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Kickin’ It Renewed for Season Four

BURBANK: Disney XD has ordered a fourth season of the live-action comedy Kickin’ It, which is one of the network’s highest rated series. Production on the martial arts-inspired show will start again in Los Angeles this November. The fourth season of Kickin‘ It will premiere in 2014. Olivia Holt, who has ...

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TLC to Launch OWN Block Across CEE

WARSAW: TLC is dedicating a block of its schedule to programming from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on its channels in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and the Balkans. TLC shows such as Cake Boss, Long Island Medium and Hear Comes Honey Boo Boo will air alongside a hand-picked selection of ...

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Channel 4 to Air Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

LONDON: Channel 4 has acquired the British premiere rights for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will launch on ABC in the U.S. this fall. The highly anticipated new series comes from Marvel Television and ABC Studios. It will receive its U.K. launch shortly after its U.S. debut. Jay Hunt, Channel ...

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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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