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FremantleMedia Hires Director of Global Entertainment Production

LONDON: Diana Buddingh, formerly the head of international productions at Talpa International, has joined FremantleMedia as its new director of global entertainment production. Buddingh will be based in London, reporting to Cecile Frot-Coutaz, the company’s CEO. The appointment takes effect October 1. In the new post, Buddingh will lead the ...

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Video Interview: Talk Show Host Arsenio Hall

NEW YORK: TV personality Arsenio Hall talks to TV USA about why he’s ready to return to the late-night scene and how his new series will be different from its first iteration and other talk shows airing in that hour.              In the late ’80s ...

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Home-Entertainment Partners On Board for Stan Lee’s Mighty 7

PARIS: PGS Entertainment has lined up home-entertainment partners in the U.K., France, Australia and Canada for Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, an upcoming animated film trilogy. Clear Vision has agreed to release and distribute the 75-minute movies on DVD in the U.K. and France, while Beyond Home Entertainment and Imavision will ...

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Rainbow Names New Licensing Agents for Hit Brands

LONDON: Rainbow has selected a slew of licensing partners to represent such properties as Winx Club, PopPixie, Huntik: Secrets & Seekers and Mia and me in territories around the globe. New licensing agents include B-Rights for Mia and me, PopPixie and Huntik in Greece; Planeta Junior for Winx Club, Mia and ...

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BT Sport Lines Up Clare Balding Talk Show

LONDON: BT Sport has aligned with Boomerang to co-produce a new live weekly talk show led by Clare Balding. The sports magazine show will feature interviews with sporting icons and discussions about sports-related news topics. The series will also place an emphasis on women’s sports. The program will launch on ...

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Titanic Set for 3D Broadcast in Italy

MILAN: Sky 3D in Italy is set to air the 3D edition of the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic, making it the first TV channel in the world to do so. Titanic in 3D will make its world premiere TV broadcast on July 14 at 9:10 p.m. on Sky 3D, with a simultaneous ...

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Eurovision Awards Grants to Science-Based Kids’ Shows

GENEVA: Eurovision has teamed up with the CERN laboratory for particle physics in an initiative to award grants to two production houses to develop multimedia properties aimed at encouraging the scientific curiosity of youngsters. A panel of CERN scientists and EBU members evaluated the proposals, aimed at children 8 to 12. ...

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Canal+ Acquires Monster Math Squad

HALIFAX/LOS ANGELES/LONDON: Canal+ has licensed the rights to air the preschool series Monster Math Squad across a range of territories, including France and Switzerland. Through a deal with DHX Media, Canal+ is bringing the math-based show to France, Monaco, Andorra, Mauritius and Switzerland on the pay-TV Canal+ Premium channel. Also part of ...

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Transformers, My Little Pony Renewed to Home-Ent Deals

LONDON/LOS ANGELES: Hasbro Studios has renewed its Australian and New Zealand home-entertainment agreement with Madman Entertainment for Transformers Prime and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. The deal involves the DVD and digital platform distribution of both series’ second seasons in the region. Transformers Prime uses computer-generated animation to illustrate the ongoing ...

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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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