So it’s not JUST about premium sports content? So says Singapore’s media regulator Media Development Authority (MDA) when it introduced the Cross Carriage Measure (commonly known as the Cross Carriage Rule) back in March 2010 (the rule kicked in only in August 2011 after allowing for extensive consultation and debate). According to an MDA paper, Consultation on Preliminary Policy Positions, published September 2010, a 2008 survey indicated that “concerns over content … [Read more...] about Cross Carriage RULES?
The dispute between the Astro Group and the Lippo Group that was recently before the Singapore Courts highlights important lessons for parties with crossborder contracts and disputes as it demonstrates both the strengths as well as weakness of the enforcement regime in arbitration pursuant to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention”). It is important to understand that the substantive dispute between the parties … [Read more...] about Astro v Lippo: Enforcement in Arbitration
The rookie anchor shifts uncomfortably under the glaring studio lights. He shuffl es to maintain the perfect silhouette by sitting on the coat-tail of his business jacket. For some time now, the signals the fl oor manager has been gesturing do not make sense. Meanwhile, the lines on the teleprompter seem to scroll faster than before, or maybe it’s just the nerves. His earpiece is a terrible fi t and the director is yelling constantly over the intercom, half the time not at him. When … [Read more...] about Opinion
The full house of foreign attendees at the inaugural sharing session by top Chinese TV execs at MIPFormats 2012 is certainly a sign of the increased willingness by international format producers to do business in China. One of the “Great Wall of Challenges” highlighted at the session was the need for people on the ground to broker deals. This is crucial in enabling international format owners navigate the Chinese market with success. Yang Xu, Managing Director of International … [Read more...] about China’s Formats Fever
For as long as television had Walt Disney, audiences had been enchanted by all that fairy dust goodness sprinkled generously in children’s programming. Lately though, a string of folklore and fairy tale fare have invaded liveaction drama, threatening to retreat the popular “undead” genre to oblivion. Just what is brewing in fairy tale land? Grimm versus Grimm US television witnessed a fairy tale showdown last October, when two Grimm-inspired dramas premiered in the same week. … [Read more...] about Drama: Who’s got the next bite?
TVAPlus: New platforms, such as IPTV and Over-The-Top (OTT) are definitely gaining strength in certain territories, while in others there is no action at all. What are your thoughts on the short-term development of these content delivery technologies and how will it affect future TV business? The one thing about OTT, is that it is happening. The interesting thing, and the scary thing, for different stakeholders, is that it is pulling in different directions and how it is going to pan out over … [Read more...] about Breeding ground