Ralf Little opens The Cafe

He played poor put-upon Antony in The Royle Family. Now Ralf Little is striking out on his own. He talks to Patrick Barkham about The Cafe, the new sitcom he has written – despite being 'pathologically lazy'

Sitting in a respectable cafe in Soho, Ralf Little is distracted from explaining how he met Michelle Terry by the bloke at the next table pulling five Viagra pills out of his bag. "There's a drug deal going on next to us! That's fantastic! Stick the dictaphone over there, you might get a reward for dobbing them in," he whispers. He's thrilled because here, right before our eyes, is proof that a cafe can serve up drama as reliably as a cappuccino.

At the grand old age of 31, Little, best known as the put-upon teenager Antony in The Royle Family, has turned his hand to writing sitcoms, rather than simply performing in them. His debut series,
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Pair to deliver MIP Digital keynote

London -- Shine CEO Elisabeth Murdoch and Joanna Shields, former CEO of Bebo and president of AOL's social media operations, will deliver a joint MIP Digital keynote April 13, organizers said Thursday.

The duo, who in September announced a joint venture digital and social networking partnership, will update on their progress and talk about the frontiers of digital storytelling and how audiences interact with it.

Their keynote will be the highlight of the Miptv 2010 conference program, organizers said. The sessions this year will orient around the theme of charting the next decade of TV and digital entertainment.

Since founding Shine in 2001, Murdoch has overseen the creation of a global production company with assets in the U.K., the U.S. and a range of European terrtories.

The venture with ex-aol and Bebo executive Shields, who commissioned such online fare as "KateModern," was announced last year but has largely remained under wraps.
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Elisabeth Murdoch, Joanna Shields team up

Cambridge -- Shine CEO Elisabeth Murdoch said Thursday she was teaming up with former Bebo president and CEO Joanna Shields to launch a new digital entertainment and format company aiming to fuse Shield's track record in social media engagement with Shine's content and distribution strengths.

Shields will be CEO of the new -- as yet unnamed -- venture, effective Oct. 1, and will join Shine Group's advisory board. The company will operate under the Shine Group umbrella and signals a major move into online production.

Financial details of the investment behind the partnership were not disclosed but the partners said they "will pursue a strategy of investment, development and cross-discipline partnerships," with the ambition of fusing television production with social media, as well as driving online exploitation of Shine Group content.

Shields was most recently chief executive of Bebo and president of AOL's social media and communications division. At Bebo
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Beyond CSI: Inside Anthony Zuiker's New Cross-Platform Experiment

Anthony Zuiker created CSI, generating more than $6 billion. But with his new cross-platform experiment, his killer instinct is really kicking in.

A Man crouches on a 3-foot-by-3-foot glass-top table in a dank basement near the Los Angeles River, just outside of downtown L.A. The man is a contortionist. He's wearing a skintight, hooded latex body condom, bone white, zipped up the back to the top of his head, with holes for his eyes and a zipper over his mouth.

He nonchalantly folds a leg behind his neck and scratches his head with his toes. Next to him is a gallon jar of snails, and on a table, a pile of salt has been cut into lines in the shape of a maze. With a razor blade, the contortionist scrapes the glass clean between the lines, then deposits a snail in the center.

Snails disintegrate in salt, of course,
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As Eqal Shifts Gears, Why Low-Cost Indie Web TV Creators Can Rule

Is mid-range web TV too risky? The middle ground of web television, somewhere in between homebrew video blogs and high-end celeb-laden studio series, appears to be murky waters. The closing of digital studios 60Frames and maniaTV stand as somber reminders that web television is still shuffling to find its business model. And it's boiling down to cost structure according to Eqal co-founder Greg Goodfried. Eqal Eqal, founded by Goodfried along with Miles Beckett, is of course the web studio that made its mark with arguably the most successful dramatic web series to date, lonelygirl15, setting themselves up for top seat in the serialized drama space. Follow-up series like LG15: The Resistance, Bebo-backed KateModern and Polish-lonelygirl spinoff n1ckola basically locked up the genre for the venture-backed studio.
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