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Middle East Goes for Celebrity Splash

LOS ANGELES/AMSTERDAM: Eyeworks and LBCI are bringing the format Celebrity Splash to the Middle East and North Africa, with a local version that will launch in May in prime time. The local adaptation will air across 24 countries, including Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. The format has already ...

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Exclusive Interview: Homeland’s Howard Gordon

PREMIUM: World Screen speaks with Howard Gordon, who co-created Homeland, the series about terrorism and espionage that has won multiple awards and that viewers and critics just can’t stop talking about. WS: When starting a project like Homeland, are you able to sense that a show will be successful? GORDON: ...

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Programming Strategies: KidsCo

Hendrik McDermott, the managing director of KidsCo, talks about how the channel has stayed competitive by targeting the underserved 6-to-10 demographic. The London-based KidsCo, which launched in 2007, sees an underserved segment of the international kids’ market that it can reach. “There are niches out there that can be addressed,” ...

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Up Close with Showtime’s New Doc Strand

The U.S. pay service Showtime has become known for its distinctive and cutting-edge original series, including Weeds, House of Lies, Nurse Jackie and, of course, the megahit Homeland. Now, the channel is making its foray into original documentaries. “Showtime is at a place now where people give our shows the ...

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Ideas Roll In for The Formats Project

Last month, Global Agency in conjunction with World Screen launched a competition to find the next big global format hit. The companies put out the call for submissions for innovative concepts that could become internationally successful formats. The creative community has stepped up to the challenge, with a slew of ...

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Armoza Game Show Heads to Czech Republic

TEV AVIV: Upgrade, a popular reality game show from Armoza Formats, is scheduled to begin airing on Barrandov TV in the Czech Republic, marking the first time a title from the company is premiering in the territory. Upgrade watches as celebrity hosts help families upgrade items in their homes. The ...

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ITVS GE to Offer Wildlife Doc Series at MIPTV

LONDON: Islands on the Edge (working title), a wildlife documentary series, is one of the properties that ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is taking to this year’s MIPTV. Produced for BBC Scotland by Maramedia, Islands on the Edge explores The Hebrides, a region located off the western coast of ...

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Solid Picks Up Great Decisions

ENCINO: Solid Entertainment has scored the international broadcast rights for the 2013 season of Great Decisions, produced by the Foreign Policy Association. Actor David Strathairn narrates the current season, which features eight half-hour documentaries, each of which tackles a different world issue. Experts from across the political spectrum provide their ...

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Three New Titles for 9 Story’s Slate

TORONTO: This MIPTV 9 Story Entertainment is set to showcase three brand-new series alongside a host of returning shows. The new titles include Nerds and Monsters, a 40×11-minute animated comedy about a group of geeks on an island inhabited by monsters, and Peg + Cat, an 80×11-minute animated preschool program ...

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