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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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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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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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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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CSI Brings Live Stage Show to Europe

NEW YORK: A kid-friendly interactive stage show based on the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is being produced by Lemon for a tour in Spain and Portugal. Lemon is the largest producer of children’s shows in the Iberian Peninsula. A multi-city tour will kick off in Lisbon, Portugal, ...

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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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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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German Outfits Come Together to Establish VOD Portal

BERLIN: A number of companies from the German media and production sector, including ZDF Enterprises, Beta Film and Telepool, have aligned to support the launch of a VOD portal, subject to approval of the German cartel office. A total of 17 firms have combined to found Gold, an outfit based ...

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