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Lion Television & CCTV-10 to Tell Story of Confucius

LONDON: Lion Television has signed a co-production agreement with the Chinese science and education channel CCTV-10 and global marketing agent CITVC for a program spotlighting the legendary sage and philosopher Confucius. Titled Confucius, the story will explore the life and legacy of the Chinese prophet who lived more than 2,500 ...

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BBC Two Adds More History Programming to Lineup

LONDON: BBC Two has ordered a handful of historical productions, including The Mystery of Rome’s X Tombs and Napoleon, among others. The Mystery of Rome’s X Tombs watches as historian Michael Scott and other experts discuss a tomb—containing more than 2,000 skeletons—that was recently found by accident during a roof ...

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World Congress of Science and Factual Producers Set for Montreal

TORONTO: From December 3 to 6 international producers and broadcasters will descend upon Le Westin Montreal in Canada for the 21st annual World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. Registration is now open for the 2013 edition, which is expected to draw more than 600 international broadcasters, producers and distributors ...

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Format Sales for Passion

LONDON: Passion Distribution has firmed up a number of new deals for the Mentorn Media formats Paradise Hotel and Worst Driver. Paradise Hotel was originally produced for FOX and My network in the U.S. It has since been produced in 12 territories. Passion just closed an agreement with Mastiff to produce ...

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BBC Showcase Returning to Rio

LONDON: The tenth edition of BBC Showcase Latin America is set to take place from August 18 to 20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hosted by BBC Worldwide Latin America, the event will once again welcome broadcasters and buyers from across Latin America to join in exclusive screenings of the latest programming ...

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Ovation Scores Off-Net Rights for Smash

SANTA MONICA: Ovation has acquired the off-network rights for all episodes of the hit drama Smash from NBCUniversal Cable & New Media. The series makes its debut on Ovation on July 19. It will air Fridays at 8 p.m. Season two kicks off on Ovation in November. The show is ...

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Germany’s kabel eins to Adapt The Missionaries

LONDON: Banijay International has licensed the feel-good format The Missionaries, in which troubled teens undergo a life-changing experience, to kabel eins in Germany. The format was originally devised by the French indie La Concepteria. It has run for three seasons on TF1 to strong ratings and also was licensed into ...

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Discovery Communications Appoints Original Content Exec

NEW YORK: Charlie Foley has become the executive VP of Discovery Communications’ new original content group. Foley’s duties include creating, writing and executive producing scripted programming as well as nonfiction shows and formats. He is also responsible for supervising a team devoted to creating and producing content for Discovery Networks ...

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New Program Director at Finland’s MTV Media

HELSINKI: Kristiina Werner-Autio, who has been serving as the senior VP of television for Finland’s Nelonen Media, has taken up the role of program director for MTV Media. Werner-Autio had been responsible for Nelonen Media’s TV channels since 2008. Before this, she was at Nelonen as the head of international and domestic ...

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Aereo Continues U.S. Rollout

CHICAGO: The controversial TV streaming service Aereo is continuing its nationwide rollout with an official launch in Chicago planned for September 13. Aereo’s technology, which has come under heavy fire from U.S. broadcasters, allows consumers to pause, rewind and fast-forward any program they are watching live or save a show for ...

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