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FME Appoints VP of Business Development for Asia

LONDON: FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has named Gautam Talwar, formerly at Disney Media Distribution in Hong Kong, as its VP of business development for Asia. In this newly created role, Talwar will be based in Singapore and report to Jon Penn, the CEO of FME Asia Pacific. He will be responsible ...

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HBO Invests in Australia’s Quickflix

PERTH: HBO has invested AU$10 million ($10.7 million) for a stake in the Australian online DVD rental and video streaming firm Quickflix. The purchase gives HBO a 15.7-percent stake in the company and HBO will also appoint a representative to the Quickflix board. The investment follows Quickflix’s recent licensing agreement ...

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BIG CBS Channels Expand into Sri Lanka

MUMBAI: BIG CBS Prime, BIG CBS Love and BIG CBS Spark are set to launch in Sri Lanka, with an English-language feed for each channel available across cable platforms and in key hotels. Initially, the channels will be available through Lanka Broadband Network, with plans to soon launch across all ...

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BloombergUTV Joins Reliance Distribution Portfolio

MUMBAI: Reliance Broadcast Network has built up its channel bouquet with the addition of the Indian business news channel BloombergUTV. India’s premier business news channel becomes the seventh channel in Reliance’s portfolio. The other services are BIG CBS Prime, BIG CBS Love, BIG CBS Spark, BIG Magic, Spark Punjabi and ...

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Olympic Broadcast Rights Awarded in Japan

LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee has awarded the Japan Consortium the broadcast rights in Japan for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Japan Consortium includes NHK and the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters of Japan. The group takes ...

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China’s YOU On Demand Debuts with Jinan Cable

NEW YORK: The Chinese pay-per-view and VOD platform YOU On Demand, led by former WWE exec Shane McMahon, is now on the air through the Jinan Branch of Shandong Radio and Television Networks Company. The service brings subscribers titles such as Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Ocean’s ...

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Sony Posts $2.09 Billion Net Loss

TOKYO: Sony reported a 159 billion yen ($2.09 billion) net loss for the third quarter ended December 31, 2011, compared to a profit of 72.3 billion yen ($950 million) in the same period the year prior, with the company expecting an even greater loss of 220 billion yen ($2.9 billion) ...

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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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