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  • 'Brexit' vote sparks 'grieving' in Britain's film and TV industries

    'Brexit' vote sparks 'grieving' in Britain's film and TV industries

    Most fans of the horror series “Penny Dreadful” think of the Showtime drama as a British TV show. The story is set in turn-of-the-century London and many of the actors and writers are from the U.K. But “Penny Dreadful” has been a multinational show helped by the U.K.’s membership in the European...

  • YouTube will make its first big-budget TV series

    YouTube will make its first big-budget TV series

    YouTube is taking a bold step into major television production. Dance drama TV series "Step Up," based on the film franchise of the same name starring Channing Tatum, will be coming to YouTube Red, Google's paid streaming service. The purchase was announced during YouTube's keynote presentation...

  • Viacom CEO seeks immediate mental examination of Sumner Redstone

    Viacom CEO seeks immediate mental examination of Sumner Redstone

    Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and a fellow director on Thursday demanded an “immediate” mental examination of Sumner Redstone, in the latest move in the war over the 93-year-old media mogul’s empire.  Dauman and fellow Viacom board member George Abrams filed suit in Massachusetts state...

  • Continuous coverage of Democrats' sit-in has viewers chilling with C-SPAN

    Continuous coverage of Democrats' sit-in has viewers chilling with C-SPAN

    The Democratic House members’ 25 ½ hour sit-in over gun legislation turned C-SPAN into TV’s hottest cable network. The hashtag #CSPANandChill was trending on Twitter as viewers watched the video streams of House members’ emotional pleas to to vote on legislation to restrict the sale of firearms...

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