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A+E Networks UK Bolsters Leadership Team

LONDON: A+E Networks UK has named Adrian Pilkington as the company's senior VP of distribution and strategy, effective September 1. In his newly created position, Pilkington is charged with the strategic planning and execution of branded channel and digital distribution across the U.K., Nordics, Benelux and CEEMEA territories. He will ...

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Netflix & SoftBank Partner for Japan Launch

TOKYO: As Netflix gears up for its September 2 launch in Japan, the company has entered into a partnership with mobile provider SoftBank Corp. Under the agreement, SoftBank customers will be able to sign up for Netflix at SoftBank Shops, major electronics retailers, via the SoftBank website and via SoftBank ...

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MTG to Cut 300 Jobs Across Scandinavia, U.K.

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has unveiled a new restructuring program, under which some 300 positions will be eliminated within the company. The jobs are being cut in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the U.K. Net restructuring charges are expected to amount to approximately SEK 700 million ($85.5 million) and all ...

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Davina McCall to Host ITV’s This Time Next Year

LONDON: ITV has commissioned Twofour to produce a 6×1-hour prime-time studio entertainment series hosted by Davina McCall. McCall will meet people from across the U.K. who pledge to change something about their lives over the course of 12 months. The pledges take many forms, from finding love to becoming a ...

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Vodafone Portugal Adds More SPI Channels

WARSAW: Vodafone Portugal has launched SPI International's FightBox HD and Fast’nFunBox HD channels on the IPTV platform TV Net Voz. FightBox HD is a 24-hour combat sports channel featuring MMA, boxing, sumo and more. FightBox HD also offers live broadcasts of major MMA and kickboxing events from Central and Eastern Europe. Fast’nFunBox HD ...

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Endemol Shine Group Taps Yahoo EMEA Exec

LONDON: Endemol Shine Group has appointed Wim Ponnet as the group director of strategy and commercial development, effective this fall. In his new role, Ponnet will be charged with defining and implementing Endemol Shine Group’s global strategy, working closely with the company’s local leaders and partners around the world. He ...

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Marc du Pontavice Talks Xilam Expansion

The founder, chairman and CEO of French animation outfit Xilam tells TV Kids Weekly about how the company is expanding into new areas of kids' content. Dating all the way back to Space Goofs in the '90s, Xilam has carved out a niche in the area of animated slapstick comedy ...

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Amazon Pacts with Open Road Films

SEATTLE: Open Road Films, a U.S. film distribution company, has secured a multiyear content licensing deal with Amazon, making Prime the exclusive non-cable premium subscription home for the company’s theatrical releases. The deal covers theatrical releases starting with Open Road Films’ 2016 slate. Beginning in 2017, Amazon Prime members will have ...

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