Media Weekly Broadcast - The ACT Newsletter
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Issue # 175
20 December 2019
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CANAL+ Group and beIN SPORTS in exclusive talks over distribution and sublicensing deal

CANAL+ Group and beIN SPORTS have initiated exclusive talks with a view to entering an exclusive distribution and sublicensing deal in France. Under the proposed agreement, CANAL+ would offer all beIN SPORTS premium sports channels and content within its CANAL+ offers, while also being the exclusive distributor of beIN SPORTS to third-party providers across all platforms in France starting 1st June 2020. 

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CANAL+ Group and Walt Disney France announce strategic distribution agreement

Disney France and CANAL+ Group announced a new a strategic distribution agreement which will provide Canal+ subscribers with access to a unique offering of films, series and documentaries from the world’s leading entertainment company.

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RTL Group: Shooting begins!

UFA Fiction's hit series Charité is heading for a third season. Filming has begun in the Czech Republic. This third season, Charité 3, recreates an era in which doctors were stretched to their moral, political and personal limits and really had to stand up and be counted. Against this medical historical backdrop, the new series once again links historical with fictional characters.

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National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures award $1.3 million as the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge winners are announced

Three teams from Chile, France, and Germany have been announced as the winners of the National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge. Launched in February 2019, the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge is a competition that asked problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis.

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TF1 Group signs CSA Charter on the representation of disability in broadcast media

On 3 December Gilles Pélisson, Chairman and CEO of the TF1 group, signed the Charter on the representation of disability and people with disabilities in broadcast media, alongside other CEOs including Delphine Ernotte (France Télévisions), Maxime Saada (Canal+) and Nicolas de Tavernost (M6). The Charter, drawn up by French broadcasting industry regulator CSA, commits France’s leading broadcasters to making the issue of disability more visible on their channels.

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