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  • National Geographic has announced the “The Lost Gospel of Judas,” the latest addition to a plethora of high-end biblical docu specs.

  • Koch Vision has taken U.S. DVD rights to Oz series “McLeod’s Daughters.”

  • France’s Marathon announced the sale of “Totally Spies!”  to Germany’s Super RTL

  • Calt announced the launch of sales division, Calt Intl. Company’s first deal is the format sale of “Kaamelot,” its successful King Arthur shortform spoof, to Italy’s Magnolia. Calt is also bidding to produce an E45 million ($54 million) theatrical trilogy of “Kaamelot.”

  • Bavaria Media unspooled its current lineup of family fare, with highlights such as high-seas adventure mini “A Pirate’s Heart,” about medieval Teutonic buccaneer Klaus Stoertebeker; gritty crime drama “Vienna Crime Squad,” about a hotshot team of hip cops assigned to patrol the Danube, which, according to the promo, is “beautiful, blue and often bloody.”

  • L.A.-based GRB Entertainment launched “Tuckerville,” an intimate look at the life of country singer Tanya Tucker. Skein offers an inside look at the single-mother star and her life with 16-year-old daughter Presley, who’s looking to follow in her mom’s footsteps, 14-year-old son Grayson and six-year-old daughter Layla.

  • Italy’s Rai Trade unveiled new soccer club outlet, the Juventus Channel, which will begin airing on Sky Italia in July. Focusing on the popular team, the channel will offer training, interviews, original formats and Rai’s archival material from 1954-1996, when Rai controlled rights to the club. The channel is the latest soccer club outlet to hit the airwaves in Italy, where Inter, Milan and Roma all have their own webs on satellite platform Sky Italia.

  • PBS and Chinese media group Pegasus & Taihe Intl. will produce and distribute a dance extravaganza special entitled “Legends of Shangri-La” to air on PBS nationwide in December as part of PBS’ performing arts series “Great Performances.”

  • EM.TV’s Australian subsid Yoram Gross-EM.TV, Singapore’s Big Communications and New Zealand’s Flux Animation Studio are teaming up to co-produce “Master Raindrop,” a new animated adventure series based on Asian myths and legends. Munich-based EM.TV has pre-sold the skein to Australia’s The Seven Network.

  • Discovery Kids has picked up Nelvana’s new preschool animated series “Willa’s Wild Life” while Nickelodeon Intl. nabbed the Canadian producer-distrib’s toon skein “Wayside School.”

  • British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is cooking up a storm around the globe with a trio of series. FremantleMedia unveiled a raft of deals for “Jamie’s School Dinners,” “Jamie’s Great Italian Escape” and “Jamie’s Kitchen.” Some 33 territories have already signed on for “Jamie’s School dinners,” 22 stations have licensed the Italian cooking show, and 40 countries have inked for “Jamie’s Kitchen,” which chronicles the chef’s efforts to open a restaurant in London’s East End.

  • Britain’s Granada has placed “The Nanny 911” on Russia’s entertainment channel TNT, which has also agreed to produce a localized version of the reality format.

  • L.A.-based Liberation Entertainment is opening a European distribution office in London and has tapped Spencer Pollard to run it. The former record exec will report to Liberation chairman-CEO Jay Boberg. The company’s library consists of 250 feature films, 2,000 hours of episodic TV and various music concert programs.

  • Discovery Kids Channel in the U.S. has picked up Nelvana’s pre-school show “Willa’s Wild Life,” based on the book an Octopus Followed Me Home by Oswald creator Dan Vaccarino. Also in Cannes, Canada’s Nelvana and Nickelodeon’s preschool block jointly unveiled production of a second season of the series “The Backyardigans.”

(Elizabeth Guider, Alison James and Ed Meza contributed to this report.)

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