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Vivendi’s GVT in Brazilian Pay-TV Venture

PARIS: Vivendi's GVT subsidiary has entered into negotiations with EchoStar Technologies to form a joint venture for pay-TV services in Brazil. The JV would be headquartered in Brazil and would be managed by GVT. The objective is to offer a national service based on IPTV and high-powered satellite. It would ...

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Viewpoint: Hosting The New Golden Age of TV

NEW YORK: Ahead of MIPCOM, Paul Zilk, the CEO of Reed MIDEM, shares his thoughts about changes in the entertainment industry. Something big is changing in the entertainment industry.  At this year’s MIPCOM, where some 13,000 delegates from over 100 ...

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UKTV Partners with NHU Africa for Penguin Series

LONDON: UKTV and NHU Africa are teaming up to co-produce The Great Penguin Rescue, led by wildlife expert Michaela Strachan. The Great Penguin Rescue watches as Strachan embarks on a mission to help save penguins in South Africa. The 6×30-minute series is scheduled to premiere on Eden in the U.K. ...

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BAFTA Opens Up Awards to Digital Series

LONDON: For the very first time, web-based broadcasters are eligible to enter the British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) makes online shows eligible for consideration for both awards categories. This is one of several important updates ...

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New Buyers Initiative for DISCOP Istanbul

LOS ANGELES:  Basic Lead is offering a new incentive for programming and acquisition executives to attend DISCOP Istanbul, with a complimentary three-night hotel package if they register by November 8. Qualified content buyers representing TV stations, pay-TV operators, online and mobile distribution platforms are eligible for the new initiative for ...

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MIPCOM Spotlight: TANDEM Communications

MUNICH: Principal photography has begun on the second season of TANDEM Communications' action crime drama Crossing Lines, which will be on offer from the company at MIPCOM. “Crossing Lines has built-in international appeal,” says Rola Bauer, the president of TANDEM Communications, who is also co-creator and executive producer on the ...

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MediaCorp Bolsters Board of Directors

SINGAPORE: MediaCorp has named Scott Anthony to the company's board of directors, effective October 1. Anthony currently serves as managing partner of Innosight, a worldwide strategy and innovation consulting agency. He is responsible for venture-capital investing activities. He also chairs the investment committee for IDEAS Ventures, a fund controlled by ...

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Sierra/Engine Eyes MIPCOM Deals on Black Box

LOS ANGELES: The Black Box, which received a straight-to-series order from ABC, headlines Sierra/Engine Television's MIPCOM catalogue, with deals already in place with Tele München Gruppe and Modern Times Group. TMG is a partner for German-speaking Europe, and MTG has taken the show for Scandinavia. The 13-episode production from Bold ...

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Keshet International

CANNES: The romantic comedy She’s with Me, new from Keshet International, follows the love story between a simple baker and an international “It Girl.” Face 2 Face, a studio-based reality dating show, will be complemented by a new app that allows the contestant to create a facial image of their ...

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MIPCOM Spotlight: Global Agency

CANNES: Fresh from Israel, Battle of the Restaurants is a new food-based show from Global Agency that sees two family-run businesses go head to head. “Cooking competitions are still growing in popularity and our new cooking format Battle of the Restaurants has a fantastic twist that will have international appeal,” ...

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