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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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Malaysia & Singapore Strengthen Media Ties

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) and Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) are working together to boost the cooperation between the two countries’ creative industries, focused on penetrating the global market. MDA will be leading 33 companies from Singapore’s entertainment and media sector to visit Kuala Lumpur, hosted ...

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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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StarHub Enhances Hindi-Language Lineup

SINGAPORE: Singaporean cable platform StarHub is adding two new Hindi-language channels to its lineup, Channel [V] India and EROS Bollywood On Demand, effective January 31. Channel [V] India will be packaged with Star Gold to form the STAR Hindi Movies & Music Pack. EROS Bollywood On Demand will be offered ...

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Sony’s ONE Heads to Australia

SINGAPORE: Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia has closed a distribution deal with FetchTV in Australia for the ONE channel. Beginning January 15, the ONE became the first wholly-owned Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia channel to land carriage in Australia. ONE is now available through FetchTV ISP partners iiNet, Internode, Westnet, ...

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