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France’s TV5MONDE Comes Under Attack from Pro-Islamic State Hackers

April 9, 2015

NEW YORK: The TV channels, websites and Facebook page of the French broadcaster TV5MONDE were taken over by Pro-Islamic State hackers, according to the network.  TV5MONDE was hacked late Wednesday and was not able to broadcast from any of its channels for several hours. Its social media sites and websites were …

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maxdome Closes Deal for Disney/ABC Titles

April 9, 2015

UNTERFÖHRING: The German VOD portal maxdome has entered into a pact with The Walt Disney Company that provides it access to a range of blockbuster films and new seasons of hit series, episodes of which will be made available one day after their first run. The agreement provides maxdome subscribers …

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Prison Drama Locked Up Part of Imagina’s MIPTV Lineup

April 9, 2015

MADRID: In Cannes next week, distributor Imagina International Sales is set to present the prison drama Locked Up, among other new productions. Locked Up (Vis a Vis) is a Globomedia production due to air on Spain’s Antena 3. It follows the story of Macarena, a young woman sent to prison …

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FremantleMedia UK Launches Digital Label

April 9, 2015

LONDON: FremantleMedia UK (FMUK) has set up a new digital label called Shotglass Media, to be led by former head of FremantleMedia UK Interactive Kat Hebden. The new company will focus on creating innovative digital experiences for fans and brands, as well as encompass all digital and social media activity …

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MIPTV Spotlight: TM International

April 9, 2015

CANNES: After having long been home to programs from Tele München Group, TM International is now also responsible for the international distribution of formats and productions from Odeon Entertainment and the Austrian broadcaster ATV. “This guarantees TM International a regular supply of entertaining, creative and successful new TV formats,” says …

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SPI International Hires New Marketing Head

April 9, 2015

WARSAW: SPI International has named Jacek Osadnik as the new marketing director worldwide, with responsibility for Kino Polska TV and FilmBox channels. Based in Warsaw, Osadnik will supervise domestic and international marketing communication for all Kino Polska TV and FilmBox brand channels. He previously served as the marketing and development …

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ProSiebenSat.1 & Warner Bros. Extend Licensing Pact

April 10, 2015

MUNICH: An extension of an existing licensing pact sees ProSiebenSat.1 continue to hold the exclusive free-TV rights to Hollywood blockbusters and hit series produced by Warner Bros. for years to come. Among the highlights of the deal, signed with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, are such movies as Batman vs. …

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MIPTV Spotlight: ZDF Enterprises

April 11, 2015

CANNES: ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has new highlights from all four of its genre divisions. From ZDFE.entertainment comes Crime Watch XY, one of the most successful formats on German TV. ZDFE.factual features The Invasion: The Outbreak of World War II, which tells the inside story of the Third Reich. ZDFE.junior’s Captain …

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MIPTV Spotlight: Secuoya Content Distribution

April 11, 2015

CANNES: Spain’s Secuoya Content Distribution represents the rights for the programming and formats developed by the companies of Grupo Secuoya, as well as other Spanish and international producers. Vanessa Palacios, Secuoya Content Distribution’s content manager, says that the company has been increasing its footprint in Latin America. Recently, Secuoya reached …

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WDRmg to Be Part of MIPTV’s German Pavilion

April 12, 2015

COLOGNE: For the first time ever, WDR mediagroup (WDRmg) is attending MIPTV as part of the German Pavilion, from which it is slated to showcase such titles as The Maus and Elefantastic. Recently added to the WDRmg catalogue are the WDR productions From Scratch to Pro, a format for kids …