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HISTORY Lines Up Houdini Mini-Series with Adrien Brody

NEW YORK: HISTORY has greenlit the new four-hour scripted mini-series Houdini, in which Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody will take on the title role as the ace magician. Brody (The Pianist) is joined by Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin in the Woods), who plays his wife Bess. The mini-series ...

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CBBC Adds New Kids’ Drama to Fall Lineup

LONDON: This autumn CBBC is scheduled to begin airing All at Sea, a new children’s drama starring Ryan Wilkinson, Nicola Stephenson and Steve Edge. All at Sea follows the life of a young boy who moved with his family from London to run a seaside bed and breakfast in Scarborough. ...

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Global Agency Expands into Israel

ISTANBUL: Global Agency has expanded its business into Israel, forming an exclusive partnership with format creator Metin Bilman and talent agent Irit Neeman. Bilman and Neeman will be sourcing new Israeli formats for the Global Agency catalogue. Global Agency is open to paper, piloted and produced projects. The move marks ...

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PGS to Rep New Alvin and The Chipmunks Series

PARIS: PGS Entertainment has scored the worldwide media rights, outside of the U.S. and France, for Bagdasarian Productions’ upcoming ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks series. The 52×11-minute series marks the first TV show for The Chipmunks in 20 years. The series, from Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian, will be presented for the ...

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New MD at The Foundation Amid Co-Founder Departure

LONDON: Vanessa Hill, co-founder and managing director of The Foundation, is stepping down from the company, to be replaced by Gwen Hughes, who has been serving as the head of production. Hill has held the MD role since founding the company with Ged Allen in 1997. She will be joining Jacabo, ...

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Bravo Media Brings in Two Current Production VPs

NEW YORK: Leslie Farrell and Jeff Oliver have been appointed as the new VPs of current production for Bravo Media. Both Farrell and Oliver will work out of New York under Shari Levine, the senior VP of current production and original programming for Bravo Media. Farrell will serve as executive producer ...

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Bushwacked! Cast to Welcome Kamil Ellis

SYDNEY: Kamil Ellis is slated to appear in the second season of ABC3’s Bushwacked!, a popular action adventure series produced by Mint Pictures. Ellis, a 14-year-old Wiradjuri boy who has been performing traditional Aboriginal song and dance since he was a toddler, previously appeared in ABC3’s My Place and Dance ...

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OSN Ya Hala Arrives in the U.K.

DUBAI: OSN is bringing its flagship Arabic-language channel OSN Ya Hala to TalkTalk in the U.K., marking its first international foray. The deal was secured in partnership with THEMA, a company that aggregates foreign TV channels into bouquets targeted to diaspora communities. this is the first time that a bespoke Arabic ...

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Netflix Scores Exclusive on Weinstein Company Films

BEVERLY HILLS: A new multi-year licensing pact sees Netflix become the exclusive U.S. subscription TV service for first-run films from The Weinstein Company starting in 2016. The deal kicks off with its 2016 theatrically released feature films. New titles from TWC and Dimension Films will be made available for Netflix members ...

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Major U.S. Pay-TV Providers Lost 345,000 Subs in Q2

DURHAM: The 13 largest multi-channel video producers in the U.S., representing about 94 percent of the market, lost around 345,000 net additional video subscribers in the second quarter of 2013, according to new findings from Leichtman Research Group. The top pay-TV providers account for 94.6 million subscribers; the top 9 cable ...

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