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Time Warner Increases CME Investment

HAMILTON: Time Warner is providing Central European Media Enterprises (CME) with a $300 million loan and increasing its stake to 40 percent, all in a bid to lower the broadcaster’s debt. Time Warner and Ronald Lauder are loaning the company the money to pay debts coming due starting in 2013. ...

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Syco TV’s Shu Greene Heads to ITV Studios

LONDON: Shu Greene, who is currently the head of television at Syco TV, is joining ITV Studios in the U.K. in the newly created role of director of entertainment. Shu joined Syco at the start of the company in 2004, working closely with Simon Cowell in the creation, commission and execution ...

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Stuart Murphy Upped at Sky

LONDON: Stuart Murphy, the controller of Sky 1 HD and director of commissioning, has been promoted to the director of Sky entertainment channels. Murphy takes on responsibility for the entertainment portfolio of Sky Atlantic HD, Sky Arts HD and Sky Living HD as well as Sky 1 HD. The director ...

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Jeremy Hunt to Disclose Emails & Texts

LONDON: The U.K.’s culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed to disclose all private text messages and emails that were exchanged with his special adviser in regard to News Corp.’s BSkyB takeover. Hunt is giving the materials to the media ethics inquiry led by Lord Justice Brian Levenson. The claim is ...

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AMI & Football Association Renew Partnership

LONDON: Advisers Media International (AMI) has renewed its contract for the exclusive broadcast and new-media rights for the next six years of programming from the Football Association (FA). The agreement builds on their current four-year contract, which covers 27 territories throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The deal ...

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CSI Brings Live Stage Show to Europe

NEW YORK: A kid-friendly interactive stage show based on the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is being produced by Lemon for a tour in Spain and Portugal. Lemon is the largest producer of children’s shows in the Iberian Peninsula. A multi-city tour will kick off in Lisbon, Portugal, ...

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Murdoch Faces U.K. Media Ethics Panel

LONDON: Rupert Murdoch again faces questioning stemming from the phone-hacking scandal, this time testifying about his relationship with British politicians at the U.K.’s media ethics inquiry. The new inquiry is in regards to claims that he used his British newspapers to influence politicians for the benefit of his business interests. ...

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German Outfits Come Together to Establish VOD Portal

BERLIN: A number of companies from the German media and production sector, including ZDF Enterprises, Beta Film and Telepool, have aligned to support the launch of a VOD portal, subject to approval of the German cartel office. A total of 17 firms have combined to found Gold, an outfit based ...

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MTG Takes Czech Rights for Champions League

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has been awarded the live TV broadcasting rights for UEFA Champions League football in the Czech Republic, starting later this year and ending with the 2014-15 championship. The rights package includes broadcast coverage on free TV and exclusive rights for pay TV, mobile and Internet in the ...

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Appropriate Adult Notches Up Most BAFTA TV Noms

LONDON: The ITV drama Appropriate Adult, about serial killer Fred West, scored four nominations for the 2012 BAFTA television awards, including nods for best actor and best actress. The lead actor category features Dominic West for his role in Appropriate Adult, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock, John Simm for Exile ...

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