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New MD at Ambra Banijay Italy

ROME: Filippo Cipriano has been elevated from chief creative officer to managing director at Ambra Banijay Italy. Ambra Banijay Italia produces a range of entertainment programs and also develops and distributes TV formats. Recent productions include two primetime shows to be broadcast by RAI Uno in the next few weeks: ...

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IFC Greenlights Scripted Comedy Benders

NEW YORK: IFC has given the go-ahead to Benders, a scripted comedy series that is set to be produced by Denis Leary and Jim Serpico's Apostle. Benders, which was formerly in development as Uncle Chubby's, will follow a group of friends who share a passion for hockey. IFC has ordered ...

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ITV Studios America Adds to Unscripted Development Team

SHERMAN OAKS: ITV Studios America has bolstered its non-scripted development team, hiring Hildie Katibah as director of development for its West Coast office and promoting Noah Korn to director of development in its East Coast office. Katibah and Korn will create and pitch non-scripted projects across a range of genres ...

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Wildlife Programming Sales for Sky Vision

LONDON: Sky Vision has placed a range of its blue-chip wildlife titles, including the four-part Natures Treasure Island, with various international broadcasters. Natures Treasure Island, which follows explorer Stewart McPherson as he attempts to become the first person ever to visit all 14 British overseas territories, has been sold to ...

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NGCI Orders Three Titles from London-Based Production Hub

WASHINGTON, D.C.: National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has given the go-ahead to three new productions from its global content hub in London. All three titles are due out this month in more than 170 countries and in 45 languages. Those are Cold Water Gold from Passion Distribution, a ten-part series ...

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7Wonder Commissioned by Sky Arts for Series on British Blues

LONDON: 7Wonder is teaming up with Douglas Road Productions to co-produce the three-part documentary series Lenny Henry's Got the Blues for Sky Arts. The series will follow Henry as he investigates why the U.K. has never produced a black blues singer of international standing. It will also chronicle Henry's own ...

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Breakthrough Picks Up Observational Doc Nordic Lodge

TORONTO: Breakthrough Entertainment has picked up the factual title Nordic Lodge, which it will showcase at this month’s MIPTV. The 6×30-minute observational documentary follows a newly married couple that decides to take over a fly-fishing resort in the Canadian wilderness. The pair will risk everything they have taking over Nordic ...

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CJ E&M Teams Up with Amuse to Produce Drama

SEOUL: CJ E&M Corporation is partnering with Japanese entertainment company Amuse for the co-production of a drama starring Choi Seung-Hyun and Juri Ueno. The production, which is slated to air later this year on various platforms, will focus on the love story between a Korean man and Japanese woman. Choi ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: INK Global

CANNES: INK Global’s flagship title is Masha and the Bear, which tells the tale of an adorable little Russian girl who has adventures with her best friend, a retired circus bear. That series has already produced three seasons, with 119 countries airing episodes through broadcasters such as KiKA, EBS, Cartoon ...

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