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Vale Marena Manzoufas, gifted broadcaster

Marena Manzoufas.

Veteran broadcasting and TV distribution executive Marena Manzoufas is being remembered as a smart and adventurous woman who made an immense contribution to Australian TV.

A founding member of Bruce Gyngell’s executive team at Sbs in 1980, Manzoufas died on Friday from brain cancer, aged 68.

At Sbs she set up the subtitling unit, recalling: “The discussion that the fifth channel in Sydney and Melbourne should be a multicultural service, accessible to the community at large, and not an ethnic television service accessible only to particular language speakers at particular times, led directly to the need to establish a subtitling capacity, a quite new and unique venture in Australian television.

“When the unit was established, there was virtually no existing expertise in Australia, no trained personnel and certainly no body of knowledge or experience on which to draw.”

She served as deputy program director at Sbs until 1989 before joining
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A&e, ID, Paramount Network Execs on Recipes for Unscripted Success

  • Variety
A&e, ID, Paramount Network Execs on Recipes for Unscripted Success
In this time of record volume of content competing for audience attention, there’s more than one way to define a series’s success, especially when it comes to structured and unstructured reality shows that don’t follow as strict a format as reality competitions, nor as specific storytelling arcs as scripted programs.

“The DNA and ingredients in every show are very different,” says Keith Cox, president of development at Paramount Network. “You really have to slice it and dice it. Not all shows are created equal, and when you’re thinking of a hit, they’re not defined the same, nor should they be.”

High ratings may be the first indicator of success, but seldom give the full picture of the audience, not only due to viewing habits but also geographic location. “Are they

showing up live? That’s critical and means they’re really into it. Live-plus-three tells
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Discovery Presses for Higher Ad Prices at ID in Early Upfront Talks (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Advertisers are being asked to take a harder look at Investigation Discovery, the cable network that is packed with programs about crime and murder.

Discovery Inc. is pressing media buyers to pay higher prices for advertising on the network, according to four executives familiar with the discussions, part of the company’s negotiations in TV’s annual “upfront,” when U.S. networks try to sell the bulk of their advertising inventory for the coming season.

Getting higher prices for ID, as the network is often known, is one of Discovery’s first major initiatives under Jon Steinlauf, who was named Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer at the company after its recent $11.9 billion purchase of Scripps. Steinlauf oversaw Scripps’ ad sales efforts. Discovery declined to make executives available for comment.

The network is known for its focus on true crime stories, and features series such as “Cuff Me If You Can
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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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Sony Pictures TV Launches True Crime Channel In UK

Sony Pictures Television is launching True Crime in the UK on Freeview. The new channel will dedicate its grid to crime related programming, making it the platform's only dedicated crime channel. True Crime will be the home to shows including Deadly Women, Crime 360, The Devil You Know and The 9/11 Faker as well as Dog the Bounty Hunter and Paternity Court. The move comes in the wake of increased interest in true crime stories and programming. American Crime Story’s…
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Andrew Farrell named as new Cjz head of factual

  • IF.com.au
Production house Cjz has appointed Andrew Farrell to the newly created role of head of factual.

Cjz chief executive, Matt Campbell, said the company's factual programs had helped shape the reputation of the company.

"It was time to dedicate a senior role within Cjz for this genre," he said.

"Andrew comes with a bucket load of experience and passion for factual programming and is a perfect fit for Cjz..

"He has an impressive list of credits both in Australia and particularly the USA over the past eight years..

Farrell started his career as a regional TV news reporter, then producer for Beyond 2000.

He then went on to reality TV with programs like the original Big Brother, My Restaurant Rules and live events such as the AFI.s..

He has spent the past eight years at Beyond Productions and was recently in the position of executive producer..

Some of his
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Beyond reveals Mipcom slate

  • IF.com.au
Beyond Distribution is launching twelve new titles and 160 hours of returning series at the world's biggest market for entertainment content, Mipcom..

The varied slate, which spans children.s, factual, lifestyle, crime and documentary, originates from the Us, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Beyond head of acquisitions, Caitlin Meek-o.Connor, said the company was arriving at Mipcom with a diverse slate that woudl appeal to buyers and audiences around the world..

"Alongside our fantastic new titles, we have a huge roster of returning series, showing the continued strength of the Beyond catalogue,. she said..

Lead titles at market include Chasing Monsters, an adrenaline-packed journey to seek out colossal and dangerous underwater creatures; Mountain Rescue, a thrilling ride with the helicopter rescue squad of the Pghm; an elite Alpine force trained for the world.s deadliest peaks; Natural Born Outlaws, the larger-than-life stories of some of history.s toughest and meanest outlaws; and The Dengineers,
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Investigation Discovery Svp: ‘We’re Not About Violence and We’re Not About Gore’

And the TCA Award for the creepiest panel of the Summer Press Tour goes to … Investigation Discovery! ID put forth “Homicide Hunter” host Lt. Joe Kenda, “Killer Instinct” host Chris Hansen, “Deadly Women” host Candice DeLong, “Behind Closed Doors” host Tony Harris and Production Senior Vice President Sara Kozak at Thursday morning’s Discovery Television Critics Association event. A chill definitely took over the ballroom, and for once it wasn’t the blasting air conditioning courtesy of the Beverly Hilton. Former “To Catch a Predator” host Hansen (pictured, second from the left) recapped an interview he did for his new ID show,
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Director, actor have their System

Writer-director-producer Eddie Arya and actor Jamie Vergan are shooting their second feature, The System, and plan to collaborate on a further two films.

In The System, Vergan plays Martin McMillan, a family man who.s suddenly made redundant after 15 years of loyal service to the same company. After losing his home, car and savings, Martin faces yet another challenge, an incident that will change his life.

The cast includes Nikki Waterhouse as Martin.s wife, Yasemine B.Plows as their daughter and Biman Wimalaratne as a call centre operator who is Martin.s only real friend.

.It.s not based on a true story but on what is happening in our economy as companies go broke or make people redundant,. Arya tells If. .Most of us can relate in some way to what happens in the film..

Vergan played the lead in the writer-director.s first film, The Navigator, a
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The Lady Assassin: DVD Review

Director: Nguyen Quang Dung. Review: Adam Wing. Vietnamese films aren't exactly easy to come by on our shores, especially martial arts movies filmed in 3D. The Lady Assassin is a feisty action adventure that makes the most of cutting edge technology, stunning locations and beautiful girls. Make no mistake about it, the female cast members of The Lady Assassin are absolutely stunning. So much so, it's easy to forgive the films textbook plotting and overambitious set pieces. Deadly women with dark secrets, evil outlaws, corrupt officials and group bathing sessions are the order of the day here. Nothing too gratuitous, that might upset the Vietnamese sensors, but there's more than enough titillation for those of us growing tired of wire-assisted wonderment. The Lady Assassin is one of the biggest box office hits in Vietnamese history, and as long as you keep your expectations down to a minimum, there's plenty for
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Your guide to New Year's Day marathons 2013

Your guide to New Year's Day marathons 2013
Now that you’ve properly celebrated the beginning of 2014, it’s likely that you’re in need of some downtime to recover from the night’s festivities. And even if not, there’s no harm in sitting on the couch anyway.

Just in case you do plan on joining us sofa-lovers, we’ve rounded up the television marathons that will help put your new year on the right track — as well as a few that won’t.

Check out your TV marathon options below:

*Note: Final time is when final episode begins; all listed in Et

Happy Endings (VH1, Starting at 8 p.
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Labor Day Television Marathons: NCIS, Castle and More!

  • TVfanatic
It's the final weekend of summer and you should probably be grilling or swimming.

But let's face it: we don't always do what we're supposed to do.

So for those in front of the television today and tomorrow, here's a rundown of various marathons across the television dial:

Sunday, September 1

Sex and the City (Midnight-Midnight Monday, Style)

Law & Order (5 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, TNT)

Homicide Hunter (6-11 a.m., Investigation Discovery)

American Ninja Warrior (9 a.m.- Midnight, G4)

Monsters and Mysteries in America (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Destination America)

Roseanne (10 a.m.-5 a.m. Monday, WEtv)

Urban Legends (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Chiller)

Super Soul Sunday (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Own)

Snapped (10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday, Oxygen)

Law & Order: Svu (11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday, USA)

River Monsters (1-7 p.m., Animal Planet)

Ray Donovan (1-10 p.m., Showtime
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Hell hath no fury like 'Deadly Women' scorned, ID series back July 19

"Deadly Women" is back for a new season which premieres Friday, July 19 at 10 Pm E/P Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when she's on a mission to murder. There's no shortage of these tempestuous Deadly Women in season seven of Investigation Discovery's signature hit series about women who have been driven to kill. While male murderers are often motivated by anger, impulse, and destruction, women usually have more complex, long-term motives. Jealousy, revenge, desperation, and greed all play their devilish hand in driving these daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives to commit the ultimate sin. Former F.B.I. criminal profiler Candice DeLong helps viewers distinguish between the emotionally-charged impulses and sociopathic intentions that lace each story.
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2013 Memorial Day marathons: 'Arrested Development,' 'Veronica Mars' and more

If you don't have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, get cozy on the couch (and set your DVR) because there are plenty of fun marathons happening.

Need to catch up on Season 1 of "Longmire" before the Season 2 premiere Monday, May 27? Want to re-live "Veronica Mars" Season 1? How about watching the entire series of "Arrested Development" (and reading our re-watch posts) before the new season is out on Netflix?

Here is all your Memorial Day weekend programming, all times Eastern.

Friday, May 24

A&E: "Storage Wars" marathon, 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day

Animal: "Finding Bigfoot" marathon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., "Invasion" premiere and new episode, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bravo: "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" marathon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., "Millionaire Matchmaker" marathon, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day

Chiller: "The Twilight Zone" marathon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Discovery: "Sons of Guns" marathon,
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Beyond International posts sharp rise in half-year profit

  • IF.com.au
Production and distribution company Beyond International expects earnings per share to lift by 10-15 per cent in fiscal 2013 and is on the lookout for further acqusitions.

It follows a stronger-than-expected 17 per cent lift in December half-year net profit to $4.69 million compared to the prior corresponding period. Revenue increased by 13 per cent to $49.67 million.

.The company is using the cash flow from operations for dividend payments and to accumulate cash reserves for working capital and further strategic acquisitions," Beyond managing director Michael Borglund said in a written statement announcing the results. "Beyond evaluates complementary businesses for acquisition to accelerate the company.s growth and to further diversify income streams..

Beyond has previously acquired digital businesses First Rate/Market United and 3Di although the Beyond D digital marketing division it formed in April 2012 underperformed during the December 2012 half. "Management has addressed the problems in the business and expects improving results in the
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TV marathon schedule for New Year's Weekend 2012: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Suits' and so much more

TV marathon schedule for New Year's Weekend 2012: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Suits' and so much more
It's the most wonderful time of the year -- TV marathons! Since Jan. 1 falls on a Tuesday, cable channels are offering four days of back-to-back programming for a variety of shows. Along with the usual "Twilight Zone" marathon (airing round-the-clock on Syfy Dec. 31- Jan. 1), you can catch "The Walking Dead's" entire third-season run, 24 hours of "Suits" and even "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

Whatever your fancy, check out our schedule below and start programming your DVR!

(All times Eastern.)

Saturday, Dec. 29

A&E: "Storage Wars Texas," 6:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m. Sunday

AMC: "The Rifleman," 6 a.m. - noon

Cloo: "Charlie's Angels": 6 a.m. - 5 a.m. Sunday

Gmc: "Moesha," 3 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

History: " Outback Hunters," 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.; "Pawn Stars," 7-9:30 p.m.

ID: "Deadly Affairs," 12-7 p.m.

Lifetime: "My Life Is a Lifetime Movie," 12-7 p.
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ID's Deadly Women's sixth season premieres Friday, August 17

Femme Fatales come in threes as ID brings the tales of "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," especially when she.s on a mission to murder. There.s no shortage of these tempestuous Deadly Women in season six of Investigation Discovery.s signature hit series about women who have been driven to kill. From ID Jealousy, revenge, desperation, and greed all play their devilish hand in driving these daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives to commit the ultimate sin. While male murderers are often motivated by anger, impulse, and destruction, women usually have more complex, long-term motives. Former F.B.I. criminal profiler Candice DeLong helps viewers distinguish between the emotionally-charged impulses and sociopathic intentions that lace each story. The
See full article at Monsters and Critics »

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