Royal Bank of Scotland Group conjured up at least £1 billion in tax breaks by investing in controversial financing deals for Harry Potter films and a host of other blockbuster titles that involved no risk to the bank. (Photograph: Reuters)

It’s the kind of magic worthy of a graduate of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Royal Bank of Scotland Group conjured up at least £1 billi(...)

Out-of-home ads for Diageo vodka brand Smirnoff, McDonald’s, Eir and Mondelez-owned Cadbury. Montage: PML Group

It was back to business as usual on Ireland’s billboards last year, as Guinness owner Diageo reclaimed its position as the biggest out-of-home adverti(...)

The Gloaming (Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill) were last year’s winners of the Choice Music Prize

Girl Band, Villagers and Róisín Murphy are among the main contenders for this year’s Choice Music Prize, which has just announced its shortlist. Th(...)

“Star Wars” fans wait outside the cinema prior to the premier screening of the latest “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film in the Algerian capital, Algiers, on December 20, 2015. Globally, the latest “Star Wars” space epic raked in an estimated $517 million, Disney said, breaking records for biggest opening weekend abroad in 18 other countries, including Russia and Germany, and second biggest across four nations. (Photograph: FAROUK BATICHEFAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Conventional wisdom holds that mass moviegoing is the pastime of another era. The cultural heat emanates from television now. Hollywood only churns o(...)

 The full two-minute John Lewis ad features the whimsical story of a young girl named Lily as she strikes up a connection with an elderly man living alone on the moon. Photograph: PA

John Lewis has partnered with Age UK for its Christmas ad - fondly regarded as the pinnacle of festive retail - with a reminder to consumers to con(...)

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Image of the week: Passion and politics It probably wasn’t the most interesting conversation he has had lately, but for UK prime minister David(...)

The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song Happy Birthday To You for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge has ruled. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

A US judge has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not own a valid copyright to one of the world’s most recognisable songs, Happy Birthday to You, (...)

Lego, the Danish toymaker, said first-half sales rose 23 per cent, helped by growth in Asia. Revenue increased to 14.1 billion kroner (€1.88 billion).(...)

A prop used on the set of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, at Leavesden Studios in Watford, England. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Our first trip away in a long, long time was in fact little more than a weekend city break to London and the Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour. Just my(...)

Actor Peter Dinklage in a scene from HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’: the HBO network helped increase Time Warner’s revenue. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO via AP

Time Warner’s quarterly profit blew past analysts’ estimates, helped by a deal with video-streaming service Hulu and the release of Batman: Arkham Kni(...)