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Speaker Roster Continues to Grow for Inaugural MIPCube

PARIS: The two-day MIPCube event, held just ahead of the 2012 edition of MIPTV, has added to its lineup of speakers, which includes, among others, Tony Wang, the general manager of Twitter. Also on the roster is Allen DeBevoise, the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Machinima, a next-generation video entertainment ...

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Gerhard Zeiler Leaving RTL

LUXEMBOURG: Gerhard Zeiler, currently the CEO of RTL Group and a member of Bertelsmann’s executive board, is exiting the company as of April 18, with Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch taking over responsibilities. Schäferkordt is presently the CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. She is to replace Zeiler on the Bertelsmann ...

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Lilyhammer Finds U.K. Home

MUNICH: BBC Four has given a slot to SevenOne International’s Norwegian mobster series Lilyhammer, starring Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos). Lilyhammer is set to air on BBC Four in the U.K. It originally launched January 25 on Norway’s public broadcaster NRK1 and viewers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America ...

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Sky Deutschland Plans for $394 Million Capital Injection

MUNICH: Sky Deutschland, which has surpassed the 3 million subscriber mark, plans to raise 300 million euros ($394 million) this year to finance investments in exclusive new content and innovative products and services. Sky Deutschland’s subscriber base reached 3.012 million at the end of 2011, by adding 359,000 customers, almost ...

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RTL Group & Virgin Media Join Thinkbox

LONDON: RTL Group and Virgin Media have joined Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the U.K., as its first associate members. RTL Group and Virgin Media will provide consultation and involvement across Thinkbox activities and within its working groups. Full shareholder status is reserved for TV broadcasters and their ...

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Disney Signs Exclusive Pact with Germany’s RTL

BERLIN: The Walt Disney Company has firmed up a wide-ranging exclusive deal with Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland that includes the German free-TV premieres for a range of titles from Walt Disney Pictures, Disney/Pixar, Marvel and DreamWorks. The pact also includes series from ABC Studios, Disney Channel original movies and titles from ...

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Zodiak Rights Partners with Asylum

LONDON: Zodiak Rights has signed a two-year development deal with Asylum Entertainment. Per the agreement, Zodiak Rights will become Asylum’s international distribution partner for non-scripted formats and finished program sales. The first Asylum program to roll out from the deal is Travel Unraveled, a clip series for Travel Channel in ...

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Endemol Shakes Up Sports Unit

LONDON: Endemol is reorganizing its international sports business, as co-managing directors Gregg Oldfield and Lawrence Duffy exit the group. The company’s sports content will come under the direct management of the group’s operating companies around the world at a local level, rather than Endemol Sport. Endemol will pursue further growth ...

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Sky Unveils Internet TV Service, Half-Year Results

LONDON: BSkyB, which posted strong half-year profits, is planning to launch a new Internet TV service, positioned as an alternative for people who don’t currently subscribe to pay TV. Expected to launch in the first half of the year, the new service will feature a range of Sky content, including hundreds ...

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