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Boom Pictures to Back Drama Venture from ITV Execs

LONDON: Boom Pictures is lending its support to Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, ITV’s director of drama and controller of drama, respectively, to set up the new indie MainStreet Pictures. The pair of execs announced their resignation from ITV last week. They are starting up their new venture in July, ...

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The Chica Show to Broadcast on NBC Kids

PHILADELPHIA: The Sprout original series The Chica Show is joining the NBC Kids Saturday morning lineup on February 9. The series first aired on Sprout in November and was the network’s highest rated original series premiere to date. With its launch on NBC Kids, the show will double its reach ...

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Starz Developing Drama with Breaking Bad EP

BEVERLY HILLS: Starz is working on a new original drama series following a young female ballet dancer, with Breaking Bad co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett and Lawrence Bender on board. Currently untitled, the drama centers on Claire, who has a troubled past and joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. ...

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Showtime Renews Trio of Hit Shows

LOS ANGELES: Showtime is bringing back Shameless, House of Lies and Californication for new seasons in 2014. Shameless is up 22 percent in its third season, currently averaging 5.4 million weekly viewers across platforms. The second season of House of Lies is averaging 3.2 million weekly viewers across platforms, up ...

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BBC’s Ripper Street Returning in 2014

NEW YORK: The BBC America co-production Ripper Street is getting an eight-episode second season, which will air next year. The drama is produced for BBC One by Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC America. The show is led by Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. New episodes are ...

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Oxygen’s The Face to Debut Across NBCU Sister Networks

NEW YORK: Oxygen Media has planned a premiere roadblock for the new supermodel competition series The Face on Oxygen, Bravo and Style on February 12. Produced by Shine America, the seven-episode series kicked off with a one-hour special on January 29 that is available on VOD, Oxygen.com, Hulu, iTunes and ...

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Original Productions Ups Pair of Programming Execs

BURBANK: Sarah Whalen has been elevated to senior VP of programming at Original Productions, while John Gray becomes the VP of programming. Both appointments are effective immediately. Whalen has been with Original Productions since 2002, first as a producer and then moving up to VP of programming. In her new ...

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New Show in Development for TELETOON Canada

OTTAWA/PARIS: Mercury Filmworks and Technicolor are jointly developing the animated comedy Atomic Puppet for TELETOON in Canada. The 2D animated series is targeting 6- to 11-year-olds. It was created by Mark Drop (Matt Hatter Chronicles, Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and Jerry Leibowitz (The Mouse and the Monster). In ...

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Lifetime Readies New Family Docusoap

LOS ANGELES: The family docuseries Preachers’ Daughters, produced by Thinkfactory Media, is launching March 12 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. The series looks at the lives of three families who are affiliated with the church. In particular, it shines a light on pastors’ daughters who are trying to balance the ...

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