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Amazon Builds Up LOVEFiLM Kids’ Catalogue

LONDON: Amazon's LOVEFiLM has added to its kids' content through three new agreements, including one with DreamWorks Classics. Through its programming tie-up with DreamWorks Classics, LOVEFiLM retains shows featuring such beloved characters as Rupert Bear, Postman Pat and Casper the Friendly Ghost. The content deal also includes renewals of the ...

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Liberty Global Buys Ziggo

DENVER/UTRECHT: Liberty Global has reached an agreement to fully take over Ziggo, in a cash-and-stock deal that values the Dutch cable provider at around 10 billion euros ($13.7 billion). Back in October 2013, Ziggo rejected Liberty Global's takeover offer, citing that it was too low. The current offer implied a ...

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DISH Wins Another Victory in Hopper Dispute with Fox

ENGLEWOOD: The United States Court of Appeals has denied Fox Broadcasting Company’s petitions to rehear the court’s July 2013 decision that also ruled in favor of DISH and its Hopper DVR. The appeals court upheld a ruling from a lower court that denied Fox’s request to shut down the features ...

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Reelz Commissions Two Shows from CMJ Concepts

MONTREAL: CMJ Concepts, the new factual production partnerships arm of CMJ Productions II, has secured deals for They Got Away With It and Celebrity Estates with ReelzChannel in the U.S. and for Home Made with Canada's Documentary Channel. First seasons of the factual programs They Got Away With It and ...

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NATPE Spotlight: Starz Worldwide Distribution

MIAMI: At NATPE, Starz Worldwide Distribution will be speaking with global buyers about the new pirate drama Black Sails, which makes its U.S. debut tomorrow. “There is much anticipation and excitement for this series, and although we have sold it heavily throughout the world (and several territories will be launching ...

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NATPE Spotlight: Nippon Television Network

MIAMI: Nippon Television Network co-developed the format AHA! Experience with Dori Media. “The original program has been earning top ratings for many years in Japan,” says Mikiko Nishiyama, the director of international business development at Nippon Television Network. “This easy-to-understand entertainment quiz show can be adapted for the afternoon or ...

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T Group Bolsters Creative Team

SANTA MONICA: T Group Productions has promoted Rob Lobl to executive VP of development and current, along with appointing Elyse Seder as VP of development. Lobl continues to report to Jenny Daly, the president of T Group, while Seder will report to Lobl. In his expanded role, Lobl will oversee ...

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BBC Two Adds Comedy Show to Olympics Coverage

LONDON: British network BBC Two has commissioned a new half-hour sports comedy entertainment show set to coincide with this year’s Winter Olympics. Alan Davies Après-Ski, a 3×30-minute program filmed in front of a studio audience, is slated to air at the beginning, middle and end of the Sochi games. The ...

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