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Jane Featherstone to Exit CEO Post at Kudos

LONDON: Jane Featherstone, who has been the chief executive of Kudos since 2011, is set to leave the company in the spring. Featherstone joined Kudos in 2000 as the head of drama. She will continue to work in a hands-on executive producer role on a number of commissioned projects, including ...

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Steve Macallister Named CEO of all3media international

LONDON: Steve Macallister is taking on the post of CEO of all3media international, stepping into the role March 1. He is taking over from Louise Pedersen, whose departure from the company was announced last year. Macallister was previously serving as CEO of Zodiak Rights, and prior to this he spent ...

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TalkTalk Buys Tesco’s Blinkbox & Broadband Services

LONDON: TalkTalk has acquired the blinkbox Movies business, as well as the Tesco broadband and fixed-line voice base. Blinkbox is among the leading on-demand providers of pay content in the U.K. TalkTalk believes that the acquisitions will help to accelerate the development of its platform by delivering a number of ...

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Universal Networks International Names Marketing SVP

LONDON: Nicoletta Gelli has been hired by Universal Networks International (UNI), NBCUniversal International Television's international channels' division, as senior VP of marketing. In her newly created role, Gelli will oversee marketing and digital activity for the company's portfolio of pay-TV channels around the globe, including such brands as Universal Channel, ...

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SPI Signs New Agreements in Hungary

BUDAPEST: The new SPI/FilmBox team in Budapest has inked a major channel distribution deal with Antenna Hungaria and has launched FilmBox Live on Telenor's My TV. The FilmBox Premium Pak is now available on Antenna Hungaria. This agreement includes the newly rebranded FilmBox Premium and the FilmBox Family channels. FilmBox ...

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Red Arrow Entertainment Group Taps MD for Business Affairs

MUNICH: Martin Metzger has joined the management board of Red Arrow Entertainment Group as the managing director of business affairs. This newly created post sees Metzger taking on responsibility for legal and business affairs oversight throughout the Red Arrow portfolio. Metzger reports directly to Jan Frouman, the CEO of Red ...

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Ireland Enhances Film & TV Tax Incentives

DUBLIN: New tax breaks for the film and TV sector have been introduced in Ireland, in a bid to help attract major international productions to the country and boost the local industry. The changes, which went into effect January 1, were made to Section 481, including extending the scheme until ...

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ITV Invests in U.S. Digital-Media Company Zealot Networks

LONDON: ITV has invested an undisclosed amount in Zealot Networks, a Los Angeles-based digital-media company founded by former Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin. ITV, which is Zealot Networks’ first media-industry investor, is set to have a board position as the company continues its development. Zappin created the digital-first outfit last ...

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SPI Reshuffles Hungary Team, Launches FilmBox Premium

BUDAPEST/NEW YORK: SPI International has restructured its local country team in Budapest, which manages all operations in Hungary, including the distribution of TV channels and continued expansion of the multiscreen VOD platform FilmBox Live. The new team has launched FilmBox Premium, a flagship movie channel that replaced the FilmBox Extra ...

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