Prego at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali continue

first_imgPrego at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali continues to serve up its own brand of delicious Italian food and family fun in a lively setting where everyone is welcome. The recent launch of Prego Birthday Bash is the property’s latest initiative that makes hosting a party on site even easier, as everything is taken care of.A Prego Birthday Bash package includes a personalized cake, balloon decorations, gift bags and a souvenir photo session with Pipo the squirrel. Face painting and interactive pizza-making activities also add to the excitement. Prices are set at just IDR 200,000 per adult and IDR 150,000 per child (Net pricing).In addition, Prego Family Brunch takes place every Sunday for an enjoyable weekend dining experience. An extensive buffet of authentic Italian cuisine satisfies appetites with tasty pasta dishes, grilled meats, fresh salads, home-made gelatos and much more. There are also supervised games and activities to keep children entertained for hours leaving parents to eat at a leisurely pace.Prego Family Brunch features our SuperChefs programme where little ones are encouraged to get creative and learn about food preparation in a positive way. Every Sunday involves a different activity such as assembling pizzas, decorating cupcakes, making mocktails and designing funny-face sandwiches.During Prego Family Brunch, visitors are welcome to use the swimming pool in our Premium Wing and really make a day of it.last_img read more

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Snyder briefs Glenn legislative leaders on energy policy

first_img Categories: Glenn News 12Mar Snyder briefs Glenn, legislative leaders on energy policy Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, chairing a House Energy Policy Committee hearing held Thursday, March 11.Lansing — House Energy Policy Committee Vice-Chairman Gary Glenn, R-Midland, was among eight legislative leaders invited by Gov. Rick Snyder to a briefing Thursday on the governor’s upcoming energy policy address, scheduled for Friday morning. Glenn was the only first-term legislator in either house invited to participate in the briefing, which was conducted personally by Snyder in the governor’s office. Glenn said he is “taking very seriously the responsibility of a leadership role in developing Michigan’s future energy policy, and I certainly appreciate the opportunity to be briefed by Gov. Snyder and ask questions about his plans to meet our future needs for competitive and reliable energy.” Glenn said the state’s energy policy and ability to provide electricity at competitive prices is key to attracting and retaining thousands of jobs provided by major manufacturing firms in the Bay and Midland counties legislative district he represents. He cited a public address two weeks ago by Dow Chemical chief executive officer Andrew Liveris in which Liveris said Midland would be the site of more Dow expansions in the future if Michigan can provide more competitive energy rates. Michigan currently has the highest electricity rates in the Midwest. “As I pledged last year, my focus in this office will be on making Michigan more attractive and more competitive for new business and industry,” Glenn said. “More competitive energy prices are certainly a major factor in our ability to compete for new or expanded plant sites and new jobs here in mid-Michigan.” He said the issue is critical to the success not only of Dow Chemical operations in Michigan, but of other major area employers such as Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductors, and Midland Cogeneration Venture. Glenn Wednesday chaired the House Energy Policy Committee for the first time when the committee’s chairman, Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, left the chair in order to testify before the committee in support of a package of energy reform bills Nesbitt is proposing.Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. (File photo)Glenn and Nesbitt were joined in the gubernatorial briefing by Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills; and Energy Committee Minority Vice Chairman Rep. Bill Lavoy, D-Monroe. Attending from the state Senate were Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township; Rep. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; and Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint.last_img read more

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Rep Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year

first_img30Dec Rep. Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year Categories: News LANSING – Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, completed 2015 with a perfect voting record – her fifth in a row since being elected to represent the 89th House District in 2010.“It’s an honor, but also an expectation to be on the House floor for all 504 votes made in 2015,” said Rep. Price. “That has been a goal every year, to represent my fellow residents in Lansing and I am as happy to have done that in 2015 as I am for the approximately 3,000 votes made in the previous four years. I look forward to continuing my representation in the same manner through 2016.”last_img read more

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Rep Griffin casts vote to end burdensome driver responsibility fees

first_imgState Rep. Beth Griffin today voted for legislation that will eliminate driver responsibility fees and open a path for people to get their driving privileges restored.Griffin, of Mattawan, said she applauds the legislative package that eliminates an ill-conceived fee that people charged with driving offenses were forced to pay on top of court costs and fines related to their offenses. She said the fees caused financial hardships on hundreds of thousands of Michigan families.“People who were forced to pay driver responsibility fees often lost their main source of income because they had their driving privileges revoked, making it difficult to get to and from work,” Griffin said. “This created a situation in which people were unable to escape from deep debt, and were sometimes forced to depend on public assistance.”The fees were enacted by a previous administration dealing with a budgetary shortfall under the guise of using the fees to improve the driving habits of those paying them.Griffin said the legislation on its way to the governor will help people get back to work so they can earn a living and provide for their families.The legislation is now under consideration by the governor.##### Categories: Griffin News,News 14Feb Rep. Griffin casts vote to end burdensome driver responsibility feescenter_img Legislation opens door to restore driving privilegeslast_img read more

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Family testifies on bill to honor Army Spc Robert M Friese

first_img27Feb Family testifies on bill to honor Army Spc. Robert M. Friese Legislation names portion of Clare County highway after fallen soldierState Rep. Jason Wentworth testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with Clare County Veteran Services Director Renee Haley (second from right), Robert Friese’s mother Cindy Friese (right) and Robert Friese’s fiancé Brittany Minterfering (left).The family of deceased Army Specialist Robert M. Friese and Clare County Veteran Services Director Renee Haley joined state Rep. Jason Wentworth today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to name a portion of highway in Clare County after the fallen soldier.Friese’s mother Cindy Friese, his fiancé Brittany Minterfering, and her mother and grandmother, Lori Minterfering and Pam Heath testified in support of Wentworth’s bill to rename the highway. “Robert Friese is a hometown hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving the country that he loved,” said Rep. Wentworth, of Clare. “He made a huge impact on our community and this is a fitting tribute for him in Clare County.”On April 29, 2011, Friese was killed in Kut, Iraq when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.Friese was a recipient of the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star. The bill will rename a portion of Business Route 127 as the SPC Robert Friese Memorial Highway.House Bill 5394 now moves to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Wentworth Newslast_img read more

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Local residents can meet with Rep Crawford on May 17

first_img10Apr Local residents can meet with Rep. Crawford on May 17 State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi invites residents to attend her “Coffee with Crawford” monthly office hour on Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Salem-South Lyon District Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail in South Lyon.“Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Crawford said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a state legislator.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Crawford at 517-373-0827 or via email at Categories: Crawford Newslast_img read more

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Rep Calley hosts summer reading contest for area kids

first_img Categories: Calley News 25Jun Rep. Calley hosts summer reading contest for area kids State Rep. Julie Calley announced today she is sponsoring a summer reading contest for children first through fifth grade in Barry and Ionia counties. Rep. Calley, of Portland, has teamed up with several libraries in the area for the contest.Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can through August. The titles of completed books and number of pages read can be recorded on a bookmark provided to the libraries by Rep. Calley or downloaded and printed from her website. Readers must submit the bookmarks in the contest box at the listed local libraries or mail them to Rep. Calley’s office by Sept. 1 to be eligible to win. The winners, along with their family members, will be welcomed as guests of Rep. Calley at the state Capitol to be a Legislator for the Day.“The Legislator for a Day program received really positive reviews from participants last year,” Rep. Calley said. “The students and their families enjoyed the experience, and it was an honor to reward their outstanding efforts.”Libraries taking part in the contest include:Clarksville Area Library, ClarksvilleDelton District Library, DeltonFreeport District Library, FreeportGW Spindler Memorial Library, WoodlandPortland District Library, PortlandSaranac Public Library, SaranacThornapple Kellogg Community Library, Middlevillelast_img read more

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Jewish News 1 the 24hour international news chan

first_imgJewish News 1, the 24-hour international news channel launched in September, is now available on the internet.The channel is available on the web at Jewish News 1 is currently also available in English over Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and European Russia via the Astra 4A, Hotbird and Galaxy satellites. The service also plans to broadcast in other languages in the future.The channel is backed by Ukrainian businessmen Igor Kolomoisky and Vadim Rabinovich, and has studios in Tel Aviv, Brussels and Kyiv, airing international news from a Jewish perspective.last_img read more

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Polish pay TV platform n has acquired a raft of

first_imgPolish pay TV platform ‘n’ has acquired a raft of TV rights to the Summer Olympics and will show high-definition and 3D coverage of the upcoming London Games.The platform’s 3D coverage includes the opening and closing ceremonies as well as football, basketball, tennis, swimming and athletics.Christian Anting, vice-president and chief operating officer of TVN-backed ‘n’ said: “No other platform in Poland, can offer consumers this level of Olympic Game coverage and we’re bringing it to them in high definition and 3D. By adding more than 100 hours of unique events like volleyball, handball or basketball, platform n becomes the platform of choice for all sports fans.”last_img read more

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Madagascan digital terrestrial TV operator Bluelin

first_imgMadagascan digital terrestrial TV operator Blueline has partnered with Sweden-based Cryptoguard for content security.Blueline will replace its existing conditional access security system with Cryptoguard’s CAS service, making it the first African DTT operator to use Cryptoguard.Blueline CEO Damien Lamberterie said that Cryptoguard would “strengthen the security of content” and would offer a better customer experience to subscribers. He added that the firm chose Cryptoguard for its “reliability, power and manageability.”“Blueline is an ideal customer since we have designed our system to suit even small and medium sized operators with a limited budget,” said CryptoGuard sales director Jesper Stal.Cryptoguard will be exhibiting at ANGA COM on Stand G35, Hall 10.2.last_img read more

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Spanish service provider Jazztel has announced tha

first_imgSpanish service provider Jazztel has announced that it is initial talks with Nordic telco TeliaSonera to acquire the latter’s Spanish mobile subsidiary Yoigo.TeliaSonera confirmed this morning that it is holding discussions with Jazztel. The telco announced in its second quarter report that it was reviewing its future presence in the Spanish market.last_img

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CSI CBS is preparing what it hopes will be the wor

first_imgCSICBS is preparing what it hopes will be the world’s largest ever drama simulcast with a simultaneous 150-country screening of CSI.International broadcasters and channels that have CSI rights will show the same episode of the enduringly popular US procedural, which is distributed by CBS Studios International.The simulcast, which will take place on March 4, will be of the ‘Kitty’ episode of the drama that contained the ‘embedded pilot’ for the latest edition of the franchise, CSI: Cyber.CBS said it was organising ‘CSI Day’ to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the scripted show.The previous record for the largest international simulcast was for the fiftieth episode of BBC sci fi series Doctor Who, with an episode going out to 98 countries across six continents ion November 2013.The episode will go out at 7pm US Eastern time on March 4. In the US, it will be streamed on the CBS website.“When CSI premiered, I had no idea it would become the sensational global franchise it is today,” said Anthony Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise and co-creator and executive producer of CSI: Cyber. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off CSI: Cyber and celebrate 15 years of international success than with a worldwide simulcast.”last_img read more

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Steve Burke NBCUniversal will seek to bring its do

first_imgSteve BurkeNBCUniversal will seek to bring its domestic to international revenue split in line with rival US media giants 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company in the next decade.NBCU CEO and senior executive VP of parent Comcast Steve Burke said NBCU made around 20% of its revenues from the international market, which was “much lower” than its rivals. Comcast is the US’s leading cable provider, meaning there has been a heavy focus on domestic revenues.“Obviously with [media] growth all over the world, but particularly in places like China, India and Latin America, you want to have a higher percentage of your revenue and your business coming from overseas,” said Burke.“There are very few companies that have US$150 billion market cap that have so little of their revenue coming from outside of the United States, so we see it as a huge opportunity.”He pointed to the fact Universal Pictures movie Fast and Furious 7 was the highest-grossing American movie of all time in China, as an indicator of the potential. NBCU also tday secured a multi-year distribution agreement with new Chinese SVOD platform Tmall Box Office.“Whether it’s M&A activity or organic growth, international is a huge opportunity for us and it’s something that I think you’ll see us pursue over the next five or ten years,” he added.NBCU’s globally-focused television assets include channels arm Universal Networks International, production wing NBCUniversal International Studios and programming sales wing NBCUniversal International Distribution.Elsewhere in an interview in front of delegates at the Bank of American Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference, Burke appeared to agree with FX Networks president John Landgraf, who recently grabbed headlines by suggesting there was too much high-end scripted programming being made.“There is an almost insatiable demand for great video professionally produced great video programming,” he said, adding: “The amount of money people are willing to pay for those series and pay for those series right away not having to wait the traditional four or five years that we used to have to wait encourages ourselves and others to take those creative swings.”However, Burke said: “My bet is that the sheer volume will not continue to increase at the pace it has. I think people are starting to feel and realize that there is been too much here.”last_img read more

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Orange has struck a deal with mobile operator Bhar

first_imgOrange has struck a deal with mobile operator Bharti Airtel International to acquire Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.Orange will acquire 100% of the two companies’ share capital. The consolidated revenue of the two companies is around €275 million.The acquisitions will be implemented in partnership with Orange’s subsidiaries in the Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.The deal means that Orange will add almost 5.5 million customers to its mobile customer base.The group said that the acquisition would bring the Group’s African footprint up to 20 countries in 2016.The deal follows an initial agreement last year about the potential acquisition of Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Chad and Congo Brazzaville by Orange.last_img read more

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Michael Peters CEO of Euronews with Jean Obambi

first_imgMichael Peters, CEO of Euronews, with Jean Obambi, Managing Director of Télé Congo, at the signing of the pair’s partnership.Euronews’ sister TV channel, Africanews, is due to launch across sub-Saharan Africa on April 20, following the launch of the network’s news website in January.At a press conference at MIPTV in Cannes today, Euronews’ director of distribution Arnaud Verlhac said that the pan-African news channel will be broadcast by SES via its SES-4 and SES-5 satellites.The channel will be available via Canal+ Afrique across 25 countries via satellite and DTT as part of its ‘Bouquets de Canal+’ packages. Startimes will also carry the network via DTT and satellite in the nine countries where it currently provides service.Other operator deals announced today were with Zuku, which distributes more than 100 channels across East Africa via satellite, and in parts of Kenya via cable. Africanews will also be carried via Nigerian IPTV service Suburban.At launch, Africanews, which is 100% owned by Euronews, will be available in some 7.3 million homes across 33 African countries, according to the company.Speaking at the press conference, Euronews CEO Michael Peters confirmed that new channel is part of a wider plan to offer more regional offerings, in answer to a question about whether Euronews was now planning projects such as an Asianews or an Americanews channel.“We are in discussions with some partners now. Yes we have this project to launch new regional media offers. I think that this goes into this strategy of ‘All Views’ and not imposing one brand. I think that this is, philosophically, something important for us.Peters also stressed that Africanews “is not Euronews Africa” with some 90% of the channel’s output to be African content, with Africanews now employing 85 media professionals across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.“We are not coming to Africa to give the point of view of Europeans to Africans,” said Peters. “We bring our expertise in terms of producing quality content.”The Euronews CEO said that the focus on pure African content marks a change in the original strategy for the delayed Africanews, which was due to launch in January.Initially the company planned to programme the channel with 80% Euronews-originated content and 20% Africanews, with that split to be reversed gradually over a period of five years.However, Peters said he quickly realised that this would not be possible as it would lead to the “cannibalisation” of Euronews, with Africanews now positioned well to sit alongside and co-exist with Euronews.Separately, Euronews used the press conference to also announce a new look for the Euronews channel on 17 May, around the new brand claim “Euronews, All Views.” This day will also see the beta launch of the new website.last_img read more

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The creation of a merged ATT and Time Warner will

first_imgThe creation of a merged AT&T and Time Warner will have rivals such as Netflix, Disney and Viacom “looking at their strategies with new eyes this morning”, according to a leading media analyst.Ed Barton of UK-based research house Ovum told DTVE‘s sister title TBI the implications were “fundamental” for “all distributors without a stake in content and all [other] media companies who will have to adjust to a competitive landscape with a new behemoth competing for brand advertising dollars”.“Netflix, Disney, Viacom and the majority of pay TV service providers, particularly those offering services targeting the lower value ends of the TV market, will all be looking at their strategies with new eyes this morning,” added Barton, who is Ovum’s head of TV practice.Barton pointed to the advertising opportunity created by the two companies together, through “practically all key content types and multichannel distribution”. It will have huge audience viewing data capabilities and be able to offer massively integrated campaigns for partners across platforms.However, integrating Time Warner’s content and AT&T’s platforms was more “nebulous”, Barton said, as the former’s content group would not offer “sweetheart deals” for competition and regulatory reasons.However, “‘AT&Warner’ has a significant opportunity to experiment with bundles given its scale and the breadth of content from ultra-premium – HBO and early window Hollywood movies – to OTT – AT&T-backed SVOD service Ellation – and fixed and mobile data networks,” said Barton.For AT&T meanwhile, access to the HBO library presents a major opportunity for a telco. “While practically every other product or service offered by ‘AT&Warner’ can, to a great extent, be replicated by a competitor, if someone wants to watch the latest series of Game of Thrones this is not a fungible or even vaguely substitutable product,” said Barton.“Another high fantasy epic set in a medieval milieu will not satisfy that desire any more than watching another superhero movie would satisfy someone who wants to watch the latest Batman movie from the Warner Bros. movie studio.”AT&T is acquiring Time Warner for a total of US$85 billion in stock and cash, with each share valued at US$107.50, around a 36% premium. Both boards have unanimously agreed to the terms, and announced the deal over the weekend. US reports suggest deal announcement was to be held back until after the US presidential election, but a leak meant it was brought forward.In effect, this brings together AT&T’s customer base, pay TV infrastructure and operations, and mobile and broadband assets with Time Warner’s huge content library, Turner channels business, Hollywood studio Warner Bros. and premium cable network HBO.Consolidation between the global telecoms and content industries has long been the subject of speculation, and AT&T has already acquired US pay TV provider DirecTV, which operates the Audience Network.The telco also has a joint venture with Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group, Otter Media, which backs OTT platforms and is soon to launch its own SVOD service Ellation. Chernin is rumoured to be in line for a key management position in the entertainment part of AT&T/Time Warner, though Bewkes has played this down.AT&T sees the deal as providing it with the video capabilities that industry executives and analyst expect to fuel the telco market in coming years, especially in terms of mobile viewing.AT&T has TV, mobile and broadband assets in the US, mobile platforms in Mexico and TV operations in Latin America. It believes buying Time Warner will allow it to offer “unmatched choice, quality, value and experiences”, better and more relevant advertising, new content distribution models, and made over-the-top and TV Everywhere products “smarter and more personalised”.“This is a perfect match of two companies with complementary strengths who can bring a fresh approach to how the media and communications industry works for customers, content creators, distributors and advertisers,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO.“Premium content always wins. It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen. We’ll have the world’s best premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen. A big customer pain point is paying for content once, but not being able to access it on any device, anywhere. Our goal is to solve that.”Stephenson will lead the combined entity, with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes saying in a conference call he would exit once the deal is done – though the agreement faces tough regulatory scrutiny, with both US presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, seemingly against it for differing reasons. Approval should take around a year to gain, with Bewkes likely remaining beyond that point in a transitional period.For the long-serving Bewkes, the deal proves he was right to reject 21st Century Fox’s opportunistic bid to buy Time Warner in 2014 for around US$80 billion.He said this weekend selling to AT&T “dramatically accelerates” Time Warner’s ability to distribute its content, which includes the Harry Potter film franchise and the ultra-popular Game of Thrones, and channel brands such as HBO, Cartoon Network, TNT and TBS. Time Warner also owns 25% of VOD service Hulu.The deal is the biggest corporate transaction in 2016, and even eclipses the US$79 billion acquisition that last year saw Charter Communications buy Time Warner Cable, which spun out of Time Warner.The key for Time Warner will be ensuring this merger is more successful than the disastrous 2000 deal that merged it with digital distributor AOL. Bewkes called that partnership, which de-merged in 2009, “the biggest mistake in corporate history”.last_img read more

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Channel 4 has partnered with mobile games firm Sub

first_imgChannel 4 has partnered with mobile games firm Subunderground for Pirate Quest, a new game that is due out later this year.All 4 Games, Channel 4’s gaming publishing arm, teamed up with Subunderground on the app, which tasks players with conquering seven pirate clans by shooting enemies, looting treasure and sacrificing crew to defend their ships.“All 4 Games have been an incredible help in completing Pirate Quest. They instantly understood our vision for the game, and their support has enabled us to throw ourselves into delivering a beautiful, fun experience, while they ensure we can reach as many players as possible,” said Harvey Greensall, co-founder of Subunderground.Colin MacDonald, head of All 4 Games, added: “It’s been great working with the guys at Subunderground on their first game as a company, as they bring an artistic edge that makes their games so engaging and user friendly.”Channel 4’s Glasgow based games arm launched in summer 2015 with the aim to release Channel 4-funded mobile games and games from third party developers as part of an aggregated All 4 Games brand. Its first three titles, Fire Fu, Super Arc Light and Apestorm, were unveiled in January.last_img read more

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Ondemand TV service Wuaki has changed its name to

first_imgOn-demand TV service Wuaki has changed its name to, following a global rebranding exercise by its parent company, and, according to Spanish press, has set a goal of doubling its subscriber base over the next two years. is currently available in a dozen European markets. Wuaki, originally a Spanish on-demand outfit, was acquired by the Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten in 2012.The company last week kicked off a four-year, €250 million deal with FC Barcelona whereby it will be the club’s global sponsorship partner. The deal, originally agreed in October, is designed to raise the profile of the Rakuten brand in currently has about five million registered users in Europe, of which about 40% are in Spain.Wuaki/ CEO Jacinto Roca told Spanish press that the company would focus its activity on movies, and said that he hoped to be able to reduce the window in which movies became available on VOD from three months to one will also invest in producing its own movies, with the aim of distributing them across the countries in which it is present. Roca was quoted by Spanish business title Expansión as saying that the first title would be announced in the final quarter of this year.last_img read more

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Cláudia Goya Altice has named Cláudia Goya as the

first_imgCláudia GoyaAltice has named Cláudia Goya as the new CEO of Portugal Telecom, with immediate effect. Goya replaces Paulo Neves, who is taking on the role of chairman of the Altice group in Portugal.The change follows Altice’s deal to acquire Portuguese media group Media Capital. Neves will be charged with leading the regulatory process to secure completion of the deal, and will be tasked with taking charge of coordination of the group’s assets in Portugal.Goya comes from Microsoft, where she was most recently chief operating officer of Microsoft Brazil. She served head of Microsoft Portugal from 2009-12. Prior to that she worked for Galp Energia, responsible for the group’s retail business. She has also worked for Proctor & Gamble, managing the group’s haircare brands.Paulo NevesAltice agreed to buy Media Capital from Prisa earlier this month in a deal that valued the leading Portuguese commercial broadcaster at €440 million. The group owns leading commercial channel TVI, news channel TVI24 and hematic channels TVI Ficción and TVI Reality as well as international services TVI Internacional and TVI África. It also owns internet portal IOL and a number of radio stations and press titles.According to Portuguese press reports, Rosa Cullell is expected to remain CEO of Media Capital after the acquisition is completed. Keeping separate management teams for the media and telecom arms of the company is seen as going some way to meet the likely requirements of regulators that access to content remains open to rival groups.“Cláudia Goya is the right leader to embody the new challenge for Portugal Telecom. It’s a great pleasure to welcome Cláudia in the Altice family. She will intensify our commitments to the company and to Portugal through innovations, investments in infrastructures and digitalization, to offer the best experience to Portuguese people,” said Michel Combes, CEO of Altice Group.‘’It’s a great honour to embrace the challenge of leading a company which has such strong presence in the life of the Portuguese people as well as in the businesses in our country. I believe in the opportunities transformation opens-up for customers, employees and partners. I am deeply committed with a great sense of responsibility to elevate Portugal Telecom to a world-class reference in its sector,’’ said Goya.last_img read more

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Casten Almqvist Swedish free and pay TV broadcaste

first_imgCasten AlmqvistSwedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4’s CEO Casten Almqvist has announced a new “no exceptions, no tolerance” policy on sexual harassment and discrimination following revelations concerning popular DIY and interior design programme Äntligen Hemma and its host Martin Timell.Timell has been the subject of accusations of sexual harassment, racism and homophobia, with a number of women using the #MeToo Twitter hashtag to recount personal experiences of abuse.Almqvist, who is CEO both of TV4 and parent company Bonnier Broadcasting, told a crisis meeting of employees that the company would “act with full force” to ensure that such as case does not arise again and unveiled a five-point action plan to tackle problems.This includes ceasing production on the current season of Äntligen Hemma and ending cooperation with Timell, whose contract with the broadcaster has been cancelled.TV4 management has been accused of failing to act despite allegations against Timell being raised two years ago. However, Almqvist told Swedish press that there are no plans to relieve any managers of their duties.Bonnier has hired law firm Setterwalls to conduct an independent investigation into allegations at harassment and abuse at TV4 and the show’s production company Meter Television, including whether there have been any incidents since 2016 when new policies were introduced by Meter Television. Setterwalls will also be tasked with producing guidelines on collaborations with production companies designed to ensure zero tolerance to all forms of discrimination and harassment.Bonnier plans to draw up a new policy on working with production companies that includes clear requirements for working conditions, better controls and increased dialogue between TV4 and the relevant companies.Bonnier is also surveying staff about abuse and harassment they may have encountered.Finally, Almqvist has also invited the CEOs of public broadcaster SVT, Discovery Sweden and Modern Times Group to meet with him in late November to discuss industry-wide measures to counter harassment and abuse.The #MeToo hashtag has become a prominent tool victims of sexual harassment and assault have used online since allegations over the actions of Harvey Weinstein began to emerge earlier this month. The ensuing wave has caught executives at Amazon Studios, Just For Laughs and Nickelodeon since then, with further repercussions expected.last_img read more

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