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Another Season of 500 Questions for ABC

NEW YORK: ABC Television Network in the U.S. has picked up a second season of 500 Questions, an event game show created by Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. 500 Questions challenges the country’s smartest people to answer 500 extremely difficult general-knowledge questions. United Artists Media Group produces the program in ...

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MTV Taps Sean Atkins as President

NEW YORK/SANTA MONICA: Sean Atkins has been named president of MTV, joining from Discovery Communications, where he was most recently the general manager and executive VP of digital media and strategy.  Atkins will oversee all creative and business operations for MTV and its sister networks MTV2 and mtvU. He will ...

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Amazon Lands Three New CBS Summer Series for Streaming

SEATTLE: Amazon has signed a new multiyear, multi-series agreement that makes Prime Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for three new CBS summer series through 2018.  The comic thriller Braindead is the first of the new summer series that will be available to Prime members in the U.S. for streaming just four ...

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U.S. Broadcast Deal Volume Up in Q3

MONTEREY: According to SNL Kagan, broadcast station M&A volume in the U.S. reached $3.04 billion in the third quarter, which saw the deal announcement of Media General's proposed acquisition of Meredith Corp. Between Q1 2013 and Q3 2014, SNL Kagan registered seven consecutive quarters with deal volumes above $1 billion, driven by large ...

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Jon Slusser Expands Remit at Spike

NEW YORK: Jon Slusser, who currently manages Spike's sports division, has become the network's senior VP of sports and specials, adding live specials and events to his existing duties. In his newly expanded role, Slusser will continue to work under Kevin Kay, the president of Spike. He will oversee the ...

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NBCUniversal Pacts with Blumhouse Productions for Branded Content

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK: Blumhouse Productions, the outfit behind such horror franchises as The Purge and Insidious, has entered into a branded-content production partnership with NBCUniversal. Through the venture, Blumhouse and NBCUniversal will develop Millennial-focused video content with select advertising clients that can be scaled across platforms. In addition, Blumhouse Productions, in partnership ...

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Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson Inks Overall Deal with Starz

BEVERLY HILLS: Starz has signed Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who is the executive producer of the original series Power, to an exclusive overall deal. The two-year pact with G Unit Film & Television will see Jackson develop new projects for the network and continue as executive producer on Power. Production ...

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Netflix Comes to Virgin America

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 ...

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ABC Family Working on Scripted Comedy with Nicki Minaj

BURBANK: Nicki Minaj is executive producing and appearing in a new scripted comedy for ABC Family. The half-hour, single-camera comedy is based on Minaj and her family's immigration from Trinidad in the early '90s. It will be shot in her hometown of Queens, New York. Kate Angelo (Sex Tape, Will ...

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Media Measurement Firms comScore & Rentrak to Merge

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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