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New Development VP for September Films

LONDON/LOS ANGELES: September Films, the DCD Media-owned producer of reality and entertainment programming, has tapped Lisa Mao as its first development VP, based in the Los Angeles office. Mao will report to Richard Hansil, the senior VP of creative at September Films USA. She joins the company from the Travel ...

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OWN Expands Oprah’s Next Chapter as Two-Part Episodes

LOS ANGELES: The prime-time series Oprah’s Next Chapter has been given an expanded schedule by OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, which will begin airing the show Sundays and Mondays through February. The series, which features Winfrey as she steps outside of the studio to engage with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and ...

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Nat Geo Channel Bolsters Global Development Team

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Four new hires have been made at National Geographic Channel, supporting development and production efforts. Alan Eyres will serve as the senior VP of programming and development, supported by J-T Ladt in the VP role. Both will be based in Los Angeles. For its New York group, National ...

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Chef Rocco DiSpirito Launching New Half-Hour Series

LOS ANGELES: Bellum Entertainment is representing a new half-hour show from celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, which has already been cleared on all 17 of the Tribune Broadcasting owned-and-operated stations. The E/I (educational/informational) series launches this fall. DiSpirito’s show is one of three series included in Bellum’s E/I deal with Tribune ...

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Buyer Profile: RTI-Mediaset’s Daniela Bagliani

PREMIUM: The documentary acquisitions and co-productions manager at RTI SpA – Mediaset Group talks about what she is seeking for Italia 1 and Retequattro. TV REAL: What channels fall within your remit? BAGLIANI: RTI – Mediaset is the main commercial network in Italy. We have both a free- and pay-TV ...

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Mob Wives Season Two Sells into New Territories

NEW YORK: Electus International has signed up broadcasters in nearly 100 countries for the second season of the VH1 reality series Mob Wives. XYZnetworks in Australia picked up the show for LifeStyle YOU, while Shaw Media has taken it for Canada. In Latin America, MTV is set to broadcast season ...

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March Launch for New Bravo Reality Series

NEW YORK: Shahs of Sunset, a new series from Ryan Seacrest Productions that spotlights six young Persian-American friends living in Los Angeles, is slated to make its premiere on Bravo on March 11.  The show marks the first collaboration for Bravo and Ryan Seacrest Productions. Seacrest also executive produces, alongside ...

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ATI Renews Laura McKenzie Series

LOS ANGELES: Associated Television International (ATI) has cleared season seven of its Emmy-nominated program Laura McKenzie’s Traveler in more than 72-percent of the U.S. The travel series, produced in association with USA Weekend, features host Laura McKenzie venturing to popular and off-the-beaten-path destinations across the globe. She has been featured ...

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Nat Geo Lands Nazi Doc Series from ZDF

WASHINGTON, D.C./MAINZ: National Geographic Channel has secured the six-part documentary series Last Secrets of the Third Reich from ZDF Enterprises. Last Secrets of the Third Reich features new insight and archive material that expose the contradictions and inner workings of Hitler’s Nazi regime. The series will premiere on NGC in ...

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Electus Picks Up Spike TV Reality Series

NEW YORK: Electus International has taken on the global distribution rights for a trio of unscripted series from Spike TV, among them American Digger. Created and executive produced by Gurney Productions, which is also behind the hit Auction Hunters, American Digger is debuting on Spike TV in March. The show ...

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