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International Deals for Guess How Much I Love You

TORONTO: 9 Story Media Group has signed several international deals for the preschool series Guess How Much I Love You: The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare, the sophomore run of which will be screened for the first time at MIPJunior. The 78×11-minute show’s first season went to JimJam for Europe, ...

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BBC One Commissions New Thriller About Organized Crime

LONDON: BBC One has commissioned the thriller series McMafia from Hossein Amini and James Watkins. The series is inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 best-selling book of the same name and is created and written by Amini and Watkins. The drama tells the story of a Russian crime family living in ...

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SPT’s Viasat Hungary Deal Cleared

LONDON/BUDAPEST: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has received regulatory approval from the Hungarian Competition Authority for its acquisition of the VIASAT3 and VIASAT6 channels and Viasat Play VOD service from Modern Times Group. Once the deal is finalized, SPT will fully own and operate the two channels and VOD service, expanding ...

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New Danny Brocklehurst Drama for BBC One

LONDON: BBC One has given the go-ahead to a new four-part drama from BAFTA-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst, adapted from the books by Mark Billingham. In The Dark focuses on female detective Helen Weeks and her journey toward motherhood. The four-parter will cover two separate stories. In the first, Weeks goes ...

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ATF Spotlight: Media Development Authority of Singapore

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Pavilion at ATF, led by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), is hosting 60-plus companies, collectively offering more than 170 titles for international distribution. Highlights include Beach House Pictures’s factual series Wild Cities; Long Long Time Ago, a film from J Team Productions and mm2 Entertainment; ...

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Discovery Taps VP of Current Production

LOS ANGELES: Discovery Channel has appointed seasoned TV producer Matthew Vafiadis as VP of current production. In his new position, Vafiadis will manage Discovery’s current productions while continuing to build the network’s returning series. He will work out of Los Angeles under Chris Rantamaki, Discovery Channel’s senior VP of production ...

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FIC Launches Global Sales Platform FOX Media

LOS ANGELES: FOX International Channels (FIC) has launched FOX Media, which promises a new approach to global cross-platform media buying and sponsorships. FOX Media encompasses FOX, National Geographic and FOX Sports in its portfolio of brands. The aim is to ...

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Chris Rock to Host 88th Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES: Chris Rock has been tapped to host next year’s Oscars, marking the comedian and filmmaker’s second time fronting the awards show. The 88th Academy Awards are set to be broadcast live on February 28 on ABC. The presentation ...

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