A+E reaches out into Asia with licensing deals

Editor | 23-07-2012

In a huge fillip for its global ambitions, global media content company A+E Networks has closed licensing agreements with broadcasters in Asia for a number of series and specials.

The new deals encompass the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea and Thailand among other countries and will complement what the company says are “soaring” sales in a “vital market.” Said Ling-Sze Gan, Senior Director, International Content Sales, Asia for A+E Networks: “We have a fantastic library of high quality content and broadcasters are hungry for more. We’re looking forward to introducing additional new program franchises and specials later this year at MIPCOM.”

In the Philippines Lifestyle Network has picked up 24 Hour Catwalk, Celebrity House Hunting, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, Dance Moms, and Dance Moms Miami, among others while OKTO in Singapore has acquired Hidden Cities, Stan Lee’s Superhumans, and Modern Marvels. Over in · Malaysia TV Alhijra will screen Disaster Guy and Hidden Cities while in neighboring Indonesia B Channel has acquired IRT Deadliest Roads and Top Shot and compatriot Metro TV bought Shockwave and a selection of HISTORY specials including, The Lost Kennedy Home Movies. Meanwhile Thai PBS has licensed Hidden Cities, The Universe, and a selection of HISTORY specials including Titanic Mystery Solved.

South Korea’s TV Chosun has renewed its output deal, which will include Invention USA, Stan Lee’s Superhumans, Modern Marvels as well as various HISTORY specials such as Secret Access: The Vatican. Also in the country Korean Forces Network has purchased Ancient Discoveries, Modern Marvels, Top Guns, Vietnam Lost Films, Modern Marvels, and a number of HISTORY specials including, Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After and Secret Access: Air Force One; On Style/XTM Channel bought The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet along with several episodes from the Biography series, including Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman.