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New CEO at Syco

LONDON: Syco Entertainment has named a new CEO, Charles Garland, formerly the company’s COO. Garland has been with the company since March 2011, when he joined from Crystal Entertainment, which he founded in 2007. He previously served at 19 Entertainment for eight years. In moving from COO to CEO, Garland ...

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Anne de Kerckhove Exits Reed MIDEM

PARIS: Anne de Kerckhove, who joined Reed MIDEM in January 2010 as director of the entertainment division, is leaving the company as of today.  Prior to joining Reed MIDEM, de Kerckhove was with Inspired Gaming Group from 2003 to 2009, serving in such roles as director of strategy, managing director ...

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Western Europe’s Digital TV Conversion Slows

LONDON: Western Europe is not expected to reach full digital TV penetration until 2017, with only two of the 15 countries covered having fully converted to digital at the end of 2011, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Finland and Spain have fully converted. Another two countries—Italy and ...

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TVN & Ringier Axel Springer Enter Negotiations for Onet

WARSAW: Poland’s TVN is in talks with Ringier Axel Springer to sell its Onet.pl Internet portal. The exclusive talks are said to run until the end of May. TVN would still retain a minority stake in Onet, Poland’s leading Internet portal, and would continue to be involved in the joint ...

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Global iPlayer Adds More Sporting Events

LONDON: On the heels of its first sports deal, announced earlier this week, the Global BBC iPlayer has added to its lineup the Virgin London Marathon and John Smith’s Grand National. The pilot VOD service recently picked up the Xchanging Boat Race. It has now added two new sporting events, ...

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BBC One Lines Up New Comedy

LONDON: The latest addition to the BBC One comedy roster is Me & Mrs. Jones, starring Sarah Alexander (Coupling) and Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly). The show is created and written by Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling (Green Wing, Campus), directed by Nick Hurran (Outside Edge, Doctor Who) and produced ...

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CBS Drama to Air Cheers

LONDON: The CBS Drama channel is building up its new evening Happy Hour block with the addition of the hit classic sitcom Cheers. The channel will launch the very first episode of the hit show on May 10 at 6 p.m. Double episodes will air weekdays at 6 p.m. as ...

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Marc Dorcel Touts 10-Percent Growth in 2011

PARIS: Marc Dorcel saw a 10-percent increase in its business volume last year, with sales figures reaching 25.5 million euros. The group attributes the success to a number of different factors, among them their prowess in 3D content. Marc Dorcel has more than 200 exclusive adult programs specifically designed for ...

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Channel 5 Takes On Fear Factor

LONDON: The U.S. reality show Fear Factor, produced by Endemol USA, has been picked up by Channel 5 in the U.K. to air on its digital service 5*. The show first aired in the U.S. in May 2001 and was brought back after a five-year absence on NBC in December ...

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