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Alex Salmond sells major stake in his TV company ‘to help pay legal bills’

Alex Salmond hired one of Scotland's top QCs to help him fight charges - Andy Buchanan/AFP
Alex Salmond hired one of Scotland’s top QCs to help him fight charges – Andy Buchanan/AFP

Alex Salmond has sold a major stake in his TV production company to help pay his legal bills following his acquittal on sexual assault charges, The Daily Telegraph understands.

Documents lodged at Companies House show that the former First Minister is no longer listed as a person with “significant control” over Slainte Media, which he set up in 2017 when he launched a TV and stand-up career after losing his Westminster seat.

Mr Salmond is believed to retain a small stake in the company, of around 10 per cent, although Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the former SNP MP and his business partner, now holds more than three quarters of shares. The pair previously held half of the company each.

The company is behind Mr Salmond’s controversial weekly chat show on RT, formerly Russia Today, which Ms

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Venice Unveils Rich Global Lineup, U.S. Repped by Frederick Wiseman, Mona Fastvold, Alex Gibney, Gia Coppola

The Venice Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled a rich roster of films by prominent auteurs spanning the globe, such as Mexico’s Michel Franco, France’s Nicole Garcia, Japan’s Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and from the U.S., Oscar-winning veteran Fredrick Wiseman, all set to grace the lineup of the Lido’s watershed 77th edition. 

The fest is on track with plans to hold a physical event in September, the first major international fest to do so after the coronavirus crisis.

The much smaller — and way more indie — American presence this year will also include the world premiere of a buzzy new film by Brooklyn-based Mona Fastvold (“The Sleepwalker”) who will launch her second feature, “The World To Come,” a period drama with two women at its center and a starry cast comprising Katherine Waterston (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,”) Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) and Casey Affleck, who is also one of … Read More

Venice Unveils Rich Global Lineup, U.S. Repped by Frederick Wiseman, Mona Fastvold, Alex Gibney, Jia Coppola

The Venice Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled a rich roster of films by prominent auteurs spanning the globe, such as Mexico’s Michel Franco, France’s Nicole Garcia, Japan’s Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and from the U.S., Oscar-winning veteran Fredrick Wiseman, all set to grace the lineup of the Lido’s watershed 77th edition. 

The fest is on track with plans to hold a physical event in September, the first major international fest to do so after the coronavirus crisis.

The much smaller — and way more indie — American presence this year will also include the world premiere of a buzzy new film by Brooklyn-based Mona Fastvold (“The Sleepwalker”) who will launch her second feature, “The World To Come,” a period drama with two women at its center and a starry cast comprising Katherine Waterston (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,”) Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) and Casey Affleck, who is also the pic’s … Read More