Andy Kaplan & George Chien’s KC completes SPT network deal in Asia

KC Global Media Entertainment, the company launched by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) alums Andy Kaplan and George Chien, have completed the acquisition of four Asian channels from the executives’ former employers. The deal, first unveiled in January, will see Kaplan and Chien’s KC Global take a 100% stake in South East Asian and Korean media […]

CBC streamer Gem bolsters YA slate with CW samurai drama, Sonar sci-fi

CBC streaming service Gem is launching a slate of young adult programming, including a contemporary samurai drama produced with The CW (pictured) and a sci-fi drama made with Sonar Entertainment. Catering to young adults between 13 and 24, the slate comes as the Canadian public broadcaster works to bolster youth-targeted programming on the fledgling streaming […]

Canada’s CBC bets big on entertainment as it woos advertisers

Canadian public broadcaster CBC is betting on scripted production and fact ent juggernaut Battle Of The Blades as it launches a charm offensive for advertisers. CBC’s Upfront presentation in Toronto on Wednesday (29 May) was the first for new president Catherine Tait (pictured, below), who joined the public broadcaster last July, as well as Barbara […]

Nippon names int’l business MD

Japan’s Nippon TV has named Kako Kuwahara as managing director of its recently restructured international business development (IBD) arm. Kuwahara (pictured) will be at MIPCOM representing he leading Japanese broadcaster in her new role, looking for what the network called “formidable partners”. In her new role, she will remain in Tokyo and report to Nippon […]

Sony appoints Asia content head

Sony Pictures Television has upped Virginia Lim to head of content at its Asian business. Lim has been at Sony in various roles since 2008, joining the studio from Singaporean pay TV platform StarHub. In her new role at SPT she will oversee content for SPT’s five-strong bouquet of regional channels – AXN, One, Animax, […]

Sony ups Lim following Yan Jong Wong exit

Sony Pictures Television has elevated Virginia Lim to vice president, content and marketing at its Asian division. TBI understands she has taken a wider role at Sony following the departure, of Yan Jong Wong, who previously oversaw English-language programming across the SPT channels. In her new role at SPT Networks Asia, Lim (pictured) will oversee […]

Sony, Nippon team for new entertainment channel

Sony Pictures Television and Nippon TV are teaming to launch Gem, a new general entertainment pay TV channel in Asia. The Asian division of the Hollywood studio and the Japanese broadcaster will form a JV to run the new service, which will sit within SPT’s bouquet of pay channels in the region. Nippon will feed […]

Sony unearths GEM in Vietnam

Sony Pictures Television Networks is launching a new general entertainment channel in Vietnam as the territory’s pay TV advertising market booms. The launch of GEM is SPT Networks’ second pay TV channel in Vietnam, following AXN. The network will run content from across Asia and launch in January 2014. GEM also represents the second Asian […]