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Content to Sell Romantic Dramedy Around the Globe

LONDON: The international sales rights in all media for Rising Star, a romantic comedy/drama, have been acquired by Content, which is set to showcase the title at the European Film Market. Starring Gary Ploski (Being Michael Madsen) and Emily Morse (Time’s Up), Rising Star follows the life of an insurance adjuster ...

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Strange Hill High Returning for Season Two

NEW YORK: Ahead of the series debut, CBBC has ordered a second season of the comedy adventure show Strange Hill High, which has a number of new licensees in place. The series is a co-production between FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and CBBC in association with Factory Transmedia. The first ...

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Bear Grylls Returns to Discovery

SILVER SPRING: While the two had previously ended their partnership in 2012, Bear Grylls and Discovery Networks International (DNI) have come together for a new series, Ultimate Survivors. In Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors, the survival expert reveals stories of ordinary people stranded in devastatingly dire situations. The 6×1-hour show uses ...

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Sony Xperia Smartphones Get Toon Goggles App

LOS ANGELES: Toon Goggles, an online channel for children, is releasing an exclusive app on Sony Xperia handset devices. The app will be available in Sony Select on all new Xperia smartphones featuring Toon Goggles Android version 3.5. It will offer users the ability to access localized menus in a number ...

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Giorgio Stock Joins Turner EMEA

LONDON: Giorgio Stock, who has spent 15 years with Disney, has been named president of Turner Broadcasting System EMEA, starting in April. In the new role, Stock will have oversight for all entertainment and kids’ networks and media services across ...

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Bonnie Hammer Takes Over NBCU Cable Portfolio

NEW YORK: Bonnie Hammer is taking over responsibility for the entire cable portfolio at NBCUniversal, while Lauren Zalaznick shifts her focus to digital and emerging technology and former Univision exec Joe Uva joins the company in the newly created role of chairman for Hispanic enterprises and content. Hammer, Zalaznick and ...

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Digimon Fusion Heads to Nickelodeon in the U.S.

NEW YORK: Saban Brands’ Digimon Fusion, the sixth chapter in the popular Digimon franchise, is slated to begin airing on Nickelodeon in the U.S. later this year. The latest Digimon installment revolves around a boy named Mikey, who is trying to help a group of digital monsters save their digital ...

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Liberty Global in Talks to Purchase Virgin Media

LONDON: Liberty Global is in discussions to potentially purchase Virgin Media, which is the second largest pay-TV provider in the U.K., after BSkyB. “Any such transaction would be subject to regulatory and other conditions,” Virgin Media said in a statement confirming the talks. The move would put the telecommunications billionaire John ...

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K’NEX Brands to Create PAC-MAN Building Toys

NEW YORK/HATFIELD: 41 Entertainment (41e) has given K’NEX Brands a license to develop a line of construction toys for the PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures brand around the world, excluding Japan. The product line will feature Mystery Figure Packs, Maze Assortments and the Ghost Regeneration Chamber/Power Pellet Tree Assortment. Characters such ...

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Report: Free Streaming Rivals SVOD

PORT WASHINGTON: Free TV streaming is becoming a growing trend with traditional television customers, almost level with SVOD usage, according to The NPD Group, which also finds that Hulu.com is the leader in this segment. According to NPD’s Free Streaming TV report, 12 percent of U.S. TV watchers say they have streamed shows ...

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