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HBO, Eros to launch movie channels in India

Companies to develop formats, create original content

Singapore-based HBO Asia and India’s Eros International are teaming up to launch two new ad-free movie channels in India, HBO DEFINED and HBO HITS, the companies said at the Asian Television Forum in Singapore.

The alliance will also provide for the development of both HBO’s existing formats for India as well as the creation of original content for the Indian television market and international distribution.

“We look forward to cultivating new spaces together in India and especially the development of HBO content for TV and online,” said Kishore Lulla, executive chairman of Eros International.

Also at the ATF, Clover Films, J Team Productions and mm2 Entertainment announced a deal for the regional pay TV rights for Jack Neo’s “Ah Boys to Men” and “Ah Boys to Men 2” with SCM (STAR Chinese Movies) of Fox International Channels.

The deal covers the multiple territories of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines and Taiwan. While the figure wasn’t revealed, it marks the highest license fee ever paid for a Singapore produced movie by SCM.

Malaysia had a delegation of 50 companies at the event, and National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) announced a co-production between Young Jump Animation and Spain’s Motion Pictures, together with Sample from Italy, for a children’s show called “Pumpkin Reports.”

The news from Finas came as the org appointed Raja Rozaime B Raja Dalnish Shah as acting director general, after Mohd Naguib Razak was placed on administrative leave. Razak was appointed in September last year and it is not clear why he has been replaced.

Meanwhile, China’s largest independent production company, Enlight Media, said that the second season of its “Clash of Choirs” skein had received its highest rating for the show of 1.62 on Dec. 1. In other format success for the shingle, “Don’t Stop Me Now,” acquired from FremantleMedia, won the TV Landmark Award for being one of the Top 10 New Programs of 2012. The awards are hosted by China Radio Film and Television Magazine.

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