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MP & Silva Extends MLS Partnership

MIAMI: MP & Silva has expanded its relationship with Major League Soccer (MLS) until 2014, giving it the exclusive distribution rights outside of North America for all games, tournaments and events. The agreement covers MLS regular season, Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup. MLS is North America’s professional soccer league. Carlo Pozzali, ...

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New Technology Officer in Place at News Corp.

NEW YORK: News Corporation has named Paul Cheesbrough as its chief technology officer, reporting directly to chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. In the new role, Cheesbrough is responsible for the company’s global technology strategy as well as coordinating with senior leaders to develop new digital products and expand the digital ...

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CBS Shifts Prime-Time Hours for Sunday NFL Doubleheaders

LOS ANGELES: CBS’s prime-time shows are being listed to start 30 minutes later than normal on Sunday nights to accommodate NFL games on doubleheader weekends. 60 Minutes will be leading the night at 7:30 p.m., followed by Big Brother 14 at 8:30 p.m. through September 23, then The Amazing Race ...

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Tricon Hires New Head of Scripted Development

TORONTO: Lewin Webb, an experienced film producer, has been appointed as the new head of scripted development for Tricon Films & Television. In his new role, he will be tasked with expanding the company’s scripted development division. Throughout his two-decade-long career, Webb has produced and directed many feature films and ...

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Bell Media Hires for Drama Team

TORONTO: Bell Media has brought on Tom Hastings, who was previously the creative head of CBC Drama, to join its independent drama production team. Hastings will serve as production executive of independent production for drama. He will report to Trish Williams, the director of independent production for drama. Hastings is ...

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Shaftesbury Presenting Mighty Mighty Monsters

TORONTO: At MIP Junior, Shaftesbury is launching Bron Animation’s Mighty Mighty Monsters, based on the book series from Sean Patrick O’Reilly. The two 44-minute specials, Halloween Havoc and New Fears Eve, follow a group of monster kids who are attending a "normal" middle school Human Immersion program. A third special, Howl ...

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Cartoon Network Adds Two New Animated Originals

ATLANTA: Two new animated series have been greenlit as part of a shorts-development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank: Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa. Steven Universe comes from Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar. It tells the coming-of-age story of the youngest member of a team of ...

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Former eOne Exec Frank Saperstein Sets Up Own Venture

LOS ANGELES: Frank Saperstein, who formerly served as the senior VP of family television at Entertainment One, has established Surprise Bag, an entertainment company dedicated to the creation, development, production, financing, packaging and exploitation of content. At eOne, Saperstein served as the executive producer of the animated comedy The Dating ...

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Michael Bay’s Occult Gets Pilot Order

NEW YORK: A&E has placed a cast-contingent pilot order for a crime drama from Transformers‘ Michael Bay and The X-Files writer James Wong titled Occult. The concept centers on an FBI agent who is returning to work after his wife’s disappearance. He is teamed up with an agent who specializes ...

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International Academy to Honor Alan Alda & Norman Lear

NEW YORK: The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is honoring actor/director Alan Alda and writer/producer Norman Lear with two special Founders Awards at this year’s Gala, which is set for November 19 in New York City. Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV show M*A*S*H and wrote and ...

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