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Proper Television Snaps Up BuzzTaxi

TORONTO: Canadian factual producer Proper Television is expanding into the content-distribution business with its acquisition of indie outfit BuzzTaxi Communications. “It’s the obvious next step in the evolution of Proper," said Guy O’Sullivan, president of Proper Television, on the acquisition. "Acquiring a cracking company like BuzzTaxi means we can hit the ...

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IFC Orders Two More Seasons of Portlandia

NEW YORK: IFC has renewed its original comedy Portlandia for fourth and fifth seasons. Season four will have ten new episodes and will air in 2014. A ten-episode fifth season will launch in early 2015. The show is created and written by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who also star ...

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Alec Baldwin on Spirit of Exploration

NEW YORK: Alec Baldwin tells TV Real about what attracted him to sign on as the host of National Geographic Channel’s new Night of Exploration programming block. The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Since 1888, the Society had been dedicated to promoting the importance, beauty ...

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Time Warner Cable Launches App for Smart TVs

NEW YORK: Starting this summer, a TWC TV application will be available on Samsung Smart TVs delivering VOD content from almost 100 channels. Customers of the cable platform will be able to access about 5,000 VOD titles on their compatible Samsung Smart TVs without a set-top box. “Time Warner Cable is ...

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New COO at Saban Brands

LOS ANGELES: Janet Scardino has become the COO of Saban Brands, overseeing the company’s media operations across TV, digital and games. Scardino was formerly the managing director of Disney Channel in Italy and also previously held a number of posts ...

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Comcast Unveils New Set-Top Box Operating System

WASHINGTON, D.C./PHILADELPHIA: Increased personalization, web content and social-media integration all feature prominently in X2, Comcast’s enhanced cloud-enabled operating system for set-top boxes that will roll out to the company’s pay-TV customers later this year. The new system, unveiled at The Cable Show in Washington D.C., is an upgrade of the X1 cloud-based ...

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Nickelodeon Kicks Off Global Animated Shorts Campaign

ANNECY: Nickelodeon is launching its first worldwide animated shorts program, which is meant to pinpoint and develop new animation creative talent from around the globe. The network has received more than 100 submissions from artists, designers, directors, writers and comedians from around 20 countries in Europe, North America, South America, ...

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New Version of ITV Player App Goes Ad-Free

LONDON: ITV has a new version of its ITV Player app available for Apple devices, introducing a premium upgrade that allows viewers to watch the last 30 days of catch-up programming without advertising. Content from across ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV, as well as live simulcast of ITV3 and ITV4, ...

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Rogue Renewed for Season Two

EL SEGUNDO: DIRECTV has picked up a second season of the suspense drama Rogue, which stars Thandie Newton as undercover detective Grace Travis. Production on ten new episodes will begin late this summer. DIRECTV’s Audience network will air the new season in 2014. The drama comes from Entertainment One (eOne) and ...

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Greek Government Shuts Down State Broadcaster

GENEVA: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has stepped in to urge the Greek government to reverse its decision to shut down the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). The government made the decision to close the public television and radio broadcaster in an effort to save money, calling ERT a case of ...

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