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MTG Completes Purchase of Latvian Free-TV Group

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has completed its acquisition of Latvijas NeatkarÄ«gā TelevÄ«zija (LNT), which is the second largest free-TV operator in Latvia. The purchase has been completed following the approval from the Latvian Competition Council. MTG now assumes management control of the LNT business. LNT broadcasts the national channel LNT, the ...

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U.S. Prime Suspect Heading to U.K.’s Universal Channel

LONDON: Universal Channel has acquired the exclusive U.K. rights for the U.S. version of Prime Suspect from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Prime Suspect USA was originally shown on NBC and produced by Universal Media Studios, ITV Studios America and Film 44. The series is inspired by the U.K. show of the same name. ...

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Hungarian Public Television & Sport TV to Share Football Rights

BUDAPEST: The upcoming four championship seasons of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) will be broadcast on Hungarian Public Television and on Chello Central Europe’s Sport TV. The Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) and Chello Central Europe made a joint offer for the First and Second Division Hungarian ...

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BBC Vision Restructures to Maximize On-Screen Spend

LONDON: BBC Vision, the British pubcaster’s commissioning, production and scheduling division, has unveiled what it is calling a "radical reorganization" in order to reduce internal costs and free up more funds to spend on content. George Entwistle, the director of BBC Vision, announced the restructure today. The reorganization, combined with the ...

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SPT Networks Reorganizes EMEA Management

LONDON: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has split the management of its business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) into two distinct regional roles. The region is split into Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEEMA). Kate Marsh leads Western Europe as ...

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Video Interview: SevenOne’s Jens Richter


NEW YORK: Jens Richter, the managing director of SevenOne International, talks in this video interview about the company’s aim of bulking up its English-language productions, its overall growth and the priorities for continued expansion.   A slew of deals have been secured by SevenOne International within the last month. This ...

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NCIS Tops Ranking of Europe’s Top Drama Imports

LONDON: New research from Essential Television Statistics, Madigan Cluff and Digital TV Research puts the value of imported drama series for European broadcasters at about $6 billion in 2011, with NCIS, the CBS military procedural starring Mark Harmon, leading the pack. NCIS generated $210 million for European broadcasters, according to Imported ...

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LOVEFiLM Inks Deal for Universal Titles

LONDON: LOVEFiLM has reached a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution that delivers streaming access to a slew of Universal Pictures feature films to its subscribers in the U.K. LOVEFiLM gains access to the titles in their second pay window. The slate includes Kick-Ass, Despicable Me, Battleship, Senna and more. LOVEFiLM ...

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Appropriate Adult Wins Big at BAFTA TV Awards

LONDON: Appropriate Adult, an ITV drama about the Fred West murder investigation, scored a slew of wins at the BAFTA TV Awards. Dominic West won for leading actor for his portrayal of Fred West in the serial killer drama, which aired on ITV1. Emily Watson took the lead actress nod ...

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New MD at Endemol France

PARIS: Nicholas Coppermann, a former executive with M6 and Zodiak Media, has joined Endemol France as its new managing director. Coppermann will report directly to Virginie Calmels, who recently got promoted to COO of the Endemol Group and continues to oversee Endemol France as its chairman. Coppermann will support Calmels, ...

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