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Oxygen goes deep...
December 1, 1999

Oxygen goes deep

Oxygen, the new women’s channel set to launch into the U.S. February 2nd, is spending US$2.5 million for advertising during January’s Super Bowl. Strange as it sounds, the annual sports event attracts over 30 million female viewers over the age of 18, Oxygen’s target demographic.

New head for the CBC

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien has appointed Robert Rabinovitch to the post of

president and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Rabinovitch, a Montreal-based businessman, replaces Perrin Beatty, who left the pubcaster in August.

BBC World domination

BBC World, Mothercorp’s answer to CNN, is continuing its global expansion with a move into Canada. The news service is being picked up by several Canadian digital services, and will allow access to a half million Canadian homes. Said presenter Stephen Cole: ‘The world is our neighborhood, and we know it well.’

Artisan gets DCI video

New York’s Artisan Entertainment has acquired the U.S. retail distribution rights for Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet projects. The deal includes 250 current titles, with a minimum of 25 additional hours being added annually. Artisan currently holds the rights to 6300 titles, mostly feature films.

Bertelsmann to launch interactive TV

Bertelsmann, the Munich-based media giant, has announced plans to launch Germany’s first major interactive television pilot program for the spring of 2000. The yet-to-be-named service will ‘look like television but work like the Internet,’ says Bertelsmann new media president Bern Schiphorst. It will provide viewers with movies, music videos, documentaries and travel programming linked to Internet content from Bertelsmann partner America Online and AOL’s CompuServe unit. SK

New doc festival

Discovery Communications and the American Film Institute (AFI) are collaborating on a new film festival initiative, which will debut in Silver Springs, Maryland, in 2001. The AFI/Discovery Global Documentary Festival will recognize the `highest standards in documentary filmmaking around the world.’

As a related item, the entire Discovery corporate outfit will be making the move from Bethesda to Silver Springs in 2003.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.