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Dating App Bumble Moves Into Content Game With Female Film Fund

Everyone was expecting Uber to be the next unexpected Silicon Valley start-up to move into the original content game, but it turns out that female-focused dating app Bumble has swiped right first.

The company, which runs the eponymous dating app that only permits women to start a chat with their male matches, is launching a female film fund, offering five filmmakers £20,000 (US$27,000) to make a short film.

It has established Bumble Presents… The Female Film Force and has partnered with stars including Guardians of the Galaxy and Elementary star Ophelia Lovibond and Black Mirror star Georgina Campbell, who is currently starring in Syfy’s DC Comics series Krypton.

It is looking to work with writers, directors and producers on the projects, which must be created by all female creative teams. The move is obviously a positive step in the male-dominated business, but there is a hook for its range of apps, the company has suggested that anyone applying who doesn’t feel that they have the required networks in place can use its Bumble Bizz app to help. “If you are a director with an idea, but without a writer, find one on Bumble Bizz. If you’re a producer looking to build your network with female creatives, look to Bumble Bizz. On your profile, be clear on exactly what you’re looking for and swipe right on an opportunity to build your crew from scratch,” it noted.
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Ophelia Lovibond Evening Standard Interview

When Ophelia Lovibond is drowned out by a male cacophony on set, she sits down, rather pointedly, with a book. “Until they’ve noticed,” she says, tartly. “And you think, ‘That’s quite bad — it took you two pages. And I was supposed to be a part of that conversation.’”

These days, she leads it: the 32-year- old actor has been a high-profile activist for female representation in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. She marches — last month in the streets of London against violence against women — and she adds her name to polemical open letters (in February, alongside 100 other actresses, acknowledging their industry’s role in the cultural representation of women).

When we meet at The Bridge Theatre to discuss her role in Nightfall, which opens at the theatre in May, she wears an ERA 50:50 pin on her blazer — signposting her alignment with Equal Representation for Actresses. It has been working “for years, pointing out the inequality and the ramifications that has on wider employment”, and Lovibond reaches fluently for statistics. “Women make up 17 per cent of crowd scenes but we make up 51 per cent of the population. There is no reason for that,” she says. And adds: “Women make up 68 per cent of theatregoers — if you put us on stage you are going to be richer.
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Ophelia Lovibond to star in Barney Norris play ‘Nightfall’

Ophelia Lovibond will star in Barney Norris’ new play Nightfall, which will run at the Bridge Theatre from 28 April.

Nightfall is about a family who live on a farm just outside Winchester after the death of their father. Ryan is trying to make a living off the land when his sister, Lou, returns home to support their mother, Jenny, when her boyfriend Pete appears with a new found wealth from his job at an oil refinery.

Lovibond will play Lou alongside Ukweli Roach as Pete and Sion Daniel Young who will play Ryan. Laurie Sansom directs.

Read the full article here on London Theatre.

Visit Bridge Theater for full details including ticket prices and performance times.

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‘W1A’ 3.06 Preview & Synopsis

Key broadcasting talent Claudia Winkleman is close to signing a deal which would keep her at the BBC. She is set to present On Your Bike but the deal is jeopardised with the revelation that an almost identical format has been developed and offered to Amanda Holden. How can the damage limitation group limit the damage?

In the wake of a potentially very expensive lawsuit against the BBC, Izzy volunteers to take the flak and is summoned to the director general’s office.

Meanwhile, the official launch of BBC Me, the new online platform for user-generated content, is nearing the final furlong, but with the disappearance of several senior executive posts, including head of values and director of better, it is not clear who will be leading the charge to the finish line.

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‘W1A’ 3.05 Preview & Synopsis

The renewal group led by head of values Ian Fletcher has to respond to rumours that Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is about to leave the BBC for a rival broadcaster. Is there a way of preventing this happening? When they offer a hosting job on On Your Bike, a new interview format, it looks like they might have found a solution.

Meanwhile ex-intern Will’s attempts to get a celebrity face to help launch BBC Me, the new online platform, have come back to bite him and the BBC. The celebrity in question thought they were being asked to pose for a selfie and didn’t realise they were being used to endorse a viral campaign and consequently the BBC finds itself on the receiving end of a million-pound lawsuit. Will’s job looks to be in serious danger.

With the charter renewal process requiring the BBC to show they can do more for less, head of news Neil Reid is asked to see whether his main news presenters would consider doubling up and presenting the weather forecast as well. And in a landscape where leaving parties are becoming increasingly frequent, Ben and Jerry discover that their jobs have been ‘re-imagined as non-existing going forward’.