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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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Evan Shapiro

Evan Shapiro, the president of Pivot, tells TV Real about the channel’s mission to connect with its “broadbander” audience on every platform. With a mission to create entertainment that inspires social change, Participant Media has a string of critically acclaimed feature films to its credit, including Good Night, and Good ...

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Hernan Lopez

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2013 issue of World Screen. In 1993, the first FOX channel outside the U.S. made its debut in Brazil. What set it apart from the competition was that FOX offered programming that was fresh, new, and not available elsewhere in the Brazilian market. ...

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Jim Samples

This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2013 issue of TV Real. A relative latecomer to the global channels business, Scripps Networks Interactive has made rapid headway in the international market over the last few years. Since 2009, when Scripps took Food Network to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, ...

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Alec Baldwin on Spirit of Exploration

The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Since 1888, the Society had been dedicated to promoting the importance, beauty and wonder of the world around us through its famous magazine as well as books, movies, channels and online. Key components of the Society’s mission have always ...

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Michael Palin

  This interview originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2012 issue of TV Real.   As a child in Sheffield, in the north of England, Michael Palin would often accompany his sister to the local train station, seeing her off as she returned to her job in London and wishing that ...

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