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New Disney Channel Movie to Feature Villainous Offspring

BURBANK: Next spring, Disney Channel is slated to begin production on Descendants, an original live-action movie that is to be directed by Emmy-winner Kenny Ortega (High School Musical). Descendants centers on the adolescent children of such infamous Disney villains as Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar. The teens, ...

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Netflix: Binge Watching is the New Normal

LOS GATOS: Harris Interactive has conducted a survey on behalf of Netflix among some 1,500 online U.S. adults who stream TV shows and found that binge watching is common behavior among this group, with 61 percent saying they watch back-to-back ...

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New Programming Block for Velocity

SILVER SPRING: Velocity is kicking off a new programming block, Cars and Coffee, which is scheduled to air on weekday mornings. Cars and Coffee will include popular episodes of Velocity series, including Tech Toys, What's My Car Worth? and Chasing Classic Cars. The block was inspired by the tradition of ...

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NGCI Reveals Commissions from London Hub

WASHINGTON, D.C.: National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has given the go-ahead to a handful of productions, including the six-part series Time Scanners, from its worldwide content hub in London. Atlantic Productions' Time Scanners uses 3D laser-scanning technology to examine the engineering behind a number of ancient creations, including the Colosseum ...

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Another Season of Break the Safe for BBC One

LONDON: Break the Safe, a National Lottery quiz show from FremantleMedia UK's Thames Scotland, is slated to return to BBC One on Saturday nights. Presented by Nick Knowles, Break the Safe looks on as three teams attempt to "break the safe" for the chance to win a large cash prize. ...

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Crackle Launches on Apple TV

CULVER CITY: The multi-platform entertainment network Crackle is now being offered on Apple TV, which is the first platform to feature Crackle content in high definition. Apple TV users will be able to access complementary titles from Crackle's vast catalogue ...

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BBC Two Slates Sleeping Beauty Stage Production

LONDON: This Christmas, BBC Two is set to air Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty, a New Adventures stage production that was filmed at the Bristol Hippodrome in the U.K. earlier this year. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty puts a new spin on the classic story about Princess Aurora. The 105-minute film is ...

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Pivot Adds New Members to Executive Team

NEW YORK: Pivot, Participant Media’s network focused on Millennials, has added two new members to its executive team. Jennie Morris has been hired as the senior VP of acquisitions and operations, and Jerry Blake has been tapped as the senior VP of business and legal affairs. The new execs will ...

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Justin Gorman

As head of entertainment at the U.K.'s Channel 4, Justin Gorman is constantly on the lookout for programs that create buzz and attract viewers. WS: The U.K. market is crowded, but Channel 4 has carved a niche for itself. What do you want to offer viewers? GORMAN: The key for ...

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