HBO Films has tapped Penny Wolf and Rosa Bosch to lead its international sales arm, HBO Films London. The move is part of an effort to capitalize on the network's growing reputation among top theatrical talent.
MTV is mixing in coverage of the war in Iraq with its usual slate of music videos and has seen ratings rise as a result. Separately, the company has launched MTV China, which offers music TV in China's southern province of Guangdong.
Some major retailers have begun stocking increasingly popular "As Seen on TV" products. Consumers buy more than $14 billion worth of TV merchandise annually, according to the Electronic Retailing Association.
DirecTV agreed to keep ABC Family on its roster, the companies announced yesterday. DirecTV earlier had threatened to stop carrying the network over what it alleged amounted to a 35% increase in carriage rights.
BBC critics say the network's approach to covering the war hasn't given enough emphasis to wrongs committed by Iraq. The BBC says its coverage must also reflect the prevailing European opinion that the conflict isn't justified.