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BLE Preview: Toy Stories

Ahead of Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), which takes place October 7 to 9, Kristin Brzoznowski surveys the latest trends in the children’s licensing and merchandising business. If you’ve ever gone toy shopping with children, you know well how their eyes light up the minute they notice one of their favorite ...

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TRACE Sport Stars Expands Across Africa

JOHANNESBURG: TRACE Sport Stars, a channel dedicated to celebrity athletes, is set to be made available across Africa through additional MultiChoice TV packages. The network will broadcast through MultiChoice's DStv Extra, Compact and Family packages. Previously, TRACE Sport Stars could only be found on the DStv Premium package. The channel will ...

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Vevo to Live-Stream 2014 Global Citizen Festival

PALISADES PARK: Alfred Haber Television and Content Media Corporation, the international distributors of the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, have teamed up with music video and entertainment platform Vevo, which will live stream the event this weekend. The 2014 Global Citizen Festival asks world leaders to commit to ending extreme poverty ...

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Blue Ant International Bringing Unscripted Fare to MIPCOM

TORONTO: Blue Ant International’s MIPCOM slate is made up of highlights in the lifestyle, reality and documentary categories, among them Backroad Bounty and Paranormal Survivor. In Backroad Bounty, hosts Marty and Bam Bam scour garage sales, private collections and old barns in search of valuable hidden gems. Meanwhile, the supernatural-themed ...

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My Nick Jr. to Debut in Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia has revealed that My Nick Jr. is slated to launch in Malaysia through its partnership with the Telekom Malaysia Berhad IPTV service HyppTV by the end of the year. Created by Nickelodeon, My Nick Jr. is an ad-free, personalized kids' edutainment service ...

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Study Finds Canadians Choosing TV Series Over Films

MONTREAL: Canadians are more likely to watch TV series instead of movies, according to a new study on Canadian viewing habits that also confirmed most film viewing is done through television. The report, commissioned by Telefilm Canada, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Canada Media Fund ...

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Observational Doc The Kitchen Coming to BBC Two

LONDON: The U.K.’s BBC Two is set to premiere the observational series The Kitchen, a three-parter that will focus on eight households as they cook and eat together. The hour-long episodes, produced by Studio Lambert, will focus on different families and their dinner preparations, from serving home-made pasties and pies ...

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Univision & Scholastic Team Up for El Chavo del Ocho Books

NEW YORK: Univision Enterprises, the products and services division of Univision Communications, is set to launch a series of bilingual children’s books based on the long-running comedy El Chavo del Ocho, in association with Televisa and Scholastic. The family sitcom has aired 1,300 episodes since premiering in 1971, with a ...

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Netflix to Launch New Winx Club Series

BEVERLY HILLS: Rainbow Studios’ popular Winx Club franchise is set for a spin-off, with the new series Winx Club WOW: World of Winx due out exclusively in all Netflix territories by early 2016. The new show, slated to have two 13×22-minute seasons, will see the Winx Club fairies embark on ...

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Zodiak Rights Enters First-Look Deal with Memento

LONDON: Zodiak Rights has signed a first-look development deal with the French production company Memento and will bring a range of the outfit's programming to MIPCOM. Memento specializes in factual programming as well as feature films. The first programs to come from the Zodiak and Memento deal is The Insider, ...

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