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Flurry of deals kick off Asia TV Forum

Buena Vista Intl. TV Asia Pacific unveiled a multi-year VOD pact

The Asia Television Forum market and convention kicked off here Wednesday with a flurry of deals, including several for Buena Vista Intl. TV Asia Pacific.

Buena Vista Intl. TV Asia Pacific unveiled a multi-year video-on-demand agreement with regional VoD operator Anytime. Deal sees BVITV current and library features distributed in Australia, Thailand and Taiwan through Anytime’s affiliates TransACT and Regional Internet Australia, Buddy Broadband in Thailand and TDMC in Taiwan.

Titles include “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Cinderella Man,” “Eight Below” and “Flightplan.”

“Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and “Alias” were licensed to Vietnamese agent TVF; Kiet Kuong licensed the “Criminal Minds” series and “Nowhere Man” for airing on terrestrial net VTV3; Tung Hoa grabbed “Ghost Whisperer” also for VTV.

In Brunei, outfit renewed a multi-year volume agreement with terrestrial broadcaster Radio Television Brunei (RTB) to license more than 260 hours of live action series and Jetix branded titles. New shows available to net include “Lost,” “Alias,” “Extreme Makeover,” “8 Simple Rules” and “My Wife & Kids.”

Lativi of Indonesia picked up “When Nature Strikes” and Vision Media bought Hollywood Science for China’s CCTV. Deals were handled by firm’s new Asia sales exec Rosie Flynn.

Los Angeles-based Rive Gauche Television announced sales in Asia and Australia for several reality, medical and documentary titles. Thailand’s UBC acquired “101 More Things Removed From the Human Body,” “Alien Autopsy,” “Obese at 16: A Life in Balance,” and two seasons of “Wild Weddings.” Japan’s Telesis bought DVD and TV rights to the “Dog Whisperer” season one for broadcast and commercial satellite. Hong Kong’s ATV and Australia’s Nine Network acquired “Anatomy of a Giant.”

With participation from 49 countries, event has seen 25% growth year on year, said Ed Ng, prexy, Reed Exhibitions Singapore-Malaysia. Sales companies are up 25% to 250 this year, with the number of Asian companies up 44% to 121 in 2006.

(Magz Osborne contributed to this report.)

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