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ITV Studios Teams Up with David Leepson

SHERMAN OAKS: ITV Studios America has entered into an agreement with David Leepson through his production company Leepson Bounds Entertainment. Leepson Bounds Entertainment is currently in production on two pilots for Fuel TV. Previously, Leepson was the managing creative director at Base Productions, where he created, sold and executive produced ...

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U.S. Broadcasters Sue Online TV Service Aereo

NEW YORK: Aereo, an online start-up that plans to give users web access to live broadcast TV, is being sued by Fox, Univision and PBS, among other broadcasters, for alleged copyright infringement. Aereo, which is backed by Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, claims that it can legally stream video from local TV stations ...

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Turner Broadcasting Hires VP of Program Acquisitions

ATLANTA: Turner Broadcasting Systems has hired Valerie Watts Meraz as the VP of program acquisitions for Turner Entertainment Networks (TEN) and the Young Adults and Kids Media group (AYAKM). Meraz will negotiate deals for non-sports program acquisitions for TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and ...

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Redbox & Universal Agree to 28-Day Window

UNIVERSAL CITY/OAKBROOK TERRACE: A new multi-year agreement has been signed by Redbox that confirms a 28-day window on Blu-ray Disc and DVD titles from Universal Studios Home Entertainment for its rental kiosks. The agreement extends the relationship between Redbox and Universal Studios Home Entertainment through 2014. Universal titles will become ...

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Online Availability of TV Shows Wins Favor with Consumers

NEW YORK: Making TV shows available online drives growth in the number of episodes watched and increases viewing time, according to new research from Knowledge Networks. The study, TV’s Web Connections 2012, finds that 42 percent of respondents say that having video online makes them think more highly of a TV ...

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Acorn Media Buys into Agatha Christie Literary Estate

SILVER SPRING: Acorn Media has purchased a 64-percent stake in Agatha Christie Limited from Chorion, giving it majority ownership of the iconic characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, among many others. Agatha Christie has sold more than 2 billion books, following only The Bible and William Shakespeare as the most ...

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BBC America Developing Two New Series

NEW YORK: BBC America has signed up Clerkenwell Films, behind the U.K. hit Misfits, to develop two new series, Wired, a sci-fi program, and The Dead Beat, a paranormal crime show.   Wired takes place in a world with synthetic humans, called ‘Syns’, and explores themes of humanity and what ...

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Shine USA Hires Programming EVP from Oz

LOS ANGELES: Paul Franklin is relocating from his post at Shine Australia to take on the newly created role of executive VP of programming at Shine USA. Franklin will relocate to Los Angeles, where he will head up creative oversight of Shine USA’s unscripted slate. He will report to Eden ...

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Fox & Warner Bros. in Digital Content Initiative

BURBANK/LOS ANGELES: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group are working with SanDisk and Western Digital on an effort to advance the digital ownership of HD movies. Dubbed Project Phenix, the efforts will give consumers an easier and faster way to buy, store and playback HD ...

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Early Ratings Show Oscar Viewership Up Slightly

NEW YORK: The preliminary ratings for last night’s Academy Awards telecast were slightly higher than last year’s show, according to early data from Nielsen. Based on Nielsen’s Household Metered Market ratings in 56 U.S. markets and adult 18-49 ratings, the Awards averaged a 25.5 Household rating from 8:30 p.m. to ...

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