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New Appointments at CANAL+ Group

October 28, 2015

PARIS: There have been a trio of new appointments at CANAL+ Group, including Simon Bathe becoming the executive VP of digital for STUDIOCANAL. Bathe will work under Rodolphe Buet, the president of international distribution and marketing at STUDIOCANAL. Since 2013, Bathe has served as VP of TV and digital distribution …

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Revenues Up at ProSiebenSat.1 Group in Q3

October 29, 2015

MUNICH: ProSiebenSat.1 Group saw revenue gains of 17.2 percent in the third quarter to 747.1 million euros ($819 million), and is now raising its full-year financial forecast. Recurring EBITDA also increased considerably, up 9.1 percent, reaching 177.8 million euros ($195 million). There were higher non-recurring expenses of 11.4 million euros …

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TF1 Appoints New CEO, Bids for Majority Stake in Newen

October 29, 2015

PARIS: In addition to announcing its financial results for the first nine months of 2015, TF1 has unveiled the appointment of Gilles Pélisson as successor to CEO Nonce Paolini and has also confirmed exclusive negotiations for a majority stake in French producer/distributor Newen. Paolini's term as chairman and CEO expires …

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ITV Takes Aim at the BBC

October 29, 2015

LONDON: ITV has issued an aggressive response to the government review of the BBC Charter, taking aim at the alleged lack of "distinctiveness" and dependence on "derivative" content. In a submission to the Culture Select Committee’s inquiry into the government’s ongoing review of the BBC Charter, ITV said that the …

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UPC Adds Three SPI International/FilmBox Channels

October 29, 2015

WARSAW: UPC Broadband Slovakia has extended its FilmBox Premium HD package with the addition of three new thematic HD channels from the SPI International/FilmBox portfolio. On October 27, the FilmBox Premium HD pack began featuring Fast’nFunBox HD, DocuBox HD and EroXXX HD, in addition to the current channel lineup, which is comprised …

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Disney Movies & Series Licensed to ProSiebenSat.1

October 29, 2015

MUNICH: ProSiebenSat.1 and Disney Germany, Switzerland and Austria have signed a long-term master license agreement, which includes movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel and ABC Studios. The broadcasting rights are for ProSiebenSat.1 free-TV channels in Germany. The deal also includes, for the first time, exclusive rights for ProSiebenSat.1's …

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DISCOP Africa Spotlight: Calinos Entertainment

October 29, 2015

JOHANNESBURG: The challenging romance between an aspiring screenwriter and a famous actor takes center stage in Relationship Status: It’s Complicated, one of the titles from Calinos Entertainment’s catalogue. The company is also offering up Emergency Love, which follows the relationship between a doctor’s assistant and her mentor. “They are not …

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New Free-to-Air Sports Net in Russia

October 30, 2015

MOSCOW: A new sports channel is going live in Russia on November 1, called Match TV. Match TV will have live TV broadcast rights for the majority of first-tier sports events and matches worldwide. This includes Russian soccer and basketball matches, as well as Formula One races, American football, rugby, …

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New CEO for HBO Europe

November 2, 2015

BUDAPEST: Linda Jensen, the CEO of HBO Europe, is exiting the company at the end of the year, with the post to be taken over by Hervé Payan. Payan is currently the CEO of HBO Nordic. As of January 1, 2015, Payan will become the CEO of HBO Europe, consolidating HBO Nordic, …

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Liberty Global & A+E Networks Extend Pan-European Pact

November 2, 2015

LONDON: Liberty Global and A+E Networks have extended their distribution deal and are launching two new HD simulcast channels in the U.K. The long-term pan-European carriage pact covers A+E Networks' U.K. channels on Liberty Global platforms in the U.K., Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and …