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  • Shiver, ITV ponder Musical number
    UK factual prodco Shiver is “in discussions” with its broadcaster parent ITV about turning its one-off celebrity singing show All Star Musicals into a series.
  • TNT gets Deadlier with Rabe, Brenneman
    Turner-owned TNT in the US has commissioned a thriller starring American Horror Story's Lily Rabe and Amy Brenneman of The Leftovers.
  • OHC confirms Imagina takeover
    Chinese investment group Orient Hontai Capital has confirmed it is taking a majority stake in Spanish producer Imagina Media Audiovisual.
  • Turkey’s New Bride travels
    Broadcasters in Europe and Malaysia have become the latest to pick up Turkish comedy-drama New Bride.
  • The Netflix show
    This year's Kidscreen in Miami highlighted just how strong a force Netflix has become in children's content in a relatively short time. But how long can its dominance last?
  • BBCWW's McMafia heads to China
    Chinese OTT services OPG and Youku, along with Swedish pubcaster SVT, have picked up rights to BBC/AMC Networks crime drama McMafia.
  • HBO Europe unveils first int’l copro
    HBO Europe has linked up with Germany’s TNT Serie and the producers behind Deutschland 83 for its first international coproduction, a cyber-crime series.
  • ZED reveals PBS deal for Korea
    French producer and distributor ZED has struck a series of deals in the US, including a coproduction agreement with pubcaster PBS.
  • NBC replaces Amazon-bound Salke
    NBC Entertainment has appointed two co-presidents to oversee its scripted output after Jennifer Salke was poached by Amazon.
  • Studio 100's Maya movie buzzes off to Brazil
    NEWS BRIEF: Brazilian distributor PlayArte Pictures has acquired rights to an animated feature made by Studio 100 Media.
  • All3Media factual takes root in Canada
    Distributor All3Media International has sold a collection of garden-themed shows into Canada, as well as a range of other factual content.
  • Apple strikes up more Carpool Karaoke
    Apple has ordered a second season of Carpool Karaoke, its show based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden.
  • MGM partners with Aalderink, Lubbers
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television has launched a Dutch production company led by Roy Aalderink and Peter Lubbers and focusing on unscripted formats.
  • Tambor exits Amazon's Transparent
    Actor Jeffrey Tambor will not return to flagship Amazon drama Transparent following two allegations of sexual harassment made against him.
  • Starz's Counterpart multiplies globally
    TV platforms including HBO in Central Europe and Spain, Modern Times Group for the Nordics and Wowow in Japan have picked up a Starz sci-fi thriller.
  • Amazing Film, Enderby go Beneath
    A German production firm has teamed up with a US prodco to coproduce an English-language drama described as The X-Files meets Lost.
  • Plimsoll embraces Bearhug TV
    UK prodco Plimsoll Productions has acquired Cardiff-based Bearhug TV, whose founder has been appointed as creative director of Plimsoll's fledgling Welsh unit.
  • C4's Naked ambition on display
    Channel 4 in the UK has renewed the Studio Lambert entertainment series Naked Attraction for a third season.
  • Nella knighted in Lat Am, Asia, Europe
    Broadcasters in Brazil, China and Spain have acquired Nick Jr's animated preschool series Nella the Princess Knight from Viacom International Media Networks.
  • BBC Studios wins first Aussie order
    BBC Studios has secured its first commission in Australia and is looking for a creative head for the UK pubcaster’s commercial production operations in the country.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Promising debut Clive Whittingham reports from the unscripted track of Content London on the state of the indie nation and programming in a ‘post truth’ age.
  • Short change Broadcasters will reap the benefits if they take a chance on shortform drama investment, according to key industry figures at Content London.
  • Lord of the rights One consequence of rising drama budgets is risk-aversity, according to speakers at C21’s Content London.
  • Renaissance studies Key figures in the global formats business found plenty to be positive about when looking to the future of unscripted at Content London, including the arrival of SVoD and OTT platforms.
  • Social gathering Harnessing social media, YouTube controversy and Brexit uncertainty dominated discussions at C21’s Kids Content Futures in London.
  • 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.
  • Cracking stacking As viewing continues to shift online, broadcasters are demanding more exclusivity and flexibility when they license US programming. But are they getting it?
  • Moving in-house With more and more independent producers launching sales arms, where does this leave medium-sized distributors, and can the market sustain them all?
  • Forward motion Motion Content Group’s Richard Foster wants to be in the middle of the premium content business, and it’s clear to see why.
  • Putting on Make Up Facebook Watch debuted live relationship show Make Up or Break Up in September and has already ordered more episodes from B17's Thumb Candy.

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