BSkyB is likely to back down on its insistence that all subscribers
to its new digital service have to buy a big, basic package of channels,
and will allow viewers to buy mini tiers of channels. Sky still intends
to offer a basic package of 50 channels or more for its 200-channel
digital service but will allow viewers to buy premium sports and movie
channels without having to buy a monthly subscription to more than 30
News Corporation has struck a pounds 1.2 billion deal to merge the US
listings magazine, TV Guide, with an on-screen service controlled by the
cable company, TCI. This merger will create the biggest source of TV
programme information in the US.
Carlton Communications has bought National Screen Service, a company
that delivers film trailers, posters and other promotional material to
UK cinemas. The acquisition complements Carlton’s existing businesses
servicing film producers, distributors and exhibitors in the UK. Adam
Poulter, managing director of Carlton Screen Services, said: ’We already
market cinema advertising and deliver film commercials direct to
cinemas. Now we can build our distribution business and develop the
relationship with our customers.’
James Woolhouse, finance director of Conde Nast Asia Pacific and finance
director of the Austrian subsidiary, Conde Nast Publications, has been
appointed executive vice-president of the joint venture, Nikkei-Conde
Nast, which produces Vogue Nippon, the monthly fashion magazine launched
this year. Nikkei is a leading Japanese media company.
BSkyB is set to publish the first viewers’ magazine for digital TV as it
gears up to push uptake for the medium. Redwood Publishing, which
produces the monthly Sky TV Guide, is to publish the digital TV
magazine, which will be sent to digital subscribers.
Joanne O’Hara has been appointed group advertisement director of Gruner
& Jahr (UK) following Jessica Burley’s promotion to publishing director
of Prima. O’Hara was advertisement director at IPC’s Southbank Group,
overseeing publications such as Wedding and Home, Hair, 19, Mizz, Our
Baby, and Practical Parenting.
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Discovery
Communications Inc have appointed Candace Carlisle as chief operating
officer of JVP, the BBC/DCI joint venture company launched in March.
Carlisle, formerly head of sales and co-productions for BBC Worldwide
Americas, will be based in New York and will report to the chief
executive of BBC Worldwide Americas, Peter Phippen. JVP will distribute
BBC programmes to DCI’s wholly owned networks, BBC/DCI channels and the
wider US market.
Just Media has recruited David Gibson, deputy managing director of
Zenith Media’s second-string agency, Equinox Communications, to become a
board managing director. Gibson will report directly to Just Media’s
founder, Sarah du Heaume, who will focus on developing new business in
San Francisco and South East Asia. Just Media’s IT clients include the
technology providers, Bay Networks, Tektronix and Compuserve.
Technicolor Video, the producer and distributor of pre-recorded
videocassettes owned by Carlton Communications, has acquired 50 per cent
of Mexico’s leading videocassette manufacturer, Central de Video, for up
to dollars 15.5 million. Technicolor has operations in Spain, Italy,
Denmark and the United States.
CMP Media (UK) has appointed Sally Doyle as sales manager of Information
Week. Doyle was previously account manager at the magazine.