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TVWeek.com is proud to welcome a trio of prominent executives who will be our eyes and ears on the French Riviera at this year’s MIPTV international television market.

The three companies these gentlemen represent all figure to be involved with some of the biggest deals to take place in Cannes, whether it’s program acquisition, sales, technology, or developing new platforms.

Mr. Neil Braun is president of distribution and marketing for Starz Media, a U.S. company heading to MIP for the first time. Sean Cohan is senior VP, International for A&E Television Networks and will be at the market with the goal of managing and expanding A&E Television Networks’ brands and services outside the U.S. Greg Moyer serves as general manager of Voom HD Networks, and will be at MIP to explore new avenues for his brand.

As the world gets smaller, all three of these companies figure to play bigger roles both within the United States and around the world. Their blogs will provide insights to the market that you won’t find anywhere else.

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AETN's Second Postcard from the Palais

April 16, 2007 10:54 AM

Sean Cohan, AETN's Postcards from the Palais

This morning we announced the near term launch of The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the formation of a landmark joint venture with Astro to operate these channels and more. Very exciting news - the latest move in a wave that has seen the launch of seven channels outside the US in six months.

Also got some great news from our channels last night – particularly Crime & Investigation Network – as the channel continues to move up the rankings in the UK and Australian markets … Our distribution partners are very excited about the channel. Lots of interest in this brand from around the globe in meetings over the weekend and today.

In addition to our booming channel business, we’ve had a strong start to the market with our program syndication business. We’ve brought over 280 new hours to MIP TV, and today alone we closed a large volume deal in Russia with Channel 5, and 100 hour package deals in both Macedonia and Serbia-Bosnia – our first deals in these two territories. Our channels have been excited by Dogfights, First 48 and the new Biography hours we’re producing, including Bono, Reese Witherspoon, Tina Turner and Daniel Craig. Our booth has been humming all day with scheduled meetings and a ton of walk-ins.

Finally, the weather may be smiling on us here, but the storm in the northeast has brought challenges to our market. This morning, our VP, International Programming had to depart to address tremendous water damage to his home and comfort his family after their thankfully safe evacuation. We wish him and his family the best of luck in the disaster recovery process.

Fighting through the delayed onset of jet lag and day and a half meeting fatigue, with a steady diet of coffee and bread products. Dinner tonight with distributors, drinks with partners, tomorrow am breakfast with a producer and tomorrow a full slate of meetings. “Groundhog Day” is upon us. Exciting times just the same.

Sean Cohan is Senior Vice President, International for A&E Television Networks.

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