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Germany’s kabel eins to Adapt The Missionaries

LONDON: Banijay International has licensed the feel-good format The Missionaries, in which troubled teens undergo a life-changing experience, to kabel eins in Germany. The format was originally devised by the French indie La Concepteria. It has run for three seasons on TF1 to strong ratings and also was licensed into ...

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Discovery Communications Appoints Original Content Exec

NEW YORK: Charlie Foley has become the executive VP of Discovery Communications’ new original content group. Foley’s duties include creating, writing and executive producing scripted programming as well as nonfiction shows and formats. He is also responsible for supervising a team devoted to creating and producing content for Discovery Networks ...

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New Program Director at Finland’s MTV Media

HELSINKI: Kristiina Werner-Autio, who has been serving as the senior VP of television for Finland’s Nelonen Media, has taken up the role of program director for MTV Media. Werner-Autio had been responsible for Nelonen Media’s TV channels since 2008. Before this, she was at Nelonen as the head of international and domestic ...

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Aereo Continues U.S. Rollout

CHICAGO: The controversial TV streaming service Aereo is continuing its nationwide rollout with an official launch in Chicago planned for September 13. Aereo’s technology, which has come under heavy fire from U.S. broadcasters, allows consumers to pause, rewind and fast-forward any program they are watching live or save a show for ...

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BBC Worldwide Taps Head of Global Operations

LONDON: BBC Worldwide has hired David Gibbons for the newly created post of director of global operations, effective August 28. In his new position, Gibbons will be charged with overseeing technology, property, procurement and operations/sales fulfillment. He is expected to help organize the company’s distribution and audience fulfillment processes. Gibbons ...

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Iconic Comedy Duo Reunites on Sam & Cat

SANTA MONICA: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, best known as the beloved comedy duo from Laverne & Shirley, are reuniting on screen for the first time in more than 30 years with an upcoming appearance on Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat. The pair will be featured in an upcoming episode alongside ...

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Report: Content Rights Hindering TV Everywhere Growth

SCOTTSDALE: While the technology is in place to increase TV Everywhere offerings, the market is being slowed down by issues with securing the rights for the content, says ABI Research. ABI Research finds that nearly one-third of U.S. Telco TV households are expected to access multiscreen or TV Everywhere services by the end ...

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SPI’s Loni Farhi on Keeping Pace with Technology

NEW YORK: Loni Farhi, the president of SPI International, talks with TV Europe about keeping pace with technology in order to serve both platforms’ and viewers’ needs. TV EUROPE: Tell us about SPI International’s growth. FARHI: We started in 1990 as a content-sales company. We began attending MIPTV in 1987, and ...

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Sofia the First Expands U.S. Retail Presence

GLENDALE: Disney Consumer Products has revealed that Sofia the First merchandise, which was previously only sold in Disney Stores, is becoming available at retailers around the U.S. this month. Products will come from such major licensing partners as Mattel, JAKKS Pacific and Jay Franco, to name a few. The collection includes Sofia’s ...

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Got Talent Breaks Format Record

LONDON: With the commission of Afghanistan’s Got Talent, the FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment format has hit its 55th local adaptation, a record not reached by any other talent show in history. The local Afghanistan version will launch later this year on 1TV Media. This follows on the recent launches of Brazil’s ...

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