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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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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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AMC Networks Chief Stresses Importance of Iconic Content

CANNES: Josh Sapan, the president and CEO of AMC Networks, noted that iconic content that viewers are personally connected to is the “killer app” of TV’s digital age in a speech at MIPTV today, which was followed by a Q&A with World Screen’s Anna Carugati. Sapan’s Media Mastermind Keynote focused ...

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New Hire for A+E Networks

NEW YORK: Christopher Barry has been appointed as the managing director of international strategy and digital media for A+E Networks, based at the company’s New York headquarters.  Barry is tasked with developing and executing strategic initiatives in partnership with execs around the world. He will work to cultivate new growth ...

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ABC Family Preps New Comedy Series

BURBANK: ABC Family has begun production on the new comedy series Baby Daddy, which is set to premiere on June 20.  Baby Daddy stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Kyle XY), Chelsea Kane (Dancing with the Stars), Derek Theler (90210), Tahj Mowry (The Game), Melissa Peterman (Reba) and is executive produced by Dan ...

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Michael Lynton Named CEO of Sony Corporation America

NEW YORK: Michael Lynton has been appointed as the CEO of Sony Corporation America, while Nicole Seligman takes on the role of president. Lynton will be overseeing entertainment businesses such as Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lynton will also remain the chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures ...

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