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New MD at ITV Studios Australia

LONDON: Anita Jacoby has been named managing director of ITV Studios Australia, which is home to some of the country’s most loved shows, including Come Dine with Me and the original hit formats Please Marry My Boy and Paddock to Plate. Most recently, Jacoby was with Zepruder’s other films, overseeing a slate ...

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Orange Is the New Black Available on Youku in China

HONG KONG: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has entered into a partnership with China’s Youku Tudou for the exclusive premiere of Orange Is the New Black, which has already become one of the platform’s most-watched Western dramas. The Lionsgate series has generated nearly 9 million views in its first six weeks in ...

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TSA Scores Barca TV Media Rights in the Asia Pacific

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian sports marketing agency TSA has secured a deal with MediaPro, the Spanish distributor and production company representing FC Barcelona for its official club channel, Barca TV. TSA will be the exclusive distributor for the current La Liga champions in the Asia Pacific. Barca TV produces two weekly ...

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CASBAA to Host Formats Asia Program

HONG KONG: The CASBAA Convention will serve as the host for Formats Asia, which takes place on October 23 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Organized by Lightning International, Formats Asia provides a venue for buyers and sellers to share successes and discuss challenges of formats. It brings together content ...

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News Corp Launches Soccer App

NEW YORK: News Corp has unveiled a new mobile and online product, BallBall, to deliver near-live highlights of football leagues from around the world and other exclusive content in Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam. BallBall will initially reach a combined market of more than 460 million people. It features exclusive highlight ...

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YuppTV Plans Movie-on-Demand Service for South Asians

ATLANTA: YuppTV, an OTT platform featuring 150-plus Indian TV channels, is launching a movie-on-demand service for South Asians on its platform worldwide. Users can subscribe to a monthly package or watch them on a pay-per-view basis on multiple Internet-connected devices. YuppTV has also launched a special section of "Premiere Movies," where users can ...

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Japan’s WOWOW Reorganizes Management Structure

TOKYO: The Japanese premium pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW has implemented a new organizational structure by splitting its production and programming department into two separate divisions. The production division will be led by Eiji Omura, who will oversee the various production sub-departments categorized into movies, sports, drama and music. The programming unit, which ...

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Libertine Pictures Launches in New Zealand

AUCKLAND: Producers Richard Fletcher and Paul Davis have teamed up with writer Neil Cross, the creator of BBC’s Luther, to launch Libertine Pictures, a new film and TV production company based in New Zealand. Fletcher and Davis are joint managing directors. Cross serves as Libertine’s creative director. Cross’s other writing ...

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Free TV Australia Appoints New Chairman

MOSMAN: Free TV Australia has named Harold Mitchell as its new chairman, a role that sees him tackling issues affecting the commercial free-to-air TV industry in the country. Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners. He was also, until earlier this month, the executive chairman of Aegis Media Asia Pacific. He ...

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