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Saban Capital Group Opens Hong Kong Post

HONG KONG/LOS ANGELES: A new office for Saban Capital Group has been set up in Hong Kong, to be led by Sumeet Jaisinghani, who has relocated from the company’s Los Angeles post. The new hub marks the first Asian office for Saban Capital Group, which has investments in the region ...

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FIC & GMA Worldwide Enter Three-Year Output Deal

MANILA: GMA Worldwide is supplying a minimum of 350 hours of locally produced programs and 25 feature films to FOX International Channels (FIC) for its cable services this year. FOX’s Philippine feed will air the fantasy series Encantadia, Darna, Dyesebel and Super Twins. Also included under the pact are the Filipino ...

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BBC Worldwide Channels Makes Four Launches in Thailand

LONDON: Starting today, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies are available through TrueVisions in Thailand. The four channels are now available on Thailand’s largest and leading cable and satellite television operator, joining the already offered channel BBC World News on TrueVisions. They feature a mix of premium and ...

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Disney to Take Controlling Stake in India’s UTV

BURBANK/MUMBAI: The Walt Disney Company is taking a controlling interest in the Indian entertainment outfit UTV Software Communications, with plans to integrate the operations of the two companies. UTV’s current CEO, Ronnie Screwvala, becomes managing director of The Walt Disney Company India. Screwvala will report to Andy Bird, the chairman of ...

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New President & CEO at Sony

TOKYO: Kazuo Hirai is taking over as the president and CEO of Sony Corporation, while Howard Stringer moves into the role of chairman of the board of directors in June. Hirai, currently the executive deputy president, was recommended to the Sony board by Stringer himself to serve as his successor. ...

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Mnet Gets Full 24-Hour Channel on Verizon FiOS

LOS ANGELES: Mnet, the U.S. network targeting Asian Americans, is now available 24 hours a day to Verizon FiOS subscribers and is replacing the Soundtrack Channel. Prior to this, Mnet was available for 10 hours to FiOS subscribers. Programs offered to Verizon FiOS subscribers on Mnet include Hello Pop!, a ...

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CASBAA Report Shines Light on Multichannel TV Advertising

HONG KONG: New first-of-its kind reach and frequency analysis from CASBAA shows higher returns on media investment in multichannel TV advertising. The study, commissioned by CASBAA and carried out by Universal McCann, measures the benefits of taking different percentages of a $1.75 million budget and spending them on multichannel TV and ...

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Cartoon Network Enterprises Asia Pacific VP Passes Away

HONG KONG: Dulce Lim-Chen, who was the VP of Cartoon Network Enterprises Asia Pacific, has passed away. Steve Marcopoto, the president of Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, commented of her passing: "Dulce will be remembered as a visionary and dynamic leader who inspired everyone with her passion, talent and generous ...

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Thrill Channel Expands Asian Carriage

HONG KONG: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has secured carriage for the Thrill channel via Hong Kong Cable Television (Cable TV) as of January 31. Beginning tomorrow, Thrill will be available on Cable TV to offer horror, thriller and suspense movies from Hollywood and Asia. Thrill, which features content from Lionsgate, also ...

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Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Appoints Research VP

SINGAPORE: Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) has appointed Julie Petersen to the role of VP of research, based in Singapore. Reporting to Kevin Dickie, the senior VP of content group, Petersen will head up the research department for DNAP in the Asia Pacific. Petersen will oversee all broadcast, marketing, brand and ...

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