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Perfect Pitch

This article originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of TV Formats. The battle between singing competition formats is heating up as new entrants take on established hits. It’s been 15 years since, as legend has it, Jonathan Dowling looked at global pop phenomena like the Spice Girls and thought, ...

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WWE Network Launching in U.K. & Ireland

STAMFORD: WWE Network is set to launch in the U.K. and Ireland later this month as a digital subscription service. Starting January 19, fans will have access to the U.S. English-language version of WWE Network, which will include all 12 annual pay-per-view events, 24/7 scheduled programming and a VOD library ...

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SPI Reshuffles Hungary Team, Launches FilmBox Premium

BUDAPEST/NEW YORK: SPI International has restructured its local country team in Budapest, which manages all operations in Hungary, including the distribution of TV channels and continued expansion of the multiscreen VOD platform FilmBox Live. The new team has launched FilmBox Premium, a flagship movie channel that replaced the FilmBox Extra ...

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Roku Makes 4K Push

LAS VEGAS: Roku has unveiled plans to release future TV models capable of supporting 4K Ultra HD streaming, and is also working with Netflix to provide 4K content on the digital Roku platform. The company has prepared a Roku TV ...

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ITV Invests in U.S. Digital-Media Company Zealot Networks

LONDON: ITV has invested an undisclosed amount in Zealot Networks, a Los Angeles-based digital-media company founded by former Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin. ITV, which is Zealot Networks’ first media-industry investor, is set to have a board position as the company continues its development. Zappin created the digital-first outfit last ...

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Schitt’s Creek Renewed for Season Two

TORONTO: Ahead of its series premiere, the comedy Schitt's Creek has been renewed for a second season by CBC. The character-driven half-hour comedy is debuting January 13 at 9 p.m. Season two is slated to launch in winter 2016. The show is co-created by Eugene and Daniel Levy, who also ...

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Marc-Antoine d’Halluin

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of TV Europe. With some 45 production entities in 17 territories, Zodiak Media, majority owned by Italy’s De Agostini Group, has established itself as a leading independent producer of a broad range of genres: from scripted series Being Human and Millennium ...

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TV Formats: 2014 Year in Review

The last year heard many moans about the apparent lack of innovation in the format industry. Viewers, broadcasters and producers alike have expressed a sort of fatigue with the long-running entertainment concepts that have been dominating prime time now for years, even decades. Yet the tried-and-tested format behemoths continued to ...

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Trends UK to Rep Cabbage Patch Kids Products

BRISTOL: Wicked Cool has inked a deal with Trends UK, which signed on to distribute the full range of Cabbage Patch Kids merchandise, as well as new products, in the U.K. The new Cabbage Patch Kids merchandise will target different age groups and feature a variety of price points. New hero ...

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