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NBC Universal International Acquires UK Production Company Monkey Kingdom

16 November 2010 1:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: NBC Universal International has acquired independent U.K. production company Monkey Kingdom. The pact represents the first acquisition at NBCU International by the company's TV production president Michael Edelstein. It also marks the third production venture for NBCU International following the 2008 acquisition of Carnival Film & Television and the launch earlier this year of Wttv, NBCU's joint venture with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. It is part of NBCU International's expansion under president Peter Smith as NBCU looks to achieve $5 billion in non-us revenues. Under the terms of the agreement, NBCU International will acquire 100% of Monkey Kingdom as well as its library rights. Monkey Kingdom was founded in 2001 by veteran producers David Granger and Will Macdonald. The company, whose main focus is in the unscripted area, has produced such series as The Charlotte Church Show, Comedy Roasts, My Kind Of Town, Make My Day, The Passions of Girls Aloud and Newlyweds. »


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Church: 'Winehouse duet was horrible'

8 October 2010 6:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Charlotte Church has described a previous live performance with Amy Winehouse as "horrible". The singer, who once performed with the 'Back To Black' star on her talk show The Charlotte Church Show, admitted that she did not enjoy the performance and had to hold Winehouse up because she was drunk. "She was smashed," Church told The Daily Telegraph. "We sang 'Beat It' on my chat (more) »

- By Robert Copsey

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Siobhán Harper Ryan Talks Make-Up Special Effects

6 May 2010 5:18 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Irish Special Effects and Character Make-Up Specialist Siobhán Harper Ryan was in Dublin recently to host a two day Aging and Effects Make Up workshop for Ireland's La Make-Up Academy. Iftn caught up with Siobhán to talk career changes, drag queen make-up and working on 'Sherlock Holmes'. London based Siobhán Harper Ryan has enjoyed a varied and colourful career as a make-up designer and artist. In her career she has created the looks for characters such as Roald Dahl's Mrs Twit, Medusa and The Gorgon Sister. She was behind the transformation of stars such as Mark Owen, giving him a ginger make-over for 'Bo Selecta', turning Davina McCall into a man and Russell Brand into a wolf for 'A Bears Tail'. Siobhán has also worked on 'The Charlotte Church Show', 'Swinging', 'The Life of Charles Darwin' and last year's summer blockbuster 'Sherlock Holmes'. »

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BBC to offer Charlotte Church own show?

10 April 2010 11:06 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

BBC executives are reportedly hoping to offer Charlotte Church her own Saturday night programme. The singer, who is currently starring as a judge on Over The Rainbow, has previously hosted The Charlotte Church Show on Channel 4. However, the News of the World claims that the BBC is now planning to sign her up for three years in a multi-million pound deal. (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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