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Filmmaker George Hickenlooper, director of documentaries Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse and Mayor of the Sunset Strip, has died. He was 47. Hickenlooper was found dead in a hotel ...
November 1, 2010

Filmmaker George Hickenlooper, director of documentaries Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse and Mayor of the Sunset Strip, has died. He was 47. Hickenlooper was found dead in a hotel room on the morning of October 30, Denver police told The Associated Press. The director was visiting the city to see his cousin, Mayor John Hickenlooper who is running for governor of Colorado, and to present his latest film Casino Jack at the Starz Denver Film Festival. In a statement, John Hickenlooper said his cousin died on Friday of natural causes. ‘Shock and sadness do not begin to describe our emotions. We are devastated,’ he said. ‘George had immense creative talents and cinematic gifts, but he was so much more than that to us and all his family. His passion for life, zeal for people and unquenchable curiosity enriched everyone who had the fortune to know him. We will miss his sense of humor, his warm character and the avid encouragement he gave anyone around him.’ Other Hickenlooper doc projects included Speechless, about the 2007/2008 Writers Guild of America strike, and ‘Hick’ Town, a documentary about his mayoral cousin filmed during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver… The BBC license fee is to be frozen for the next six years at £145.50, or roughly US$228. The public broadcaster will also be tasked with taking over the cost of the BBC World Service, currently funded by the Foreign Office, as well as contributing to the funding of Welsh language TV channel, S4C, through a partnership. Previously, the Welsh channel had been funded primarily by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). BBC director general Mark Thompson called the arrangement ‘a realistic deal in exceptional circumstances securing a strong independent BBC for the next six years… It means that efficiency and reform will continue to be key issues for us. But our focus remains providing distinctive, high quality programs valued by the public.’… The TV broadcasting assets of Canada’s Canwest Global have been rebranded as Shaw Media following their CDN$2 billion takeover by Calgary-based Shaw Communications. Barb Williams, most recently executive vice president of content for Canwest Broadcasting, will oversee TV series production and acquisitions, as well as scheduling for Shaw Media’s Global Television net and roster of 19 specialty channels. Also, Paul Robertson has been named group vice president of broadcasting and president of the rebranded Shaw Media business…

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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