FoxCrime Channel Infiltrates South Africa
Fox International Channels announced the South African launch of its global crime and investigation entertainment network, FoxCrime. The launch adds 1.6 million subscribers to the brand’s 25 million existing global households. The South African FoxCrime schedule combines FIC original co-productions such as The Bridge with franchise acquisitions including Criminal Minds, CSI and Blue Bloods. The channel also boasts a Classic Crime block that launches with NYPD Blue, Remington Steele, CHiPs and The Streets of San Francisco and includes an African-focused slot entitled Case Files: Africa, covering infamous crime stories from across the Continent.
News Corp Secures Exclusive Mobile, Internet Soccer Rights
News Corp said Monday that it has secured exclusive mobile and Internet clip rights for England’s Barclays Premier League and several additional major leagues in Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia beginning this month. In addition, mobile and Internet rights have been secured in those territories for Bundesliga (Germany), Ligue 1 (France), Serie A (Italy), FA Cup (England), Championship (England), Capital One Cup (England), Brazilian Championship, and Major League Soccer.
Two Workers Die During Dismantling of TV’s ‘Love Boat’
Tow men have died in Turkey while scrapping the cruise ship that for years served as a setting for TV romance on The Love Boat. Istanbul’s Hurriyet Daily News said the workers were killed by toxic exhaust while using a pump to drain water from the engine room of the MS Pacific at a scrapyard in Izmir after a rough sailing from Genoa, Italy. The ship was previously known as the Pacific Princess, aka “The Love Boat,” which served as the backdrop for the 1977-86 ABC series.
D Films Sending ‘The Double’ Through The Great White North
D Films has acquired all Canadian distribution rights to director Richard Ayoade’s The Double from UK-based Protagonist Pictures. Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska star in the dark comedy based on Dostoyevsky’s novella about an insignificant man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. Ayoade and Avi Korine wrote the script.