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Programmer Profile: Ovation’s Kris Slava

PREMIUM: Ovation, a U.S. channel devoted to celebrating art, artists and artistic storytelling, is looking for high-quality scripted imports to fill its The Best You’ve Never Seen block, Kris Slava, the senior VP of programming and production, tells World Screen Newsflash. WS: What are some of the shows or blocks ...

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Hulu to Co-Produce New Season of The Thick of It

LOS ANGELES: In its first international co-production, Hulu is working with the BBC on the upcoming fourth season of Armando Iannucci’s acclaimed British comedy The Thick of It, while also securing the streaming rights to the first three seasons. Hulu and Hulu Plus will launch the first three seasons on July 29, ...

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Key Casting Announced for NGC’s Killing Lincoln

WASHINGTON: Billy Campbell, who most recently appeared in AMC’s The Killing, has been cast as Abraham Lincoln in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming two-hour film Killing Lincoln from Scott Free Productions. The TV movie, based on the book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin ...

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Report: DreamWorks Animation Makes Classic Media Bid

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK: DreamWorks Animation is said to have offered $150 million to acquire Classic Media, according to published reports. For DreamWorks Animation, the properties in the Classic Media stable—including Casper, Lassie, Where’s Waldo, and a number of other well-known brands—could provide a steady supply of IP for feature-film releases. According ...

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NBC Takes Full Ownership of MSNBC Digital Businesses

NEW YORK: NBC News has taken full ownership of the MSNBC Digital Network—encompassing MSNBC.com and several other web properties and apps—buying out Microsoft’s 50-percent stake of a joint venture that was created in 1996. While NBCU is the sole owner of the MSNBC cable network, MSNBC.com has been part of a JV with Microsoft. ...

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Disney Junior Joins DIRECTV

EL SEGUNDO/BURBANK: DIRECTV’s 20 million customers—who have been without the Viacom channels, including Nick Jr., since last week—now have access to Disney Junior, which launched on the platform over the weekend. The channel, aimed at kids aged 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, is now available as a basic channel on the satellite ...

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Shakeup for American Idol Judging Panel

LOS ANGELES: Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion are among the names being bandied about as new additions to the American Idol judging panel, following news that both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will not return for the new season in January. On Thursday of last week, FOX announced that Tyler would ...

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Netflix Sees Boost in TV Usage

NEW YORK: The number of Netflix subscribers streaming movies has dipped so far this year, while customers using the service for TV or TV-like programming is on the rise, according to Nielsen. Netflix recently announced that its members streamed more than 2 billion hours of videos in Q4 2011. A new Nielsen ...

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Aereo Allowed to Continue Streaming Despite Lawsuits

NEW YORK: The online TV service Aereo, which is backed by Barry Diller, has been cleared to continue operating, after a federal judge denied a temporary injunction sought by broadcasters such as CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX. FOX, CBS, NBC and 14 other broadcasters previously filed copyright infringement suits against ...

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9/11 Attacks Tops List of Impactful TV Moments

NEW YORK: The September 11 terrorist attacks was listed as the most impactful TV moment of the last 50 years, followed by Hurricane Katrina and the O.J. Simpson verdict, according to a survey conducted by Nielsen and Sony Electronics. To measure impact, Nielsen and Sony created a score for each event ...

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