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Sensitive Skin Sells into Germany, the U.K.

March 26, 2015

TORONTO: Tricon Films & Television has secured agreements for the Kim Cattrall dramedy Sensitive Skin with Tele München Group for Germany, including German-speaking Europe, and Sky Arts U.K. The series will make its U.K. debut on April 1. These new sales join Hot Telecommunication Systems Israel, which debuted the series …

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Spike Set to Launch in the U.K. Next Month

March 26, 2015

LONDON: Spike is due to debut in the U.K. on April 15, launching with a lineup of British commissions and U.S. titles such as Breaking Bad. The network, part of Channel 5’s portfolio, will feature original series, among them Police Interceptors Unleashed and Tattoo Disasters UK. It will also air …

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Sony Acquires Dutch Pay-TV Movie Bouquet from Liberty Global

March 27, 2015

LONDON: Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached a deal with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands. The move gives SPT full ownership of the five premium pay-TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service. The acquisition is still pending regulatory approval. …

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BoPaul Media Worldwide Scores Film Sales in U.K., Germany

March 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has placed a trio of action movies with Arrow Films in the U.K., while another three films were sold to RTL Nitro in Germany. Arrow Films licensed Wild Geese, Zulu Dawn and Ashanti. RTL Nitro went for Porky's, Porky's II: The Next Day and Porky's …

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MIPTV Spotlight: TRT

March 30, 2015

CANNES: A detective story set during the time of the Ottoman Empire, Filinta, a highlight from TRT, features themes of justice, friendship and fraternity. TRT launched the title at DISCOP Istanbul earlier this year, and is making it one of its central highlights for MIPTV. Filinta has been performing well …

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Eastern Europe to See Spike in Digital Pay-TV Revenues

March 31, 2015

LONDON: Pay-TV revenues in Eastern Europe are forecast to be 45 percent higher in 2020 ($7.27 billion) than in 2010, according to Digital TV Research. Digital pay-TV revenues will increase by $4 billion between 2010 and 2020 to $7 billion. They will increase by 47 percent between 2014 and 2020. …

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All3Media Buys Neal Street Productions

March 31, 2015

LONDON: All3Media has acquired the U.K. production company Neal Street Productions, which has credits ranging from Call the Midwife to co-productions such as Penny Dreadful. Neal Street was founded in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling and joined in 2013 by Nicolas Brown. Its business lines include …

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Damien Marchi Becomes Global Head of Content at Havas Media Group

March 31, 2015

LONDON: Havas Media Group has brought in Emmy Award winner Damien Marchi to serve as its global head of content. Marchi has more than 15 years experience specializing in cross-platform content production, commercialization and marketing in TV and digital, across entertainment, drama and news. He has led digital adaptations for …

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Discovery Increases Stake in Eurosport France

March 31, 2015

LONDON: Discovery Communications has upped its stake in Eurosport France from 20 percent to 51 percent, as part of a larger strategic partnership with TF1 Group that began in December 2012. Last year, Discovery took a controlling interest in Eurosport International. Since then, Discovery and Eurosport have signed numerous sports …

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MIPTV Spotlight: Audiovisual from Spain

March 31, 2015

CANNES: There are a total of 16 companies that will be attending MIPTV under the Audiovisual from Spain banner. Among them are ATRESMEDIA, which is promoting the comedy series Down Below; Boomerang TV, showcasing the family drama Acacias 38; Grupo Ganga Producciones, with the drama Remember When; and Onza Distribution, …