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CSI Brings Live Stage Show to Europe

NEW YORK: A kid-friendly interactive stage show based on the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is being produced by Lemon for a tour in Spain and Portugal. Lemon is the largest producer of children’s shows in the Iberian Peninsula. A multi-city tour will kick off in Lisbon, Portugal, ...

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Murdoch Faces U.K. Media Ethics Panel

LONDON: Rupert Murdoch again faces questioning stemming from the phone-hacking scandal, this time testifying about his relationship with British politicians at the U.K.’s media ethics inquiry. The new inquiry is in regards to claims that he used his British newspapers to influence politicians for the benefit of his business interests. ...

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German Outfits Come Together to Establish VOD Portal

BERLIN: A number of companies from the German media and production sector, including ZDF Enterprises, Beta Film and Telepool, have aligned to support the launch of a VOD portal, subject to approval of the German cartel office. A total of 17 firms have combined to found Gold, an outfit based ...

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MTG Takes Czech Rights for Champions League

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has been awarded the live TV broadcasting rights for UEFA Champions League football in the Czech Republic, starting later this year and ending with the 2014-15 championship. The rights package includes broadcast coverage on free TV and exclusive rights for pay TV, mobile and Internet in the ...

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Appropriate Adult Notches Up Most BAFTA TV Noms

LONDON: The ITV drama Appropriate Adult, about serial killer Fred West, scored four nominations for the 2012 BAFTA television awards, including nods for best actor and best actress. The lead actor category features Dominic West for his role in Appropriate Adult, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock, John Simm for Exile ...

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Ofcom Investigating Sky News Over Email Hacking

LONDON: Ofcom is starting an investigation into the unauthorized accessing of private emails by Sky News. The news channel previously admitted that it illegally went into the emails of John Darwin, the "canoe man," who was accused of faking his own death in an insurance scam with his wife. The ...

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European Broadcasters Invest $19.7 Billion in Content Annually

BRUSSELS: A new study reveals that European commercial broadcasters contribute 15 billion euros ($19.7 billion) annually to the audiovisual content sector. The study—Audiovisual Content and Online Growth, commissioned from the E-media Institute by the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)—showed that the aggregate expenditure on content of the largest ...

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Sandi Toksvig Named Creative Director for Sprout Pictures

LONDON: Sandi Toksvig is to join Stephen Fry and Gina Carter at Sprout Pictures, where she will serve as creative director. Toksvig will work closely with Carter, the managing director, and Pip Broughton, the newly appointed creative producer, to create and develop new comedy, drama and entertainment projects. Toksvig and ...

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TMG Scores Iron Man 3

MUNICH: Tele München Group (TMG) has picked up a package of rights for Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, which is scheduled for release on May 3, 2013 in North America. TMG acquired theatrical distribution rights in Germany and Austria, as well as German-language home-video, TV and new-media rights in Germany, ...

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