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BBC & Jim Henson Partner for Puppetry Show

LONDON: BBC One has greenlit a pilot for a new series, tentatively titled No Strings Attached, which will be co-produced with The Jim Henson Company and feature a brand-new cast of puppet characters. The show will feature two celebrities stepping into the puppet world. The guests will go head to head ...

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Chello Central Europe Rebrands Two Movie Channels

BUDAPEST: Chello Central Europe’s Filmmuzeum is being rebranded as Film Mania, while its Zone Romantica channel becomes Film Café. The new look for both will be unveiled on July 2, with new logos as well. Film Mania offers movies primarily from the 1990s and the 2000s. Film Café, which targets ...

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Time Warner Ups Holdings in CME

HAMILTON: Time Warner has shelled out $89 million to increase its ownership in Central European Media Enterprises (CME) to 40 percent. CME sold 9.9 million shares of Class A common stock to Time Warner Media Holdings, and 2 million shares to RSL Capital, an affiliate of Ronald Lauder, CME’s non-executive ...

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Sky & Miramax Ink Exclusive Library Deal

LONDON/SANTA MONICA: Sky has secured the exclusive rights to a package of Miramax films in a multi-year licensing deal for the U.K. and Ireland. The deal included such films as Life is Beautiful, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Spy Kids and Starsky & Hutch. The movies will be available across the range ...

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HBO Channels Grow Dutch Footprint

AMSTERDAM: HBO has expanded the distribution of its channels in the Netherlands, securing carriage with new cable operators. As of June 25, KPN and XS4ALL will offer the HD channels HBO, HBO2 and HBO3. Telefort will begin offering HBO on July 9. The channels will also be available in standard ...

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ALL3MEDIA Secures Pre-NATPE Budapest Sales

LONDON: A raft of sales have been secured by ALL3MEDIA International across Central and Eastern Europe, ahead of the company’s outing at NATPE Budapest. From the drama catalogue, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries heads to Canal Plus Poland. HRT in Croatia extended its deal for Wild at Heart for seasons four ...

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UKTV’s Gold to Revive The Comic Strip

LONDON: Gold has commissioned the one-off The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go to Rehab alongside the documentary 30 Years of The Comic Strip. The Comic Strip Presents debuted in 1982 with Five Go Mad in Dorset. Gold is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the series with The Comic Strip Presents: ...

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Sky Holds On to Premier League Rights

LONDON: Sky will remain as the primary U.K. home for Premier League Football, securing 116 live matches per year for the seasons from 2013-14 until 2015-16. Sky Sports will show 116 matches per season. BT will show 38 games, while ESPN UK and Al Jazeera will show none. Sky will ...

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Sky Arte HD to Join Sky Italia Lineup

ROME: Sky Italia is bringing to Italy its first channel exclusively dedicated to art with the fall launch of Sky Arte HD. Sky Arte HD will feature programming that showcases Italy’s cultural and artistic heritage. The channel will launch on November 1, featuring a schedule that has reportage, magazines, features, ...

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Saturday Night Live Alumn Andy Samberg On Board BBC Three Comedy

LONDON: Cuckoo is a brand-new comedy series from Roughcut Television for BBC Three that features Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) alongside British comedian Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners). The show was created and written by Robin French and Kieron Quirke. It centers on Ken (Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) Thomas, who collect ...

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