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Gangster Drama Peaky Blinders Coming to Netflix

BEVERLY HILLS: The first two season of the gangster series Peaky Blinders are due out exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. following a deal between the digital TV network, The Weinstein Company and Endemol. All six episodes of the series’ first run are slated to debut on September 30, with ...

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Slew of LatAm Buyers Sign Up for Inaugural MIPCancun

PARIS: Buyers from 26 Latin American broadcasters have confirmed they’ll be attending the inaugural edition of MIPCancun later this year, according to summit organizer Reed MIDEM. The event is slated to take place in the eponymous Mexican city from November 19 to 21. Confirmed attendees are Construir TV (Argentina), Encuentro (Argentina), ...

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Independent Film & Television Alliance Picks New Board Members

LOS ANGELES: Key executives from a slew of production and distribution companies have been elected to the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s (IFTA) committee and board of directors. The membership meeting took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City and concurrently via telephone at the British Screen Advisory Council ...

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Shine America Producing Vet Series for Nat Geo WILD

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Nat Geo WILD has greenlit Shine America’s docu-series Aloha Vet for a spring 2015 launch. The six-part special follows veterinarian Scott Sims as he island hops around Hawaii to aid domestic and wild animals. Eden Gaha and Mike Aho will exec produce for Shine, alongside Tracy Rudolph for ...

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Saban Brands Bringing Popples Back for Netflix

BEVERLY HILLS: Saban Brands and Netflix have teamed up for an animated reimagining of the ’80s kids’ brand Popples, slated exclusively for worldwide Netflix subscribers. The digital TV network will launch 26 half-hour episodes of the show late next year. The series is a reimagining of a brand that began ...

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Two Genius Brands Series for Discovery Kids Asia

BEVERLY HILLS: Discovery Kids Asia has picked up a pair of new series from Genius Brands International (GBI), set to air on the network next year. The 52×11-minute show Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab follows the members of a young science club as they discover the ultimate lab, equipped with a ...

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9 Story Offering New & Returning Shows at MIPCOM

TORONTO: 9 Story Entertainment is heading to MIP Junior and MIPCOM with a slate of new shows and fresh chapters for returning titles. Shows still in development include Super Movers, based on the Imagination Movers band; the preschool series Top Wing; and the animated comedy Squires (working title). Meanwhile, a ...

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Talpa Ties Up with Tencent to Target Chinese Market

LAREN: Talpa has entered into a partnership with the Internet services provider Tencent aimed at the Chinese market. The pact will see the development of a reality format for the company's online video platform.The two will work together to prep and produce the program, which will launch in 2015. Tencent ...

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Discovery to Rebrand Hub Network as a Family Destination

SILVER SPRING: Hub Network is being rebranded as Discovery Family Channel as of October 13, broadening its programming focus to serve families in prime time. During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will feature new Hasbro Studios series as well as library programming. In prime time, the channel will draw from ...

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Ryan Murphy

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of World Screen. Just tell Ryan Murphy that something can’t be done and he’ll find a way to do it. He has built a successful career going against convention, tackling genres ...

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