Saturday, May 29, 2010

NEWS: Crystal Hunt, Disney Telenovelas, Source, BBC 1

Disney embraces tween telenovelas
A tween telenovela titled Patito Feo purportedly has Disney's internationally minded president and CEO Robert Iger agog, knocking the company's franchises like Hannah Montana off the top of local ratings and soundtrack charts across southern Europe. The $4 million-a-season serial, which ran 155 episodes during its first season in 2007 and 145 the second season in Argentina, centers on an awkward 13-year-old -- nicknamed Patito, which means duckling -- who is a natural at singing. Her dream is to meet her father and become a famous singer.

In the U.S., Televisa's localized Mexican version is running on Univision, and MTV Networks has picked up the option for an English-language remake.

Crystal Hunt's fairy tale love has a soap opera ending (via Blackberry)
Hunt, a Clearwater native who played troublemaker Stacy Morasco on ABC's ONE LIFE TO LIVE, called off her engagement to Dr. Philippe Spiess in June 2009. Spiess now wants her to return the ring he says is worth $96,000. He wants her to compensate him for $43,000 in furniture, appliances and household items he says he bought. A lawsuit he has filed against Hunt also claims she dumped him via BlackBerry message.

BBC 1 will go HD by end of year‎
Shows like EASTENDERS will make the transition to high definition.

Following Bankruptcy, Source Interlink 'Looking for a Turnaround'
Source Interlink, the distributor that added publishing to its corporate platform with the purchase of Primedia’s Enthusiast Group in 2007, has had a rough 18 months. Former CEO and current chairman Greg Mays led the company through a near implosion of the newsstand supply chain, lawsuits against a dozen publishers and distributors and, only months later, succumbed to its debt load and filed a lender-approved plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. bankruptcy court. Under the reorganization, Source eliminated $1 billion in debt, received a $100 million capital infusion and went private.

FLASHFORWARD: Worst series finale in TV history?
"In my flash forward, I throttle whoever was ultimately responsible for one of the most incomprehensible finales in television history," says David Hinckley.

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