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  • Turkey loses flavour
    Drama exports from Turkey topped US$350m last year. But could domestic market changes and political turbulence disrupt this success story?
  • Venture Catalyst
    Sundance Institute's Caroline Libresco reflects on the challenges doc producers face in balancing equity- and grant-based financial models.
  • Love Island heads to Hungary
    A Hungarian network is preparing a local version of Love Island, the hit relationship format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group.
  • Netflix returns to debt market
    Netflix aims to raise another US$2bn to fuel its original content production and development strategy, in a rapidly changing international SVoD market.
  • Zodiak, ITVS alums launch Brand-Ward
    The former CEO of Zodiak Kids has linked with an ex-ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec to launch a new company.
  • Mediacorp to mine Wattpad stories
    Singapore-based broadcaster Mediacorp has agreed content deals with web storytelling platform Wattpad and South Korea's Spackman Entertainment Group.
  • Cineflix signs up First 48's Robie
    Canadian production outfit Cineflix Media has signed a first-look deal with Alexis Robie, executive producer of A&E series The First 48.
  • Fuse files for bankruptcy protection
    Jennifer Lopez-backed US broadcaster Fuse Media has filed for bankruptcy protection after its CEO left and it was dropped by two major cable operators.
  • WE tv lines up Lockup spin-off
    AMC-owned US cablenet WE tv is preparing a spin-off from its reality show Love After Lockup.
  • CBS takes Good Fight into fourth round
    CBS All Access, the SVoD service from US broadcast network CBS, has renewed original legal drama The Good Fight for a fourth season.
  • HBO, Wahlberg pocket McMillions
    HBO has begun production on a documentary series from Mark Wahlberg's Unrealistic Ideas Production Company about an ex-cop who defrauded a McDonald's game promotion for a decade.
  • MGM adds Electus, NBCU, 495 trio
    US studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer has added a trio of execs from Electus, NBCUniversal International Studios and 495 Productions as it bolsters it unscripted division.
  • VIMN grows originals in SE Asia
    Viacom International Media Networks is set to expand the development and production of original content for MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Channel and Nickelodeon in South-East Asia.
  • Wildflame ignites factual with BBC alum
    Wales-based Wildflame Productions has appointed a former BBC commissioning executive to lead factual production across the UK and internationally.
  • Vice strikes deals with Tencent, Mediacorp
    Multiplatform media company Vice has secured two content partnerships in Asia, one with Chinese VoD giant Tencent and another with Mediacorp in Singapore.
  • PPTV adds Bake Off adaptation to the mix
    Thailand-based terrestrial broadcaster PPTV has bought the Bake Off format for local adaptation from BBC Studios Distribution.
  • Nick follows Rainbow Rangers in Lat Am
    Nickelodeon is set to launch US children's producer and distributor Genius Brands International's preschool property Rainbow Rangers in Latin America this summer.
  • Brazil's Ancine to appeal spending freeze
    RIO2C: Brazilian film and TV funding agency Ancine has said it will appeal against a government decision to freeze all new investments by the public sector funding body.
  • Science experiment
    The new era of kids' live-action is set to be dominated by sci-fi, which brings with it both opportunities and challenges.
  • 7,000 WGA members fire agents
    The Writers Guild of America has described more than 7,000 of its members who fired their agents as an "astounding, powerful number," in the latest salvo in its battle with the Association of Talent Agencies.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Raising The Voice Co-chairmen of NBC George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy discuss how formats like The Voice mean broadcast is still relevant in an age of hype around streamers.
  • Social butterfly NATPE: Nickelodeon's senior VP of social and digital video unpacked the network's social media strategy at Natpe in Miami this week.
  • Powering cable NATPE: Almost a year after taking control of combined Discovery and Scripps channels in the US, Kathleen Finch was at Natpe outlining her strategy.
  • YouTube retunes YouTube is reining in its exploits in the subscription space and refocusing on ad-supported video, says head of original content Susanne Daniels.
  • On the front line Tom Brisley of Arrow Media reveals the background to his first feature documentary with The War on Democracy director Chris Martin.
  • What's 2b in 2019 Fabienne Fourquet of Spanish-language digital content firm 2btube shares her predictions for the year ahead in media and entertainment.
  • 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.