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  • Netflix orders Korean stand-up special
    Netflix has ordered a stand-up comedy special from South Korea's YG Entertainment, featuring actor, screenwriter and TV personality Yoo Byung-Jae.
  • CBS, Dish resolve carriage dispute
    CBS and satellite TV company Dish Network in the US have reached an agreement on a new carriage deal, ending a three-day blackout of the network's channels across 26 states.
  • Channel 4 doc lifts bonnet on Bentley
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Endemol Shine North, part of Endemol Shine Group, to produce a documentary about luxury car maker Bentley.
  • ABC, Unbelievable book into Grand Hotel
    ABC in the US has added a drama from Eva Longoria's Unbelievable Entertainment to its development slate that is based on a Spanish scripted series from Bambú Producciones.
  • Shopping around pt1
    In the first article in a two-part report, two factual buyers tell Clive Whittingham about the style of programming their channels are looking for.
  • Federation, Empreinte launch Bigger Boat
    French production duo Federation Entertainment and Empreinte Digitale have partnered to launch a label focused on creating drama series, with its first project already lined up.
  • Banijay’s Cuarzo ups content chief to DG
    Banijay-owned prodco Cuarzo Producciones in Spain has promoted its director of content to director general of the company.
  • Amazon, Netflix 'worsening skill shortage'
    Digital giants such as Amazon and Netflix are contributing to a talent and skills shortage in UK high-end TV production through “significant pay inflation,” according to new research.
  • BBC Studios rejigs in the north
    BBC Studios, the production arm of the UK pubcaster, has appointed its head of development to oversee entertainment output from its divisions in the north of the country.
  • Yellow Bird to unlock Seven Keys
    Banijay Group-owned production company Yellow Bird is developing a series based on a recently published novel from Swedish author Åsa Schwarz.
  • Davey: Authenticity key for Sky
    Sky will focus on “authenticity” in its programming to boost subscriber engagement rather than concentrating on recruiting new customers, the European satcaster's head of content has told C21.
  • Boat Rocker taps Rogers exec as CFO
    NEWS BRIEF: Canada's Boat Rocker Media has appointed former Rogers Communications executive Shannon Valliant to the newly created position of chief financial officer.
  • AMC Networks discovers Newen's Ouro
    AMC Networks International Iberia has acquired the first season of French gold-trafficking drama Ouro from Newen Distribution.
  • Dreamia renews Prime cinema series
    Portugal’s Dreamia TV network has renewed two of its cinema-related series from French producer and distributor Prime Entertainment Group that run to more than 150 episodes.
  • BBC moves Bridge for final season
    UK pubcaster the BBC is moving the concluding season of hit Scandinavian series The Bridge to BBC2 after acquiring the show from Germany's ZDF Enterprises.
  • Gedeon, Piccard investigate green solutions
    French producer Gedeon Programmes has partnered with a German prodco to make a documentary with long-time collaborator Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist Bertrand Piccard.
  • Viaplay preps 'biggest' Norwegian drama
    Nordic streaming service Viaplay has ordered a Norwegian crime series that's said to be one of the "biggest ever" drama productions from the country, with the Norwegian Film Institute supporting.
  • Canal+ prescribes medical drama
    French pay TV operator Canal+ has greenlit a contemporary medical drama inspired by the 2014 feature film Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor.
  • Foxtel to axe World Movies channel
    Australian pay TV platform Foxtel is dropping the World Movies channel, a fixture for more than 22 years.
  • Rabbit digs out int'l orders
    Producers across Europe have picked up a Finnish format from Rabbit Films that follows celebrities as they prepare to sail across the Atlantic.
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  • The big switch How seriously are public broadcasters considering making their children’s TV channels online-only? Nico Franks reports.
  • Studios portrait BBC Studios’ head of unscripted Jon Swain discusses his fledgling division’s global aspirations and the opportunities emerging outside drama.
  • Ones to Watch Facebook execs at Mipcom explained how the firm is partnering with producers to develop originals. Kicking off a series of case studies, C21 examines The Dodo.
  • MIA makes its mark Annual international screenings, networking and coproduction event MIA ended in Rome earlier this week. Gün Akyuz reports back from the market.
  • Personality profile Fresh from being honoured as Mipcom Personality of the Year, Discovery’s David Zaslav talks sports rights, cord cutting, the purchase of Scripps and the importance of IP ownership.
  • Korea goals South Korean format exports are stable despite losing access to their biggest market. But there are now more pressing concerns about China.
  • Paying the piper Clive Whittingham reports on the factual scene at Mipcom, where the focus was on Discovery’s David Zaslav and producers began looking ahead to 2018.
  • Social firms add friends Social media giants Facebook and Snap made waves at Mipcom this week, with both announcing scripted projects for their burgeoning original video initiatives.
  • Spotlight on diversity Nico Franks picks out some of the top trends to come out of this year's MipJunior and Mipcom that highlight how the industry is changing.
  • A taste of Cannes Richard Middleton brings together 21 shows to watch out for at Mipcom, covering subjects ranging from real-life autopsies to dating and Japanese printmaking.