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The Young Pope: First-look trailer

Jude Law stars as the Young Pope (Credit: Gianni Fiorito/Sky)

The 10-part series, a collaboration between Sky, HBO and French network Canal+, will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic in Italy, Germany, Austria, Great Britain and France from late October. 

Jude Law plays the fictional Lenny Belardo, also known as Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history. 

The series also follows the other leaders of the Catholic Church who have chosen to devote their lives to serving the great mystery of God. The character of Pius XIII will be ruthless and stubborn towards Vatican advisers, but emotionally sensitive deep down.

Kevin MacLellan: a global player

Kevin MacLelland (Credit: NBCUniversal)

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.  

Sky releases Tour de France prep in Virtual Reality

Footage of the Sky Team was shot over a training day in Monaco and during the Tour of Romandie in Switzerland, two major preparations before the French competition in July.

The interactive video was released yesterday on Facebook. Three minutes in length, the film features 360º views of the team training on static bikes as well as interviews, and footage of the stage race in Switzerland.

Viceland to launch in multiple countries

The rapid growth of the new TV channel makes Viceland the "fastest growing television network in history."

Speaking at a press conference at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, CEO Shane Smith said, "When I first announced Viceland was going to launch in 12 countries in 12 months everyone rolled their eyes.

"It turns out they were right, we were wrong. We didn't do 12 countries in 12 months; we did 44 countries in four months."

Where next for RTÉ?

RTE's Dee Forbes

When Dee Forbes arrives in Dublin to take up the position of Director-­General of Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, she will be the first woman to hold the post and the first to come from outside the organisation in almost 50 years.

Moreover, Forbes, currently on gardening leave as President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks, Northern Europe, will be returning to Ireland on something like half her present salary.