A+E sells over 700 hours of content to Asia-Pacific

Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 23-11-2011

A+E Networks, the international distribution arm of the US cable broadcaster, has sold over 700 hours of content to the Asia-Pacific region ahead of next month's Asia Television Forum.
It has closed deals in South Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV 15 has acquired documentary series Ancient Discoveries and Four Heavenly Kings, while Japan's Nippon TV has picked up Seriously Funny Kids and Most Extreme Airports.

In South Korea, CJ Media has bought Seriously Funny Kids, Skylife has acquired The Universe in 3D and KBS has bought America: The Story of US.

Thai broadcaster True Vision has bought Seriously Funny Kids, Jersey Cheer, Fairy Jobmother, Coming Home, and a volume package of the Biography series, which includes George Clooney and Tom Cruise. Thai PBS has also picked up Seven Wonders of the Solar System, Hidden Cities, and Underwater Universe, along with Biography episodes of Madame Mao, Mahathir, Ho Chi Minh and Junichiro Koizumi.

In the Philippines, ABS - CBN has licensed Glamour Belles and Seriously Funny Kids, while GMA has picked up a number of Biography episodes.
In New Zealand, Sky's Box Channel licensed Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars and Hoarders. Sky: The Arts Channel picked up The Chris Isaak Hour and TV3 acquired IRT: Deadliest Roads. In addition, TVOne and TV2 picked up Seriously Funny Kids.
Sean Cohan, senior VP of international for A+E Networks, said: “A+E Networks is known across the globe for the quality series and specials we offer from the A&E Network, History and Lifetime programme catalogues. “The global demand for our content continues to grow exponentially throughout the Asia-Pacific region and we are looking forward to maximizing this momentum at Asia TV Forum.”