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BBC Worldwide signs Blue Planet II co-production deal with Tencent in China

Left to right: James Honeyborne, Executive Producer of Blue Planet II,  Mr Lexian Zhu, Deputy Director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio, David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Worldwide Asia and Julian Hector, Head of The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios

Left to right: James Honeyborne, Executive Producer of Blue Planet II, Mr Lexian Zhu, Deputy Director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio, David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Worldwide Asia and Julian Hector, Head of The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios

BBC Worldwide has announced a co-production deal with Tencent, the leading internet value added services provider in China, for Blue Planet II, the BBC’s landmark natural history series this year.

The agreement, sealed at Mipcom, was signed by Lexian Zhu, Deputy Director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio and David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Worldwide Asia. It was witnessed by Stephani Sun, Senior Manager of Tencent Penguin Pictures, Kelvin Yau, GM Greater China, James Honeyborne, Executive Producer of Blue Planet II, and Julian Hector, Head of The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios.

Blue Planet II is the brand new seven-part landmark series from the multi-award winning BBC Studios Natural History Unit,. Broadcast in 2001, multi-award winning The Blue Planet was the Natural History Unit’s unprecedented look at the world’s oceans, the scale and breadth of which had never been seen before. Twenty years on, the team returned to these underwater worlds for Blue Planet II, with even more ambitious filming and a fresh cast of extraordinary aquatic animals, filming off every continent, and in all of the earth’s oceans, to immerse the audience in some of the most expansive but least known parts of our planet. By using cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore this final frontier, Blue Planet II will reveal the astonishing characters, otherworldly places and extraordinary new animal behaviours.

It will broadcast simultaneously in China and the UK on Tencent’s v.qq.com platform and video app. Tencent will also distribute Blue Planet II across digital on-demand platforms in Greater China.

“Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Blue Planet II is set to be another game changer. The team has spent four years mounting 125 expeditions, visited 39 countries, and filmed off every continent and across every ocean,” said David Weiland, EVP, Asia, BBC Worldwide. “We are very excited to be co-producing this landmark series with Tencent whom we have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship. This production partnership is an affirmation of the shared commitment we have in producing ambitious natural history content. Tencent’s involvement will bring this landmark series to a wider audience in Greater China.”
“We’ve been partnering with BBC Worldwide for some time to bring premium documentaries to our audiences in China,” said Mr Lexian Zhu, Deputy Director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio. “Last year, we co-produced Planet Earth II which did extremely well – the entire Planet Earth II album online was viewed over 230 million times in China. We are looking forward to this new co-production partnership for Blue Planet II, and look forward to working with BBC Worldwide on more fruitful and successful partnerships.”

In China, state broadcaster, China Central Television’s documentary channel, CCTV9, is the exclusive TV partner for Blue Planet II.

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Further information:
Jeanne Leong
BBC Worldwide
Tel: +65 6849 5292
Email: Jeanne.Leong@bbc.com

Eurochannel upgrades to HD at Eutelsat’s key video neighbourhood at 16° East

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Miami, Paris, 16 October 2017 – Eurochannel, the international channel dedicated to high-quality European films and series, today announced from MIPCOM in Cannes its upgrade from Standard to High Definition (HD) with Eutelsat. Already a direct customer of Eutelsat for the last five years, the channel is now expanding its capacity on thehigh-power EUTELSAT 16A satellite to launch its HD version for European viewers.

EUTELSAT 16A is positioned at Eutelsat’s 16° East key neighbourhood, a preferred location for TV distribution to terrestrial networks across Europe, from Reykjavik to Moscow and Tenerife to Tbilisi. Eurochannel is currently received by more than 70 cable and IP operators in 17 countries across Europe and will leverage EUTELSAT 16A’s reach to reinforce its European distribution that recently extended to Russia, Lithuania and Croatia. The upgraded HD channel will be uplinked from Bosnia via Eutelsat’s partner teleport “TEAM:MEDIA”.

Eurochannel is an award-winning world television channel dedicated to showing the diversity of European culture through films and series, as well as content featuring European fashion events, arts and destinations. Its move to HD underlines its commitment to meeting user expectation for an enhanced viewing experience.

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About Eurochannel

Eurochannel is the award-winning world leading European cinema Pay TV channel. For more information, please visit: www.eurochannel.com

Media contacts

Joseph de Monvallier

VP Marketing & Sales

Eurochannel, Inc.

joseph@eurochannel.com

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com

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Investors and analysts

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VIACOM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA NETWORKS NAMES ASIF ALI AS DIRECTOR, AFFILIATE SALES, SOUTHEAST ASIA

SINGAPORE, 16 OCTOBER 2017 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) today announced the appointment of Asif Ali as Director, Affiliate Sales, Southeast Asia. In this role, Asif is responsible for leading and growing channel and content distribution across linear and digital platforms in the Southeast Asian region for the Viacom brands – MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel and BET. Based in Singapore, he will report to Paras Sharma, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Southeast Asia.

“In the midst of market shifts, we continue to see growth opportunities in Southeast Asia across the Viacom brand portfolio. The way ahead is to work even more closely with our partners and find different solutions thus Asif’s multi-market experience will be a valuable asset to VIMN, as we look to extend our product offering across linear and digital platforms,” said Paras Sharma, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Southeast Asia.

Asif was most recently Global Channel Distribution Manager at ITV International Channels, and based in Hong Kong. In his three-year tenure there, he drove the strategy, sales and distribution of ITV’s international channel – ITV Choice and implemented distribution strategies aligned to business objectives. Previously, he worked at Sky Vision and Metro International Film Sales in London, where he was involved in international sales at both organisations.

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About Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and more. Viacom brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com, blog.viacom.com and the Viacom Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

Eutelsat consolidates its presence in Middle East with the acquisition of NOORSAT

Eutelsat Corporate – Oct 13, 2017 10:28 CEST
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Paris, 13 October 2017 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) has acquired NOORSAT, one of the leading satellite service providers in the Middle East, from Bahrain’s Orbit Holding Group.

Established in 2004, NOORSAT is the premier distributor of Eutelsat capacity in the Middle East, serving blue-chip customers and providing services for over 300 TV channels almost exclusively from Eutelsat’s market-leading Middle East and North Africa neighbourhoods at 7/8° West and 25.5° East.

The acquisition of NOORSAT fits with Eutelsat’s broader strategy of streamlining distribution within selected core video neighbourhoods where it can create value. It will allow Eutelsat to strengthen the long term commercial development of its market-leading video positions in the Arabic world and increase its direct access to end-customers, facilitating stimulation of High Definition TV take-up and the upselling of incremental video services.

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Chief Commercial and Development Officer, said: “NOORSAT’s capabilities and market knowledge will further consolidate our longstanding position in the dynamic Middle East video market. By integrating NOORSAT’s service platform and teams we are underlining our commitment to serving customers in one of the key markets within in our global footprint.”

Eutelsat has acquired 100% of NOORSAT for a consideration of US$75 million, debt free and cash free. The acquisition will add upwards of US$15 million to Eutelsat’s consolidated revenues on an annualised basis after the elimination of the capacity leased by Eutelsat from NOORSAT. Its slightly dilutive impact on Eutelsat’s EBITDA margin will be absorbed within the current margin objectives.

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com

Press
Vanessa O’Connor Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91 voconnor@eutelsat.com
Marie-Sophie Ecuer Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91 mecuer@eutelsat.com

Investors and analysts
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APT Satellite Executive Director and President Cheng Guangren Accepts APSCC ‘Satellite Executive of the Year’ Award

Tokyo, 10 Oct 2017 – Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) announced today that it named Mr.Cheng Guangren as the ‘Satellite Executive of the Year’. APSCC is the largest and most influential organization in satellite industry in Asia Pacific. Its Award Committee is the leading international awards organization honoring outstanding organizations and individuals for their collaboration, guidance, support and contribution to the industry.

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Since Mr.Cheng was appointed as the Executive Director and President of APT Satellite Company Limited (APT Satellite) in June 2008, his leadership has directly resulted in the outstanding performance of the company. During 2009-2017, APT Satellite totally purchased 9 satellites, including 6 new satellites namely APSTAR-7, APSTAR-7B, APSTAR-9, APSTAR-5C, APSTAR-6C and APSTAR-6D, and three in-orbit satellites namely APSTAR-2R, APSTAR-9A and one for orbital slot bring-into-use. Meanwhile, APT Satellite has continuously achieved brilliant financial performance, with revenue CAGR at 11.8% in 2009-2016. Especially for the year 2016, given the global satellite industry slowed down, APT Satellite still recorded positive result in revenue and EBITDA, while the leverage ratio keeps at low level of 25%.

Since Mr.Cheng was appointed as the Executive Director and President of APT Satellite Company Limited (APT Satellite) in June 2008, his leadership has directly resulted in the outstanding performance of the company. During 2009-2017, APT Satellite totally purchased 9 satellites, including 6 new satellites namely APSTAR-7, APSTAR-7B, APSTAR-9, APSTAR-5C, APSTAR-6C and APSTAR-6D, and three in-orbit satellites namely APSTAR-2R, APSTAR-9A and one for orbital slot bring-into-use. Meanwhile, APT Satellite has continuously achieved brilliant financial performance, with revenue CAGR at 11.8% in 2009-2016. Especially for the year 2016, given the global satellite industry slowed down, APT Satellite still recorded positive result in revenue and EBITDA, while the leverage ratio keeps at low level of 25%.

About APSCC

APSCC (Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council) is a membership based non-profit international organization representing all sectors of satellite and space-industries including satellite service providers, manufacturers, launch service providers, risk management companies, broadcasters, and government organizations. APSCC membership is open to any organization involved in the satellite industry with interests in the Asia-Pacific. The overall objective of the APSCC is to promote communications and broadcasting via satellite as well as outer space activities in the region through conferences, forums, workshops as well as exhibitions. For more information: www.apscc.or.kr

About APT Satellite

Based in Hong Kong, APT SATELLITE COMPANY LIMITED (“APT Satellite”) is a satellite company operating a fleet of five satellites, namely APSTAR-5, APSTAR-6, APSTAR-7 and APSTAR-9. APSTAR-5C and APSTAR-6C are currently under construction, they will replace APSTAR-5 and APSTAR-6 respectively in 2018. The footprints of the fleet cover Asia, Middle East, Oceania, and most part of Europe and Africa, extending services to over 75% of the world’s population. Currently distributing 600+ TV channels around the world including HBO, Disney, Sony Pictures, NBCU, RTL-CBS, EBU, GMA, TVBI, TVn, Celestial Tiger etc, APT Satellite is also supplying transponder capacity to a variety of DTH platforms, as well as to media networks for video contributions across the world. For more information: www.apstar.com

Media Contact
APT Satellite Company Limited
Power PAN, Director of Marketing
Tel: +852 2600 2100
Email: panli@apstar.com
Olive LAI, Marketing Manager
Tel: +852 2600 2100
Email: olivelai@apstar.com

ZEEL to expand its television music portfolio by acquiring 100% shareholding of 9X Media Private Limited and its subsidiaries

Mumbai, October 6, 2017: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (“ZEEL”) (BSE: 505537, NSE: ZEEL.EQ) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 9X Media Pvt Ltd and its subsidiaries from New Silk Route and other shareholders for an all cash consideration of Rs. 1,600 million.

9X Media, along with its subsidiaries, operates a bouquet of six music channels – 9XM (Latest Bollywood), 9X Jalwa (Evergreen Hindi), 9X Jhakaas (Marathi), 9X Tashan (Punjabi), 9XO (English), 9X Bajao (Hindi Classics). On completion of the acquisition, these channels will be added to ZEEL’s current portfolio of 33 channels. The acquisition is in line with the Company’s strategy to cater to diverse audience by offering targeted products. Besides significantly expanding its Hindi music portfolio, it gives ZEEL access to the regional music genre. It also increases its regional footprint with foray into the Punjabi market. 9X Media’s bouquet of channels have established a strong viewership on the back of the unique brand identity created over the years. In addition to strengthening ZEEL’s television bouquet, these channels will complement the music label and movie production businesses. 9X Media’s popular Bollywood news portal, SpotboyE, will also be a part of the transaction. The Company is confident of utilizing network synergies to bring down the costs and significantly improve the profitability of these channels.

Mr. Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEEL said, “Continuing with our strategy of expanding into regional markets and niche genres, we are pleased to announce this acquisition which strengthens our music portfolio. Music is an integral component of consumer’s entertainment pie and we will offer our consumers a wider array of choices through these channels. 9X channels enjoy leading market shares in their respective segments and will benefit immensely from our network’s strength to achieve higher growth potential and cost synergies. I am confident that these channels will make our entertainment bouquet even more compelling for the audience.”

Small Screen’s Big Delight: Tata Sky Mumbai Film Festival 2017 brings hidden gems of Cinema Closer to TV Viewers

  • Judicious mix of critically acclaimed, award winning masterpieces as well as fresh, never seen before content
  • Brings India’s finest Film Festival experience exclusively to TV

Mumbai, 4 October 2017: Here’s some pleasant news to kick start the festive season from Tata Sky, India’s leading content distribution platform known for launching interactive services specially customized for the Indian market. It’s time for The Tata Sky Mumbai Film Festival that has it all – screening films from both the remotest corners of India and countries across the globe, award winning, critically acclaimed masterpieces, spread over two months, that you can watch from the cosy environs of your home. These films are exclusively available on Tata Sky and curated in association with Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

Panel Discussion on Hidden Gems of Indian Cinema

Panel Discussion on Hidden Gems of Indian Cinema

After a successful 2016 Tata Sky Mumbai Film Festival Service, wherein 20+ films were made available to Tata Sky’s subscribers at no additional charge – the company today announced a bigger and better Tata Sky Mumbai Film Festival 2017 catering to film connoisseurs. In doing so, Tata Sky will bring India’s finest cinema that may not have otherwise reached audiences across the country exclusively for its subscribers.

Arun Unni, Chief Content Officer at Tata Sky said at the launch, “The response to Tata Sky Mumbai Film Festival last year indicated that there is a sizeable audience for high quality and critically acclaimed cinema, encouraging us to further explore and bring forward these hidden gems of cinema. Tata Sky sees itself as a content and audience discovery platform where our objective is to expose a wider audience each year to high-quality films. Our scale allows us to support great art and good talent an all India platform, especially to regions outside the major cultural centres, where access to film festivals is difficult otherwise.”

From Left to Right Onir Tannishtha Chatterjee Arun Unni Anupama Chopra and Guneet Monga

From Left to Right Onir Tannishtha Chatterjee Arun Unni Anupama Chopra and Guneet Monga

He continued, “In our view, this service goes beyond being just a place for viewers to find great cinema. It also acts as an additional platform of exhibition for the film business.”

Key features of Tata Sky Mumbai Film Festival 2017 are as follows:

  • Exclusive & curated Film in association with Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star for TV: close to 30 films will run for a duration of 2 months
  • Mix of critically acclaimed, award winning masterpieces as well as fresh, never seen before content
  • Languages: Hindi, English, Punjabi, Marathi, Assamese, Manipuri, International (with subtitles)
  • Period: 2 months (1st October to 30th November)
  • Available on: Channel number: #302 in HD & #303 in SD (simulcast)

Anupama Chopra, Director, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star said: “We really value our partnership with Tata Sky. Cinema is India’s grand passion. There are so many wonderful filmmakers creating compelling stories. This unique platform enables these stories to reach new and varied audiences. The Mumbai Film Festival on Tata Sky serves both story tellers and movie lovers. Let the celebration of cinema begin!”

Tata Sky Mumbai Film Festival – Promo Films:

Choicest of films:

HE NAMED ME MALALA, USA 2015 – English HARAAMKHOR, India

2016 – Hindi

TRAPPED, India

2016 – Hindi

ALIGARH, India

2015 – Hindi

KAAGAZ KI KASHTI, India

2016 – Hindi

BIOSCOPE, India

2016 – Hindi

LA CAGE, France

2016 – French

KHOYA, India

2015 – Hindi

VENTILATOR, India

2016 – Marathi

BLUE BICYCLE, Turkey

2016 – Turkish

FANDRY, India

2012 – Marathi

HUM CHITRA BANATE HAIN India, 2016 – Hindi
CITIES OF SLEEP, India

2015 – Hindi

KOTHANODI, India

2015 -Assamese

FAITH CONNECTIONS, India 2013 – English, Hindi
I, DANIEL BLAKE, UK, France,

Belgium

2016 – English

REMEMBERING KURDI, India

2016 – Marathi

GANGOOBAI, India

2012 – Marathi

QISSA, India

2013 – Punjabi

NATRANG, India

2012 – Marathi

CHAURANGA, India

2014 – Hindi

KAPHAL, India

2013 – Hindi

PLACEBO, India

2014 – English

ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES

India, 2015 – English, Hindi

AMMA AND APPA, Germany

2014 – English

MOR MANN KE BHARAM

India, 2015 – Hindi

KATIYABAAZ, India

2013 – Hindi

About Tata Sky

Tata Sky Limited (‘Tata Sky’) is a joint venture between the Tata Sons and 21st Century Fox. Incorporated in 2001 and launched services in 2006, Tata Sky is India’s leading content distribution platform providing Pay TV and OTT services. With the objective of connecting to the best content in the world on any budget, any screen, anytime and anywhere, Tata Sky was the first to launch multiple products and services that redefined the subscribers viewing experience in the country.

Tata Sky has been a pioneer in the HD Set top box segment having significant market share in the category. It has been continuously adding new channels and platform services across various genres and languages to beef up its content offering to cater to all segments of the audience. Tata Sky currently has its footprints spread across 1.5 lakh towns with over 17 million connections in India. For more information on Tata Sky, visit www.tatasky.com

For Further information contact:

Tata Sky:
Nida Paloba – 09821017561
Nida.paloba@tatasky.com

Aditya Ravi – 09821299550
Aditya.ravi@tatasky.com

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STAR INDIA, TED & SHAH RUKH KHAN COME TOGETHER TO INTRODUCE ‘IDEAS WORTH SPREADING’ WITH ‘TED TALKS INDIA NAYI SOCH’

Mumbai, October 5, 2017: Challenging the grammar of conventional entertainment and inspiring Nayi Soch, Star India brings in yet another disruption with ‘TED Talks India Nayi Soch’ on Star Plus hosted by Shah Rukh Khan. In a global first collaboration that will make the transformative power of ideas easily accessible to audiences across India, Star Plus unites with TED – the global platform known for spotlighting and spreading powerful ideas that transform how audiences see their world. Mr. Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO, Star India, Mr. Shah Rukh Khan and Mr. Chris Anderson, Head of TED addressed the press in Mumbai today and shared their thoughts regarding the show.

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‘TED Talks India Nayi Soch’, is TED’s first collaboration with a major network to produce a television series featuring original TED Talks in a language other than English. The show will bring some of the best innovators and thinkers of Indian origin to the center stage, hosted by Shah Rukh Khan. The show captures an eclectic mix of speakers, thinkers and doers, who have questioned norms and brought forth cutting edge ideas that have the potential to inspire billions. All these ideas which originate from personal belief and self-motivation bear testimony to the ingenuity of Indians. Scientists, Authors, Thinkers, Entrepreneurs and Artists, this show provides a global platform to these speakers from all walks of life, taking their ideas to every home in India with the unparalleled reach of the Star Plus platform. It can also be viewed on Hotstar, Star’s online video streaming platform.

Mr. Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO, Star India said, “At Star we have always believed that conventional definitions of content exist only to be challenged. I have been a big fan of TED and felt that there is no reason why these ideas should not be made accessible to all Indians in a language of their choice. Television should offer a spectrum of content which includes not just the traditional definition of entertainment but also content that feeds the human passion for knowledge, which stokes curiosity and inspires people. The timing is perfect -. India is a young country with big dreams and potential. It is a time when the world is looking to India for the next big idea. I am excited by the Star TED partnership as it opens up a world of ideas and truly inspires “Nayi Soch”. Joining us in our endeavour is Shah Rukh Khan whose charisma and enthusiasm will be pivotal in connecting with our viewers.”

Host Shah Rukh Khan adds, “It is a huge honour to host this show. When two giants like Star India and TED come together we’re sure to fire up a billion imaginations. Bringing the power of ideas to people’s living rooms across India and reaching out to especially the youth of our country, is something that’s really exciting. I want our youth to be inspired to think of new ideas. Simple and unique ideas that pack a punch. Ideas that can change lives.”

Mr. Chris Anderson, Head of TED, said, “TED Talks India Nayi Soch marks an unprecedented step in TED’s ongoing effort to bring big ideas to curious minds around the world. Combine India’s impressive thinkers and its growing appetite for knowledge with Shah Rukh Khan’s global fan following and Star’s massive reach, and we have a real shot at offering millions of people the empowerment that inspiring speakers can bring. We’re delighted at this partnership. The Star team and Shah Rukh Khan have created riveting television that takes the TED platform to a platform to a whole new place.”

Star India has always believed in disruptively powering social change through the power of its content to influence and impact people’s lives and thought. Continuing with this journey ‘TED Talks India Nayi Soch’, will take forward Star’s commitment of creating social impact with Nayi Soch in India. Inspiring a billion imaginations is much more than a tag line, it’s a promise Star India delivers every day in ways that break away from the conventional, spark national debate and help shape the new India. Fremantle India is the production house for the show.

Stay tuned as Star Plus introduces yet another ‘Nayi Soch’.

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About Star India:

Star India has defined the Indian media landscape since 1991 and today is one of the country’s leading media conglomerates, reaching approximately 700+ million viewers a month across India and more than 100 other countries. Star generates 30,000+ hours of content every year and broadcasts 60+ channels in 8 different languages, reaching 9 out of 10 C&S TV homes in India.

The network’s entertainment channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel V, Star World, Star World Premiere HD, Star Movies, Star Movies Select HD, Star Utsav, Star Utsav Movies, Star Bharat, Movies OK and Star Plus, India’s No. 1 Hindi General Entertainment Channel. It has a leading presence in regional broadcasting as well, through a bouquet of channels which include Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Star Pravah, Maa channels and affiliate channels Asianet, Asianet Plus, Asianet Movies, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus and Vijay. It is also present in the Indian movie production and distribution space through Fox Star Studios, an affiliate joint venture company.

Star India is making quantum leaps in transforming sports in the country by leveraging the group’s strengths in superior content and audience engagement. Star’s sports business has grown rapidly to 12 channel properties (Star Sports 1, 2, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Hindi 1; Star Sports HD1, HD2, Star Sports Select 1 HD, Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Hindi 1 HD; India’s first Tamil Sports channel Star Sports Tam
il 1 and India’s first private FTA sports channel Star Sports First), making it the leading sports network in the country.

Star is set to drive the agenda on digital content consumption in the country with Hotstar, Star’s revolutionary digital platform that brings your favourite TV shows, movies and sports in one destination.
Star India is a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
Follow us on http://www.startv.com/

TNT SERIE ORIGINAL 4 BLOCKS COMING SOON ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO WORLDWIDE

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  • Shooting for Season 2 scheduled for early in 2018, broadcast in 2018
  • Produced by TNT Serie and Wiedemann & Berg Television

HONG KONG: 26 September, 2017 – From Berlin-Neukölln out into the world! More than 1.5 million viewers watched the Hamady clan’s battle for control of their 4 Blocks in the award-winning TNT Serie Original.

Now the Berlin gangster drama will be available worldwide. From 4 October, Amazon Prime Video will offer the TNT Serie Original in more than 150 countries, including Asia Pacific.

Hannes Heyelmann, Turner’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Central & Eastern Europe and International Original Programming Strategy: “With 4 Blocks, we took the risk of financing a series almost entirely on our own, and also handling distribution sales for the first time. We believe we have found ideal partners with Amazon Prime Video and ZDFneo to make the series available globally via on-demand as well as on German free-to-air TV. These sales prove that our strategy of telling stories that are clearly locally rooted also work in international sales, and they enable us to invest even more in our productions going forward.”

Both deals were brokered by Lisette Schlippe, Director Content Licensing for Turner in Central & Eastern Europe and Canada.

4 Blocks was produced by TNT Serie and Wiedemann & Berg. The six-part series premiered at Berlinale in February and has since been screened at numerous festivals worldwide. Kida Khodr Ramadan won the Best Actor award at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris for his performance in the series. A second season is already in the pipeline, with shooting planned for this winter, and broadcast later in 2018.

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Contact
James Moore, Director of Communications, Turner Asia Pacific
+852 3128-3720

About Turner International

Turner International operates versions of core Turner brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner operates more than 180 channels showcasing 43 brands in 34 languages in over 200 countries. Turner International is a Time Warner company.

Season 1 of 4 Blocks

The first season of 4 Blocks was broadcast on TNT Serie on Mondays at 9pm and started on 8 May. In six episodes, it tells a story of betrayal and guilt, friendship and family in an Arab family in the Neukölln district of Berlin. It centres around Ali ‘Toni’ Hamady (Kida Khodr Ramadan) who, together with his wife Kalila (Maryam Zaree), wants to leave his ‘four blocks’ and put criminal activities behind him. But after his brother-in-law Latif (Massiv) is arrested in a raid, Toni owes it to his family to take over operational leadership of the clan again. Besides, Toni doesn’t want to hand control to his unpredictable brother Abbas (Veysel Gelin), who already sees himself as the new head of the family. When an old friend, Vince (Frederick Lau), suddenly returns to Berlin, Toni believes he has someone he can trust at his side, and the hope of a lawful future seems to be within reach once more. But it’s far too late for an escape from the downward spiral of crime and intrigue.

4 Blocks was developed by TNT Serie and Wiedemann & Berg, writers Hanno Hackfort, Bob Konrad, and Richard Kropf, as well as director and writer Marvin Kren (Mordkommission Berlin 1, Rammbock). Moritz Schultheiss was the cinematographer, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Eva Stadler, and Karsten Rühle the executive producers, as well as – on the broadcaster’s side – Anke Greifeneder and Hannes Heyelmann.

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AsiaSat 9 Set for Launch from Baikonur on September 29

Hong Kong, 26 September 2017 – AsiaSat 9, the most powerful satellite from Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator is set for launch at 00:52:16 Baikonur time on September 29 (02:52:16 Hong Kong Time September 29; 18:52:16 GMT September 28) by an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

This next generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, is designed to replace AsiaSat 4 and to provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services at 122 degrees East longitude. With innovative and cutting-edge features such as Asia’s highest powered 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design, star tracker and hall effect thrusters, AsiaSat 9 is able to deliver enhanced performance, higher efficiency and operational stability.

AsiaSat 9 will also offer brand new coverage for high growth markets in Asia, including the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, high-power Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and a wide C-band footprint that offers significantly improved power over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region.

The mission is performed by the Proton Breeze M rocket from launch pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the AsiaSat 9 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a nearly circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the AsiaSat 9 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after lift-off.

Live broadcast of the AsiaSat 9 launch will be available on 29 September (local Baikonur time) on:
Satellite: AsiaSat 5 C-band
Orbital Location: 100.5 degrees East
Transponder: C3H
Downlink Frequency: 3717 MHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
Compression and Video Format: MPEG-4, DVB-S2
Symbol Rate: 4.9373 Msym/sec
Modulation: 8PSK
FEC: 3/4

Live broadcast will begin approximately 30 minutes before lift-off

Live webcast of the launch at http://asiasat9.imgondemand.com/ or http://www.asiasat.com/asiasat-9-launch will begin approximately at 00:30 Baikonur time on September 29 (02:30 Hong Kong Time September 29; 18:30 GMT September 28)

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About AsiaSat
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world’s population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company’s satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

Media Contact:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Countdown begins with AsiaSat 9 aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket rolled out to the launch pad

Countdown begins with AsiaSat 9 aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket rolled out to the launch pad