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New ITV Drama to Spotlight Queen Victoria

LONDON: ITV has unveiled its plans for Victoria, a new eight-hour drama series focused on the early life of the titular queen, due to debut later this year. Victoria is created and written by novelist Daisy Goodwin, who will also exec produce alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour) and Damien Timmer (Parade's ...

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Twin Peaks Revival Back On at Showtime

NEW YORK: Showtime's revival of Twin Peaks is moving forward, after a month-long halt due to budget disagreements, with an expanded order and David Lynch back on board. Lynch tweeted the news: "Dear Twitter Friends, the rumors are not what they seem… It is happening again. #TwinPeaks returns…." Showtime president ...

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Wicked Tuna Lands in Germany, France

PALISADES PARK: Alfred Haber Television, which recently acquired the exclusive free-to-air international rights for the reality series Wicked Tuna, has already sold the title into Germany and France. RTL in Germany and RMC Découverte in France picked up the program, which originally aired on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries ...

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Armoza Dating Format Being Adapted in Finland

TEL AVIV: Yle in Finland is getting a local version of Nobody's Perfect, a dating show from the Armoza Formats catalogue. Nobody's Perfect, created by Buzz Productions in association with Armoza Formats, is a social experiment in which potential couples are asked to reveal their inner-most secrets on the very first ...

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Australian Free TV Generates A$3.2 Billion in Economic Surplus Annually

SYDNEY: Free TV Australia has released new findings that quantify, for the first time ever, Australia’s commercial free-to-air broadcasters’ contribution to the Australian economy, to the independent production sector and to Australian viewers. “There’s been a lot of nonsense talked about the future of television recently without much factual basis ...

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Red Planet Pictures Launches Factual Unit

LONDON: U.K. indie Red Planet Pictures has established a non-scripted arm, to be led by former Channel 5 factual commissioning editor Simon Raikes. The company’s new factual division will develop a range of non-scripted programming, starting off with factual and factual-entertainment formats. As creative director, Raikes will oversee development of new ...

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