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MIPTV Spotlight: Universal Networks International in Asia

March 26, 2013

CANNES: The Universal Networks International (UNI) bouquet includes E!, which delivers more than 500 hours of original programming on the Asia feed. That includes Keeping Up with the Kardashians. DIVA Universal features drama and unscripted programming.  To supplement acquired content, DIVA Universal created an Asian original unscripted series, Hot Guys …


Report Sees Continued Boom in Asia-Pac Pay-TV Business

March 27, 2013

LONDON: Pay-TV subscription and on-demand revenues in Asia are set to hit $33.9 billion this year, reports Digital TV Research, rising to $43.9 billion in five years’ time, led by the growth in digital cable and DTH customers. In 2012, analogue pay-TV revenues were $10.4 billion, on par with digital revenues of $10.6 …


Youku Tudou Stocks Up on U.S. Series

March 28, 2013

BEIJING: The Chinese Internet TV outfit Youku Tudou has added 33 American TV dramas and variety shows to its international library so far this year. This includes, among others, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge, Elementary and Modern Family. There are also edgier titles such as 2 Broke Girls, 666 Park Avenue …


ITVS GE Licenses 500 Hours in Australia, NZ

April 2, 2013

LONDON: ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has inked a slew of deals involving more than 500 hours of content with broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. Foxtel went for 360 hours of lifestyle programming for such Australian networks as The LifeStyle Channel, LifeStyle FOOD, LifeStyle HOME and LifeStyle YOU. …


Australia’s ABC Gets New Director of Television

April 3, 2013

SYDNEY: Richard Finlayson has been named the director of television at ABC in Australia, joining from SBS, where he most recently served as COO. Finlayson has been with SBS for more than seven years, current as the COO, but prior to that as the director of commercial affairs. He is a …


New SVP for WBITD Asia-Pac

April 5, 2013

BURBANK: Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) veteran Malcolm Dudley-Smith has been named as the company’s senior VP and general manager for the Asia Pacific. In his new role, Dudley-Smith will be charged with overseeing the strategic direction of the distribution operations throughout Asia in all television media. He is …


40-Plus Malaysian Companies Headed to MIPTV

April 6, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR/CANNES: The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) is leading a delegation of more than 40 Malaysian companies to MIPTV this year, showcasing a wide variety of television and film content and services. The Malaysian pavilion is organized by FINAS in association with Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (SKMM), …


MIPTV Spotlight: GMA Worldwide

April 7, 2013

CANNES: Filipino telenovelas contain a number of elements that make them stand out in the international market, says Roxanne Barcelona, the VP of GMA Worldwide. These include the presentation of the country’s unique cityscapes and countryside that serve as the backdrop for the stories, as well as the integration of …


Hamish McLennan Becomes MD of Ten Network Holdings

April 8, 2013

SYDNEY: Ten Network Holdings has appointed Hamish McLennan, the company’s new CEO, to its board as managing director. McLennan was appointed CEO of Ten back in February. He officially took up the post on March 18. He will now join the Ten board in the role of managing director.   …


Twofour Rights Strikes Deals in NZ

April 8, 2013

CANNES: Twofour Rights has sold more than 100 hours of factual content, features and entertainment shows to broadcasters in New Zealand, including TVNZ and ChoiceTV. ChoiceTV went for 70 hours of programming, including Storage Hoarders, Urban Secrets with Alan Cumming, Home of the Future and the travel doc James Nesbitt’s Ireland. …