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Sex show

TORONTO — Canada's TV censor on Monday said MTV Canada breached industry codes by airing an explicit TV show during daytime hours. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that an April 16, 2006 episode of MTV Live broadcast at 8 a.m. was too sexually explicit for a morning time slot. The offending episode, which included segments on a virtual sex machine and an online roleplaying sex game, led to a viewer filing a formal complaint. While MTV defended the show, calling it "an innovative, interactive television experience," the CBSC ruled that the programming consituted adult fare. MTV Canada must air the CBSC's decision in primetime.

Monkey shines

TORONTO — Canadian animation house Cuppa Coffee Studios has sold its preschool cartoon series "Bruno and the Banana Bunch" to Discovery Kids Latin America for a bow later this year. Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee said Monday that Discovery Kids Latin America will buy 26 episodes of the Flash animation series about the adventures of a monkey and his friends. The series, originally developed as a series of 50 one-minute interstitials for Nickelodeon, now airs in more than 70 territories.

Outright's 'Inside'

TORONTO — Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd. on Monday said the U.K.'s Outright Distribution will sell its game-show format "Inside the Box" internationally. London-based Outright, formerly Screentime Partners, earlier handled two of the Canadian format producers' reality TV series, "The Call" and "Hooked Up." The latest deal will see Outright market the "Inside the Box" format in key territories, including Asia, Russia and Latin America.