WITH the merger of FOX International Channels with many of STAR’s channels in Asia, FOX executives now boast business cards covered in channel logos encompassing multiple genres across factual entertainment, GE, music, movies and news. Cross-promotion opportunities abound and Fox One Stop Media has been established to offer ad sales solutions at local, regional and global level.

Meanwhile Stateside, as the merger of Comcast and NBC awaits regulatory approval, President and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) Jean Prewitt has expressed her concerns about the merger.

“If allowed to go forward, the merger will give the American public far less choice in programming as more channels and distribution platforms are closed to independent content,” said Prewitt. “This conflict between a corporate interest and the all-important public interest is at the heart of the larger issue… an issue that cuts to the core of American values of diversity, creativity and the free exchange of ideas.”