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Headline News BabyTV Launches in India

BabyTV has extending its reach over South Asia by launching on Sun Direct, the fastest growing DTH platform in India with more than three million subscribers.

The channel is available on the basic bouquet along with other Fox channels including Fox TV (FX) and FoxCrime. BabyTV is already available in the region via B Net in the Maldives and Dialog TV in Sri Lanka.

BabyTV is the world's first 24-hour commercial-free channel for infants, toddlers, and their parents, featuring developmental content created in collaboration with childhood experts.

Headline News Disney Channel EMEA Gets New Exec VP; Hardie Out

Giorgio Stock has been promoted to exec VP and managing director, Disney Channels, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and will lead The Walt Disney Company's portfolio of kid-focused, family inclusive television channels including Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Disney XD and Cinemagic, in the territory. He will also serve as a Disney representative on the board of SRTL, Disney's joint venture with RTL Group.

Headline News Philippines the Next Stop for Sci Fi's Global Domination

NBC Universal Global Networks will launch Sci Fi into the Philippines on March 13, 2009. The move is part of NBCU Global Network's continued channels expansion in the Asia Pacific region and central to the company's growth objective, led by Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks & Digital Initiatives.

NBCU Global Networks has appointed Solar Entertainment Corporation to be its channel distributor as well as its advertising sales representative for Sci Fi in the Philippines.

Headline News Sci Fi and Universal Channels Launch in Hong Kong

NBC Universal Global Networks has launched Universal Channel and Sci Fi Channel on now TV in Hong Kong in January 2009.

The move is part of NBCU Global Network's ongoing channels expansion in Asia and central to the company's objective, led by Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks & Digital Initiatives, to grow to over 100 channels internationally by 2010.

Universal Channel (now TV channel 522) and Sci Fi (now TV channel 124) are available with traditional Chinese subtitling.

Headline News Disney, Media-One Launch Television Channel In Russia

The Walt Disney Company, through one of its subsidiaries, and Media-One Holdings Limited, a broadcaster operating assets in the regions of Russia, are forming a joint venture to launch a Disney-branded television channel in Russia.

Headline News Atom.com and MyDamnChannel.com Launch Distribution Partnership

Atom.com, a digital comedy network and Comedy Central's anchor brand for original digital content, has launched an online distribution partnership with entertainment studio and new media platform My Damn Channel.

A selection of My Damn Channel original productions will begin appearing today in a new channel on Atom.com, MyDamnChannel.Atom.com. First to launch will be a selection of episodes from David Wain's WAINY DAYS, a 2008 Webby Award winner for Best Comedy Series.

Headline News Disney Cinemagic to Launch in High Definition on Sky

Disney Cinemagic, the premium family movie channel, has signed a multi-year deal with Sky to be the first Disney branded channel broadcast in HD in the U.K. The new channel will launch on the U.K.'s HD service, Sky+HD, in December.

Headline News Jetix Acquires Total Drama Island For U.K. Channel

Jetix Europe has signed a deal with Cake Distribution to broadcast top rated U.S. tween sitcom, TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, on its U.K. channel.

TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, created by Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis and produced by Fresh TV, blends event programming and cartoon comedy with a reality TV elimination format. The TV series, which has been a huge ratings success in the U.S., is the first animated, reality show to appear on Jetix's U.K. channel and follows other recent successful acquisitions including DINOSAUR KING and POKEMON DP BATTLE DIMENSION.

Headline News Qubo Channel Expanding Presence in NY, Philly and D.C.

ION Media Networks and RCN Corporation will launch Qubo Channel, the TV and online entertainment service for children, in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Qubo Channel becomes the second ION Media Networks channel available to RCN's major market systems, joining ION Television, which is already carried in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Headline News Qubo Channel Rolls Out New Shows, New Schedule in November

Qubo Channel, the TV and online entertainment service for children, has a full slate of new TV shows for kids and an expanded kid-friendly schedule. The fun starts on Monday, November 3 with the debut of series SAMMY'S STORY SHOP, MAISY, GOFRETTE and ADVENTURES FROM THE BOOK OF VIRTUES, a new season of favorite, DRAGON, as well as new episodes of many other popular Qubo shows. Qubo Channel will also roll-out a new schedule that serves different age groups at different times of the day and will now feature several series on a daily basis.

Headline News Darker Side Of Aardman Now On YouTube Channel

Aardman Animations has joined forces with YouTube to launch another Aardman branded channel, Aardman's Darkside. The channel will offer a selection of some of the company's more surreal comedies and shorts including REX THE RUNT, THE ADVENTURES OF JEFFREY, A TOWN CALLED PANIC and ANGRY KID.

Headline News Channel 4, U.K. Film Council Launch Animated Digital Shorts Contest

4mations Digital ShortsDeadline: November 10, 2008

Channel 4, via its new online animation channel 4mations, has teamed up with the U.K. Film Council to launch 4mations Digital Shorts, a nationwide search for ambitious, original and thought-provoking proposals for animated shorts from new and emerging animation talent across the UK.

Headline News Disney Channels Look To Latin American Growth

Disney is looking at Latin America as a place of possible growth for the Disney Channel, per VARIETY. As it gets harder to earn money in Europe, execs predict that Latin America will be the place to be.

President of Disney Channels Worldwide, Rich Ross, in talking to reporters during a visit to London for the Disney Channel movie premiere of CAMP ROCK, said, "In the next five years Latin America is going to be an economic powerhouse for us. Poland and Australia are other growth markets for us."

Headline News MTV Networks Int'l Launches First Music/Kids International HD Service

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has launched first international high definition service dedicated to music and kids, MTVNHD (MTV Networks High Definition). The 24-hour English-language channel will premiere on Monday, 15 September 2008 and will be available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

Headline News Masato Oda Appointed Deputy President and GM, Animax Broadcast Japan

Animax Broadcast Japan, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Ent. Japan and four major Japanese animation studios -- Toei Animation, Sunrise, TMS Ent. and Nihon Ad Systems -- announced that Masato (Mark) Oda has been appointed deputy president and general manager of the Japanese anime channel.

Headline News ATTO Demonstrates Fibre Channel Multipathing At SIGGRAPH

ATTO Technology, creator of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, is featuring a live Fibre Channel multi-pathing demonstration at this year's SIGGRAPH on August 11-14.

Located in booth #863, ATTO will demonstrate a proven, reliable high-performance storage connectivity solution targeted towards high-end digital editing where workflow productivity is critical and performance must be optimal.

Headline News Superfad Enjoys Mental Overload With New Channel 5 Commercial

Superfad's London office recently produced a new branding project for Channel 5, which unites live action and CG in a playful and cheeky spot that showcases the notion and effect of "indulgent TV."

Headline News KidsCo Now Part Of Spanish Pay TV Platform

KidsCo, the joint venture channel owned by media companies NBC Universal, Cookie Jar and Corus Ent., is to become part of the Spanish pay-TV platform, IMAGENIO, following an agreement with local content provider, Teuve.

The new distribution agreement will see KidsCo’s children’s channel available as part of IMAGENIO’s family package as channel 55.

The agreement will see KidsCo’s premier children’s and family programming available via the pay TV channel with immediate effect.

Headline News Nickelodeon Hits The Big 5-0

On Wednesday morning, Viacom's MTV Networks International will launch Nickelodeon Arabia, the network's 50th global channel.

The Arabic-language channel dedicated exclusively to kids ages 2 to 14 years old, will hit airwaves at 6 a.m. (KSA) tomorrow on free-to-air networks, Arabsat and Nilesat, reaching a potential audience of 190 million viewers across the Middle East.

Headline News Verizon Offers Ultimate Multi-Platform Disney Channel Games Experience

Verizon is offering its FiOS TV, FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet customers the ultimate on-screen and online Disney Channel Games experience, with special TV previews and exciting online multi-player gaming action.

Headline News Hannah Montana 3-D To Run On Starz, Disney Channel

Starz and the Disney Channel will simultaneously air the premiere of concert movie HANNAH MONTANA/MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS a month before it hits stores on DVD, per VARIETY.

It's a first for both networks. The film picked up a domestic gross of $65.3 million in a run earlier this year.

Headline News JimJam Continues To Spread The Global Magic

Global preschool channel JimJam, a joint venture between HIT Ent. and Chellomedia, is set to launch on the Netherlands' largest cable operator Ziggo, as well as expand into Russia and Bulgaria in July.

The new Netherlands launch will take JimJam, the first dedicated preschool channel in the region, into approximately 400,000 additional households. Combined with recent launches on CanalDigitaal and UPC, the channel will soon reach almost one million subscribers in the Netherlands, making it JimJam's single biggest new market at present.

Headline News Freddie Winners Announced

Channel Frederator, the largest Internet cartoon network in the world and one of the founding networks of Next New Networks, today announced the winners of the Channel Frederator Awards, recognizing extraordinary talents in animation and the Internet.

The Second Annual Channel Frederator Awards is available to watch online at www.channelfrederatorawards.com.

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