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Spanish Companies Gear Up for NATPE

MIAMI: Among the companies that will exhibit under the Audiovisual from Spain umbrella at NATPE are BRB Internacional, Imagina International Sales and Edebé Audiovisual Licensing. A total of 14 Spanish companies will be on hand at NATPE with Audiovisual from Spain. This includes Boomerang Internacional, BRB Internacional, Edebé Audiovisual Licensing, ...

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Shine 360 Hires Creative Director

LONDON: Shine 360° has appointed Frances Adams to serve as its first creative director. In the newly created role, Adams will be responsible for establishing the creative vision across Shine Group’s in-house and third-party projects. She will work with the existing 360° brand and commercial teams as well as Shine Network, ...

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Andrew Lloyd Webber to Lead ITV-Commissioned Talent Competition

LONDON: ITV has commissioned the new series Superstar, in which Andrew Lloyd Webber will conduct a nationwide search for the actor/musician who will play the lead role in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. The British public are invited to audition during February and March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, ...

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FIC Buys Finnish Free-to-Air Channel

HELSINKI: FOX International Channels (FIC) has expanded its presence in the Nordic region with the acquisition of the Finnish free-to-air channel Suomi TV. Suomi TV will offer fiction and nonfiction series, including titles from National Geographic such as Mega Factories, Shark Men, Inside, Banged Up Abroad and Jurassic CSI. These ...

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ITV Enters New Tie-Up with The FA

LONDON: ITV has signed a new two-year deal with The Football Association for the terrestrial broadcast rights for FA Cup and England international matches through the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. ITV1 will continue to broadcast the first pick of FA Cup games from the first round to the final, and will also ...

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LOVEFiLM to Bring ABC TV On Demand to the U.K.

LONDON: Disney UK and LOVEFiLM are launching the branded SVOD service ABC TV On Demand in the U.K., delivering streaming access to shows such as Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers & Sisters.  LOVEFiLM members with streaming packages can watch Castle and all six seasons of Lost starting this month. Coming ...

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New Distribution Head at Germany’s Global Screen

MUNICH: The distribution activities at the newly formed Global Screen, a joint venture between Telepool and Bavaria Media, will be led by former Echo Bridge Entertainment exec Sonia Mehandjiyska. Mehandjiyska takes over responsibility for theatrical and TV sales worldwide. Most recently Mehandjiyska was working as the VP of international sales at Echo ...

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Sky1 Commissions New Sitcom

LONDON: Sky has commissioned the sitcom Parents from Objective Productions for broadcast on Sky1 HD in the summer of 2012. The family sitcom will star Sally Phillips (Green Wing, Smack the Pony, Miranda) and Darren Strange (Phone Shop, The Armando Iannucci Shows) as a married couple with two teenagers, forced ...

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Quail TV Names European Manager

LONDON: The Australian production house Quail Television has made Jay Kandola, who previously led acquisitions for ITV, Channel 5 and Channel 4 in the U.K., its European manager, a newly created position in which she will serve on a consultancy basis. Kandola, appointed to spearhead Quail’s growth into the U.K. ...

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TF1 Expands Distribution of Thematic Channels

PARIS: The TF1 Group has extended distribution for its thematic channels, including Eurosport and Histoire, through non-exclusive arrangements with Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, CanalSat and Numericable. The channels Eurosport, Eurosport 2, LCI, TV Breizh, Histoire and Ushuaïa TV were previously distributed in France on an exclusive basis. The new non-exclusive ...

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