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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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DNI Re-Commissions Pair of Science-Themed Series

LONDON: Discovery Networks International (DNI) has ordered new seasons of the science shows What Happened Next? and You Have Been Warned for broadcast on Discovery Channel and other DNI factual networks in more than 220 territories. Each episode of What Happened Next? asks viewers to guess the outcomes of eight ...

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FOX Sports Gears Up for African Expansion

JOHANNESBURG: FOX Sports and FOX Sports 2 will replace Setanta Sports and Setanta Action, respectively, in sub-Saharan Africa this August. FOX International Channels is launching the two new brands into the region in time for the kickoff of the 2014-15 football league season. The rebrand to FOX Sports follows FIC's ...

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Charles Lindbergh Bio Set for TV Adaptation

HOLLYWOOD: Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black will pen the television adaptation of A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh for Paramount Television. The screenwriter's credits include the feature film Milk and the HBO series Big Love. He will adapt the biography Lindbergh into a miniseries being executive produced ...

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ACTF Wildlife Series Scores U.K. Slot

VICTORIA: Disney Channel in the U.K. has begun airing World Animal Championships (WAC), a wildlife show from the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF) catalogue. WAC watches as hosts Amberley Lobo and Scotty Tweedie compare the characteristics of different types of animals, including their mental and physical abilities. The 52-episode program is produced by Blacklab Entertainment. It is distributed internationally by ACTF. "We're absolutely ...

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BBC Trust Wraps Review of Pubcaster’s TV Services

LONDON: The performance of the BBC's four main TV channels remains strong, according to a review of the services by BBC Trust, but key challenges remain, including reaching younger and minority audiences, and the need for more "creative risks" to be taken in BBC One's programming. The review of BBC ...

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Another Season of Mountain Monsters for Destination America

SILVER SPRING: Destination America has snapped up a 16-episode third season of the reality series Mountain Monsters for broadcast next spring. Mountain Monsters focuses on the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS), a team of expert hunters and trappers in search of the mysterious creatures allegedly spotted in the Appalachian ...

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