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ITVS GE Announces New Formats for MIPTV

LONDON: ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has added several titles to its slate of new formats to present at this year’s MIPTV, bringing the total number up to ten. One of the new formats being highlighted is Pissed Off, which was produced by ITV Studios Nordic for YLE. The ...

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Monsuno: Power DVD to Hit Shelves in May

LOS ANGELES: This spring Shout! Factory Kids, in association with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, is set to release Monsuno: Power, a DVD collection from the animated action-adventure show that airs on Nicktoons in the U.S. Monsuno: Power includes five episodes ("Breakthrough," "R.S.V.P.," "Appleseeds," "Eye" and "Deceit") of the boy-skewed program and ...

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Redbox Instant Streaming Service Now Available

OAKBROOK TERRACE: Having completed its beta run, Redbox Instant, which combines streaming movies and DVD rentals, is now available to the public. The service, from Verizon, offers bundles starting at $8 per month. It offers unlimited streaming access to 4,600 titles from studios such as Warner Bros. and EPIX. Members ...

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CEO Succession Plans in Place at Hulu

LOS ANGELES: Following Jason Kilar’s departure from Hulu, Andy Forssell, currently the senior VP of content, will take over the role of CEO on an acting basis. Forssell has been with Hulu since 2007. When Kilar exits later this month, Forssell will assume the day-to-day responsibilities as CEO, though only ...

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Michael Kot Leaves eOne Television, Launches New Company

TORONTO/LOS ANGELES: Michael Kot, the senior VP of factual entertainment at Entertainment One Television (eOne), has resigned to launch Saloon Media, a new television production company. Kot, who was hired by eOne Television in 2010, has managed various successful projects for the company, including D-Day to Victory, Sugar Stars, Builder Boss, ...

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Armoza’s Couch Diaries to Debut in Israel

TEL AVIV: Couch Diaries, a factual-entertainment format distributed by Armoza Formats, is scheduled to make its world premiere on HOT TV in Israel next week. The 40-episode show follows a group of participants as they spend ten nights sleeping on the sofas of strangers in such foreign countries as Brazil, ...

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Oscar Pistorius Doc Proves Successful for Passion

LONDON: Passion Distribution has pre-sold a fast-turnaround documentary on Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic runner accused of murdering model Reeva Steenkamp, to several new broadcasters. A unique version of the one-off special is headed to TLC in the U.S., where it will premiere as Blade Runner: The Untold Story on Wednesday, March ...

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Breakthrough to Showcase Sports Reality Show at MIPTV

TORONTO: Breakthrough Entertainment is offering up Boundless, an extreme sports reality series, to international buyers in Cannes this April. The 20×1-hour program focuses on the endurance competitions between top athletes Simon Donato and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock, who also happen to be friends. The pair will face off against each other in ...

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ZDF Enterprises Turns 20

NEW YORK: Alexander Coridass, the president and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, talks about the company’s many accomplishments, which are all focused on one objective: quality programming. WS: As a commercial entity, how has ZDF Enterprises contributed to ZDF? CORIDASS: Our main job is to generate additional income for ZDF. As ...

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