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Beyond Makes Deals in CEE

SYDNEY: Beyond Distribution has sold more than 140 hours of programming in Central and Eastern Europe. In Poland, TVN picked up Science Impossible and World’s Weirdest Restaurants. Planete+ ordered Programmed to be Fat and Charlotte: A Life Without Limbs. The network also renewed Sperm Wars and Jetstream. For the Czech ...

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NBCU Channels Division Hires for Digital Team

LONDON: NBCUniversal International Television has appointed Bruce Mitchell as the VP of digital for its channels division. Mitchell will be based in London and will work across all NBCU pay-TV brands around the world. He will collaborate with the in-territory digital teams. Mitchell’s remit also includes leadership for the L.A.-based international ...

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U.K. Competition Commission Clears Sky on Pay-TV Dominance

LONDON: The U.K.’s Competition Commission has confirmed that Sky’s position in the pay-TV movies market "does not adversely affect competition."  Sky’s commercial rivals had taken issue with its hold over first-run rights, alleging that it gives Sky a subscriber advantage and makes the market anti-competitive. The Commission, however, finds that Sky ...

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Positive Q2 Results at ProSiebenSat.1

MUNICH: The ProSiebenSat.1 Group increased its total revenues by 4.5 percent in the second quarter to 723.3 million euros ($887 million), thanks to its online services and international operations. Adjusted net income gained 27.5 percent to 121.5 million euros. Recurring EBITDA grew 2 percent to 243.5 million euros. Growth was ...

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Changes at the Top at ProSiebenSat.1

MUNICH: Several changes have been made within the executive team at ProSiebenSat.1, as Jurgen Horner transitions to the full-time role of chairman of the board after having served in an acting capacity since the departure of Andreas Bartl. Horner, who was the head of Pro7, becomes the managing director of ...

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Chellomedia to Acquire International MGM Networks

LONDON: Chellomedia is acquiring a number of international networks from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios bouquet. MGM holds on to its network businesses in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany and its joint-venture interests in Brazil and Australia. Chellomedia assumes ownership of channels in Spain, Turkey, Israel, Benelux and Poland, India and Southeast ...

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Rev. Re-Commissioned for a Third Season

LONDON: A third season of the comedy Rev. has been ordered for BBC Two. Scheduled to air in 2014, Rev. is produced by Big Talk Productions. Development will begin next August.  The series was co-created by James Wood and Tom Hollander, who also stars in the series as the Rev. ...

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Kanal D Sells Programming Around the Globe

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Kanal D has sold several television shows in various regions, including the Middle East and North Africa. The popular drama Kuzey Guney was acquired by broadcasters in Iran and other parts of MENA. Turkan was sold in French-speaking territories and A Night in June was purchased by a ...

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Miramax Inks LOVEFiLM SVOD Deal

LONDON: LOVEFiLM subscribers in the U.K. and Germany are gaining streaming access to the Miramax library, which houses such titles as There Will Be Blood and The Aviator. Starting this summer, titles such as Sin City, Kill Bill and Jackie Brown will be available on demand through the Amazon service ...

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New President & CEO at MTG

STOCKHOLM: Jørgen Madsen has been named group president and CEO of Modern Times Group (MTG), effective September 15, following the resignation of Hans-Holger Albrecht. Madsen has been on MTG’s executive management team since 2000. He became the executive VP of the company’s Nordic broadcasting operations in October 2011. Prior to ...

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