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Tony & Ridley Scott Working on Lincoln Assassination Doc

WASHINGTON: National Geographic Channel has joined forces with Ridley and Tony Scott for the production of a two-hour documentary based on author Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book Killing Lincoln.   Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever is based on O’Reilly’s New York Times bestseller with co-author Martin Dugard. ...

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OWN Adds Trio of New Series to 2012 Lineup

LOS ANGELES: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has unveiled three new original series for the network’s 2012 lineup, including Lovetown, USA.   Heading to the OWN lineup is Lovetown, USA, in which two expert matchmakers will take over Kingsland, Georgia for 30 days to help eight singles find true love in ...

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TPI Gears Up for NATPE

CHANTILLY: TeleProductions International (TPI) is to exhibit an expanded catalogue of Spanish-language content at NATPE, including Pablo’s Hippos, among others. In addition to the hour-long special Pablo’s Hippos, about the life and times of Colombia’s notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, TPI is highlighting at market Cart Man’s Great Adventure. The ...

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Stock Footage Industry Estimated at $394 Million Per Year

SAN FRANCISCO: The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) and Thriving Archives have released a new survey that values the stock footage industry at $394 million per year. The ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 2 (AGS2) looks at the impact of digital technology on the stock footage ...

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TLC Slates Series on American Gypsies

LOS ANGELES: Following on the success of the original British series, TLC has ordered eight hour-long episodes of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. More than 45 million viewers tuned in for the original U.K. series that TLC aired in 2011. Now, a U.S. version looks at the hidden culture ...

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Showtime to Air Dick Cheney Doc

LOS ANGELES: A new documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler for Showtime tentatively titled The World According to Dick Cheney chronicles the life of the former U.S. VP. Cutler (The War Room, A Perfect Candidate) profiles the controversial political figure, analyzing his life and career. The doc is part of ...

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Target Signs On for Royal Babies Doc

LONDON: Target Entertainment and Back2back Productions are co-producing the new documentary Royal Babies. This is the third collaboration between the companies, which worked together on the documentary series The Changing Face Of…, In Search of Pippa Middleton and Kate and The Real Housewives of Anglesey. Target holds all international rights ...

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Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Aid 11 Projects

TORONTO: The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media have chosen 11 projects to receive a total of C$198,000 ($194,000) in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds. The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a C$3-million completion fund and a C$1-million development fund to ...

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PBS Doc Spotlights Homes of Edwardian England

ARLINGTON: Secrets of the Manor House, a new documentary that showcases the homes of Edwardian England, is to air on PBS on January 22 and will be available for streaming in its entirety as of January 23. The doc looks inside two of Britain’s most legendary manor houses, Manderston in Berwickshire ...

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BBC World News to Air on New TV4 Service

LONDON: A selection of BBC World News programming will be broadcast each week on the soon-to-launch TV4 News channel in Sweden. As part of a new broadcast deal, some of the BBC’s international news programming, including select editions of the channel’s flagship current-affairs program HARDtalk, will air on TV4 News. The ...

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