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TV News Roundup: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Announces Winter Tour Dates

In today’s roundup, “Dancing With the Stars” is going back on tour, and Ion Television announced its lineup of holiday movies. 

SPECIALS

Dancing With the Stars” is going back on tour across America this winter with “Dancing With the Stars: Live! – Light Up the Night.” The new production showcases every style of dance seen on ABC’s show. Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert and Brandon Armstrong will among the dancers be on tour. The show kicks off on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, N.C., and finishes on March 18 in Los Angeles. The full list of tour dates is available at dwtstour.com.

Ion Television announced its “Very Merry” lineup of festive films. The network will debut five original holiday movies beginning Nov. 26, along with more than 20 returning titles airing weekends in Dec. through Christmas Day. “Snowmance” will kick off the holiday movie season on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. The rest of the schedule is as follows: “The Spruces & The Pines” on Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., “Runaway Christmas Bride” on Dec. 9 at 9 p.m., “A Royal Christmas Ball” on Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. and “A Christmas Cruise” on Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. The full movie schedule will be announced on iontelevision.com.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

HBO Sports extended a multi-year agreement with broadcaster Jim Lampley, who serves as the primary voice for its HBO Boxing franchise. Lampley will continue to serve on multiple HBO Boxing platforms, including as the host and blow-by-blow voice for “World Championship Boxing,” “HBO Boxing After Dark” and “HBO Pay-Per-View.” He will also continue to host the boxing studio program “The Fight Game With Jim Lampley.” Lampley started his first HBO presentation in the “World Championship Boxing” fight between Mike Tyson and Tony Tubbs from Tokyo in 1988.

Discovery Communications announced Enrique R. Martinez will retire from his post at the end of 2017, after 24 years with the company. Martinez, who served as president and managing director of Discovery Latin America/U.S. Hispanic for the past 17 years, has agreed to stay on in an advisory role for Discovery Networks Intl. He will report to JB Perrette, president and CEO of DNI. Fernando Medin, who is currently the executive vice president and general manager for Brazil and the Southern Cone, has been promoted to president of the company’s DLA/USH division, effective Jan. 1. Since joining Discovery in 1994, Martinez has led the creation of networks in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the U.S. Hispanic market. His vision was instrumental in establishing Discovery Channel as the leading brand in Latin American factual programming. He is also credited with launching Discovery Kids, the leading preschool network in the region, and Discovery Home & Health, the top lifestyle network for women. Medin joined Discovery Communications in 2002 as vice president of DLA/USH’s legal department serving as a trusted adviser in the company’s distribution negotiations and its management of regulatory and legal issues in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. He also played a key role in launching the company’s subsidiaries in Spain, Mexico and Brazil.

Miura Kite joined Participant Media in the newly created position of senior vice president of Narrative Television. In her role, Kite will help build out Participant’s television slate by identifying, developing and packaging high-end properties for premium cable, basic cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital and emerging platforms. Kite will report to Jonathan King, Participant’s president of Narrative Film & Television. Participant’s expansion into narrative television production will bring the scripted drama series “Central Park Five,” directed by Ava DuVernay, to audiences through Netflix in 2018. Prior to Participant, Kite most recently served as an executive producer with Assembly Ent at ITV Studios America. Kite joined Playtone in 2001 before being promoted in 2003 to head of development, a role she held until her departure from the company in 2011. Kite is on the Advisory Board of WeForShe, a media advocacy group that strives to find practical ways to bring about a gender-balanced landscape in television, and she is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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