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Univision Communications Bolsters Research Team

NEW YORK: Univision Communications has appointed Dan Murphy as senior VP of audience measurement and analytics and Kevin King as senior VP of digital research. Working alongside Ceril Shagrin, Univision’s executive VP of audience measurement and analytics, Murphy will supervise the company’s third-party industry relationships and experiments. For the last several ...

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Mike Darnell Joins Warner Bros.

BURBANK: Mike Darnell, who left his post as the president of alternative entertainment at FOX last month, is joining Warner Bros. to fill the newly created position of president of unscripted and alternative television. The post gives him oversight of first-run syndicated series produced by Telepictures Productions as well as unscripted prime-time ...

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LatAm, Asia Lead Global Ad Growth

NEW YORK: Global ad revenues rose just 1.9 percent to $76.6 billion in the first quarter of 2013 as compared with the year-ago period, according to Nielsen’s quarterly Global AdView Pulse report, as gains in Latin America and Asia were offset by ...

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CBS, Time Warner Cable at Odds Over Retrans Fees

NEW YORK: Time Warner Cable subscribers in certain key markets across the U.S. could lose access to CBS this month if the two companies are unable to come to terms on a new retransmission agreement. The companies have taken their feud public after talks reportedly broke down yesterday. The previous retransmission ...

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TV5MONDE to Distribute Programming Through ClearVISION

LOS ANGELES: The French-language entertainment network TV5MONDE USA is now distributing 16 travel, food and lifestyle shows via ClearVISION’s digital television network, which is meant for airports in major U.S. markets. Titles being broadcast include Fine Foods (Epicerie Fine), Eco-home (Echo-logis), Custom Made (Sur Mesures), Villages in France (Villages de ...

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Zig Zag Signs U.K. Options for Three Formats

LONDON: Through Sparks Network, Zig Zag Productions has made U.K. option agreements with Electric Dynamite for Hide and Seek, Abu Media for Jockey Stars and Trio Orange for Wanted. The option deal with Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite and Japan’s T Group is to remake the popular game-show format Hide and ...

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Online Video Subscribers Prefer TV Shows Over Movies

NEW YORK: A new report from GfK has found that subscribers to Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus are overwhelmingly watching more TV shows—both classic and contemporary—on those services than they are watching movies, by a margin of about four to one. GfK surveyed the viewing habits and preferences of ...

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WATCH Disney Services Land on FiOS

BURBANK: WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior are being made available to subscribers of Verizon’s FiOS platform, delivering authenticated online access to programming from the three channels. The three WATCH Disney products deliver live streams of the linear networks, plus on-demand episodes. Subscribers can log in through ...

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Pamela Thomas Inks First-Look Deal with Frantic Films

WINNIPEG: In an effort to enhance its expertise in comedy content, Frantic Films has signed a first-look agreement with Pamela Thomas, a seasoned entertainment executive. Thomas has been in the comedy business for more than two decades. She has contributed to such productions as Saturday Night Live and Kids in ...

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More Digital Extensions Lined Up for Zou

PARIS: Cyber Group Studios is building up its digital program for the animated property Zou, adding a multi-language comprehensive application, a second eBook and three educational apps. The comprehensive application will feature puzzles, eBooks, coloring and DIY activities and karaoke. It will also include full CGI animation from the show. ...

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