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Scripps to Buy Travel Channel International

KNOXVILLE: Scripps Networks Interactive is set to pay £65 million ($103 million) to acquire Travel Channel International. Travel Channel International distributes the Travel Channel brand in 20 languages across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. The company produces and commissions original travel programming for distribution in 91 countries. ...

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TV Real Launches Preview Site for MIPDoc

NEW YORK: The TV Real Preview for MIPDoc features a video interview with TV personality and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich as well as interviews with Werner Herzog and HBO’s Sheila Nevins, alongside articles, links to our Screening Rooms and more. To see it, visit miptv.worldscreen.com/real. The site features a video interview ...

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HISTORY & Sky 3D Order British Monarchy Series

LONDON: HISTORY and Sky 3D have co-commissioned Colonial Pictures to produce the series Trevor McDonald’s Queen and Country, commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The four-part, one-hour series, which was co-commissioned with Sky 3D to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, will explore the institutions and traditions surrounding the monarchy. ...

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truTV Hires New Senior VP of Original Programming

NEW YORK: Adam Dolgins has been named the senior VP of original programming for truTV.   He will oversee the network’s original programming group, which handles alternative comedic content such as Impractical Jokers and the upcoming Killer Karaoke. Dolgins will be based in New York and report to Darren Campo, ...

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Veria Living Expands its Brand

NEW YORK: Veria Living has formed the new division Veria Living Worldwide under its global expansion initiative. Veria Living Worldwide, which will be headed by Raymond Donahue, the company’s senior VP and head of program sales, will initiate partnerships with broadcasters and websites globally. Its catalogue of 1,100 hours of ...

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Zone Reality Stocks Up on Crime Series

LONDON: Chello Zone has secured new programming from TVNZ, among others, bulking up its crime offerings for the Zone Reality channel. Following the deals, TVNZ’s documentary series The Investigator is to premiere across all of Zone Reality’s feeds from May. The 12-part series from filmmaker Bryan Bruce looks at some ...

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Passion & Scripps Extend Partnership

LONDON: In renewing its exclusive distribution agreement with Scripps Networks International for an additional two years, Passion Distribution heads into MIPTV with a slate that includes programming from HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, among others. The renewed relationship kicks off at MIPTV with more than ...

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BBC Worldwide’s Prime-Time Docs

PREMIUM: Mark Reynolds, the commercial director for factual at BBC Worldwide’s Indie Unit, talks about the company’s new prime-time documentary series and specials.   The BBC broadcasts documentary series and one-offs, but Mark Reynolds, the commercial director for factual at BBC Worldwide’s Indie Unit, notes that the current economic climate ...

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Five NFB Docs to Be Showcased at Hot Docs

TORONTO: Hot Docs has selected five films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to premiere at the 2012 festival, taking place April 26 to May 6 in Toronto. The festival’s Canadian Spectrum track will feature three NFB world premieres. Who Cares? looks at the prostitutes risking their lives ...

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More Jersey Shore for MTV

NEW YORK: A sixth season of Jersey Shore has been ordered by MTV, which will be filming in Seaside Heights, NJ this summer. The fifth season was the number one cable series among the 12-to-34 demo. Adding in DVR playback, the show’s fifth season scored an average 7.4 rating in ...

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