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UK NEWS: BIG BROTHER STAR BRIAN BELO WINS SETTLEMENT OVER STOLEN ‘TOWIE’ IDEA

Big Brother winner Brian Belo has finally reached a settlement with ITV and Lime Pictures after taking legal action against the makers of the hit TV scripted reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE). Via The Daily Mirror Belo, himself an Essex boy, claimed that the makers of the structured reality soap had adapted and reproduced part of a format he had originally developed with Sassy Films and Massive TV. The trio said they took the idea to Lime Pictures in March and []

UK TV: PRESENTER MARVERINE COLE JOINS SHOPPING CHANNEL QVC

Birmingham born radio host, television presenter and news reporter Marverine Cole will join Britain’s first and most successful shopping channel QVC as a main presenter. QVC is about to celebrate its 20th birthday and Marverine is only the second black woman to join the team as a main presenter in 20 years. Marverine was a presenter on Sky News and is a  freelance radio producer.  In 2012 she made a documentary about UK female rappers for BBC Radio 1Xtra, and also presented and co-produced a []

UK TV: BBC COMMISSIONS BRAND NEW SCRIPTED COMEDY SERIES FROM WRITER KEITH AKUSHIE

The British Black List reports that BBC Three has commissioned a brand new scripted comedy series from writer Keith Akushie. The new comedy titled ‘Siblings’ is about the world’s worst brother and sister. Obnoxious, lazy, self-centred, underachieving, incompetent and occasionally depraved, they cause chaos and disaster where ever they go. BBC Three has ordered six episodes for the show’s first season. Keith began writing comedy at university before performing sketches and stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe. His first play Hostage won the 2010‘Harry Porter Prize’ for []

UK NEWS: FORMER CORONATION STREET STAR ZARAAH ABRAHAMS CAST IN NEW SPIKE LEE FILM

The British Blacklist reports that former Coronation Street star Zaraah Abrahams has been cast in a new Spike Lee film. Lee announced the news on his Kickstarter page. English Actor, Ms. Zaraah Abrahams has been offered the Woman Lead in my New Film here on Kickstarter. I first saw Zaraah in Black Girl in Paris, this is a NYU GRAD Thesis Film Directed by Kiandra Parks, a Student of mine. I remember Kiandra screening a rough cut of her film in my NYU Office, as I watched I []

UK SHOWBIZ NEWS: BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT JUDGE ALESHA DIXON EXPECTING FIRST CHILD

It was announced yesterday afternoon that Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon and her partner Azuka Ononye are expecting their first child. A spokesperson for the star issued the following statement: “Alesha Dixon and her partner Azuka Ononye are delighted to announce that they are expecting their first child later this year. Alesha and Azuka… would request privacy to enjoy this happy and most important event. “Further details will be given at the appropriate time. “Alesha and Azuka are looking forward to []

UK NEWS: US NETWORK RENEWS ‘TRISHA GODDARD’ TALK SHOW FOR A SECOND SEASON

US TV network NBC Universal has renewed ‘The Trisha Goddard Show’ for a second season. In a press release the network said: “Trisha Goddard,” which has already been renewed in more than 85% of the U.S. for its second season in national syndication, is executive produced by Paul Faulhaber and hosted by popular television personality, Trisha Goddard. Since its debut, the one-hour talk show has been upgraded in major markets including Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, Las Vegas and more. “We are so []

UK NEWS: BRITISH ACTOR DAVID AJALA BAGS ‘FAST & FURIOUS 6’ ROLE

I am late posting this news. I only just came across it. But better late than never! The BEFFTA website announced on the 21 August that British actor David Ajala has been cast in the Hollywood action flick Fast and Furious 6 and is currently filming as I type alongside stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Jackson and Michelle Rodriguez. David first came to my attention in the British flick Payback Season which also starred the “people’s champion” and poster boy for all things “URBAN” Adam Deacon. The news that David []