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Endemol to acquire Southern Star

Endemol announces it is to acquire Southern Star, Australia's largest independent television production and distribution group, from Fairfax Media. In this move, Endemol will wholly own Souther Star and its 14,000 hour library and significantly expand its third party distribution business. Hugh Marks will stay on as CEO of Southern Star Group and will report to Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and CEO of Endemol Group. The deal is conditional upon obtaining regulatory approvals, but is expected to go through during the first quarter of 2009. For more information see the release.
January 19, 2009

Endemol announces it is to acquire Southern Star, Australia’s largest independent television production and distribution group, from Fairfax Media. In this move, Endemol will wholly own Souther Star and its 14,000 hour library and significantly expand its third party distribution business. Hugh Marks will stay on as CEO of Southern Star Group and will report to Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and CEO of Endemol Group. The deal is conditional upon obtaining regulatory approvals, but is expected to go through during the first quarter of 2009. For more information see the release.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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