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Exclusive Interview: ProSiebenSat.1’s Thomas Ebeling

PREMIUM: Thomas Ebeling, the CEO of ProSiebenSat.1, Germany’s leading broadcast group, talks to TV Europe about building on the strengths of the free-TV business, while successfully launching pay-TV and numerous digital ventures. Back in 2000, two television companies, ProSieben Media and Sat.1, merged to form the largest broadcasting group in ...

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BBC Worldwide Showcase On Track for Largest Event Ever

LONDON: BBC Worldwide Showcase is on pace to open its doors to more than 640 international TV buyers, alongside top-line talent, marking its biggest-ever event, which is taking place in Liverpool from February 26 to 29.   Sir Tom Stoppard, Hugh Bonneville, Emilia Fox, Ruth Jones, Jessica Hynes and Michael ...

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Red Arrow’s Snowman Builds Business in Norway

MUNICH: Snowman Productions, the Scandinavian production arm of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, is expanding its business into Norway, with an office in Oslo. Peter Blanck, previously the executive producer at Viasat Broadcasting, will serve as managing director. Magnus Vatn, who joins from serving as head of reality and executive producer ...

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TMG & MGM Strike Multi-Year Output Deal

MUNICH: As part of an exclusive output deal, Tele München Group (TMG) has gained access to the free-TV rights for a number of feature films, including Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, and TV series from MGM for German-speaking Europe. The deal, which covers a five-year period, includes more than 200 highlights ...

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Roku Adds BBC iPlayer to U.K. Offerings

SARATOGA/LONDON: As Roku begins its rollout in the U.K., the service has expanded its content selection with the addition of the BBC iPlayer. The streaming players have started shipping to customers in the U.K. The Roku players feature more than 40 streaming channels, including region-specific programs. The BBC iPlayer joins ...

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Channel 4 Adds Prank Show to Summer Lineup

LONDON: The new prank series I’m Spazticus, set to run this summer on Channel 4, features disabled performers pranking able-bodied people. The five-episode half-hour series will air in conjunction with Channel 4’s broadcast of the 2012 Paralympics. The series’ pilot first aired on Channel 4 in 2005. I’m Spazticus will ...

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MTG Sees Record Sales

STOCKHOLM: Net sales were up 6 percent year-on-year to SEK 13,473 million ($2.03 billion) for Modern Times Group (MTG), recorded in its full-year highlights. Operating income was SEK 1,933 million ($291 million) but fell to a net loss of SEK 1,289 million ($195.5 million), when non-recurring items and associated companies were ...

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WWE Raw Headed to Lithuania

STAMFORD: WWE and Baltijos TV (BTV) have closed a deal to bring the weekly series WWE Raw to Lithuania. A one-hour international version of WWE Raw will be broadcast in Lithuania every Friday. In the U.S., it is the longest running weekly episodic program. "We are extremely delighted to partner ...

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Watch Re-Commissions Rollercoaster-Inspired Game Show

LONDON: The UKTV channel Watch has commissioned Lion Television to produce season three of Scream If You Know the Answer!, now titled Scream Extreme: USA after having moved the location of the game show to the U.S. Watch has partnered with The Travel Channel in the U.S. to share location, ...

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Shakeup at the Top for LOVEFiLM

LONDON: After seven years as the CEO of LOVEFiLM, Simon Calver is leaving the company, to be replaced by Jim Buckle, currently the chief operating officer, as managing director. Calver is moving to the struggling mother-and-baby chain Mothercare to serve as its CEO. Calver joined LOVEFiLM in 2005, leading its ...

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