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Orange Is the New Black Available on Youku in China

HONG KONG: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has entered into a partnership with China’s Youku Tudou for the exclusive premiere of Orange Is the New Black, which has already become one of the platform’s most-watched Western dramas. The Lionsgate series has generated nearly 9 million views in its first six weeks in ...

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CBS Reaches New Agreement with Verizon

NEW YORK: CBS Corporation and Verizon Communications have agreed to a new three-year deal that includes retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations on Verizon FiOS TV. CBS-owned stations in various Verizon markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas—where the group is currently in a blackout with Time Warner Cable—will continue ...

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Sony Backs Simon Andreae U.K. Production Company

LONDON: The TV producer Simon Andreae is launching a new U.K.-based production company, Scarlet Media, which is backed by Sony Pictures Television (SPT). SPT will hold a majority interest in the company and will distribute its output internationally. The company’s focus will be on developing original factual and factual entertainment, ...

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RTL Group Profit Up

LUXEMBOURG: RTL Group saw its net profit increase 52.6 percent to 418 million euros ($558 million), though revenue was down amid a weak TV ad market. Revenue dipped 1.3 percent to 2.78 billion euros ($3.71 million). The TV advertising market continued to pose a challenge in the first half of 2013. ...

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CBeebies Lines Up New Animal-Led Animated Series

LONDON: BBC Worldwide and CBeebies have commissioned Chop Chop!, a tentatively titled animated preschool show that is created and produced by Studio AKA. Chop Chop! centers on The Squirrel Club, which consists of a wide variety of creatures, including a rhino, hippo, mouse, octopus and crocodile. Each episode watches as ...

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Jan Mojto

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2013 issue of World Screen. One of the first television executives to set up international co-productions, Jan Mojto, the managing director of Beta Film, has more than 20 years’ experience bringing together partners and bridging cultures, viewers’ tastes and broadcasters’ needs. In the ...

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The Colorful Palette of ARTE Sales

Cédric Hazard, the head of international distribution for ARTE France, talks to TV Real about ARTE Sales, the international program-sales arm of ARTE, a public channel in Europe. ARTE Sales first began its documentary distribution activities 16 years ago. Its catalogue now contains more than 2,000 hours of factual content covering ...

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Trio of Original Series Renewals for TBS

ATLANTA: TBS has ordered third seasons of the original sitcoms Sullivan & Son and Men at Work, as well as a second season of the game show Deal with It. The Steve Byrne-led Sullivan & Son is produced for TBS by Wild West Picture Show Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. The ...

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Channel 5 Commissions Another Season of Monster Moves

LONDON: Windfall Films has agreed to produce a sixth season of the 6×1-hour engineering series Monster Moves for Channel 5 in the U.K. Monster Moves follows a team of workers who relocate various large objects around the world. Among the items being moved are steam locomotives, a search and rescue ...

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