Noel Clarke to sue Bafta for defamation

Noel Clarke is reported to be suing Bafta for defamation after police dropped an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations made against him.

Clarke whose TV credits include Doctor Who, Bulletproof and Viewpoint, was accused of groping and sexual misconduct between 2004 and 2019 by 20 women who had worked with him. He has denied all the allegations.

Bafta, which presented Clarke with an award for outstanding contribution to British cinema at the 2021 film awards, suspended the award and Clarke’s membership of the organisation following the Guardian story.

In a statement, Bafta said: “A year ago, Bafta was transparent about what led to Mr. Clarke’s award and membership being suspended following serious accusations of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women published by The Guardian.

“We stand by our decision and are very surprised by the news he now wishes to sue the arts charity. If proceedings are served, we will of course defend ourselves.”

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Netflix cancels Space Force, Meghan Markle animated series.

Netflix has cancelled Steve Carell-led comedy Space Force, as well as a pair of animated kids’ shows already in production and development on an animated series from Meghan Markle’s Archewell Productions.

The wave of cancelled projects comes on the heels of a stock market crash that has seen Netflix’s share price dip to below US$200 per share for the first time since 2017.

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Amazon set to double Indian investment, preps 40 local originals

Amazon Prime Video is set to ramp up its investment in the Indian market over the next two years with the launch of 40 local titles including series, films and coproductions.

Titles in the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages were unveiled as part of Amazon’s inaugural Prime Video Presents India showcase event in Mumbai.

The tech giant also lifted the lid on several multi-year licensing deals, coproduction pacts with major production studios and the launch of a transactional video-on-demand movie rental service in India.

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C4 sale entices buyers as $2.5bn price tag attached to UK broadcaster

Channel 4’s sale could raise up to £2bn ($2.51bn), as buyers of all flavours take a look at the UK broadcaster.

Potential acquisitors mooted by industry sources range from commercial rival ITV and Comcast-owned Sky, to Warner Bros. Discovery, Channel 5 owner Paramount and even BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC.

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Adeel Amini lands Lingo promotion

OMG appoints Coalition for Change chair as series producer ahead of CBS series

Objective Media Group (OMG) has promoted Adeel Amini to series producer to work on the CBS version of Lingo.

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Universal Studio Group Chair Pearlena Igbokwe: “Talent ‘Arms Race’ is Subsiding”; “Agents Aren’t Happy”

Universal Studio Group Chair Pearlena Igbokwe says the “arms race” to sign creative talent on exclusive deals is “subsiding” as the scripted market readjusts economically.

“I don’t know if the arms race that we were in for the last five years is still in effect,” she told journalists at on-record lunch in London yesterday. “I don’t think the agents are very happy at all. There will still be some people who command big dollars but they are proven entities with track records.”

Igbokwe — whose studio houses Universal International Studios, Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio — said the big-ticket ‘golden handcuffs’ deals of the past half-decade would become less commonplace and fewer creatives would be able to demand top dollar for their services in the future.

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