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OTTAWA, December 11: The Moblees, an interactive musical series meant to help children between the ages of 3 and 5 exercise, is due to debut later this month during the Kids' CBC programming block on Canada's CBC.
SINGAPORE, December 11: Brad Cox is joining A+E Networks Asia as senior director of content for lifestyle and entertainment channels, while Thomas Tan has been hired as creative director.
BURBANK, December 11: Kenny Miller has been named senior VP of digital programming and product at ABC Family, where he will report to network president Tom Ascheim.
NEW YORK, December 11: Evan Fleischer and Shane McGrath, seasoned digital industry execs, have joined the executive management team at Believe Entertainment Group (BE).
LOS ANGELES, December 11: Business advisory board FTI Consulting is beefing up its media and entertainment group, bringing aboard several execs from HighView Media (HVM).
LOS ANGELES, December 10: The nominees for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 have been unveiled in five film and eight TV categories, with HBO scoring the most nods for television accolades by network.
SINGAPORE, December 10: The Asia TV Forum officially opened in Singapore today with some 5,000 expected delegates, a 9-percent gain on last year’s edition, Reed Exhibitions’ Michelle Lim told attendees at the Opening Ceremony this morning.
DENVER, December 10: Liberty Global, together with investment funds affiliated with Searchlight Capital Partners, is acquiring Choice Cable TV, the second-largest cable and broadband services provider in Puerto Rico.
SINGAPORE, December 10: The founder of Chinese film giant Bona Film Group is among the partners in a new $100 million private-equity fund unveiled at ATF today targeting media and entertainment opportunities in China.
ATLANTA, December 10: TNT has ordered a sixth season of the hit drama Rizzoli & Isles, which finished this past summer as basic cable's number one series.
LONDON, December 10: A new multi-season deal signed by FremantleMedia will see Mongol TV broadcast the country's first local version of the Got Talent format in 2015.
LOS ANGELES/MUMBAI, December 10: Fullscreen is partnering with Qyuki, a multichannel network co-founded by director Shekhar Kapur, composer A. R. Rahman and ex-Disney exec Samir Bangara, to expand its footprint to India.
MONTREAL/NEW YORK, December 10: Cineflix Media has formed a partnership with the U.S. producer Strong Island Films, signing an agreement that covers development, production and distribution.
GLENDALE/SINGAPORE, December 10: DreamWorks Animation is planning to launch a 24-hour kids’ and family channel across 19 countries in Asia, featuring more original content than any other children’s service in the region.
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LONDON, December 10: ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has inked a 90-hour deal comprised of scripted and entertainment programming with KT Media Hub, an IPTV platform in Korea.
LONDON, December 10: BBC Worldwide has sold the television rights for the first edition of the BBC Music Awards to broadcasters in Denmark, Japan, Ireland and the U.S.
MUNICH, December 10: Red Arrow International has sold the rights for the U.S. version of Married at First Sight to various European outlets, as well as to A+E Networks in a multi-territory deal.
LONDON, December 10: Bomanbridge Media has secured agreements with TrueVisions in Thailand for two reality series from the Banijay International catalogue: Pound Pups to Dog Stars and Village Vets.
LONDON, December 10: ITV Daytime has commissioned Fat Pets: Slimmer of the Year, a one-off series from Twofour.
TEL AVIV, December 10: Armoza Formats has licensed the format Upgrade into three additional territories in the Asia Pacific, following on the show's recent strong performance in its third season in China.
TORONTO, December 10: Next month, Corus Entertainment's YTV is set to premiere Open Heart, a mystery series for teens produced by Epitome Pictures (Degrassi) in association with marblemedia.
NEW YORK, December 10: A+E Networks has signed a slew of new sales agreements with broadcasters in Asia for such titles as The Men Who Built America and Modern Marvels, among many others.
LOS ANGELES/TORONTO, December 10: Entertainment One (eOne) has signed a multiyear output deal with YouTube musical group Cimorelli aimed at creating and distributing original multiplatform content.
ISMANING, December 10: The popular animated shows Marvel's Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. are slated for broadcast on ProSieben MAXX's YEP! in Germany next year.
SINGAPORE, December 10: August Media Holdings has sold its preschool animated title Ella Bella Bingo to broadcasters in Asia and Europe.
SANTA MONICA, December 10: In a bid to expand its international presence, U.S.-based T Group Productions has entered into a co-production partnership with the recently formed British company Znak&Jones.
SINGAPORE, December 10: Production outfit Beach House Kids has scooped up the rights for the popular children’s horror book series Mr Midnight, which it’s developing into a 13-part TV series aimed at tweens.
LONDON, December 9: Ofcom reports that after years of consecutive growth, the number of TV households in the U.K. has fallen from 26.33 million at the end of 2012 to 26.02 million at the end of 2013, as viewers increasingly opt for alternative devices.
NEW YORK, December 9: In November, Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B stirred up the most buzz in social media of all the new shows that premiered across the globe, with some 769,000 Facebook and Twitter comments, according to data from The WIT.