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Cost of Pay TV Continues to Rise

PORT WASHINGTON: The monthly rates for pay TV have grown an average of 6 percent per year, with The NPD Group predicting monthly bills to reach $200 by 2020. The average pay-TV subscription for basic pay-TV service and premium TV channels in the U.S. reached $86 in the U.S. According to ...

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Audio Interview: Stan Lee

NEW YORK: Listen to comic-book legend Stan Lee as he talks to World Screen Newsflash about his new endeavors at POW! Entertainment, where he serves as chairman and chief creative officer; the art of creating memorable, long-lasting superheroes and upcoming cameos in the Spider-Man and Avengers feature films. Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, ...

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FOX Renews Trio of Comedies

LOS ANGELES: The freshman comedy New Girl has been given a second-season order by FOX, which is also bringing back Raising Hope and Glee. New Girl is currently the number one new series among adults 18 to 34 and the number two new scripted series among adults 18 to 49. ...

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Footage.net Adds Historic Films Clips

NEW YORK: More than 167,000 preview clips from the Historic Films archive have been added to the Footage.net library. Footage.net users can screen preview clips from Historic Films’ stock-footage collection, which spans 1895 to 2010. This includes more than 50,000 hours of news, lifestyle, travel, fashion, celebrity, military and cartoon ...

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Virgin Produced Creates In-Flight Channel

SAN FRANCISCO: Virgin America has beefed up the offerings on its Red in-flight entertainment platform, including the addition of the new Virgin Produced Channel. Starting this month, Virgin America flights across North America can access the new channel, created via a unique partnership with Virgin Produced. The channel will offer ...

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ABC Showcases Summer Grid

BURBANK: The shows Duets, Trust Us With Your Life and Final Witness will be making their series premieres this summer on ABC, alongside returning highlights such as Secret Millionaire and Wipeout. The singing competition Duets, which features music superstars looking for protégés, launches on May 24 at 8 p.m. The ...

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Anthony Zuiker’s BlackBoxTV Ready for YouTube

BEVERLY HILLS: YouTube has set a launch date of Friday, April 13, for the BlackBoxTV premium channel, from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker in collaboration with director Tony E. Valenzuela and Collective Digital Studio. BlackBoxTV will present horror, thriller and sci-fi content online. The new channel, part of YouTube’s premium programming ...

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Comedy Central Links Up with Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

NEW YORK: Select performances from the Comedy Theatre at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be filmed and edited into an original one-hour compilation stand-up special that will air on Comedy Central this summer. The Comedy Theatre at Bonnaroo has been around since 2004. This year’s comic lineup will ...

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BET Founder Buys Image, Acorn

BETHESDA: Robert L. Johnson, the founder of BET, has reached a deal to acquire the U.S. independent distributors Image Entertainment and Acorn Media Group. The combined company, RLJ Entertainment, will be listed on NASDAQ, according to a press release announcing the transaction. Johnson will serve as executive chairman of the ...

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Miramax Takes On Titles from Goldwyn Film Library

CANNES/SANTA MONICA: Miramax has been appointed to manage the global licensing for the library of films produced by Samuel Goldwyn, including classics such as Guys and Dolls. Miramax has scooped up the rights to license the content across a broad range of TV and digital platforms. The library includes classics ...

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