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  • Starline snares drummer doc
    UK-based distributor Starline Entertainment has acquired global sales rights to music documentary My View: Clem Burke after agreeing a deal with Canis Rights.
  • Outdoor Channel picks GoAsean shows
    AMC Networks International-owned Outdoor Channel Asia has added two original series from English-language digital travel platform GoAsean to its schedule.
  • Pukeko, Chapman target China
    New Zealand-based production company Pukeko Pictures and Paw Patrol creator Keith Chapman are working together to get new kids' IP off the ground in China.
  • Nick Jr joins Indonesia's Telkomsel
    Viacom International Media Networks has agreed a carriage deal with Indonesian telecoms provider Telkomsel for its linear channel Nick Jr.
  • ANT1 puts up its own Wall
    Greek commercial broadcaster ANT1 is producing a local version of Endemol Shine Group format The Wall to premiere next month.
  • ABC accepts Bachelor creator's Proposal
    US network ABC has ordered a dating series from the creator of popular unscripted show The Bachelor.
  • 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.
  • Comcast confirms $31bn Sky offer
    NBCUniversal owner Comcast has made a formal approach to buy European pay TV operator Sky for £22.1bn (US$31bn), challenging an existing offer from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
  • Parable appoints, signs All3 Int'l deal
    UK producer Parable has made a number of appointments and agreed an exclusive first-look deal with the distribution arm of All3Media.
  • Henwood moves into Ink Factory
    The Night Manager prodco The Ink Factory has appointed a former Zodiak Media executive as its chief strategy officer.
  • Magnify's Designer Knocks on Danish door
    Denmark’s TV2 FRI has ordered the first full-season remake of French-Canadian interior design format When a Designer Knocks.
  • Viz Media Europe ups licensing chief
    The European arm of US-based Japanese animation provider Viz Media has promoted its licensing manager for EMEA to a role including responsibility for its TV sales in the region.
  • Authentic, Kronicle focus on females
    Endemol Shine North America-owned prodco Authentic Entertainment is partnering with a company set up by two former Will Packer Productions execs to create content for and about women.
  • CBS All Access launches in Canada
    CBS All Access, CBS Corp’s direct-to-consumer digital SVoD service, has launched in Canada, marking its first expansion into an international market.
  • Hooq adds BBC Studios shows, orders original
    Asian SVoD service Hooq has picked up over 200 hours of scripted programming from BBC Studios, including psychological crime thriller Luther.
  • 44 Blue, Iron Ocean dress up Doll series
    Red Arrow-owned 44 Blue Productions in the US has linked up with Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple’s Iron Ocean Productions on a new adult-themed animated comedy.
  • Sony, Komixx adapt young adult novels
    Sony Pictures Television has agreed a multi-project deal to codevelop and coproduce young-adult novels from Wattpad with transatlantic film and TV prodco Komixx Entertainment.
  • NBCU hands Craftsy role to Jager
    NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has appointed veteran TV producer Patrick Jager to a newly created programming role at its digital start-up Craftsy.
  • Amazon shows faith in Jack Ryan
    Global streamer Amazon has renewed its forthcoming drama series Jack Ryan for a second season before the first has become available to Prime Video subscribers.
  • Netflix to retell Tales of the City
    Netflix has confirmed a 10-part revival of a TV drama based on a series of books by Armistead Maupin.
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  • Cranking up JAAK Vaughn McKenzie of JAAK explains how his UK start-up has its sights set on transforming the music and media industries through blockchain technology.
  • Stern's outlook Lionsgate Television's Sandra Stern outlines the group’s evolving global copro ambitions and why the industry needs to remove glass ceilings.
  • Funding furore A tweak to the way independent production funds are distributed in Canada is threatening to disrupt an entire industry.
  • Turning Turner around Turner Entertainment's Kevin Reilly will keynote at the Innovative TV event in Israel next week. Here he outlines how he turned TNT and TBS around.
  • Technical proficiency The head of Israeli media company Keshet International on how it became one of the industry’s fastest growing players and his plans for Latin America.
  • Promising the Earth How did National Geographic bring together a blue-chip documentary series with controversial feature film director Darren Aronofsky?
  • Cattleya drive On the back of its recent acquisition by the UK’s ITV Studios, Italian producer Cattleya aims to take its international ambitions to the next level.
  • Pride and place As a growing number of children’s series introduce LGBTQ characters, what challenges do they face airing in parts of the world hostile to change?