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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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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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BT Vision & Miramax Pact for Movies On Demand

LONDON/SANTA MONICA: A range of films from the Miramax library are being offered on demand to BT Vision customers in the U.K. through the signing of a new pact. Films include Chicago, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill 1 and 2, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The ...

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Sky Deutschland & Warner Bros. Extend Output Deal

MUNICH: Sky Deutschland and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution have reached a long-term multiplatform agreement that includes exclusive SVOD rights for all new releases and exclusive pay-TV rights during the license period of the first pay window. Films include J. Edgar, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Dark Shadows, The Dark ...

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SevenOne Appoints New Regional Sales Director

MUNICH: Irina Ignatiew has been named the regional sales director for German-speaking countries at SevenOne International, succeeding Bodo Braun. Ignatiew will be responsible for distributing SevenOne International’s program portfolio in the German-speaking countries and finding co-production and co-financing partners for RedArrow productions, as well as third-party programs. Previously, Ignatiew served ...

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Time Warner, News Corp. Said to Bid for Turkey’s ATV-Sabah

ISTANBUL: Time Warner, News Corp. and the private equity group Texas Pacific have reportedly placed formal bids to acquire the Turkish media group ATV-Sabah, a unit of Calik Holding. Calik Holding bought ATV-Sabah in 2007 for $1.1 billion. One of Turkey’s largest media groups, ATV-Sabah combines a popular television channel ...

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BBC HD Secures Further Carriage in Poland

LONDON: The international BBC HD channel is set to launch on Cyfrowy Polsat in Poland on February 1. Under the agreement, BBC HD will be available to all subscribers of the DTH platform’s extended basic tier, Extra HD. BBC HD features British and international high-definition content with a lineup of ...

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