NEW YORK NY – Harvey Weinstein was indicted on

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Harvey Weinstein was indicted on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said Wednesday’s indictment brings Weinstein “another step closer to accountability” for alleged attacks on two women in New York.Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would “vigorously defend” against the indictment and ask a court to dismiss it. He called the allegations “unsupported” and reiterated that Weinstein strongly denies them.The indictment came hours after Weinstein’s lawyer said the film producer would decline to testify before the grand jury because there wasn’t enough time to prepare him and “political pressure” made an indictment unavoidable.“Regardless of how compelling Mr. Weinstein’s personal testimony might be, an indictment was inevitable due to the unfair political pressure being placed on Cy Vance to secure a conviction of Mr. Weinstein,” the statement said.Weinstein, 66, learned of the specific charges and the accusers’ identities only after turning himself in Friday, according to his lawyers. Brafman said that with a deadline set for Wednesday afternoon for Weinstein to testify or not, prosecutors denied his request for more time.Vance said the Weinstein camp’s “recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable.”“We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand,” Vance said in a statement.Weinstein was charged Friday with raping one woman and committing a criminal sex act by compelling oral sex from another. A grand jury continued hearing evidence in the case, as it had been doing for weeks.Defendants have the right to testify in a grand jury’s secret proceedings but often don’t, for various reasons.Freed on $1 million bail and electronic monitoring, he is due back in court July 30, though that date may now be moved up in light of the indictment.Beyond the two women involved in the case, dozens more women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales.He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, and Brafman said Tuesday that Weinstein was “confident he’s going to clear his name” in the New York prosecution.Brafman called the rape allegation “absurd,” saying that the accuser and Weinstein had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship that began before and continued after the alleged 2013 attack.The woman, who hasn’t been identified publicly, told investigators that Weinstein confined her in a hotel room and raped her.The other accuser in the case, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.Vance, a Democrat, came under public pressure from women’s groups to prosecute Weinstein after declining to do so in 2015, when an Italian model went to police to say Weinstein had groped her during a meeting.Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein and him apologizing for his conduct. But Vance decided there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, ordered the state attorney general to investigate how Vance handled that matter. Harvey Weinstein indicted on rape, criminal sex act charges FILE – In this May 25, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein listens during a court proceeding in New York. Weinstein won’t testify before the New York grand jury that’s weighing whether to indict him on rape and other sex charges. A statement issued through a spokesman Wednesday, May 30, says Weinstein’s lawyers decided there wasn’t enough time to prepare him to testify. They say he learned the specific charges and the accusers’ identities only after turning himself in Friday, with a deadline set for Wednesday afternoon to testify or not. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool) center_img by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2018 9:05 pm PDT Last Updated May 31, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Rep Whiteford legislation seeks to aid mental health patients quickly before its

first_img Tags: CARES Task Force, DHHS, Mental Health Care Categories: Whiteford News Bill inspired by C.A.R.E.S. Task Force panelistsA bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to ensure every person experiencing a mental health crisis has a place to go, was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives.Whiteford’s bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and maintain a state database containing information about the number and location of available psychiatric beds and make the database accessible to the appropriate health care facilities and providers.The legislator was a member of the House C.A.R.E.S. mental health task force, and says this is a common-sense solution to a serious problem across the state, which she and her colleagues heard about many times during the months the task force spent listening to mental health professionals last year.“Many times, we’ve learned, there are not enough psychiatric beds available to provide individuals in a state of mental health crisis with the care they desperately need,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “A psychiatric hospital should be a safe place where patients receive help quickly and efficiently – I believe the development of a psych bed database will help to achieve that.”Some local officials believe this is a step in the right direction when it comes to preventing individuals from harming themselves or others.“We all know more needs to be done to improve access to psychiatric care for those experiencing a mental health crisis,” said Graafschap Fire Chief and EMT Doug DenBleyker. “Preventing violent activities from people with mental illness can start with immediate treatment for people who come forward looking for help. This bill goes a long way to prevent individuals with needs from falling through the cracks and to help connect those people with care before it’s too late.”House Bill 5439 now moves to the state Senate for consideration.###center_img 28Feb Rep. Whiteford legislation seeks to aid mental health patients quickly, before it’s too latelast_img read more

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Rep Sheppard schedules Sit Down with Sheppard dates for September

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his September in-district office hours.Times and locations are as follows:Friday, Sept. 14 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Erie Restaurant, 9788 S. Dixie Hwy. in Erie.Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Great Lakes Eatery & Pub, 123 Whitetail Drive in Dundee.Monday, Sept. 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Forest View Lanes Recreation Bar & Grill, 2345 West Dean Road in Temperance.The 56th District encompasses most of Monroe County including the townships of Milan, Dundee, Summerfield, Whiteford, Bedford, Erie, LaSalle, Ida, Raisinville and a portion of Monroe.“If you have a question or concern about state government, I’m here to listen,” Sheppard said.No appointments are necessary to attend district hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Sheppard’s office at (517) 373-2617 or JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov.##### 07Sep Rep. Sheppard schedules ‘Sit Down with Sheppard’ dates for September Categories: News,Sheppard Newslast_img read more

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Kid Rock Enters the Wonky World of Civic Engagement

first_imgShare13Tweet27Share2Email42 SharesBy Nightshooter. Photo Credit: Larry Philpot of www.soundstagephotography.com (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 27, 2017; CNNRobert Ritchie, the Michigan-born rapper-turned-country-star better known as Kid Rock, announced this week he is forming a 501(c)(4) nonprofit with the aim of promoting voter registration in the U.S. This was on top of a recent Twitter declaration that he is also considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. While critics have been quick to label both actions a promotional stunt designed at selling Kid Rock merchandise, he does join a long list of celebrity-initiated efforts at increasing civic engagement, particularly directed toward a younger generation of voters.The 1990s saw the creation of Rock the Vote, which claims to be the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization geared at increasing the youth vote. In addition to building off the allure of pop music artists to make voting seem like a hot, sexy activity, Rock the Vote has been engaged in public policy around “motor voter” registration as well as building one of the first online voter registration tools in the country.Another rock icon who submerged himself in the wonky world of civic engagement is Krist Novoselic, former bass player in the ’90s epic bearer-of-the-crown grunge band, Nirvana. Worldwide concert tours brought him into political arenas where he observed cultural differences in people’s abilities to engage in democracy, and he wanted to do something about it here at home. Those efforts led him to Fair Vote, a nonprofit organization best known for promoting ranked choice voting in elections. He now chairs the board and is a frequent spokesperson.If Kid Rock is sincerely toying with running for elected office himself, he is likely making an informed choice to opt for the (c)(4) designation for his nonprofit, which will allow for greater political activity and even endorsement of candidates. According to Nonprofit VOTE’s 2016 “America Goes to the Polls” report, voter turnout of 18–29 year olds in 2016 barely hit 50 percent, and his home state of Michigan turned out 65.7 percent of eligible voters. This is activity for which the nonprofit sector has always been an important vehicle to engage citizens. So, with that, we say, “Welcome 2 the Party,” Kid Rock!—Jeannie FoxShare13Tweet27Share2Email42 Shareslast_img read more

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Disney reported a 1 increase in firstquarter rev

first_imgDisney reported a 1% increase in first-quarter revenues of US$10.8 billion (€8.2 billion) in 2011 and a 12% increase in quarterly net profit of US$2.4 billion. Media networks, which includes domestic and international free and pay TV channels, reported a year on year revenue increase of 3%, taking the total to US$4.8 billion.Speaking to analysts following the results announcement, Disney CEO Michael Iger said that having hit the 100 channels mark, international networks expansion remains a key part of the company’s strategy.“We know from research that the Disney Channel is now the strongest brand driver of the Disney brand in most countries in the world,” Iger said. “And as such, we try to get that channel in front of more and more people, which explains why we did the Russian free-to-air joint venture, why we moved from premium to free-to-air and a much broader distribution in Spain and France last year, why we’ve launched in Turkey. This is a great entry point for people into the Disney franchise.”Separately, Disney admitted that it is weighing imposing a 28-day window in the US between the day that its movies and series go on sale on DVD and the day it is available to rental services such as Redbox. Warners has already imposed a 56-day window in an attempt to shore up DVD sales.last_img read more

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Panregional central and eastern European broadcas

first_imgPan-regional central and eastern European broadcaster CME’s Voyo online TV service passed the 55,000 subscriber milestone across the CEE region in March and CME is planning to increase its pay TV offering to boost take-up of the service and expand the range of devices across which the service is available, according to Robert Berza, head of internet division, CME.“Voyo has to play in pay TV to be successful,” said Berza, speaking at Informa’s Digital TV CEE event in Prague today. The company has built a library of content that it can offer via the service, but viewers demand fresh content, and CME is looking to up its offering of new titles, including new international content, he said.Voyo currently offers 1,000 titles overall in the Czech Republic and expects to meet this milestone in other markets, including Slovakia, soon, said Berza.The company wants to build a pay TV window by a number of means, including offering its own content in advance of the free TV premier. Voyo has already built a two week window during which it offers a variety of shows ahead of their free-to-air screening, Berza said. “Streaming in advance is a strong driver for us,” he said. CME plans to obtain rights to more pay TV content in the near future. Berza said content deals were likely to be announced in the coming months.Berza said that Voyo’s existing strength was however mostly based on local content and shows as well as sports. “Local is the key,” said Berza.Berza also said that CME planned to extend Voyo to a much wider range of devices over the summer. It has already piloted a tablet application in Slovenia and is extending the service’s availability to Smart TVs and other devices.Voyo is also trying to attract users by offering exclusive content around popular shows and is also developing ‘webisode’-based shows specifically for the site. Voyo also plans to grow segmented content offerings, including kids, indie movies, documentaries and music content as well as showing more live events.According to Berza, Thursday is the best day in the Czech Republic for free TV and the worst for attracting usage to Voyo, while the best periods for additions to Voyo are around the weekend. Berza said this pattern showed that Voyo was complementary to free TV consumption. He said that about half a million users visited the website each month in the Czech Republic and average viewing time was about 10 hours a month.CME now offers transactional and subscription VOD only on Voyo, with advertising services restricted to its other sites. The service offers linear channels as well as on-demand services. CME recently rolled out a Voyo Cinema channel and has started allowing users to ‘start over’ movies that have already begun airing on the linear channel. Berza said that one of CME’s aims was to create ‘vieusers’ who will pay for services and make use of Voyo’s advanced features.Berza said that CME had a significant advantage across the region because it is a market leader in free TV, owning 42% of the primetime audience in the Czech Republic, for example. “We produce the best local content which is relevant for OTT services,” he said. The company already had a strong online presence in the Czech Republic and Berza said it is trying to integrate Voyo successfully with its existing online products. It offers catch-up TV of its own content and is trying to extend this to third-party content, he said.last_img read more

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Lithuanian service provider Teo has named Edis Kas

first_imgLithuanian service provider Teo has named Edis Kasperavičius as chief sales officer.Kasperavičius, who was previously director of human resources at the telco, replaces Darius Gudačiauskas, who has decided to leave the company.“I, on my own behalf and on behalf of Teo shareholders, express gratitude to Darius for the successful organization and development of the Company’s sales, as well as for the improvement of the Company’s customer care,” said Teo general manager Arūnas Šikšta.last_img read more

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Simona Martorelli Italian pubcaster Rais Europea

first_imgSimona Martorelli, Italian pubcaster Rai’s European affairs delegate, has been named as vice-chairman of the EBU’s legal and policy committee, replacing Swedish Radio’s Malte Lind, who is due to retire later this year. The EBU’s legal and public affairs assembly re-elected German public broadcaster ZDF counsel Peter Weber as chairman of the committee.Other members of the committee now comprise Jürgen Burggraf of Germany’s ARD, Khalid Hadadi of UKIB/Channel 4 in the UK, Marit Ingves Bacia of Finland’s YLE, Nathalie Léger of GRF/France Télévisions, Salvatore Lo Giudice of Rai, Josef Lusser of Austria’s ORF, Todor Malezanski of Macedonia’s MKRTV, Lidia Márton of Hungary’s MTV, Milen Mitev of Bulgaria’s BNR, Olav Nyhus of Norway’s NRK, Turab Rzayev of Azerbaijan’s ICTIMAI, Per Helge Sørensen of Denmark’s DR, Ronald Vecht of NPO in the Netherlands, Daniel Wilson of the UK’s BBC and Krzysztof Wojciechowski of Poland’s PRT/TVP.Over 70 delegates from 38 Members participated in the EBU’s fifth Legal and Public Affairs Assembly, held on April 18-19 at the EBU Headquarters in Geneva.During the two-day session, Members debated a number of key topics, including copyright, media convergence, and Vision2020.last_img read more

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Pay TV operator Canal has launched a Spotify app

first_imgPay TV operator Canal+ has launched a Spotify app to provide music recommendations.The app, called Music Moments and developed by agency The Connected Set, was launched to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival. In addition to recommendations, it allows users to follow music-related content from the broadcaster, with features including Le Live du Grand Journal, Coming Next and L’Album de la Semaine as well as live sessions from Canal Street.Music Moments also allows users to discover and share content from presenters including Michel Denisot, Mouloud Achour, Vincent Glad, Emma de Caunes and Ariel Wizman.The app is also integrated with Instagram to enable users to share their own photos illustrating their own ‘music moments’ via dedicated hashtags.Canal+ signed a partnership agreement with Spotify in December and created a dedicated Music by Canalplus.fr site.last_img read more

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Hardware security cores in settop box STB chips

first_imgHardware security cores in set-top box (STB) chipsets represent the “next step in STB content protection,” according to a new white paper by content security specialist Verimatrix and Cryptography Research Inc.The study claims that as the volume of STBs shipments continues to increase, hacking STBs remains a primary activity for pirates, and says that strong content protection mechanisms may be rendered ineffective if the STB chip has weaknesses.“All security sensitive functions of the STB chipsets need to be concentrated in a nucleus that is very hard to tamper with – the hardware security core,” according to the ‘Integrated Software and Hardware Security’ white paper.Combining mainstream conditional access and digital rights management systems in an end-to-end deployment offers operators a robust and efficient tool to thwart piracy while supporting content monetisation and revenue security, Verimatrix added.“While the last 25 years have provided advances in content protection technology, many consider the necessary next step to be hardware and software integrated security cores, particularly for today’s advanced hybrid STBs,” said Petr Peterka, CTO, Verimatrix.Ben Jun, CTO, Cryptography Research, added: “The hardware security core approach brings significant security and architectural advantages; however, it needs to be combined with software capabilities to provide a robust, end-to-end system. Integrating the most advanced security hardware available with today’s SoC designs offers operators and broadcasters a flexible, yet robust solution for future-proofing revenue security.”last_img read more

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Lower TV production yearonyear pushed revenues f

first_imgLower TV production year-on-year pushed revenues for Lagardère’s media arm down for the first quarter.Lagardère Active posted revenues of €202 million, down 8.9% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis. Excluding TV production, which Lagardère said had experienced an “extremely strong” quarter last year, the unit posted a 5.6% decline, largely due to a weak advertising market.TV production dropped by 49.5% compared with the same period last year, which was in turn 82.1% up on the comparable 2012 quarter. The 2013 first quarter saw the delivery of key titles including Clem, Odysseus, Famille d’Accueil, Nos Chers Voisins and Si Près de Chez Vous.Lagardère Active’s TV channels saw a mild decline of 2.3% in their revenues compared with the previous year, thanks to a soft ad market.Lagardère said that Active’s digital activities had been hit by Google’s offensive on the market for shopping guides and noted that Google’s activites in the sector were currently subject to an investigation by the European Commission.last_img read more

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Russian technology provider GS Group has begun pro

first_imgRussian technology provider GS Group has begun producing smartcards for leading pay TV operator Tricolor TV from its Gusev, Kaliningrad region facility.According to GS Group, its Digital Television Systems subsidiary will start releasing access cards produced at the Technopolis GS facility for Tricolor TV from December, following a €2.5 investment in the plant.Tricolor TV previously purchased access cards from an other supplier, which also programmed the pay TV access chips on the cards. The process will now be fully provided by Digital Television Systems, with about three million units expected to be produced next year.last_img read more

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Belarus service provider Beltelecom has added Russ

first_imgBelarus service provider Beltelecom has added Russian international channel TNT International to its Zala TV programming line-up.The move is a first for the channel in the Belarus TV market. TNT International shows a mix of comedies, music shows and general entertainment programming.last_img

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Mobile and tablet requests for BBC iPlayer increas

first_imgMobile and tablet requests for BBC iPlayer increased to 52% of all requests to TV programmes on the service in February – the highest level seen to date, according to the latest monthly update on the catch-up service from the BBC. Tablets accounted for 29% of requests while smartphones accounted for 23%BBC iPlayer had its biggest week ever beginning on February 16, driven by audience interest in the 30th anniversary episodes of soap opera EastEnders, which received 75 million requests, according to the BBC.Total requests were for February stood at 299 million, with an average of 10.7 million daily requests overall. February was the best month ever for requests to TV programmes, with an average of 8.6 million requests a day.last_img read more

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UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has fined mobile oper

first_imgUK broadcast regulator Ofcom has fined mobile operator EE £1 million for failing to comply with rules on handling customer complaints.Ofcom’s investigation, which is part of a wider monitoring and enforcement programme, found that between July and April last year EE did not give some customers accurate or adequate information about their right to take complaints to an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scheme.“ADR is an important part of consumer protection. It allows customers to refer complaints that cannot be resolved with their provider to an independent body which can reach an impartial judgment,” said Ofcom.last_img read more

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Satellite operator Eutelsat has successfully place

first_imgSatellite operator Eutelsat has successfully placed new five-year bonds for a total of €500 million.The company said it had taken advantage of current attractive market conditions to raise long-term financing. It said the debt, together with other sources of cash on its balance sheet, would enable it to redeem at maturity the outstanding Bonds issued on 26 March 2010 for a total principal amount of €850 millionThe company said the move would enable it to reduce its financial charges by about €30 million before tax on an annualized basis from March 2017.last_img read more

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Rovi has launched iGuide HD R32 an updated high

first_imgRovi has launched i-Guide HD R32, an updated high-definition programming guide that will be deployed first by Tacoma-based US cable provider, Click! Network.Rovi said that the newest i-Guide is designed to let service providers deliver “improvements in entertainment discovery” without the needing to upgrade or replace existing hardware.“i-Guide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our customers in the face of rapid technology developments and subscriber demands. Our customers are gaining a competitive edge by providing new and user-friendly experiences for entertainment discovery,” said Michael Hawkey, senior vice president and general manager of the discovery business group, Rovi.The new i-Guide includes HD Auto-Tune and an enhanced TV listings grid, but otherwise keeps its same features and functionality. Rovi said that i-Guide HD R32 is available for subscribers with Arris set-top boxes in North America, while viewers with Pace set-top boxes should have access to R32 later this year.last_img read more

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Susanne Daniels YouTube has commissioned a raft of

first_imgSusanne DanielsYouTube has commissioned a raft of new content for its subscription service YouTube Red, following a commissioning strategy that aims to tap into the popularity the site’s home-grown stars.Speaking at MIPCOM yesterday, YouTube’s global head of content, Susanne Daniels, said that the Google-owned video service’s goal is to be “uniquely YouTube” and to not mirror Netflix or Amazon by “bringing TV to digital”.“Our thesis is simple: Identify YouTube’s most engaging stars and top genres, and invest in the content that fans tell us they want. In other words, let our community drive our content,” she said.Among the new content announced for the platform was Impulse, a sci-fi drama about a young girl who discovers her ability to teleport away from danger that will feature “top YouTubers”.YouTube is working with Universal Cable Productions on the show. Lost writer Jeff Lieber will write and produce while Bourne Identity director Doug Liman will direct.YouTube announced a new half-hour scripted comedy series about a newly-formed team of eSports players. The series will feature YouTube stars Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson from the Game Grumps channel and will be produced by Starburns Industries.Pro wrestler-turned actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – who has 1.3 million YouTube subscribers – will make a show for YouTube Red with Studio 71 and Corridor Digital. The Rock will executive produce the half hour action series, about a life insurance company that send its agents forward in time to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients.YouTube also commissioned a second run of Joey Graceffa’s murder mystery series, Escape the Night, ordered a sequel to Burnie Burns’s Lazer Team movie and renewed for second seasons existing YouTube Red shows Foursome and Scare PewDiePie.“Over the last year, we’ve seen our original series become one of the leading drivers of YouTube Red subscriptions, with viewership that rivals cable shows in the US,” said Daniels.“Over half the time people spend watching Originals is on their mobile phones. And in the living room, we’re seeing Red members watching over 75% percent more YouTube on their TV’s than the average YouTube viewer.“We’re also seeing a virtuous cycle between YouTube Red and our ad-supported experience, with creators featured in Originals seeing a significant boost in YouTube subscribers and watchtime on their main channels as well – often from new fans.”Last October YouTube unveiled YouTube Red, a US pay-monthly offering that lets viewers access an ad-free version of the service and watch videos offline on phones and tablets.In April, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Google’s Q1 earnings call that YouTube was going to work on “a lot more original content” throughout the year for YouTube Red.last_img read more

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Nashville Amazon India has secured a raft of exclu

first_imgNashvilleAmazon India has secured a raft of exclusive TV and movie content after inking a programming deal with Lionsgate.The streaming service will features from get the independent US studio including La La Land and series including Nashville for its Prime SVOD service.Other titles that will come to Prime as part of the deal include the Twilight saga, Deepwater Horizon and The Divergent Series: Allegiant and upcoming 2017 releases Power Rangers and The Shack.The agreement gives Amazon exclusive rights locally and the content covered in the deal will not be on pay TV in India.Other TV shows covered include The Royals and Graves as well as classic series such as Mad Men and Anger Management.Morris Street Advisors represents Lionsgate in India and negotiated and closed the deal with Amazon. “It is awesome that Lionsgate has partnered with Amazon Prime Video to bring its original, daring and highly acclaimed content to Indian customers.” said Nitesh Kripalani, director and country Head, Amazon Prime Video India.“Their prestigious and prolific library of motion picture and television titles is sure to produce sizable viewership for us.”Lionsgate president of worldwide television & digital distribution Jim Packer added: “We’re very pleased to partner with Amazon as they continue to transform the face of entertainment in India and bring our premium film and television content to their viewers.”Amazon India has been stocking up with local programming for its streaming offering. The Lionsgate content marks a move to bulk up its line-up of US blockbusters and series.last_img read more

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Sundance Channel is a relatively recent entrant in

first_imgSundance Channel is a relatively recent entrant in the international channel business but under the leadership of Bruce Tuchman, AMC/Sundance Channel Global, it has managed to secure large-scale expansion of its distribution across Europe in the last year.Age 49Education Graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations; law degree from the University of Michigan; master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of EconomicsPrevious positions: Prior to AMC Networks, I served as president of MGM Worldwide Networks. I joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from MTV Networks, where I was general manager of Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures and then later as senior vice-president, Nickelodeon New Media Ventures. Before joining Nickelodeon, I served as vice-president, business affairs and senior sounsel, international development for MTV Networks and I was formally an M&A attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and London.Life outside work When I’m not travelling, I do all I can to be with my family. I also try to keep up on films, series, books and staying fit, while being active in alumni and advisory roles with the University of Michigan and the LSE.Achievements of 2012 We have accelerated our push and presence into a whole host of new markets and systems all over the world, dramatically increasing our year on year subscriber and revenue bases. A major highlight was the success of Breaking Bad, which we premiered exclusively in our Asian markets. Robert Redford’s launch of the Sundance Festival in London along with his day-to-day support and passion four our international business efforts was also something were extremely proud of and very grateful for.Most significant industry developments A further ratcheting up of the need for programmers, and the demand from incumbent subscription television platforms, to confront the challenges of alternative digital viewing options, and create entertaining, exclusive and value added viewing experiences that more seamlessly incorporate these options into the pay TV ecosystem, and buttress its appeal and worth to subscribers.Key challenges for 2013 The challenges presented by OTT, PC and mobile device viewing to the industry will continue and gather intensity, as will the proliferation of content through other forms of more conventional media. Along with a poor macroeconomic climate in many markets, these developments will lead to further pressure on subscription platforms to offer compelling and unique content, and make brands and programming epitomizing such qualities to them even more vital to their future growth.Goals for next year To continue to maintain this accelerated pace of growth and to establish local creative and operational hubs for us in key markets that we have entered into and have seen some very strong success in just a short period of time.Most admired industry personality Mad Men’s Don Draper. Who isn’t intrigued by this character, and for the obvious reasons, of course.  But less obviously, and more pertinent to the business we are all in, Don Draper represents the coming of age and the mounting power of high quality and unconventional drama series in today’s market and in the way the market will develop into the future.  All off the nuance and contradictions, the passion and the freshness of the performances, as well the artistry and intricacy of the story lines tell, is what platforms must deliver to customers whose attention will otherwise be easily distracted and channeled into viewing opportunities outside of the existing pay TV industry.Favourite current TV show Three favourites – Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.last_img read more

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