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Lionsgate Gives Film Day-and-Date Release on Facebook

SANTA MONICA: Lionsgate has made the film Abduction available to rent on Facebook, marking the first-ever release through the social network that is day-and-date with the DVD launch. The film, which stars Taylor Lautner, is available to rent through Facebook for $3.99 for 48 hours. The Facebook release also includes ...

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Calemzuk Exits Shine Group

LOS ANGELES: Emiliano Calemzuk has left his post as the CEO of Shine Americas. Calemzuk is planning to take a temporary break from the day-to-day executive duties, a departure which is "amicable" according to Shine Group’s announcement. The team at Shine America will now report to Carl Fennessy, the CEO of ...

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eOne Secures North American Rights to Virginia

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO: Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired the North American distribution rights in all media to the drama feature film Virginia, starring Jennifer Connelly, Emma Roberts and Ed Harris. Virginia is expected to be released in theaters in the U.S. and Canada in the spring. Worldwide rights for the film ...

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Fun World Media Appoints Latin American Sales Rep

BEVERLY HILLS: P.E. Media Services is to represent Fun World Media’s catalogue of programs at NATPE, highlighting the half-hour tween comedy series The Jadagrace Show. Available to buyers at NATPE is the 26-episode half-hour series The Jadagrace Show, which follows the adventures of a talented 11-year-old girl who gets her ...

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TVS Lands New Series

ORLANDO: The Television Syndication Company (TVS) has picked up several new HD series, including Enviropals! In addition to TVS’s new 39-episode half-hour Enviropals! series, is Mickey’s Farm, available in the U.S. only. The 110-episode 11-minute series is a blend of live action and colorful animation aimed at preschoolers. The 39-episode ...

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Freshman Shows Win Big at the Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES: A number of first-season shows were honored at last night’s Golden Globes, including Homeland, which picked up the award for best TV drama.  The psychological thriller Homeland won for best drama, while its lead, Claire Danes, won for best actress. Kelsey Grammer won in the actor category for ...

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Hulu Plans Scripted Original

LOS ANGELES: Hulu has unveiled an original programming slate that features the show Battleground, which marks the service’s foray into original scripted series.  Battleground, launching February 14, is executive produced by JD Walsh, Hagai Shaham and Marc Webb. Battleground is set in the world of political campaigns in the battleground ...

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Irv Holender Re-Launches Multicom Entertainment Group

LOS ANGELES: Irv Holender has re-launched Multicom Entertainment Group, a distribution outfit originally formed in 1995.  Multicom will make its formal debut at NATPE. The company will focus on the global TV marketplace, as well as digital platforms, including pay-per-view, the Internet and mobile channels. Holender is also looking to ...

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Lionsgate Buys Summit Entertainment

SANTA MONICA: Lionsgate has made the move to acquire Summit Entertainment, behind the hit Twilight movie franchise, for a combination of cash and stock valued at $412.5 million.   The transaction broadens Lionsgate’s 13,000 title filmed entertainment library to include The Twilight Saga, The Locker, Red and many others. Summit’s ...

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New Phil Gurin Game Show for The CW

BURBANK: The CW has ordered a new ten-episode game show, Oh Sit!, which is billed as high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs. The show is created and executive produced by Phil Gurin (The Singing Bee, Shark Tank, The Weakest Link), Richard Joel and Deena Dill. From The Gurin Company and 405 Productions, ...

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