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Numericable STB embedded in Loewe TVs

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 03-10-2012

The Mini-STB by Numericable will be embedded in German manufactured TV sets from Loewe as of the beginning of November.

This exclusive six-month partnership will allow Numericable’s subs to access, from all Loewe’s new TV sets, the same TV bouquet as with an at-home STB, including HD and 3DTVchannels, radio stations, and EPG.
Trendrr brings social TV on TF1’s format Danse avec les Stars

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 03-10-2012

French broadcaster TF1 has entered into a partnership with Trendrr to bring social TV to the new season of BBC Worldwide Productions France’s Danse avec les stars.

During the run, social data, both qualitative and quantitative, will be exploited in real time and included in the live programme as well as on MyTF1.

Every Saturday evening, viewers will be invited to comment the way celebrities are dancing and share impressions on social networks. The best messages will be screened live on screen while MyTF1 platform will offer exclusive and enriched contents.

After the show, the new La suite format Danse Avec Les Stars will offer a follow-up on social TV activity during the prime-time show.

“TF1 has already integrated since the last two years social talks about its programming. After the tweet replay, Trendrr’s solution goes further and help us strengthening the relation and engagement of our audience around TF1 brand and multi-screens programming,” said

Olivier Abecassis, Managing Director eTF1.
ASA condemns Channel 4’s “irresponsible, offensive, prejudicial” and harmful to children ad campaign

Editor | 03-10-2012

For viewers a guilty pleasure and for the broadcaster a ratings smash, however Channel 4’s second series of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings has been slammed for endorsing negative prejudicial views and even “being harmful to children and depicting a child in a sexualised way.”

An adjudication by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority Council (ASA) has condemned thoroughly the advertising campaign that promoted the “Bigger, Fatter, Gypsier” series franchise, broadcast in February 2012, revealing the cultural aspects of the Irish traveller comity in the UK which regularly faces in-built prejudice.

David Enright, a partner with Howe & Co Solicitors, a UK law firm which acted for the Irish Travellers’ Movement in Britain (ITMB) and members of the Irish Traveller community in bringing formal complaints to the ASA about Channel 4’s advertising campaign, commented: “Sadly, racial discrimination against Travellers and Gypsies is seen as the last ‘socially acceptable’ form of racism in modern Britain. Appallingly, Channel 4’s advertising campaign promoted and endorsed negative prejudicial views. This is a stunning, landmark victory for Travellers and Gypsies, who are all too often portrayed negatively in the press and media. The billboard campaign was harmful to children and fell very short of the conduct required of any serious public broadcaster, especially when it depicted a Traveller child in a sexualised way. Senior executives within Channel 4 must consider their positions. The sponsors of the television programme, whose name appeared below these advertisements, should also consider whether it is happy to be associated with such irresponsible and harmful advertising, especially where children may have been harmed”.

Fellow partner Martin Howe called on those “involved in positively promoting such prejudicial views” to consider their suitability to be part of a mainstream public broadcaster.
CAA Eleven nets UEFA national football commercial rights

Joseph O'Halloran | 03-10-2012

The executive committee of UEFA, European football’s governing body, has awarded the commercial rights management of its national team competitions to CAA Eleven who will be dedicated exclusively to managing the broadcasting, sponsorship and licensing rights.

What it means in practice is that CAA Eleven will manage the centralised commercial rights to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying and final tournaments competition as well as the European qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 24-team UEFA EURO 2016.

“Our strategic aim was to exploit the commercial rights for our national team competitions under one roof,” said UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino. “This would then allow us to offer a coherent approach in optimising overall revenue streams for our member associations going forward. A similar centralisation of commercial rights has helped to strengthen European club football over the past two decades, and we expect that the same will now happen for national team football on this continent.”

“We are honoured to have been selected by UEFA to represent the prestigious rights for UEFA’s national team competitions,” said David O’Connor, Managing Partner, CAA, which represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, video games, theatre, fashion and the Internet. “We look forward to working closely with our partners at UEFA, one of the world’s most respected governing bodies, and its 53 member associations, to create precedent-setting opportunities around the globe for these highly-coveted media assets.”
Beeb stars with Zodiak rights

Joseph O'Halloran | 03-10-2012

German production company I&U TV Production has been commissioned by BBC One for Zodiak Rights to make The Brightest Briton for production company RDF Television.

Slotted for an early 2013 broadcast, the format sees a jury visit towns and cities across the UK to select performers who will act in front of a live studio audience, battling for the title and a large cash prize.

I&U Information und Unterhaltung TV Produktion GmbH & Co.KG produces primetime entertainment, weekly magazine shows, reports and docu-soaps. More than 120 brand new shows by I&U are broadcast each year on the major German TV stations. The company has around 136 employees.

This format acquisition deal from I&U TV Production followed Zodiak Rights’ acquisition of I&U’s format You’ve Got to be Kidding Me in 2011, which launched in Germany and resulted in two subsequent re commissions. Zodiak Rights owns worldwide rights (excluding Germany) to Nation’s Brightest.

Commenting on the deal, Paul Martin, Vice President of Entertainment, Zodiak Rights said:

“At a time when many broadcasters are looking beyond formulaic talent shows we feel Nation’s Brightest is a fantastic format that appeals across all age groups and to all walks of life. It is, at its heart, a show that anyone can participate in and anyone can enjoy as a viewer. We are sure that the BBC version will enjoy the same success as the original German show and we look forward to further international