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This article originally appeared in the MIPTV 2015 issue of TV Formats. Is interactivity in formats just another buzzword or a critical component? Are we on the cusp of a revolution that will re-energize entertainment formats, stem the drift to digital and bring young audiences back to linear TV? Or ...

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TV Latina Launching New Weekly Formats Newsletter

NEW YORK: Complementing its wide range of weekly newsletters, TV Latina is set to launch TV Formatos Semanal, a Spanish-language online publication that will be delivered to thousands of subscribers every Thursday. TV Formatos Semanal will roll out this Thursday, June 4, sent to a subscription base of more than ...

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TV5MONDE Expands Presence in Japan

HONG KONG: TV5MONDE has inked a new distribution deal with Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), a leading cable operator in Japan. TV5MONDE Pacifique has been added to J:COM's new basic package, J:COM Standard Plus. Subscribers can now access more than 85 channels, including terrestrial digital, BS digital and CS digital, for a ...

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Video Interview: Global Agency’s Catherine Stryker

NEW YORK: In this video interview, Catherine Stryker, the head of sales at Global Agency, talks to TV Formats about current trends she’s observed in the format market.   There was big buzz following the U.S. Upfronts this year about an adaptation of the Turkish drama Game of Silence (Suskunlar) ...

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Outpost Entertainment Names Development VP

NEW YORK: Outpost Entertainment has hired Rebecca Halpern as VP of development, marking the company's first key creative appointment since its launch in late 2013. Halpern has had projects in development at Discovery and Animal Planet, and has served as showrunner and producer for true crime, arts and culture, lifestyle ...

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NBCU Slates Six-Network Roadblock Broadcast for Jurassic Park

UNIVERSAL CITY: Universal Pictures is planning an unprecedented six-network NBCUniversal roadblock broadcast of Jurassic Park, which will be hosted by Steven Spielberg and Chris Pratt, who will introduce an exclusive preview of the upcoming Jurassic World movie. The roadblock broadcast of the original Jurassic Park will begin on June 5 ...

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CTV Renews Crime Drama Motive for Fourth Season

TORONTO: Canada’s CTV has given the go-ahead to a fourth season of its original crime drama Motive. Produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions, the new 13 one-hour episodes begin filming this fall in Vancouver. The season-three finale is due to air June 7. NBCUniversval International handles distribution. “Motive has ...

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Kratt Brothers & 9 Story Bolster Wild Kratts Licensing Program

TORONTO: Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group are expanding the domestic and international licensing programs for the popular animated show Wild Kratts. New licensees include In Character with Halloween costumes, Decopac with cake toppers and Pressman with games and puzzles. These items are expected to hit retail in ...

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UKTV to Establish New Production Facility

LONDON: UKTV is launching its new state-of-the-art production studios at its London headquarters next month. The facility will create 12 brand-new job roles, forming an expanded team of 28 creatives and production staff, who will produce some 2,500 promos and 700 pieces of content a year for the network. Previously, ...

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