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yummico Introduces New Interactive Preschool Series

NEW YORK: yummico, a kids’ media company established by Blue’s Clues creator Traci Paige Johnson and film producer Caroline Baron, is coming out with The Adventures of Ash & Ollie, a new interactive series for preschoolers. The Adventures of Ash & Ollie, about two trouble-making brothers, uses visual storytelling and ...

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New COO at FremantleMedia North America

BURBANK: Lee Rierson is joining FremantleMedia North America in the role of COO starting July 22, coming to the company from Shine America. Rierson will be reporting to Thom Beers, the CEO of FremantleMedia North America. He will be responsible for overseeing production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, ...

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France Gets New Channel Dedicated to Asian Pop Culture

LONDON: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) France has unveiled J-ONE, a brand-new channel dedicated exclusively to Asian pop culture. J-ONE, launching October 4, will air the best in Japanese animated programming across France, which is one of the largest consumer territories for manga animation, second only to Japan. The channel ...

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CBS & Netflix Expand Licensing Pact

NEW YORK/BEVERLY HILLS: Under the terms of an extended multi-year licensing agreement for select CBS library content, shows such as 4400 and CSI: NY are becoming available for Netflix customers to stream instantly. The extension of an existing deal sees newer titles such as L.A. Complex heading to Netflix for ...

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Australian Children’s Band Lah-Lah Taking Part in Preschool Series

SYDNEY: Stella Projects and Bardel Entertainment are co-producing the preschool series Lah-Lah’s Adventures for Knowledge Network in Canada, CBeebies channels outside the U.K. and Australia’s Seven Network. The series features the popular Australian children’s band Lah-Lah. Across 26 12-minute episodes, the show will follow the exploits of lead singer Lah-Lah ...

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Nickelodeon Programming Sold into France, Italy & Spain

NEW YORK: A variety of animated and live-action Nickelodeon series are headed to free-to-air broadcasters in France, Italy and Spain through several new agreements and renewals. France’s TF1 went for the second season of Kung Fu Panda and Dora the Explorer‘s third, fourth, fifth and seventh seasons, as well as a number ...

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Rob Sorcher Elevated at Cartoon Network

ATLANTA: Rob Sorcher has been promoted to executive VP and chief content officer for Cartoon Network, while Mike Lazzo is elevated to the same role at Adult Swim. Both executives will be taking on additional responsibilities for overseeing the digital ...

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21st Century Fox Realigns TV Syndication & Distribution Business

NEW YORK: 21st Century Fox has realigned its TV syndication and distribution unit Twentieth Television, formerly part of Fox Television Stations, under Twentieth Century Fox Television, the company’s television production studio. Twentieth Television will continue to be led by Greg Meidel as president, who will now report to Gary Newman ...

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British Ad Market Continues to Bounce Back

LONDON: According to figures from the Advertising Association, U.K. ad spending increased 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2013, reaching £4.14 billion ($6.2 billion), driven by healthy TV spend. The U.K. advertising market returned to pre-recession levels in 2012, when adspend surpassed the £17 billion ($25.3 billion) mark, the most ...

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Infonetics: IPTV Upstarts Shaking Up Pay-TV Landscape

CAMPBELL: New IPTV entrants are winning over subscribers from established pay-TV providers, particularly in Brazil and Russia, says Infonetics Research. Infonetics Research released excerpts from its new Pay TV Subscriber Database, which tracks the digital and analogue cable pay-TV, satellite pay-TV ...

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