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Super Junior’s Kim Hee-chul to Star in New Korean Dramedy

SEOUL: K-pop star Kim Hee-chul (Super Junior) has signed on to lead the cast of Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team, a tentatively titled comedy drama slated to air on CJ E&M's tvN later this year. Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team will follow the adventures of a man whose co-workers have suddenly ...

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Mattel Acquires MEGA Brands

EL SEGUNDO/MONTREAL: Mattel has purchased MEGA Brands, which sells construction building and arts and crafts sets, for a total enterprise value of approximately $460 million. Under the transaction, which was unanimously approved by the board of directors, MEGA Brands shareholders will be given C$17.75 per share in cash. The deal ...

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Eden Gaha

Eden Gaha, the president of Shine America, shares with TV Formats some insight on developing The Face and adapting properties from Shine’s global network for the U.S. market. TV FORMATS: The Face was the first Shine U.S. original to be adapted internationally. Were you thinking about potential international versions during ...

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Another Season of Wizards vs. Aliens for CBBC

LONDON: CBBC has ordered a third season of Wizards vs. Aliens, a sci-fi adventure series created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford. The latest installment of Wizards vs. Aliens will introduce Tom and Benny to a new alien race and magical creatures. The show is produced by BBC Cymru ...

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Two New Execs Joins Essential Media

SYDNEY: Essential Media and Entertainment has brought on Chris Irvine as commercial director and Leo Faber as development executive for factual. Irvine will be focusing on commercial interests and business affairs for the company's full slate. He joins from SBS Television Australia, where he had been the head of business ...

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VIMN Asia Makes Brand Executive Change

SINGAPORE: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced Paras Sharma as the new VP of MTV Brand, Comedy Central and Digital Media Asia. Sharma begins the tenure with VIMN Asia as of March 17 and will be based in Singapore. Sharma will be reporting to Indra Suharjono, the executive VP ...

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Channel 4 Commissions Second Doc on Devastating British Storms

LONDON: The U.K.’s Channel 4 has commissioned Pioneer Productions to produce The Floods that Foiled New Year: Caught On Camera, the outfit's second fast-turnaround documentary chronicling the severe storms battering Britain. The factual program would be a follow-up to Pioneer’s recent doc, The Storms that Stole Christmas, another production for Channel ...

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AMC/Sundance Channel Global Promotes Pair

NEW YORK: AMC/Sundance Channel Global has elevated Gail Gendler to VP of acquisitions and Patrick Connolly to VP of programming and scheduling. Gendler has been working with AMC Networks (formerly Rainbow Media) since 2000. She oversees all acquisitions for AMC/Sundance Channel Global. Connolly oversees scheduling, promotion planning and on-air creative ...

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BBC Worldwide Taps New VP & GM for Africa

LONDON: BBC Worldwide has named Joel Churcher as the VP and general manager for Africa. Churcher will be based in Johannesburg. He will be responsible for the strategy and business development across all BBC Worldwide businesses in the region. This includes TV and digital sales, production and format sales, licensing ...

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Channel 5 Lines Up Crime Docs

LONDON: A number of new crime documentaries are headed to Channel 5's schedule later this year, among them Killing Spree from producer Twofour. Killing Spree explores some of history's most infamous and brutal criminal acts. The series will bring to life the true stories behind them. Also coming to the ...

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