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FYI Starts Strong

Jana Bennett, the president of FYI and LMN, discusses the rebranding of BIO as FYI. A+E Networks’ BIO channel has been relaunched with a new name and fresh programming mantra. The move has already proven to be a positive one, as the network posted immediate growth. FYI debuted on July ...

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JB Perrette

As the president of Discovery Networks International (DNI), Jean-Briac (JB) Perrette has taken on oversight of a diverse mix of 46 brands, pay and free, outside of the U.S., heading up a team of regional leaders in Western Europe; Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa; the Nordics; Latin ...

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Raja Khanna

With content that spans from music to travel and style to natural history, Blue Ant Media is focused on serving fans in niche genres they’re passionate about. It also looks to reach audiences wherever they may be, with business lines in TV, digital, magazines and live events. A few months ...

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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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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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Neil deGrasse Tyson

First broadcast by PBS in 1980, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a watershed moment in science documentary filmmaking, using special effects, a “Spaceship of the Imagination” and relatable concepts to explain the history of the universe. This spring, in a partnership between FOX and National Geographic Channel, Cosmos: ...

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Brian Greene

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2013 issue of TV Real. Brian Greene can be described as a modern Renaissance man. A physicist and proponent of string theory, he can delve into the most abstract scientific concepts using mathematics as the gateway to 11 dimensions and other secrets of ...

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Magician Ben Hanlin

Trickster Ben Hanlin has been conjuring up mischief with his own unique blend of magic and entertainment. In the series Tricked, produced by ITV Studios for ITV2, he pranks unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public alike, and their reactions are captured on hidden camera. ITV Studios Global Entertainment distributes ...

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Peter Limbourg

Peter Limbourg, who recently took office as the director general of Deutsche Welle (DW), shares his vision for the company with TV Real. TV REAL: What is your vision for the future of DW? LIMBOURG: My goal is to position DW where it should be, as a globally recognized source ...

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Science Channel’s Debbie Myers

Science Channel has positioned itself as a destination for the thought provocateur, a viewer who isn't afraid of delving into the unknown. This audience has been turning out in droves, leading to quarter after quarter (after quarter!) of consecutive ratings gains. Last year, Science Channel debuted its first-ever scripted feature, ...

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