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Amazon Studios Expands Development Efforts

SEATTLE: Amazon Studios is planning to develop original comedy and children’s series for the Amazon Instant Video streaming service. Series creators are invited to upload their comedy and children’s proposals to Amazon Studios. The best programs will be selected for distribution through Amazon’s digital video streaming service. Each month, Amazon ...

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ESPN Unveils Unified Soccer Brand

NEW YORK: ESPN is bringing together all of its soccer properties under the same banner, ESPNFC, which spans TV, radio, print, online and mobile. Starting this week, a preview of ESPNFC is available with branded content online and on mobile platforms centered on the EURO 2012 tournament in Poland and ...

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CBS Sees Profit Spike

NEW YORK: First-quarter profit jumped 80 percent for CBS Corporation, bolstered by an influx from digital deals. Net earnings were $363 million, up from the year ago’s $202 million. Revenues for the first quarter were up 12 percent to $3.92 billion. This gain was led by content licensing and distribution ...

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Earnings Up 30 Percent for Comcast

NEW YORK: Comcast Corporation reported an increase of 30 percent for its Q1 profit, boosted by Super Bowl advertising and continued growth from its Internet services. For the quarter ended March 31, net income grew from $943 million to $1.22 billion. The company posted consolidated revenues of $14.9 billion, an ...

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Q1 Profit Down 11 Percent at Time Warner

NEW YORK: Time Warner’s first-quarter earnings were down 11 percent, due in part to a $35 million impairment charge for the cancellation of the HBO original series Luck. Revenue was up 4 percent to $7 billion and adjusted operating income increased 6 percent to $1.4 billion. This growth was fueled ...

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Elizabeth Guider Reports Ahead of the L.A. Screenings

PREMIUM: The major Hollywood studios continue to generate solid licensing fees from their broadcast clients and are now eagerly exploring opportunities with new platforms worldwide, reports Elizabeth Guider.   Forget the wow factor. When it comes to Hollywood’s international-television business, it’s the how factor that counts. As in how to ...

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HBO Renews Girls, Veep

NEW YORK: HBO has made a commitment for second seasons of the comedies Girls and Veep, giving ten-episode orders for both. Girls has drawn a gross audience to date of 3.8 million viewers. The show, created by and starring Lena Dunham, follows a group of girls in the early 20s ...

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E! Unveils New Network Branding

LOS ANGELES: Under its new "Pop of Culture" tagline, E! Entertainment is evolving the network with a refreshed look, logo and brand campaign, also lining up a slate of projects from Nigel Lythgoe, Whitney Cummings and others. The channel is focusing on expanding, elevating and enhancing the global pop-culture brand ...

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