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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
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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