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Australian Regulator Clears the Way for Foxtel-Austar Deal

SYDNEY: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved Foxtel’s proposed takeover of Austar United Communications, though several conditions have been imposed. The conditions include that Foxtel is prevented from buying exclusive Internet TV rights for a range of TV and movie content, including from Nickelodeon and National Geographic channels. ...

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MP & Silva Gains FA Cup Rights for Asia

SINGAPORE: MP & Silva has scored a six-year deal with The FA for the rights to the FA Cup, the FA Community Shield match and rights for England National Team matches until 2018 for all Asian territories outside of Thailand. The package offers up to 59 live matches per season, as well ...

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Sony Expected to Cut 10,000 Jobs

TOKYO: Sony Corporation is planning to ax around 6 percent of its global workforce, which is roughly 10,000 jobs, according to reports. The Nikkei newspaper reports that half of the latest round of job cuts would come from consolidating the firm’s chemicals ad small and midsize LCD operations. The cuts ...

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SPT to Take Stake in India’s MAA TV

HYDERABAD: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has entered a strategic alliance with MAA Television Network, which operates a network of Telugu-language channels, that would give it a 30-percent stake in the Indian broadcaster. The alliance would allow SPT or any of its affiliates to buy the shares on signing the "Definitive Agreement" ...

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ITV Studios Brings Content to Chinese Website

CANNES: JOY.CN, one of China’s largest content websites, has secured access to the upcoming big-budget production Titanic, among other titles, after agreeing to an output deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE).   The initial package of 140 hours of content will be available to Chinese audiences via VOD. ...

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Passion Scores Asia Sales at MIPTV

CANNES: Passion Distribution has secured a number of sales within Asia at MIPTV, including 300 hours of programming to Mediascape Inc.’s channel Colours. The Mediascape deal consists of programming in the food and property genres such as Scripps Networks International’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle seasons one and two, Fresh Food ...

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Malaysia Offers Up New Incentive for Local, Foreign Producers

CANNES: A new cash rebate for films and TV shows shot in Malaysia is the latest initiative in the country’s efforts to elevate its content sector and encourage co-productions, N. Balaraman, the director of planning and research at the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), has told World Screen Newsflash. ...

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The Hunger Games to Air on FOX Movies Premium in Asia

SINGAPORE: FOX International Channels (FIC) has finalized a deal for the pay-TV rights for box-office hit The Hunger Games, which will air on FOX Movies Premium across Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. FIC secured the pay-TV rights from Lionsgate. The film is on track to be one of the highest ...

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BIG CBS Love Scores Dish TV Carriage in Asia

MUMBAI: Following on the heels of a carriage deal for BIG CBS Prime, Dish TV in Asia has added the female-skewed BIG CBS Love channel to its lineup in Asia. BIG CBS Love offers shows series as The Oprah Winfrey Show, America’s Next Top Model, Sex and the City and ...

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New President for BBC Worldwide Japan

LONDON: Ken Munekata is joining BBC Worldwide in the role of president for Japan, after having served nearly three decades at Sony Corporation. Based in Tokyo, Munekata will be responsible for the commercial activities and strategic development for BBC Worldwide across its sales and distribution and consumer products businesses, as well ...

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