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truTV Crosses the Pond

Already an established hit in the U.S., the 24-hour truTV channel is headed to the U.K., where it will launch August 4. The network, part of the Turner Broadcasting portfolio, will be available on digital free-to-air TV via Freeview, Freesat and YouView, with further outlets to follow. In the U.S., ...

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Football Fever

TV Real spotlights some of the soccer docs being snapped up by broadcasters around the world in conjunction with the World Cup. According to FIFA, almost a billion people around the globe watched at least a minute of the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands. The average ...

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Marking Military Milestones

  Profiling how networks around the globe are commemorating the anniversary of D-Day, the start of World War II and the centenary of WWI. On June 6, the world marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Broadcasters around the globe reflected on the pivotal event with a variety of ...

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Fast Track

This article originally appeared in the MIPTV 2014 issue of TV Real. Producers and distributors weigh in on the risks and rewards of making fast-turnaround docs on breaking-news events. The world woke up on Valentine’s Day last year to hear about a true love story that had gone tragically wrong. ...

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CBS Reality Conquers EMEA

Sam Rowden, the director of programming for CBS Reality, discusses the factual channel’s growing global footprint and programming strategy. In 1999, Chello Zone launched the Reality TV channel across Europe, serving as a destination for those who love reality programming. In 2006, the thematic channel was renamed Zone Reality, though ...

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Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon, ORF’s head of natural history and science, tells TV Real about how Austria’s public broadcaster is looking for new and innovative ways to bring a fresh perspective of nature, science, history and more to viewers. TV REAL: Tell us about some of the 4K Ultra HD docs you ...

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Travel Channel’s New Journeys

Shannon O’Neill, the president of Travel Channel, talks about the “explorers,” “experts” and “experiencers” that form the backbone of the network’s programming mix. The travel category covers a wide swath of lifestyle subgenres, and as such, Travel Channel features a diverse collection of programming. However, all its shows have a ...

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David Royle

David Royle, the executive VP of programming and production at Smithsonian Networks, tells TV Real about delivering programming that is both entertaining and informative. TV REAL: What are you currently looking for in the marketplace? ROYLE: For our channel, we want to be thoroughly entertaining and we also want to ...

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MIPTV & MIPDoc: The Week in Factual

TV Real analyzes the deals and trends in the world of factual at MIPTV and MIPDoc. Judging by the MIPDoc screenings data, buyers apparently can’t get enough of history and civilization docs. According to Reed MIDEM, history and civilization was the most popular subject during buyers’ marathon two-day screenings binge ...

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Mark Hollinger

In 1989, well ahead of most of its competitors, Discovery Communications firmly secured a foothold in the still nascent pay-TV business in Europe, launching the first international feeds of the Discovery Channel in the U.K. and Scandinavia. In the last 25 years, Discovery Networks International (DNI) has expanded across the ...

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