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New Report Spotlights Sky’s Economic Impact

LONDON: Sky’s impact on the U.K. economy has been evaluated for the first time in a study conducted by Oxford Economics, which finds that the British broadcasting group contributed £5.4 billion to the country’s GDP in 2011. The report, The Economic Impact of Sky on the U.K., shows that Sky ...

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Shakeup at ITV Online Division

LONDON: Following news of the departure of Robin Pembrooke, ITV has appointed Julian March as the new director of online, with plans to split the division, putting around 40 jobs at risk. Pembrooke, who joined ITV in 2010, will leave the company at the end of summer. Pembrooke had been ...

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Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management Finds U.K. Home

SANTA MONICA/LONDON: Comedy Central UK has picked up the exclusive British broadcasting rights for the new Charlie Sheen sitcom Anger Management via a deal with Lionsgate’s international television division. Lionsgate International has sold the show in Canada, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand and Poland. Debmar-Mercury brought the ...

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George Entwistle Named Director-General of the BBC

LONDON: Mark Thompson will hand over his responsibilities as the director-general of the BBC to George Entwistle this fall. Thompson announced in March that he was leaving the BBC. Entwistle, who is currently the director of BBC Vision, will take over the role, at a reported starting salary of £450,000 per ...

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Susanne Müller Shifts from ZDF Enterprises to ZDF

MAINZ: Susanne Müller is transitioning from her role as head of the co-production and program-development division at ZDF Enterprises to a new post where she will lead the feature-film sector of German pubcaster ZDF. Müller has been serving in her current role at ZDF Enterprises since 2008. From 2006 she had ...

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New OZ, NZ Sales at ITV Studios Global Entertainment

LONDON: A raft of dramas and comedies from the ITV Studios Global Entertainment catalogue are headed to broadcasters across Australia and New Zealand, with new sales totaling around 50 hours of programming. UKTV in Australia went for The Syndicate, which follows a group of supermarket workers who suddenly strike it rich ...

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TRACE Sports Enters Russia

PARIS: The TRACE Sports channel has scored two carriage agreements that bring the service into the Russian pay-TV market for the first time. The channel, which is dedicated to sports celebrities, will launch in HD on the Russian satellite operator Tricolor TV, which has more than 10 million subscribers. Exclusive content ...

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Vivendi Chief Resigns

PARIS: Jean-Bernard Lévy is stepping down after seven years at the helm of Vivendi following a clash with the board over the strategic direction of the group. Lévy has run the company as chairman of the management board since 2005; he joined Vivendi in 2002 as COO. In a statement, ...

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NATPE Budapest Wraps Three-Day Event

BUDAPEST: NATPE has reported that more than 430 buyers and 200-plus selling companies were on hand at the Sofitel for the three-day event, which wrapped in Budapest today.  Delegations from South Korea, Spain and France had a presence at the market, along with the Hollywood-studio majors. First-time exhibitors hailed from ...

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