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Discovery Realigns U.S. Network Portfolio

SILVER SPRING: As part of a series of changes at Discovery Communications' U.S. networks, Rich Ross has been elevated to group president of Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Animal Planet. Ross has been serving as president of Discovery Channel. He now extends his remit to also include Animal Planet and ...

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Video Interview with Cisneros Media’s Marcello Coltro

NEW YORK: In this video interview, Marcello Coltro, Cisneros Media's executive VP of content distribution, talks to TV Latina about activities at the company and more.   This October will mark one year since Coltro joined Cisneros Media. In this time, he has been responsible for overseeing its pay-TV and content ...

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Syfy, eOne & UCP Team Up to Adapt Gateway Novel

LOS ANGELES: Syfy has joined forces with Entertainment One (eOne) Television and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) to develop Frederik Pohl’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel Gateway as a scripted series. Gateway centers on Robinette Broadhead, who lost his crewmates and the love of his life on a mission to an ...

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Sky Deutschland Launching James Bond Dedicated Channel

UNTERFÖHRING: Sky Deutschland is set to roll out in October an entire HD channel dedicated to the James Bond film catalogue. The launch of the channel, which will be called Sky 007 HD, marks the first time the complete library of Bond films will be broadcast uninterrupted, and optionally with ...

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Sesame Workshop & HBO Ink Five-Year Deal

NEW YORK: Sesame Workshop has secured a new pact that sees the iconic series Sesame Street available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet-only SVOD service HBO NOW for the next five years. In addition to the next five seasons of Sesame ...

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UKTV & BT Sign New TV, Streaming Deal

LONDON: BT TV has inked a new agreement that sees the full portfolio of UKTV channels becoming available to its customers for the first time, and also includes catch-up and streaming rights. Starting this month, UKTV's Eden, Good Food and Home will be available via BT set-top boxes, joining Gold, ...

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Channel 4 Invests in Whisper Films

LONDON: Channel 4 has picked up a minority stake in the indie sports producer Whisper Films, which is looking to build up the TV arm of its business. Whisper Films has a reputation for creating high-quality sports programming, with a slate that includes films for global brands within Formula 1, ...

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FremantleMedia Inks Deal for Global Agency Singing Format

ISTANBUL: FremantleMedia has picked up the rights for Global Agency's reality singing format It's Showtime for 20 countries, including the U.K., U.S., Australia, Thailand, Spain, Norway and Denmark. It's Showtime aims to find a singer who excels in such categories as Voice, Stage Performance, Songs Selection and Styling. The program, ...

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Spike TV Expands Scripted Team

LOS ANGELES: Spike TV has appointed Lauren Ruggiero as the senior director of scripted development, reporting directly to Ted Gold, the senior VP of scripted original series. Ruggiero’s new responsibilities in this role will include expanding the company’s development slate and co-managing show production. She joins Spike TV from Elice ...

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