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40-Plus Malaysian Companies Headed to MIPTV

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), ...

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New SVP for WBITD Asia-Pac

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 ...

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Australia’s ABC Gets New Director of Television

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 ...

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ITVS GE Licenses 500 Hours in Australia, NZ

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. ...

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Youku Tudou Stocks Up on U.S. Series

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Celestial Tiger Licenses Lionsgate Content Across Asia

HONG KONG: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has closed agreements for more than 1,700 hours of series and feature films from the Lionsgate catalogue with broadcasters and entertainment platforms in Southeast Asia and Greater China. Season five of Mad Men is headed to FOX International Channels’ FX network in Asia first and exclusively. ...

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MIPTV Spotlight: Universal Networks International in Asia

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 ...

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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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