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FremantleMedia Lifts RTL Q3 Results

LUXEMBOURG: RTL Group reported revenue that was up 5.5 percent in the third quarter to 1.3 billion euros ($1.65 billion), thanks to higher TV ad sales from the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and growing revenues at FremantleMedia. The group’s reported EBITA was up by 5.8 percent to 165 million euros ($209 ...

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CiTV UK Renews Almost Naked Animals

TORONTO: CiTV UK has agreed to a third season of 9 Story Entertainment’s Almost Naked Animals, an animated kids’ comedy series. Produced and distributed by 9 Story Entertainment, Almost Naked Animals follows a group of creatures in their underwear who manage a hotel on the beach. The 52×22-minute show airs on ...

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Armando Iannucci

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2012 issue of World Screen.   Nowhere is the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” more appropriate than in describing Armando Iannucci’s work. His political satire The Thick of It, for ...

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Trip Down Memory Lane

This article originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2012 issue of TV Europe.   The British series Downton Abbey, set in World War I–era England with its entrenched class structure, walked away with 16 nods at this year’s Emmy Award nominations, making ...

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Univision’s tlnovelas Slates Five Premieres

NEW YORK: Univision’s tlnovelas network has revealed its lineup of five hit Televisa novelas that are set to debut over the next several weeks. This month tlnovelas plans to premiere Tres Mujeres (Three Women) on Monday, November 19 at 12 p.m. and Un Gancho al Corazón (A Blow to the Heart) on Monday, ...

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Science Channel Preps for Fringe Launch

SILVER SPRING: To celebrate the premiere of Fringe on Science Channel, the network has planned a series of daylong marathons, followed by the show taking a regular Tuesday night slot from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  On November 20 at 8 p.m. Science Channel will premiere the two-hour pilot and ...

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Asian Format Focus: Keshet International

NEW YORK: Alon Shtruzman, the managing director of Keshet International, tells TV Formats about the company’s plans for building up business in the Asia-Pacific region.   Keshet International views the “booming Asian market” as one that is ripe with opportunity, says Shtruzman. Thus far, Keshet International has built up a strong ...

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Foxtel Orders Local Version of American Pickers

SYDNEY: A local Australian version of the hit U.S. reality show American Pickers is being produced for Foxtel’s A&E channel. The show features "pickers" who sift through garage sales, home garages and junk yards in search of hidden treasures. The Australian version, which will have ten episodes, is produced by Shine ...

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Beauty and the Beast Gets Full-Season Order

BURBANK: The CW has commissioned a full season of Beauty and the Beast, a successful new drama. Beauty and the Beast follows the relationship between a female homicide detective and a man who turns into a dangerous creature when he is enraged. The show features the talents of Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), Jay ...

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