MySpace launches Sony minisodes

The Minisode Network on MySpace Video, launched this week and featured 3- to 5-minute episodes culled from classic Sony Pictures Television shows like Charlie’s Angels and Fantasy Island.

Video game censored in Britain

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has banned a video game for the first time in 10 years. Censors described the US-published "Manhunt 2" as focusing on sadism and brutal slaying.

AIB to celebrate international media excellence

The industry association for international broadcasting, AIB announced its third annual Media Excellence Awards on 19 June.

Zim bugging bill

A bill passed last week to allow the Zimbabwe government to monitor e-mails and other communications has been strongly condemned by the country’s internet providers.

Sony Internet TV to launch July

Sony will start shipping its Bravia Internet Video Link in July. The Web to TV device will stream video over a broadband connection to compatible Sony Bravia HDTVs.

SAMRO signs reciprocal agreement

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation, (SAMRO), has signed a reciprocal representation agreement with the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Society (AMCOS) for administration of mechanical rights in Australia and New Zealand.

Final entry call for Abuja festival

The 4th Abuja International Film Festival 2007 will take place from 25 - 28 September in Nigeria.

Egg Films wins AICP awartds

The MTV "Staying Alive’ commercial, directed by Brent Harris of Egg Films and produced for Y&R New York, has won two highly-coveted AICP Awards for art direction and public service.

Strong growth forecast for MENA pay TV

The pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa will grow by 36% over the next five years, according to new research publishedon 15 June. The fourth edition of Informa Telecoms & Media’s Middle East and Africa TV report shows that the region’s 4.5 million pay TV subscribers at end-2006 will grow to 6.1 million in 2012. Much of the growth will come from Israel and Turkey, who will account for 4.2 million pay TV homes between them at end-2012.

Apple online film rental service

Apple is in advanced discussions with the major Hollywood studios about the launch of an online film rental service according to the Financial Times.
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