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STAR TV Gets U.S. Carriage on Time Warner

CENTENNIAL/NEW YORK: International Media Distribution and News Corp.’s STAR TV have entered a deal with Time Warner Cable to bring four channels to the U.S. platform. STAR India PLUS, STAR India GOLD, Life OK and STAR India NEWS are all headed to Time Warner Cable in select markets. The Indian ...

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Celestial Pictures Appoints Director of Distribution

HONG KONG: Annie Yim, a former Sony Pictures Television executive, has been tapped to lead the distribution efforts for Celestial Pictures’ content portfolio, which includes the Shaw Brothers film library, in Greater China. Yim will be responsible for the Shaw Brothers library as well as new Celestial Pictures content across ...

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STAR India Preps New Movie Network

MUMBAI: On the heels of the strong performance of its STAR Gold movie channel, STAR India is launching Movies OK, a new service delivering Hindi-language first-run blockbusters, classics and contemporary features. Movies have emerged as a key category in India’s chaotic pay-TV space, and STAR has been investing heavily to ...

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Reliance & RTL Prep Launch of Thrill

MUMBAI: Reliance Broadcast Network and the RTL Group have unveiled the branding of the soon-to-launch action channel from their joint venture BIG RTL service: Thrill. The channel, dubbed in Hindi, will launch in India by the end of June. Thrill will target males 15 to 44. The channel will air genres ...

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XYZnetworks’ CEO Exiting Post

SYDNEY: Bruce Mann is leaving his post as the CEO of XYZnetworks, where he has spent a decade leading the group. XYZnetworks is jointly owned by Foxtel and Austar. A recent decision by the ACCC approves Foxtel‘s acquisition of Austar, meaning that it will also control XYZnetworks, starting May 24. ...

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Discovery Continues Ties with Tourism Malaysia

SINGAPORE: Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific and Tourism Malaysia will continue to collaborate on projects focused on promoting the country internationally. One such project is Revealed: Malaysia’s Majesty—Twice a King. The hour-long doc will chronicle the installation of DYMM Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah from the state of Kedah as Malaysia’s 14th ...

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Chernin’s CA Media Takes Endemol India Stake

MUMBAI/HONG KONG: Peter Chernin‘s Asian investment operation, CA Media, has taken a 49-percent stake in Mumbai-based Endemol India, providing the backing for the company’s planned aggressive expansion into the scripted and regional TV arenas, as well as feature films. The strategic alliance reunites CA Media’s India CEO, Rajest Kamat, with Endemol ...

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Al Jazeera English Scores Tata Sky Slot

NEW DELHI: Al Jazeera English has added 9 million homes to its Indian reach following a carriage deal with Tata Sky, bringing its overall base in the country to more than 25 million homes. “India is a really important country for Al Jazeera, with an outward looking, intelligent audience who are ...

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Celestial Movies to Broadcast Hong Kong Film Award Winners

SINGAPORE: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has scooped up the exclusive broadcast premieres for three of the top winners from the Hong Kong Film Awards: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, Life without Principle and A Simple Life. These movies will run first and exclusively on Celestial Movies in the second half of ...

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New Educational Channel Launches in Asia

BERLIN: The Da Vinci Learning channel has been added to the Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) platform. The learning-focused channel combines entertainment and education, with a mission "to inform, entertain and inspire." Da Vinci Learning is available to more than 7 million subscribers in over 12 European countries. Topics covered including ...

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