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Viasat Broadcasting Extends Formula One Rights

STOCKHOLM: Viasat Broadcasting has held on to its exclusive Baltic broadcasting rights for the FIA Formula One motor racing World Championship through to the end of the 2014 season. The rights, acquired from Formula One Management Limited, include broadcast coverage on free TV, pay TV, mobile devices and the Internet. ...

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Sky Atlantic to Bring HBO Programming to Germany

UNTERFÖHRING: This May, Sky Deutschland is launching Sky Atlantic HD, which is home to exclusive new series and productions from HBO. Sky Atlantic HD will kick off its German broadcast with the exclusive launch of the second season of Game of Thrones. The third season of Boardwalk Empire is set ...

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Shakeup at the Top for Shine Group

LONDON: Shine Group is restructuring its senior management team, as the co-managing directors of Shine TV, Jamie Munro and Karen Smith, exit the company. The restructure sees the chief executives of Princess Productions and Kudos, Henrietta Conrad and Jane Featherstone, assuming joint responsibility for the U.K. as joint chairmen. Both ...

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BBC Three Adds New Business Competition Series

LONDON: The new series Be Your Own Boss (working title) from production company Twofour is to air on BBC Three. The series features one of the co-founders of Innocent Smoothies, Richard Reed, searching for new British business talent to invest to £1 million. Reed will hand 500 of the best ...

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FME Lands Deals for Bellator

LONDON: FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has secured international TV sales for Bellator Fighting Championships, the mixed martial arts brand. FME exclusively represents the TV distribution and brand licensing rights for Bellator and has sold the TV rights for the tournament to a number of broadcasters around the world. Deals include Big ...

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Global Screen Makes Sales at EFM

MUNICH: Global Screen, a joint venture between Telepool and Bavaria Media, recently presented its content ranging from independent productions to 3-D animation at the European Film Market. Global Screen sold The Heineken Kidnapping to MPI Media in the U.S., while Transmission Films in Australia and TriArt in Sweden picked up ...

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Ofcom Probes Deeper into Murdoch-BSkyB Ties

LONDON: U.K. media regulator Ofcom has stepped up its investigation into whether BSkyB is a "fit and proper" owner of a broadcast license. The watchdog has formed a team, dubbed Project Apple, as part of an assessment that will also evaluate whether James Murdoch should sit on the board of ...

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MP & Silva Scores European Rights for French Ligue 1

LONDON: MP & Silva has secured a deal with Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) and Al Jazeera Sports (AJS) for the distribution of French Ligue 1 rights in Europe for the seasons 2012-13 to 2014-15. MP & Silva will also manage the international distribution of the Internet betting rights for ...

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Panini Group Targets TV Distribution

MODENA: The Panini Group, which celebrated its 50th birthday last year, has launched the new Panini Media unit, which operates as part of The Licensing Machine (TLM) and is focused on the TV distribution arena. Panini Media has a catalogue that spans sci-fi, crime, fantasy and drama, as well as animated ...

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