Malaysia’s Astro to adapt ITV drama ‘Liar’ with Double Vision

Astro in Malaysia has ordered a local adaptation of Liar, the UK drama about two people whose initial attraction has far reaching consequences. The Malaysian version will be produced by Double Vision, following a deal with format distributor All3Media International, which has also acquired the rights to the finished series. The series is expected to […]

Astro returns Fremantle format ‘Family Feud’ to Malaysia

Astro in Malaysia has acquired Fremantle’s entertainment gameshow format Family Feud, with plans to return it to screens in the country after an absence of almost 15 years. The broadcaster is planning multiple language versions of the format, set to debut in mid-2023. The format sees features competing teams of five members, which can either […]

Warner Bros. Discovery & Disney boost kids offering in Asia

Warner Bros. Discovery and Disney are among a slew of broadcasters to acquire kids and family content for their services across Asia, following deals with UK-based Jetpack Distribution. Jetpack secured a total of 269 half-hours of content sales from its library and comes as the company aims to expand its reach across Asia. Among the […]

Scripted round-up: ZDFneo boards ‘The Fighter’; Astro to adapt ‘Liar’; Peacock orders dark comedy ‘Based On A True Story’

ZDFneo boards ‘The Fighter’ German FTA channel ZDFneo has boarded The Fighter, SVT’s upcoming suspense thriller, as a co-producer. The six-part Swedish series from Kärnfilm and SVT follows a female boxer on a high-risk path to become the world champion.  The series is set to premiere 25 April on SVT in Sweden and in winter 2022/2023 in Germany […]

CASBAA lauds piracy crackdown

Asian pay TV body CASBAA has commended a major crackdown on illegal network operators in Thailand and Malaysia. A police initiative has seen around 80,000 consumers lose access to services transmitting illegal channel services from the two territories. A number of arrests connected to illicit streaming devices (ISDs) during and following the police actions. CASBAA […]

Turner, Astro ink Warner TV partnership

The Asian division of Turner and Malaysian pay TV giant Astro have agreed a joint venture that will see them join forces on programming for the Warner TV channel and the wider international market. The deal also secures carriage of Warner TV on the Astro pay TV service and its OTT offshoot,Tribe. Astro and Turner […]

Chinese kids channel app launches in the US

Mandarin-language kids net Miao Mi has launched via a dedicated iOS app in North America. The channel is operated by Celestial Tiger Entertainment, which is backed by Saban, Astro and Lionsgate. It created its Chinese-language net in 2015 as a local alternative to the big three international kids services – Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon […]

Astro preps on-demand exclusives, box-sets

Malaysian pay TV operator Astro has beefed up its on-demand line-up, with several upcoming offerings being made available at the same time as their US broadcast. It will make the hugely anticipated sixth season of Game of Thrones available on-demand at the same time it is shown on HBO in the US. The roster of […]

Astro launches Asian Netflix rival

Asian pay TV giant Astro has launched Tribe, a new ‘mobile-first’ OTT service for consumers in the region. Initially, it will be available in Indonesia through a partnership with telco Axiata, but plans are in place to launch across southeast Asia, in partnership with regional telecoms operators. The new service will allow consumers in Indonesia […]

Celestial Tiger renews output deals

Asia’s Celestial Tiger Entertainment has renewed three key output deals, securing a pipeline of Chinese movies for its channels. The Saban-, Lionsgate- and Astro-backed channel operator has re-upped with Hong Kong-based studios Emperor Motion Pictures, Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited and Universe Entertainment. The agreements give Celestial exclusive pay TV, pay-per-view and OTT rights to the […]

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