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The Television Critics Association Announces 2021 TCA Award Nominations

Written by 15 July, 2021

Today The Television Critics Association (TCA) announced the nominees for the organization’s 37th Annual TCA Awards. The 2021 TCA Awards showcase a diverse roster of TV content across a wide array of platforms and genres, spotlighting outstanding creators, series, and stars of the 2020-2021 TV season. More than 200 TCA members, professional television critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, nominate programming available on broadcast, cable and streaming outlets.

The TCA presents awards in 13 distinct categories, honoring outstanding achievements in drama, comedy, miniseries, youth, news and information, reality, and variety, sketch or talk shows, among others. Categories have been expanded this year to feature a total of eight nominees each, with the exception of “Outstanding Achievement In Variety, Talk Or Sketch,” which has nine. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TCA will forego its formal in-person presentation once again. Winners will instead be announced at a later date.

This season’s tallies saw Netflix back in front, boasting a TCA Awards-best 15 nominations. Last year’s leader, HBO, is a close second with 14 nominations; with its counterpart, HBO Max, rounding out the top three with 10 total nominations. Streaming platforms again proved to be a force, with Apple TV+ racking up eight nominations, followed by Disney+ which tied with Showtime’s five nominations. Additionally, Hulu and NBC garnered four apiece; Amazon, CBS, FX, PBS Kids, and Peacock each has three; and Starz earned two. Bravo, Comedy Central, Disney Jr., MSNBC, NatGeo, Paramount+, and PBS close out the nominations with one each.

This year’s nominations roster is dominated by an unprecedented number of first-year programs. Five of Apple TV+’s eight nominations come courtesy of the acclaimed freshman breakout comedy “Ted Lasso,” which leads all nominees. The sitcom’s tally includes nods for Individual Achievement In Comedy for stars Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham, as well as nominations for Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement In Comedy, and Program Of The Year.

The TCA’s coveted Program Of The Year category is, itself, a testament to the strength of the incoming class, headlined by an intriguing matchup that pits HBO’s “I May Destroy You” and “Mare of Easttown” against the HBO Max dramedy “Hacks.” Tied with four nominations apiece — the second-most among this year’s nominees — the three series also vie for Outstanding New Program. Program Of The Year also features Netflix’s captivating period piece “Bridgerton,” Amazon’s powerful limited event “The Underground Railroad,” Disney’s genre-bending hit “WandaVision,” Netflix’s stunning coming-of-age drama “The Queen’s Gambit,” and the aforementioned “Ted Lasso.”

Elsewhere, headline-grabbing profiles “Framing Britney Spears” and “Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” contend for the honor of Outstanding Achievement In News And Information. “I May Destroy You” creator, writer, and star Michaela Coel enters a loaded Individual Achievement In Drama landscape that includes Oscar®-winner Kate Winslet, Marvel Cinematic Universe standout Elizabeth Olsen, and Thuso Mbedu in her international debut. Trevor Noah, John Oliver, and Stephen Colbert battle for late-night supremacy in Outstanding Achievement In Variety, Talk Or Sketch. Veterans “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Pose” and “The Crown” go toe-to-toe with heralded newcomers “Lovecraft Country” and “P-Valley” in Outstanding Achievement In Drama. And genre pioneer “The Real World Homecoming: New York” seeks to reclaim its throne in Outstanding Achievement In Reality.

“This was an incredible year for fresh, inclusive content and new creators, and our nominations are a reflection of that,” said Melanie McFarland, TCA President and TV Critic for Salon. “The TCA membership selected from a wealth of original offerings that broke fresh ground and presented exciting, thought-provoking experiences that redefined the television landscape. Although we will not be able to honor these landmark achievements in-person, we look forward to celebrating 37 years of the TCA Awards and sharing our top picks when the winners are unveiled.”

Below is the list of 2021 Television Critics Association nominees, excluding the Career Achievement and Heritage Award winners, which will be announced along with the winners later this summer.


  • Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird” – Showtime
  • Thuso Mbedu, “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision” – Disney+
  • Mj Rodriguez, “Pose” – FX
  • Omar Sy, “Lupin” – Netflix
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit” – Netflix
  • Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” – HBO


  • Bo Burnham, “Bo Burnham: Inside” – Netflix
  • Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • Maya Erskine, “Pen15” – Hulu
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Girls5Eva” – Peacock
  • Charlotte Nicdao, “Mythic Quest” – Apple TV+
  • Jean Smart, “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+


  • “Allen v. Farrow” – HBO
  • “City So Real” – NatGeo
  • “Framing Britney Spears” – FX/FX On Hulu
  • “Frontline” – PBS (Eight-time Winner in Category)
  • “I'll Be Gone in the Dark” – HBO
  • “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” – CBS
  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” – MSNBC
  • “60 Minutes” – CBS (2012 Winner in Category)


  • “Couples Therapy” – Showtime
  • “Deaf U” – Netflix
  • “The Great Pottery Throw Down” – HBO Max
  • “Legendary” – HBO Max
  • “Nailed It! Double Trouble” – Netflix
  • “The Real World Homecoming: New York” – Paramount+
  • “Taste the Nation” – Hulu
  • “Top Chef: Portland” – Bravo


  • “The Baby-Sitters Club” – Netflix
  • “Bluey” – Disney Jr.
  • “Donkey Hodie” – PBS Kids
  • “Emily's Wonder Lab” – Netflix
  • “Odd Squad” – PBS Kids
  • “Sesame Street” – HBO
  • “Waffles + Mochi” – Netflix
  • “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” – PBS Kids


  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “P-Valley” – Starz
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+


  • “Bo Burnham: Inside” – Netflix
  • “The Good Lord Bird” – Showtime
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “It's a Sin” – HBO Max
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “The Queen's Gambit” – Netflix
  • “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+


  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “The Crown” – Netflix
  • “For All Mankind” – Apple TV+
  • “The Handmaid's Tale” – Hulu
  • “Lovecraft Country” – HBO
  • “The Mandalorian” – Disney+
  • “Pose” – FX
  • “P-Valley” – Starz


  • “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • “Girls5Eva” – Peacock           
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “Mythic Quest” – Apple TV+
  • “Pen15” – Hulu
  • “Superstore” – NBC
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist” – NBC


  • “The Amber Ruffin Show” – Peacock
  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” – HBO (2020 Winner in Category)
  • “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Comedy Central
  • “Desus & Mero” – Showtime
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – HBO (2019 & 2018 Winner in Category)
  • “Late Night with Seth Meyers” – NBC
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – CBS
  • “Saturday Night Live” – NBC
  • “Ziwe” – Showtime 


  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “The Queen's Gambit” – Netflix
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+ 


  • Netflix – 15
  • HBO – 14
  • HBO Max – 10
  • Apple TV+ – 8
  • Disney+ – 5
  • Showtime – 5
  • Hulu – 4
  • NBC – 4
  • Amazon – 3
  • CBS – 3
  • FX-3
  • PBS Kids – 3
  • Peacock – 3
  • Starz – 2
  • Bravo – 1
  • Comedy Central – 1
  • Disney Jr. – 1
  • MSNBC – 1
  • NatGeo – 1
  • Paramount+ – 1
  • PBS – 1 


  • “Ted Lasso,” Apple TV+ – 5
  • “Hacks,” HBO Max – 4
  • “I May Destroy You,” HBO – 4
  • “Mare of Easttown,” HBO – 4
  • “WandaVision,” Disney+ – 4
  • “Bridgerton,” Netflix – 3
  • “The Flight Attendant,” HBO Max – 3
  • “The Queen’s Gambit,” Netflix – 3
  • “The Underground Railroad,” Amazon – 3
  • “Bo Burnham: Inside,” Netflix – 2
  • “Girls5Eva,” Peacock – 2
  • “The Good Lord Bird,” Showtime – 2
  • “Mythic Quest,” Apple TV+ – 2
  • “Pen15,” Hulu – 2
  • “Pose,” FX – 2
  • “P-Valley,” Starz – 2


Past TCA Award winners are listed on the organization’s official website,


Last modified on Thursday, 15 July 2021 14:35

AccuWeather Founder Dr. Joel N. Myers Comments On NY Times Story On FOX Entry Into Weather

Written by 10 July, 2021

Weather events have an annual global economic impact of trillions of dollars and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries each year. As increasingly volatile weather impacts more people, the focus should not be on an unproven entrant and "media wars," (Fox’s New Channel Changes the Climate for Weather TV, July 6, 2021).

Since founding AccuWeather nearly 60 years ago, I have been firm in our mission to protect lives and property above all else. AccuWeather now reaches more than 1.5 billion people globally and our AccuWeather Network reaches 36 million homes and growing rapidly. We are on track to overtake competitors by providing the most authentic descriptions of upcoming weather without hype or exaggeration. Numerous independent statistical comparisons have proven the superior accuracy of AccuWeather forecasts over all others, which translates into people and companies making the best decisions and keeping their families safer. 

Talk of “media wars” misses the point: accurate and timely information matters. People’s lives are at stake. That is our focus and always will be. 

SOURCE: Accuweather

Last modified on Monday, 12 July 2021 10:53

Cinedigm Partners With Elvis Presley Enterprises To Launch The Elvis Presley Channel

Written by 30 June, 2021

Elvis has re-entered the building through a new streaming deal with Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM), in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises. Cinedigm, the leading independent streaming company that serves enthusiastic fan bases, announced today the upcoming launch of an exclusive ad-supported (AVOD) and linear streaming service, The Elvis Presley Channel. The Elvis Presley Channel will be comprised of Elvis Presley archival content and specials, as well as musical content from some of the most influential rock ‘n roll artists that inspired the music industry.

Expected to launch early 2022, Cinedigm is planning to make The Elvis Presley Channel available in the United States and Canada for linear and AVOD platforms on connected TVs, digital set-top boxes, media-streaming devices and the web. Cinedigm plans to distribute the programming across the broader OTT landscape to its vast network of leading distribution partners in the streaming space including Samsung, Pluto, Roku, Hulu, Amazon, Tubi and many more.

“There are few individuals more iconic than Elvis Presley, he transcends time, genre and medium,” said Erick Opeka, President of Cinedigm Digital Networks. “The opportunity to build a branded channel around Elvis opens up streaming possibilities to an entirely new demographic in the fastest-growing segment of the ad-supported business. The channel will allow a whole new audience to experience Elvis, while also giving his fans a more in-depth look at their idol.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Cinedigm to launch The Elvis Presley Channel,” said Marc Rosen, President, Entertainment, Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises. “The Elvis fandom is incredibly passionate, and Cinedigm is best-in-class when it comes to serving fervent fan bases.”

The launch of The Elvis Presley Channel continues Cinedigm’s expansion into the legacy icon space which began last year through the extremely successful launch of The Bob Ross Channel. Showcasing memorable moments and incredible paintings from the long-running public television series, the channel features over 350 classic episodes and delivers hours of quality entertainment that offers enjoyment to the whole family.

Cinedigm plans to feature continual Elvis programming with exclusive specials and documentaries including Singer Presents…Elvis (the ’68 Comeback Special), Elvis Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite and Elvis by the Presleys on The Elvis Presley Channel. Additionally, Cinedigm is planning to tap into the archives of legends such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and more. Many of music’s most iconic locations will be on display, with specials highlighting impact cities like Memphis that helped shape rock ‘n’ roll, as well as general music documentaries. The new channel will provide viewers an intimate view into the artist that defined a generation with exclusive films, specials, and documentaries. The Elvis Presley Channel will also give fans a chance to watch rare home footage from the Graceland Archives.

The deal was negotiated by Josh Thomashow, Executive Director of Acquisitions at Cinedigm, and Andrew O. Miller on behalf of Authentic Brands Group (ABG).

Elvis Presley is one of the most influential pop culture figures of the 20th century. Often referred to as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Elvis’ commanding voice and charismatic stage presence unleashed a musical and cultural revolution that changed the world. Over the course of his extraordinary career, Elvis was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards (3 wins), sold over 1 billion records worldwide, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named “One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation” by the United States Jaycees, as well as the 2018 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to his musical accolades, Elvis starred in 33 films and made numerous television appearances.

More than 60 years after his global debut, Elvis’ legacy is stronger than ever. His life and music have inspired countless hit musicals, movies and TV series’, fiction and non-fiction books, musical covers, and commercial endorsements, as well as a robust merchandise program spanning collectibles and fashion collaborations. An enduring symbol of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s” stardom, Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis home, is the second most-visited home in the United States after the White House, drawing over 600,000 visitors annually and tens of thousands of fans for its Elvis Week celebration. With more than 15 million fans across social media and a growing multimedia presence, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” continues to inspire today’s most influential musicians, designers, entertainers, and social influencers and captivate audiences around the world.

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Last modified on Friday, 09 July 2021 02:00

Deluxe & CineSend Partner For Electronic Delivery Of Content To Cinemas In Canada

Written by 08 July, 2021
Deluxe, a global provider of solutions to the world’s leading content production studios and distributors, has announced a strategic partnership with CineSend, an innovative media technology company, for electronic delivery of content to cinemas in Canada. The partnership joins CineSend’s existing network with Deluxe’s electronic delivery platform to create a single fulfilment solution.
CineSend currently operates the leading e-delivery network to cinemas in Canada. “CineSend is a natural partner for Deluxe, whose goal is to offer a compelling solution for studios and distributors with global scale. It’s a great decision to collaborate and leverage the power of a single technology platform across North America,” said George Eyles, Deluxe EVP and GM of Worldwide Cinema. “We are excited to unlock instant scale in the Canadian market that will immediately benefit our exhibitor and distributor partners.”
Deluxe will be installing its proven Gofilex software onto CineSend’s CSX hardware, which is already widely deployed in cinemas across Canada. Eric Rosset, VP of Business Development at CineSend, welcomed the announcement stating, “We’re delighted to partner with Deluxe. Plugging our solution into a worldwide network makes perfect sense. The real winners are Hollywood studio clients whose distribution strategies are global in nature.” CineSend will continue to provide its distribution services to film festivals, airlines, and diverse businesses with secure video streaming needs. Deluxe and CineSend will be working with the market to integrate the electronic delivery solution in Canada in the coming months.

SOURCE: Deluxe
Last modified on Sunday, 11 July 2021 01:10

What to Watch On Facebook Watch - Week of 06/27/2021

Written by 26 June, 2021

Facebook Watch Show Highlights Week of 6/27

Sunday, June 27

9 Months with Courteney Cox 


All-New Episode: Is Today the Day That I'll Go into Labor?

Nicki and Mario anxiously await the results of their third transfer. Teens Maddie and Randal move in together and prepare to become parents. At 41 weeks and 3 days, Laura and Patrick finally welcome 


Wednesday, June 30

Red Table Talk 

9AM PT / 12PM ET

All-New Episode

Jada, Willow, & Gammy - 3 generations, 1 table, no filter. The hit series, Red Table Talk, is hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her 20-year-old daughter Willow, a leading voice for her generation, and her old-school mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Each episode is shot at the Smith’s family home where these three passionate and opinionated women bring their unique perspectives to real issues affecting real people. Red Table Talk is filled with honest, intimate and inspiring conversations on topics impacting each of our lives.


Thursday, July 1

9 Months with Courteney Cox 


All-New Episode: What Will Our Lives Look Like if We Can't Have Children?

Thrisha and Jezelle find common ground. Dominique and Angelo make plans for the future and move forward with a second round of IVF. After receiving more distressing news about her placenta, Kimberly and Darian put their troubles aside to celebrate their baby.

Last modified on Saturday, 26 June 2021 17:44

Studio Ghibli Fest Returns In 2021

Written by 15 June, 2021
After launching in 2017, followed by two wildly successful iterations in 2018-19, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST is back in theaters for 2021, kicking off with celebratory 20th anniversary screenings of esteemed director Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning feature Spirited Away. GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to continue their collaboration, and deliver four timeless classics from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and the legendary Studio Ghibli to U.S. cinemas throughout the fall with STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2021.
On the heels of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opening, which will feature a special exhibit paying tribute to the artwork of Hayao Miyazaki, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2021 highlights four beloved films by the director, including the Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away, the Oscar- nominated fantasy epic Howl's Moving Castle, celebratory 35th anniversary screenings of the steampunk adventure Castle in the Sky, and concludes with the timeless fan-favorite My Neighbor Totoro.
“Since their founding, Studio Ghibli has always wanted fans to see their works on the big screen,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “We are delighted to partner with Fathom Events to welcome Ghibli fans back to cinemas with four of the studio’s most enduring works, including a 20th anniversary celebration of Spirited Away, one the most influential and celebrated films of all time.”
“Studio Ghibli Fest has become an annual must-do for animation fans,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “We are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with GKIDS to bring fans the unique opportunity to experience some of the best in animation in their local cinemas among a community of fellow fans.” 
Each event will be shown in both original Japanese and English dubbed versions, and will include exclusive bonus content. Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2021 can be purchased online beginning Friday, July 16 by visiting, or at participating theater box offices. The ticket on-sale date may vary based on local cinemas, so please check back often. (Theaters and participants are subject to change).
All event listings are in local time
Spirited Away 20th Anniversary
·        Sunday, October 3, 2021, 3:00 PM (English Dubbed)
·        Monday, October 4, 2021, 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
·        Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)
Howl’s Moving Castle
·        Sunday, October 24, 2021, 3:00 PM (English Dubbed)
·        Monday, October 25, 2021, 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
·        Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)
Castle in the Sky 35th Anniversary
·        Sunday, November 14, 2021, 3:00 PM (English Dubbed)
·        Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
·        Thursday, November 18, 2021, 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)
My Neighbor Totoro
·        Sunday, December 5, 2021, 3:00 PM (English Dubbed)
·        Monday, December 6, 2021, 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
·        Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)

SOURCE: Fathom Events

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 June 2021 10:15

AccuWeather Network Debuts 'AccuWeather Prime'

Written by 22 June, 2021

The award-winning AccuWeather Network has introduced a new live 2-hour show AccuWeather Prime with Senior TV Weather Broadcaster and American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso as host, bringing an exciting, fresh approach to weather news reporting. Designed for viewers who want to be “in the know,” AccuWeather Prime can be seen every weeknight from 8:00pm-10:00pm EST.

AccuWeather Prime offers a unique visual experience assembled by a team of skilled reporters, whose stories are designed to enable their audiences to “see, hear and feel” the weather. Coverage is steeped in a foundation of expertise with insights from AccuWeather weather experts, adding an unrivaled layer of insight in content for viewers. In addition to weather news, with the latest updates on severe weather, and interviews, “AccuWeather Prime” includes exclusive new features that will provide practical weather-wise solutions on how people can live their best lives, whether they are traveling around the world or as staying as close as their backyard. “AccuWeather Prime” will also deliver stories from AccuWeather’s established, themed content series, “Living Well” and “AccuWeather Explores,” to keep viewers entertained, informed and engaged. 

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of ‘AccuWeather Prime,’ the latest addition to our weekly programming schedule at AccuWeather Network,” said AccuWeather Network General Manager Sarah Katt.  “As we continue to grow, both in content and distribution, we are finding new ways to connect with viewers and build upon the trust and loyalty we have with our growing audience with new and compelling content to match their interests.”

Said Trish Mikita, AccuWeather Vice President of Content, “The AccuWeather Network provides our audience with industry-leading weather news reporting, helping them to better plan their lives and stay safe.  We are delighted to be digging deeper with this exciting new programming, which brings together our innovative approach to content development and the demand for award-winning, high-caliber programming our audiences have come to depend on as people become increasingly fascinated by weather and want to be ‘in the know.’” 

The AccuWeather Network, which reaches millions of viewers via Spectrum TV, DIRECTV, AT&T TV NOW, Verizon Fios, Philo, fuboTV and Frontier cable, delivers the latest breaking weather news coverage and local forecast information as well as compelling and dynamic weather news content, including hyper-local forecasts, advanced severe weather warnings and weather preparedness tips and tools. Today, the 24/7 national AccuWeather Network is available in 36 million+ households and growing and has earned numerous awards since its launch in 2015. 

AccuWeather Network was honored by trade publisher Cablefax in (2020 or 2021)with an industry award celebrating its achievements in producing superior weather content for cable television, winning the category of “Best Overall Content; Weather News for Hurricane Delta Eye Wall Live Coverage” and finishing as a finalist for “Best Live Virtual Event for AccuWeather Ready: 2020 Hurricane Season During COVID-19.” In addition, the AccuWeather Network was also recognized with a 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Best Environment/Science – News Single Story or Series; Cynopsis Media “Best of the Best Awards” in 2019 in the categories of Best-Ad Supported Cable Network and Best Short Form Content; in 2018 for Best Short Form Content; and it was the recipient of the Telly Award for Best General News or Feature in 2019. 

SOURCE: AccuWeather 

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:32

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Will Return In Person In 2022

Written by 11 June, 2021

Santa Barbara, CA. SBIFF announced today that the 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG® will be happening LIVE  March 2 - March 12, 2022. Official events including screenings, filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, and celebrity tributes, will be held throughout the city, including at the historic Arlington Theatre.

Last year, SBIFF executed an elaborate build-out of two beachside drive-in theatres, debuting 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres, with honorary awards bestowed upon Bill Murray, Carey Mulligan, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Riz Ahmed, Maria Bakalova, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Andra Day, Sidney Flanigan, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim, Zendaya, and Delroy Lindo. With the anticipation of the in-person live experience coming back to film festivals, organizers are expecting A-list guests to ascend on Santa Barbara once again, making it a must-stop location on the awards circuit, delivering an unpresented number of films, many of them World and US premieres. The film lineup and schedule will be announced in February 2022.

“After more than a year of staring at screens from home, SBIFF is chomping at the bit to welcome everyone back to Santa Barbara for collective experiences and engaging face to face interactions about cinema!” says Roger Durling, SBIFF’s Executive Director.  

Over the past 36 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the world attracting 100,000+ attendees throughout the week. Funds raised through the festival directly support SBIFF’s year-round free programs that serve over 18,000 people.

Passes for the 2022 Festival will be on sale in August. 


Last modified on Friday, 11 June 2021 12:04

Discovery To Become Triathlon's New Home In Europe

Written by 09 June, 2021

The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) and Discovery have agreed a new partnership that will see the Collins Cup screened exclusively across Europe through Eurosport, Discovery’s leading multi-sport brand.

The Collins Cup is the PTO’s inaugural flagship event taking place on 28th August in Šamorín, near Bratislava, Slovakia and is a new race format modelled after the Ryder Cup, which will see teams of International, European and USA athletes pitted against one another and put on display the excitement, rivalry, drama and personalities of the sport of triathlon.

As part of the one-year deal, with an option to extend for a further two years, Eurosport will show the race action, live and on-demand, in 20 languages. Core coverage, including shoulder programming, will span across Eurosport 1 and 2, and via the Eurosport App and discovery+*, with a two-part documentary available to stream via discovery+. The entire Collins Cup broadcast of over 7 hours will air live on Eurosport 2 and simulcast live on the Eurosport App, with highlights aired on Eurosport 1 the following day. The Collins Cup has also secured highlights and live coverage via Eurosport across Asia Pacific with highlights distribution in India.

Significant shoulder programming, including two Collins Cup countdown shows, will be aired across the Eurosport App to preview the biggest stories and key battles ahead of the live event. Two days before the live racing takes place, viewers will be able to stream the Collins Cup draft show live from Šamorín where Team Captains will pick athletes for each individual match up.

discovery+ will also offer streaming access to PTO’s Beyond Human documentary produced by Noah Media Group, which follows the journeys of three of the biggest names in the sport – Lionel Sanders (Team Internationals), Sebastien Kienle (Team Europe) and Heather Jackson (Team USA) in their quest to see who rules triathlon.

Scott Young, SVP Content and Production at Eurosport, said: “With the PTO’s commitment to, and investment in, the highest production standards and athlete storytelling combined with Eurosport’s deep sports expertise, we will create a unique narrative and unlock the true power of the sport of triathlon for all to enjoy. Our commitment to this event will ensure you see every live moment of the event across our platforms. Through discovery+, we are increasingly focussed on the crossover between sport and real-life entertainment and our partnership with the PTO will mean we can showcase some of the most compelling stories to the widest possible audience.”

Tim Godfrey, Chief Marketing Officer at PTO, said: “The PTO’s mission has always been to put the greatest triathletes in the world on display. The Collins Cup is a first-of-its-kind global competition which will see teams of Europe, International and USA, comprising some of the world’s best athletes, competing head-to-head to determine which region dominates the sport of triathlon. The Collins Cup is poised to be the most exciting and innovative format for endurance sports and Discovery is perfectly suited to showcasing this across its network engaging not only triathlon fans but general sports fans who crave the rivalries that will be put on display when the best athletes in the world enter the arena to do battle for the Collins Cup.”

Discovery and Eurosport will tell the stories of elite triathlon all year round. In the build-up to the Collins Cup, as the Home of the Olympics in Europe, Discovery and Eurosport will bring every unmissable moment from the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to viewers across Europe**, including live and uninterrupted coverage of the men’s and women’s triathlon, and the new triathlon mixed relay.

*In markets where Eurosport is available via discovery+
**Excluding Russia

SOURCE: Discovery

Last modified on Wednesday, 09 June 2021 11:01

Ovation TV’s Statement On Broadway Reopening

Written by 13 May, 2021

"We are pleased to see that steps are being made to reopen Broadway in September and that thousands of workers – actors, technical crews, ushers, box office staff, and others – will be able to return to their jobs after a difficult 18 months. The reopening of Broadway is a win for not only the arts, but also a critical accelerator to kick start the city’s economy. Broadway supports nearly 97,000 local workers and contributes about $14.8 billion every year to the New York City economy*. 

However, there are countless local theatre programs and arts organizations across the country that have not received the same support as Broadway, and many of them are still in danger of closing permanently, if they haven’t already. An investment in the arts at a federal level is needed to help the industry recover and thrive. We call on the Biden administration and Congress to enact a $1 billion annual appropriation for the NEA, with a minimum 5% increase each year to bring its budget more in line with the economic value of the industry, and to install a Secretary of Arts & Culture to guide the sector’s economic potential moving forward. The arts are the epicenter that also drive local hospitality and dining, retail, transportation, and more, in every single state and every single town. The arts also allow communities, in all their diversity, to express themselves and celebrate their rich interconnected histories and traditions. If the arts thrive, the country thrives."

Charles Segars
Chief Executive Officer, Ovation TV
Founder, Stand For The Arts 

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