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ITV Studios Global Entertainment Unveils Mr Selfridge

LONDON: ITV Studios Global Entertainment is to launch the new 10-part drama Mr Selfridge, about the life of the American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, at MIPTV. The ITV1 drama, to be produced by ITV Studios, was created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies. Ten hour-long episodes have been commissioned and ...

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Viaplay Adds More Disney, Sony Titles

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group’s online pay-TV service Viaplay has scored additional license agreements with The Walt Disney Company Nordic and Sony Pictures Television, adding a further 500 movie titles for subscribers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The deal includes some 300 films from the Sony Pictures Television catalogue, including ...

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Sony to Launch Second U.K. Channel

LONDON: Sony Movie Channel is headed to the U.K. this spring, marking Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks’ second branded channel in the territory. Sony Movie Channel, along with a time-shifted +1 service, will be ad-supported. This is the first time the channel brand has launched anywhere outside the U.S. The ...

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Deutsche Telekom & ProSiebenSat.1 in Carriage Pact

UNTERFÖHRING: ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD, kabel eins HD, sixx HD, N24 HD and Tele 5 HD are to be added to Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain IPTV lineup.  ProSiebenSat.1 will also make its standard definition free- and pay-TV channels available on the Entertain platform under a new long-term distribution deal. The agreement ...

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Profit Up at ITV

LONDON: ITV has posted a 14-percent gain in pre-tax profits for 2011 to £327 million. ITV reported a better-than-expected 13-percent rise in full-year earnings, which reached £462 million, on external revenues that were up 4 percent, to £2.14 billion. The British commercial broadcaster posted adjusted pre-tax profits up 24 percent ...

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James Murdoch Steps Down at News International

NEW YORK: James Murdoch, the deputy chief operating officer at News Corporation, has relinquished his role as the executive chairman of News International. Tom Mockridge, the CEO of News International, will continue in his post, reporting to Chase Carey, the president and COO of News Corporation. "We are all grateful ...

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Target Entertainment Goes into Administration

LONDON: Target Entertainment has been placed into administration by its parent company, the Metrodome Group, which says it "can no longer continue to provide support to its loss-making subsidiary." "Given the tougher than expected trading conditions for Target…the board believes there is little prospect of Target returning to profitability in ...

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Dixons to Launch On-Demand Service

LONDON: Dixons, the U.K.’s biggest electrical retailer, is setting up an on-demand film and TV service, KnowHow Movies, which will feature content from such partners as Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros. and others. Launching on Thursday, the service will operate on a pay-per-view basis, allowing film lovers to get titles at the ...

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Digiturk Adds Six Viacom Channels

MILAN/ISTANBUL: Six channels from the Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) bouquet are joining the satellite platform Digiturk to air across the Turkish market for the next six years. MTV and MTV Live HD start broadcasting on Digiturk as of March 1. The MTV flagship channel will be broadcast with localized ...

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