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Filming Begins on New Season of In the Club

LONDON: Filming has begun on a second season of the BBC One drama In the Club from BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor. The contemporary drama puts a spotlight on pregnancy, imminent birth, love and the changing nature of relationships that babies bring to modern families. The first season followed six couples ...

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Digital Ad Spending Forecast to Surpass TV Sales

NEW YORK: Magna Global, ZenithOptimedia and GroupM have released their projections for the global ad market, which is being propelled by digital spending. ZenithOptimedia reports that television is currently the dominant advertising medium, with a 38 percent share of total ...

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German SVOD Service Watchever Revamped with Branded Channels

BERLIN: Watchever, a German SVOD service owned by Vivendi, has relaunched its offering with a new structure based on branded channels, compiled by such content partners as BBC Worldwide and The Walt Disney Company. There are 25 channels available initially, with partners that include CBS Studios International and ZDF Enterprises. ...

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Sky Vision Ties Up with Peacock Alley

LONDON/TORONTO: Sky Vision has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Canadian producer Peacock Alley Entertainment. Sky Vision will represent nearly 50 hours of factual programming and has agreed to an exclusive distribution partnership with the producer for future commissions. Sky Vision presented Peacock Alley’s content to international buyers at ...

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Tom Daley Joins CN’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

LONDON: Cartoon Network has partnered with British Olympic diver Tom Daley to launch the next phase of its international anti-bullying initiative, CN Buddy Network, in the U.K. CN Buddy Network encourages young people to "Be a buddy, not a bully," aiming to raise awareness and empower kids to take action ...

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DNA Films and TV Acquires The Watchers

LONDON: Following an eight-way auction, DNA Films and TV has optioned television rights for Welsh novelist Neil Spring’s book The Watchers, published by Quercus. The sci-fi mystery novel is set against inexplicable happenings along the Pembrokeshire coastline and Cold War cover-ups at the Ministry of Defense. It blends fiction with ...

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Off the Fence

CANNES: From Psycho to The Exorcist, Off the Fence’s MIPCOM highlight Behind the Screams takes a look back at some of the most popular horror movies. “With scripted content overwhelming prime-time slots, factual shows need to engage viewers on the same sort of level,” says Mette Kanne-Behrendsen, the VP of ...

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Acorn TV Presents December U.S. Premieres

SILVER SPRING: North American streaming service Acorn TV has picked up five new titles, all set to premiere next month. The second season of New Zealand’s The Brokenwood Mysteries and the first season of the tech show Gadget Man are due out December 7. The three-part miniseries The Trials of ...

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Universal Sports Assets Taken Over by NBCU

NEW YORK: The portfolio of rights held by the shuttered Universal Sports Network has been sold to NBCUniversal by World Championship Sports Network. Universal Sports Network, in operation for almost a decade, was majority owned by InterMedia Partners, with NBCUniversal holding a minority stake. The signal for the network ceased ...

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