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ESS Takes Spanish La Liga Rights for Singapore

SINGAPORE: ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) has secured the live and exclusive broadcast rights for the Spanish La Liga in Singapore for the 2012-13 to 2014-15 seasons. ESS will provide coverage across all platforms on its TV channels and online via the ESPN Player as well as through the mobile brand Mobile ...

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Avengers Head to FOX Movies Premium in Asia

HONG KONG: FOX International Channels (FIC) has nabbed the exclusive pay-TV rights to The Avengers for its FOX Movies Premium channel in Hong Kong, Taiwan and across Southeast Asia. The film has already proven to be a box-office success in Asia, as it has in the rest of the world. In ...

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YOU On Demand Preps 3D Service for China

NEW YORK: YOU On Demand, the Chinese PPV and VOD platform led by Shane McMahon, has inked a deal with 3net as it gears up to launch a 3D subscription-video-on-demand service in China this summer. The distribution deal with 3net will bring titles such as African Wild and Feeding Time ...

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DIVA Universal Asia Unveils New Original

SINGAPORE: Universal Networks International’s female-skewing channel DIVA Universal in Asia has signed up for its own version of the Hot Guys Who Cook format, ordering six half-hour episodes for a June 2012 premiere. The show, co-produced with NBCUniversal International Television Production, will air on DIVA Universal across 20 countries in Asia. ...

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Celestial Tiger Makes Trio of Executive Hires

HONG KONG: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has bolstered its executive team with the appointment of Sylvia Noronha, Betty Tsui and Athena Ho. Noronha joins as general counsel. She is responsible for guiding the company’s legal strategy and leading the legal department in support of Celestial’s three business lines. Noronha was previously ...

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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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