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TORONTO, November 19: As part of an expanding content strategy, Corus Entertainment has revealed a slate of original company-owned reality series currently in development for 2014/15.
LOS ANGELES, November 19: AXS TV in the U.S. has unveiled its 2015 programming lineup, which is set to feature live telecasts of music festivals such as Coachella, Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage.
NEW YORK, November 19: Scripps Networks Interactive's DIY Network has greenlit the home construction show Breakneck Builds, and has also renewed a number of fan favorites.
LOS ANGELES, November 19: Nickelodeon has given the go-ahead to the tentatively titled live-action comedy pilots The Dunes Club and Future Shock, while also renewing Henry Danger and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.
TORONTO, November 19: Canada’s CMT, a Corus Entertainment channel, is slated to premiere new unscripted series starting in spring 2015.
BEVERLY HILLS, November 19: Production outfit Tomorrow Studios, an ITV Studios partnership with Marty Adelstein, has brought on industry vet Matthew Weinberg as its executive VP.
LONDON/NEW YORK, November 19: Looking to further boost its North American business, U.K. outfit October Films has appointed Chris Muckle as its head of U.S. factual.
LOS ANGELES, November 19: The on-demand kids’ platform Toon Goggles has launched a special Kids News section with child-friendly news clips, courtesy of content provider KidSenz.
LONDON, November 18: British media regulator Ofcom has begun an investigation into how television rights deals for live Premier League matches are sold in the U.K.
TOKYO, November 18: Sony Corporation has set new financial targets for its film and TV business, aiming for revenues of between $10 billion and $11 billion for the fiscal year ended March 2018, up from the projected $8.1 billion forecast for the current fiscal year ending in March 2015.
NEW YORK, November 18: HBO has given a series order to Westworld, inspired by the 1973 Michael Crichton feature film, with Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams among the exec producers.
SHANGHAI, November 18: The Chinese movie and TV production powerhouse Huayi Brothers has received investments from Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Tencent as part of a private placement to raise up to $588 million.
NEW YORK, November 18: James Nesbitt, star of The Missing, and exec producer Willow Grylls talk about how the Starz/BBC co-pro, repped by all3media international, sensitively approaches the dark subject of child abduction.
MUNICH, November 18: Henrik Pabst, formerly co-managing director of Red Arrow International, will take on sole responsibility for all aspects of the business following the upcoming departure of Irina Ignatiew-Lemke.
LOS ANGELES, November 18: FOX’s long-running competition show So You Think You Can Dance has been renewed for a 12th season, due out summer 2015.
LONDON, November 18: BBC One has commissioned John Downer Productions to produce the one-hour natural-history special Snow Chick for broadcast in 2015.
VIENNA/LOS ANGELES, November 18: An adaptation of Austrian pubcaster ORF's comedy series Braunschlag has received a put pilot commitment from FOX in the U.S.
MIAMI, November 18: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is partnering with Karisma Hotels & Resorts to bring Nickelodeon-themed vacation experiences to Azul Hotels in Mexico and Jamaica.
BURBANK, November 18: The CW has ordered new seasons of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion and America's Next Top Model, all of which are slated for broadcast next year.
SILVER SPRING, November 18: Next month, RLJ Entertainment's digital channel Acorn TV is due to debut the Australian period dramas Serangoon Road and A Place to Call Home, marking the first time both productions are launching in the U.S.
PARIS/LOS ANGELES, November 18: Universal Networks International has picked up a 52-episode new season of Prime Entertainment Group's Hollywood on Set for broadcast on Universal Channel across Africa.
ATLANTA, November 18: The hit animated series Masha and The Bear has become available for the first time in Latin America and Brazil on Boomerang.
NEW YORK, November 18: Online video destination DramaFever has launched DramaFever Minis, a series of short-form scripted shows premiering throughout the week.
NEW YORK, November 18: HITN-TV, a U.S. Spanish-language educational channel, has launched a slate of new edutainment programming, including the U.S. premiere of the drama series Hispania, The Legend.
LOS ANGELES, November 18: Gaumont International Television has brought on Tim Stephen as its senior VP of business and legal affairs, a newly created position.
SALFORD, November 18: CBeebies' controller, Kay Benbow, has been tapped as acting director of BBC Children's, taking over from Joe Godwin.
BEVERLY HILLS, November 18: Genius Brands International (GBI) has appointed PBS Distribution as the home entertainment licensing partner for its popular Baby Genius property.
LOS ANGELES, November 18: My Gym Children's Fitness Center has launched a national brand integration initiative centered on Saban Brands' preschool series Julius Jr.
LOS ANGELES, November 17: Consolidation in the media and entertainment sector is expected to continue to increase in the next 12 months, EY predicts, but the size of the deals is expected to be "less transformative" than six months ago, with a greater focus on "bite-sized" transactions.
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