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Social Wit List: March 2015

NEW YORK: Of all the new programs to launch globally in March, Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber was the most-buzzed-about broadcast in social media, with some 1.15 million tweets, according to The WIT. The new episode of the Comedy ...

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FremantleMedia Signs On for Quiz Show Format

LONDON: FremantleMedia has picked up the worldwide production rights for Beat the Brain, a new quiz show format from Over The Top Productions and Objective Productions. Beat the Brain sees teams of four go up against the Brain, a virtual question setter with a unique personality. The contestants will be ...

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Globo Signs Long-Term Deal with Bolivian Channel ATB

SÃO PAULO: Bolivian network ATB has launched a prime-time slot dedicated solely to telenovelas from Brazil’s Globo following a long-term agreement between the two companies. The first title to premiere in the dedicated space was Brave Woman, which debuted March 30. The novela tells the story of Morena (Nanda Costa), a ...

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Kanal D Lands Mini-Dramas in Sub-Saharan Africa

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Kanal D has sold two of its mini-drama series into Sub-Saharan Africa. The 13×90-minute Love and the 18×90-minute Secrets are both set to air on Star Times, a pay-TV platform in the region. The titles will be dubbed into English. The programs will be broadcast on prime-time slots ...

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FremantleMedia UK Launches Digital Label

LONDON: FremantleMedia UK (FMUK) has set up a new digital label called Shotglass Media, to be led by former head of FremantleMedia UK Interactive Kat Hebden. The new company will focus on creating innovative digital experiences for fans and brands, as well as encompass all digital and social media activity ...

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Another Season of Photo Face-Off for HISTORY Asia

SINGAPORE: HISTORY Asia and Canon are working on a second season of Photo Face-Off, an original reality competition series currently looking to cast amateur photographers in the region. Photo Face-Off sees amateur photographers from across Asia compete against professional photographer Justin Mott in a series of picture-taking challenges. The first ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Cyber Group Studios

CANNES: Putting a CGI spin on the classic tale of the famous masked swordsman is Zorro the Chronicles, which Cyber Group Studios is offering up at this year’s MIPTV. “This new adaptation…introduces many new facts and characters unknown up to now, such as the twin sister of Zorro,” says Pierre ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Splash Entertainment

CANNES: With a portfolio of more than 525 half-hours, Splash Entertainment is going to be in Cannes promoting a number of titles, including the Kulipari miniseries movies Army of Frogs, The Rainbow Serpent and Amphibians’ End. These productions are based on a trilogy of books by former NFL star Trevor ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Mediatoon Distribution

CANNES: A lazy but lovable feline takes center stage in Garfield, a special episode of which, titled “Rodent Rebellion,” is being presented by Mediatoon Distribution at MIPTV. “Given the huge international success of the Garfield brand, we love seeing our favorite lasagna-loving cat embark on new, hilarious adventures,” says Jérôme ...

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