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MTV International Content Travels Globally

LONDON: A number of MTV International’s original series have secured sales outside their home territories, including the Japanese mini Shibuhara Girls scoring a slot in Korea. The live-action mini-series Shibuhara Girls, which is about four young Japanese women trying to achieve ...

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Hell’s Kitchen, Dancing On Ice Being Adapted in CEE

LONDON: ITV Studios Global Entertainment has licensed Hell’s Kitchen to be adapted for BTV in Lithuania and Dancing On Ice for an Estonian version on Kanal 2. A local production company will be working on the Lithuanian treatment for Hell’s Kitchen, which will launch in the country in September. The ...

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STAR China Partners with Investment Firm

SHANGHAI: STAR China Media, co-owned by News Corporation, is partnering with the Shanghai-based Puji Capital in a joint venture to invest in and develop international content for the STAR platform in China. STAR China Media, co-owned by News Corp. and China Media Capital, operates the Xing Kong Mandarin-language entertainment channel ...

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A&E Orders Bates Motel Straight to Series

NEW YORK: Bypassing the pilot process, A&E Network has greenlit Universal Television’s Bates Motel for ten episodes, with pre-production and casting getting under way immediately. Inspired by Hitchock’s Psycho, the series will be a contemporary exploration into the formative years of Norman Bates and his relationship with his mother, Norma. The ...

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HBO Renews The Newsroom, True Blood

NEW YORK: Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom has been given a second-season order by HBO, which is also bringing back the vampire drama True Blood, set for its sixth season. The Newsroom stars Jeff Daniels, with Emily Mortimer playing his new executive producer and his newsroom staff played by John Gallagher, ...

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Sky Picks Up Vegas, Elementary

LONDON: Sky has picked up the exclusive free and basic U.K. TV rights for Vegas and Elementary in a new deal with CBS Studios International. Vegas is headed to Sky Atlantic HD. The series, set in the 1960s, stars Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. The show is inspired by the true ...

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Saban Sets Up Kids’ Block on The CW

LOS ANGELES: The Saban Brands affiliate Kidsco Media Ventures has entered a deal with The CW to supply programming for a five-hour Saturday morning kids’ block. Key franchises such as Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh! will be featured within the block, which will run from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on ...

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Video Interview: Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings

NEW YORK: Christina Jennings, the chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, tells TV Canada about the company’s prowess in the digital arena and plans for continued growth in that space.   It’s been nearly four years since Shaftesbury acquired Smokebomb Entertainment, forming what is now the company’s digital media division. The ...

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Susanne Müller Shifts from ZDF Enterprises to ZDF

MAINZ: Susanne Müller is transitioning from her role as head of the co-production and program-development division at ZDF Enterprises to a new post where she will lead the feature-film sector of German pubcaster ZDF. Müller has been serving in her current role at ZDF Enterprises since 2008. From 2006 she had ...

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