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  • Disney Asia ups Candland to president
    Sixteen-year Disney veteran Paul Candland has been promoted to president of The Walt Disney Company Asia.
  • Passion moves for BBCWW’s Thomas
    UK-based Passion Distribution has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Elin Thomas as its global head of sales.
  • Sky debates with Twofour show
    UK satcaster Sky1 has ordered an eight-part show about a children's debating competition from the production company behind popular documentary series Educating Yorkshire.
  • Cineflix stocks factual catalogue
    UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights has expanded its third-party slate with a series of acquisitions from producers on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Fremantle format powers into Sweden
    Swedish pubcaster SVT has ordered a local version of FremantleMedia format Master Athletes to air in a primetime Saturday slot.
  • Arrow gets extended Nat Geo Wild run
    Nat Geo Wild in the US has greenlit a second season of Animal Fight Night from London-based indie Arrow Media.
  • Liberty revamps Austrian, Swiss operations
    US media giant Liberty Global has appointed the MD of its UPC Cablecom business in Switzerland to lead a newly created Swiss and Austrian division.
  • Digiturk travels with CNN show
    Turkish satellite platform Digiturk has picked up four seasons of a food and travel show that first aired on US newscaster CNN.
  • Croatia, India hear Talpa’s Voice
    Broadcasters in Croatia and India are set to air their own versions of singing format The Voice later this year after picking up remake rights.
  • Rewind reveals HITS expansion
    Singapore-based broadcaster Rewind Networks has revealed the latest destination for its fledgling entertainment channel HITS, which is expanding its presence across Asia.
  • Stern joins IM Global’s TV unit
    US cablenet Syfy's former president of original content has joined film financing firm IM Global to lead its TV production and distribution arm.
  • ZooMoo kids net hires Oz exec
    A former Nickelodeon executive will take charge at the Australian and New Zealand operations of David Haslingden’s ZooMoo kids channel with a remit to secure carriage in both markets.
  • Guru game for new digital venture
    Canadian producer Guru Studio has launched a new interactive division to develop original digital IP and brand extensions for existing TV series.
  • El Rey kicks on with martial arts
    US Hispanic cable channel El Rey Network has expanded its partnership with Asian distributor Celestial Pictures by signing up to a long-term programming agreement.
  • Canada's YTV launches pop band doc
    Canadian kids channel YTV is launching a behind-the-scenes reality series about fledgling pop band 4 Count.
  • History in Oz reveals WW1 slate
    The History Channel in Australia is marking the anniversary of the First World War by launching a series of local and acquired programmes about the people and events from the conflict.
  • Read quits Wimbledon Studios
    Piers Read, MD of UK prodco and facilities provider Wimbledon Studios, has resigned after clashing with the company's owners, Panther Securities.
  • Newen finds Source for US remake
    Endemol Studios has acquired US remake rights to French thriller La Source and is developing a local version for USA Network.
  • Venevision finds Secret Love in classic drama
    Venezuelan broadcaster Venevision is producing a remake of a classic telenovela that made its debut on the channel more than 20 years ago.
  • Liberty M&A exec moves to Repucom
    A Liberty Global strategy and M&A director has left the firm's content investment arm to join international sport and entertainment market research and consultancy company Repucom.
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