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New Carriage Deals for Sundance Channel

PARK CITY: From the Sundance Film Festival, AMC/Sundance Channel Global announced new carriage deals in Portugal, Belgium, Poland, France and Taiwan. At the end of 2011, Sundance Channel rolled out in Portugal on pay-TV platform ZON Multimédia. The channel has also secured carriage with Belgacom TV in Belgium, adding to previous distribution ...

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Netflix Scores FME Titles for U.K. Platform

LONDON: Netflix’s new streaming service in the U.K. and Ireland has licensed a range of comedy and drama titles from FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), scoring a total of 115 hours. Titles under the deal include Men Behaving Badly, The Naked Civil Servant, The Strip and Falcon Beach. Netflix U.K. subscribers will also ...

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Zodiak Media Group Rebrands, Shuffles Execs

PARIS: A number of key appointments have been made within the Zodiak Media Group, which is being rebranded as Zodiak Media.  Vincent Chalvon Demersay, who remains CEO of Zodiak’s Marathon Media, is appointed chief strategy officer for the group. The role will see him working closely with Jonathan Slow, the group COO ...

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U.K. Linear Viewing Remains at Record Level

LONDON: Britons watched 4 hours and 2 minutes of linear TV a day in 2011, matching the record high set in 2010, with the commercial broadcasters accounting for 64 percent of all viewing. According to Thinkbox, using data from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), commercial TV channels had an ...

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BBC World News Expands French Presence

PARIS: BBC World News has expanded its relationship with French telco SFR for carriage on Neufbox TV, upping its distribution in the country to more than 16 million homes. BBC World News became available last month on SFR’s Neufbox and Neufbox Evolution offers on ADSL and fiber. It was previously ...

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Channel 4 Orders New Sketch Comedy Series

LONDON: Channel 4 has commissioned a full season of the sketch show Anna and Katy’s Television Programme from Roughcut TV. Anna and Katy’s Television Programme is a six-part character-driven sketch show for Channel 4 that features celebrity cameos and up-and-coming talents on the sketch comedy circuit. Anna Crilly’s previous credits ...

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KPMG: Brit Consumers Will Pay for Online Streaming Services

LONDON: KPMG’s latest Media & Entertainment Barometer reports that streaming content services are becoming more mainstream in the U.K., particularly among younger viewers, with iPlayer having the greatest brand awareness, followed by the ITV player and Amazon-owned LoveFilm. KPMG U.K.’s report also points to an increasing willingness among consumers to ...

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ProSiebenSat.1 & Warner Bros. Enter Output Deal

MUNICH: The ProSiebenSat.1 Group has picked up free-TV rights for a package of Hollywood blockbusters from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, which will also supply new U.S. series to the German outfit over the coming years. The output deal gives the group rights to movies such as the continuation of ...

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DISCOP Istanbul Gears Up for Second Edition

LOS ANGELES/PARIS: Nearly 300 companies have already registered to attend the second edition of DISCOP Istanbul, which will be held February 28 to March 1. Organized by Basic Lead, the event will be held at the Intercontinental Ceylan Hotel in Istanbul. Exhibitors already on board include Zodiak Rights, ITV Studios ...

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