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CNN Worldwide’s President to Exit Post

ATLANTA: Jim Walton, the president of CNN Worldwide, is stepping down at the end of the year, after nearly a decade at the organization. Walton wrote a note to the staff announcing his departure. It reads: "After more than 30 years at this company and nearly 10 years as the ...

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New Original Series in Weather Channel’s Forecast

ATLANTA: Plane Xtreme, a new original docu-series, has been given the go-ahead by The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC). Produced by Swamp Men’s Spectrum Productions, the show will center on a group of pilots who fly small planes around the world under dangerous conditions for the Tampa, Florida’s Wings of Eagles ...

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Rize USA Preps Series for C4, BBC Two

LONDON: Rize USA, led by Sheldon Lazarus, has received commissions for three factual series by Channel 4 and BBC Two. The Girl Who Became Three Boys, a one-hour special about a girl who pretended to be a boy in order to trick other girls into having sex, will air on ...

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Oxygen Expands Originals Slate

BEVERLY HILLS: Oxygen has ordered a docu-series that follows TV personality Maria Menounos, and is gearing up to launch the new shows My Shopping Addiction and Hollywood Unzipped: Stylist Wars. The untitled Maria Menounos project will follow her as she juggles hosting Extra, starring on Dancing with the Stars and ...

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More NY Ink For TLC International

SILVER SPRING: A third season of NY Ink, following tattoo artist Ami James, will premiere on TLC internationally and in the U.S. in 2013. The show, produced by Original Media, focuses on James and his shop, the Wooster Street Social Club, in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. The cast from season two ...

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Scorpion TV Makes Global Deals

LONDON: Scorpion TV has made agreements with broadcasters in Europe, Asia, South America, North America and the Middle East. In Poland, ONET picked up Race and Intelligence: Science’s Last Taboo, Walk Like a Man, All Dolled Up and Train to Nowhere. Slovenia’s RTVS acquired La Americana and Defusing Human Bombs. ...

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TVO Gets New Episodes of Breakthrough Doc Series

TORONTO: New episodes of Greatest Tank Battles, a documentary series from Breakthrough Entertainment, have been licensed to TVO. The Canadian public education TV station will air half a dozen new hour-long episodes of the factual show, which features CGI animated reenactments of historical armored combats. Breakthrough Entertainment has commenced production ...

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Passion Signs Deals with African Broadcasters

LONDON: Passion Distribution has made multiple agreements in Africa that involve 170 hours worth of programming. M-Net for Vuzu in South Africa has picked up seasons one through four of Rupaul’s Drag Race (50×1-hour and 1×90-minutes), produced by World of Wonder. For their Zuku-branded pay-TV channels, Wananchi Programming took on ...

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ReelzChannel Announces New Unscripted Series

ALBUQUERQUE: Race to the Scene, ReelzChannel’s first unscripted competition show, is scheduled to premiere next year with actor Dolph Lundgren as host. Race to the Scene will require contestants to travel between real film locations and complete various challenges based on well-known movie scenes. The series is going to be ...

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Video Interview: DW’s Guido Baumhauer

NEW YORK: Guido Baumhauer, Deutsche Welle’s managing director of strategy, marketing and distribution, tells World Screen Newsflash in this video interview about how the broadcaster is delivering its content on multiple platforms to viewers across the globe.   German points of view and European perspectives are core to what Deutsche Welle ...

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