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RTL, CBS to launch Southeast Asian channels

The companies have formed a joint venture to create two thematic channels that will broadcast CBS and FremantleMedia content, such as reality competitionThe X Factor, across 29 Southeast Asian markets.
August 14, 2013

European entertainment network RTL Group and distributor CBS Studios International have partnered to launch two channels for the Southeast Asian market.

The first channel, RTL CBS Entertainment, will debut next month and air RTL Group’s reality competition shows The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Celebrity Apprentice, along with CBS’s scripted series and entertainment shows, such as Late Show with David Letterman.

The second channel, the action-adventure-focused RTL CBS Extreme, will debut in spring 2014 and air a mix of reality, scripted and extreme sports.

Both channels will broadcast in English and local languages across 29 markets, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, via cable, satellite and IPTV.

The Singapore-based venture, called RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, has a management team comprised of executives from both companies and is subject to regulatory and other approvals. It will have access to first-run shows and library titles from the CBS network and RTL-owned FremantleMedia.

“By joining forces with such a renowned global partner, we are continuing our tried-and-tested build strategy; expanding our business to more countries in Asia with high growth potential,” said Guillaume de Posch, co-CEO of RTL Group, in a statement. “I am very confident that this venture will benefit strongly from the combined broadcasting and production expertise of both parties.”

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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.

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