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History Preps Facebook Live Event for ‘World War True’ (Exclusive)

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The History channel in the U.K. will launch a six-hour Facebook Live event next month as a curtain-raiser to a season of World War II programming being aired under the “World War True” banner.

The Facebook video event, dubbed “WW2 House Live,” will be set in a 1940s home as wartime speeches and bulletins are played and air-raid sirens sound. The setting will be continually updated to reflect the ongoing passage of the conflict. Viewers will be encouraged to comment, and actors will then voice these as part of the event.

“As the generation who fought in and endured World War II passes, this Facebook Live event is one way to keep their stories alive and ensure they reach a whole new generation,” said Dan Korn, head of History U.K., which is part of the wider A+E Networks UK, a joint venture with Sky.

The subsequent “World War True” strand will start on Oct »


- Stewart Clarke

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Tele München Buys into Georg Ramme’s Load Studios, Ramps Up Digital Efforts (Exclusive)

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The Tele München Group has bought into Load Studios, the digital content business run by former Endemol Beyond chief Georg Ramme.

Tmg has been in M&A mode and the deal for Load follows agreements to take control of Munich-based producer Odeon Film and buy into Storied Media, the IP broker run by former ICM agent Todd Hoffman. Herbert Kloiber, managing director and son of Tmg’s founder, and head of corporate development Bernd Wendeln are leading the charge.

For Tmg, buying into the digital business marks a shift into new areas, recognizing the way the content business is evolving and reaching out to younger audiences, Kloiber said. “The market and environment have changed quite dramatically over the last year or two, and we decided we want to diversify our business away from predominantly being a trading house and towards more production, more digital content and more to the direct-to-consumer exploitation of rights,” he »


- Stewart Clarke

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Madison Avenue Tries to Latch to CBS’ ‘Star Trek’ Before It Streams

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Advertisers took on a quick-hit mission Sunday night, boldly going to sponsor a TV program on CBS that is not supposed to appear on traditional TV after the end of this evening’s broadcast.

A bevy of technology and pharmaceutical firms aligned themselves with the debut of “Star Trek: Discovery” Sunday evening on CBS, even though the company has vowed that it will only show the premiere episode on broadcast TV and let the rest of the season stream only on its “CBS All Access” subscription on-demand service.

Apple, Amazon, Ibm, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Samsung were among the sellers of gadgets and hot tech supporting the show – along with the network broadcasting the program. CBS ran four different promos urging viewers interested in seeing the series’ second episode (and the rest of the season) to subscribe to “All Access” immediately.  Each promo appealed to different customers, who might use Apple, Amazon »


- Brian Steinberg

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TV Review: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ on CBS and CBS All Access

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When Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) first meets Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs), his room is dimly lit. He mutters something about an eye condition requiring low light, but, as with most of his statements, there appears to be information the captain is deliberately refusing to share.

Lorca’s lair is far from the only interior on “Star Trek: Discovery” that is shadowy. As Burnham frequently negotiates dark corridors and murky settings, one thing becomes clear: “Discovery” is trying, with some success, to convey that this is not your father’s “Star Trek.”

It might be your mother’s, if she is a fan of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” which is widely considered to be the best of the “Trek” TV efforts. (To forestall nerd debates, yes, each Federation series has its merits, but “Deep Space Nine” and “The Next Generation” top most critics’ lists.)

The later seasons of “Deep Space Nine” depicted an array of conflicted »


- Maureen Ryan

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‘Outlander’ Boss and Stars Address That Big Death in ‘All Debts Paid’

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched “All Debts Paid,” the Sept. 24 episode of “Outlander.”

It’s not often that an actor gets killed off a show twice in one season. But Tobias Menzies, who has played Black Jack Randall and Frank Randall since the Starz drama debuted, has wrapped his last scene on the show, at least for the foreseeable future.

As viewers saw a couple of weeks ago, at the Battle of Culloden, Black Jack was killed by his longtime enemy Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). At the end of the third episode of the season, Frank died suddenly. His wife, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), was overwhelmed with grief, even though the marriage between her and Frank had been rocky ever since she returned to the 20th century and tried to pick up the pieces of their marriage.

As Balfe, Menzies and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) noted in a recent interview with Variety, making »


- Maureen Ryan

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‘Outlander’ Recap: ‘All Debts Paid’ Sees Jamie Jailed, Claire Graduating and a Big Death

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched “All Debts Paid,” the Sept. 24 episode of “Outlander.”

The third episode of “Outlander’s” third season jumps back and forth between Jamie (Sam Heughan) in jail in the 1700s and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) raising her daughter and struggling with her marriage through a number of years in the 1950s. While Jamie uses things Claire taught him to help his fellow prisoners, he can’t help but continue to feel her loss, being so far apart in space and time. Claire, on the other hand, suffers a literal loss with the death of her husband.

Boston 1956. Claire graduates from medical school and prepares to work as a surgeon. While her career is on the rise, her marriage to Frank (Tobias Menzies) is failing. The night of her graduation, family and friends are having drinks at the Randalls to celebrate when Frank’s mistress Sandy shows up earlier than »


- Diane Gordon

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