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iConcerts Sets Up Subsidiary for Content Sourcing, Original Productions

GENEVA: Transmedia Communications has established iConcerts Entertainment (iCE), which will be entirely focused on content sourcing and original productions, and has also reorganized its management structure. Transmedia’s current COO, Mathieu Sibille, takes on the role of CEO under the revised organization. Etienne Mirlesse, iConcerts’ founder and long-time CEO, takes up ...

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Video Interview: Sierra/Engine’s Chris Philip

NEW YORK: Chris Philip, the CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, talks to TV Drama about how the 50-50 JV is using a variety of financing models to deliver high-quality fare to U.S. and international networks.   Since its formation less than a year ago, Sierra/Engine Television has built up a stable of ...

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A+E Networks UK Names VP of Programming

LONDON: Heather Jones has been hired as the new VP of programming for A+E Networks UK, effective later this month. In her new role, Jones will be charged with overseeing the programming strategy for the company’s networks in the U.K., Central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Greece and Africa. She ...

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Comedy Commissions at the BBC

LONDON: The comedy Puppy Love has been commissioned for BBC Four, while Count Arthur Strong has been recommissioned for BBC Two. Puppy Love comes from the creators of Getting On, Jo Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, who write and star in the series. The show is set around a dog-training class, ...

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yummico Introduces New Interactive Preschool Series

NEW YORK: yummico, a kids’ media company established by Blue’s Clues creator Traci Paige Johnson and film producer Caroline Baron, is coming out with The Adventures of Ash & Ollie, a new interactive series for preschoolers. The Adventures of Ash & Ollie, about two trouble-making brothers, uses visual storytelling and ...

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New COO at FremantleMedia North America

BURBANK: Lee Rierson is joining FremantleMedia North America in the role of COO starting July 22, coming to the company from Shine America. Rierson will be reporting to Thom Beers, the CEO of FremantleMedia North America. He will be responsible for overseeing production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, ...

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France Gets New Channel Dedicated to Asian Pop Culture

LONDON: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) France has unveiled J-ONE, a brand-new channel dedicated exclusively to Asian pop culture. J-ONE, launching October 4, will air the best in Japanese animated programming across France, which is one of the largest consumer territories for manga animation, second only to Japan. The channel ...

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CBS & Netflix Expand Licensing Pact

NEW YORK/BEVERLY HILLS: Under the terms of an extended multi-year licensing agreement for select CBS library content, shows such as 4400 and CSI: NY are becoming available for Netflix customers to stream instantly. The extension of an existing deal sees newer titles such as L.A. Complex heading to Netflix for ...

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Australian Children’s Band Lah-Lah Taking Part in Preschool Series

SYDNEY: Stella Projects and Bardel Entertainment are co-producing the preschool series Lah-Lah’s Adventures for Knowledge Network in Canada, CBeebies channels outside the U.K. and Australia’s Seven Network. The series features the popular Australian children’s band Lah-Lah. Across 26 12-minute episodes, the show will follow the exploits of lead singer Lah-Lah ...

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