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La Sexta & Antena 3 Firm Up Merger Agreement

MADRID: After two years of talks, the Spanish broadcasters Antena 3 and La Sexta have agreed to a merger deal, pending regulatory approval. The deal sees the smaller La Sexta absorbed into the Antena 3 Group. Shareholders of La Sexta will receive 7 percent of the newly formed group, with ...

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MIPTV to Feature Two-Day MIPCube Event

PARIS: Reed MIDEM has organized a two-day networking and live learning experience, MIPCube, which will focus on the game-changing innovations affecting the TV industry, to take place ahead of the 2012 edition of MIPTV. MIPCube will open in Cannes on March 30, with MIPTV following on April 1. Cindy Gallop, the former ...

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SET UK Scores Carriage Deal with Virgin

LONDON: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has inked a carriage deal with Virgin Media for Sony Entertainment Television (SET), which is now available in 13.8 million U.K. households. In addition to Virgin Media, the female-skewed, entertainment channel, already reaches Sky’s 10 million basic pay-TV subscribers. The channel will feature series ...

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Zodiak’s Lucky Day Scores Raft of Commissions

LONDON: Lucky Day Productions, a Zodiak Media Group company, has secured a number of new commissions, with production under way on four series expected in 2012 for BBC and Channel 4. Secret Location, a 20-episode hour-long series, was commissioned by Channel 4 for daytime. The new property format takes house ...

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Camilla Hammer Named CEO of Shine International

LONDON: Modern Times Group (MTG) exec Camilla Hammer has been appointed as the CEO of Shine Group’s sales and distribution division, Shine International. Hammer will be based in London, following Shine’s recent relocation from Los Angeles. She will lead an international team of 42, responsible for the exploitation of worldwide ...

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Ofcom Makes Local TV Proposals

LONDON: The U.K. regulator Ofcom has identified 20 sites for local TV stations should the proposed legislation get passed by Parliament. Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Southampton and Swansea are the locations Ofcom will advertise ...

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BBC & ITV to Share Euro 2012 Rights

LONDON: BBC and ITV have committed to sharing the official broadcast rights for the UEFA Euro 2012 in the U.K. The 31 matches of the competition will be broadcast live by both the BBC and ITV. They will split the games, each showing 16 matches, including the final, which both will broadcast. ...

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C4 Commissions Rude Tube Christmas Special

LONDON: Channel 4 has slated the hour-long special Rude Tube’s Epic Christmas to run on Christmas day, following the success of Rude Tube season five. Channel 4 commissioned October Films to produce the special, which is hosted by Alex Zane, who presents the 50 greatest online Christmas clips featuring bad ...

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New CEO at Lime Pictures

LONDON: Lesley Douglas, the former controller of BBC Radio 2, has been made chief executive of the ALL3MEDIA company Lime Pictures. Douglas, who will start her new role in 2012, is currently the managing director of commercial media partnerships and Globe TV at Universal Music UK. She will take the ...

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Channel 5 Takes The Lying Game, Gilmore Girls

LONDON: Channel 5 has scooped up the exclusive U.K. rights for the ABC Family drama The Lying Game for its 5* digital channel, along with the series Gilmore Girls. The Lying Game, which is set for prime time on 5* starting next spring, is based on the novels by Sara ...

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