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Frank Rutten Named EVP of FIC Sports Europe & Africa

September 21, 2015

AMSTERDAM: FOX International Channels (FIC) has upped Frank Rutten to executive VP of FIC Sports Europe and Africa as part of a commitment to build locally relevant sports channels and multimedia businesses. Rutten will now report directly to Jan Koeppen, the president of FIC Europe and Africa, and will remain …

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Atresmedia Televisión

September 21, 2015

CANNES: A highlight from Atresmedia Televisión, the thriller Plastic Sea follows as a police sergeant must travel to a village after the mayor’s daughter is murdered, unleashing an investigation that will stir up the town’s social differences. The new Atresmedia Televisión drama joins a slate of returning hits that the …

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Global Screen

September 21, 2015

CANNES: The 2×90-minute drama A Dangerous Fortune, part of the Global Screen catalogue, is an adaptation of one of Ken Follett’s best-selling novels. “It is a brand that buyers can rely on, and the production is top-notch, from the splendid locations to the lavish costumes,” says Alexandra Heidrich, the company’s …

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Filmax International

September 21, 2015

CANNES: At MIPCOM, Spain’s Filmax International is debuting footage from its new production I Know Who You Are. The creative team behind The Red Band Society developed the thriller, which centers on the hunt for a missing girl. The main suspect in the case is the girl’s uncle, who suffers …

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Imagina International Sales

September 21, 2015

CANNES: Locked Up is a high-concept series represented by Imagina International Sales that chronicles the lives of the inmates and the officials at a maximum-security penitentiary. The title is among several of Imagina’s prime-time programs dealing with universal stories that can be easily broadcast as finished series or adapted, according …

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Televisión Española

September 21, 2015

CANNES: Dramas are at the forefront of Televisión Española’s (TVE) MIPCOM slate, with the historical series Carlos, King Emperor a particular highlight. The scripted title chronicles the life of Spanish monarch Charles I, who would become one of the most powerful men in history. The drama is also a continuation …

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ZDFE TV Movies Sell to French Canada, French-Speaking Switzerland

September 23, 2015

MAINZ: ZDF Enterprises has closed two new deals for TV-movie packages, with sales to Francophone Quebec TV network Canal Vie and French-language Swiss broadcaster RTS. Both broadcasters bought the rights to a major collection of romantic TV movies based on books by celebrated female authors such as Johanna Trollope, Dora …

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Scream Queens Scores U.K. Slot

September 23, 2015

LONDON: Scream Queens is headed to the U.K., where it will debut on E4 this fall. Scream Queens is from award-winning creators Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story) and Ian Brennan (Glee). It stars Emma Roberts (American Horror Story: Freak Show), alongside Jamie Lee …

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J.K. Rowling Mystery Part of BBC One’s New Drama Commissions

September 23, 2015

LONDON: BBC One has announced a range of new comedy, drama and factual commissions for its fall/winter season, among them an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s mystery novels The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. Those books, which were published under the pen name Robert Galbraith, will be turned into the series …

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Tony Hall Addresses Creative Industries Federation

September 24, 2015

LONDON: In a speech delivered by Tony Hall to the Creative Industries Federation today, the BBC's director-general said that he wants to see the organization in the next decade "be a magnet for creativity." Hall asserted that the BBC’s "job is to discover and invest in the best British creative …