I should note that variety.com is a subscription website. But it often has deals where u can view an ad to read one article. Hopefully that is in place if anyone clicks through, as they should. to read the whole thing.
It's about the TV business in Iraq, which is booming. And it's really fascinating. Here is they interesting/disturbing reason why things are so good if you run a TV network in Iraq:
Since the April 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein, the area has seen the birth of 30 TV stations, the same number of radio stations and an estimated 180 newspapers.
The quality of the programming may be uneven, but Iraq's new breed of media moguls have one thing in their favor: When your audience is afraid to go outside, it's good for ratings.
The article has details on a number of popular Iraqi TV shows. But this one has to be my favorite. Again, it's fascinating and disturbing at once:
In the local home-improvement series, the chipper hosts don't merely redecorate a kitchen: They rebuild a war-torn home from the ground up.
It's really worth reading.
(And another example of the liberal media only focusing on bad news in Iraq, I suppose)