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Trio of Factual Commissions for Channel 4

LONDON: The U.K.’s Channel 4 has commissioned several new factual titles, among them the one-off documentary 18 Kids and Counting (working title). That hour-long special, produced by Lion Television, will chart the large Radford clan from Morecombe in Lancashire. The program will also chronicle another of Britain’s biggest broods, following ...

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Nat Geo Unveils Cast for Saints & Strangers

WASHINGTON, D.C.: National Geographic Channel (NGC) has revealed the cast for Saints & Strangers, a four-hour TV movie event directed by Paul Edwards and produced by Sony Pictures Television with Little Engine Productions. Saints & Strangers tells the story of the first European settlers at Plymouth and their interactions with ...

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Univision News Names SVP of Content Innovation

MIAMI: Keith Summa has been named senior VP of content innovation at Univision News, a post set to ramp up the development of new journalistic tools on different platforms for the news division of U.S. Latino media giant Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). Summa will report directly to Isaac Lee, the ...

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BBC First Looks to Deliver Best in British Drama

Positioned as the home of premium original British drama, BBC First is among the newest channels in the BBC Worldwide portfolio. The network was born out of the company’s solid foundation in British drama, as well as the popularity of drama programming in general at the moment, according to George ...

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Sprout Appoints Insights & Strategy VP

NEW YORK: John Cora, a former FOX Networks Group exec, has joined Sprout as the 24-hour preschool network's new VP of insights and strategy. Working under Sandy Wax, Sprout's president, Cora will oversee all aspects of analytics and metrics related to the viewing of programming on both Sprout and NBC ...

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New Tween Docudrama for Family Channel

TORONTO: Fresh TV is producing the half-hour scripted series Backstage, set within a performing arts school, for Family Channel to debut in spring 2016. The 30×30-minute docudrama features diary-style confessionals and dramatic cliffhangers to tell the stories of these talented teens who are chasing their dreams while balancing day-to-day realities ...

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Oznoz to Debut Original Miniseries Lili & Lola

VANCOUVER: The Oznoz original miniseries Lili & Lola, made by Big Bad Boo Studios, will be released later this week on the OTT channel for bilingual preschoolers in North America. Lili & Lola follows the adventures of two sisters living in a small apartment in a big city. The 5×7-minute program ...

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ProSiebenSat.1 & Axel Springer Reportedly in Merger Talks

BERLIN: The German media giants ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer are said to be in talks regarding a potential merger, valued at 14.4 billion euros ($15.9 billion). ProSiebenSat.1 Media is Germany’s biggest commercial broadcaster, and Axel Springer is the country’s largest newspaper publisher. Together, the two companies delivered 2014 revenue of ...

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