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BBC to Air Giant Squid Doc

TOKYO: NHK’s Legends of the Deep: Giant Squid has been slated for a U.K. broadcast on BBC Two on July 13 as a Natural World special programming piece titled Giant Squid: Filming the Impossible. The hour-long documentary is an NHK/NEP/Discovery U.S. co-production in association with ZDF and ARTE. It follows the ...

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CCTV Buys Package from ZDFE.factual Slate

MAINZ: ZDF Enterprises has concluded a deal with China’s CCTV that features factual programming in the genres of wildlife and nature, history and biographies. The package, which contains 18 hours in total from the ZDFE.factual catalogue, includes Last Secrets of the Third Reich and Jungle Book Bear. Also part of the ...

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Cartoon Network Launches New Game Creator

ATLANTA: Adventure Time Game Creator, a free-to-play online game creator based on the popular animated series, is now available on CartoonNetwork.com. Developed by Yamago, Adventure Time Game Creator allows players to build their own games led by Finn and Jake, who have special powers and attacks. There are a number ...

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Greek Public Broadcasting Back On Air

ATHENS: Public broadcasting has resumed in Greece, one month after the government pulled the plug on state broadcaster ERT. The frequencies once occupied by ERT began airing again late yesterday as Greek Public Television (EDT), with a logo in the background. An old Greek movie was aired. The new signal will ...

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A+E Networks Takes Full Control of AETN All Asia Networks

SINGAPORE: A+E Networks has closed its agreement with Astro Overseas Limited (AOL) to assume full ownership of the joint venture AETN All Asia Networks. The Singapore-based company, which was formed as a JV in 2007, will be rebranded as A+E Networks Asia. The group’s portfolio of channels will continue to have carriage ...

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Sam Heughan to Lead New Starz Original

BEVERLY HILLS: Sam Heughan has been tapped to lead the cast of Outlander, a new original series that is slated to debut on Starz next year. Based on the books penned by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the story of Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior who enters into an affair with a ...

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The Garden Bolsters Senior Creative Team

LONDON: The Garden, a television production company now owned by ITV Studios, has added to its senior creative team with two new appointments and a promotion. Executive producer Lucy Bowden comes from Dragonfly, where she was the series producer for One Born Every Minute. She will report to David Wise, ...

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Comedy Central to Roast James Franco

NEW YORK: James Franco, whose list of credits include acting, directing, writing and producing, has been selected as Comedy Central’s next roastee. The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco is set to tape in Los Angeles in August. It is slated for a premiere on Labor Day. In addition to ...

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Colin Kinsella to Lead Mindshare in North America

NEW YORK: Mindshare, GroupM’s worldwide media agency network, has hired Colin Kinsella as its new CEO for North America, effective July 15. Kinsella will take the place of Antony Young, who is transitioning to global business projects and development. He will work under Nick Emery, the global CEO of Mindshare. ...

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Twofour Makes a Splash!

NEW YORK: Melanie Leach, the managing director of Twofour Broadcast, and Anthony Appell, the head of sales for Twofour Rights, talk to TV Real about the company’s production and distribution of factual content. From ITV to the BBC, Channel 4 to Sky Atlantic, Twofour’s programming has made its way to ...

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