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Sinking Ship & DHX Prep Puppet Series

TORONTO: Principal photography has begun on Playdate, a new preschool program combining live action and puppetry that is being produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment for DHX Television. Playdate follows the adventures of Jacob and his friends' stuffed animals, who come to life when they are left alone. The show, which ...

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New Paul Abbott Drama No Offence Set for Australia, Denmark

LONDON: FremantleMedia International has secured slots for the new police procedural drama No Offence on Australia's ABC TV and the Danish broadcaster DR. The series comes from acclaimed screenwriter Paul Abbott (Shameless). It was produced by AbbottVision for Channel 4. The U.K. premiere is slated for May 5. Jens Richter, ...

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Syfy Heads to Sri Lanka

SINGAPORE: Marking its entry into the South Asian market, Syfy is set to launch in Sri Lanka tomorrow on the Dialog TV platform. On the operator, Syfy will join fellow NBCUniversal International-owned services DIVA, E! and Universal Channel. The channel will feature Syfy U.S. originals like Sharknado 3, Dark Matter ...

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A&E to Premiere The Omen-Inspired Drama Series

NEW YORK: The new original scripted drama Damien, based on the classic horror film The Omen, is headed to A&E Network, after originally receiving a straight-to-series order from Lifetime. The one-hour drama comes from Fox 21 Television Studios and executive producer Glen Mazzara. It is positioned as a follow-up to ...

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Revenue, Subscriber Gains at Starz

ENGLEWOOD: Starz's subscriber base has hit a new high of 23.7 million, adding 400,000 subs in the first three months of the year, with Q1 revenues rising by 7 percent to $450.7 million. “We delivered strong year-over-year revenue and earnings ...

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ITVS GE Purchases Stake in Monumental Television

LONDON: ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has acquired a minority stake in the indie Monumental Television, which was founded by the film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward. Owen previously founded Ruby Film and Television, which produced the Oscar-nominated movies Saving Mr. Banks and Jane Eyre, as well as ...

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New COO in Place at All3Media

LONDON: Sara Geater, who previously served as CEO of FremantleMedia U.K., has been appointed as chief operating officer of All3Media. Geater had been elected chair of PACT in 2014, after having spent seven years at FremantleMedia U.K., most recently serving as its CEO. Prior to this, she was the head ...

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NBC Embraces Binge-Viewing Model for Aquarius Release

UNIVERSAL CITY: NBC is planning to make all 13 episodes of David Duchovny’s new series Aquarius available on NBC.com and the NBC app immediately following the show's two-hour network premiere on May 28. The entire series will be offered at all other VOD platforms for release at that time as ...

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