Etsy crafters and sellers creating their own unofficial Baby Yoda toys to capitalize on the demand. And for a while, the bootleg Baby Yoda market seemed to flourish.

Of course, it didn’t take long before Disney discovered this, and began issuing takedown notices, reminding Etsy that it owns

Morning Show Season 2: Still No Deal for Steve Carell to Return
Morning Show Season 2: Still No Deal for Steve Carell to Return

The extent of Steve Carell‘s involvement in The Morning Show‘s forthcoming second season remains something of an open question. At the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour on Sunday, Michael Ellenberg — one of the Apple TV+ drama’s EPs — told reporters that there was “no update” on contract talks with Carell, who plays disgraced former co-anchor Mitch Kessler.

Immediately following The Morning Show‘s Season 1 finale last month, showrunner Kerry Ehrin told THR, “We would like [Steve] to be back in Season 2,” adding, “It’s in the works, but it’s not a done deal yet. That’s all I can say.

Apple TV Plus Announces Premiere Dates for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories,’ ‘Defending Jacob,’ More

Apple TV Plus announced the premiere dates for a number of upcoming series, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.”

Amazing Stories,” a reimagining of the original anthology series, will debut five episodes on Mar. 6. One of these is “The Rift,” a first look from which can be seen above, that stars Kerry Lynn Bishe, Whitney Coleman, Trisha Mashburn, Austin Stowell, Edward Burns and Juliana Canfield and was directed by Mark Mylod.

“‘Amazing Stories’ is a beloved show that has captured our imaginations, and we couldn’t be more excited to share its next thrilling iteration with a global audience of

Chris Evans Thriller Defending Jacob Sets April Premiere Date at Apple TV+

Apple TV+’s new Chris Evans-led thriller Defending Jacob will debut this spring with a three-episode premiere, the company announced Sunday. The streaming service will drop the series’ first offerings on Friday, April 24, and new episodes will follow weekly thereafter.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay, the character-driven thriller will be a limited-series that unfolds around a shocking crime in a small Massachusetts town. It follows an assistant district attorney (Evans) who “finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son,” according to the streamer’s official description.