C4 firms up Great British Bake Off lineup
Restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith is set to join Paul Hollywood as a judge of The Great British Bake Off when it returns to screens later this year on Channel 4, replacing Mary Berry.
Alongside the expert judges will be comedian and writer Sandi Toksvig OBE as well as well as comedian and actor Noel Fielding.
According to Jay Hunt, chief creative office with Channel 4, this season’s GBBO will have a “uniquely Channel 4 take” when it airs this autumn.
“Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth,” Hunt said, in a statement “I’m looking forward to seeing them putting our great new bunch of amateur bakers through their paces. Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent. It’s just the sort of innovative lineup audiences expect from Channel 4.”
Tyra Banks takes up hosting duties for two shows
VH1 has announced that Tyra Banks will return as host of America’s Next Top Model, with the new cycle slated to begin production this summer. Banks and Ken Mok will continue as executive producers, with additional panelists to be announced at a later date.
“Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize,” said Mok, in a statement. “We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and being a total pro.” Oro hosted ANTM for one season.
Ivy Film Festival brings top talent
Now in its sixteenth year, the Ivy Film Festival — a student-run film festival held at Brown University — has unveiled its lineup, which includes keynote appearances by Ezra Edelman, Barry Levinson and M. Night Shyamalan. The festival’s mission is to showcase student filmmakers from around the world and generate dialogue between renowned film professionals and the next generation of creative talents.
The festival includes a presentation of Planned Parenthood executive-produced Across the Line — a VR experience that puts viewers in the shoes of a patient entering a health center for a safe and legal abortion. It also features a panel highlighting the contributions of women composers in film. The Ivy Film Festival takes place from April 10 to 16.