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China Bans Ads During TV Dramas

BEIJING: China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has ordered a national ban on airing commercials during dramas on television for all stations nationwide. Starting in January, advertisements will not be allowed in the middle of programs lasting more than 45 minutes. This means commercials can only air ...

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ATF Buyer Profile: MediaCorp’s Joy Olby-Tan

PREMIUM: Movies, scripted series, reality shows and entertainment events top the shopping list at MediaCorp’s Channel 5 in Singapore, says its VP of acquisitions, Joy Olby-Tan. What have been some of your most successful acquisitions recently? Live or near-live content always gives the channel a great buzz: we air The ...

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StarHub Secures UEFA Euro 2012 Rights

SINGAPORE: StarHub is to serve as the official broadcaster for the UEFA Euro 2012 in Singapore. The UEFA Euro 2012 is jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine. The action gets under way with an opening ceremony in Warsaw at the National Stadium on June 8, 2012. The final competition will ...

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HBO Asia Moves into Film Production

SINGAPORE: HBO Asia has signed on to co-produce an English-language action-horror feature film, Dead Mine, marking the first time it has produced a movie in the region. Co-produced with Infinite Studios, Dead Mine, HBO Asia’s first-ever movie in Asia, starts filming today. The feature will be shot entirely in Batam, Indonesia from ...

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Breakthrough Inks Deals in the Asia Pacific

TORONTO: Breakthrough Entertainment has closed deals for more than 260 half-hours of programming, including the kids’ series Dino Dan and Think Big, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific licensed the Breakthrough Entertainment children’s series Dino Dan and Think Big. Greatest Tank Battles secured new license deals with Discovery Japan ...

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now TV & Hairun Media Team Up for New Channel

HONG KONG: now TV and Hairun Media in China have formed a joint-venture company to launch the now Hairun channel. now Hairun is a drama series channel that broadcasts Hairun Media productions, which will be edited and packaged by now TV for Hong Kong and overseas Chinese audiences. now Hairun ...

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BBC Worldwide to Highlight Top Gear Korea at ATF

LONDON: BBC Worldwide is bringing Top Gear Korea to buyers at the Asia TV Forum (ATF), which kicks off on December 7, with Top Gear Korea presenter Kim Jin-Pyo to make a guest appearance. Presenting the series with Kim Jin-Pyo are actor Kim Kap-Soo and celebrity racer Yeon Jung-Hoon. In ...

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BIG CBS Networks Bulks Up Programming

MUMBAI: BIG CBS Networks has added 25 hours of fresh programming each week per channel, as it also readies for the launch of HD content. For BIG CBS Prime, the shows The Defenders, Hawaii 5.0 and Survivor: South Pacific are all to be featured. The channel also features Lucha Libre wrestling. ...

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