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BBC Worldwide Scores Banished Sales, Unveils MIPTV Highlights

LONDON: BBC Worldwide has placed the hit drama series Banished with a number of broadcasters around the globe, and has also revealed the company's various plans for this year's MIPTV. Banished, which is launching at MIPTV, has already been sold to Mexico's VEO, Poland's TVP1, Israel's Cellcom, Finland's Yle and Croatia's ...

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Idris Elba Doc Mandela, My Dad and Me Launching at MIPTV

LONDON: Content Television is launching at MIPTV Mandela, My Dad and Me, an hour-long documentary starring Idris Elba, who will be in Cannes to help launch the project. Produced by Elba’s outfit Green Door Pictures, along with Woodcut Media and Shine North, the title tracks the actor as he sets ...

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Finalists Announced for MIPDoc Co-Production Pitch

PARIS: Six finalists have been chosen to participate in this year’s MIPDoc Co-Production Pitch, which is organized by Reed MIDEM and co-sponsored by ZDF Enterprises. Those finalists are Brain Power, presented by Alec Herrmann, the head of acquisitions for the home video department at ARTE France, and Fabrice Papillon, the ...

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ABC Family Goes for Trio of Unscripted Shows

BURBANK: ABC Family has added three new series to its reality slate, Startup U, Next Step Realty: NYC and Monica the Medium, all of which are due to debut this summer. Startup U follows a group of entrepreneurial Millennials as they attend a seven-week program at Draper University, where they ...

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Video Interview: Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs

NEW YORK: Kevin Beggs, the chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, discusses some of the keys to the studio's success in this video interview, available with subtitles in Spanish, Mandarin and French.   When Lionsgate first started producing for television ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: GMA Worldwide

CANNES: GMA Worldwide believes that its MIPTV titles will appeal to all sorts of international broadcasters and audiences “because of the growing exposure and appreciation of quality Filipino programming,” according to VP Roxanne Barcelona. “Our dramas highlight compelling story lines and imaginative themes, and feature our country’s most talented artists.” ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Caracol TV Internacional

CANNES: Caracol TV Internacional’s drama Emeralds, The Color of Ambition tracks a series of bloody conflicts in a small town where the emerald trade is booming. Stuck in the middle of these struggles is a family that arrives at the town after escaping the violence of a city. “We are ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Armoza Formats

CANNES: There are two new shiny-floor studio formats that Armoza Formats is promoting for MIPTV: Babushka and Yum Factor. Babushka is a high-risk game show that Armoza Formats developed in partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions and France’s TF1. Yum Factor is a cooking format in which contestants must guess which ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Hasbro Studios

CANNES: Hasbro Studios has a third installment in the popular Equestria Girls franchise, Friendship Games. “Equestria Girls: Friendship Games appeals to younger and older girls alike, ensuring that we reach the teen and tween demographics,” says Finn Arnesen, the senior VP of global distribution and development at Hasbro Studios. Targeted ...

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