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BT Builds Up Football Offerings

LONDON: BT Vision has firmed up new broadcast deals with the top tier football leagues in Italy, France, Brazil and the U.S., after having purchased the English Premier League rights this summer.  BT’s new deals with Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in France, Brasileirão in Brazil and the U.S.’s MLS. ...

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Univision Launches Bilingual Digital Network

NEW YORK: Univision Communications has set up UVideos, a bilingual digital network for Hispanic America. The service is available through UVideos.com and the UVideos mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The digital network allows consumers to access Univision content such as Televisa programming, in Spanish or subtitled in English. ...

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ESPN STAR Sports Scores FA English Football Rights

NEW DELHI: ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) has renewed its deal for the exclusive broadcast rights to all Football Association (FA) Cup matches for the next six years for the South Asian region.  The multiplatform pact covers TV, Internet and mobile until 2018 for territories such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, ...

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Globo to Bring Taís Araújo to DISCOP Africa

SÃO PAULO: Globo plans to take Taís Araújo, a renowned actress from Brazil, to the first day of DISCOP Africa later this week. Known for her work in the hit Globo telenovela Shades of Sin, Araújo is the recipient of an award from the Festival de Cinema Brasileiro (Brazilian Film Festival) for the ...

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BIG RTL Thrill Set for November Launch

MUMBAI: BIG RTL Thrill, a new male-skewed action channel from Reliance Broadcast Network and the RTL Group, is gearing up for a November 5 launch in India.  The service will go on air in Uttar Pradesh, featuring international content dubbed in Hindi. Further expansion into other Hindi-speaking territories and the SAARC ...

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AMC/Sundance Channel Global Sets Up Asian Base

HONG KONG: AMC/Sundance Channel Global has established a new headquarters in Asia, where it is building up local staff and operations.  The company’s on-air creative and scheduling services will be managed out of Singaore. The affiliate operations will be led out of Hong Kong. Local staffing efforts are under way.  ...

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FIC Licenses New Jean Reno Crime Series

MUNICH: FOX International Channels (FIC) has acquired the first-run pay-TV rights for Jo, a new crime drama starring Jean Reno, in a deal that will take the show into more than 120 territories.  Produced by Atlantique Productions and sold by Red Arrow International, Jo was created by the Emmy Award-winning ...

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Winners Selected for NYTVF Development Deals

NEW YORK: The eighth annual New York Television Festival (NYTVF) has officially wrapped, with recipients having been selected for 19 development deals with such networks as IFC, A&E and Syfy as well as with studios and digital platforms.  From the NYTVF Pitch competition, the project I Want a New Life, ...

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NBCU Lands U.S. Premier League Rights

NEW YORK: NBCUniversal has scored the exclusive U.S. media rights for the Premier League starting with the 2013-14 season.  NBCU will be the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder for all 380 matches across all platforms and devices in the U.S. The coverage will go out across NBC, NBC ...

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Great Bake Off Headed to Norway

OSLO: The Great Bake Off, a Love Productions format distributed by BBC Worldwide, is set to be adapted in Norway by TV3 following a string of deals in other European markets. The BBC Two show first launched in August 2010; in its third season it is averaging 4.5 million viewers ...

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