International distributors to distribute Channel NewsAsia’s High Definition programmes

Dated: 31 March 2009

Deals announced at MIPTV tradeshow in Cannes, France

Independent distributors have acquired a slate of High Definition Asian programmes produced by MediaCorp’s regional news network, Channel NewsAsia, for international distribution. The partnerships were announced at the current international entertainment content tradeshow, MIPTV, happening in the French city of Cannes.

A total of 17 hours of high quality programmes, which are being screened at MIPTV, will get worldwide representation by international distributors, Looking Glass International, Electric Sky and ID Distribution.

The series of programmes are:

  • ‘Rivers of our time’ (6 episodes x 30 min) –A documentary on rivers in Asia and the intricate relationship between the rivers and their people. Presented by local people, it provides an insightful reflection on the collective psychology and lifestyle of the greater population of river settlers.

  • ‘After 12’ (10 episodes x 30 min) –A fun and exciting travel series that takes viewers to quaint corners around Asian cities that are buzzing with life right through the witching hour and beyond.

  • ‘It’s Organic’ (8 episodes x 30 min) –This series tells the stories of organic apparel designers, farmers, grocers, restaurateurs, proprietors of organic conceptual places and communities of organic “citizens” all across Asia.

  • ‘Design A-Z’ (10 episodes X 30 min) –A unique design programme that showcases some of the most creative designs around the world, using upbeat and stylistic approaches. 

Mr Woon Chuk Chan, Vice President of Network Programming and Promotions of Channel NewsAsia, says, “The channel invests in programmes that can add value to audiences either in their business or simply for leisurely viewing. There are many interesting facets of life in Asia which have yet to be told, and this raft of programmes picks out just some aspects of the unique lifestyle and culture that is Asia. We are pleased that international viewers can share in these documentaries through the worldwide distribution.”

Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer of Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) said: “There is rising international interest in stories from Asia, told from an Asian perspective. Besides showcasing the rich possibilities of Asia through food, culture, travel and design, the slate of stories underscores two strengths of Singapore production capabilities –our commitment to High Definition productions and success in factual programming.”

These titles supported by the MDA and produced by various Singapore independent producers for MediaCorp NewsAsia will make their debut at the MIPTV tradeshow in Cannes at the end of the month. 'Rivers of our time' will be distributed by Looking Glass International;'Design A-Z' will be distributed by Electric Sky while ID Distribution has picked up 'After 12' and 'It’s Organic'.

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About Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia was established in March 1999, and positions itself as an Asian TV News channel, fully complemented by English and Chinese online portals that provide news and information on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, Channel NewsAsia reports from the major Asian and key Western cities, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels. Channel NewsAsia is now viewed in more than 20 territories across Asia.

The channel’s second feed, Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000. Its satellite footprint stretches from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia to Australia., in English, and, in Chinese, are premier sources of real time news, videos, information and entertainment features. has been named by online intelligence company, Hitwise, as the Number one TV website in Singapore for three successive years since 2005.

Channel NewsAsia is managed by the news arm of MediaCorp, Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies and digital media. MediaCorp’s vision is to become Asia’s top media company, delivering valued content to the world.

For more information, please visit Channel NewsAsia’s website at

About Media Development Authority of Singapore
Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Global Media City and positioning it at the forefront of the digital media age. MDA spearheads initiatives that promote developments in film, video, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation, media services and Interactive Digital Media. At the same time, in ensuring clear and consistent regulatory policies and guidelines, MDA helps to foster a pro-business environment for industry players and increase media choices for consumers. For more information, visit and