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Australia’s ABC Confirms Commitment to Bananas in Pyjamas

SYDNEY: Despite rumors that Bananas in Pyjamas is being cancelled due to funding issues, ABC TV has issued a release stating that it will continue to broadcast the popular children’s show. The network will continue to roll out the remaining 156 new episodes of the series throughout the year. ABC stated: ...

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Time Warner Eyes China Investment Opportunities

NEW YORK/CHENGDU: Time Warner has formed a strategic investment partnership with China Media Capital (CMC), the investment fund founded by former Shanghai Media Group chief Ruigang Li. The alliance was announced at the 2013 Fortune Global Forum, currently taking place in the Chinese city of Chengdu. The partnership will look for ...

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Syfy Kids to Launch in South Africa

LONDON: KidsCo is bringing the new Syfy Kids programming block to South Africa starting next month. Aimed at kids 6 to 10, the block will air exclusively on KidsCo at peak viewing times. The launch lineup for South Africa includes original programming from the Australian production company Matchbox Pictures and ...

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DHX Media Secures New Licensing Deals

HALIFAX/LONDON/LOS ANGELES: DHX Media has made a number of licensing agreements for the children’s titles Caillou, Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Space Invaders and Johnny Test. For Caillou, Les Chocolats Vadeboncoer is producing seasonal hollow and solid molded chocolates, while PlayWorld Mobile plans to globally launch a mobile application inspired by the show. Learning ...

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L.A. Screenings Buyer Feedback: MediaCorp’s Joy Olby-Tan

SINGAPORE: Joy Olby-Tan, VP of network acquisitions at Singaporean free-to-air broadcaster MediaCorp’s Channel 5, found that the new dramas and comedies presented by the Hollywood studios were less U.S.-centric and more internationally appealing than those offered in previous years. "The number of pilots this year was refreshingly copious," Olby-Tan tells ...

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CBSSI Places Under the Dome with New Broadcasters

LOS ANGELES: CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has licensed Under the Dome in 200 international markets, delivering the U.S. drama to such broadcasters as M6 in France and Network Ten in Australia. Under the Dome is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. It is based ...

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CTV Sets Prime-Time Schedule

TORONTO: Although there are a slew of returning series for CTV’s 2013-14 lineup, the network did make several key additions to its upcoming schedule, including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, CTV has slated the new comedies The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife to ...

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Velocity to Premiere Two Original Series in June

SILVER SPRING: Later this month, Velocity, a Discovery Communications channel geared toward upscale men, is slated to debut the original shows What’s in the Barn? and Fantomworks. What’s in the Barn? looks for vintage motorcycles and cars in barns across the U.S. The show is hosted by Wheels Through Time Museum curator Dale ...

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New SVP of Programming for Univision Network

MIAMI: Sandra Smester, who first joined Univision Communications nearly two decades ago, has become the senior VP of programming for Univision Network. In her new post, Smester will supervise the day-to-day scheduling and strategic positioning of all on-air content. She will work out of Miami under Alberto Ciurana, the president of ...

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