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National Geographic’s Ward Platt

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of TV Real. After more than a decade of building up the FOX International Channels (FIC) brands across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Ward Platt was tapped last year to take the reins at National Geographic Channels International (NGCI). ...

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David Shore

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of World Screen. For eight years, with the brilliant yet damaged Dr. Gregory House at its helm, the medical drama House made audiences ponder ethical issues and why people do what they do. The showrunner David Shore will once again place ...

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Scripps Networks Sends HGTV to the Philippines

SINGAPORE: Scripps Networks Interactive is launching the popular U.S. home and lifestyle channel HGTV on SKYcable and Cignal Digital TV in the Philippines. HGTV will become available on SKYcable on March 1 in standard and high definition. It will soon launch on Cignal Digital TV in HD. Among the titles ...

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DIRECTV to Offer Disney/ABC Authenticated WATCH Suite

BURBANK: The Walt Disney Company has released a series of WATCH authenticated products for DIRECTV customers, enabling them to access live and on-demand content from its channels on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices. The launch includes WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, ...

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FilmBox Live Launches Promos in Turkey, Poland

NEW YORK: SPI International's FilmBox Live has kicked off local promotions with Coca-Cola in Turkey and Lay's in Poland in order to expand its presence in both countries. A free subscription of FilmBox Live is being featured in the Coca-Cola Secilmis Menu (Coca-Cola Choice Menu) of Yemeksepeti, an online food ...

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Canada’s W Network Launching Female-Focused Digital Hubs

TORONTO: Corus Entertainment’s W Network is due to launch two new online properties, the lifestyle site W Dish and the short-form digital video site W View. W Dish will feature clickable lifestyle stories in a mobile-friendly, responsive environment. The site will focus on a target demographic of women 25 to 44, ...

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International Sales for Multiplatform Series Odd Squad

TORONTO: Sinking Ship Entertainment’s multiplatform title Odd Squad, which launched late last year on PBS Kids in the U.S. and Canada’s TVO, has been picked up by various international broadcasters. The series is now set to debut on ABC 3 in Australia, SVT Barnkanalen in Sweden, NRK Super in Norway ...

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marblemedia to Co-Produce New Hidden-Cam Show

TORONTO: marblemedia and Essential 11 have teamed up to produce Made Up, a hidden-camera show due out later this year on Disney XD in the U.S. and YTV in Canada. Created by Mark Herwick and hosted by Andrew Chapman, the 13×30-minute series sees professional make-up artists use special effects to ...

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Case Study: Got Talent

With 67 local versions around the world, Got Talent has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most successful reality TV format. Co-owned by FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, the format is gearing up to celebrate its tenth anniversary in the U.S., which was the first country ...

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Armoza & activeTV Sign Two Format Deals

SINGAPORE: The Australian indie activeTV has picked up two formats from Armoza Formats: I Can Do That! and The Gran Plan. I Can Do That! is a prime-time shiny-floor show that challenges a group of celebrities to perform unique acts. The Gran Plan is a factual series that features three ...

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