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MarVista Adds New Hallmark Originals to Slate

LOS ANGELES: MarVista Entertainment has picked up three new Hallmark Channel original movies and additional television movies spanning a range of different genres to present at MIPTV. The Hallmark Channel original movie acquisitions consist of A Dog Named Duke, A Mother’s Choice and Christmas Comes Home. The additional films which ...

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Mance Media Hires New Sales Executive

HOLLYWOOD: Mance Media has appointed Ralitsa Trifonova as sales executive for Eastern Europe.  Trifonova will be responsible for sales and contract negotiations of Mance Media’s library throughout Eastern Europe. She previously worked as director of worldwide distribution for Associated Television International (ATI). “I’m thrilled to bring on such a high ...

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A+E Networks Promotes Ellen Lovejoy

NEW YORK: Ellen Lovejoy, previously the senior director of international content sales at A+E Networks, is now VP of international content sales.   Lovejoy oversees off-network sales of A+E Networks content to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She develops and implements sales strategies for the programming catalogue, and she will ...

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OWN to Undergo Restructure

LOS ANGELES: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles, cutting 30 positions and redistributing the responsibilities among the network and its partners Discovery Communications and Harpo Studios. As part of the restructure, Neal Kirsch, the CFO of Discovery’s U.S. networks, will be moving ...

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Queen Latifah to Star in TV Adaptation of Steel Magnolias

LOS ANGELES: Golden Globe- and Grammy Award-winner Queen Latifah is to star in and executive produce the Lifetime original movie Steel Magnolias, a TV adaptation of the play and 1989 film of the same name. Latifah (Chicago, Hairspray, Beauty Shop) will star alongside an all-star cast that includes Golden Globe ...

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Ovation Bulks Up Schedule with FME Premieres

SANTA MONICA: Ovation and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) have set the U.S. premieres for the dramatic mini-series Laconia and What To Do When Someone Dies as well as the two-hour feature Holy Flying Circus for the channel’s new branded programming night, The Best You’ve Never Seen. Laconia is written by Alan ...

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EPIX Slates Marvel Heroes Weekend

NEW YORK: EPIX is celebrating Stan Lee and his roster of legendary superheroes with Marvel Heroes Weekend, a programming stunt planned for April 27 to 29. The marathon of movies will feature Iron Man 2, the world TV premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger and the EPIX original doc With ...

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Mike Lang Stepping Down at Miramax

SANTA MONICA: Mike Lang, the CEO of Miramax, is leaving his post, though will remain a consultant to the company as it looks for a successor. Steve Schoch, Miramax’s CFO, will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is named. Richard Nanula, the chairman of Miramax and a principal ...

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NBC Reveals Summer Lineup

UNIVERSAL CITY: NBC has unveiled premiere dates for new and returning series for its summer lineup, including Love in the Wild, among others. NBC is adding Saving Hope, the new, hour-long original drama series, to its lineup. The series stars Erica Durance (Smallville), Michael Shanks (Stargate Atlantis), Daniel Gillies (The ...

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Paley Center to Commemorate Warner Bros.’ 60-Year History

BURBANK: Warner Bros. Television Group and the Paley Center for Media are celebrating the 60-year legacy of the Hollywood studio with a new museum retrospective at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The interactive, multimedia museum exhibit is called Television: Out of the Box. It will feature props, ...

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