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In 1996, Chris Kraus traveled to Germany to attend the Berlin Film Festival. Even though the Berlinale rejected her experimental film, she was invited to screen it at the European Film Market, the business epicenter of the festival. “A profitable trade show in which product deemed unsuitable for the Festival is bought and sold,” is how Kraus later described the Efm in her 2000 book, Aliens & Anorexia. Arriving in Berlin with neither pre-arranged business meetings, networking contacts, nor party invites, the Efm was “like Room 101 in Orwell’s 1984, a cavalcade of horrors where you confront your deepest fears,” […] »
- Taylor Hess
London — Nick Samwell-Smith, managing director of Endemol Shine-owned production company Initial, has decided to leave the company and will depart in May.
Samwell-Smith, who joined Initial in 1997, became the company’s creative director in 2006 before being promoted to managing director in 2013.
He will be succeeded in the role by creative director Mirella Breda, who joined Initial in early 2014 following a succession of senior roles in broadcasting and production at the BBC, ITV and Rdf, among other places.
Additionally, Sandra Smith, Initial’s head of production since 2011, is promoted to a newly created role as director of production.
Samwell-Smith’s early work at Initial included producer roles on “Fame Academy” and “Big Brother,” co-creating and exec producing “The Match” for Sky, as well as launching and producing “Soccer Aid” for ITV. His credits include many high-profile entertainment shows including “Total Wipeout,” “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” “Dating in the Dark,” “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” and, »
- Leo Barraclough
It would be churlish to complain about the new series of Room 101 (BBC1). Fortunately, churlish is my middle name. If TV commissioning editors had any sense, and they don’t, they would commission Room 102, a meta-tv series in which every celebrity who’s ever been on Would I Lie to You, Mock the Week, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Masterchef and Room 101 would have to plead for their lives before an audience of licence-fee payers.
Room 102 would essentially be a mincer in a shed to which losers would be transported on a conveyer belt, like in that episode of the Simpsons where Ralph Wiggum watches cows “graduate” from Bovine University to become hamburgers. Would you pay to see Frank Skinner, Trevor McDonald, Davids Tennant and/or Mitchell »
- Stuart Jeffries
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