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Australian Free TV Slams Taxpayer Cost Claims

SYDNEY: Free TV Australia has rejected claims from the pay-TV sector that free-to-air television has cost taxpayers more than A$6 billion ($5.5 billion) in five years. The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) has prepared a 14-page submission to the government that includes research by PwC which estimates the ...

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New Head of Sales at ABC Commercial

SYDNEY: Sharon Ramsay-Luck has been appointed head of sales and business development for ABC Commercial in Australia. The role sees Ramsay-Luck taking on responsibility for the division's content sales activities, international digital sales and acquisitions and business development functions for audiovisual content. Ramsay-Luck is a veteran of ABC, having first ...

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ATF Spotlight: GMA Worldwide

SINGAPORE: There are several factors that draw regular buyers toward GMA’s titles, according to Roxanne Barcelona, the VP of GMA Worldwide, the distribution arm of the Filipino broadcaster. She points to the “compelling story lines, powerful acting, wonderful cinematography featuring a picturesque tropical countryside and the cultural parallels with our ...

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ATF Spotlight: Media Development Authority of Singapore

SINGAPORE: From Infinite Studios, HBO Asia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) comes the detective drama Serangoon Road. Infinite Studios is among the companies supported by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). “The collaboration with HBO Asia and ABC TV has been great,” says Yeo Chun Cheng, the assistant ...

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ATF Spotlight: RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network

SINGAPORE: Earlier this year, RTL Group and CBS Studios International teamed up to launch RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network for Southeast Asia. “We have received a fantastic response from all key operators in the market,” says Jonas Engwall, the CEO of RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “After announcing the RTL ...

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Amazon Brings Instant Video Service to Japan

TOKYO: Amazon has started to offer its online video distribution service in Japan, allowing customers to purchase or rent films and TV shows from a selection of more than 26,000 titles. Shochiku Co. and Toho Co. as well as major broadcasters NHK, TBS and Fuji TV are among the content ...

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ATF Spotlight: CJ E&M Corporation

SINGAPORE: Following the success of Reply 1997, the anticipation is high for season two, titled Reply 1994, says Jang Ho Seo, the head of international sales and acquisitions at CJ E&M Corporation. “The story brings the audience back to the year 1994, when life was a little simpler and more ...

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ZEE Teams with Voddler for Streaming Movie Service

STOCKHOLM: Indian media giant Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) has tapped Sweden's Voddler to build a global service for streaming its content. Voddler will build and operate a global solution for online streaming of ZEE's premium content. The new OTT service will be branded and marketed by ZEE globally, initially targeting ...

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Syfy to Make Australian Debut

LONDON: Syfy will launch for the first time in Australia on January 1, 2014, available in HD. Foxtel subscribers will receive Syfy as a linear channel as well as on compatible tablets and smartphones. The channel will also be available on Internet-connected devices through the new Foxtel Play as well ...

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