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Ten Years of Naked & Funny

AFL Productions’ hidden-camera clip show Naked & Funny, in which actresses in the buff prank unsuspecting bystanders, is celebrating a decade of erotic anarchy this year with a slew of updates, including potential format sales and a beefed-up digital presence. “We’re hoping to open the franchise in various countries, to ...

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New Family Feud Brand Extensions in Oz

SYDNEY: FremantleMedia Australia has signed two new deals for Family Feud that see the brand extended into puzzle books and instant lottery scratch tickets. Through a publishing deal with Bauer Media Books, Family Feud will be available as Word Hunt books, sold in newsagents and bookstores in Australia starting in ...

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Smithsonian Channel Orders Sports Detectives

NEW YORK: Smithsonian Channel has given the go-ahead to the Left/Right-produced docuseries Sports Detectives (working title), which investigates the true stories behind some of the most iconic objects in sports history, like Muhammad Ali’s Olympic gold medal. The 6×1-hour series is slated for a 2016 premiere. Kevin Barrows, a former ...

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Patrice Théroux Working on Shakespeare Miniseries

TORONTO: Leif Bristow and Patrice Théroux have teamed up with Shane Connaughton on the six-part miniseries The Family Shakespeare, which focuses on the adult life of the legendary writer. The Family Shakespeare marks the second announced project for Théroux since his departure from Entertainment One. The miniseries will focus on ...

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Channel 4 Commissions Raft of Factual Shows from Boomerang

LONDON: Boomerang is set to produce 60 hours of factual programming for Channel 4, including new installments of Posh Pawn. Among the productions is the new 1×1-hour Movers, Mansions and Millionaires, which gives exclusive access to some of the U.K.'s high-end removal firms as they shift homes worth millions and ...

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Digital Comics Launching for 1001 Nights

NEW YORK: Big Bad Boo Studios is set to release five new digital comic books based on its animated TV series 1001 Nights. All five comics will launch on the cloud-based platform ComiXology this month and the next. Those titles will be The Forbidden City of Shenzhen, Prince Ahmed, Abu ...

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FX Networks Scoops Up Minions

LOS ANGELES: FX Networks has acquired the exclusive U.S. commercial TV premiere rights for Minions, which earned $115 million in domestic box-office revenue during its premiere weekend. Minions earned the second biggest opening weekend ever for an animated feature. FX Networks acquired the movie for its suite of networks, including ...

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Escapade to Debut Fo-Fo Figgily Show at MIPJunior

SYDNEY: Escapade Media has picked up the distribution rights for the F3 Productions preschool series The Fo-Fo Figgily Show, which will make its market debut at MIPJunior. The 25×23-minute series, aimed at kids 2 to 6, focuses on themes such as healthy eating, fitness and working together. The show is ...

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ABC Family Greenlights Stitchers Season Two

BURBANK: ABC Family has renewed the original drama series Stitchers for a sophomore season. Stitchers is ABC Family’s first procedural. The story follows Kristen, a young woman who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of those who have recently died in order to ...

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Sony Signs Multiplatform Deal in French Canada

MONTREAL: Quebecor Content has tied up with Sony Pictures Television Canada in a long-term multiplatform agreement that sees a range of series and films becoming available through Club illico and TVA Group in French Canada. The deal sees Club illico offering a selection of Sony Picture Television's French content on ...

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