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Martin Scorsese Working On Bill Clinton Doc for HBO

NEW YORK: Martin Scorsese is working with HBO on a documentary that shines a light on former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton. The documentary will be made with the full cooperation of Clinton, who served as the 42nd president of the United States. It will explore his perspectives on history, ...

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Liberty Global Stands Firm on $2.5 Billion Offer for Telenet

ENGLEWOOD: Liberty Global is sticking with its previous bid of 35 euros ($46.10) per share for the stake it does not already own of Telenet Group Holding, totaling $2.5 billion, despite the Belgian telecom company having a higher assessment of its current value. Liberty Global is currently a majority shareholder ...

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DHX Media Begins Production on Animated Comedy

HALIFAX/LONDON/TORONTO/VANCOUVER/LOS ANGELES: This month DHX Media is starting up production on Dr. Dimensionpants!, a new animated comedy adventure series for TELETOON Canada. The 26×30-minute 2D show is meant for 6- to 11-year-old children. The story focuses on a boy named Kyle who becomes a superhero fighting against inter-dimensional villains trying ...

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Ryan Murphy to Be Honored with PaleyFest Icon Award

BEVERLY HILLS: The William S. Paley Television Festival has selected Ryan Murphy, behind such hit TV shows as Glee and American Horror Story, as the recipient of the first-ever PaleyFest Icon Award. This marks the first such honor in the festival’s 30-year history. Murphy will accept the honor at a celebration ...

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Nielsen & Twitter Link Up for Ratings Service

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Nielsen and Twitter are teaming up to deliver a syndicated-standard metric for the reach of the TV conversation on the social micro-blogging site, dubbed Nielsen Twitter TV Rating. The social TV audience measurement and analytics service will be available at the start of the fall 2013 TV season. Nielsen Twitter TV Rating ...

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Steve Macallister Exits BBC Worldwide Amid Restructure

LONDON: In the wake of a major reorganization at BBC Worldwide, Steve Macallister, the president and managing director of sales and distribution, has decided to leave the company in the spring. Macallister joined the company in 2007 and has led the sales and distribution department to record growth. He will continue ...

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SpongeBob, The X Factor, The Voice Top 2012’s Social TV Rankings

NEW YORK: SpongeBob SquarePants was the show that had the most social activity around it this year, according to Trendrr’s social TV rankings, followed by The X Factor and then The Voice. Trendrr measures social media activity related to specific television shows, including mentions, likes and check-ins, across Twitter, Facebook, ...

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Ratings Roundup: European Saturday is Soft in Prime Time

PREMIUM: The top of the audience charts was a mixed bag on Saturday, December 15, with light entertainment, contests and feature films faring well. Audience levels were not high relative to other nights of the week. TF1 pulled the biggest audience in France with long-running light entertainment show Les enfants ...

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Zooming In on Formats

This article originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2012 issue of TV Formats.   A format show, like Big Brother or American Idol, never pretends to be anything other than entertainment. Whether scripted or non-scripted, factual or fictional, studio-based or location-based, prime time or daytime, if the audience does not come ...

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