Arts news round-up
4 March 2015
DUNDEE REP PLAY TO CHAMPION DISABLED AND DEAF ACTORS
A play featuring a number of disabled actors is set to take to the stage in Dundee.
BBC SPENDS 29% LESS ON TOP STAR PAY
The BBC has spent 29% less on stars earning more than £100,000 a year over the past five years, an independent review has revealed.
ITV PROFITS RISE AFTER 'STRONG PERFORMANCE'
Commercial broadcaster ITV, home of Downton Abbey, has reported a big rise in profits for 2014.
ITV'S PRE-TAX PROFITS SOAR 23% TO £712M
World Cup ads and original content helped offset falling viewing figures last year, as ITV reports strong demand from advertisers in the first quarter of 2015
STEVE COOGAN BACKS BID TO BUY BBC3
Independent producers Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday respond to BBC TV chief Danny Cohen following initial rejection of £100m proposal
BBC CUTS COST OF TOP TALENT BY 30% BUT SOME PAY DEALS REMAIN FLAWED
Total wage bill for ‘top talent’ drops below £50m, but reductions come at the expense of the production of in-house programmes
THE BLOCKBUSTER'S IN DECLINE – HERE'S HOW TO SAVE IT
More than 25 superhero movies in the next four years could spell troubled times for the US box office. How can the studios avoid fatiguing film-goers?
FIRED FOR HER CURVES: BURLESQUE DANCER RUBY RAGE WON'T TAKE IT LYING DOWN
Never tell a lady she is not the right body type – a club and its owners are feeling the wrath of social media and some major voices in the world of burlesque
BBC CUTS TALENT COSTS BUT FACES AN EXODUS OF STAR PRESENTERS, REPORT WARNS
Overall spending on talent has gone down from £221 millon to £188 million
SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE CELEBRATES FIVE-YEAR BOX OFFICE HIGH
Shakespeare's Globe has reported a five-year high in box office sales as part of its annual report.
MAXINE PEAKE TO DISCUSS FEMALE ACTORS WITH VICKY FEATHERSTONE ON BBC2 SHOW
Maxine Peake will discuss women on stage and screen with arts figures including Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone in the first episode of a new culture magazine show.
BBC MUST LEARN WHEN TO 'WALK AWAY' FROM NEGOTIATING SALARIES WITH STARS, REPORT FINDS
The BBC must know when to walk away from pay negotiations with its top talent, Trust chairman Rona Fairhead says