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Rainmaker Entertainment Elevates Talent Exec

VANCOUVER: The Canadian animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has promoted Tara Kemes from director of talent development to the newly created post of VP of culture and talent. Kemes has been with Rainmaker since 2009. She will now lead the company's ...

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International Networks Lift Discovery Results

SILVER SPRING: While revenues at its U.S. networks dipped slightly in the second quarter to $777 million, Discovery Communications' international networks were up by 23 percent to $802 million. Overall revenues at the company were up 10 percent to $1.6 billion, with net profit rising 26 percent to $379 million. ...

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Cathy Payne

When Endemol acquired the Southern Star Group in January 2009, the producer of megahit formats like Big Brother and Deal or No Deal not only significantly augmented its library of finished programs, it also got an experienced executive to run ...

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Ireland’s TG4 to Remake World Animal Championships

VICTORIA: The Irish channel TG4 has licensed the format rights for the children's wildlife series World Animal Championships (WAC) from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). The series, produced by Blacklab Entertainment, is being reversioned by TG4 to include local hosts speaking in the Irish language. The network is planning ...

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Strong Second Quarter for ProSiebenSat.1

MUNICH: Net profit for ProSiebenSat.1 Group in Q2 was 108.1 million euros ($144.6 million), 3.6 percent higher than the year-ago period, on revenues that rose 10.6 percent to 691.1 million euros ($924.6 million). “We increased our revenues dynamically in all key areas in the second quarter and thus continued to ...

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RTL Group Buys Majority Stake in Video Ad Platform SpotXchange

LUXEMBOURG/DENVER: RTL Group has entered into an agreement with the current shareholders of SpotXchange to purchase a 65-percent majority stake in the U.S. video advertising monetization company for 107 million euros ($144 million). In addition to the initial investment, the two agreed on an earn-out component that might increase the ...

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Sony Posts Profit Increase in Q1

TOKYO: First-quarter financials at Sony Corporation show a 5.8 percent revenue boost to 1.8 trillion yen ($17.9 billion), with profit soaring from 3.1 billion yen ($30 million) in the year-ago period to 26.8 billion yen ($265 million), lifted by PS4 ...

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TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies at 90

NEW YORK: Robert Halmi Sr., the prolific TV producer who founded RHI Entertainment, passed away yesterday at the age of 90. Halmi was born in Hungary and was a freedom fighter during WWII. He founded his production company, RHI Entertainment, ...

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