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Novovision Candid Camera Series Travels to Morocco

PARIS: Morocco’s 2M has snapped up 30 episodes of Novovision’s new candid-camera series, which targets viewers in the Middle East and is the company’s first production in the Arab region. Locally titled Al Camera al Majnouna (Crazy Camera), the 13-minute show was inspired by Novovision’s Crazy Hidden Camera. The production ...

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Modern Times Group Buys DRG

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group has shelled out £15 million ($23.5 million) for 92.4 percent of U.K.-based distribution outfit DRG, and picked up a 51-percent stake of Norwegian production company Novemberfilm. Digital Rights Group was acquired from majority shareholder Ingenious Media Active Capital as well as various private stakeholders. The remaining ...

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Passion’s Fast-Turnaround Docs Still in Demand

LONDON: Fast-turnaround documentaries continue to perform well for Passion Distribution, which recently placed Mentorn Media’s The Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened? in 43 territories. The Cleveland Captives details the terrible experiences of the three women who were allegedly held against their will for a decade by Ariel Castro. The one-hour documentary ...

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New Free-TV Channel for Tanzania

DAR ES SALAM: Viasat1 is set to launch as a national DTT free-to-air channel in Tanzania later this year or early next, delivering a broad range of general-entertainment shows. Modern Times Group’s new Tanzanian channel will offer local content such as national news, talk and music shows, African movies and dramas ...

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ESPN Pulls the Plug on 3D Channel

STAMFORD: ESPN will discontinue its 3D channel by the end of the year as a result of low adoption rates for the technology in U.S. homes. "ESPN 3D was great at home but due to low adoption of 3D to home, we are discontinuing to focus on other products for fans ...

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Jason Carey Moves Up at Animal Planet

SILVER SPRING: Jason Carey, who manages Animal Planet’s production team, has been promoted to senior VP of production. Since joining the network in 2006, Carey has supervised the production of a number of successful series, including Treehouse Masters and the Emmy-nominated Whale Wars. He previously worked in California as a freelance ...

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Entertainment One Bolsters Licensing Business

LONDON: Entertainment One (eOne) has announced it is acquiring Art Impressions, a U.S.-based outfit that specializes in creating lifestyle brands. The move bolsters eOne Licensing’s U.S. operations and gives the company a firm foothold in the lifestyle licensing space. Financial terms of the transaction with Art Impressions’ founder and owner, ...

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NATPE Budapest Spotlight: Novovision

BUDAPEST: Over the last two years, Novovision has inked a slew of deals in Central and Eastern Europe, including in such territories as Russia, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. “All our funny clips—hidden cameras, home videos, bloopers and sketches—have always been appreciated in this part of the world,” says François-Xavier Poirier, ...

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NATPE Budapest Spotlight: ITV-Inter Medya

BUDAPEST: The CEE region has long been a fertile territory for business for ITV-Inter Medya, which is looking to continue its success by presenting buyers at NATPE Budapest with the crime drama 20 Minutes and the drama series Red Scarf. Both shows are produced by Turkey’s Ay Yapim. ITV-Inter Medya ...

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Bravo Canada to Adapt 19-2

BANFF: The French-Canadian series 19-2, a cop drama that premiered in Quebec in 2011, is set for an English-language adaptation for Bravo in Canada, with the premiere planned for 2014. Montreal’s Sphere Media Plus and co-producers Echo Media will shoot ten one-hour episodes in Quebec this fall with showrunner Bruce Smith (Durham ...

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