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SPT’s Unforgettable Heads to Asia

HONG KONG: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed the crime drama Unforgettable to several broadcasters across the Asia-Pacific region, including WOWOW in Japan, STAR in India and TVNZ in New Zealand. Unforgettable will premiere on May 8 on STAR, this summer on WOWOW and later this year on TVNZ. The ...

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AXN Beyond to Become beTV

SINGAPORE: Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia is rebranding the AXN Beyond channel as beTV across Asia, starting April 2. beTV will feature an expanded content lineup and new on- and off-air look and feel. The slate will include the Rob Schneider sitcom Rob, the reality show I Get That A ...

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Warner Bros. to Bring Gossip Girl to China

BEIJING: The creative team behind the hit series Gossip Girl is partnering with Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), China’s Mei Tian Mei Yu and H&R Century TV, in conjunction with Metan Development Group, to develop a modern teen drama set in China. Metan and WBITVP will provide consultation on ...

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Discovery Presents Winning Films From Rebuilding Japan Project

TOKYO: Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the tsunami disaster in Japan, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) is giving international premieres to the finished films from its Rebuilding Japan initiative. Launched on April, 26, 2011, the Rebuilding Japan project features documentaries from local filmmakers about Japan’s efforts to recover from the devastation ...

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SevenOne Sets Up Shop in Hong Kong

MUNICH: SevenOne International is opening up a branch office in Hong Kong, where it will focus on expanding business across Asia and Australia. The company has already scored several format deals in the Asian market. This includes Jiang Su Satellite airing an adaptation of the SAT.1 show Mein Mann kann, ...

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Indonesia’s TV Industry to Grow 18 Percent by 2016

JAKARTA: Media Partners Asia (MPA)’s latest report, Indonesia’s Television Industry: The Next Five Years, forecasts that revenue from Indonesia’s TV sector will grow at a CAGR of 18 percent by 2016, reaching $3.3 billion. Free TV is expected to contributed $2.5 billion, while pay TV contributes $0.8 billion. Net advertising revenues will ...

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Exclusive Interview: Seven’s Tim Worner

PREMIUM: Tim Worner, the CEO of Seven Network, the most-watched broadcast network in Australia, talks to World Screen Newsflash about the power of good programming and savvy promotion. Seven Network recently accomplished what most other networks around the world never have: it had the top ratings in every demographic in ...

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New Action Sports Channel Arrives in Asia

NEW YORK: IMG Media has launched the 24-hour premium action sport channel EDGEsport in the Asian market. The channel, aimed at the active and athletic urban young adult, will feature sports such as surfing, snowboarding, BMX, mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing, Supercross, freestyle motocross and wakeboarding. EDGEsport will also feature films, ...

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BBC Worldwide Australia Closes Deal with FetchTV

LONDON: BBC Worldwide Australia has concluded a content deal with FetchTV, licensing more than 1,750 episodes to the subscriber-based on-demand service. FetchTV subscribers will have access to BBC Worldwide content across a variety of package deals, including the BBC Good Food package, which contains BBC Worldwide lifestyle content and FetchTV’s ...

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Malaysian Delegation On Hand at DISCOP Istanbul

ISTANBUL: Malaysia’s National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), in association with Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Tourism Malaysia, are leading a ten-company delegation at the DISCOP Istanbul market, which kicks off today. This marks the first time that the Malaysian government is participating as ...

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