Rodolphe Belmer Ascends At Canal Plus
Rodolphe Belmer has been appointed to the board the Canal Plus Group and named director general of the company. The executive, No. 2 at France’s dominant pay-TV company, was formerly deputy director general. Among his functions will be oversight of the free and pay-TV activities of Canal Plus in France as well as other activities. He will not, however, oversee international expansion or film-related activities which will remain under president Bertrand Meheut. According to Le Monde, Meheut, whose mandate at Canal Plus chief ends at the end of 2014, has been preparing his succession for several months. Belmer has been second in command at Canal since 2003 and recently oversaw the acquisition of free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star from the Bolloré group.
Yahoo To Bow Out Of South Korea
Yahoo Inc’s South Korean operation said today it will exit the country, underscoring its struggle against Google, Facebook and local competitors expanding aggressively into mobile advertising and online services. South Korea is the first Asian country Yahoo is leaving. Yahoo Korea, which started business in 1997 and is wholly owned by the U.S. search company, has around 200-250 employees in South Korea. It will terminate Korean online portal services in December. In the South Korean market, it has failed to beat local rivals such as NHN Corp, Daum Communications Corp and SK Communications Co.
Austrian-Iranian Project Wins Top London Fest Cross-Media Prize
The Austrian-Iranian Everyday Rebellion took the top ARTE Pixel Pitch Prize at the London Film Festival’s cross-media forum Power to the Pixel. Developed by filmmakers Arash and Arman T. Riahi, Everyday Rebellion was awarded the £6,000 ($9,600) prize for which seven other international projects competed. Everyday Rebellion is a cinema documentary and multimedia project about the power of creative, non-violent activism and modern civil disobedience as seen through Arabian and Iranian uprisings. Thirty applicants out of nearly 100 were chosen to participate in this year’s Pixel Market, with eight making the final stage of competition and four winning prizes. Other winners were The Slumbers – Wish Tales from Germany (Michael Luda, Sven Sund of Saxonia Media & Thomas Langhanki of Experimental Game; Queen West. Art. Noise. Mayhem. – from producer Sarah Arruda, writer Mary Dickie and creative director Alex Wittholz from Canada’s Helios Design Labs; and Save Our Skins from producer Catherine Tait of Canada’s Duopoly and Jonas Diamond, co-produced with the UK’s Baby Cow Productions. Additionally, the 2012 Power To The Pixel prize went to Laurent Nègre from Switzerland’s Bord Cadre Films for his project Zeru: White Skin, Dark Fate.
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