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Doc Sales for RTÉ Global

DUBLIN: A documentary about the romantic lives of the disabled has notched up deals in Finland, Sweden, Israel and Spain, courtesy of RTÉ Global. The sales of arm of the Irish public broadcaster represents the international rights to Wildfire Films' documentary Somebody to Love. It has been licensed to Yle ...

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International Broadcasters Pick Up BBC Drama Happy Valley

LONDON: BBC Worldwide has sold the British drama series Happy Valley to broadcasters around the world. The international buyers were Australia’s ABC, Finland’s Yle, CANAL+ in France, RÚV in Iceland, TVNZ in New Zealand, Norway’s NRK and Sweden’s SVT. The 6×50-minute series delves into the personal and professional life of ...

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Trio of AG Properties Brands to Become Comic Books

ST. LOUIS/CLEVELAND: Lion Forge Comics is creating comic books based on the successful AG Properties franchises Care Bears, Madballs and the Disney XD animated show Packages from Planet X. The comic books will be written, developed and published by Lion Forge Comics under the company's ROAR Comics all-ages imprint. Digital editions ...

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Sky Takes Majority Stake in Love Productions

LONDON: Sky has picked up a 70-percent ownership stake in British outfit Love Productions, maker of formats like Great British Bake-Off and docs such as Baby Borrowers. The pay-TV platform says the move is part of its "strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution." ...

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Comcast to Carry ESPN’s New SEC Network

PHILADELPHIA/BRISTOL: ESPN and Comcast Cable have inked a carriage deal that will see Comcast distributing the new sports-themed SEC Network to Xfinity TV customers. The channel is set to launch at the start of the Southeastern Conference collegiate football season. Both the network and its accompanying digital offerings will air ...

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Breaking Bad, OITNB Triumph at TV Critics Awards

LOS ANGELES: The Television Critics Association (TCA) named AMC's Breaking Bad as program of the year at its annual awards over the weekend, while Netflix's Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) was celebrated as the outstanding new program. Winners for the 30th Annual TCA Awards were selected by the association's ...

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Olympic TV Channel Receives Support at Summit

LAUSANNE: A summit of key IOC executives, sports federation heads and Olympics committee leaders has backed the creation of a year-round Olympic TV channel. The Olympic Summit convened in Lausanne this past weekend to discuss various issues, including a new ...

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Exhibition Slated for Sesame Street’s 45th Season

NEW YORK: This September, Sesame Workshop and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts are launching "Somebody Come and Play": 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street, a free multimedia exhibition celebrating the 45th season of Sesame Street. Visitors of "Somebody Come and Play" will be able to ...

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Jason Blum Scores Multiplatform NBCU Deal

UNIVERSAL CITY: Blumhouse Productions, the outfit behind the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Sinister horror film franchises, has inked a long-term multiplatform deal with NBCUniversal (NBCU) that will include partnerships with Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions. Blumhouse, run by Jason Blum, has entered into a ten-year first-look production agreement ...

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Univision Picks Host for New Boy Band Competition La Banda

MIAMI: Mexican-born presenter and former reality show winner Alejandra Espinoza has been tapped to host La Banda, Univision’s upcoming boy band competition. The show will see contestants from the U.S. and several Latin American countries battle it out for the chance to join a new Latino boy band. Espinoza will ...

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