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27 July 2016

Press cuttingsFIREMAN SAM EPISODE PULLED AMID KORAN ROW
BBC
An episode of Fireman Sam in which one character appears to tread on a page from the Koran has been withdrawn.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36900310 
 
LED ZEPPELIN: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN VERDICT APPEALED
BBC
The plagiarism dispute over Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is to go back to court, after an appeal was filed against June's verdict clearing the rock band of copying another song.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36902289 
 
ITV PROFITS RISE 9% AS PRODUCTION ARM THRIVES
GUARDIAN
Broadcaster boosted by 31% revenue rise at at ITV Studios but seeks to cut costs amid uncertainty over Brexit fallout
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/27/itv-profits-itv-studios-brexit 
 
CHANNEL 5 REMOVES FIREMAN SAM EPISODE SHOWING CHARACTER STEPPING ON QUR'AN
GUARDIAN
TV network apologises for incident and cuts ties with animation studio, which it blames for mistake
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/26/channel-5-remove-fireman-sam-episode-which-shows-character-stepping-on-quran 
 
CELEBRATED FILM DIRECTOR MOHAMED KHAN DIES IN CAIRO
GUARDIAN
Khan, 73, made a string of popular and critically acclaimed movies, often with female protagonists
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/26/celebrated-film-director-mohamed-khan-dies-in-cairo 
 
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP 3D MOVIE SCREEN THAT DOESN'T NEED GLASSES
GUARDIAN
A team at MIT has created technology that would allow for mass-market 3D consumption without the need for glasses
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/26/researchers-develop-3d-movie-screen-doesnt-need-glasses-mit 
 
RUFUS NORRIS SAYS THE ARTS ARE ‘OUT OF TOUCH’
STAGE
National Theatre director Rufus Norris has warned that the arts sector has become “out of touch” with the rest of the country, and has pledged to do more to reflect the UK on the venue’s stages.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/rufus-norris-says-arts-touch/ 
 
UK DRAMA SCHOOLS TO RAISE FEES ABOVE £9,000
 
STAGE
Some of the UK’s leading drama schools are set to increase their fees by £250 a year, after the government announced plans to raise the maximum that universities can charge.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/uk-drama-schools-to-raise-fees-above-9000/ 
 
BROADWAY IMPRESARIO JIMMY NEDERLANDER DIES AGED 94
STAGE
Broadway theatre owner and impresario James M Nederlander has died aged 94.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/broadway-impresario-jimmy-nederlander-dies-aged-94/ 
 
ARTS COUNCIL FUNDS LEICESTER CURVE INDIAN THEATRE PARTNERSHIP TO TUNE OF £100K
STAGE
A new play about female activists in India who fight the oppression of women has received a £100,000 boost from Arts Council England.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/ace-funds-leicester-curve-indian-theatre-partnership-to-tune-of-100k/ 
 
NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR GILES CROFT TO STEP DOWN AFTER 18 YEARS
STAGE
Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Giles Croft is to step down from the role after 18 years.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/nottingham-playhouse-artistic-director-giles-croft-to-step-down/ 
 
EDINBURGH’S FESTIVAL AUDIENCES ARE ‘ON A PAR’ WITH FIFA WORLD CUP
STAGE
Edinburgh’s festivals generated £280 million for the city in 2015, a 19% increase from the £235 million raised in 2010.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/edinburghs-festival-audiences-are-on-a-par-with-fifa-world-cup/ 
 
 

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