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  • 01 Jan 2007

    Distraction inks deal with Theatre Red

    Singapore - Canada’s Distraction Formats has placed its catalogue in the hands of Singapore-based Theatre Red to develop business in this territory as well as in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and India. ... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    Slew of new deals for Singapore’s Media

    DA, Fortune Star Entertainment (HK) Limited, video and movie distributor, Innoform Media and Singapore production company, Boku Films entered into an agreement to co-produce full length Mandarin action thriller film 'Rule Number One'. Written and directed by Kelvin Tong, film is targeted to start production in mid 2007. Under the agreement, MDA and Fortune Star will co-fund with Innoform Media and Boku Films. Fortune Star will distribute the film worldwide, working closely with Innoform to distribute the film in Singapore and Malaysia. ... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    FremantleMedia Enterprises concludes Asia deals

    Mediacorp TV, Singapore acquired FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) programming Project Runway, American Idol, The Apprentice, Prehistoric Park, Bills Food, and Jamie at Home. Onmedia, Korean pay-tv service provider, look up American Idol, Project Runway, Jamie At Home, Jamie’s Return to School Dinners, The Apprentice, Martha, How Clean Is Your House, Property Ladder, Falcon Beach, and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Media Prima, Malaysia acquired American Idol, The Apprentice, Project Runway and American Inventor, while ABS-CBN’s Lifestyle Network in Philippines welcomes Jamie’s Kitchen, Jamie’s Great Italian Escape and Oliver’s Twist.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    Singapore – The 2006 Asia Television Forum (ATF), Asia Film Market & Conference (AFMC) and Asia Animation Conference (AAN) closed with US$47.1

    Singapore/Japan - NHK and MediaCorp are collaborating to offer The Asian Pitch, a platform for Asian independent directors to create qualitydocumentaries on High Definition, featuring Asian content, perspectives,production styles and values. The initiative will be an international pitching event open to directors from Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and 10 Asean nations.Caldecott Productions International, wholly-owned MediaCorp subsidiary,is working closely with the Japanese broadcaster on their common visionto bring Asian content to Asian audiences as first priority, and to the rest of he world. While 4 entries are expected to be commissioned, funding made available will be decided on a case-to-case basis, with MediaCorp and NHK overseeing two productions each. Call for submission is January to April 2007,details available at: Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    2006 Asia Television Forum closes on record high

    Singapore - The 2006 Asia Television Forum (ATF), Asia Film Market & Conference (AFMC) and Asia Animation Conference (AAN) closed with US$47.1 million worth of deals concluded, exceeding the $33 million mark in 2005 by about 42%. The market grew by 25%, with participation from a recordtotal of 49 countries.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    NDS buys Jungo Ltd; opens Mumbai office

    London / Mumbai – NDS acquired 100% of the share capital of Jungo Ltd, residential gateway software provider, for up to US$107.5 million cash,including $17 million of earnout payment, contingent on achieving fiscaltargets for the 12 months following the deal’s completion next March.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    India’s Gemini TV and Udaya merge with Sun TV

    India – Satellite television company Gemini TV and Udaya TV, excluding the FM radio division, will merge with Indian broadcaster Sun TV, giving ita dominant position in south India. As the owner of four Tamil channels and two Malayalam channels, Sun TV adds Gemini’s five channels and Udaya’s four, which earned revenues of Rs1.75 billion (US$39 million) and $21 million respectively, for the year ending March 31.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    BBC World makes S-DMB debut

    London - BBC World, the BBC’s commercial 24 hour news and information channel, has signed a distribution deal with TU Media, Korea’s first Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (S-DMB) provider TU Mediain Korea.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007 launched

    Englewood Cliffs, N.J. - The new website has launched to complement CNBC’s live cable television coverage - leveraging the resourcesof its global network. Business videos are produced in its new New Jersey digital studio, its Asian headquarters in Singapore, its Europe headquarters inLondon and in bureaux worldwide - and are streamed live and on-demand. also hosts blogs organized across industry sectors by CNBCanchors and reporters. Its ‘Play-by-Play’ blog recaps in real time televisionsegments and provides additional videos, charts and related links. CNBCPlus gives users access to live real-time streams of CNBC’s Business Day programming in the US, Europe and Asia.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    EURO 2008 Media Rights outside Europe sold

    UEFA has granted broadcast rights for the EURO 2008 European Football Championships in a number of territories outside Europe via unprecedenteddirect negotiations with broadcasters. ESPN was granted rights for North America and the Pay TV rights in South America, with coverage on its network including two games on ABC; ESPN Star got rights for the Indian sub-continent, including sub-licensing to terrestrials; Al Jazeera was granted rights for the Middle East and North Africa; while PCCW was selected in HongKong, with NOW TV, distributing via an IPTV network and mobile services. SportFive will represent media rights to the tournament in the remaining markets outside Europe, extending from its existing agreement with UEFA for European territories.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    Media e2e, Oracle and Wipro Infotech form Media Technology Consortium

    Mumbai - Media e2e, Oracle and Wipro Infotech announce  the formation of a Media Technology Consortium to address growing technology needs of the media and entertainment sector by designing advanced information systems. The alliance sees Media e2e bringing domain expertise and niche applications solutions for the media and entertainment industry, Oracle providing industry focused business applications, and Wipro offering infrastructure services and system integration capabilities. The consortium is in the process of meeting broadcast and media and entertainment companies, and expanding its focus on key Asia-Pacific markets in the coming months.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    Court ruling could bankrupt Thailand’s iTV

    Bangkok - Ordered to pay 94 billion baht (US$2.67 billion) within 45 days of the Supreme Court ruling, Thailand’s only privately-owned station iTVcould face bankruptcy. Its appeal was lost against the May 2006 ruling revoking the company’s rights to reduced concession fees and its replacement of news and educational programming with entertainment breaching the requirements of iTV’s original broadcasting licence. The concession fees had been waived under former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s administration. Owned by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, iTV’s shares fell dramaticallyand experts say the station will return to state control. ITV’s predicament worsened Temasek’s position as its purchase of a stake in ITV’s parent company Shin Corp is already under investigation by the interim Thai government, examining foreign ownership levels and the use of nominee companies.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007


    Apart from taking top three spots in the Terrestrial Channel of the Year category at the 2006 Asian Television Awards, Korean channels also took home top honours in a number of factual categories - despite being best-known for homegrown drama serials.... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    Viacom’s ‘Flux-able’ strategy for Japan

    "Nobody that wants to be successful here can stay on one platform,” says Tokyo-based Peter Bullard, president Viacom International Japan K.K. “We want to move beyond cable and satellite TV, particularly in Japan.” ... Read More

  • 01 Jan 2007

    The Mouse goes Mobile

    According to figures from the Yankee Group, global mobile data service revenues are set to rise from US$24 billion in 2006, to $129 billion in 2010. With Asia Pacific and Japan accounting for the majority of that figure, Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) is pursuing an aggressive mobile strategy in the region. Aiming for distribution in all the markets under his remit, which does not include China or India, Orrell-Jones says Vietnam will complete coverage that already extends across 11 markets via 34 telcos. Distribution, of course, is just one part of a three-pronged strategy that also includes localized and specifically created content for mobile; as well as exploring cross property opportunities within the Disney portfolio – be it movie, TV, theme park, holidays, cruises, gaming, e- or m-commerce. Orrell-Jones says there is also huge potential for cross-platform activity, “Over the coming year, much will be crossplatform as we are very encouraged with the potential for taking content on-TV, on-line, on-mobile.”... Read More

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