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Factual SVOD Docsville acquired by Lightning International

Hong Kong-based distribution and multi-channel operator Lightning International has acquired Docsville, the factual streamer launched by former BBC exec Nick Fraser and filmmaker Lawrence Elman. The SVOD was set up in 2016 and initially known as Yaddo before being renamed, but will now join other businesses under the Lightning umbrella, which include its Asia-focused content sales […]

Paul Robinson’s firm launches Sindbad toon

Former KidsCo boss Paul Robinson’s services company, Creative Media Partners, has launched its first series, animated toon Sindbad & the 7 Galaxies. Middle Eastern free-to-air MBC3, India’s Sun TV and Nigerian free TV channel Be.Television have signed up to air the show, which comes from CMP creative director Raja Masilamani, who worked with Robinson on a […]

Red flag to a bull: James Ross, Lightning Int’l

It’s a common sight in Asia: husband and wife, together on the sofa – or possibly propped up on pillows in bed, each with a tablet watching their favourite TV shows. Not long ago, it was an entirely different story. When I first came to Asia almost twenty years ago, it was not unusual to […]

Sky News to programme new Australia Channel

Hong Kong-based distributor and channel operator Lightning International is rolling out Australia Channel, a new Asian channel that will be programmed with content from the Australian Sky News. The news operation is a joint venture between UK pay TV platform BSkyB and Australian commercial network Nine. The best of its news and sport content will […]

James Ross’ Lightning hires distribution director

Lightning International has recruited Julien Dutronc as director of TV distribution Lightning is the Hong Kong-based channels and programme distributor run by former ITV Studios and Bloomberg executive James Ross. The company distributes channels and content into Asia from partners including Lagardere and Trace. Dutronc joins the company from TV5 Monde where he managed channel […]