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Second-Season Renewals for Amazon Studios Kids’ Content

SEATTLE: Amazon Studios has renewed several of its children’s series for new seasons, including Annedroids and the Annie Award-winning Tumble Leaf. Other shows returning to the streaming platform for a second season are Creative Galaxy and Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. All four Amazon Original series will be available ...

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Oscars Telecast Sees Ratings Decline

NEW YORK: Ratings for ABC's broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards were down 12 percent from last year. In all, the awards pulled in 36.6 million viewers on Sunday night , 6.4 million fewer viewers from last year’s ten-year high. From 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., the 2015 Oscars telecast ...

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CJ E&M Sells Super Wings into U.S. & Latin America

SEOUL: CJ E&M has sold its animated series Super Wings into the Americas, where it’s set to premiere on Sprout in the U.S. and on Discovery Kids in Latin America. The 52×11-minute preschool title features the adventures of a jet plane named Jett, who travels around the world delivering packages ...

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Drama Sales for BBC Worldwide

LONDON: With BBC Worldwide Showcase currently underway, a slew of drama sales have been announced, including for such series as Doctor Who, Sherlock and The Honourable Woman. In Western Europe, drama sales totaled 121 hours. Deals included German public broadcaster WDR picking up a drama package of The Game, Happy ...

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Australia’s Presto Hits Mobile

SYDNEY: The Australian movie and TV subscription streaming service Presto has expanded its availability to smartphones. Having recently added Android tablets to its device roster, Presto can now be viewed on select iPhones and Android handsets. iPhone users can download the Presto app for free from Apple’s App Store, and ...

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DreamWorks Classics Titles to Launch on Hopster in the U.K.

LONDON: DreamWorks Classics has inked a multi-territory content deal to launch seven titles, among them Postman Pat and Rupert Bear, on the preschool platform Hopster. Other shows debuting on the service are Noddy in Toyland, Roary the Racing Car, Fifi and the Flowertots, Tinga Tinga Tales and Ethelbert the Tiger. ...

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Technicolor Acquires OuiDo Productions

PARIS/HOLLYWOOD: Technicolor has purchased the French animation outfit OuiDo Productions, which is behind such series as Alvinnn!!! & The Chipmunks. OuiDo Productions, led by Sandrine Nguyen and Boris Hertzog, has also worked on Sonic Boom, a co-production with SEGA for Cartoon Network in the U.S. and Canal J/Gulli in France; Les ...

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Endemol Shine UK Installs COO

LONDON: Lucinda Hicks, currently the joint managing director of Dragonfly, has been appointed to the post of chief operating officer at Endemol Shine UK. Hicks will work with recently appointed Endemol Shine UK CEO, Richard Johnston, and Chairman Lucas Church in supporting the U.K.-based companies and labels that fall under ...

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BBC Worldwide Scores Global Sales for Pair of Animated Series

LONDON: BBC Worldwide has secured a slew of international sales for the animated preschool shows Hey Duggee and Nelly & Nora. Both programs are slated to air on CBeebies' global channels across Australia, South Africa, Poland, pan-Asia and Latin America. Nelly & Nora was snapped up by Norway's NHK, Finland's Yle, Sweden's ...

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