Media Weekly Broadcast - The ACT Newsletter
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Issue # 154
7 June 2019
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ITV commissions The Masked Singer

ITV has commissioned Scottish indie, Bandicoot (part of Argonon Group), to produce a new UK version of the Korean and US smash hit series The Masked Singer, which will air as a stripped event on the Network in 2020. The Masked Singer is the surreal and surprising, singing game show that’s taken the planet by storm. Originally gaining global acclaim as the Korean format The King of Mask Singer, the series was a big hit in Asia, and captivated millions around the globe through viral clips on social media.

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Mediaset acquires 9.6% stake in the German broadcaster Prosiebensat.1

With the acquisition of a 9.6% stake in the German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, Mediaset confirms its commitment to strengthening free-to-air television in Europe and reaffirms the need for European media companies to join forces against global giants in order to defend European values and cultural identity.

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NENT Group launches sci-fi comedy `Home Invasion' as next original series

Science fiction comedy ‘Home Invasion’ is the next original series from Nordic Entertainment Group. The six-part English language series stars Emmy-nominated actress Morena Baccarin (‘Deadpool’; ‘Homeland’) and Johan Glans (NENT Group’s ‘Swedish Dicks’) and is produced by NENT Group’s Brain Academy. ‘Home Invasion’ will premiere across the Nordic region in 2020 exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service.

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RTL Group: Originals

Groupe M6 launches its native podcasts: RTL Originals. Five programmes are available from 27 May 2019 and six more will follow in the summer and in September 2019. Groupe M6's new native podcasts label comprises 11 original podcasts which are based on major editorial topics featured on its television channels, radio stations and digital media.

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RIVIERA RETURNS Sky original drama confirmed for third series

Sky Atlantic’s series, Riviera, will return for a third outing with filming set to start in Autumn 2019. The 8x60 series will return to the south of France and also move to Venice and Argentina.

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TF1 awarded at the 72nd Cannes Festival

TF1 Group warmly congratulates the crew of Les Misérables, Ladj Ly's first feature film, which received the Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival. The film will be broadcast as première on TF1 and TMC channels.

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UPCOMING EU POLICY EVENTS IN JUNE 2019

 

  • 6-7/06/19 ERA Annual Conference on European Media Law 2019, Brussels
  • 7/06/19 Telecoms Council, Brussels
  • 13-14/06/19 Digital Assembly, Bucharest
  • 17/06/19 Council Working Party on Telecom, Brussels
  • 19-20/06/19 Romanian Presidency Conference on “New Challenges regarding Copyright in the Digital Single Market”, Bucharest
  • 20-21/06/19 European Council, Brussels
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