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Panini Scores Turkish Output Deal

MODENA/LONDON: Panini Media has agreed to an exclusive two-year output deal with Turkey’s SinemaTV, covering pay- and free-TV rights for fiction series, including Metal Hurlant Chronicles and Signs.  The deal is for 2012 to 2013, and also covers new production of 2013. SinemaTV is a premium pay film channel group ...

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Endemol Names New CEO After Bassetti Exits

LONDON: Just Spee, who has been serving as chief financial officer at Endemol, is being elevated to CEO, following the departure of Marco Bassetti.  Bassetti joined Endemol in 1997, when the Italian production outfit Aran was acquired by the group. He became chief operating officer in October 2007, then becoming ...

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FME Sells 135 Hours of Content to Turner Benelux

CANNES: Turner Broadcasting has acquired 135 hours of programming from FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) for its new TNT channel in the Benelux. The deal covers drama, comedy and entertainment content for the new channel, launching April 10. On the drama front there’s Exile, The Crimson Petal & The White, Laconia and Holy ...

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ZDFE Sells Titanic Programs & More

CANNES: The 90-minute doc special Saving the Titanic, the two-part drama Titanic and Werner Herzog’s Death Row were among the ZDF Enterprises properties that notched up deals at MIPTV this week.   Saving the Titanic was picked up by Canada’s CBC, France’s Planète, and Slovakia’s STV, which, along with Croatia’s ...

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Mediaset Offloads Remaining Stake in Endemol

MILAN: Mediaset has agreed to sell its debt in Endemol, officially exiting the investment.  The transaction is about 6 percent of the senior debt on the market, which is the remainder of its holdings. The deal is valued at approximately $96 million. The Italian commercial broadcasters purchased 33 percent of ...

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Global Screen Reports Strong Demand for Series & Movies

MUNICH/CANNES: Global Screen’s first trip to the market has been a successful one, the company reports, highlighting titles such as the long-running Alarm for Cobra 11.  The sales and distribution JV between Telepool and Bavaria Media, the company says interest remains high for Alarm for Cobra 11. The new season ...

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BBC Offering 24 HD Live Olympic Streams

LONDON: The BBC is planning to make its 24 HD live Olympic streams available for cable and satellite providers, complementing the coverage of the games on its flagship channels. Viewers can access the same content that will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website on their TVs as well ...

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James Murdoch Steps Down as Sky Chairman

LONDON: James Murdoch is stepping down as the chairman of BSkyB, with Nicholas Ferguson tapped as his successor and Tom Mockridge named as deputy chairman. Murdoch will remain a non-executive director of the British satellite platform that he used to run as chief executive. Ferguson, who has been a director ...

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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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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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