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U.K. Ad Spending to Surpass £20 Billion Mark in 2015

LONDON: The latest U.K. ad forecasts from the Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report predict growth of 5.5 percent in 2014 and 6.5 percent in 2015, bringing ad spend past £20 billion ($33.7 billion) for the first time. U.K. ad spending was at £17.877 million ($30.1 million) in 2013, a gain of ...

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Twice as Nice

This article originally appeared in the MIPTV 2014 issue of TV Formats. The business of adapting scripted dramas and comedies across borders is picking up steam. Mark Twain famously said that he liked a good story well told, quipping, “That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them ...

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Chinese Websites Ordered to Pull Four U.S. Series

BEIJING: China's TV regulators have pulled a number of popular U.S. TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, from a range of online video sites, including Sohu. The Beijing Times reports that China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued a notice stepping ...

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Red Arrow Places Medical Drama in France

MUNICH: Red Arrow International has licensed Remedy, a new medical drama series, to France's M6. Remedy focuses on Griffin Conner and his family of medical professionals who all work at the same hospital. The show already airs in prime time on Global TV in Canada. It is made by Indian ...

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Heidi Klum

This interview originally appeared in the MIPTV 2014 issue of TV Formats. For model-turned-mogul Heidi Klum, television has played an important role in building her brand empire. The German-American beauty parlayed her successful modeling career into a gig as the host of and a judge on the reality show Project ...

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Banijay International’s Mentor Heads to Peru

LONDON: Peru’s América TV has picked up the Banijay International format Mentor for a prime-time slot. Sony Pictures Television, which reps the format in the region, reached the deal with the commercial channel. A 13×60-minute version is now set for broadcast as part of the prime-time weekend schedule later this ...

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CBBC Goes for More of Saltbeef TV’s Friday Download

LONDON: CBBC has ordered additional episodes of Friday Download, a studio entertainment program that debuted in 2011, from Saltbeef TV. Friday Download discusses such topics as dance, style, music, gaming, gadgets, film and television, among others. The 19×1-hour new episodes, which bring the series into its seventh and eighth seasons, will once again be presented by teens Dionne Bromfield, Ceallach Spellman, ...

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FilmBox Channels Secure Carriage in UAE

NEW YORK/DUBAI: Thanks to an agreement between SPI International and the Dubai-based LIME MEDIA, the DocuBox HD, FightBox HD and FashionBox HD channels have launched on the Etisalat IPTV platform in UAE. SPI appointed LIME MEDIA as its channels and content distribution agent for the MENA market. LIME MEDIA will ...

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Julius Jr. Lands Second Season

LOS ANGELES: Nick Jr. in the U.S. has given the greenlight to a second season of Julius Jr., an animated preschool series from Saban Brands. The show’s new run will debut May 3 at 1 p.m. Inspired by characters from the Paul Frank line, the program premiered last September and ...

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