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Southeast Asia to Lead Growth in TV Subscription Spend

NEW YORK: PwC’s latest entertainment and media outlook reveals that Indonesia will be the fastest-growing market in terms of TV subscription spending, followed by Vietnam and Thailand. From 2013 to 2017, TV subscription revenues in Indonesia are expected to deliver a 21-percent compound annual growth rate to reach $1.7 billion. ...

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Puppet Game Show Prepped for BBC Saturday Nights

LONDON: BBC In-House Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company have teamed up for The Puppet Game Show, a Saturday night prime-time event. There are eight 45-minute episodes being co-produced for BBC One to debut later this year. Each week, two celebrities will go head to head in a number of ...

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BBC Two Refreshes Modern Times, Orders New Docs

LONDON: BBC Two, which has commissioned several new documentaries, has unveiled its plans for an updated version of the successful docuseries Modern Times. The new Modern Times will allow top filmmakers to highlight cutting-edge productions that portray what life is like in Britain nowadays. It is scheduled to begin airing ...

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Showtime Slates Finale for The Borgias

LOS ANGELES: The Borgias, which stars Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI, is coming to an end on Showtime, wrapping up with its final episode on June 16. Season to date the series averages 2.4 million weekly viewers across platforms. Throughout its three-season run, The Borgias has earned a total ...

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zeebox Develops Fan-Driven ‘TV Rooms’

NEW YORK: zeebox has further personalized its second-screen offering with the creation of fan-driven "TV Rooms," which take a new approach to curating the way viewers interact, engage, individualize and experience programming. The TV Rooms are designed as a user-driven community where fans can share experiences and thoughts with fellow fans ...

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Australia’s ABC Confirms Commitment to Bananas in Pyjamas

SYDNEY: Despite rumors that Bananas in Pyjamas is being cancelled due to funding issues, ABC TV has issued a release stating that it will continue to broadcast the popular children’s show. The network will continue to roll out the remaining 156 new episodes of the series throughout the year. ABC stated: ...

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Time Warner Eyes China Investment Opportunities

NEW YORK/CHENGDU: Time Warner has formed a strategic investment partnership with China Media Capital (CMC), the investment fund founded by former Shanghai Media Group chief Ruigang Li. The alliance was announced at the 2013 Fortune Global Forum, currently taking place in the Chinese city of Chengdu. The partnership will look for ...

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Syfy Kids to Launch in South Africa

LONDON: KidsCo is bringing the new Syfy Kids programming block to South Africa starting next month. Aimed at kids 6 to 10, the block will air exclusively on KidsCo at peak viewing times. The launch lineup for South Africa includes original programming from the Australian production company Matchbox Pictures and ...

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DHX Media Secures New Licensing Deals

HALIFAX/LONDON/LOS ANGELES: DHX Media has made a number of licensing agreements for the children’s titles Caillou, Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Space Invaders and Johnny Test. For Caillou, Les Chocolats Vadeboncoer is producing seasonal hollow and solid molded chocolates, while PlayWorld Mobile plans to globally launch a mobile application inspired by the show. Learning ...

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L.A. Screenings Buyer Feedback: MediaCorp’s Joy Olby-Tan

SINGAPORE: Joy Olby-Tan, VP of network acquisitions at Singaporean free-to-air broadcaster MediaCorp’s Channel 5, found that the new dramas and comedies presented by the Hollywood studios were less U.S.-centric and more internationally appealing than those offered in previous years. "The number of pilots this year was refreshingly copious," Olby-Tan tells ...

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