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MORE FEMALE EXECUTIVES WOULD STEM THE SEXIST ROT IN HOLLYWOOD by Lyndsay Duthie

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer with 300 Oscar nominations, has fallen. After The New York Times revealed decades of accusations of sexual harassment involving a string of actresses, including high profile names such as Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne, Weinstein was sacked from his own company. He has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consexual sex and was last seen heading off on a plane to check into rehab. For a long time though, it appears, this issue was an open secret, with digs even being made during the 2013 Oscar nominations. Weinstein is not the first...

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REGISTRATION CLOSING – Game of Thrones: An International Conference University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, 6-7 September 2017

 Co-organised by the Media Research Group of the Schools of Creative Arts and Humanities REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:  http://store.herts.ac.uk/conferences-events/conferences-events/conferences/creative-arts/game-of-thrones-an-international-conference The University is in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, which 25 minutes, by train, from central London. The nearest train station is Hatfield (direct route from King’s Cross Station). The University is a short taxi journey or bus ride from Hatfield railway station. You can view train times and fares on the National Rail website. There are also bus services available from all the major London airports to the University. Airport bus services  ​ Heathrow Airport (21 miles or 34km away) Arriva 724 service Luton Airport (18 miles...

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THE CROWN FAILS TO TAKE THE CROWN AT BAFTAS by Lyndsay Duthie

The big question of this year’s BAFTAs was how many awards Netflix would romp home with. Most of the industry attention was focused on the way the various subscription video on-demand services have grown to prominence over the past few years and most people expected Netflix’s much-lauded £100m drama, The Crown, to walk away with a hatful of awards – after all, it dominated with five nominations, including best drama, and for three of its actors. But it wasn’t to be. On the night the spoils went to the BBC’s Happy Valley, which was made on a fraction of...

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MARILYN MONROE’S TELEVISION SET by Geoff Lealand

The end of my university career approaches as a result of my (reluctant) acceptance of voluntary redundancy. I will finish in November 2017 after 25 years of teaching media at the University of Waikato. There is a bigger picture; by leaving in November, my colleagues will not have to go through a demeaning process of re-applying for their jobs. But they will also be hard pressed to cover all our courses and satisfy student demands. In anticipation of departure, I have begun a process of evaluating and discarding stuff from an office packed full of it. This first job...

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WHO WATCHES BRITISH TELEVISION TODAY, ANYWAY? by Toby Miller

The Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board, or BARB, tells us the who what, when, where, and how of watching British TV and computer screens. Jointly owned by ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, and the BBC, it has been going in its current form for many years, shifting as required to keep track of changes caused by deregulation and the proliferation of consumer technologies. The Board says that advertisers and broadcasters spend £7.5 billion a year on making, buying, promoting, and distributing televisual content. BARB’s boast is that it maintains and circulates the ‘currency that is trusted to...

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