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Australia’s ABC Commercial Scores Sales

SYDNEY: ABC Commercial secured a number of program sales in 2011, both in the local and international marketplace, including a format option with Comedy Central in the U.S. The year’s deals featured the first-ever ABC Commercial program—the rugby documentary Cup Of Dreams—to air on Universal Sports Network in the U.S., ...

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Chinese Video-Streaming Sites in Piracy Battle

SHANGHAI: Youku.com and Tudou Holdings, China’s two largest operators of online video sites, are accusing each other of copyright infringements for running each other’s exclusive videos. Tudou is suing Youku for 150 million yuan ($24 million) in damages over pirating the exclusive rights to a popular Taiwanese entertainment show, Kangxi ...

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Star India Launches New Hindi Entertainment Channel

MUMBAI: Life OK is a new Hindi general-entertainment channel from Star India that will take the place of Star One starting December 18. The channel’s philosophy is "Life is Good." The actress Madhuri Dixit will be the narrator. Life OK will be launched in a three-day roadblock across Star India’s entire ...

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MP & Silva Scores Further Rights to La Liga in Asia

SINGAPORE: MP & Silva has signed a deal with the Sociedad General de Produccion y Explotacion de Contenidos S.I. to distribute the rights of La Liga Spanish football in Vietnam until 2015. MP & Silva will be the exclusive distributor of three seasons of La Liga in Vietnam across all ...

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Australia’s Seven Network Gets New CEO

SYDNEY: Tim Worner, Seven Network’s long-time head of programming, has been elevated to CEO of the Australian network. David Leckie, who has been Seven’s CEO, is now CEO of the network’s parent company, Seven West Media. Worner reports to him in the new role. Leckie previously indicated plans to retire ...

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HBO Asia Ramps Up Movie Offerings

SINGAPORE: HBO Asia is adding movies from The Walt Disney Company, including Muppets Christmas Carol, and Tanweer Films to its lineup for 2012. HBO Asia subscribers will have access to Disney titles such as Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and The Talented Mr. Ripley, in the new year. The ...

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New Pitching Event to Be Held in Japan

TOKYO: The Tokyo TV Forum (TTVF), a new three-day pitching event in Japan, is launching on December 12, with a total of 21 projects to be presented to 20 commissioning editors and other experts from around the world. Almost 60 proposals were submitted to present to the panel for the ...

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ATF Sets Expansion Plans

SINGAPORE: Anne de Kerckhove, director of Reed MIDEM’s entertainment division, was in Singapore today to announce the organization’s investment in enhancing the Asia TV Forum, with plans to work closely with its sister office in Singapore, Reed Exhibitions, to bolster the conference program, introduce new networking and content showcases and increase ...

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Top Gear Korea Recommissioned

SINGAPORE: Korea’s XTM has commissioned two additional seasons of its adaptation of the BBC Worldwide hit motoring show Top Gear. Joyce Yeung, senior VP and general manager of sales and distribution Asia at BBC Worldwide, announced the commission for the two additional seasons at Asia TV Forum this week. Kim Jin-Pyo, presenter of ...

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ESS Snags Exclusive Cricket Australia Rights

NEW DELHI: ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) has scored a five-year contract for the exclusive rights to broadcast Cricket Australia’s (CA) international and premium domestic matches across Asia on multiple platforms. Under the agreement, ESPN STAR Sports will broadcast more than 191 days of live international cricket action from Australia, including ...

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