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BBC Worldwide & Australia’s ABC TV Renew First-Option Deal

SYDNEY: An additional three years have been added on to the first-option agreement between BBC Worldwide Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The deal grants ABC TV exclusive access to new content from the BBC Worldwide catalogue. Among the first programs to launch from the pact of the new drama are ...

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China’s YOU On Demand Adds Disney Films

NEW YORK: YOU On Demand has firmed up an agreement with Disney Media Distribution for a range of films, including War Horse and The Muppets, to be available for both transactional video on demand (TVOD) and subscription video on demand (SVOD) throughout China. Also joining the YOU On Demand offerings ...

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Ad Spending Down in Japan

TOKYO: Ad expenditures in Japan totaled 5,709.6 billion yen ($71.2 billion) in 2011, which was down 2.3 percent from the year prior, according to Dentsu’s annual report. After a three-year decline, Japan’s ad market recovered in 2004. Spending was up 2.9 percent in 2005, 1.7 percent in 2006 and 1.1 ...

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CASBAA Hosts Hong Kong Upfronts

HONG KONG: AETN All Asia Networks, NBCUniversal and Turner Broadcasting System were among the participants showcasing their upcoming programming at CASBAA’s TV Upfronts: The Hong Kong Screenings. The screenings, which took place yesterday, also featured Bloomberg, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, FOX One Stop Media and SPE Networks-Asia. More than 60 media ...

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DreamWorks Sets Focus on China

SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES: DreamWorks Animation has unveiled plans to build a production studio in Shanghai, with CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg telling CNBC he wants to create the "Disney of China." The studio, behind hits such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, agreed to form a joint venture with China Media Capital, Shanghai ...

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New CEO at Southern Star

LONDON: Industry veteran Janeen Faithfull, who spent 15 years at Australia’s Seven Network, has been tapped to lead Southern Star as its CEO. Faithfull’s appointment follows news that Rory Callaghan will be stepping down. A start date will be announced in due course, but Faithfull will be reporting to Martha ...

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Australians Increasing Multi-Screen Viewing Habits

SYDNEY: Overall TV viewing in Australia is strong and continues to increase, with new technologies encouraging viewing across multiple screens, as reported in new data from Nielsen, OzTAM and Regional TAM. The first Australian Multi-Screen Report finds that there’s greater choice and access to DTT across Australia, where 95 percent ...

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Global Television Appoints Director of Television & Commercial

SYDNEY: Global Television has appointed Soames Treffry, who previously spent 16 years with Fox Sports, to a newly created position of director of television and commercial. Teffry will report to Keith Andrews, the CEO of Global Television. Andrews said: “Our industry is rapidly evolving as new broadcast channels launch and ...

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BBC Worldwide Licenses Content to Hulu in Japan

LONDON: A new multi-year agreement sees around 600 hours of BBC Worldwide programming being made available to Hulu customers in Japan, including titles such as Doctor Who and Top Gear. The deal makes BBC Worldwide the first British distributor to sell programming to Hulu in Japan. This is also the largest volume ...

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More Chinese VOD Partnerships for Celestial Tiger

HONG KONG: Following a deal signed earlier this week with YOU On Demand, Celestial Tiger Entertainment has notched up several new agreements to supply content to VOD platforms in China. The arrangements encompass feature films and TV shows from the Lionsgate library. iQIYI, an independent online video company founded by top ...

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