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What to Expect Brand Enters TV Arena

NEW YORK: The founders of the best-selling What to Expect pregnancy and parenting book series have aligned with Little Airplane Productions to launch What to Expect Jr., a venture that will focus on creating original TV content for young viewers. The deal marks the first time that the book series, written ...

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Breaking Bad Star Attached to Bravo Drama Pilot

NEW YORK: Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler White in the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, has signed on for the lead role in Rita, one of Bravo’s first scripted drama pilots. Rita will be directed Miguel Arteta, who is also executive producing the pilot. Production on the pilot is set ...

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TF1 Teams with Cyber Group Studios for Ninja Show

NEW YORK: Production has commenced on Mini Ninjas, an animated action comedy series being co-produced by TF1 Production and Cyber Group Studios for TF1’s kids’ programming block, TFOU. Meant for 6- to 10-year-old children, the 52×13-minute show focuses on a group of ninjas who fight to free animals that have ...

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Johnny Test Celebrates 100th Episode

HALIFAX/LOS ANGELES/LONDON: DHX Media has unveiled new details about the 100th episode of Johnny Test, which will be penned by creator Scott Fellows. Fellows is best known for his work as the creator and executive producer of Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and Big Time Rush. The sixth season of ...

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Thunderbirds Being Revived for CITV

LONDON: ITV Studios is re-inventing the classic Thunderbirds series in collaboration with Pukeko Pictures to bring the show back for a 2015 debut on CITV, which is 50 years on from its original television premiere. ITV Studios and Pukeko will be working with Weta Workshop to co-produce Thunderbirds are Go! (working title) as ...

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Endemol Hires MD for Asia

LONDON: Fotini Paraskakis, formerly the director of content for FremantleMedia Asia, has been tapped to serve as the managing director for Endemol’s Asian operations. In her role at FremantleMedia Asia, Paraskakis was managing the creative, production and content for formats in the region, including Idols, Got Talent and The X ...

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Amazon Instant Video Scores Downton Abbey

SEATTLE: Through a licensing agreement with PBS Distribution, Amazon’s Prime Instant Video has become the exclusive subscription home for streaming of Downton Abbey. The first two seasons are currently available on Prime Instant Video. Starting June 18, the third season heads to the service on an exclusive basis. Prime Instant Video ...

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Lizenzwerft to Represent Alphanim Kids’ Series

VINCENNES: Lizenzwerft has become the licensing agent for Alphanim’s The Green Squad, an eco-adventure animated series for children that is slated to premiere next month on KI.KA in Germany. Co-produced by Alphanim, Europool and France Télévisions, The Green Squad is about three siblings who are trying to save the environment with ...

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Ofcom Awards License for Local London DTT Service

LONDON: Ofcom has granted the Evening Standard a license to run a local TV service in London on DTT, with the channel to be named London Live. The channel is expected to reach some 4 million homes, the largest footprint of all the new local TV services. In May 2012, Ofcom invited ...

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Canadian TV Production Reached All-Time High in 2012

OTTAWA: Canadian television productions reached an all-time high in 2011-12, rising 21.3 percent to nearly C$2.6 billion, according to a new report published by the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). English-language fiction led this rise in activity, with the volume increasing by 41.4 percent to just under C$1.1 billion. This ...

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