All the Thanksgiving TV Marathons You Can Binge This Weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday is finally here, and besides the family reunions, turkey dinners, and fall football games, this means the return of holiday TV marathons. Discovery Channel will run a marathon of Mike Rowe’s show “Dirty Jobs” on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to hopefully give viewers a reason to be thankful […]

Peter Kerekes’ ‘Censor’ Wins Karlovy Vary’s Works in Progress Contest

“Censor,” directed and produced by Peter Kerekes, and written by Ivan Ostrochovsky, has won the 14th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Works in Progress competition, which is open to projects from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece and former Soviet territories. The jury, which consisted of Iole Maria Giannattasio, directorate general… Read more »

Karga Seven to Shoot ‘The Janissary Tree’ Mystery TV Series in Turkey (EXCLUSIVE)

ROME – After opening a Turkish production outpost in January, Red Arrow Entertainment Group’s Karga Seven Pictures is preparing to shoot an English-language TV series in Turkey based on British author Jason Goodwin’s “The Janissary Tree” mysteries, which are set during the days of the Ottoman Empire. Karga Seven has secured rights to the prize-winning four-book series,… Read more »

Gunman Kills Dozens in Istanbul New Year’s Nightclub Attack

At least 39 people are believed to be dead and 69 more are being treated in hospital after a gunman opened fire on revellers ringing in the New Year at a nightclub in Turkey’s Istanbul last night. 15 or more foreign nationals are among the dead, Turkey’s Suleyman Soylu has said, adding that police are… Read more »

MSNBC Hires Ali Velshi

MSNBC said Tuesday that Ali Velshi, a popular TV-news correspondent who left a perch at CNN to join the now-defunct Al Jazeera America, would provide economic analysis for the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet. “Ali made a name for himself covering tragic events in Pakistan and Turkey, the debt crisis in Greece, and the impact of devastating… Read more »

Turkey Exits E.U.’s Creative Europe Program, Reportedly Over Armenian Genocide Dispute

ROME — Turkey is exiting the European Union’s Creative Europe program which supports the arts, including film and TV — a surprise move that comes as relations between the Turkish government and the E.U. become increasingly strained. In 2015, Turkey joined the ranks of non-E.U. member countries allowed to tap into Creative Europe’s 1.46-billion-euro fund ($1.56… Read more »

Netflix Strikes Major Deal with Eccho Rights to Turkish TV Content

ROME — As it rolls out in Turkey, Netflix has struck a substantial deal with Eccho Rights for global distribution of more than 450 hours of mostly Turkish TV drama content, including many of the country’s top-rated shows, such as “The End,” “Kurt Seyit & Sura,” and “Winter Sun.” The volume deal was announced Friday, a… Read more »

Nice, Turkey: Social, Smart Media Battle for News Narrative

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to Twitter on Friday, calling on people to take to the streets to show their support for his embattled government, the incisive role of social media in covering – and even influencing – dramatic unfolding events have never been stronger, or more polemical. As France picks up the… Read more »

Radiohead Listening Party in Istanbul Attacked by Islamists

A group of radical Islamists attacked a listening party in Istanbul where Radiohead was holding a listening party for fans in support of their new album. The men reportedly stormed the record store, Velvet Indieground, in Istanbul, Turkey, and used pipes to violently beat fans running away from the venue for drinking alcohol during the… Read more »

Imagina Rolls Out Maria Ripoll’s ‘Sandalwood’

Madrid-based film and TV rights distributor Imagina International Sales has sealed a raft of territories on Maria Ripoll’s East-meets-West melodrama “Traces of Sandalwood,” including deals for India (Star Ent.) and Japan (Animoproduce). Imagina has also sold the film to Australia (Leap Frog Films), Turkey (Filmarti Film), South Africa (ForeFront Media), South Korea (Apex Ent.) and… Read more »