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Global Showbiz Briefs: News Corp/Consolidated Media, Digital Screens Surge In Asia-Pacific, Viacom’s Tr3s

By | Monday September 24, 2012 @ 8:28pm PDT

News Corp Close On $2B Deal for Consolidated Media
News Corp’s $A1.94B ($2.02B) bid for Consolidated Media Holdings moved forward after a majority of CMH’s directors urged shareholders to accept the offer at a special meeting on October 31. The move suggests Seven Group Holdings, which owns 24% of CMH, has decided not to launch a counterbid for the media investment company which owns 25% of Australian pay-TV platform Foxtel and 50% of the lucrative Fox Sports channels. Seven asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to review whether it could buy the balance of the shares. The regulator said its preliminary view was that the proposed acquisition was likely to raise competition concerns by limiting the ability of the Seven Network’s rival free-to-air channels from bidding for premium sporting rights. The regulator’s decision is expected on October 11. If News succeeds it will have 50% of Foxtel and will wholly own Fox Sports. – Don Groves Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Keanu Reeves Doc, 007 Tour, Seven’s Bid For Consolidated, Nine’s Financial Woes

Keanu Reeves Goes ‘Side By Side’ In Poland
Plus Cameraimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography that takes place in Poland, has added Keanu Reeves’ documentary Side By Side as its opening film. The film’s director, Chris Kenneally along with cinematographer Chris Cassidy, producer Justin Szlasa and producer/host Keanu Reeves will attend the screening in Bydgoszcz and talk about the film. Side By Side includes interviews with filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, George Lucas and martin Scorsese who discuss pros and cons of 35mm vs. digital. It was previously announced that David Lynch will receive the fest’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing. Fest runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 1.

007 Bond Tour Kicks Off Monday In The UK
James Bond is set to travel the UK to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Beginning Monday, Roger Moore and other Bond film stars will appear at locations around the country that have been used in the 007 movies including Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, Penbryn Beach in Wales and Stoke Park in England. Former Bond girls Eunice Grayson, Britt Ekland and Shirley Eaton as well as Richard Kiel will join the 007 Days of Bond tour which ends in London on Sept. 24. The 23rd Bond picture Skyfall opens in the UK next month.
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