Garth Ancier will head BBC Worldwide Americas, based in NYC. He’s done everything: cable programming (Turner), news (CNN), broadcast production (NBC, Fox, the WB), created The Ricki Lake Show and new media (In2TV). He’s expected to help BBC America to develop a signature series, besides raiding the BBC library for shows to remake. Expect PBS to suffer.
Mark Wahlburg and Matt Damon, who look enough alike, will play Irish half-brothers in The Fighter. The script, re-written by Paul Attanasio at this time, focuses on themes of brotherhood and redemption. Don’t they all?
Down Argentine way, Francis Ford Coppola will produce and direct Tetro, a saga about an artistic immigrant family with intense rivalries. Yes, it sounded familiar to us, too. Matt Dillon stars.
The Hollywood Reporter Esq. is devoted to media and entertainment law, including a database of recent litigation filings–The Hollywood Docket. Worth the subscription and hours of fun.
Entertainment lawyer Susan Seager explains why Paris Hilton might prevail in her suit against Bardia Persa and why the First Amendment would suffer if she does.
An LA judge refused Perez Hilton’s request to have photo agency x17′s suit against him dismissed. His lawyer still thinks he’s got a Fair Use defense. Don’t bet on it.