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Early Ratings Show Oscar Viewership Up Slightly

NEW YORK: The preliminary ratings for last night’s Academy Awards telecast were slightly higher than last year’s show, according to early data from Nielsen. Based on Nielsen’s Household Metered Market ratings in 56 U.S. markets and adult 18-49 ratings, the Awards averaged a 25.5 Household rating from 8:30 p.m. to ...

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FX Renews Archer for Fourth Season

LOS ANGELES: FX has ordered season four of the animated series Archer, along with signing an overall deal with the show’s executive producers. In addition to the fourth-season order, producer FX Productions has closed a deal with executive producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, and their animation studio, Floyd County ...

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TV Viewing Remains Strong, Despite Increases in Online Video

NEW YORK: U.S. consumers increased their monthly online video usage in Q3 2011 by 7 percent from the same period last year, though traditional in-home TV viewing still dominates, according to Nielsen’s latest State of the Media: U.S. Digital Consumer Report. The average monthly time clocked watching TV in the ...

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PaleyFest Links Up with Hulu

BEVERLY HILLS: Hulu has signed on as a partner for The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2012, for which it will stream full-length content and short-form clips of nine panels. Hulu will stream PaleyFest panels featuring the casts of Community, Once Upon a Time, New Girl, The Office, Bones, Castle, ...

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Vuguru Elevates Larry Tanz to CEO

BEVERLY HILLS: Larry Tanz has been promoted to CEO of Vuguru, upped from the role of president. As CEO, Tanz will continue to oversee development, production, distribution, marketing and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Vuguru in 2009, Tanz served as the president and co-founder of Agility Studios, a boutique multiplatform ...

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Comcast Unveils New Streaming Service

PHILADELPHIA: Comcast is launching a new subscription video service, Xfinity Streampix, which will feature content from Disney-ABC Television Group, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and others. The new service will enable Xfinity video customers to stream movies and TV shows wherever they are, on multiple screens and devices. ...

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Exclusive Interview: Peter Chernin

PREMIUM: Former president and COO of News Corp. and now head of his own production and media companies, Peter Chernin talks to World Screen about what makes a good TV show, the importance of Hulu and other digital platforms, and business opportunities in Asia.   WS: What do you look ...

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Netflix Strikes Film Deal with Weinstein Company

BEVERLY HILLS/NEW YORK: The Artist, nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is headed to Netflix in the exclusive pay-TV window as part of a new multi-year licensing pact with The Weinstein Company. The deal covers a number of foreign-language films and documentaries, as well as other movies. The ...

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Fuse Hires Former AMC Exec

WEST HOLLYWOOD: Tara Duncan has been named the VP of development at Fuse Entertainment, where she will assume the role in March. Previously, Duncan served as the director of scripted development at AMC, where she oversaw development of the Fuse-produced series The Killing, as well as Rubicon and the international ...

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