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CBS Corporation Appoints COO

NEW YORK: CBS Corporation has appointed Joseph Ianniello, who has been CFO since 2009, as COO, with a remit that includes maximizing the monetization of the company’s content. In addition to continuing to oversee all financial operations, Ianniello will oversee negotiations for digital streaming, retransmission consent fees and reverse compensation from ...

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Frantic Films Finds New Scripted Development EVP

TORONTO: Brenda Greenberg has been hired as Frantic Films’ executive VP of scripted development, a Toronto-based position. Greenberg, who began her career at NBC, has contributed to the success of such hit shows as Being Erica, The Best Years, Kenny vs. Spenny, Side Effects and Street Legal. In the past she ...

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Polish Broadcaster Goes for Leonardo & Pet Pals

TREVISO: Gruppo Alcuni has sold the free- and pay-TV rights for the kids’ shows Leonardo and Pet Pals to Poland’s Telewizja Puls for broadcast on Puls 2 TV. Leonardo is about a boy who invents things, using nature and his surroundings as inspiration. The second season of the series is ...

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John Landgraf Elevated at FX Networks

LOS ANGELES: John Landgraf, currently the president and general manager of FX Networks and FX Productions, has been upped to CEO, a role that sees him, among other responsibilities, overseeing the launch of FXX. Landgraf will continue to report to Peter Rice, the chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, in ...

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Channel 4 Extends to Second-Screen App

LONDON: As part of its ongoing viewer engagement strategy, Channel 4 is launching a second-screen companion app to accompany its channels and programming. The app will move into beta phase next month for Channel 4’s registered users. It is currently under the working title 4Now. The app will serve as ...

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Pitch THIS! Program Returns to Ottawa Animation Fest

OTTAWA: 9 Story Entertainment is again presenting the Pitch THIS! program as part of The Animation Conference (TAC). TAC, part of the Ottawa International Film Festival events, will be accepting proposals until July 1 for those interested in joining Pitch THIS! The program gives content creators the chance to pitch ...

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Disney Does a Surf-Rock Musical

BURBANK: Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie, which premieres July 19, is accompanied by a slate of live events, a surf-rock/pop soundtrack, licensed products, a DVD with exclusive dance rehearsal footage and more. The Disney Channel original movie, sponsored by Honda and Best Western International, is premiering first in the U.S. ...

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Mia and me Lands New Home-Entertainment & Broadcast Deals

HÖHENKIRCHEN/MUNICH: m4e has licensed the Nordic home-entertainment rights for Mia and me to Svensk Filmindustri, while Rainbow S.r.l. has signed a pay-TV contract for the title with Nickelodeon in South Asia. The home-entertainment agreement with Svensk Filmindustri involves digital distribution on VOD platforms. The broadcast deal with Nickelodeon includes Hong Kong, Indonesia, ...

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Digital to Drive Entertainment, Media Growth

NEW YORK: The latest edition of PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook predicts that digital entertainment and media (E&M) spend will account for more than 40 percent of all E&M spend in mature markets by 2017. The Global Entertainment and Media Outlook ...

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TELETOON Canada Orders More Rocket Monkeys

TORONTO: Breakthrough Entertainment has been tapped to produce a further 26 half-hour episodes of the comedy-adventure series Rocket Monkeys for TELETOON in Canada. The show has not only been a hit in Canada on TELETOON, but is also performing well in the U.S., where it airs on Nickelodeon. Breakthrough produces ...

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