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China’s iQIYI Scores NBCU Licensing Pact

BEIJING: The Chinese online video service iQIYI has entered into a multiyear agreement with NBCUniversal International Distribution involving the digital rights for a slew of library movies and new releases. As part of the newly expanded deal between the two, iQIYI gains access to the largest collection of films from ...

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HBO Doc to Profile Artist Robert Mapplethorpe

NEW YORK: HBO Documentary Films has prepped Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, marking the first feature-length doc about the artist Robert Mapplethorpe since his death more than 25 years ago, to debut exclusively on HBO in April 2016. The documentary comes from acclaimed filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Inside Deep ...

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Blue Ant & Smithsonian Align for 4K JV

TORONTO/NEW YORK: Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks are partnering on a new joint venture, Blue Skye Entertainment, which will develop and distribute 4K natural-history and wildlife content. Operating out of London, the venture will distribute the 4K content globally via SVOD and linear services under Blue Ant's Love Nature ...

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Canal Futura

CANNES: Canal Futura will enter MIPCOM in time to celebrate its 18th anniversary, and the company is set to present documentaries, history programming and more. The documentary Going Back follows inmates who must face their past once they return home for the Christmas season. In terms of history programming, Canal ...

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The Fred Rogers Company Awarded $3 Million Grant for Peg + Cat

PITTSBURGH: The Fred Rogers Company has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the production of the Emmy Award-winning animated math series Peg + Cat. The grant renews NSF’s support for the series and related outreach programs intended to get young children excited about math ...

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Corus Entertainment

CANNES: Corus Entertainment is expanding its distribution presence at MIPCOM with original content from the company’s growing slate of reality series developed for its portfolio of women’s and family networks. “Corus has built its market-leading networks on the success of its unscripted reality and lifestyle programming, and we are thrilled ...

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Nat Geo & Scott Free Extend Killing Franchise

WASHINGTON, D.C.: National Geographic Channel is continuing its successful partnership with Scott Free Productions to produce the TV version of Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing Patton. Killing Patton will begin production in 2016, following the recently announced collaboration between ...

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