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AFM to Stay in Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES: The American Film Market (AFM) will remain in Santa Monica through 2017, where it has been held since 1991. The international market event will continue to be held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, with additional exhibition space continuing at JW Marriott’s Le Merigot Beach Hotel and ...

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Amazon & Twentieth Century Fox Expand Agreement

SEATTLE: FOX’s Glee and the hit FX original Sons of Anarchy are headed to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service through an extension of a licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. Prime members now have access to seasons one and two of the FOX musical series Glee. The first two seasons ...

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Fitch: Outlook for U.S. Media & Entertainment Stable for 2012

NEW YORK: Fitch Ratings’ 2012 outlook for the U.S. Media & Entertainment sector is stable, according to the credit agency’s latest report, which cites that OTT services are not expected to lead to widespread cord-cutting in the year ahead.  The outlook predicts that media companies have enough financial flexibility to ...

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Neil Smit Upped to CEO at Comcast Cable

PHILADELPHIA: Comcast Corporation has named Neil Smit as the CEO of Comcast Cable Communications, reporting directly to Brian Roberts. Smit, who joined Comcast in March 2010, also serves as the president of Comcast Cable and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s cable business. He reports to Roberts, the ...

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FilmBuff Signs Up More International Partners

NEW YORK: FilmBuff is partnering with international platforms You On Demand (China), Nyoo TV (India) and Voddler (Sweden), among others, to bring independent entertainment to global audiences. FilmBuff is also partnering with BigPond (Australia), FetchTV (Australia) and Rogers On Demand Online (Canada), in an extension on FilmBuff’s already existing worldwide ...

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Chase Carey: News Corp. is Committed to Growing Hulu

NEW YORK: News Corporation will “do what’s necessary” to grow Hulu as a business, Chase Carey, the deputy chairman, president and COO of News Corp., told the crowd at the UBS investor conference. “To have a franchise that has the reach and the brand and the audience that Hulu does ...

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YouTube’s Robert Kyncl to Deliver CES Keynote

ARLINGTON: The Consumer Electronics Association has tapped Robert Kyncl, the VP of global content partnerships at YouTube, to deliver the Entertainment Matters keynote at the 2012 International CES. The CES is scheduled for January 10 to 13 in Las Vegas. Kyncl will discuss at CES the opportunity for the web as ...

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E! Signs David Burtka to Talent Deal

LOS ANGELES: David Burtka is on board to serve as a correspondent for E! News as well as specials and live red-carpet coverage through a new talent deal with the celebrity- and entertainment-focused network. Burtka will begin reporting for E! News full time as of January 2012. The talent deal ...

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Web Therapy Set for Second Season on Showtime

LOS ANGELES: The half-hour comedy Web Therapy, which started as a web original before getting picked up for TV, has been given an order for a second season from Showtime. The series stars Lisa Kudrow (Friends) as Fiona Wallice, a self-professed and self-serving psycotherapist who treats patients via a webcam. ...

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