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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.”

About The Author
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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