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A+E Networks Asia and Malaysia’s Ideate Media have teamed to launch a regional production partnership. The goal of the partnership is to stimulate new original production opportunities supported by A+E Networks and its global channel portfolio, and Ideate. With Zainir Aminullah, as its CEO, Ideate is a new studio owned by Astro Overseas and Malaysian state investment company Khazanah. “This fund will mean more local stories that can complement a robust program pipeline coming from our US channels – History, A&E Network and Lifetime,” said Sean Cohan, executive VP, International, A+E Networks.

  • Mongolian broadcaster Mongol TV has struck a deal with Miramax to license more than 50 film titles from Miramax’s library. Nomin Chinbat, CEO of Mongol TV, said it is the largest movie rights deal his company has ever made. Mongol TV is a private sector player that began operations in 2009 and claims over 3 million viewers in the country.
  • LifeStyle TV, an Asia Pacific channel for men which launched in March this year, has acquired rights to Lionsgate series “Mad Men” and “Blue Mountain State.” The first season of “Mad Men” will air from November. LSTV is managed by Playboy Plus Entertainment and MATV, wholly owned by Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment Group.