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Sony Rejects Proposed Spin Off of Entertainment Unit

TOKYO: Sony Corporation has shot down a proposal from activist shareholder Daniel Loeb to spin off part of its entertainment business. Loeb’s Third Point hedge fund previously proposed that Sony sell as much as one-fifth of its entertainment arm, including movies, TV and music, to free up cash to help ...

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Michael Wright

This interview originally appeared in the MIPTV 2013 issue of World Screen.   Since The Closer launched, in 2005, and became a hit for TNT, the basic-cable network has been aggressively increasing its original productions. Michael Wright, the president and ...

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Jeff Wachtel

This interview originally appeared in the MIPTV 2013 issue of World Screen.   USA Network was one of the very first cable channels to venture into original productions. The strategy of using cost-effective production models, developing shows that offer an optimistic take on life and marketing them under the now ...

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Colombian Soccer Series to Kick Off in the U.S.

BOGOTÁ: Football Dreams, A World of Passion, produced by Caracol Television and distributed by Caracol TV Internacional, is premiering today on Unimas in the U.S., marking its first international release. Football Dreams, A World of Passion follows the lives of Carlos "el Pibe" Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla, René Higuita and Freddy Rincón, ...

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SNL Kagan Buys Multimedia Research Group

CHARLOTTESVILLE: SNL Kagan has acquired Multimedia Research Group, expanding its research, forecasts and analytics capabilities for a host of OTT video- and pay TV-related information around the world. SNL Kagan provides financial intelligence in the media and communications sector. MRG offers analytics and industry intelligence on the video and media ...

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Foxtel Goes for Endemol Programming

LONDON: Foxtel has picked up more than 282 hours of lifestyle content, including new series, returning seasons and renewals, from Endemol. Titles headed to Foxtel’s LifeStyle networks include the new shows Half Built House and James Martin’s United Cakes of America; new seasons of Supersize Vs Superskinny and Extreme Makeover: ...

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Ryan Seacrest On Board NBC’s Million Second Quiz

UNIVERSAL CITY: Ryan Seacrest has signed on to host NBC’s upcoming interactive game show The Million Second Quiz, which he will also executive produce. The series debuts September 9 and will continue through September 14. It will then resume on September 16 and will air each night at 8 p.m. ...

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Top Format Buyers: Finland’s Nelonen Media

PREMIUM: Olli Suominen, the head of programming for domestic programs at Finland’s Nelonen Media, discusses format acquisitions. BUYING GUIDE: In terms of the choice between buying rights and commissioning or producing themselves or commissioning the rights-holder, Suominen says, “We really don’t have a preference. Often a local production company will ...

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Gaumont International Television Hires Trio

LOS ANGELES: Gaumont International Television has made three new hires, including Carol Trussell joining as head of production. Trussell has worked on Roswell, What About Brian and True Blood. She also worked on Hannibal for Gaumont and NBC. In her ...

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New Carriage for DW English-Language Channel in Hong Kong

BONN: Deutsche Welle (DW) has entered into a new partnership with TVB Network Vision to make its 24-hour English-language channel available to more viewers in Hong Kong. DW is now available in the basic package of TVB Network Vision for its fiber cable subscribers at no additional charge. DW has ...

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