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  • Rai takes Stand By Me trio
    Italian pubcaster Rai has ordered three shows from local production outfit Stand By Me.
  • Virgin stocks up on DHX kids' shows
    Virgin TV in the UK has acquired a package of programming totalling 615 half-hours from Canada-based children's content firm DHX Media.
  • Banijay makes Fearless drama move
    Banijay Group has linked up with UK producer Jolyon Symonds (Thorne, Complicit) to launch its latest scripted production company as part of its push into the genre.
  • MGM takes Words With Friends to TV
    MGM Television has partnered with mobile game creator Zynga to develop a TV version of its hit Words With Friends app.
  • Game of Thrones duo prep new HBO show
    HBO has ordered a series from the creators/showrunners of Game of Thrones that will be set in an alternative reality in which slavery was never abolished.
  • GBI reshuffles distribution
    US children's content firm Genius Brands International has promoted the president of its Kids Genius Cartoon Channel to a role overseeing global content distribution.
  • BBC orders Fulwell 73 music show
    BBC1 in the UK has ordered a six-part show that claims to feature "the biggest UK and international music stars" from Drop the Mic producer Fulwell 73.
  • Sky picks out more Monkey Life
    Pick, the free-to-air channel operated by Sky in the UK, has ordered a further two seasons of wildlife show Monkey Life.
  • Showcase acquires Amazon's Transparent
    Corus Entertainment-owned Showcase in Canada has acquired Amazon Studios drama Transparent, including its forthcoming fourth season.
  • Regulator relaxes rules for TF1, M6
    French regulatory body the CSA has relaxed the advertising and programming obligations imposed on M6 and the country’s largest commercial broadcaster, TF1.
  • Myx TV renews Mom vs. Matchmaker
    NEWS BRIEF: US Asian-American cablenet Myx TV has ordered a third season of reality series Mom vs. Matchmaker, in which a professional matchmaker goes up against opinionated mothers to find a date for the latter's daughters.
  • Amazon hosts Julia Roberts' Homecoming
    Amazon has ordered two seasons of a drama that's being directed and exec produced by Mr Robot creator Sam Esmail, with Pretty Woman's Julia Roberts attached to star.
  • Sky1 gets Trollied again
    NEWS BRIEF: Sky1 in the UK has commissioned a seventh season of its supermarket-based sitcom Trollied from local indie Roughcut for later this year.
  • Talpa completes SBS takeover
    John De Mol's Talpa Holding has completed its deal to acquire Dutch commercial broadcaster SBS for €237m (US$273m) from Finland's Sanoma.
  • BBCWW, ABC show puppy love for Bluey
    BBC Worldwide and Australian pubcaster ABC have co-commissioned an animated preschool series about a puppy and her family.
  • UKTV, Viasat read Russian love letters
    UKTV and Viasat’s World History Channel have greenlit a two-part factual series on the roles of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra in the Russian Revolution, told through the couple’s love letters.
  • ABC gets kick from All3Media's Bucket
    A broadcaster in Australia has acquired a BBC4 comedy drama starring Miriam Margolyes from distributor All3Media International.
  • HGTV extends waterfront properties
    Scripps-owned US cablenet HGTV has extended lifestyle shows Beach Hunters, Lakefront Bargain Hunt and Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation into new seasons.
  • Discovery hires Twitter's head of TV
    Discovery Communications has appointed an executive credited with building Twitter's TV business as its senior VP of digital content and social.
  • BBC to tackle Backshall's Vertical Mile
    The BBC has acquired UK rights to a multi-platform production that will follow British naturalist and adventurer Steve Backshall as he attempts to scale the North Face of The Eiger in Switzerland.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • New era of formats The format sector was once dominated by the UK, the US and the Netherlands. How things have changed, writes Ed Waller in the final part of this report.
  • Ride to the rescue pt2 The second of two C21 reports looks at how factual VoD buyers can help support US prodcos as cablenets cut their programme budgets.
  • Winterizing the web Lana Zöllner of consultancy Vast Media explores HBO’s promotion of Game of Thrones as part of a series of articles tracking digital marketing innovations.
  • Eyes on Europe Canadian producers, with support from their government, are increasingly turning to Europe as a place to cook up format deals.
  • Moving with the times CBBC is adapting to its audience’s evolving viewing habits by looking beyond TV and spending more on multi-platform production. Nico Franks reports.
  • Funding the future Fresh from the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield, C21Kids editor Nico Franks unpicks the BBC Children's department's funding boost.
  • Stroke of Genius? Nat Geo is augmenting its programming about the great outdoors with high-end scripted shows such as Genius. Is the move batty or brilliant?
  • Climbing the Great Wall Dave Winnan, a veteran flying producer, has left ITV Studios and launched his own firm. He reveals the details and offers his take on the Chinese market's potential.
  • Filling the copro gap The inaugural Conecta Fiction event in Spain suggested a new era of coproduction between Europe and Latin America is dawning.
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