CAA’s Frank Jung Joins CAPE Board Of Directors
CAA’s Frank Jung has joined the board of directors for the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). Jung, a television and digital packaging agent at CAA, joins YouTube’s Bing Chen and Dancing With The Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba as new CAPE board members. Jung’s clients include Mike Sussman, co-creator of TNT’s Perception, Sang Kim, writer/producer of The Walking Dead and Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum. In September CAPE, in partnership with NBCUniversal, hosted the 12th Annual New Writers Awards. Other executives and artists on CAPE’s Council of Advisors and Board of Directors include Ang Lee, John Woo, Dean Devlin, David Henry Hwang, Lou Diamond Phillips, B.D. Wong, Janet Yang, and Teddy Zee.
Foxtel Launches Mobile Service Foxtel Go
Australia’s biggest TV platform Foxtel today launched Foxtel Go, enabling subscribers to watch 21 live channels including A&E, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Sky News, Disney and Fox Sports on iPads. The mobile service also includes hundreds of catch-up episodes of series such as The Walking Dead, Gossip Girl, Magic City, Vampire Diaries, Gravity Falls, Spooks and Haven. The initiative is part of Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein’s strategy to introduce new services to reduce churn and to grow pay TV penetration from 34% to 50% over the next five years. “The TV landscape has changed, viewers are not just watching TV in the living room, they’re watching TV on the way to work, at the beach or in another room of the house,” he said. “Foxtel Go is the biggest thing we’ve launched since digital and (the PVR) iQ.”- Don Groves.
Youku, Sony Pact For Content
Youku Tudou, China’s largest Internet TV company, has entered a five-year agreement with Sony Pictures Television for more than 300 new and classic Sony Pictures titles. The content will go out on the Youku Premium SVOD platform. Youku Tudou also has deals with Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, NBCUniversal and Lionsgate. New films that form part of the deal include Men In Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man and 21 Jump Street as well as library titles like Groundhog Day, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Sense And Sensibility. Youku says that more than 3,000 film titles, including around 450 titles from the Hollywood majors will be available for viewing by the end of 2012.
Management Shifts At Shine’s Dragonfly
Sanjay Singhal is stepping down from his post as managing director of the UK’s Dragonfly Film and Television. Creative director Simon Dickson will replace the outgoing exec who is starting an independent production company. Singhal has been with Dragonfly, a subsidiary of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group, for five years. Dickson was previously at Channel 4. Also leaving Dragonfly is COO Steve Nam. No replacement has yet been named. Dragonfly, a specialist in factual programming, recently delivered The Plane Crash, a documentary that downed a real Boeing 727 loaded with cameras, sensors and crash-test dummies to study the mechanics of a real crash. Its credits also include Terror At Sea: The Sinking Of The Concordia and One Born Every Minute.