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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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Spellbound Team Sets Up New Kids’ Outfit

LONDON: Peter Curtis and Nick Barrington, who co-founded Spellbound Entertainment, have established a new kids’ entertainment company, Nurture Rights, which has already acquired its first property. Nurture will be dedicated exclusively to kids’ properties, particularly ones that integrate newer forms of interactive digital media. Nurture acquired the rights for the ...

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ITV Orders More Endeavour, Surprise Surprise

LONDON: The crime drama Endeavour is scheduled for a second series of films on ITV, which has also recommissioned the prime-time show Surprise Surprise for a sophomore run. Endeavour serves as a prequel to the Inspector Morse franchise. The crime drama debuted in 2012 with a feature-length story to mark ...

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CBSSI’s Under the Dome Heads to Channel 5

LOS ANGELES: Channel 5 has been granted the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights for the drama series Under the Dome, based on a best-selling novel by Stephen King, in a deal with CBS Studios International (CBSSI). Produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Under the Dome ...

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Shaw Media Brings New Lifestyle Channel to Canada

TORONTO: Shaw Media is adding to its bouquet of specialty channels with the launch of the lifestyle service DTOUR, debuting in the Canadian market on August 26. DTOUR promises to lead viewers "off the beaten path" by providing programming that reveals the drama, entertainment and ideas behind the ordinary and ...

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