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Parthenon to Produce Light the Ocean for Nat Geo

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Parthenon Entertainment has been commissioned by the National Geographic Channel to produce Light the Ocean, a one-hour HD special to premiere in spring 2012. Light the Ocean uses computer animation software that explores how landscapes and water interact. The special features an underwater waterfall that plunges more than ...

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Channel 4 Orders New Home-Makeover Show

LONDON: Channel 4 has commissioned Crackit Productions to produce You Deserve This House, a new property makeover series hosted by Amanda Lamb. You Deserve This House is expected to air in March from Monday to Friday on Channel 4’s recently launched 11 a.m. daytime slot. In a deal brokered by ...

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ITV Studios Commissioned for New Doc Series

LONDON: HISTORY, A+E Networks UK and BSkyB have commissioned the new documentary series Grave Trade from ITV Studios. Grave Trade, which features the culture of burial and death in British history, is currently in production and set for broadcast in the U.K. exclusively on HISTORY in fall 2012. The series ...

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UKTV’s Watch Orders More Dynamo Magic Series

LONDON: Dynamo: Magician Impossible has been given an order for two more seasons by Watch, as part of an exclusive talent deal that UKTV has with the famed magician. The series averaged 1.7 million viewers with its premiere last July. The series season was the highest rating new pay-TV series ...

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DW Overhauls Operations

BONN: Deutsche Welle (DW) has revised its TV program and online presence to reinforce its position in the international media landscape, Guido Baumhauer, DW’s managing director of distribution, marketing and strategy, tells World Screen Newsflash. Changes are afoot at Deutsche Welle (DW), which has been providing news, analysis and more ...

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Clear Channel Invests in Ryan Seacrest Productions

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES: Clear Channel has acquired a minority stake in Ryan Seacrest Productions, which is behind the hit Kardashians franchise as well as a number of other reality shows. Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) will continue to operate autonomously and remain an independently operated entity. Seacrest is still the majority ...

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Discovery Hires for Digital Strategy & Emerging Businesses Team

SILVER SPRING: Discovery Communications has formed a new team focused on digital strategy and emerging businesses, to be led by Gabe Vehovsky. Vehovsky will serve as executive VP of the new team, working to identify digital businesses that will increase viewer engagement across platforms. Vehovsky previously served as the executive ...

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New Reality Series to Spotlight U.S. Tabloid

NEW YORK: Zig Zag Productions has partnered with The National Enquirer on the new docu-series Enquirer. The observational documentary series currently in development follows the lives of a group of National Enquirer reporters who come together on the road from New York, Los Angeles and Florida to uncover the exclusive ...

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Spike TV Takes On Trio of Non-Scripted Series

NEW YORK: Spike TV has picked up three new original non-scripted series, including the reality competition Full Bounty. Spike’s new series Full Bounty features 12 aspiring bounty hunters who chase down actual fugitives, while Tattoo Nightmares chronicles people’s horror stories behind bad tattoos and their attempt to have them fixed. ...

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