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TV Paprika, Zone Romantica Score UPC Carriage

BUDAPEST: Chello Central Europe has brought the cooking channel TV Paprika and the female-skewed network Zone Romantica to the UPC platform in Romania and Hungary, respectively. TV Paprika is available in more than 5.8 million homes in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania. Its newest carriage is with UPC’s Focus ...

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Harald Schmidt to Lead Late Show on Sky in Germany

UNTERFÖHRING: The late night presenter Harald Schmidt is headed to Sky Atlantic HD and Sky Hits HD, which will feature new episodes of The Harald Schmidt Show exclusively in Germany starting this fall. Airing from Tuesday to Thursday as early as 10:15 p.m., the show will feature Schmidt’s take on current ...

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ALL3MEDIA Staffs Up Bentley Productions

LONDON: ALL3MEDIA has promoted Jo Wright, the producer of Midsomer Murders, to managing director of Bentley Productions. Wright has been producing the long-running drama since June 2011. Wright was part of the original launch team of Channel 4, before heading to Thames TV as an assistant producer on the British Cinema ...

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BSkyB Delivers Strong Profits

LONDON: Adjusted operating profits at BSkyB grew 15 percent to £908 million ($1.5 billion) in the nine months ended March 31, on revenue that was up 5 percent to £5.1 billion ($8.2 billion). Ad revenue was lower year-on-year by 4 percent, to £334 million. Total quarterly net product growth rose ...

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Time Warner Increases CME Investment

HAMILTON: Time Warner is providing Central European Media Enterprises (CME) with a $300 million loan and increasing its stake to 40 percent, all in a bid to lower the broadcaster’s debt. Time Warner and Ronald Lauder are loaning the company the money to pay debts coming due starting in 2013. ...

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Syco TV’s Shu Greene Heads to ITV Studios

LONDON: Shu Greene, who is currently the head of television at Syco TV, is joining ITV Studios in the U.K. in the newly created role of director of entertainment. Shu joined Syco at the start of the company in 2004, working closely with Simon Cowell in the creation, commission and execution ...

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MPs Deem Murdoch “Not Fit” to Run News Corp.

LONDON: A report from the Culture, Media and Sport select committee into News International and the phone-hacking scandal declares that Rupert Murdoch "is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company." "If at all relevant times, Rupert Murdoch did not take steps to become fully ...

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Stuart Murphy Upped at Sky

LONDON: Stuart Murphy, the controller of Sky 1 HD and director of commissioning, has been promoted to the director of Sky entertainment channels. Murphy takes on responsibility for the entertainment portfolio of Sky Atlantic HD, Sky Arts HD and Sky Living HD as well as Sky 1 HD. The director ...

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Jeremy Hunt to Disclose Emails & Texts

LONDON: The U.K.’s culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed to disclose all private text messages and emails that were exchanged with his special adviser in regard to News Corp.’s BSkyB takeover. Hunt is giving the materials to the media ethics inquiry led by Lord Justice Brian Levenson. The claim is ...

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AMI & Football Association Renew Partnership

LONDON: Advisers Media International (AMI) has renewed its contract for the exclusive broadcast and new-media rights for the next six years of programming from the Football Association (FA). The agreement builds on their current four-year contract, which covers 27 territories throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The deal ...

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