Good afternoon Insider, happy Harry and Meghan-week. breath. It’s been a long time, but this Max Goldbart is here to cut through the noise and bring you the most royal news and analysis of the past seven days.
‘Hazza and Meg’
follow up trouble: Most of the British public and Twitterati were shocked to find Netflix’s first three episodes appeared Harry and Meghan When the loved-up couple kicked off their much-anticipated show yesterday morning, there was only a slight squeal. More interest was going on around the doctor. start of week a pair of trailers And boy were they spicy, black-and-white images with La La Land’s favorite prince proclaiming “I gotta do everything I could to protect my family” and others of that immediate ilk. comments. It wasn’t long before and subsequent trailers were being selected separately However, by the British media. Veteran royal commentator Robert Jobson was quick to point out that the one shot depicting the press intrusion was in fact taken from an accredited pool in which only three journalists were allowed, while other clips/pictures showing the couple’ ‘The Pack’ shown being hounded by the press were actually taken from harry potter The premier, Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, and even Katie Price made court appearances. While trailers have undoubtedly been using this method since the dawn of TV time, the move left a sour taste with the British media pack – as we heard repeatedly in the documentary – considered no friends by the happy couple. Is. The irony was clear for all to see.
A True Royal Response: Well so far, nothing. And the question of whether the Doctor’s former vision was given to Harry’s family in Britain hasn’t really been answered. While the doc begins with a quiet disclaimer, saying that “members of the royal family decline to comment on the content of this series,” associated BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond understood not to ask the family for comment Was said. Neither Netflix nor producer Archwell had spoken on this at the time of writing, and it was also difficult to get answers about ‘that’ BBC footage panorama Interviews with Princess Diana made their way into episode one, after the BBC announced it would not license footage of the aftermath of last year’s explosive Dyson Report fallout. harry’s comment that Diana was “speaking the truth of her experience”. panorama The interview was completely contrary to the royal family’s line that it should be removed from all existence.
damp squibabout : block comments of some choice Brexit And while lambasting the media time and again, the show fell a bit flat as per the buzz. ‘Straightforward romance lacks real royal dirt,’ according to our star reviewer Stephanie Bunbury, which is worth reading, The reality is that ‘H&M’ is for the most part trading a story that has already been told – publicly at least three times. Once the viewer understands that the trip to Botswana, the hassles of the long distance, and the meeting with ‘Grandma’ are going to be reenacted in painfully-adorable-detail, they want more, but don’t really get it. are doing. It’s hard to know whether Meghan would have liked this week’s launch of her completely unrelated Netflix animation series as it is now sits in a can, rather than another rehash of a personal story. More arriving when the four to six episodes drop next Thursday But are viewers tired already? And in the longer term, what lies ahead for the pair?
the red sea draws the curtain
star power and grit, Here’s Mel Goodfellow’s dispatch from the bustling Red Sea International Film Festival As Thursday kicked off with a star-studded ceremony that was attended by models Naomi Campbell and Toni Garrn, along with actor husband Alex Pettyfer, as well as French cinema icons Isabelle Adjani and Gaspar Noé. Story of award winners Glitz and glamor contrasted in the room with Iraqi-British director Ahmed Yassin Al Dardji hanging Gardens, about a poor, young Baghdad rag picker who adopts an abandoned American sex doll, won Best Film and Cinematic Achievement awards. This mix of star power and indie grit was present throughout the festival, as the management team, led by CEO Mohammed Al Turki, struck a balance between putting an international spotlight on the event while simultaneously fulfilling its core function of helping local film-making Tried to make industry. Version two was bigger, starrier and sleeker than the previous year. Top of the celebrities who flew Sharon Stone, Shahrukh Khan And spike lee, suggestive attitudes toward Saudi Arabia and its human rights record are melting away. Human rights activists suggested on the eve of the festival that the country was using incidents such as the Red Sea to tarnish its reputation – while authorities continued to carry out mass executions and stamp out dissent – and felt it was symbolic that The World Cup faltered at all times in neighboring Qatar. Meanwhile, several high-profile guests said people needed to come to see the pace of change and reforms for themselves. International industry was also in force. Co-Head of Wild Bunch International Vincent Maraval summed it up for all when describing the “huge growth potential” held in Saudi Arabia as well as the entire MENA region during an industry talk. full coverage here,
Busiest boutique in town: Former Troika director Harriet Pennington Legge founded London-based Lark two years ago and the firm has quietly gone about acquiring a remarkable list of clients (Joanna Hogg, Sebastian Lelio and Charlie Cowell to name a few), while signing former Caserotto and 42s representative Sophie Dolan and longtime independent talent agent Roxana Edel. The three agenting dynamos now head one of the busiest boutiques in town and they sat down with Andreas Wisemann earlier this week for their first big interview. go deep here Read on to learn how the company came to be, what the industry can expect from all three, and how they see the changing landscape.
nice to meet vu
to be nimbleSoutheast Asia’s Vu might be one of the more impressive streaming services you didn’t know about. Launched seven years ago by Hong Kong telco and media conglomerate PCCW, SVOD is holding its own against global giants across the region. Our Asia expert Liz Shackleton checked out by catching up with Vue Asia content head Marianne Lee (pictured), who talked her through Vue’s agile and hyper-localized content strategy and offered her general thoughts on the industry. “Our audience is young and they are digital natives. They may have skipped that pay-TV stage and gone straight to watching content on their mobile phones,” he explained. click here Read More – You know you want Vu.
way to future
BBC and ITV are on the way: A huge week for the future of British public broadcasting as both the BBC and ITV plant their flags for the years to come. In a set piece speech, spontaneous BBC DG Tim Davey unveiled his blueprint for an internet-only BBC which he said could be a reality in a decade. “Less linear broadcasting services and consolidating activity under a simpler, single brand – ‘BBC'” was Davy’s proclamation, but the move would take cash and the BBC did not have much. It’s coming the day after Michelle Donnellan, the UK’s new culture secretary Told It is “impossible” to maintain the current funding model. How the BBC can embrace the blueprint “without burning millions of pounds” Tim’s question He still needs answers, but he was adamant that the corporation “simply does not get to the point where the rise of giant American and Chinese players marginalises us, while we do so by putting on a very British brave face”. Let’s put it.” Difficult thing this morning’s star appointment Former Fox chairman Gary Newman told the BBC Commercial Board. In White City, ITV was rolling out new streamer ITVX to millions of homes in the UK – the new ITV hub which launched with a £160M cash injection, thousands of hours of content including Damian Lewis’ thriller a spy among friends (pictured) and a one-premiere-a-week commitment. Content Boss Kevin Lygo told me The public will “take a while to discover, understand and love” the new streamer, but talk to any ITV executive and it is what is getting them out of bed in the morning.
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🌶️ One more: Taron Egerton is producing and executing firebug with for Apple TV+ black bird producer Denise Lehane, Per Andreas and Nellie,
🌶️ God it’s hot: Jim Belushi and Christina Ochoa have joined the cast of combat drama fight another day Match was exclusive,
box office, parasite writer Bong Joon Ho mickey 17 Release date revealed according to Anthony D’Alessandro across the pond,
M&A: Stop Fremantle. another week, another purchase For the organization owned by RTL I brought the news of the acquisition of this england Producer Traveller.
more M&A: Banijay Americas ropes in Brazilian TV and film producer a cloth,
award latest: Charlotte Wells’ Powerful Paul Mescal-Starring Debut after noon drifted in bifa, Per Zac’s Piece,
More Rewards: to Australia for the AACTAs, where Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis was a big winner,
Prize, rewards everywhere: BAFTA Unveils A “Revived” Film Award including the final four categories to be broadcast live. Best wishes to the new production team…
set up shop, shadow of a vampire execution Richard Johns, who Argo Films launched,
water way: James Cameron was in the City of London to present Avatar Result, Our Baz Bamigboy hosted the red carpet.
popping out: unrelated to the documentary drama, Mandana Dayani is the chairperson of Archewell resignationThey were replaced by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following an “amicable and planned transition”.
🖊️ signed up:Zac reports UTA to sign South Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jin with his Forged Films shingle in all areas.
And finallyChannel 4 pays tribute to “wonderful and generous” PR executive Leslie Land, who died untimely a week ago. According to a statement from C4, Leslie was a “wonderful friend, a generous colleague and a tremendous source of fun wherever she went”, which highlighted the many incredible PR campaigns Leslie ran. Anyone who met him will agree with C4’s statement in the strongest possible way and tributes flooded social media. Deadline’s thoughts go out to Leslie’s family.
Mel Goodfellow contributed this week international insider,