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Viaplay Expands to Russia

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has grown the reach of its Viaplay online pay-TV service to include Russia, delivering content from the group’s thematic documentary channels Viasat History, Viasat Explorer and Viasat Nature, as well as from the TV1000-branded movie network. This latest launch adds to a footprint that already ...

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FilmBox Live to Roll Out on Samsung Smart TVs in Europe

CANNES, April 3: Samsung Electronics Co. is launching a range of new content services on the Samsung Smart TV beginning with FilmBox Live, delivering streaming access to more than 2,000 titles from the SPI International library. FilmBox Live is available as a monthly subscription service and includes seven channels available ...

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Jersey Shore Set for French Rollout

CANNES/LONDON/NEW YORK: TF1 has nabbed the rights to Jersey Shore for its NT1 DTT channel, while also optioning the format from Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). In addition, VIMN has closed deals for the Jersey Shore finished series with Musique Plus (Canada), Telenica (Nicaragua) and TV5 (Finland). Jersey Shore: From ...

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Renegade to Join Shed Media Brands

LONDON: Shed Media Group has acquired a majority stake in Renegade Pictures, which now joins brands such as Shed Productions, Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty and Ricochet.   The Renegade Pictures team, including new editorial director and former BBC commissioner Harry Lansdown, will continue to operate from its current London ...

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BoPaul Media Lands Deal for Hellraiser

CANNES: BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) has licensed the film Hellraiser IV: Bloodline to Benelux’s European International Communications (EIC).   The deal, signed at MIPTV, is for video, DVD and VOD rights in Dutch-speaking Belgium. The Hellraiser British horror franchise is based on the novella by Clive Barker. Sonar Entertainment also ...

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Miramax Enters Movie Deal with Sky Italia

CANNES/SANTA MONICA: Sky Italia is set to air a number of titles from the Miramax library on its pay-TV channels in Italy.  The Miramax slate has more than 700 motion pictures. A number of these titles have been licensed to Sky Italia for pay TV under a new movie deal.  ...

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Scandinavian Deal for Lionsgate Charlie Sheen Comedy

CANNES: Lionsgate International has sold the new Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management to Viasat Broadcasting’s free-TV channels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The pact with the Modern Times Group-owned group follows deals on the show in Canada, Latin America and Germany. Anger Management marks Sheen’s return to television following his exit from ...

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Marc Dorcel Offers App, TV Channel & Tailor-Made Content

PARIS: Among the offerings from adult-entertainment company Marc Dorcel is the Dorcel app, as well as a 3D VOD service. The Dorcel app offers viewers access to Marc Dorcel content and services from TV screens. The app is now being developed with TV manufacturers in the Netherlands, Korea and Japan. ...

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Parthenon Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

HERTFORDSHIRE: Parthenon Entertainment is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as it heads to MIPTV with 110 hours of programming and a range of new topical titles.   Parthenon will bring content to MIPTV such as The Embezzlers: Inside the Soviet Mafia, a six-part HD series which reveals corruption and embezzlement at ...

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Number of European HD Channels on the Rise

STRASBOURG: There was a 47.8-percent increase in the number of HD channels in Europe last year, with 375 new networks launched in the E.U. in total, according to figures from the MAVISE TV database. According to MAVISE, at the end of 2011 there were approximately 612 HD channels available in Europe; this ...

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