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Savannah Guthrie’s Daughter Vale Meets Her ‘Idol,’ Peppa Pig — See the Adorable Video

Savannah Guthrie’s Daughter Vale Meets Her ‘Idol,’ Peppa Pig — See the Adorable Video
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Ventana Sur: ‘Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!

Ventana Sur: ‘Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!
“Escape to India,” produced by Juan José Campanella, “Noah’s Ark,” whose producers include Walter Salles, and Inzomnia Animation’s “Inzomnia” are some of the projects included in the 2nd Animation!, a showcase at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market which is devoted to animated features and TV shows.

Animation! projects total sixteen – eight features and eight TV series. All have been selected in a partnership with Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa), the world biggest film-tv animation mart. A jury will select four projects among TV shows and features to be presented at Mifa 2018.

Set up at Buenos Aires’ studio Mundo Loco and produced by Academy Award winner Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and producer-composer Cris Morena, Latin America’s leading specialist in youth-orientated TV shows (“Rebelde Way”), “Escape to India” follows Azadi, a courageous cow who, destined for the slaughterhouse in Patagonia, escapes and begins an epic journey to India, where her mother
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TV Gains Offsets Film Losses at Entertainment One

TV Gains Offsets Film Losses at Entertainment One
TV hits such as “Designated Survivor” and “Peppa Pig” are driving Entertainment One’s business as the company’s film division continues to struggle. Growth at The Mark Gordon Co. and the strong performance of kids’ shows “Peppa Pig” and “Pj Masks” bolstered eOne’s results, but revenue and profit declines in the independent studio’s film business weighed on the half-year numbers.

Overall revenues for the six months to end-September were down 1% year-on-year at £395.7 million ($523.7 million). Ebitda profit was up 36% at £51.4 million across the period. The pre-tax profit was £800,000 compared with a £2.5 million loss in the same six months last year.

The company has combined some of its film and TV sales, and the TV side continues to perform well, with notable deals in the period such as the sale of ABC series “Designated Survivor” to Netflix, which took international rights. It also had its first Emmy nomination, for “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.” TV revenues
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Prince George Is Set for a Cameo in a Special Birthday Episode of His Favorite TV Show

Prince George Is Set for a Cameo in a Special Birthday Episode of His Favorite TV Show
We know Prince George has his very own fire truck. And his dad Prince William has previously shared that one of the 4-year-old’s favorite shows is the U.K. animated hit Fireman Sam. Now the little prince is set for a cameo in the cartoon!

The series, which takes place at a fire station in a make-believe Welsh valleys village of Pontypandy, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Friday. Producer Ian McCue revealed the surprise they have in store by way of tribute to their famous fan.

“We’re going to celebrate Fireman Sam‘s 30th anniversary by introducing a very special episode,
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Why Savannah Guthrie's 3-Year-Old Daughter Vale Speaks with an English Accent

Why Savannah Guthrie's 3-Year-Old Daughter Vale Speaks with an English Accent
When Savannah Guthrie and her husband Michael Feldman take road trips with their two children, the Today co-host says they always stick with the same plan.

“We have a place in Rhinebeck, New York. It’s not a long drive, but with kids, two hours is an eternity,” Guthrie laments to People for this week’s issue of son Charles “Charley” Max, 10 months, and daughter Vale, 3.

“For Charley, we coordinate time of departure around his nap, and Vale watches Peppa Pig on repeat,” explains the television star, 45. “Of course she speaks with an English accent now.”

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A New Uptown Girl (or Boy) Is on the Way! Billy Joel, 68, and Wife Alexis Expecting Second Child Together

A New Uptown Girl (or Boy) Is on the Way! Billy Joel, 68, and Wife Alexis Expecting Second Child Together
Billy Joel is going to be a dad again!

The 68-year-old legendary piano rocker is expecting his second child with wife Alexis and third total, he confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph.

“We are due next month,” he told the publication, saying the couple’s 2-year-old daughter Della Rose has a “pretty good” snooze schedule at the moment.

“She sleeps through the night,” adds Joel of Della. “I hope the next one will.”

Joel is also dad to 31-year-old daughter Alexa Ray with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

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Entertainment One Merges Film, TV Production (Exclusive)

Entertainment One Merges Film, TV Production (Exclusive)
Entertainment One has unified film, TV, and digital production with Steve Bertram and John Morayniss now co-presidents of the consolidated operation.

Independent studio eOne signaled its intention to align TV and film earlier this year and the sales teams have already come together under Stuart Baxter, who has proceeded to bring in Dan Gopal and Joyce Yeung, both of whom have studio experience.

Uniting production and development was a natural next step, Morayniss told Variety. “As we put that sales structure together we asked why stop there,” he said. “There was an ‘a-ha moment’ for us a while ago when we did ‘Sharp Objects.’ We optioned Gillian Flynn’s book to develop as a feature, but after we started developing, it occurred to us that this is a very complicated story and to do it justice it made more sense as a series, so we pivoted very quickly on that.”

The series,
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Welcome to the Real World, Kid: Prince George Is Apparently Already Tired of Going to School

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Welcome to the Real World, Kid: Prince George Is Apparently Already Tired of Going to School
Prince George only started at Thomas's Battersea school a few weeks ago, but according to his dad, Prince William, the 4-year-old is already pretty over it. While at a royal engagement on Tuesday, William reportedly told mother-of-two Louise Smith, "I just dropped George off and he didn't want to go." The duke may have had an idea that the George would tire of it, as he made this remark after the first day of school on Sept. 7: "We are all seeing how long that lasts before he doesn't want to go." Maybe it's the strain of having another little sibling on the way? RelatedThe Unusual Reason Prince George Isn't Allowed to Have a Best Friend at School Some advice for you, George: I can obviously see why you'd rather be at home, riding a pony around your living room, watching Peppa Pig, or shaking hands with former President Barack Obama
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eOne’s Peppa Pig Heading to Japan

eOne’s Peppa Pig Heading to Japan
Peppa, George and Daddy Pig will hit Japanese screens next month after free-to-air broadcaster TV Tokyo picked up preschool hit “Peppa Pig.”

It will launch on TV Tokyo on Oct. 10, marking the latest rollout in the show’s push into Asia.

U.K.-listed eOne owns the property after acquiring a controlling stake in its producer Astley Baker Davis in 2015 for £140 million ($188 million). In Asia the show is on Nick Jr. and Viacom’s Voot Svod platform, and in China on CCTV and several streaming platforms including iQIYI, and Youku.

“‘Peppa Pig’ is enjoying tremendous ratings and retail success across Asia, so we’re incredibly excited to be bringing the brand to Japan,” said Andrew Carley, head of global licensing at eOne Family. “Asia is a key focus for our global licensing strategy so we’re keen to explore opportunities in this exciting new market.”

Peppa has become a huge brand for younger viewers and also generates
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Cartoon Forum: E.U. Prioritizes Animation Financing, Branding, Talent

Toulouse, France — The European Union unveiled Tuesday at Toulouse’s Cartoon Forum a new and long-mooted E.U. Preferential Animation Support Plan that identifies promotion, financing and retaining talent in Europe are some of the priorities for E.U. action.

The plan’s presentation was made by Philippe Alessandri, president of trade body Animation Europe, Cartoon Forum president Christian Davin and Tom Van Waveren, chairman of the Netherlands’ Animation Producers Assn.

It comes as Europe’s animation sector, viewed from the broadest of timelines, has certainly registered growth. 76 animated features were produced in Europe over 1984-1998, 361 over 1999-2013. European toon movies sold 20 million admissions during the first period, 220 million during the second.

Though normally costlier, animation sells better by far than other European film products, as the territorial sales reach of recent European hits shown in a promo video at Toulouse suggested. “Shaun the Sheep” sold in 85 countries), “My Life as a Zucchini” to 50, ”Richard the Stork
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Show “Peppa Pig”

Peppa Pig’ is a British animation that originally launched May 6, 2004. In the UK, the show is currently shown on Nick Jr. (UK) and Channel 5. It is about a little pig called Peppa, her family, and her animal friends. This animation series has proved so popular that it has become a worldwide sensation and a wide range of related merchandise has been produced. Across the globe, children both watch the cartoons and collect the different Peppa Pig products. Over the years, there have also been controversies surrounding some of the episodes and the message they give to children.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Show “Peppa Pig
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Peppa Pig episode infuriates Australia again

Kirsten Howard Sep 6, 2017

Mister Skinny Legs has climbed up the TV spout again down under, and Australians are pig-sick of it...

Ah, Mister Skinny Legs. 

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The friendly spider who first appeared in a 2004 episode of Peppa Pig may seem harmless enough to us, but Daddy Pig's advice to his eldest child about benign arachnids during the tale doesn't play well over in Australia.

"Spiders can't hurt you," he reassures Peppa, but it turns out that parents down under don't exactly want their kids picking up spiders, tucking them into their beds or offering them a cup of tea, because the country is jam-packed full of venomous and creepy beasts, some the size of a flipping dinner plate.

The episode was yanked from public broadcast in Australia by ABC back in 2012 for sending an "inappropriate" message, but Mister Skinny Legs managed
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Peppa Pig 'spiders can't hurt you' episode pulled off air in Australia – again

Episode aired on pay TV after earlier being deemed inappropriate for audiences in Australia, home to dangerous spiders

A controversial episode of Peppa Pig has been pulled off the air in Australia for a second time, after complaints it told children to pick up and play with dangerous spiders.

Mister Skinny Legs, a 2004 episode of the popular children’s show, was removed from online publication by the national public broadcaster, the ABC, in 2012 for sending the “inappropriate” message that spiders were friendly and not to be feared.

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‘American Gods,’ ‘Grand Tour,’ ‘Lucifer’ Among Most Downloaded Shows From Amazon U.K.

‘American Gods,’ ‘Grand Tour,’ ‘Lucifer’ Among Most Downloaded Shows From Amazon U.K.
American Gods” is among the most downloaded shows on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. this year, along with Starz pirate series “Black Sails,” U.S. network offerings “Lucifer” and “Parks and Recreation,” and animated children’s series “Peppa Pig,” the tech giant said. “The Grand Tour” also made the top 10, and the company has high hopes for the car show’s second season, as well as for other original programming in Europe and beyond.

Amazon released data on the popularity of its offerings in Britain ahead of Friday, its declared “Download Day,” when it expects more content to be downloaded and stored for offline viewing by customers than any other day of the year. The downloading feature, which the company introduced in 2013 and for Apple and Android phones and tablets in 2015, ahead of arch-rival Netflix, has been “one of, if not the most, successful features we have ever rolled out,” Prime
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Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and when films for kids aren’t really films

Simon Brew Jul 11, 2017

Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and the rise of the children's films that aren't really films at the cinema...

There’s a growing trend in UK multiplexes at the moment to show films that aren’t really films, with an intent of giving younger children an entry level way of getting into going to the cinema.

I’m a bit divided on this. On the one hand, I think a delightful film of economical length such as Shaun The Sheep: The Movie deserves that audience. Conversely, there is some logic to the bundling together of a few episodes to satiate short attention spans too. If the ticket price is dropped too, then it feels like we’re meeting somewhere close to half way.

This past weekend, then, I took my youngest to see Paw Patrol: Mission Big Screen. Liked many parents of under fives, I’m more than
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Mid-year scorecard: commercial free-to-air broadcasters

Nine's 'True Story with Hamish and Andy'..

At the half-way point of the 2017 ratings year, the Seven, Nine and Ten networks all have something to crow about, and Australian-made dramas and reality shows continue to dominate.

Seven.s primary channel has won the prime-time ratings battle for 24 consecutive weeks, ranks at .No. 1 in total viewers and in the 16-39, 18-49s and 25-54 demographics, and has the year's top show, My Kitchen Rules.

Nine.s boast is that it is the only commercial network to grow its 6 pm-midnight share across total people and all demos for weeks 7 to 26, excluding Easter, while Seven and Ten have lost shares on those metrics.

Despite its corporate problems, Ten says it delivered three of the top seven Australian reality shows among 25 to 54s, the top three game/quiz shows and the top four Us drama series.

Moreover, Have You Been Paying Attention?
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Lisa Loeb Talks Cafe Carlyle Residency, New Album

Lisa Loeb Talks Cafe Carlyle Residency, New Album
For some people, Lisa Loeb will eternally remain the cat-eye glasses-wearing crush they first heard in Reality Bites in 1994. But Loeb has resolutely refused to keep still in the intervening years, taking detours into film and television acting and lately, children’s music. She’s currently in New York for a residency at the famed Cafe Carlyle, and People caught up to her to see how she’s been “Stay”-ing busy. (Sorry.)

How did you get involved with the Carlyle?

I’d never imagined that I’d be going there. I’d seen Betty Buckley and people like that
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Hikes, High Chairs and Peppa Pig: Inside Princess Charlotte’s Country Childhood

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Hikes, High Chairs and Peppa Pig: Inside Princess Charlotte’s Country Childhood
Charlotte turns 2! “She’s the one in charge,” says mom Princess Kate. Subscribe now for an look inside the life of a little Princess, and how Kate is changing the royal parenting rules — only in People!

What is it like to visit the country home of Prince William and Princess Kate?

In this week’s cover story, an insider tells People that guests at Anmer Hall are typically greeted by Kate herself at the door, with newly 2-year-old Princess Charlotte in her arms and 3-year-old Prince George “clinging to her ankles.”

“There was no formality at all,” says the insider.
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The first trailer for Paddington 2 is here, and it’s just wonderful

Author: Jon Lyus

Let’s start the day with a heart-warming story about an immigrant who contributed greatly to the happiness of those who took him in. Paddington 2 is coming, and director Paul King’s second blend of Movie-London live action and the genuinely impressive CG bear appears to be just as lovable and enticing as the first.

Two new cast members join the gang, namely Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson who will be appearing along with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Here are the studio-approved descriptions of the new players in this tale of Peruvian immigrance.

This is the best picture you’ll see on the internet today…

Hugh Grant plays Windsor Gardens’ local celebrity, Phoenix Buchanan, a vain, charming acting legend whose star has fallen somewhat in recent years.

Brendan Gleeson plays “Knuckles” McGinty, a notorious
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eOne to merge film & TV divisions

eOne to merge film & TV divisions
The company is “evolving to underpin future growth”, as revenues hit £1bn.

Peppa Pig producer-distributor Entertainment One (eOne) is to merge its film and television divisions into a single studio operation within the next 12 months (reports Broadcast).

In its full-year results, the business revealed that the company was “evolving to underpin future growth” with an integrated studio model.

An eOne spokesman told Broadcast that a merged studio will allow the company to “service both parts of [its] film and TV business more efficiently”.

“It makes it easier for us to sell content. Once you get through the film cinema window, you’re actually selling to the same people across film and TV,” he said.

“Because buyers have become much more global, we are moving content around the group on a more global basis, so it makes sense to restructure and reshape the business.”

The merger, which is expected to take place within the next year, is also designed
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