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  • Epsilon to fashion its own Project Runway
    Greek commercial broadcaster Epsilon TV is to air its own adaptation of the Project Runway format, continuing a recent trend in the territory for fashion reality series.
  • Mo Abudu to keynote at Content London
    Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLifeTV and one of Africa’s most prolific producers, will keynote at Content London as drama in the region booms.
  • Armoza dramas head to Portugal's SIC
    Portuguese broadcaster SIC has acquired two dramas, including psychological thriller Allenby, from Israeli distributor Armoza Formats.
  • ABC aims at The Middle spin-off
    US network ABC has made a pilot order for a spin-off from Warner Bros Television’s long-running primetime comedy The Middle.
  • Tencent buys out New Classics Media
    Chinese streamer Tencent’s publishing subsidiary China Literature has fully acquired local film and TV producer New Classics Media for US$2.25bn.
  • US SVoD subs to exceed 200 million
    The rise of SVoD could damage viewing experiences, analysts have claimed, after research found three-quarters of US TV households will have at least one SVoD subscription by 2023.
  • Brazil's Futura toys with edutainment
    Brazilian cable and satellite channel Canal Futura has picked up two edutainment shows, one exploring toys of yesteryear and the other historical stories about countries around the world.
  • Foxtel lines up Australia's first 4K live net
    Australian pay TV platform Foxtel is launching the country’s first 4K live channel and introducing set-top boxes for the new format in a bid to boost falling revenues.
  • Netflix seeks new CFO as Wells exits
    Netflix is searching for a new chief financial officer following David Wells' decision to step down from the role after eight years.
  • TVNZ gets Check-Up from local producer
    TVNZ in New Zealand has ordered a medical series hosted by three young doctors with a focus on "millennial medicine."
  • History renews Knightfall, adds Hamill
    US cablenet History has greenlit a second season of its medieval Knights Templar series, with Star Wars actor Mark Hamill joining the cast.
  • Tandem, Bron engage in Shadow Play
    Broadcasters across Europe are on board the latest series from Tandem Productions and Bron Studios, a thriller set in post-war Berlin written by the co-creator of The Bridge.
  • Channel 4 gives Derry Girls third run
    UK commercial pubcaster Channel 4 has renewed Derry Girls, its dark comedy series set in Northern Ireland, for a third season.
  • ABC Comedy axes nightly talkshow
    Australian pubcaster the ABC is pulling the plug on ABC Comedy’s flagship series Tonightly with Tom Ballard after 150 episodes due to low ratings.
  • SBS names finance chief acting MD
    The board of Australian pubcaster SBS has named its chief financial officer as acting MD.
  • Sky Italia, Lux Vide play Devils advocate
    Sky Italia has commissioned a financial thriller based on a novel by Guido Maria Brera, to be produced by local prodco Lux Vide.
  • Sky Arts tunes up New Order feature
    Sky Arts in the UK has commissioned a feature documentary about iconic British 1980s band New Order from All3Media-backed prodco Caravan.
  • BBC First set for Polish launch
    BBC Studios’ international drama network BBC First will launch in Poland in October, carrying series including Broken and Doctor Who.
  • Viacom promotes for new digital unit
    Viacom International Media Networks is launching a unit aimed at monetising its digital content and has promoted an exec from its MTV and Comedy Central networks to run it.
  • RTL lands on Temptation Island
    German broadcaster RTL has commissioned a local version of the Temptation Island format from the new German arm of European production group Banijay.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Fear and funding With broadcaster cash becoming harder to secure and budgets fluctuating wildly, Canada’s non-fiction producers are increasingly looking to factual funds to get their projects made.
  • Playing Ball Bunim/Murray Productions is behind one of Facebook’s most popular original series. Julie Pizzi reveals the genesis of Ball in the Family.
  • Vertical thinking Marc Berman offers his take on the new crop of pilots heading into the Upfronts, and finds that this year it’s all about ownership, reboots and female-helmed dramas.
  • Pointing the way Next-generation studio Indigenous Media has joined up with Scandal star Kerry Washington to launch a drama on Facebook Watch.
  • Middle ground Turkish imports plus a lack of local commissioners have made the Middle East a tough place for scripted producers. But there are reasons for optimism.
  • Baring FAANGs As Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google step up their efforts to reach children, should the industry be welcoming, wary or worried?
  • Out of this world Live event shows and rights negotiations with streamers were high on the factual agenda at a soggy MipTV and MipDoc in Cannes.
  • Facing up to Facebook As Facebook steps up its efforts to attract viewers, the industry remains torn on whether mass migration to mobile will sound the death knell for traditional TV.
  • Alive and kicking MIPTV: Live-action scripted programming was top of the agenda for children's buyers in Cannes this week as the genre enjoys a shot in the arm thanks to SVoD. Nico Franks reports.
  • Rights still reign MIPTV: The continuing surge in the quantity and quality of drama didn't stop rights being the talk of the town at MipTV.