Tuesday, July 21, 2020

TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read - 21 July 2020.

Here's the latest news about TV that I read and that you should read too:

■ Netflix "losing its luster as a stay-at-home play".
Credit Suisse downgrades the video streamer.

■ Internal revolt inside racist FOX News (StarSat 261).
Anger and distress over rampant racism at FOX News, both on-air and off-air with growing despair behind-the-scenes under staffers about FOX News' role in demonising and spreading fear about black Americans in increasingly unhinged rants.

■ Fired American sports analyst Jeremy Roenick sues, claims he was sacked because of heterosexual discrimination.

■ Celebrities in masks are a bummer for for the paparazzi trade.
As Hollywood is in social distance-mode, celebrity photogs struggle to get the shots.

■ After this BBC World News (DStv 400 / StarSat 400) report on how terrified Eastern Cape staffers are to work in horrific hospitals ...
... clueless and uninformed so-called Twitter commentators felt the need to weigh-in on the lack of coverage in South African media. A message to these "commentators": It helps to read.

■ Netflix's first original Egyptian series is ready.

■ M-Net's (DStv 101) MacGyver star Lucas Till says he was "suicidal" because of the now-fired, abusive showrunner Peter Lenkov.
Endured numerous instances of verbal abuse, bullying, and body-shaming.

■ Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and more FOX News (StarSat 261) anchors named in new sexual assault and harassment suit.

■ Netflix decides to cancel the Turkish drama series If Only after the Turkish government demanded censorship and that a gay character be removed.
Netflix execs decided to rather cancel the entire production rather than write out the gay character.

■ What we have learnt from the sudden disappearance of live sports on TV.
It created a buyer's market for advertisers.

■ Covid-19 forced Disney to delay production on all of its live-action Marvel shows for Disney+.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision pushed out, already-filmed second season of The Mandalorian will arrive later in 2020.

The new Netflix drama series Cursed is accused of stealing prop designs.
Staff with a spine cradling a skull mounted on top was created 4 years ago.
Netflix's Cursed tried to imitate Game of Thrones but fails.

■ Ugly legal fight continues between the SABC and Owen Ndlovu.
Both the public broadcaster and the producer claim the other one owes them money.

■ eNCA (DStv 403) in a real fright as TV news channel's programming strategies fly out the window along with senior news executives after the arrival of competitor Newzroom Afrika (DStv 405).

■ Former SABC staffer entangled in R300 million Bakgatla Ba Kgafela’s TV academy saga.
The former SABC News executive producer Samuel Nakedi allegedly took R1.5 million of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela's R3.5 million investment into a media centre meant to operate as a TV academy to train young people in TV and film.

■ Netflix announces its most expensive film yet.
A Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling spy thriller, The Grey Man.

■ What Netflix can teach us about font psychology and branding [infographic].
Netflix is very intentional about every detail included in a show's thumbnail design.

■ KaNyamazane filmmaker wants to nurture local talent.
Thulani Mandlazi, director and founder of Mpumalanga Motion Pictures in Mpumalanga, struggling with equipment and funding, trying to get films on MultiChoice and M-Net's Mzansi Bioskop channel.