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Nutopia Shakes Up Senior Management

LONDON: Nutopia has made a number of promotions and new hires across its U.K. production and operations teams, including Helena Tait being elevated to COO.  Tait has been upped to COO from serving as head of production. Prior to Nutopia, Tait was with Wall to Wall for many years, and ...

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Parthenon Sells Comic-Book Doc to Nat Geo

LONDON: National Geographic Channel has struck a deal with Parthenon Entertainment to air the hour-long documentary Comic Store Heroes, which looks at the world of comic superfans.  The factual-entertainment documentary travels to the Midtown Comics store in New York, home to some of the world’s biggest comic fans. Over the ...

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Programmer Profile: Michael Cascio

PREMIUM: Michael Cascio, the executive VP of programming at National Geographic Channel in the U.S., shares his approach to acquisitions, commissioning and international co-productions. TV REAL: What are some of the shows or blocks that have been particularly successful? CASCIO: We recently launched a number of successful new series such ...

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LUXE.TV Makes U.S. Debut

ENGLEWOOD: The luxury-focused lifestyle channel LUXE.TV has launched in the U.S. on the DISH platform.  The programming is available in English and French. LUXE.TV is being offered as part of DISH International’s basic and French bouquet. The channel features original, documentary-style series produced by Opuntia, including Destination, a report on ...

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French Indie Gedeon Sets Up New Subsidiary

PARIS: The French independent production group Gedeon Programmes has created a new branch for its business, Docland Yard, to be led by documentary film and TV producer Thibaut Martin.  The new subsidiary will be dedicated to the production of TV shows and documentaries. Docland Yard will be working with production ...

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BRITDOC & New York Times Focus on Short-Form Documentaries

LONDON: BRITDOC has launched a new initiative through which it will provide grants to individual filmmakers selected by The New York Times to create original short-form documentaries.   The docs produced under the deal are commissioned to be part of The New York Times’ Op-Docs series. The shorts will premiere ...

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Weather Channel Orders More Lifeguard!

ATLANTA: The Weather Channel has greenlit a second season of LMNO Productions’ Lifeguard!, which follows the men and women who are on guard on California’s coastline.   The second season will include 13 half-hour episodes, slated for a January 2013 premiere. This comes further to the first 13×30-minute season, which ...

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USA Network Adds to Alternative Programming Team

LOS ANGELES: USA Network has appointed Scott Friedman to serve as its VP of production for alternative programming.   Friedman most recently served as a production executive at the company. He has helped start up and grow the alternative programming department at USA. Prior to this, he was an executive in charge ...

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Two New Originals for GMC TV

ATLANTA: The U.S. channel GMC TV has greenlit a pair of new reality shows for its lineup: The Bulloch Family Ranch and I Forgive You.  The Bulloch Family Ranch follows Julie and Rusty Bulloch, a working-class couple who devote their time and resources to helping others. The pair assist with ...

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truTV Brings Back Impractical Jokers

NEW YORK: truTV has ordered a second season of the hidden-camera show Impractical Jokers, with 15 new episodes to start rolling out in December.  The show follows four lifelong friends—Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano—who take dares to a new level. They compete in awkward and ...

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