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Allison Page Moves Up at Scripps Networks Interactive

NEW YORK: Allison Page, a senior programming executive for Food Network and Cooking Channel, has been promoted to general manager of Scripps Networks Interactive's home category. In her new role, Page will report to Kathleen Finch, the president of the home category, which includes the lifestyle channels HGTV, DIY Network ...

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Pact Leads Trade Mission to China

LONDON/SICHUAN: Pact, the body representing the U.K.'s independent production sector, has wrapped its first major trade mission to China with a collaboration agreement with state broadcaster CCTV. The 16 British companies that participated on the trip, which was backed by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and coincided with the Sichuan ...

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Tigress Gears Up for Expansion with New Senior Hires

LONDON: The Endemol UK—owned factual indie Tigress Productions has hired Pete Lawrence, currently the head of BBC Features Productions, as its new creative director, along with making another senior appointment that supports the company's expansion into features and factual entertainment. Lawrence has been at the BBC since 2011, having held ...

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New Details on KidsCo Closure

LONDON: Following the announcement that NBCUniversal and Corus Entertainment are shuttering their joint-venture channel KidsCo, the board of directors has proposed that the closure be done on a rolling basis. The channel will cease operations in all territories where it is currently available. This closure will begin from the end ...

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New Discovery Doc Special to Examine Typhoon Haiyan

LONDON: Discovery Networks International has commissioned an exclusive doc special from ITN Productions, Megastorm: World's Biggest Typhoon, which looks at the science behind the devastating storm that struck the Philippines. The hour-long special will feature never-before-seen footage from ITN's crews who were on the ground, as well as insight from ...

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Virgin Produced Targets India

LOS ANGELES: Virgin Group's Virgin Produced arm is partnering with Cinema Capital Venture Fund and Tantrik Group to set up a Mumbai-based company that will make Bollywood films and adapt Hollywood fare for India's booming population of under-25s. The Mumbai-based Virgin Produced India is a partnership with Los Angeles-based Tantrik ...

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Saban Brands Names SVP of Business & Legal Affairs

LOS ANGELES: Michael Bayer, a former business affairs and entertainment attorney, has been appointed as the new senior VP of business and legal affairs for Saban Brands. Working under Elie Dekel, the president of Saban Brands, Bayer will manage the global legal team of the company, where he will concentrate ...

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Zodiak Rights Appoints New VP of Entertainment

LONDON: Andrew Sime, formerly the head of acquisitions at Global Agency, has been hired at Zodiak Rights as the company's VP of entertainment. Sime will now be focused on working with Zodiak Media group production companies and third-party producers to identify and develop formats with international sales potential. He will ...

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ATF Spotlight: Green Gold Animation

SINGAPORE: Chhota Bheem leads the lineup that Green Gold Animation brings to ATF. The animated series takes place in the mythical land of Dholakpur, a kingdom located in ancient India. It has already enjoyed success in a number of Asian territories, including India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Also being promoted ...

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FX Orders Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain

LOS ANGELES: FX has placed a 13-episode order for the drama The Strain, which is based on the best-selling vampire-novel trilogy of the same title written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Production is scheduled to begin later this month in Toronto. The series is slated for a debut ...

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