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BBC Worldwide in Chinese VOD Deal

HONG KONG: BBC Worldwide is set to make a slate of factual and drama titles available on a VOD basis to Chinese online platform Sohu.com. The deal covers, among others, Earthflight, Frozen Planet and The British, as well as Mad Dog, Ripper Street, Sinbad and Silk. “We are very excited about ...

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Foxtel Expands Disney Partnership

SYDNEY: Foxtel is adding two new family channels to its service: Foxtel Movies Disney and Disney XD. Foxtel Movies Disney launches April 10. It will offer classic and recent releases, including Disney-Pixar films, as part of its Premium Movies & Drama package. Disney XD, which also launches April 10, will ...

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Amazon Adds Five Warner Bros. Series to U.K. Service

LONDON: Amazon and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution have inked a deal to bring five hit U.S. series, among them The Following, to Amazon Prime Instant Video in the U.K. The multiyear pact sees Amazon Prime Instant Video acquire the U.K. on-demand subscription streaming rights for multiple seasons of Arrow, ...

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Audrey Diehl Moves Up at Nickelodeon

BURBANK: Audrey Diehl, previously the executive director of development, has been elevated to VP of animation development for Nickelodeon Group. Diehl, who first joined the company in 2003, will work under Jenna Boyd, the senior VP of animation development. She is now responsible for offering creative guidance on development materials ...

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Discovery, BSkyB in Talks Over Joint Channel 5 Bid

LONDON: John Malone's Discovery Communications is reportedly in discussions with BSkyB to make a joint bid for Channel 5, which is being sold by Richard Desmond. The Financial Times reported that the talks between Discovery and BSkyB have focused on BSkyB taking over Channel 5's advertising sales operation. Bids for ...

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Netflix Reaches Deal with Comcast to Smooth Streaming

PHILADELPHIA/LOS GATOS: Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast to ensure that its movies and TV shows stream smoothly to customers of the cable provider. The agreement, which the parties say is "mutually beneficial," will provide Comcast's U.S. broadband customers with a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come. The ...

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New Chipmunks Series Heads to Nickelodeon

PARIS: Two seasons of ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, a new animated show based on the long-running franchise, are slated to air on more than 70 Nickelodeon channels around the globe, excluding North America and Brazil. ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks will premiere on Nickelodeon's international networks early next year. The 104×11-minute program, ...

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Technicolor’s Vibrant Approach

NEW YORK: Steven Wendland, the VP and head of creative for Technicolor Animation & Games, talks to TV Kids about some of the projects from the company’s original content business. The animation division of Technicolor creates computer-generated animation for films, television, direct-to-home, commercials, video games and location-based entertainment. The department ...

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XFC Appoints New CEO for U.S., International

TAMPA: Edward Jung has become the CEO for the U.S. and international divisions of Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), a mixed martial arts organization. As CEO, Jung will be charged with managing all of XFC U.S., Canada and XFC International businesses, including strategic partnership and business development in North America and ...

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GRB Programming Sells Worldwide

SHERMAN OAKS: Several of GRB Entertainment's non-scripted titles, including Hurricane Hunters, have been licensed in the Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe. The third and fourth seasons of Inside West Coast Customs are headed to Discovery Networks Asia. Korean Forces Networks acquired the second season of Hurricane Hunters. Foxtel Australia went ...

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