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News Corp. Reduces Phoenix Stake

HONG KONG: News Corporation has offloaded part of its stake in the Hong Kong and mainland China broadcaster Phoenix Satellite Television, reducing its interest in the group to 12.16 percent. Through its Star Entertainment Holdings subsidiary, News Corp. is selling off a 5.28-percent stake in the company for $92 million. Phoenix ...

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CBS Reality to Run Amanda Knox: The Untold Story

LONDON: CBS Reality has scored the exclusive U.K. rights for the true-crime series 48 Hours: Mystery, which encompasses Amanda Knox: The Untold Story for a British broadcast premiere. The 48 Hours: Mystery franchise is now in its 25th year. The show sees some of America’s top journalists investigating a range ...

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New BBC Drama Strand Strictly for iPlayer

LONDON: A BBC Three drama strand has been commissioned exclusively to run on the BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer, BBC Three and BBC Drama Production have come together to commission six original short films over two years that will be written and directed by up-and-coming talent from across the U.K. They will ...

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Exclusive Interview: SUPER RTL’s Claude Schmit

PREMIUM: Claude Schmit, the CEO of SUPER RTL, recently sat down with TV Kids to talk about refining the daytime schedule, experimenting with nonlinear platforms and bolstering the channel’s prime-time slate for families. Facing increasing competition from both linear channels and new-media platforms, SUPER RTL has managed, over the last ...

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Scripps Hires MD for Latin America

KNOXVILLE: Márcio Fonseca has become the managing director for Latin America at Scripps Networks Interactive. Fonseca will be responsible for designing and executing the strategies for growth in the region. This includes the launch of Scripps Networks Interactive-branded channels, evaluating joint ventures and other partnerships. He comes to the role ...

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Shaftesbury’s Good God Heads Down Under

TORONTO: Good God, a comedy series from Shaftesbury, is headed to Foxtel’s The Comedy Channel in Australia, where it is due to debut later this month. Starring Ken Finkleman, Good God centers on a left-leaning television producer who becomes the ...

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Breakthrough Takes Doc Spotlighting Famous Philanthropists

TORONTO: Breakthrough Entertainment has purchased the rights for Shameless Idealists, a five-part profile series from Kensington Communications, which it plans to bring to this year’s MIPTV. Shameless Idealists examines the lives of celebrities that have become leaders in social change. The 5×30-minute production is led by Craig Kielburger, the co-founder of Free the ...

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Nat Geo Channel Commits to End of Life Doc

WASHINGTON, D.C.: National Geographic Channel, Strawhouse and Scott Free have teamed up for a documentary series focused on the last days of life, featuring executive producers such as Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix, among others. The project will include home video footage and personal interviews with the friends and family members ...

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CBeebies Adds Pair of New Shows to Lineup

LONDON: CBeebies has placed an order for Swashbuckle and Time for School, which are slated to premiere on the channel in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Swashbuckle is a pirate adventure physical game show hosted by former CBBC presenter Gemma Hunt. The 25×19-minute series will start airing this summer. Produced by Sixth Sense Media ...

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