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BBC Worldwide Revenues Dip

LONDON: BBC Worldwide's 2013-14 Annual Review shows a 6.6-percent drop in revenues from the previous year to £1.04 billion ($1.8 billion), but the commercial division did up its returns to the BBC by 11.4 percent to £173.8 million ($296.6 million). Investment in BBC-commissioned content was also up, by 19.5 percent ...

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Imira Adds Tom Turbo & More to Catalogue

MADRID: Imira Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights for the popular series Tom Turbo and YooHoo & Friends, as well as the animated films Tom Turbo, The Movie and The Turboosters. Outside of Austria and China, Imira is handling the worldwide distribution rights for Tom Turbo, a book-based live-action show about ...

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Hasbro Delivers Q2 Revenue Gains

PAWTUCKET: Hasbro's second-quarter revenues were up 8 percent to $829.3 million, with the company reporting particularly strong gains in its entertainment and licensing and international segments. “Second quarter performance reflects our continuing re-imagination of brands across the brand blueprint and the positive impact of our investment and focus on strategic ...

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Talpa Unites International, Digital Divisions

HILVERSUM: Talpa has set up a new division, Talpa Global, that combines its Talpa Connect and international distribution businesses under the leadership of managing director Maarten Meijs. With the creation of the new division, Talpa Global has also made two executive appointments—Diana Buddingh as director of global productions and Kim ...

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Mondo TV’s on a Mission

It has been almost 30 years since Mondo TV was founded with the aim of producing high-quality animated series for kids. The company is now home to a stable of internationally successful brands that have sold the world over. This includes both series for young girls and shows tailored for ...

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Danish Format Deal for Sewing Bee

LONDON: TV2 Fri in Denmark has signed up for a local adaptation of BBC Worldwide's Sewing Bee format, in addition to acquiring the original British version of the show. Metronome will produce the Danish version of Sewing Bee, which originated as The Great British Sewing Bee on the BBC. The ...

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Nat Geo Sets Premiere Date for Wicked Tuna Spin-off

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Next month, National Geographic Channel in the U.S. is scheduled to begin airing Wicked Tuna: North vs. South, a spin-off of the reality show focused on bluefin tuna fishing. Produced by Pilgrim Studios, Wicked Tuna: North vs. South looks on as bluefin tuna fishermen from Massachusetts and North ...

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TNT Issues Renewals for Three Dramas

ATLANTA: TNT has given a second-season renewal to its new Michael Bay drama The Last Ship, as well as signed on for a fourth season of Major Crimes and a fifth and final season of Falling Skies. All three have been hits for TNT, ranking in the top five of ...

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FremantleMedia Ups O’Dell to Global Entertainment Production Role

LONDON: Executive producer Chris O’Dell has been named head of global entertainment production at FremantleMedia. Reporting to Rob Clark, the company's director of global entertainment, O'Dell will oversee and serve as first point of contact for international production teams on global format rollouts. “FremantleMedia has some of the world’s best-known ...

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WarnerTV Asia Scores Gotham

HONG KONG: WarnerTV in Asia will premiere the new FOX series Gotham, repped by Warner Bros. International Television, across the region shortly after its U.S. debut. The show will be "fast-tracked to Asian screens exclusively on WarnerTV," the pan-regional channel announced today. The Warner Bros. Television-produced show tells the origin ...

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