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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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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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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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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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Exclusive Interview: HBO’s Richard Plepler & Michael Lombardo

PREMIUM: Richard Plepler, HBO’s co-president, and Michael Lombardo, president of programming, discuss with World Screen Newsflash their quest for distinctive and genre-defining shows that customers can’t do without. Passionate engagement—that is what HBO wants from its subscribers. A key component in eliciting such viewer loyalty has been the variety of ...

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FX Renews Archer for Fourth Season

LOS ANGELES: FX has ordered season four of the animated series Archer, along with signing an overall deal with the show’s executive producers. In addition to the fourth-season order, producer FX Productions has closed a deal with executive producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, and their animation studio, Floyd County ...

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TV Viewing Remains Strong, Despite Increases in Online Video

NEW YORK: U.S. consumers increased their monthly online video usage in Q3 2011 by 7 percent from the same period last year, though traditional in-home TV viewing still dominates, according to Nielsen’s latest State of the Media: U.S. Digital Consumer Report. The average monthly time clocked watching TV in the ...

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