TS News - MultiThematiques And Jupiter Reach Japan Deal

TELE-satellit News, 27 February 1997

MultiThematiques And Jupiter Reach Japan Deal
  TOKYO, Japan, 97/02/27 (SatND) -- MultiThematiques, a joint venture set
up by U.S. cable giant TCI's Tele-Communications International Inc. and
French companies Canal+ and Generale d'Images, is already active in
countries such as France, Spain, Poland and Germany. Add Japan to the list.
MultiThematiques has signed an agreement with Japan's Jupiter Programming
Co. Ltd. to create two thematic channels for cable and satellite
distribution in Japan. The first one will be dedicated to European cinema
and life style; the other one will be a Japanese adaptation of Canal Jimmy,
an established channel in France, which is dedicated to young adults,
featuring a mix of new and not so new series, concerts, road movies,
chronicles and talk-shows.

  In a press release, TCI International described MultiThematiques'
"mission" as developing, producing and marketing thematic channels sized to
local market tastes. Less romantically, it would probably also be fair to
describe the company's activities as "recycling original productions of
Canal+' French theme channels abroad." The names of the channels
MultiThematiques offers support this view: Planete, Canal Jimmy, Seasons
(hunting and fishing), Cine-Cinemas (a recent movie channel), Cine-Cinefil
and Cine-Classics (classic movie channels) It's a less known fact that
Canal+ is the largest holder of multi-territorial audio-visual rights in
Europe through Canal+ D.A. and Canal+ Distribution.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: Sat-ND

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