MIPCOM 2011: Oz Movie Network, Content TV make an event of it with BAFTA

Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 04-10-2011

Content Television, a division of Content Media Corporation, has signed a deal in Australia for its event programming, as Movie Network Channels acquires the Orange British Academy Film Awards and the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards.

The acquisition will see Movie Network Channels airing both awards ceremonies on its Starpics Channel. The Orange British Academy Film Awards, which take place at London’s Royal Opera House, will air in February 2012 and the Los Angeles-based Britannia Awards, which this year honour Warren Beatty, Ben Stiller, David Yates, John Lasseter and Helena Bonham Carter, will air in December 2011.
Saralo MacGregor, executive vice-president of worldwide distribution at Content Television said: “We are delighted to see these high-profile television specials heading to Movie Network. Both awards ceremonies attract the cream of internationally renowned cinematic talent, so we are confident they will be a huge success with viewers in Australia.”
Colleen Meldrum, programme director, Movie Network Channels, added: “These events will be a perfect accompaniment to our schedules, giving viewers the opportunity to experience all the glitz and glamour on offer as their favourite stars and films are honoured by the BAFTA organisation.”
The Orange British Academy Film Awards celebrate cinema’s leading acting, directing, producing, technical and writing talent, with previous nominees and guests including Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.
The BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards honour the biggest names in the entertainment industry for their contribution to film or television. Those honoured previously include Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro and Steven Spielberg.