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Netflix & Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Doc Projects

BEVERLY HILLS: Following their successful collaboration on the documentary Virunga, Netflix, Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way have agreed to partner on upcoming docs and docuseries as part of a first-look pact. Under the terms of the multiyear pact, Netflix and DiCaprio will work together to identify and ...

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A+E Networks Ups International Content Sales Exec in Asia

NEW YORK/SINGAPORE: A+E Networks has upped Pooja Nirmal Kant to director of international content sales for Asia. Based in Singapore, Kant will report to Glen Hansen, the VP of international content sales for the Asia Pacific. The executive will oversee content distribution across Southeast Asia, with a focus on driving ...

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Beyond to Rep Hockey Wives Docuseries

LONDON/TORONTO: Beyond Distribution has acquired Hockey Wives: Married to the Game, a reality documentary series that the company plans to present to the international market at next month's MIPTV. Hockey Wives: Married to the Game will follow the lives of the wives and girlfriends of professional ice hockey players in ...

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Canada’s CraveTV Enters into Original Series

OTTAWA: Bell Media's SVOD service CraveTV has ordered its first original Canadian series, the half-hour comedy Letterkenny. The six-part series has been in development at Bell Media since November 2013. It is based on the Internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, a series of shorts that have garnered more than 8 million ...

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Hulu Clinches U.S. Rights for The Wiggles’ Latest Show

SYDNEY: The second season of the Australian preschool show Ready, Steady, Wiggle!, starring the popular singing troupe The Wiggles, is set to make its U.S. debut exclusively on Hulu. Through a deal with ABC Commercial’s content sales team, the service will stream the series' second run and 104 episodes of ...

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Nickelodeon Renews Pair of Live-Action Comedies

SANTA MONICA: Nickelodeon has renewed the live-action comedy series Bella and the Bulldogs and The Thundermans for second and third seasons, respectively. The sophomore season of Bella and the Bulldogs will see the titular character unite with her original team in an attempt to take them farther than they've ever ...

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Digital Delivers for RTL Group in Full-Year Results

LUXEMBOURG: RTL Group’s digital revenue continued to show dynamic growth in 2014, though overall revenue for the group was relatively flat for the full year. Reported group revenue was stable at 5.81 billion euros ($6.4 billion). Higher revenue from Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and from acquisitions—consolidation of BroadbandTV, SpotXchange and 495 ...

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New Distribution Head for Emerging Markets at Saban Brands

LOS ANGELES: Saban Brands has hired Zofia Karpinska as its director of distribution for emerging markets, a newly created role. Working out of London, Karpinska will oversee content deal TV negotiations, digital distribution and home entertainment for the Eastern European market, while also supporting the negotiation and marketing of new ...

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