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ABS-CBN Turns 60

PREMIUM: CEO Charo Santos-Concio speaks to TV Asia Pacific about ABS-CBN’s milestone 60th anniversary and articulates her strategy for taking the company into the new-media age. TV ASIA PACIFIC: To what do you attribute ABS-CBN’s continued success? SANTOS-CONCIO: We’ve remained relevant all these years because of our commitment to being ...

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Rebranded ITV Choice Goes Live in Asia & the Middle East

HONG KONG: The rebrand from ITV Granada to ITV Choice has gone live across Asia and the Middle East. The new unifying identity aligns the channel more closely with its ITV parent company, which rebranded earlier this year. The newly renamed ITV Choice offers first-run drama and entertainment. Along with the new ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: FINAS

CANNES: The latest development for FINAS is the launching of the Film In Malaysia Incentive (FIMI), an effort from the Malaysian government by the secretary-general of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture. “As of 2013, international and local movies filmed in Malaysia will be given a production rebate of ...

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News Corp. Reduces Phoenix Stake

HONG KONG: News Corporation has offloaded part of its stake in the Hong Kong and mainland China broadcaster Phoenix Satellite Television, reducing its interest in the group to 12.16 percent. Through its Star Entertainment Holdings subsidiary, News Corp. is selling off a 5.28-percent stake in the company for $92 million. Phoenix ...

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Style Undergoes Brand Refresh in Asia

SINGAPORE: The Style Network is getting a brand refresh with a new logo, on-air look and tagline in Asia and around the world. The new tagline is: Watch It. Love It. Style It. The refresh goes live on April 1, following on from the North American refresh in mid-2012. There ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: FOX International Channels Asia

CANNES: The focus for FOX International Channels in Asia has been on building up its premium services. This included the launch of the FOX Movies Premium (FMP) and STAR Chinese Movies (SCM) Play services, the rebranding of STAR Chinese Movies 2 to SCM Legend and the debut of FOX Action ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Mannam Media

CANNES: Mannam Media promises to offer the best of what’s available in premium Korean content, delivering it to broadcasters in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Its catalogue features more than 500,000 hours from such producers as KBS, SBS, EBS and CJ Entertainment, ranging from blockbuster movies to current dramas. ...

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Celestial Signs VOD Deal with Taiwan Mobile

HONG KONG: Celestial Pictures has licensed the rights for the Shaw Brothers’ titles to be added to Taiwan Mobile’s transactional video-on-demand service. Under the terms of the agreement, films such as Come Drink with Me, The New One-Armed Swordsman and Have Sword Will Travel join the myVideo OTT service from Taiwan ...

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Extended Carriage for BIG RTL Thrill

MUMBAI: BIG RTL Thrill, a joint venture between Reliance Broadcast Network and the RTL Group, has become available on digital distribution platforms in Mumbai and Delhi. The Hindi-language network, which has the tagline Action ka Baap, launched in Uttar Pradesh to much success. In Mumbai and Delhi, the channel has carriage ...

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