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ITV Brings Back Long Lost Family

LONDON: ITV has commissioned a fourth season of the factual series Long Lost Family from Shed Media’s Wall to Wall. The series, which just wrapped its third run, averaged a live overnight audience of 5.2 million viewers, a 24-percent share. Season four will have eight all-new hour-long episodes. It will ...

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Lifetime Renews Devious Maids

LOS ANGELES: Lifetime has placed an order for a 13-episode second season of the ABC Studios drama Devious Maids. Since its premiere on June 23, nearly 23 million viewers have tuned in for the show on Lifetime. It is the network’s fastest growing drama. Produced by Marc Cherry, the series ...

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Syfy Picks Up The Almighty Johnsons

NEW YORK: Syfy has acquired the first two seasons of the New Zealand comedic drama The Almighty Johnsons through a deal with ALL3MEDIA International. A South Pacific Pictures production, The Almighty Johnsons follows the Johnson boys, who are four typical fun-loving guys who have inherited the power of Norse Gods. ...

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Hotel Hell Sells to New Territories

LONDON: The Gordon Ramsay series Hotel Hell has been sold to Mediaset in Spain, Nine Network in Australia, TV Joj in Slovakia and Skjarrin in Iceland through a new round of deals. The show airs in the U.S. on FOX. It was produced by Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato and is ...

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German Court Blocks Unitymedia-KabelBW Merger

DUSSELDORF: A German court has reversed an approval by the country’s cartel office for Liberty Global’s acquisition of KabelBW. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court has overturned the antitrust clearance, siding with Deutsche Telekom, which challenged the deal’s approval. The regulator must now review the merger again and assume a new ...

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Asia Pacific to Drive On-Demand TV Growth

LONDON: Revenues from on-demand movies and TV programs are expected to reach $6 billion in 2018, up 44 percent from 2012, led mainly by the developing markets in Asia, according to Digital TV Research. On-demand TV generated only 2.3 percent of the $184 ...

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GroupM Downgrades Global Ad Spending Forecast

NEW YORK: GroupM has revised its biannual worldwide advertising spending forecast for 2013 downward to $507 million, reflecting a 3.4-percent growth rate compared to the 4.5-percent rate predicted in December of last year. The downward revision was attributed to continued ...

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Promotions within FishBowl Worldwide Media

LOS ANGELES: Several key executives within the FishBowl Worldwide Media group have been elevated to new posts, including Paul Lapointe being upped to COO. Beth Greenwald has been named to the newly created position of president of creative affairs. She joined FishBowl in 2010 as the senior VP of unscripted ...

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Fred Burcksen

TV DRAMA: How has ZDF Enterprises’ international drama co-production strategy changed in recent years? What opportunities are you seeing now that perhaps didn’t exist a few years ago? BURCKSEN: In general, we feel that broadcasters are more open to co-productions than [they were] ten years ago. In recent years, we’ve ...

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RTL, CBSSI Partner for Channels in Asia

LUXEMBOURG/LOS ANGELES/SINGAPORE: The RTL Group is joining forces with CBS Studios International to launch two channels, one focused on general entertainment, the other featuring reality, action and extreme sports, across Southeast Asia. RTL Group began targeting Asia in 2011, partnering with Reliance Broadcast Network to launch the BIG RTL Thrill network in India in ...

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