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DISCOP Istanbul Gears Up for Second Edition

LOS ANGELES/PARIS: Nearly 300 companies have already registered to attend the second edition of DISCOP Istanbul, which will be held February 28 to March 1. Organized by Basic Lead, the event will be held at the Intercontinental Ceylan Hotel in Istanbul. Exhibitors already on board include Zodiak Rights, ITV Studios ...

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BBC Worldwide Presents New Global Viewing Event

LONDON: Marking its first global viewing event of 2012, BBC Worldwide is bringing the Sport Relief televised fundraising effort to an international stage. Sport Relief in the U.K. features British sporting talent, comedians and entertainers who come together in an effort to raise money to support various causes around the ...

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Lionsgate UK Hires TV Head

LONDON: Roberta Ibba-Hartog, who previously led regional sales at HBO, has been named as the head of TV for the U.K. and Eastern Europe at Lionsgate UK. Ibba-Hartog is responsible for the sales and distribution of all Lionsgate films and series across the U.K. and Ireland and will oversee sales ...

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Endemol Advances in Debt Restructuring

LONDON: More than two-thirds of Endemol’s lenders have reached an agreement in principal regarding the restructuring of the group’s debt burden. This represents a "significant majority" of its lenders. Discussions will continue in the weeks ahead. The company reports that it outperformed its internal budgets last year with gains of ...

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AMC’s Josh Sapan to Deliver Keynote at MIPTV

PARIS: Josh Sapan, the president and CEO of AMC Networks, has been signed up to deliver a Media Masterminds keynote at MIPTV on April 2. Sapan will discuss the value of original programming and look at how to create distinctive entertainment brands. AMC Networks owns and operates the successful brands AMC, ...

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SPT Buys U.K. Channels Group

LONDON: Sony Pictures Television has expanded its U.K. activities with the acquisition of the channels business Dolphin Broadcasting along with picking up a majority stake in the ad sales house Dolphin TV. The move brings five new channels to SPT’s U.K. portfolio: Movies4Men, Movies4Men+1, Movies4Men2, Movies4Men2+1 and Men&Movies. The channels ...

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Sky1 Commissions Business Reality Competition

LONDON: The new competition series The Angel, commissioned by Sky1 from Twofour, gives would-be entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for investment in their dream business. Playing "the angel" is John Caudwell, from Stoke-on-Trent. He will scrutinize the proposals of aspiring entrepreneurs who are invited to compete for £100,000 worth of ...

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FIC Buys Finnish Free-to-Air Channel

HELSINKI: FOX International Channels (FIC) has expanded its presence in the Nordic region with the acquisition of the Finnish free-to-air channel Suomi TV. Suomi TV will offer fiction and nonfiction series, including titles from National Geographic such as Mega Factories, Shark Men, Inside, Banged Up Abroad and Jurassic CSI. These ...

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Andrew Lloyd Webber to Lead ITV-Commissioned Talent Competition

LONDON: ITV has commissioned the new series Superstar, in which Andrew Lloyd Webber will conduct a nationwide search for the actor/musician who will play the lead role in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. The British public are invited to audition during February and March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, ...

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