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Canada & Belgium Renew Incentive for Digital Co-Pros

MONTREAL/MONS: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Belgium’s Wallimage have renewed their C$600,000 ($400,000) joint incentive for digital media co-productions. The fund, which sees each partner investing half of the total amount, will be distributed to projects developed by producers from both countries. The initiative is for digital interactive content ...

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Evolution to Rep Playmobil & Super 4 in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES: Evolution USA has been appointed as the U.S. licensing, merchandising and promotional agent for the classic toy brand Playmobil and the animated adventure series Super 4, which is produced by morgen studios and Method Animation. Evolution will launch a retro-style collection of Playmobil-themed fashion apparel, accessories, novelty items, ...

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Zodiak Sets Up New Production Label for Formats

LONDON: Zodiak Media has partnered with Ian Lamarra, founder of Alaska TV, to establish the new outfit Bookhouse, which will be dedicated to creating, developing and producing unscripted programming and international formats. Lamarra will run Bookhouse as creative director. He will be reporting to Rod Henwood, the CEO of Zodiak ...

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Netflix Sets Launch Plans for Spain

AMSTERDAM: Netflix is set to arrive in Spain in October, offering a fully localized version with subtitles and dubbing. At launch, the Netflix lineup will include such original series as Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo and documentaries Virunga, Mission Blue and docuseries ...

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Discovery to Roll Out Streaming Service Dplay in Europe

PARIS: Discovery Communications is launching the video streaming service Dplay in Europe, delivering general entertainment, live sports and nonfiction programming. First launched in Norway last year, a new version of Dplay is now available as a beta product in Denmark, Italy and Sweden. There are plans to extend the service ...

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Toy Distributor, Family Jr. Slot for New Teletubbies

HALIFAX: DHX Media has tapped Spin Master to distribute a range of toys inspired by the upcoming Teletubbies reboot, while naming Family Jr. the title’s exclusive linear broadcaster in Canada. The deal with Spin Master is set to cover the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The ...

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VIMN Sells Kids’ Titles Around the World

NEW YORK: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has placed several animated and live-action children's titles with broadcasters around the world. In Canada, VRAK TV signed a multiyear volume deal for the Nickelodeon comedies Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and Bella and the Bulldogs, while pay-TV channel Yoopa took Nick Jr.’s Shimmer ...

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Video Interview: Gusto TV’s Chris Knight

NEW YORK: Chris Knight, the president and CEO of Gusto TV, shares with TV Real the programming strategy behind the Canadian food and lifestyle specialty channel.   Gusto TV is a relatively new entrant in the Canadian landscape. Its prime-time lineup boasts cooking and culinary programming every evening, featuring some ...

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