Wednesday, April 29, 2009

News Round-up: Hulu, Tittensor, Springfield, Willey

Hulu video views in March beat Yahoo, the website that offers TV shows and movies, was the third-most watched Internet video destination last month, overtaking Yahoo Inc. The Hulu service, whose owners include News Corp. and General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal, showed 380 million videos in March, compared with Yahoo's fourth-place 335 million, according to ComScore Inc.

Viewers watched 5.9 billion videos on YouTube and other Google Inc. sites, and News Corp.'s fully owned sites such as provided 437 million viewings for second place.

Ex-EMMERDALE star to be sentenced
Former EMMERDALE star Luke Tittensor is due to be sentenced later for assaulting a teenager. The 19-year-old, who played Daz Eden in the ITV soap, appeared in court last month and admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 16-year-old.

Bolton Crown Court heard how the victim was left "badly injured" following the attack in February last year. Last week an ITV spokeswoman said the actor's contract had been terminated. He was seen leaving the show on Friday.

AMC's Walt Willey committed to Soap Fest's mission to raise funds for children
"My 13-year-old son Chance has Asperger's Syndrome (children and adults who have autistic behavior but no problems with language), and my soap opera daughter Lilly has autism," he said. "I've seen first-hand how occupational therapy has changed not only my son's life but many other lives, too, and I'll do anything I can to help children obtain the therapeutic services that let them lead fuller lives."

Rick Springfield joins CALIFORNICATION
GENERAL HOSPITAL actor-slash-"Jessie's Girl" crooner Rick Springfield has signed on to play himself in four episodes of CALIFORNICATION.

Caitlin VanZandt still has hope
"I hope another network picks up the show," Ms. VanZandt told Florida Weekly. The native New Yorker said she and several of her cast mates intend to stay in Manhattan, where GL is taped, although a few have plans to seek out their next big roles in Los Angeles.

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