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Canada’s National Broadcaster Rebrands

It’s a CBC mandate to find creators they haven’t spoken with before and to encourage those stories to be told through a variety of opportunities and programs that further develop talent. - Variety

The Critics’ Poll Has A New Greatest Movie Of All Time — And It’s By A Female Filmmaker

The once-a-decade list of the top 100 films from Sight and Sound magazine has nudged 2012's champion, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, down to runner-up status and crowned Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.   (Citizen Kane, which topped the list for decades, is now third.) - The Hollywood Reporter

Money Troubles At NPR Bring A Hiring Freeze And $10 Million In Budget Cuts

"The cuts, CEO John Lansing says, are due to a sharp drop in sponsor revenue and represent approximately 3% of NPR's current annual budget."  No layoffs are planned. - Inside Radio

Is The BBC “Dumbing Down” To Appeal To Lower Income Viewers?

The broadcaster also said it would try to attract viewers from lower socio-economic groups by making sports documentaries and crime shows, after criticism from Ofcom that these audiences are more likely to watch commercial outlets such as ITV. - The Guardian

What Brendan Fraser’s Comeback Says About Hollywood, Him, And Us

"Everyone seems happy to have Brendan Fraser back.  Which prompts a question: Why?  He never actually went away.  The truth is that we've come back to him. But that's not the story we like to tell ourselves." - MSN (The Washington Post)

Director Todd Field Explains Some Of The Strange Things In “Tár”

"I hate explaining this stuff."  Yet explain he does — why the end credits are at the beginning, and what he was up to with that brutal master class scene. - Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)

India Wouldn’t Nominate This Year’s Biggest Blockbuster For The International Film Oscar — So Its Producers Are Shooting For Best Picture

After seeing the raucously rapturous reactions that audiences, even in L.A., are having to RRR, producer-director S.S. Rajamouli and US distributor Dylan Marchetti (Drive My Car) think the movie could become the next Parasite. - Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)

AMC Networks To Cut Staff By 20 Percent (Including CEO)

Today’s staff memo from AMC Networks chairman James Dolan, whose family is the company’s controlling shareholder, was particularly grim, noting that “the mechanisms for the monetization of content are in disarray.” - Deadline

The Academy Agrees To Put All Oscar Categories Back In The TV Broadcast This Year

"The news comes after eight different Oscar categories — original score, makeup and hairstyling, documentary short, film editing, production design, animated short, live action short and sound — were cut from the main telecast at the 2022 Academy Awards, leading to much outrage across the film industry." - Variety

“WALL-E” Director Andrew Stanton On Pioneering The Movie’s Style Of Visual Storytelling

"I always say that it was like trying to invent a new color. The hardest part is trying to get everybody to see this new color that you see. ... Then we follow it and we're discovering it as we go." - Vulture

Is There A Full-Blown Crisis At CNN?

"The original cable news network ... has been shedding viewers. ... The cost-cutting new corporate management under the umbrella of Warner Bros. Discovery has also indicated it wants to reel in a perceived left-leaning political bias in CNN's coverage. Welcome to the painful cable news reset of late 2022." - The Guardian

Bob Iger Returns To A Troubled Disney Animation Business

The poor performance of “Strange World” highlights one of the issues facing Mr. Iger. He returns to a theatrical environment far harsher to animated releases than the one he left. - The Wall Street Journal

Having Trouble Hearing TV Dialogue? It’s Probably Not You

As more video-production studios embrace advanced audio formats for at-home content, not every device can keep up. Plenty of viewers can’t keep up, either. - The Wall Street Journal

A British Filmmaking Company Had To Help Its Ukrainian Office Evacuate During The War

January was bad, very bad, timing for British company Breakthru Films to open an painting animation studio in Kyiv. - The Observer (UK)

DVDs Built Netflix, But The Red And White Envelopes Are Quickly Dying

"It might be easy to assume that anyone still paying to receive DVDs through the mail is a technophobe. ... But subscribers say they stick with the service so they can rent movies that are otherwise difficult to find on streaming services." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP)

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