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In an exclusive interview on WION – India’s first international news channel, the former United States Security Advisor, John Bolton revealed that there was no guarantee that Trump would back India if the situation between Beijing and Delhi had to escalate.
“I don’t know which way he would go and I don’t think he knows either. I think he sees the geostrategic relationship with China for example - exclusively through the prism of trade.And trade is important because China has stolen intellectual from the United States and other countries, engaged in force technology transfers for decades and it forms a major part of their economic success and therefore military power. And that’s really how far it goes."
He said. He went on to add, "I don’t know what Trump will do after the November elections once the guard rail is removed. He'll be back. He won't be criticizing Beijing for putting Uyghurs in concentration camps or repressing Hong Kong. He'll be back to the big China trade deal. So, if things were to develop between India and China in a more critical fashion, I'm not sure where he would come down. " he said.
“Let me make sure, I have understood this right. That if things were to escalate between India and China at this moment, there is no guarantee that Donald Trump will back India against China?” Palki Sharma, WION's Executive Editor asked.
“That is correct”. The former United States security advisor said, adding, “I'm not sure how much he understands the significance of the border clash. I don’t think he knows anything about the history of these clashes over the decades between India and China. He may have been briefed on it, but history doesn’t really stick with him. I think his gut instinct for the next four months is to take anything off the table that complicates what is already a difficult election campaign for him. So what he would want is quiet along with the border whether it benefits China or India. From his point of view - No news is good news.”
"And do you think things are developing for the worse between India and China? There is a lot of back and forth, the November elections are still a few months away. Do you think this could escalate to a limited conflict? "
“Well, I hope it does not at the present time. Because with four months to go for an American election, you are simply not going to get Donald Trump's attention. The fact is China has been behaving in a belligerent fashion, all around its periphery, certainly in the East and South China sea. Its relations with Japan has declined, with India, you are well aware of the facts there, and with others. I think this is China’s effort to assert itself through not just political and military means through the belt and road initiative and others to gain increased sway over countries that become economically dependent on it. Sri Lanka has been subject to this death diplomacy and Pakistan and many countries in Central Asia. I think China has a grand strategy and it's pursuing it., The United States has been asleep at the switch and so have many other countries. It is time to wake up and talk more among ourselves. For example, trilateral been a big advocate of greater tri-lateral cooperation between India, Japan, and the United States and I think that makes a lot of sense” he said.
Why is China on a war path with the world right now? What do you make of Xi Jinping's moves at a time like this? Why is he picking fights with the world in the middle of a pandemic?
It goes back before the pandemic. He sees American weakness when he sees Donald Trump and I think he is right. When Trump sits across the table with Xi Jingping or Vladimir Putin. It’s not a contest of equals. It always made me worry what he might give away"
He added, “The Pandemic has probably persuaded Xi Jingping to be more assertive to cover up as they have been covering up these past 6 months how bad the medical effect of the disease was in China and on the Chinese economy and what they did to cover up the source and consequence of the disease.”
“This is indicative of the government we are dealing with in Beijing. They didn’t cooperate internationally and tried to use the World Health organization for their own purposes and I'm afraid largely succeeded.”
What happened after India's balakot strikes on Pakistan? How did Trump and the White house assess the situation? What was conveyed to Delhi and Islamabad?
Well this took place when we were in Hanoi for the second summit with Kim Jong Un and both Mike Pompeo were there and away from our base of operations in Washington. We spent hours on the phone with Ajit Doval and others in India and counterparts in Pakistan.My assessment was, and I said publicly at the time and told Ajit as well, We thought India had acted in self-defense and the actions were appropriate and we think there were responsible steps to de-escalate what could have been a very serious crisis.”
"The US president has repeatedly offered to mediate in Kashmir and he has been told it is a bilateral issue, why does he keep repeating these offers"
(Laughs), "You know, I can remember several times where I have explained India’s longstanding position on Kashmir and it just doesn’t sink in. There is no explanation for it. We tell him India thinks it’s a bilateral issue and it has to be resolved by negotiation with Pakistan. Donald Trump thinks everything is a deal. And who better to mediate it than him. And you are going to hear it again and if he wins, you are going to hear it for the next four years. " he concluded.
The Interview would air on WION on Saturday at 9:30 pm and Sunday 10:30 pm. It would also be available wionews.com, online and on its social media platforms.
WarnerMedia Sales & International announces new role for global rollout of the direct-to-consumer offering
WarnerMedia, a division of AT&T Inc., today announced that Johannes Larcher will join the company in August as Head of HBO Max International. He will report to Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia & President, WarnerMedia International Networks.
Larcher will be responsible for the international rollout and management of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer product HBO Max, which launched successfully in the U.S. on May 27, 2020. His first focus will be the launch in Latin America, which is expected in 2021.
Larcher will work closely with Whit Richardson, President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, Latin America and Priya Dogra, President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA & APAC.
Gerhard Zeiler said: “I got to know Johannes as a passionate entrepreneur. His leadership skills, together with his strong direct-to-consumer and digital experience, international business foundations and tech expertise give him the perfect background to drive the growth of HBO Max beyond the United States.”
Johannes Larcher said: “Living at the crossroads of digital technology and content, I’m thrilled to help create unforgettable entertainment experiences for consumers in international markets and make HBO Max an indispensable streaming service around the world.”
Johannes Larcher currently serves as Managing Director, Digital at MBC Group, the Middle East’s leading media company based in Dubai; where he successfully transformed the group’s flagship digital product, Shahid VIP, into the world’s largest Arabic language video streaming service with over 1.4 million subscribers. From 2016 to 2018, he was Co-Founder and CEO of SubVRsive in Austin, Texas, a WPP funded, Emmy-nominated Virtual and Augmented Reality studio. From 2009 – 2013, he served Hulu as Senior Vice President, International, where he led the launch and initial growth phase of Hulu Japan. Earlier, Larcher was president and CEO of online video education start-up Academy123, sold to Discovery; and served as GM International for paid search pioneer Overture Services until its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2003. Larcher started his career in 1995 at McKinsey in Los Angeles, where he served media, entertainment and technology clients. Larcher holds a Master of Arts from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
International Amazon Original Series Jungle Prince of Delhi will be based on a story from New York Times in collaboration with Sister Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment
The show will be directed and produced by renowned filmmaker Mira Nair
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Amazon Studios secured the exclusive rights to develop The New York Times’ and Ellen Barry’s acclaimed story and podcast, The Jungle Prince of Delhi. a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist, a mesmerizing story of the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats living in a ruined palace in the Indian capital, claiming to be the heirs to a fallen kingdom. The show will be directed and produced by filmmaker Mira Nair.
The Jungle Prince of Delhi is slated to be an international series that tells the incredible personal story of this displaced family, set against the backdrop of the partition of India, and fits with Amazon Studios’ goals of developing and producing content for a global audience.
The in-demand project came together via a collaboration among the producing team of Stacey Snider, Jane Featherstone and Kate Fenske/SISTER, Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff’s Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, and Christina Lurie’s Fourth and Twenty Eight Films who are joining forces to produce with Ms. Barry and Caitlin Roper of The New York Times.
Anonymous Content represented The New York Times and Nair is represented by ICM Partners.
Statement from Ms. Roper, head of scripted entertainment at The New York Times: “Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ellen Barry's beautifully written tale of the Oudh family revealed deeper truths rooted in the violence and trauma of the partition of India. The moving story, and the 3-part audio series for The Times's podcast, The Daily, were the result of years of reporting and investigation across continents. Since its publication, The Times has been searching for the right partners to expand the story’s reach and we are thrilled to work with the incomparable Mira Nair, and to be producing The Jungle Prince series with Amazon Studios alongside Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, SISTER, and Fourth and Twenty Eight Films.”
Bob’s Burgers, Solar Opposites and Archer Receive Multiple Nominations for the “Hilarious Animated Hulu Awards”
It should come as no surprise to any streaming TV viewer that adult animation reigns supreme. In fact, nearly 40% of Hulu viewers faithfully devour adult cartoons every month. Die-hard fans of the popular genre have waited long enough to weigh in on their favorites!
Beginning today, Hulu is celebrating the animation lover in all of us by hosting the HAHA Awards (Hilarious Animated Hulu Awards) – the first ever all-animated awards honoring the year’s best in adult animated TV shows and iconic characters now streaming on Hulu. The ten categories recognize sophisticated pets, epic battles, the best hangover performance and more. Because sometimes a happy hour escape to Springfield’s Moe’s Tavern or The Drunken Clam is exactly what you need.
“As the streaming TV leader in adult animation content, we’re particularly proud of the diversity of voices, shows and storytelling displayed by the first ever HAHA Award nominees,” said Ryan Crosby, VP, Hulu Marketing. “Frame by frame, adult animation captures the most iconic characters, funniest catch phrases and real life storylines, so we wanted to recognize some of the industry’s very best in a way that only Hulu could.”
The forty hilarious nominees were announced today with Hulu favorites Bob’s Burgers, Archer, Bless the Harts, Duncanville and Solar Opposites leading the nominations with four apiece – including recognition in top categories like “Best New Show” and “Breakout Star of the Year.”
Hulu subscribers and non-subscribers can cast votes for their favorites in all categories on the official awards website or via social poll on Hulu’s Twitter channel through Sunday, July 19. The complete list of the 2020 HAHA Award nominees is listed below. All winners will be announced on Thursday, July 23.
With shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites and many others – Hulu has built the largest streaming TV library of adult animation content. Earlier this year, Hulu also launched two original adult animation shows with the premieres of Solar Opposites and Crossing Swords. Solar Opposites quickly emerged as the most-watched Hulu Original comedy premiere to date.
Best New Show
Bless the Harts
Best Fart Performance
Cleveland (The Cleveland Show)
Peter (Family Guy)
Rick (Rick and Morty)
King (Crossing Swords)
Best Hangover Performance
Mr. Burns (The Simpsons)
Francine (American Dad!)
Bob (Bob’s Burgers)
Best Dance Performance
Homer (The Simpsons)
Bobby (King of the Hill)
Jimmy Jr. (Bob’s Burgers)
Jack & Annie (Duncanville)
Most Epic Battle Scene
Bob (Bob’s Burgers)
Stan (American Dad!)
Peter (Family Guy)
Best Talking Pet
Pupa (Solar Opposites)
Klaus (American Dad!)
Snowball (Rick and Morty)
Most Awkward Moment
Korvo (Solar Opposites)
Wayne (Bless the Harts)
Most Insulting Insult
Louise (Bob’s Burgers)
Cleveland Brown Jr. (The Cleveland Show)
Hank (King of the Hill)
Quagmire (Family Guy)
Louise (Bless the Harts)
Breakout Star of the Year
Korvo (Solar Opposites)
Patrick (Crossing Swords)
Jenny (Bless the Harts)
Individual Documentaries Will Air Simultaneously on FX and on Hulu on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT Beginning July 10th Followed by a New Documentary Each Month
First Episode Captures Lives of Doctors and Nurses in New York City at the Height of Coronavirus Pandemic
The New York Times Presents is Produced by The New York Times and Left/Right in Partnership with FX and Hulu
FX and Hulu have partnered to launch The New York Times Presents, a new documentary series from the team behind The Weekly exploring breaking news, investigations and character-driven stories and features reporting from journalists at The New York Times, it was announced today by Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment.
The New York Times Presents is a series of standalone documentaries powered by the unparalleled journalism and insight of The New York Times, bringing viewers close to the essential stories of our time.
The New York Times Presents will feature 10 individual documentaries that will air on FX and on Hulu on Fridays at 10 p.m. The series will air one episode per month, beginning with:
“They Get Brave” (7/10/20, 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX and on Hulu) – As the coronavirus ravages more and more American cities, we look back to the place hit hardest: New York City. Doctors and nurses documented their lives, capturing awe‐inspiring resolve in the face of a breakdown in the health‐care system. Producers/Directors: Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, John Pappas and Lora Moftah.
“This Is Dominic Fike: The Next Big Thing?” (8/7/20, 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX and on Hulu) – The making of a pop star in 2020: A young musician is plucked from obscurity and given a $4 million record deal. Meet Dominic Fike as he prepares for his first international tour and makes his debut album. Producer/Director: Alexandra Garcia.
The series will also feature a documentary about the killing of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville, Kentucky. The award-winning director and producer Yoruba Richen and New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi, a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, are partnering on a film that will explore Ms. Taylor’s life and investigate the circumstances of her death. Ms. Taylor’s family and others will help reconstruct how the police, executing a search warrant, arrived at Ms. Taylor’s apartment shortly after midnight on March 13 and shot her five times.
Richen’s work has been featured on PBS, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Atlantic and Field of Vision. Her latest film “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” aired on The Smithsonian Channel in February 2019. She is the director of the documentary program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
Callimachi has spent the last six years covering the Islamic State and violent extremism for The Times. Her coverage of extremism has won the George Polk Award, the Michael Kelly Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award. Her podcast, “Caliphate,” which explains the Islamic State’s murderous ideology, won the Peabody Award. Her collection of internal terrorist records is available to the public through a digital archive, launched in 2020 by George Washington University.
The New York Times Presents is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company. Executive producers are Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Mary Robertson, Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick and Stephanie Preiss. The series is from the team behind the documentary series The Weekly, a collection of 30 half-hour documentaries and The Times’s first major foray into television news, currently available on Hulu.
The Weekly, which premiered on FX in June 2019, won an Overseas Press Club award for its story on two American bicyclists killed by ISIS in central Asia. Its reporting on how a predatory lending scheme had corrupted the taxi industry in New York and elsewhere was part of a body of work that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Over the course of 30 episodes, reporters, producers and directors for The Weekly brought viewers on-the-ground reporting from across the U.S. and the world, including Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Estonia, Israel, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, Tajikistan and Ukraine.
With more than 1,700 journalists who reported from 159 countries this year, The Times publishes about 150 pieces of journalism each day, including exclusive reporting on topics ranging from politics to culture to climate to sports to business. The New York Times Presents will continue to tell those stories in a visual and unforgettable way.