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Welcome to America

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This feature, by Elizabeth Guider, originally appeared in the L.A. Screenings 2012 issue of World Screen. Forget the wow factor. When it comes to Hollywood’s international-television business, it’s the how factor that counts. As in how to maximize revenues from program sales when big-time broadcasters abroad are increasingly making their ...

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Kevin Beggs and Sandra Stern

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 This interview originally appeared in the L.A. Screenings 2012 issue of World Screen. Lionsgate Television Group’s production philosophy of less is more has certainly paid off. At its inception, with fewer re­sources available than at the major studios, Lions­gate chose to focus on a lower volume of shows, but ones ...

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Ready to Shine at the L.A. Screenings

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Hunted is one of several new shows that Shine International is bringing out to the L.A. Screenings. “This market we will be launching over 450 hours of all-new and returning prime-time programming, produced by an exceptional list of TV’s most successful network producers,” says Matt Vassallo, the company’s VP of ...

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Case Study: Warner Bros.’ The Bachelor

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It was ten years ago when eligible bachelors in the U.S. started to search for their dream girl on the reality show The Bachelor. The show has gone on to become a global phenomenon. Canada marks the 25th territory to produce its own local version, with Warner Bros. International Television ...

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CBS Cancels CSI: Miami

LOS ANGELES: CBS has axed the long-running show CSI: Miami as well as the freshman dramas Unforgettable and A Gifted Man. CBS did, however, lock in a deal for a tenth season of Two and a Half Men. CSI: Miami, which stars David Caruso, has aired more than 200 episodes ...

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FIC Asia to Revamp Chinese Movies Channel

HONG KONG: STAR Chinese Movies (SCM) is expanding its lineup this month to include more first-run content, originals, concerts, award shows and Asian documentaries. The expanded slate on the channel includes upcoming highlights such as the thriller Life Without Principles; Canto-pop star Leon Lai’s concert LEON Xu; and the documentary Burma, A ...

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Toon Goggles Links Up with Animasia Studio

LOS ANGELES: Toon Goggles has signed an agreement with Malaysia’s Animasia Studio to bring shows such as Chuck Chicken to the online kids’ portal. Among those programs headed to Toon Goggles are ABC Monsters, Bola Kampung, Chuck Chicken and Harry & Bunny Show. These series are now available on Toon ...

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New Appointment at ITV Studios Global Entertainment

LONDON: Ruth Clarke is leaving her post at Shine International and joining ITV Studios Global Entertainment as director of acquisitions and co-productions. Clarke will oversee the company’s acquisition and co-production strategy, reporting to Maria Kyriacou the managing director of ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “Identifying co-production opportunities and securing world-class programming are core ...

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RTL to Co-Produce BBC Natural History Doc

LONDON: For the first time, German broadcaster RTL is working with BBC Worldwide on a natural-history series, signing up as a co-production partner on the upcoming Hidden Kingdom. The other co-pro partners on the BBC Natural History Unit show, commissioned by BBC One, are Discovery and France 2. The show takes ...

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Video Interview: Banijay International’s Karoline Spodsberg

NEW YORK: Karoline Spodsberg, the managing director of Banijay International, talks in this video interview about the company’s growth and its strategy for making inroads in emerging markets.   A relatively young company, Banijay International has made tremendous gains in the format market since it arrived on the scene just ...

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