Don’t expect Linda Yaccarino to be intimidated by Facebook or Google or any of the other Silicon Valley behemoths. This highly experienced US media executive is renowned for her tough negotiating skills and uber-competitiveness. Not for nothing is the NBCUniversal executive, who reports directly to Comcast chief Steve Burke, known among Manhattan media types as the Velvet Hammer.
The Wall sees pairs of contestants answer questions that combine knowledge, strategy and luck that can either lead to colossal wins or heart breaking losses.
Legendary broadcaster Angela Rippon will read the questions for the six-part series.
With life-changing prizes on display, contestants won’t just require the correct answers, but also the right bounces and unflinching trust in one another.
At roughly the same time the Prime Minister faced three consecutive defeats over Brexit in the House of Commons, across the road in Portcullis House another important discussion was taking place – an RTS All-Party Parliamentary Group debate on “The future of TV journalism in an age of fake news and disinformation”.
Currently in its third season in the US, the show stars Anthony Anderson (Kangaroo Jack, The Departed) as Andre Johnson, a middle-class father of four who is afraid he and his family have lost sight of their culture as black Americans living in a white suburban neighbourhood. The series follows Andre's attempts to reclaim his family's heritage and encourage his children to celebrate their roots.
The Chair of this year’s RTS London Conference, Kevin MacLellan, the London-based Chairman of International at NBCUniversal, is proof that talent and hard work, rather than privilege and well-placed connections, can take you to the top of the entertainment industry.
His blue-collar Brooklyn background was about as far as you could get from Hollywood or downtown Manhattan. MacLellan’s family expected him to follow in his father’s footsteps: they wanted him to work for the local phone company. He saw his future differently.
Q With a diverse portfolio, strong profit growth and numerous divisions breaking records, it has been an amazing few years for NBCUniversal since Comcast’s acquisition. What do you credit for this level of performance?
A Our performance over the last five years has exceeded our expectations. Since Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in 2011, we have doubled our cash flow and almost every part of our company is firing on all cylinders.
Co-writer of Sky 1's You, Me and the Apocalypse Mickey Down explains how to write for drama.
Last year he was on a panel discussion at the RTS Futures Christmas Party which focused on diversity in the television industry.
Here he reveals that avoiding cliché is key when writing for the genre.
Sky Sports has been awarded exclusive rights to the NFL’s Sunday night football games for two years.
Previously broadcast by Channel 4, Sky Sports will now air two early kick-offs on Sunday at 6pm and 9pm culminating with a midnight game.
In addition to this are the Monday Night football games alongside regular Thursday games.
(Picture from Channel 4: Nat Coombs, left, and Mike Carson host Channel 4's NFL coverage)
Viewers will now be able to watch over 100 games each season on Sky Sports with additional digital and On Demand offering.