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Charles Lindbergh Bio Set for TV Adaptation

HOLLYWOOD: Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black will pen the television adaptation of A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh for Paramount Television. The screenwriter's credits include the feature film Milk and the HBO series Big Love. He will adapt the biography Lindbergh into a miniseries being executive produced ...

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ACTF Wildlife Series Scores U.K. Slot

VICTORIA: Disney Channel in the U.K. has begun airing World Animal Championships (WAC), a wildlife show from the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF) catalogue. WAC watches as hosts Amberley Lobo and Scotty Tweedie compare the characteristics of different types of animals, including their mental and physical abilities. The 52-episode program is produced by Blacklab Entertainment. It is distributed internationally by ACTF. "We're absolutely ...

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BBC Trust Wraps Review of Pubcaster’s TV Services

LONDON: The performance of the BBC's four main TV channels remains strong, according to a review of the services by BBC Trust, but key challenges remain, including reaching younger and minority audiences, and the need for more "creative risks" to be taken in BBC One's programming. The review of BBC ...

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Another Season of Mountain Monsters for Destination America

SILVER SPRING: Destination America has snapped up a 16-episode third season of the reality series Mountain Monsters for broadcast next spring. Mountain Monsters focuses on the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS), a team of expert hunters and trappers in search of the mysterious creatures allegedly spotted in the Appalachian ...

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Genius Brands Hires Consumer Products Chief

BEVERLY HILLS: Genius Brands International (GBI) has named Stone Newman to the newly created post of president of global consumer products. Newman will work under Amy Moynihan Heyward, president of GBI. His duties include collaborating with retailers and licensees to build comprehensive consumer products programs for each of the company’s ...

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Disney Television Animation Expands Slate

BURBANK: Disney Television Animation is developing Haunted Mansion, a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD based on the successful theme park attraction, and is also in production on a trio of pilots and a new short-form series for Disney XD. Haunted Mansion will be exec produced by horror genre ...

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MSNBC & Telemundo to Simulcast Doc Underwater Dreams

LOS ANGELES: As part of a nationwide pro-social campaign, MSNBC and Telemundo are set to simulcast the science documentary Underwater Dreams this Sunday. The film chronicles the story of four teenage boys, all children of Mexican immigrants, who found success after entering a sophisticated underwater robotics competition, even going up against engineering ...

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Studio Game Show Format Wins Formagination 2014

TEV AVIV: The winner of the fourth annual Formagination, a format competition hosted by Armoza Formats in association with TV Format Fund (TVFF), is Shy Barmeli with his studio game show Drop Your Family. Barmeli, who also created the international hits Raid the Cage and Pull Over, has secured a ...

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TCB Media Rights Hires New Sales & Acquisitions Manager

LONDON: TCB Media Rights has brought in Anna Budashevskaya, a former TVF International exec, to help strengthen producer relationships. Budashevskaya will join TCB as the sales and acquisitions manager for the Nordic, Benelux and Central and Eastern European territories in August, as maternity cover for Karen Connell. She will also ...

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