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  • 28 May 2007

    Paid video downloads: Heading for bust or boom?

    Singapore- The paid video download market in the U.S. is doomed and ad-paid models will drive the online video market, according to a recent report by Forrester Research. "The paid video download market in its current evolutionary state will soon become extinct, despite the fast growth and the millions being spent today," said Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey. "Television and cable networks will shift the bulk of paid downloading to ad-supported streams where they have control of ads and effective audience measurement. The movie studios, whose content only makes up a fraction of today's paid downloads, will put their weight behind subscription models that imitate premium cable channel services." Such cut-and-dried predictions can't be extrapolated to Asia, where a range of different economic and technology factors are in play. "Advertising supported models are still limited by the economics of the high cost of content delivery over the internet. So to get a high quality full screen picture costs the service provider... Read More

  • 28 May 2007

    China’s film industry “in the fast lane”

    Beijing- China's film industry is developing in the fast lane, with total box-office revenue reaching 2.6 billion yuan (US$340 million) in 2006, Han Sanping, president of the China Film Group Corporation, said during a visit to the Communication University of China in Beijing. Han pointed out that most of the earnings came from large cities as people in medium-sized cities and rural areas were not well served by cinemas. In response, the government has plans to improve the industry through a tripartite approach, individually targeting each market. New screens will be built in major cities, with Beijing, for example, getting an increase in the number of cinemas from 26 to 100 by the end of 2007, China Daily reported. Digital cinemas with smaller screens will be established in medium-sized cities. "Lower ticket prices will attract people in these places to the digital cinemas," said Han. Those in rural areas used to watch films for free, in accordance with government policy. In the future, each film shown in rural areas will feature 10-minute ads.... Read More

  • 28 May 2007

    Network Ten loads up at LA Screenings

    Sydney- Australia's Network Ten has described its crop of US new season shows and renewals as the best in many years. Speaking upon his return from the annual Los Angeles screenings, Ten's chief programming officer, David Mott, said: "Both in terms of volume and quality, this is by far our most promising result from Hollywood in a decade." Via its Fox deal, the network secured Back to You, The Rules for Starting Over, Women's Murder Club, Journeyman and K-Ville. Also on its slate are at least one of NBC Universal Television's The Bionic Woman, Lipstick Jungle or Life (shared with the Seven network); CBS Paramount Network Television's Cane and Swingtown; and Showtime's Californication. Plus all its hits return for full new seasons, including: House, NCIS, Medium, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Simpsons, Numb3rs and Supernatural.... Read More

  • 23 May 2007

    CNN International, UNESCO and International Federation of Film Producers Associations join hands to promote Asia Pacific films

    Cannes- The best works of filmmakers across 70 nations in Asia Pacific will reach new international audiences following a cultural initiative involving CNN International, UNESCO and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). Films will be acclaimed in two programmes to be screened globally on CNN International from October 2007. The programmes will be linked to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, a recently announced initiative by UNESCO to promote and preserve cultural diversity and cinematic excellence. The inaugural Awards will be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on November 13, 2007, with CNN International screening the first programme, Scene By Scene - Films of Asia Pacific, an hour-long report on the region’s film industry prior to the event. The second programme, Scene By Scene - Best Films of Asia Pacific, will be shown after the Awards to feature highlights of the event including interviews with nominees, winners and the international jury. The programmes will be produced by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in association with CNN International.... Read More

  • 22 May 2007

    Viacom and TV18 Group create Viacom-18 joint venture in India

    Mumbai / New York– Viacom Inc. and the TV18 Group have jointly created Viacom-18, a new 50/50 joint venture operation in India, in a strategic alliance which will include television, film and digital media content across brands. The deal supported by Ambit Corporate Finance Pte Ltd and BMR Advisors is subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions. A media teleconference took place on May 22, 2007 at 1500hrs Mumbai time (10:30hrs London / 17:30hrs Hong Kong) featuring President & Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, Philippe Dauman; Managing Director of TV18 Group, Raghav Bahl; and Vice Chairman of MTV Networks, Bill Roedy. The teleconference is available for replay. The agreement will see Viacom-18 launch a new Hindi-language general entertainment cable and satellite channel in India within 2008. It will include original, and local produced programmes as well as acquisitions.... Read More

  • 22 May 2007

    All new team for AETN All Asia Networks

    Singapore- AETN All Asia Networks (AAAN), joint venture of A&E Television Networks and ASTRO All Asia Networks, has appointed Louis Boswell as General Manager, Michele Schofield as Director of Content – Programming, Acquisitions & Production and Connie Lai as Director of Marketing. AAAN was recently formed to launch and operate branded channels and services across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and will launch The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network in Q2 and Q3 2007. Starting from July 2007, Louis Boswell will manage all programming, marketing and financial activities for AAAN and its brands as General Manager. Overseeing affiliate distribution, advertising sales, network operations, production and digital media deployment, he will also develop strategies for The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network, and brands to be launched. Boswell joins from ESPN STAR Sports, where he is Senior Director, Affiliate & Multimedia Sales, developing and implementing distribution strategy for traditional and digital media platforms, including mobile, DMB/DVB-H, Internet and IPTV.... Read More

  • 21 May 2007

    Marenzi named MGM’s Co-President MGM World Television

    Los Angeles - Veteran TV executive Gary Marenzi has joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) as Co-President of Worldwide Television, sharing overall responsibility for the division with Jim Packer. Together the two execs will oversee the studio’s television sales operations, with Marenzi focusing on the international marketplace. Packer will focus on television distribution, channels and digital media for North America. The Co-Presidents report directly to MGM Chief Operating Officer Rick Sands. Both will be based at the studio’s headquarters in Century City, California. Sands said the company was pleased to have Gary re-joining the MGM team, adding that Marenzi’s knowledge of the marketplace and his prior experience with distributing the MGM assets would bolster their position in television around the world. Since June 2006, Marenzi held the role of president of Ensequence, Inc. as well as being president of 2004-founded Marenzi & Associates which boasted Lucasfilm Ltd. and IMAX Corporation amongst its clients. Prior to founding his own firm, Marenzi was president of International Television for Paramount Pictures for seven years.... Read More

  • 18 May 2007

    Eddie McGuire vacates CEO job at Nine Network

    Confirming weeks of speculation, Nine Network Australia today confirmed Chief Executive Officer Eddie McGuire would step down after just 15 months in that role, to resume his on air duties. McGuire hosts the game show 1 vs 100 but had relinquished presenting Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the AFL Footy Show when he took over as CEO. Tellingly, he won't be replaced. " The existing Nine Network management team headed up by Jeffrey Browne (Executive Director) will take the Network forward," said Ian Law, Chief Executive Officer of PBL Media. „It has become clear over the past 12 months that Mr. McGuire‚s absence from on air as a key host has impacted on the ratings of the Network." Law said McGuire will work closely with Director of Programming Michael Healy on concepts and ideas for new shows. McGuire, who steps down on June 30, revealed he has made a 5-year commitment to the network. "My best contribution to Nine is in the creative elements of the business and that has prompted this change," he said. PBL Media Pty Limited houses the Nine Network, ACP Magazines, and its stakes in ninemsn, carsales and myhome.com.au.... Read More

  • 17 May 2007

    Viacom and Septeni launch free mobile site in Japan

    Tokyo - Viacom International Japan(VIJ) and Septeni Group(Septeni) have entered into a comprehensive marketing partnership to launch a new free mobile site, launching end June 2007. VIJ, which has a range of content including MTV, will mainly develop and operate the media. Septeni, will leverage its strength in internet advertising to oversee ad sales and revenue generation. The site will feature the MTV brand and have a ‘My Page’ creation service.... Read More

  • 16 May 2007

    Walt Disney Co’s Cheung upped to Greater China role

    Hong Kong - The Walt Disney Company has expanded China country manager Stanley Cheung’s role to Executive Vice President and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company Greater China. Covering China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan (excluding Hong Kong Disneyland), Shanghai-based Chueng reports to Andy Bird, president, Walt Disney International. “International expansion and growth of the Disney brand in emerging markets is a key priority for the Company. This new Greater China structure, headed by Stanley Cheung, will enhance integration and leverage operations across our lines of business to maximize business opportunities in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” said Bird. The expansion of the role comes just two years after Cheung was appointed as the first China country head for the Company. He will have full operational responsibility in driving and coordinating the company’s strategies and business efforts including overseeing Disney’s global brands in the market, expanding existing businesses and identifying new business opportunities.... Read More

  • 16 May 2007

    STAR and Artificial Life to develop and distribute mobile games

    Hong Kong and Taiwan ˆ Hong Kong-based Artificial Life, Inc., a leading provider of mobile 3G technology, games and applications, and STAR TV today announced an agreement to jointly develop and distribute mobile games across Asia. Under the agreement, Artificial Life, Inc. will develop a range of interactive mobile games as well as mobile accessories such as wallpapers, ring-tones, video mails and screensavers based on Blackie‚s Teenage Club and Lollipop, two popular entertainment programmes on STAR‚s music channel CHANNEL [V] Taiwan. The mobile products will be jointly promoted and distributed by STAR and Artificial Life across the region. "STAR is the most prominent TV network in Asia reaching more than 300 million viewers in 53 countries. We are delighted to cooperate with them to develop mobile games for the Asian markets," said Eberhard Schoneburg, CEO of Artificial Life, Inc.... Read More

  • 15 May 2007

    Oprah heading from Star World to Hallmark in Asia

    Singapore-The Hallmark Channel has grabbed exclusive pan-regional cable and satellite rights in Asia to The Oprah Winfrey Show, which has been screening on Star World. Channel owners Sparrowhawk Media announced the deal today after sealing a deal with CBS Paramount International, the international distributor of the long-running talk show. The show will launch on the Hallmark Channel in Asia in June. Hallmark Channel Managing Director (Asia Pacific) Andrew Hannah said: "This is a truly fantastic deal ˆ Oprah is, without question, one of the most influential names in television and we‚re delighted to have secured these rights." Winfrey recently made a deal in the U.S. to extend her show until the 2010 ˆ 2011 season, by which time it will have been on the air for 25 years.... Read More

  • 15 May 2007

    Malaysian companies close US$69.3 million worth of deals at MIP TV

    Cyberjaya-- Malaysian companies closed deals for projects worth RM236 million (US$69.3 million) at MIPTV 2007, according to the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), which led the Malaysian delegation at the market. MDeC helped secure 10 MoAs and several sales of Malaysian audio-visual content by matchmaking sessions at the Malaysian Pavilion. Among the deals concluded were: -Elemental Ventures Sdn Bhd finalized an MoA with Entara Ltd (UK) for global distribution of a 2D/3D hybrid animation series (26 ep x 22 mins) Zoorocco, with a market value estimated at US$8 million -Vision New Media Sdn Bhd agreed to form a joint venture, New Vision Partners, with France's NPTV, a provider of interactive TV software solutions. The JV will provide solutions to create instant downloadable rich-media applications for Java-enabled mobile phones for the global market.... Read More

  • 15 May 2007

    Southern Star puts the cuffs on City Homicide

    Sydney- Southern Star International has collared worldwide sales rights to the new Australian cop drama City Homicide. Due to debut on the Seven Network later this year, the series created by John Hugginson and John Banas examines cases through the eyes of four young detectives and their superiors. The cast includes Shane Bourne (Thank God You're Here), Nadine Garner (Blue Water High), Noni Hazelhurst (Little Fish), Daniel McPherson (The Bill) and Aaron Pederson (The Secret Life of Us). Southern Star International will launch the series at MIPCOM 2007.... Read More

  • 12 May 2007

    Toei Animation jumps into licensing and merchandising

    Los Angeles-- Toei Animation Inc. has expanded into the lucrative licensing and merchandising business by creating an in-house consumer products licensing division headed by Coy Edmunds, the unit‚s newly appointed Director of Business Development and Licensing. Headquartered in Toei‚s Los Angeles offices, the licensing operation will focus on the U.S. market and will launch with the licensing representation of Toei's popular Digimon brand. The new Toei licensing operation will make its debut at the New York International Licensing Show being held June 19-21. Edmunds joins Toei Animation from Focus Sports management, Inc. (Los Angeles), where he served as a director and agent for the sports management organization. He previously served as Marketing Manager for United Global Artists (Tokyo), where he developed and executed numerous entertainment and sports-based promotional events. With the formation of an in-house licensing unit, Toei Animation becomes a fully integrated kids-based entertainment studio that develops, produces, distributes and controls the licensing and merchandising for our brands," said Yosuke Kobayashi President and COO of Toei Animation, Inc.... Read More

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