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MIPCOM Spotlight: American Cinema International

September 25, 2015

CANNES: American Cinema International (ACI) is presenting the final story in its Ultimate trilogy, The Ultimate Legacy, at MIPCOM. The movie concludes the story of The Ultimate Gift and The Ultimate Life, which ACI will also have available at the market. Another highlight is Love Finds You in Valentine, which …

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MIPCOM Spotlight: BoPaul Media Worldwide

September 25, 2015

CANNES: One priority for BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) at MIPCOM is to launch resales for Mussolini: The Untold Story. The seven-hour miniseries starring George C. Scott first ran on NBC in 1985. The company is also representing the TV movie The Miracle Worker, originally released in 1979. “Our buyers have …

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Sonar Entertainment Names Interim CEO

September 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES: Thomas Lesinski, a former president of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, has been named interim CEO of indie outfit Sonar Entertainment. Lesinski is a member of Sonar’s board of directors. He is replacing outgoing CEO Gene Stein, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Sonar’s board of directors is …

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EPIX Appoints New VP of Scripted Programming

September 28, 2015

NEW YORK: EPIX has appointed former Landscape Entertainment executive Ben Tappan as the VP of scripted programming. In his new role, Tappan will work on the development and production of the premium entertainment network’s current and upcoming slate of scripted content, and pursue new projects for development. Tappan will also …

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The Last Man on Earth Set for Hulu

September 29, 2015

SANTA MONICA: Hulu has acquired the streaming rights for all past episodes of the hit comedy The Last Man on Earth from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. All existing episodes of the series are available to stream exclusively on Hulu. The digital platform will maintain day-after-air streaming rights for current …

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Endemol Shine North America Inks Overall Deal with Steve Harvey

September 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES: Endemol Shine North America has landed an overall production deal with Steve Harvey, who is the host of the company’s nationally syndicated daytime series Steve Harvey. Endemol Shine and Harvey’s East 112th Street Productions will work together to develop original unscripted, scripted and digital programming. East 112th Street …

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Comcast Unveils Digital Video Service Watchable

September 29, 2015

NEW YORK: Comcast has lined up 30 content partners, among them NBCUniversal and Scripps Networks Interactive, for its new streaming service, Watchable, which has launched in a beta version. The cross-platform video service curates a selection of content from popular online video networks. As of today, iOS, watchable.com and X1 …

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Lifetime Appoints VP of Original Movies

September 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES: Lifetime has named 72 Productions’s Sebastian Dungan VP of original movies, effective immediately. In his new role, Dungan will be responsible for the development and production of Lifetime original movies. He will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Tanya Lopez, the senior VP of original …

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Media Measurement Firms comScore & Rentrak to Merge

September 30, 2015

RESTON/PORTLAND: Through a new stock-for-stock merger agreement, Rentrak will become a wholly owned subsidiary of comScore, widening the scope of its measurement solutions in media content and advertising across all platforms. Upon completion of the merger, comScore shareholders are expected to own approximately 66.5 percent and Rentrak shareholders are expected …

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Netflix Comes to Virgin America

September 30, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO: Netflix and Virgin America have secured an agreement to deliver complimentary in-flight wifi access that allows subscribers to watch an array of films and TV shows. Starting today, Netflix users onboard Virgin America's new ViaSat wifi-equipped aircraft will be able to stream Netflix programming, including the hit series …