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Kickstarter Campaign Launching for Sitcom Wok in Progress

BEIJING: After self-financing the pilot, the creators of the bilingual sitcom Wok in Progress are gearing up to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the rest of the production. Show creators Murray Clive Walker and Victor Muh, along with producer Ad Valorem International, are due to kick off the crowd-funding ...

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Rovi’s Appeal in Virgin Media Patent Case Rejected

LONDON: The Court of Appeal has dismissed Rovi's claims regarding patent cases brought against Virgin Media involving the ability to pause and resume on-demand and live TV programs on different devices. Rovi originally sued Virgin Media in High Court, but Judge John Baldwin QC found the claim to be invalid ...

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Brava Group Music Channels to Be Acquired by Stingray

MONTREAL: Stingray Digital Group is acquiring all of the issued and outstanding shares in the share capital of Brava NL, Brava HD and DJAZZ.tv, a trio of thematic television channels featuring high-end music and cultural content. The all-cash transaction, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, includes ...

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Splash Entertainment Sells Kids’ Titles to Digital Platforms

LOS ANGELES: Splash Entertainment has placed several of its kids' titles, including Chloe’s Closet and Dive Olly Dive, with digital hubs Hulu, Urania and Mobibase. Hulu picked up several animated shows to stream alongside its current Splash slate, which features series such as Hero: 108 and The DaVincibles. Meanwhile, VOD ...

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Channel 4 Renews Married at First Sight

LONDON: Channel 4 has commissioned a sophomore season of the docuseries Married at First Sight, to be produced by CPL. On Married at First Sight, couples are matched by a panel of experts based on scientific and compatibility criteria. The show follows those couples during the first weeks of their ...

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Disney XD Adds Animated Comedy Pickle and Peanut to Lineup

BURBANK: This September, Disney XD is set to begin airing Pickle and Peanut, an animated buddy-comedy series starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Johnny Pemberton (22 Jump Street). Pickle and Peanut follows the wacky adventures of two best friends in their last year of high school. The show is due ...

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SPI/FilmBox Broadens Reach in Africa

WARSAW: SPI International/FilmBox and OVY Network have extended their channel distribution deal to cover additional territories in Africa. Eight channels from the SPI International/FilmBox portfolio will be available through OVYtv in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The channels included in the deal ...

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Jason Priestley & Molly Ringwald Lead New Family Channel Comedy

TORONTO: Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills 90210) and Molly Ringwald (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Breakfast Club) have signed on to star in the new original comedy series The Wonderful Wayneys for DHX Television. Created and executive produced by Tom Saunders (Arrested Development), the 26×30-minute series from Aircraft Pictures and Dolphin Entertainment will air on Family Channel ...

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