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Top Format Buyers: Canada’s CTV

PREMIUM: Phil King, the president of CTV programming and sports, talks to TV Formats about the Canadian network’s strategy for buying formats. TRACK RECORD: Recent and current format acquisitions include Canadian Idol (five seasons, from 2003 to 2008); So You Think You Can Dance Canada (four seasons from 2008 to ...

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BBC Worldwide Lines Up Toy Partners for Sarah & Duck

LONDON: Posh Paws has been appointed by BBC Worldwide as the master toy licensee for the preschool property Sarah & Duck to develop a plush range for a spring 2014 rollout. Penguin has been tapped to develop the Sarah & Duck book publishing range. The books will be rolled out at ...

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ITV Goes for Your Face Sounds Familiar

LONDON: ITV has commissioned the prime-time entertainment format Your Face Sounds Familiar from Endemol to launch later this year. The format sees celebrities performing as different musical icons each week. The performances will take place in front of a judging panel, which for ITV is confirmed to include Julian Clary and ...

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Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who

LONDON: Matt Smith has confirmed that he is leaving Doctor Who after four years on the hit BBC One show. Smith will be leaving the role at the end of this year, after starring in the 50th anniversary series in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. While there have been ...

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Nottingham Forest & Planeta Junior Team for Sendokai Champions L&M

MADRID: Nottingham Forest has formed a partnership with Planeta Junior to handle the licensing and merchandising rights for Sendokai Champions in Southern and Eastern Europe. The territories included in the agreement are Italy, France, Greece, Russia, Turkey and CEE countries, among others. Co-produced by Kotoc and TVE, Sendokai Champions combines action ...

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CBS Corporation Buys TV Guide Digital

SAN FRANCISCO: CBS Corporation has wholly acquired TV Guide Digital, which includes TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile properties. CBS Corporation purchased the remaining 50-percent stake in TV Guide Digital shares from Lionsgate. The companies’ 50-50 partnership for the TVGN cable channel, announced in March, will continue. “TV Guide is one of the most-enduring ...

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Jon Feltheimer Renews Lionsgate Contract

SANTA MONICA: Jon Feltheimer has extended his tenure to serve as the CEO of Lionsgate through May 2018. Feltheimer has been the CEO for 13 years. During this time, Lionsgate’s market capital has increased from $80 million to nearly $4 billion. Dr. Mark Rachesky, Lionsgate’s chairman of the board, said, ...

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L.A. Screenings Buyer Feedback: TV 2’s John Ranelagh

OSLO: The Blacklist with James Spader and Hostages starring Toni Collette were among the shows that resonated with John Ranelagh, the head of acquisitions at Norway’s TV 2, at the recent L.A. Screenings. Asked which shows he liked and found interesting, Ranelagh noted: "I liked Killer Women [Disney Media Distribution], perhaps because ...

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Children’s TV Offerings Reach Record High in Europe

STRASBOURG: There are some 320 channels across Europe that target the children’s demographic, according to a new study by the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO), compared to less than 100 a decade ago. The data published shows that there are 280 kids’ channels in the E.U. and around 320 in wider ...

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Anthony Zuiker on Interactive Storytelling

NEW YORK: Anthony Zuiker, the creator of the CSI franchise, talks to World Screen Newsflash about his interactive digital series Cybergeddon as well as new projects, including Whodunnit? for ABC. WS: Does writing for the web offer different freedoms compared to ...

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