In the US the number of scripted shows being made annually has more than doubled since 2010 to more than 500 this year. Many of these productions find their way to British TV screens or on-demand services. Netflix recently revealed it has 90 original productions on the go in Europe alone – Sky has 80 – and most other UK broadcasters have upped their game in the must-watch TV stakes. … [Read more...] about Repeats to fade: how big-budget drama is taking over television
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"It has reached a stage that [media owners] can't say no to Group M," says a senior executive at a rival agency. "Their clout is unmanageable." An example is Group M's highly-publicised move to pull its £300m annual TV ad spend from Channel 4, close to a third of the £1bn the broadcaster takes in ad revenue annually, in a bid to drive down prices on commercials for WPP clients. … [Read more...] about WPP: Big is beautiful at Sorrell’s marketing group – but for how long?
He said English had underestimated him and her "reputation is now in tatters". "I have principles and I am not going to be forced to compromise them, no matter how much time and money they might cost me," he added. "This case was a sham and a total abuse of a tribunal system, which is there to protect employees who have been mistreated. It is not there to aid those chancing their arm at landing a big payday. I hope that other companies will learn from this example and also fight off derisory claims. … [Read more...] about Apprentice winner Stella English loses case against Lord Sugar
'Yet in some parts of the country the police have been trying to stop people from doing things like travelling to take exercise in the open country which are not contrary to the regulations simply because ministers have said that they would prefer us not to. … [Read more...] about Police were warned against heavy-handed lockdown enforcement five days ago… before officers handed out dozens of fines, banned the sale of Easter eggs, stalked ramblers with a drone and dyed lagoon black
Accused of striking Julian too forcefully, Robin held in his court filing that 'On a very rare occasion and only as a last resort, I will use light spanking, but it is consistent with the law - open hand on the butt,' as TMZ reported January 12 last year. … [Read more...] about April Love Geary flaunts her baby bump in pink bikini while playing volleyball with boyfriend Robin Thicke