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28 July 2015

Press cuttingsFREE SPEECH LAWS EXPLAINED
ARTS PROFESSIONAL
The legal framework governing freedom of expression is the subject of new guidance for arts professionals planning to programme challenging or controversial works.
http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/free-speech-laws-explained

ASHTON KUTCHER AND MILA KUNIS SUE MAILONLINE OVER PHOTOS
BBC
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have taken legal action against MailOnline over pictures of their daughter.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33679726

ITV PROFITS UP 25% DESPITE CONTINUING DECLINE IN RATINGS
GUARDIAN
X Factor and Downton Abbey broadcaster’s pre-tax profits increase to £391m as viewing figures fall by 4% in first half of 2015
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jul/28/itv-profits-up-25-despite-continuing-decline-in-ratings

UK ADVERTISING SPEND HITS RECORD £4.7BN IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2015
GUARDIAN
TV ads grew 11.5% year on year but newspapers and publishers report slowest growth in digital ads on record and decline in spending of 6.8% across industry
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jul/28/uk-advertising-spends-hits-record-47bn-in-first-quarter-of-2015

THE REVENANT PRODUCERS DENY PUTTING CAST AND CREW IN DANGER ON SET
GUARDIAN
Film crew rep claims executives on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, ignored multiple warnings about safety concerns
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/27/the-revenant-crew-danger-on-set-inarritu-leonardo-dicaprio

BRADFORD SINGER EXPELLED BY EQUITY AFTER LANDING IT £640,000 LEGAL BILL
BRADFORD TELEGRAPH AND ARGUS
ACTORS' union Equity has been landed with a legal bill of nearly £640,000 after a Bradford singer was found to have lied during a key libel case.
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/13502845.Bradford_singer_expelled_by_Equity_after_landing_it___640_000_legal_bill/

GUIDELINES DRAWN UP TO HELP PRODUCTIONS UNDER THREAT FROM PROTEST
STAGE
Guidelines aimed at empowering arts organisations staging controversial productions have been drawn up by freedom of expression campaigners.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/guidelines-drawn-help-productions-threat-protest/

EDINBURGH FRINGE HIT BY £220K FRAUD
STAGE
An internal fraud totalling more than £220,000 has been discovered by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/edinburgh-fringe-hit-220k-fraud/

REGIONAL THEATRE FEARS ‘CATASTROPHIC’ AFTERSHOCK OF FUNDING CUTS
STAGE
Regional theatres have claimed that planned government cuts could have “catastrophic” effects on the sector.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/regional-theatre-fears-catastrophic-aftershock-funding-cuts/

ALAN PARKER GIFTS PERSONAL FILMMAKING ARCHIVE TO BFI
STAGE
Scripts, promotional material and stills from musical films such as Evita, Bugsy Malone and Fame have been donated to the British Film Institute by director Alan Parker.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/alan-parker-gifts-personal-filmmaking-archive-bfi/ 

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