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Special Report: Turkish Tales

NEW YORK: Ahead of the start of DISCOP West Asia, set in Istanbul, TV Drama looks at how drama series from Turkey’s top broadcasters are making their way to screens across the globe. The continuing expansion of Turkish programming exports reached a new milestone at the beginning of this year. ...

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Hannibal Scores U.K. Slot on Sky Living HD

LONDON: Through an exclusive deal with Gaumont International Television, Sky Living HD has landed the rights for the highly anticipated U.S. drama Hannibal. From Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes), Hannibal is debuting in the U.S. on NBC on April 4. It will follow with a debut in the U.K. on ...

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BBC Worldwide Sells Dramas into ME&A

LIVERPOOL: BBC Worldwide licensed several dramas, among titles from other genres, to broadcasters in the Middle East and Africa at the BBC Worldwide Showcase 2013, which kicked off yesterday at ACC Liverpool. IBA in Israel opted for The Paradise and the first season of Call the Midwife. The broadcaster also picked ...

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FX Renews The Americans

LOS ANGELES: The drama The Americans is set for a 13-episode second season on FX. The renewal comes just four episodes in to the show’s first season. There are nine episodes remaining in the freshman run, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. The series stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as ...

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CBS Drama Picks Up Waterloo Road

LONDON: CBS Chello Zone Channels has acquired the drama Waterloo Road for its CBS Drama channel in the U.K. from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Waterloo Road is centered around a challenging comprehensive school in Britain. The staff are overworked and underpaid and the kids are troublesome. The show was first ...

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ITV Slates New Medical Drama Starring Jack Davenport

LONDON: Breathless, a six-part medical series produced by ITV Studios, has been commissioned by ITV and is set to begin production in the spring. With a cast led by Jack Davenport (Smash, Pirates of the Caribbean), Breathless centers on a team of doctors and nurses working in and around the gynecology ...

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Andrew Davies Adapting War and Peace for BBC One

LONDON: The award-winning scriptwriter Andrew Davies is working on an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace for BBC One, which will air the six-part event drama in 2015. BBC Cymru Wales Drama will produce the project based on what is widely considered as one of the greatest novels of all ...

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Knots Landing Heads to CBS Drama

LONDON: CBS Chello Zone Channels has picked up the rights for the long-running U.S. series Knots Landing in a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. CBS Drama will begin airing the show, which ran for 14 years from 1979 to 1993, starting in April. In the run up to ...

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HBO Europe Goes High Profile with Burning Bush

NEW YORK: Antony Root, the executive VP of original programming and production at HBO Europe, talks to TV Drama about the ambitious three-parter Burning Bush. Based on real characters and real events, the haunting drama Burning Bush has been billed as HBO Europe’s highest profile project to date. The three-part ...

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