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ITV Studios is hopeful that broadcasters around the world are going to double down on Love Island after the reality show moved to two seasons a year in the UK. The Hell’s Kitchen studio is also planning its next expansion moves, as it looks to acquire more third-party formats and partner with producers in Latin America and East Asia.
ITV’s youth channel ITV2 is currently broadcasting Love Island‘s first winter season, filmed at a villa in South Africa. Although the show has been overshadowed by the death of former presenter Caroline Flack, it has been consistently attracting more than 2M viewers and beating competition on rival channels.
ITV Studios is now in talks to take the two-season-a-year formula and make it work in other territories, according to Mike Beale, managing director of ITV Studios’ Creative Network, and global entertainment president Maarten Meijs. It’s a model they have had success with previously after The Voice moved to two seasons a year on NBC in the U.S.
“It shows that it’s not just a summer hit,” Beale said of the UK winter season. Meijs added: “The UK is very pivotal in the global and international market. It’s definitely a development others are following. There are only a few shows which can carry multiple seasons a year.”
Beale added, however, that you can have too much of a good thing — which is why the UK winter and summer editions of Love Island will be slightly shorter to accommodate both seasons in the schedule. They are imploring other territories to exercise similar discipline, with the format now in 15 countries, including France where it will launch on Amazon this month.
“The great thing about Love Island is it sustains an audience, but I think that time is finite,” he said. “We’ve been pretty tough globally that four to six weeks is the optimum period of the show, and we’ve kept it to that. So the winter and the summer gives you the opportunity to have more of it, but not a 12-week long run, where I think the editorial might start to suffer. It’s a stronger way to do it.”
Beale added that CBS’s investment in Love Island has helped give confidence to other buyers, even though the show was not a big ratings winner when it premiered last year. CBS is going again this year and Beale said it serves a bigger purpose for the network. He explained: “These networks need to feed a whole pantheon of [digital] services that they run. There are very few shows that do that.”
Beale was speaking to Deadline at the UK Screenings, where ITV Studios hosted global buyers for a formats festival at iconic London music venue, The Roundhouse. The studio showcased formats including Rat In the Kitchen, the Masked Singer-meets-Hell’s...
The contestants of the hit reality TV show have been shut off from the outside world since Feb. 10 and will be some of the last people in the world to hear of the pandemic.
Some of the last people in the world who still haven't heard of the coronavirus epidemic—a group of 14 men and women competing in the German version of reality TV show Big Brother— will have a rude awakening Tuesday.
The contestants in the 13th season of the show have been cut off from the outside world since Feb. 10, living together in close quarters in a house in Cologne in western Germany and engaging in potentially infectious behavior.
The contestants have not been informed of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down public life across the country. The rules of the show forbid contact with the outside world, and Sat.1, the network that carries the show, has so far neglected to tell them.
But after a social media uproar, and amid more than 7,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the country, and 17 deaths, the channel reversed its position. On Tuesday, in a special show to air live at 7 p.m. local time, Sat.1 will inform the contestants of the epidemic. They will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the state of the nation, as well as receive video messages from their relatives.
Sat.1 initially defended its decision to keep the contestants in the dark and claimed they had taken “special hygienic measures” to protect them, though they did not explain what these measures entailed.
In an ironic twist, the German contestants are already conducting an accidental experiment in social distancing. The show has split the group into two different houses. One is a blockhouse offering only bare necessities, the other a modernist glasshouse equipped with luxury food and a potentially infectious hot tub.
Sat.1's decision to continue production on Big Brother stands in sharp contrast to television shows worldwide, which have suspended shooting as the world grapples with the coronavirus. Dozens of scripted series and reality shows have shut down as networks struggle to come to terms with the implication of the global pandemic.
There is some precedent to Big Brother breaking its media blackout. In 2001, the American edition of the show interrupted their second season to tell the final three contestants about 9/11.
The German residents aren't the only Big Brother contestants carrying out an accidental COVID-19 quarantine. Participants in Big Brother Canada, which kicked off March 4, and Big Brother Brazil, which saw residents move in together in January, have remained equally clueless about the epidemic raging outside their walls.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Annabella Sciorra’s Jan. 23 testimony about being raped by Harvey Weinstein and her subsequent acceptance of a role in a movie the then-Miramax chief was producing, was examined this morning once again by jurors in Weinstein’s sexual misconduct trial.
Although the jurors yesterday requested to hear a read-back of all of Sciorra’s testimony beginning with her cross-examination and going on to re-direct, today they signaled to New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke that they’d heard all they needed before the cross-exam was finished.
Shortly thereafter, the jurors requested a 10-minute break, apparently to go outside for some fresh and very frigid Manhattan air.
And so the fourth day of deliberations seemed, once again, to be focused significantly on the former Sopranos actress’ interactions with Weinstein, including her claims that the producer got her addicted to Valium during the filming of 1993’s Miramax movie The Night We Never Met, through the winter night of 1993-1994 when, she says, Weinstein gave her a lift to her Gramercy Park apartment after an industry event and later barged in and raped her.
Weinstein is charged with five criminal counts, including two of predatory sexual assault – one involving accuser Miriam Haley and actress Sciorra, the other count involving Sciorra and accuser Jessica Mann. Although the statute of limitations has expired on Sciorra’s claim of rape in 1993-1994, her testimony is permitted in conjunction with that of Haley and Mann to establish predatory behavior.
In addition to the predatory counts, which carry sentences up to life in prison, Weinstein is charged with one count of criminal sexual assault against Haley, and two counts of rape one in the first degree, one in the third, both involving Mann. Those crimes carry possible prison sentences of five to 25 years.
The testimony heard today covered Sciorra’s continued interactions with Weinstein, including her acceptance of a role in Miramax’s 1997 film Cop Land. The cross-examination transcription also included defense attorneys drawing out Sciorra’s admission that a previous assertion about inviting her father on a Cop Land press tour to avoid “being alone” with Weinstein was false: Her father actually accompanied her on a 1993 press tour for The Night We Never Met, prior to the alleged assault. The actress testified that she misremembered.Donna Rotunno, Weinstein defense attorney Shutterstock
The jury will continue Day 4 of deliberations this afternoon, ending an hour earlier than usual – a shortened day that resulted in some angry words from defense attorney Donna Rotunno prior to the jury’s entrance this morning. Rotunno took issue with attorney Gloria Allred telling TV...
He also played the police chief in 'Beverly Hills Cop II' and mogul Louis B. Mayer in 'Gable and Lombard.'
Allen Garfield, the New Jersey character actor who specialized in playing nervous types while appearing in such films as The Conversation, The Candidate, The Stunt Man and Nashville, has died. He was 80.
His sister, Lois Goorwitz, confirmed his death in a brief conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier, actress Ronee Blakley posted the news of Garfield's death on Facebook, saying that he had died Tuesday and that the cause was COVID-19. Garfield and Blakley played husband and wife in Robert Altman's Nashville 1975.
Garfield suffered a stroke as he was set to appear in Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate 1999, then suffered another one in 2004 that led him to reside at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills. A spokeswoman for the MPTF facility did not know if Garfield was there at the time of his death.
Born Allen Goorwitz on Nov. 22, 1939, in Newark, he went by his real name in several films, including The Brink's Job 1978 and One From the Heart 1981, midway through his career.
Garfield boxed as an amateur, worked as a sportswriter and studied with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in New York. He appeared often onstage before making his film debut in Orgy Girls '69, followed by other big-screen appearances in 1971 in Woody Allen's Bananas and The Organization, starring Sidney Poitier.
Often playing jumpy types, he worked for Francis Ford Coppola in The Conversation 1974 and The Cotton Club 1984 and for Wim Wenders in A State of Things 1982 and Until the End of the World 1991.
He also portrayed Louis B. Mayer in Gable and Lombard 1976 and police chief Harold Lutz in Beverly Hills Cop II 1987, and his résumé also included roles in Teachers 1984, Desert Bloom 1986, Dick Tracy 1990, Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 and The Majestic 2001.
"The reason I didChief Zabu is that Allen Garfield is from the Actors Studio, I'm from the Actors Studio, and we worked together there on stuff," actress Marianna Hill said in a 2016 interview with Shaun Chang for the Hill Place blog. "Allen Garfield happens to be a great actor. He's a really underrated actor. Allen was the hardest-working actor, but nobody realizes that about him because he seems to be a natural."
Source: Hollywood Reporter