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  • 23 Apr 2007

    Nelvana Studio hires Marion Edwards and Derek Reeves to manage international co-productions

    Cannes- Corus Entertainment's Nelvana Studios has engaged production consultants Marion Edwards and Derek Reeves to represent and manage Nelvana Studio's international co-productions. In the non-exclusive relationship, Edwards' and Reeves' responsibilities include building and maintaining relationships with production partners in Europe and Asia Pacific respectively, managing international co-productions and scouting for new content. Both will report to Irene Weibel, Vice President International, Corus Kids, who oversees U.S. and international development relationships and co-productions for Nelvana Studios. Edwards will manage the Canada-France co-production Willa's Wildlife (52 x 11 min) which is based on the book An Octopus Followed Me Home. Reeves starts with The Future is Wild (26 x 30 min), a Canada-Singapore co-production based on the Animal Planet Special of the same name. The Future is Wild is co-produced with ST Electronics' (Training & Simulation Systems) subsidiary, ST Electronics (Digital Media); the 3-D computer animated series will air in Canada on Teletoon and in the US on Discovery Kids.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    Erotic Star is born

    Cannes- Distraction is selling worldwide rights to Erotic Star, an Australian-originated burlesque pole dancing talent show format. Erotic Star launched on Australian pay channel Arena TV on March 24, achieving the fourth-highest ratings among subscription channels in the 11.30 pm-12 am timeslot. Created by Erotic Star Productions, the format puts a group of wannabe dancers through a series of challenges including performance skills, pole dancing ability, presentation and stamina to find the most sensuous all-round performer. The victor wins cash and prizes at the end of the 8 episode series.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    E! Networks licenses over 325 hours of programming in Asia Pacific

    Cannes- E! Networks announced licensing deals for Q1 2007 in Asia Pacific, totaling more than 325 hours of entertainment and lifestyle-themed programming. Australia's XYZnetworks licensed Versus' Holy @#%*! for Channel V, All-Star BBQ Showdown for Food Channel and Style Network's Split Ends and Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? for Arena. Thailand's True Inside network acquired series Style Her Famous; Korea's XTM channel picked up season two of Girls of the Playboy Mansion, and O'live channel licensed E! Special Celebrity Plastic Surgery: The Good, The Bags and The Ugly. On Style picked up Style Star, Hilary Duff: Revealed, Style Rocks The Red Carpet: Fashion Rocks; House Of Carters, Starveillance, Love Ride, 101 Favorite Stars Way Back When, 30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds, Forbes 20: Richest Women in Entertainment, and Sandra Bullock Revealed. O'live and M.NET in Korea and Lifestyle Network in the Philippines licensed E!'s Live from the Red Carpet programming, and Zee Studio in India took Live from the Red Carpet: The 2007 Academy Awards.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    Korean VoD provider MegaTV acquires 400 hours of Granada International

    Cannes- Granada International will supply more than 400 hours of programming to KT Corporation's newly launched VoD service MegaTV in Korea in a two year deal finalized at MIPTV. The service will be available to KT's broadband customers via a monthly subscription. KT Corporation has more than 6 million internet service customers. Titles include Cracker, Prime Suspect and Agatha Christie's Marple; new reality and lifestyle programming Hell's Kitchen USA, Nanny 911, and Trinny and Susannah Undress; Hollywood TV movie The Triumph; and classic films Brief Encounter and The African Queen.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    Hallmark Channels to air Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, and Sea

    Cannes- Sparrowhawk Media, owner of the international Hallmark Channels, has acquired the two-part, four-hour mini-series Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, from Minds Eye International. Available in 153 countries to more than 60 million viewers, Hallmark will air the mini-series across its 13 feeds in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story profiles politician Tommy Douglas, who was voted the greatest Canadian of all time for his efforts in eradicating poverty and injustice. Sparrowhawk has also snapped up the Australian drama series Sea Patrol from Portman Film and Television. Sea Patrol focuses on the crew of men and women on board a Navy patrol boat, who provide security, surveillance and protection for the world's largest island and longest coastline. The series was created and is executive produced by Hal and Di McElroy of McElroy All Media for the Nine Network.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    WGBH, NOVA, Bang Productions and Caldecott Productions International to co-produce The Lost World of Chinese Dinosaurs

    Cannes- WGBH, Boston's NOVA, Bang Productions and MediaCorp's Caldecott Productions International will co-produce The Lost World of Chinese Dinosaurs (working title). The documentary(1x 60 min), scheduled for completion in December 2007, will feature paleontologist Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History as he explores fossils from China's Liaoning province. The show will showcase the finest fossils ever found, new clues about dinosaur science, and attempts to save unique specimens.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    KBS and NHK co-produce HD doc Asian Corridor in Heaven

    Cannes- KBS and NHK are co-producing Asian Corridor in Heaven, an HD documentary on Caravan Road, the ancient trade route. The deal was formalized at MIPTV; production of the 6 X 60min series is expected to be completed by this autumn. The documentary will follow Caravan Road as a trade route for Chinese tea and Tibetan horses, and as an intersection of culture, religion, language and people which is protected by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site. The 5,000km route begins in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in Southwest China, and stretches through the Himalayas to Tibet, Myanmar and Indonesia. KBS invested US$3.6 million and spent two years producing the documentary, which follows the companies' collaboration on the doc Silk Road in 2005. Asian Corridor in Heaven will be broadcast on KBS-1 TV in September and on NHK HD channel in January 2008.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    fix8’s AuditonsTV platform to spearhead SMG’s rollout of interactive TV

    Cannes- Shanghai Media Group (SMG) will offer interactive TV programmes on fix8's AuditionsTV platform for youth markets across Shanghai cable networks. As a platform for broadcasting real-time media to support interactive TV, AuditionsTV was created by fix8, the pioneer of User-Generated Reality, a new media category with downloadable software combining video, animation and instant messaging. AuditionsTV offers broadcast quality output, allowing producers to select content from users on the Internet and integrate it into live or produced TV programming. The platform integrates TV, Internet and mobile technologies for audience participation across reality, talk, game and dating shows. It's being used on SMG's midnight talk show, Stay with You Till Dawn, on Channel Young, a lifestyle and fashion channel, China's first User-Generated Content (UGC) programme. SMG will offer interactive content on IN STAR TV, a music channel which targets youth in Shanghai. AuditionsTV will allow viewers to record video clips to create a sub-programme within the show which airs every weekend. Also, SMG's Shanghai Interactive TV (SiTV) will introduce an... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    Zonemedia establishes Zone 360 to offer new media content

    Cannes- Thematic broadcaster Zonemedia will launch a new media division, Zone 360, to offer business solutions across multiple platforms. The new division will create and provide content with distribution spanning conventional TV, IPTV, interactive TV, PC and mobile platforms. Content creation, advertising and sponsorship partnerships, public relations and marketing will be integral functions of the division. Also coming under Zone 360's wing is the Zone Mobile business unit which was responsible for the made-for-mobile horror series When Evil Calls.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    VOOM HD Networks, Mega Media and MDA announce HD sports show

    Cannes- VOOM HD Networks, Singapore's Mega Media and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) are furthering the HD co-production agreements signed late 2005 by co-producing two action-sports and documentary HD projects: Metro BMX Jam: Singapore and BMX P.I.G.: Singapore. Completion and delivery are scheduled for Q4 2007 and Quarter 1 2008 respectively. Metro BMX Jam: Singapore (2 x 60') is an extreme sports show in HD featuring more than 40 international BMX athletes including Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist competing in Singapore. BMX P.I.G.: Singapore (7 x 60') is part documentary and part reality show which focuses on the athletes' tricks, strategy, and casual talk. Both series will premiere on VOOM HD Networks' RUSH HD channel and will air on Singapore's new HD channel, SLING HD, coming soon to SingTel's IPTV service. Also in production is New Revolution, an eight-part documentary about computer gaming, shot in China, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and Malaysia. The HD co-production agreement from 2005 has already produced programmes including fashion reality series Style Me with Rachel Hunter, travel documentaries Ultra Eye Tokyo and Ultra Eye... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    BBC unveils Dictionary of Man

    Cannes- BBC, BBC Worldwide and Bob Geldof are joining forces for Dictionary of Man, a unique and ambitious anthropology project to record every human society on Earth. The Dictionary of Man website will be a repository of content to digitally catalogue human existence as a resource for exchanging ideas and information. Envisioned as a project with "360 degree media", Dictionary of Man will use all available media to create the largest record of films, photographs, anthropological histories, philosophies, theologies, economies, language, art, and documented and personal accounts from people of every society across the globe. With the cooperation of institutions around the world, all archives and records will be included. Anthropologists, social historians and experts in various disciplines will be involved as the degrees of human difference are logged over the years. The website will also use new social networking technologies to allow individuals across the globe to trace their dispersals and reconnect to their ancient family or group members. Dictionary of Man crews will film the 900 separate groups of people that anthropologists believe exist,... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    Babelgum makes MIP debut

    Cannes- New global Internet TV network Babelgum screened previously unseen footage from Spike Lee at its MIPTV reception Tuesday April 17 2007. Lee hosted the launch event along with Babelgum co-founders Silvio Scaglia and Erik Lumer. Following a preview of the Lee footage, the full production becomes available on Babelgum for a period of three months. The platform uses peer-to-peer (P2P) streaming technology that enables high resolution and immersive television to be transmitted worldwide. The name comes from Babel representing a diversity of cultures and people, sticking together with gum, explained Babelgum co-founder and Chairman Silvio Scaglia. All material is streamed in an encrypted form that is not available for download. Scaglia envisages a targeted 'push VOD' model, whereby the site learns from consumption patterns and tailors offerings toward individual users. It is hoped revenues from user-specific advertising will eventually follow.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    AETN and Astro collaborate for AETN All Asia Networks

    New York/Kuala Lumpur/Singapore- A&E Television Networks (AETN) and ASTRO All Asia Networks PLC's (ASTRO) subsidiary ASTRO All Asia Entertainment Networks Ltd. have formed joint venture AETN All Asia Networks Pte. Ltd. to launch and operate branded channels and services across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. AETN All Asia Networks' headquarters will be in Singapore with operations also in Kuala Lumpur. The venture will launch The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei in Q2 and Q3 2007, as well as in Taiwan before 2008. Both networks will be available in Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai and Chinese. Programming schedules for both will feature local acquisitions and local productions. AETN All Asia Networks will also launch The Biography Channel in the region, and deploy the brands and programming via VOD, mobile, broadband and HD. Azran Osman-Rani, Senior Director, Business Affairs, ASTRO, said the venture represents a new model for content providers and platform operators to localize programmes and brands, as well as to share expertise.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    STAR and Balaji Telefilms to create regional TV channels

    Cannes- STAR Group Ltd. (STAR) and Balaji Telefilms Ltd. (Balaji) will jointly create a network of regional language general entertainment channels initially targeted at the fast growing South India market. To be headquartered in Chennai, 51% of the venture is owned by STAR, the rest held by Balaji. STAR will be responsible for network operations, while Balaji will produce regional language shows exclusively for the joint venture channels. The partners will pool resources to infuse VIJAY with Balaji content, and will launch a Telugu channel by Q4 of 2007. Channels in Kannada, Malayalam and other key regional languages will be launched within the next few years.... Read More

  • 23 Apr 2007

    2waytraffic re-launched as 2 waytraffic International following

    Cannes- 2waytraffic N.V., Netherlands-based developer of interactive content, has acquired and integrated with Celador International Limited (CIL) to be re-launched as 2waytraffic International. CIL's staff joins the 2waytraffic sales, production, marketing and legal teams in integrated departments based in Hilversum and CIL's London offices. 2waytraffic International, headed by Ed Louwerse, was established last December to capitalize on the 2waytraffic catalogue, targeting territories outside Benelux, the US, Eastern Europe and the Nordic region, where the company already has local operations. Besides the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? format, 2waytraffic International now represents the CIL catalogue, which includes You Are What You Eat, Brainiest and Hypnotic World. More than 200 titles were available at MIPTV, including formats from 2waytraffic (Last One Standing, Xplosief), Intellygents (Take It Or Leave It, That's The Question) and CIL. 2waytraffic International also launched two new game show formats, The Ring and Holiday Fever, as well as a full pilot of its interactive ra full pilot of its interactive reverse auction mechanism format, Daylight Robbery.... Read More

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