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  • 16 Apr 2007

    Upgrade ‘apathy’ slowing digital TV pace

    Digital TV reception will rise to 29% of TV homes in the Asia Pacific region by 2012 - up from just 6% in 2006. And the number of digital TV homes in Asia, now estimated at 36.4 million, is predicted to reach 180.8 million by 2012. Latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media shows China will overtake Japan as the biggest digital market this year and will account for 43.3% of the region's digital universe in 2012. But subscriber apathy toward upgrading from analogue to digital is still slowing the pace of growth, according to the report's author Adam Thomas. "Although reasonable growth is anticipated over the next five years, less than a third of the region's TV homes are expected to receive digital signals by 2012. In the cable sector in particular we are seeing some subscriber apathy towards upgrading from analogue to digital," he said. The Informa report foresees China's digital TV homes rising from 10.1 million in 2006 to 78.4 million by 2012, and thus from 27.9% to 43.3% of the total in Asia. India is set to soar to 28.5 million digital TV homes by 2012, up from 2.5 million in 2006, more than doubling its percentage of the Asian total from 7% to 15.8%.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Zonemedia establishes new media division Zone 360 to offer content across multiple platforms

    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 TV, IPTV, interactive TV, PC, and mobile platforms.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

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

    Cannes- E! Networks has announced licensed deals for the first quarter 2007 in Asia Pacific to total over 325 hours of entertainment and lifestyle-themed programming.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    KBS and NHK co-produce HD documentary Asian Door in Heaven

    Cannes- KBS and Japanese pubcaster NHK are co-producing Asian Corridor in Heaven, an HD documentary on Caravan Road the ancient trade route for tea and horses. The deal was formalized on April 16 at MIPTV, for production of the 6 X 60min series which is expected to be completed by autumn of 2007.... Read More

  • 10 Apr 2007

    UTV restructures top management

    Mumbai- UTV Software Communications Ltd has appointed Ronald D’Mello as CEO, UTV-UK. Based in UK and India, he heads UTV’s new media initiatives including animation arm UTV Toons, post production arm UTV Post, the controlling investment in console game development company, Ignition UK, as well as Indian mobile and online game company India Games of which UTV is acquiring controlling interest. Zarina Mehta has been promoted to CEO of GenX Limited, to oversee the youth subsidiary which houses the Bindass initiative including related channels and businesses. D’Mello and Mehta remain on UTV’s Board of Directors and reports to the Group Chairman.... Read More

  • 10 Apr 2007

    Panavision Australia acquires HD camera provider Broadcam

    Sydney- Panavision Australia, the market leader in renting camera systems for films, television and commercials, has acquired digital rental company Broadcam. The acquisition enables Panavision Australia to expand into the digital rental equipment business.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    New RFS Global Products Manager has ClearFill vision

    Melbourne- International wireless solutions group, Radio Frequency Systems has hired Marc Käumle as Global Product Manager (GPM) for its Wireless INdoor Solutions (WINS) sector. Käumle joins the company's offices in Hanover, Germany, after almost a decade with communications solutions provider, Alcatel, including four years in Kuala Lumpur as head of the pre-sales and offer management department for Asia Pacific. His new GPM role embraces product strategy and business development for RFS' end-to-end portfolio of passive and active indoor wireless systems for buildings and tunnels--the RFS ClearFill solution set.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    Jane Smith plants a new Seed

    Sydney- Jane Smith, former Chief Executive of the New South Wales Film and Television Office, has joined Seed Australia, the production company headed by Hugh Jackman, John Palermo and Deborra-lee Furness. Smith, who signs on Vice President, will work with Lisa Shaunessy in developing projects for Seed with the principals/founders. Launched last August, Seed aims to produce four or five films per year, each budgeted at less than A$10 million (US$8 million), and to work on live theatre and television projects. First film in development is an epic love story which will mark the directing debut of Australian writer Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean). Seed's first TV ventures were the documentary series An Aussie Goes Barmy and The Directors, with Deborra-lee Furness, both for Foxtel.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    FremantleMedia Australia rejigs management

    Sydney- FremantleMedia Australia has appointed five new executives as part of a senior management restructure orchestrated by Chief Executive Mark Fennessy and Chief Operating Officer Carl Fennessy. Tony Skinner signs on as Managing Director of FremantleMedia Melbourne and Director of Game Shows and Participation TV FremantleMedia Australia, effective May 14. Most recently Skinner was Head of Game Shows at the Nine Network. Other appointments include Brian Tuckey as General Manager, FremantleMedia; Paul Franklin, Director of Factual Programming; Will Hamilton, Head of Production Supervision; and Scott Rowan, Director of Post Production. This follows last month's appointments of Simon Fraser as Commercial Director, Sara Horn as Director of Production, Jason Stephens as Director of Development and Chris Culvenor as Director of Digital Media. As a result of the restructure, Head of Light Entertainment Michael Whyte is departing.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    GE joins CITIC Group as major shareholder in AsiaSat

    Hong Kong- General Electric Company (GE) has become a major shareholder in Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited (AsiaSat), with approximately 34.1% of the issued share capital, following the completion of the Exchange Transaction between GE and SES on March 29.GE exchanged its entire shareholding of about 19% in SES for cash and assets, including its 34.1% economic interest in AsiaSat. CITIC Group, AsiaSat's founding shareholder, remains the other major investor with a 34.8% stake. CITIC Group and GE have equal voting interest in AsiaSat, and indirectly jointly own, through Bowenvale Limited, 68.9% of the issued share capital of AsiaSat. AsiaSat also announced the appointment of Ronald J. Herman, Jr., John F. Connelly, Mark Chen and Nancy Ku as Non-executive Directors of the Company following the resignation of SES appointees to the Board.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    Re-launch for The Interactive Channel – Health and Lifestyle

    Hong Kong- Cross-media interactive television channel, The Interactive Channel - Health and Lifestyle (TIC-H&L), re-launched its simulcast o CABLE TV'S Channel 27 and online at on April 8. Viewers can participate in all live programmes via the Internet and telephony services including SMS chat room, phone-in hotline, video phone hotline, online voting, and appear on shows via 3G phones, video phones and webcams. TIC-H&L offers a variety of interactive programmes to deliver healthcare and lifestyle information.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    Singapore Metro BMX Jam to screen on SingTel’s Sling HD channel

    Singapore- VOOM HD Networks, Singapore's Mega Media HD and the Media Development Authority of Singapore presented television event Singapore Metro BMX Jam, a two-day, free-to-public event featuring BMX's top athletes at the Somerset Skate Park in Singapore on April 7 and 8. The event was shot with eight HD cameras and an extensive HD outdoor broadcast set-up, and will be broadcast on new HD channel Sling HD, which telco SingTel will launch soon. Originated in the U.S. BMX is a form of competitive cycling involving jumps and freestyle tricks. Over 40 international athletes competed in the event, held for the first time in Singapore. It also received support from Asian Extreme Sports Federation and Singapore Sports Council.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    MarVista Entertainment’s Beyond the Break reaches Asia on Star World

    Los Angeles- MarVista Entertainment's primetime teen drama series, Beyond the Break, will air on Star World, reaching a potential 25 million homes across 30 countries in Asia, following licensing agreements with broadcasters in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. The second season of Beyond the Break will debut this month at MIPTV with 14 new half-hours, for a total of 34 half-hours. The drama series revolves around four girls' journey to be professional surfers. The series is produced by MarVista and Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, with the former managing worldwide distribution. MarVista also announced a number of appointments to manage its increased output: Beatrice McMillan as Vice President of Sales for Germany, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil; Vanessa Goglio as Vice President of Sales to France, Italy, Japan and Scandinavia; Todd Palatnik as Director, Technical Services, to facilitate programming distribution; and Nicole Hoag as Manager of Marketing and Communications.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    Message to digital broadcasters: Share content to attract viewers

    Kuala Lumpur--Asian broadcasters should share more content as a way of attracting viewers to new digital channels, the ABU Digital TV symposium was told. Keith Pierce, Head of Technology, Al Jazeera English, told attendees that by sharing programmes, broadcasters could acquire content cheaply and boost the value of their digital channels. He related that when he worked for an Indonesian channel, programmes from Hong Kong and Mexico were popular with viewers. "We should be sharing a lot more content than we are between Malaysia and Indonesia, and across the region," he said. Other speakers agreed content on digital channels should differ from that already available on analogue channels. Chris Jaeger, Vice President - Asia, Broadcast Australia, said the lack of innovative content was a reason for the relatively low take-up of new Australian digital channels. He also said strong collaboration - a "collective vision" - was needed between government regulators and broadcasters.... Read More

  • 09 Apr 2007

    IMG fielding interactive World’s Sexiest Cricketer for STAR News in

    Mumbai / London- IMG Media is producing World's Sexiest Cricketer for STAR News in India. While male viewers are preoccupied with the ICC Cricket World Cup, the 13-part interactive series targets females, enabling viewers to vote for contestants based on physique, hairstyle, smile, dress sense and personality. Titled Crazy Kiya Re in India, it airs twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays, hosted by MTV India's VJ Cyrus Sahukar. The series also features Bollywood stars as celebrity judges. Balu Nayar, Managing Director, IMG India said the format is aimed at expanding the audience for cricket in India.... Read More

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