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Mideast Renewal on Home and Away

SYDNEY, July 6: Gulf/Showtime in the Middle East has renewed its license for Southern Star International’s hit Australian soap Home and Away. The renewal covers seasons 18 through 21 for Showtime’s TV Land channel. “This acquisition has enabled us to ...

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Former Hallmark Channel U.S. Chief Joins RHI

NEW YORK, July 6: David Evans, who stepped down as the head of Crown Media Holdings, the parent company of Hallmark Channel U.S., last month, is joining the Halmis’ RHI Entertainment to spearhead the company’s new media and channel development. ...

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ION, SPT in Programming Deal

WEST PALM BEACH /CULVER CITY, July 6: ION Media Networks has picked up a slate of classic TV series as well as a selection of feature films from Sony Pictures Television for its flagship i television network, available in 90 ...

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Carter Upped in FremantleMedia Restructure

LONDON, July 6: FremantleMedia is combining its worldwide drama and worldwide entertainment divisions to form FremantleMedia Creative Networks, which will be headed up by Gary Carter. As president of the new division, Carter will build on FremantleMedia’s drama and entertainment ...

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ITV Bags J.J. Abrams’ Six Degrees

LONDON, July 6: J.J. Abrams’ new ABC series Six Degrees, distributed by Buena Vista International Television, is to become the first American show to air in a prime-time slot on ITV1 in nine years. The show, which will also broadcast ...

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HBO, 24 Lead Emmy Nods

LOS ANGELES, July 6: HBO yet again led the Primetime Emmy nominations with 95 nods in total for titles such as Elizabeth I and The Sopranos, while FOX’s 24 came up with the most nominations for a TV series. ABC’s ...

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Target Names Factual Entertainment Chief

LONDON, July 5: LIVINGtv’s commissioning editor Steve Regan has been named head of factual entertainment and entertainment at Target Entertainment. Regan joins Target in the middle of this month and is charged with managing the company’s production activities in the ...

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BBC Factual Chief Steps Down

LONDON, July 5: John Willis is stepping down as the director of factual and learning at the BBC after a three-year stint with the public broadcaster. Willis’s tenure saw the BBC release titles such as Planet Earth and The Secret ...

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Eastern European Deals for Zodiak

COPENHAGEN, July 5: Zodiak Television World has notched up new format deals in Eastern Europe, including the sale of Stars on Stage to Ukraine’s Inter-TV. Devised at MTV Mastiff Sweden, the prime-time entertainment series is slated for a 12-episode run ...

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