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Promotions within MTG Content Team

July 20, 2015

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has promoted Vanda Rapti and Christian Albeck within the group-wide content team. Rapti has been appointed to senior VP of acquisitions, responsible for the company’s ready-made content purchases across all areas. Rapti had joined MTG’s legal team in 2003 and moved to acquisitions in 2011. Albeck has been …

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New Factual Commissioning Editor for Channel 5

July 20, 2015

LONDON: Sean Doyle, who previously worked for the BBC, has joined Channel 5 as the network's commissioning editor for factual, effective immediately. Doyle will work under Ben Frow, Channel 5's director of programming. He is charged with developing new areas of factual programming as the network continues to improve its …

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MTG Renews Hockey Rights for the Nordics

July 20, 2015

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has inked a five-year partnership with the National Hockey League that will see NHL games broadcast across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. MTG, which has held the NHL rights since 2009, will now show ice hockey games on TV and online through 2021. The group …

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FilmBox Nabs Titles for Hungary, Romania

July 20, 2015

NEW YORK: SPI International has acquired a number of first- and second-run movies from Freeman for broadcast on FilmBox channels in Hungary and Romania. Titles involved in the agreement include The Humbling, a dramedy led by Al Pacino; The Homesman, with Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank; and the new …

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Viaplay Helps Lift MTG Q2 Performance

July 21, 2015

STOCKHOLM: The Viaplay on-demand offering and IPTV growth helped to offset declines across the cable and satellite base at Modern Times Group (MTG) in the second quarter. Operating profit, before non-recurring items, fell to SEK 452 million ($52.9 million) from a year-ago SEK 473 million ($55.4 million). Sales of SEK …

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New Management for Remarkable Television

July 21, 2015

LONDON: Endemol Shine UK has shaken up the management at Remarkable Television with the appointment of James Fox and Kitty Walshe as joint managing directors, effective immediately. In their new joint role, Fox and Walshe will exercise general responsibility over all of Remarkable Television’s programming. They will be charged with …

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Sony Ties Up Film1 Deal

July 21, 2015

LONDON: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has completed its acquisition of the Dutch movie service Film1, having received regulatory approval from the European Commission. SPT now has full ownership of five premium pay-TV channels under the Film1 umbrella—Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy & Kids, Film1 Spotlight and Film1 Sundance—along with …

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Scorpion TV Scores International Sales, Adds to Slate

July 21, 2015

LONDON: Scorpion TV has secured international sales for a range of content across the globe, along with acquiring the film Zapped: The Buzz About Mosquitoes and adding to its sales team. CUNY in the U.S. has picked up 26 episodes of Attitude, which presents notable achievements of people with disabilities. TV3 in Spain signed on …

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MUBI to Co-Distribute Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights

July 22, 2015

LONDON: Curated VOD service MUBI has teamed up with New Wave Films for the theatrical, home entertainment and VOD release of this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight film Arabian Nights, directed by Miguel Gomes. Arabian Nights paints a picture of modern-day Portugal, presenting fictionalized versions of true stories from all over …

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Starline Entertainment Boosts Executive Team

July 22, 2015

LONDON: The U.K.-based Starline Entertainment is expanding its team, adding new sales and marketing executives. Anna Brunelli joins the company in the newly created role of sales and acquisitions executive, where she will handle TV and digital sales for Southern Europe and Latin America. Brunelli previously worked in Rome as …