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Tom Fontana

This interview originally appeared in the MIPTV 2013 issue of World Screen.   Since the 1980s, Tom Fontana has been changing television. The medical drama St. Elsewhere, one of the first ensemble series, destroyed the concept that doctors are infallible. ...

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#Connected

Social media and interactivity are central to the success of a slew of format brands.   This article originally appeared in the MIPTV 2013 issue of TV Formats.   TV audiences’ demand for nonlinear 360-degree formats is higher than ever. Formats with passionate fan bases, especially those with strong opinions ...

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Examining the Alternatives

Following the U.S. networks’ Upfront announcements, TV Real Weekly takes a closer look at the unscripted series making their way to prime time in 2013-14. ABC: Fans of The Lord of the Rings can look forward to the brand-new reality adventure series The Quest, which has been slated for midseason. ...

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More European Commissions for The Taste

MUNICH: The Netherlands’ RTL 4 and Belgium’s VTM have taken the format rights for The Taste, a cooking competition series distributed by Red Arrow International. Produced by Red Arrow’s Sultan Sushi, the Dutch-Belgian co-production will include two Dutch and two Belgian chefs. It is scheduled to premiere in the fall. ...

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A+E Networks UK Brings in Head of Distribution

LONDON: Katarzyna Jablonska has been hired by A+E Networks UK as its director of distribution, a newly created position that is effective immediately. In her new post, Jablonska will be in charge of linear and non-linear network development in the U.K., CEE, South Africa, Benelux and the Nordic region. She ...

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Italian Romantic Series Heads to Russia, CIS & Baltics

MUNICH: Broadcasters in Russia, CIS and the Baltics have purchased the rights for the Italian romantic series Crazy About Love from Global Screen. Russia’s Mars Media Entertainment will produce a local adaptation of the show and has commenced preproduction of 26 episodes. Filming is due to begin in the spring ...

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evolution media group Makes First International Sale

SYDNEY: evolution media group has sold the rights for the business-makeover show No More Practice to Singapore’s TV4ME, marking the first international deal for the Australian producer. TV4ME will be airing the fourth season of the show, which follows two business owners who are working through a time of major ...

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