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FIC Orders New Healthy-Baking Cooking Show

PARIS: FOX International Channels (FIC) has ordered the new English-language cooking show Baking Good Baking Bad, featuring healthy-eating guide Harry Eastwood. The 13×30-minute series will be produced by French indie Pernel Media. It’s due out in 2015 across FIC’s 24Kitchen channels, as well as on FOX Life and Nat Geo ...

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Australia’s ABC to Cut Workforce by 10 Percent

SYDNEY: Australia's ABC is expected to ax around 400 jobs, which is close to 10 percent of its workforce, in an effort to eliminate "potential redundancy" as the pubcaster faces serious budget cuts, according to Managing Director Mark Scott. Scott said that the corporation was committed to using back-office and ...

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Format Fever

Format distributors are upbeat about their AsiaPac businesses as they head into Asia TV Forum. By all accounts, 2014 has been a transformative year for format distributors doing business in Asia. Even with the confusion over new regulations in China (more on that later), format sellers had a very lucrative ...

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Kabillion Signs Deal with Cablevision

LOS ANGELES: Kids’ VOD network Kabillion has launched on Cablevision’s Optimum TV platform, making the service available in more than 50 million U.S. homes. The deal marks a threefold increase since Kabillion first premiered in 2007 and reached 15 million homes. The network, which is owned by Splash Entertainment, additionally ...

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Tina Fey Comedy Moves from NBC to Netflix

BEVERLY HILLS: Netflix will be the exclusive home for the new comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, which was originally slated to premiere on NBC. Netflix picked up two seasons of the comedy, which stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult ...

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King Rollo Films Inks Development Deal for Preschool Brand

LONDON: King Rollo Films and Koko Media have signed an animation development deal for Deer Little Forest, an original IP created by illustrator Jo Rose. Under the agreement, King Rollo Films will collaborate with Rose to produce a 45-second animated clip and TV show bible for a 26×11-minute preschool program. ...

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ITV Commissions Jekyll & Hyde Drama

LONDON: ITV Studios is set to produce a new ten-part drama for ITV inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The action-adventure series is from an idea conceived by acclaimed novelist Charlie Higson, who will write and executive produce. The series will ...

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Network Ten: Social Media Drives Oz TV Viewing

SYDNEY: A new research study from Australia's Network Ten has determined that social media conversations have a direct impact on TV viewing, with half of the people who report using social media each day saying it influences the programs they watch. The Spotlight on Social TV report is the first ...

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Sarah Barnett Tapped to Lead BBC America

NEW YORK: SundanceTV's Sarah Barnett has been named president and general manager of BBC America, with current chief Perry Simon moving into an exclusive production deal with BBC Worldwide North America. The move comes after AMC Networks became co-owner of the channel. Barnett will also remain in charge of SundanceTV ...

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World AIDS Day Premiere for Showtime Doc

LOS ANGELES: Showtime has scheduled its AIDS documentary The Last One to debut December 1. The 70-minute documentary presents the history of The NAMES Project Foundation’s AIDS Memorial Quilt, an ongoing community art project where panels of the quilt represent lives lost to the disease. The special tracks the birth ...

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