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UK culture committee to quiz BBC bosses over impartiality and licensing fees

QUESTION TIME

The cross-party of the United Kingdom DCMS Committeewhich reviews the spending, policies and administration of the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is set to quiz BBC bosses over impartiality, licensing fees and income.

The committee, chaired by Julian Knight, is due to meet on Tuesday September 6 to question the BBC’s chief executive. Tim DavieBBC chair Richard Sharp and BBC COO Leigh Tavaziva. They will ask questions about topics such as how the company “plans to remain relevant and effective in the modern media landscape”, “how the BBC’s offering is affected by a more polarized political atmosphere” and the future of licensing fees in light of rampant inflation. rates.

Questions about impartiality will be of particular interest to BBC watchers following a recent lecture by the former ‘Newsnight’ host Emilie Maitlis at the Edinburgh Television Festival, where she used her platform to suggest the BBC was being too objective.

TYPHOON IMPACT

The Busan International Film Festival canceled its two in-person press conferences scheduled to take place in Busan and Seoul on Tuesday. They will be replaced by an online presentation on Wednesday noon. The new arrangements reflect disruptions to local travel and the country’s lockdown ahead of the arrival of Super Typhoon Hinnamnor, which is the largest in the Pacific this year and could be the strongest to ever hit the country. Busan has been hit by typhoons on several occasions, one which grounded a passenger ferry on the coast within sight of the ferry, another which wiped out the early days of the festival.

NEW RENTAL

Keshet International has tapped former Blue Ant executive Fleur Wheatley as Vice President of Sales, effective immediately.

Wheatley, who will be based in London, will oversee Keshet’s sales activities in the US, UK, Canada and the Nordics, as well as SVOD and global and regional networks, including formats, scripted, unscripted, pre-purchase and co-production opportunities. . She will report to COO of Keshet and President of Distribution Keren Shahar.

Wheatley previously worked for companies such as Digital Rights Group and Femantle Media.

“I am delighted to join Keshet International as the company continues to strengthen its position as a key player in the international content industry, bolstered by the quality IP of Keshet 12 in Israel, its production arms in the United States, the Kingdom UK and Germany, and third-party partners around the world,” Wheatley said.

AMAZON ASIA

Amazon named David Simonson to the new position of director Prime Video, Southeast Asia. He assumes the Singapore-based role with immediate effect. He will be responsible for Prime Video’s sales and marketing activities in the region, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, where the service recently launched. Before joining Prime Video, he spent 14 years at HBO Asia/Warner Media, most recently as SVP of Business and Business Development, across 23 Asian territories. He was instrumental in reshaping HBO Go from a linear catch-up channel to a direct-to-consumer service in eight regional markets. Before that, he was with ESPN Star Sports, also in Singapore.

ANTIPODEAN SERIES TO MIPCOM

Red Arrow Studios International has acquired worldwide distribution rights to a pair of new drama titles – “Little sister” (5 x 30′), a coming-of-age comedy series from a New Zealand-based production company Greenstone Television and “Summer Love” (8 x 30′), an anthology series from the Australian producer flour mill. The titles will headline the company’s MIPCOM scripted slate, which will also include the upcoming third season of thrilling crime drama Vienna Blood. “Kid Sister” is created by Simone Nathan (“Our Flag Means Death”) who also plays the lead role of “Lulu”. The series launched on TVNZ on demand in New Zealand earlier this year. “Summer Love” is created and directed by screenwriters Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope (“Upper Middle Bogan”), for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and sees eight very different groups of people renting the same beachfront vacation home, where they experience an embodiment of love.