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Coronation Street apologises as nearly 300 complain about 'racist' remark

31 August 2016 1:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Watchdog considering investigation after a character made a comment about her hair having ‘more roots than Kunta Kinte’

Coronation Street bosses have apologised after nearly 300 viewers complained about a comment a character made about her hair.

The episode on Bank Holiday Monday saw Eva Price, played by Catherine Tyldesley, visit Audrey’s hair salon, where she remarked: “I have more roots than Kunta Kinte.

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ITV Studios America Alum Rob Shaftel Launches Unscripted Production Company ‘Hit+Run’

20 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rob Shaftel, who most recently served as Svp of development at ITV Studios America, has launched his own production company, Hit+Run, Variety has learned.

The new shingle will specialize in unscripted content. The New York-based Hit+Run is a full-service production company dedicated to creating high concept and high quality character-driven series and original formats for broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

Shaftel has tapped ITV’s Noah Korn as senior director of development for Hit+Run.

Shaftel will serve as an executive producer on all series created at Hit+Run, which already has projects set up in various stages at Red Bull Media House, History, NatGeo, Oxygen and Animal Planet.

At ITV Studios America, Shaftel created and exec produced Science Channel’s “Secret Space Escapes,” Discovery’s “Rebel Gold” and Animal Planet’s “Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters.” He developed over a dozen projects for networks including Discovery, History, NatGeo, »

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