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Ratings Roundup: Pubcasters Rule in European Prime Time

PREMIUM: Public broadcasters do well on Tuesday evenings in the biggest markets of continental Western Europe, as ratings results from November 20 proved this week. In Germany, Italy and Spain the biggest audiences were for programs on state-owned broadcasters. Tuesday in Germany belongs to ARD 1. It won the day ...

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Smithsonian Channel Goes for L.A. Frock Stars

NEW YORK: Smithsonian Channel has given the go-ahead for L.A. Frock Stars, a new original series that revolves around the world of high-end vintage fashion. The six-episode unscripted show follows the work of Doris Raymond and her staff at The Way We Wore, Raymond’s boutique in Los Angeles. L.A. Frock ...

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Second Chhota Bheem Movie to Get Theatrical Release

HYDERABAD: Green Gold Animation has followed up the successful release of Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan with a brand-new movie, Chhota Bheem and the Throne of Bali, scheduled to hit theaters in May 2013. The new movie, targeted at kids 2 to 10, has a budget of around ...

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Shaftesbury Signs First-Look Deal, Lands New Web Series

TORONTO: Shaftesbury has secured the worldwide distribution rights for the digital reality show The Avenue, along with signing a first-look deal with the series executive producer Scott Fisher and his company Foreground. Produced by Foreground through a partnership with Youth Culture, The Avenue is comprised of 18 15-minute episodes. The ...

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Video Interview: Sesame Workshop’s Scott Chambers

NEW YORK: In this video interview, Scott Chambers, the senior VP of worldwide media distribution at Sesame Workshop, talks to TV Kids about the company’s long history of success in educating and entertaining children around the world.   It has long been the mission of Sesame Workshop to use its ...

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Chello Central Europe Buys Power Content

LONDON: Power has sold 200 hours of TV movies, series and mini-series to Chello Central Europe. The multiplatform, multi-territory agreement includes basic cable, SVOD and TVOD rights for Chello Central Europe’s Film Mania and Film Café channels in Hungary and Film Café in Romania. Titles involved in the deal include Doctor Zhivago, ...

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News Corp. Acquires Equity Stake in YES Network

NEW YORK: News Corporation has confirmed its purchase of a 49-percent equity stake in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network via a deal with Yankee Global Enterprises. The YES Network broadcasts exclusive live coverage of New York Yankees baseball and Brooklyn Nets basketball, along with other leading local and ...

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Investigation Discovery to Air Final Cut

SILVER SPRING: Next month Investigation Discovery (ID) is set to premiere Final Cut, which details various crimes against aspiring celebrities. Episodes of Final Cut will feature cases involving murder, medical malpractice and sexual assault. The show includes commentary from Pat LaLama, an investigative journalist. Produced for ID by LMNO Productions, Final Cut will ...

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Lifetime to Debut New Docuseries

LOS ANGELES: Double Divas, a new docuseries about a lingerie boutique, is slated to premiere on Lifetime in January. The show focuses on LiviRae Lingerie, an intimate apparel store in Atlanta owned by best friends Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Richards. It is produced by NorthSouth Productions. Global sales will be managed ...

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