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ATF Opens with Attendance Up 22 Percent

SINGAPORE: The Asia TV Forum opened here in Singapore today with attendance up 22 percent, according to Reed Exhibitions, with almost 3,500 participants from more than 950 companies. Taking place today through Friday at a new venue, the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, ATF 2011 is at an all-time high participation ...

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The AP & Metan Form Partnership for Chinese Market

LONDON: The Associated Press and Metan Development Group are collaborating to provide entertainment programming for Mandarin-speaking audiences. Metan is to produce short- and long-form AP entertainment content in Mandarin for multiple platforms. Metan will develop original programming using AP content. Metan will also handle the distribution of the content throughout ...

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Malaysian Contingent Strengthens Presence at ATF

SINGAPORE: The official contingent of Malaysia has doubled its presence at the Asia TV Forum from 2010 to 2011, with a record of more than 60 companies currently on hand at the exhibition and conference. Datuk MD Afendi Datuk Hamdan, the chairman of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) ...

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NTV Series Gets One-Day Window for Taiwan Launch

TOKYO: Nippon Television Network’s (NTV) new drama Ranma 1/2, based on the popular comic book and anime series of the same name, is to broadcast on the Japanese channel of the Taiwan cable network Videoland the day after its debut in Japan. The action comedy series stars Yui Aragaki as ...

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FriedChillies Media Starts New Food Network

SINGAPORE, December 7: FriedChillies Media, a food media company based in Malaysia, has launched its own food network, FriedChillies Food Network. The FriedChillies Food Network offers original programming via video on demand. It will be available on a top Malaysian IPTV provider in the first quarter of 2012. Billed as ...

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Indian Digitization to ‘Transform’ Market, Says MPA Report

MUMBAI: The digitization mandate for Indian cable operators will drive tax revenues for the government, boost consumer choice and accelerate subscriber takeup, bringing about a "significant transformation" of the country’s $7 billion TV industry, according to a new report from Media Partners Asia. "India’s broadcasting and pay-TV market is on the ...

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MediaCorp’s 8i Lands Australian Carriage

SINGAPORE: MediaCorp’s Mandarin-language 8 International (8i) service is launching on FetchTV in Australia as part of the Singapore-Taiwan package. 8i is an extension of Singapore’s leading free-to-air Mandarin channel, Channel 8—a 24-hour channel dedicated to popular Chinese dramas. It features six hours of fresh content daily that include both the ...

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HBO Secures Thorne for Asia

LONDON: HBO has picked up Content Television’s crime thriller series Thorne, based on the bestselling novels by Mark Billingham, for broadcast throughout Asia in 2012. HBO picked up Thorne: Sleepyhead and Thorne: Scaredy Cat, which star David Morrissey (State of Play), Natascha McElhone (Californication) and Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy). Thorne ...

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AXN Lines Up New Cyril Magic Series

SINGAPORE: Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan’s AXN Mystery Channel are collaborating with the Hong Kong-based media company Charis Entertainment on the new series Cyril’s Family Vacation. The six-episode series, filmed exclusively in Hawaii, features Japan’s top magician Cyril Takayama, who performs in real-life situations while ...

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ATF Buyer Profile: GMA’s Roxanne Barcelona

PREMIUM: GMA Worldwide’s Roxanne Barcelona will be seeking out animation, Korean drama, natural-history titles and movies at the ATF, as well as current-affairs docs.   What have been some of your most successful acquisitions recently? For GMA-7, the main channel, we have acquired top-rating Korean dramas such as Baker King ...

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