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Disney Teams with DreamPlay Toys for Interactive Products

LAS VEGAS: DreamPlay Toys, which is a joint venture between NantWorks and JAKKS Pacific, has unveiled an interactive line of Disney-branded products that feature image-recognition technology. The products incorporate NantWorks’ iD image-recognition technology, which recognizes 3D objects, voice, speech, data, live video and more. They are then linked up with ...

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BT to Carry Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV

LONDON: The U.K.’s BT Vision has entered a carriage pact with Viacom International Media Networks to add Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV to its channel lineup. Through the new agreement, BT customers can watch hit Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants. Nick Jr. ...

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New Dora the Explorer Sing-a-Long Special

NEW YORK: Next week Nickelodeon is scheduled to air Dora Rocks!, a new Dora the Explorer prime-time special for preschoolers. Dora Rocks! will focus on a sing-a-long party hosted by a character named Benny. The 30-minute musical special features interactive games teaching youngsters geometry and Spanish words. It will debut ...

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L.A. Sees “Tragic” Loss in TV Drama Productions in 2012

LOS ANGELES: While overall on-location TV production dipped 3.4 percent in Los Angeles year-on-year, the drama segment took a drastic hit, down 20 percent, according to FilmL.A. The reality-TV arena dipped 11.8 percent for L.A. shooting. However, the increase in sitcoms helped to bring Q4 TV totals to a healthy level, ...

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Channel 5 Schedules Extreme-Lifestyles Series

LONDON: Channel 5 in the U.K. is slated to air Where the Wild Men Are, a new series that explores the lives of people residing in remote locations. Where the Wild Men Are watches as adventurer Ben Fogle visits with people living off the land in isolated places. His travels ...

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FOX in Development on Two Event Series

LOS ANGELES: FOX is making its entry into the development of long-form event series with two drama projects, including Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan and FX Productions. Based on Blake Crouch’s best-selling novel Pines, Wayward Pines is a thriller about a secret service agent who is sent on a mission to ...

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Hulu Presents Original Slate

LOS ANGELES: Hulu’s catalogue of original and exclusive series for 2013 includes the animated show The Awesomes, co-created by Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers. Set for a premiere in summer 2013, The Awesomes is an adult animated comedy from Meyers and Michael Shoemaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). ...

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USA Network Orders Third Season of Necessary Roughness

NEW YORK: Necessary Roughness, an original drama series led by Callie Thorne, has been picked up by USA Network for a third season. Co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions, the show follows the life of a single mother working as a sports-psychologist for the New York Hawks. The ...

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TV Drama: 2012 Year in Review

NEW YORK: As World Screen launches its inaugural edition of TV Drama Weekly, Mansha Daswani looks at some of the major trends in the genre last year. The rise of critically acclaimed drama on pay-TV networks in the U.S. has been an unfolding story for the last few years, but it ...

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ole Hires New COO

TORONTO: Lou Ragagnin, former Canadian Olympic Committee & 100th Grey Cup chief operating officer, is joining ole as its new COO. Ragagnin will be based in Toronto and will report to Robert Ott, the CEO. His responsibilities will include the execution of annual and long-term business plans at the company. ...

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