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Sprout Appoints Insights & Strategy VP

NEW YORK: John Cora, a former FOX Networks Group exec, has joined Sprout as the 24-hour preschool network's new VP of insights and strategy. Working under Sandy Wax, Sprout's president, Cora will oversee all aspects of analytics and metrics related to the viewing of programming on both Sprout and NBC ...

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New Tween Docudrama for Family Channel

TORONTO: Fresh TV is producing the half-hour scripted series Backstage, set within a performing arts school, for Family Channel to debut in spring 2016. The 30×30-minute docudrama features diary-style confessionals and dramatic cliffhangers to tell the stories of these talented teens who are chasing their dreams while balancing day-to-day realities ...

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Oznoz to Debut Original Miniseries Lili & Lola

VANCOUVER: The Oznoz original miniseries Lili & Lola, made by Big Bad Boo Studios, will be released later this week on the OTT channel for bilingual preschoolers in North America. Lili & Lola follows the adventures of two sisters living in a small apartment in a big city. The 5×7-minute program ...

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ProSiebenSat.1 & Axel Springer Reportedly in Merger Talks

BERLIN: The German media giants ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer are said to be in talks regarding a potential merger, valued at 14.4 billion euros ($15.9 billion). ProSiebenSat.1 Media is Germany’s biggest commercial broadcaster, and Axel Springer is the country’s largest newspaper publisher. Together, the two companies delivered 2014 revenue of ...

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SNL Kagan: U.S. Retrans Fees to Reach $10.3 Billion by 2021

MONTEREY: SNL Kagan has revised its industry retransmission fee projections upward, now expecting U.S. TV station owners' retrans fees to reach $10.3 billion by 2021. This is up from the previously projected $6.3 billion. The reason for this upward revision is that station owners in the U.S. have continued to ...

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Presto Adds BBC Worldwide Docs to SVOD Service

SYDNEY: BBC Worldwide titles are joining Presto’s SVOD service, with a package featuring nearly 100 hours of documentaries from BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Presto picked up SVOD rights to a variety of titles that will be available to stream on-demand for Presto TV and Presto Entertainment bundle ...

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BBC to Pay License Fees for Over-75s

LONDON: The BBC has been ordered to take on the cost of providing free television licenses for those over the age of 75, a process that will be phased in from 2018-19 and fully implemented by 2020-21. U.K. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced the ruling earlier today that the BBC ...

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Endemol Shine Inks Deals for Pointless

AMSTERDAM/PARIS/LONDON: Endemol Shine Group’s game show Pointless has been commissioned in France and the Netherlands. Pointless will launch for the first time in the Netherlands, where it was commissioned by public broadcaster AVRO/TROS for 25 episodes. The format will air daily this summer and will be hosted by Lucille Werner ...

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