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  • McCall reveals ITV SVoD plans
    MIPCOM: ITV will launch an SVoD service next year showcasing “British-originated quality content,” but it will not be a rival to Netflix, the UK commercial broadcaster’s CEO has revealed.
  • Davie: BBCS navigating 'radical change'
    MIPCOM: BBC Studios is "completely changing" its approach to distribution to navigate the "radical" disruption in the content business, according to its CEO.
  • Hooq open to global originals
    MIPCOM: Hooq, the Asian SVoD service backed by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros and Singapore Telecommunications, is on the lookout for acquisitions and original ideas from around the world.
  • Scotland's STV eyes copros
    MIPCOM: The programme-making arm of Scottish commercial broadcaster STV is on the look-out for multi-episodic scripted projects and coproduction deals with international producers here in Cannes.
  • Puttnam sets up TV business course
    MIPCOM: Oscar-winning film producer David Puttnam has teamed up with the University of the Arts London to launch a major educational initiative for the screen industries.
  • Lat Am's Albavisión enters The Pit
    MIPCOM: Latin American broadcaster Albavisión has picked up crime drama The Pit (Çukur) from Turkish distributor Inter Medya.
  • Cineflix sells 330 hours into CEE
    MIPCOM: Free and pay TV broadcasters across Central and Eastern Europe have picked up a number of factual shows from UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights.
  • ZDF boards Danish crime series
    MIPCOM: German broadcaster ZDF is joining a crime series commissioned by Denmark's TV2 as a coproducer.
  • CCTV signs up Blue Ant nature docs
    MIPCOM: China’s state broadcaster CCTV has signed a volume deal for nature programming with Blue Ant Media’s distribution arm Blue Ant International.
  • The Four heads to Greece
    MIPCOM: Greek commercial broadcaster ANT1 is to start work on a local version of primetime singing format The Four following a deal with Israeli distributor Armoza Formats.
  • Elephant House preps Kennedy doc for C5
    MIPCOM: Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a documentary about the legend of the Kennedy family curse, plus a raft of factual and fact ent programming from its production subsidiary Elephant House Studios.
  • Getting noticed
    Streamers may be bringing bigger budgets to kids' TV, but discoverability and promotion issues are preventing breakout hits, C21 heard at MipJunior.
  • Hulu Japan secures Locked Up
    MIPCOM: The Japanese version of streaming service Hulu, owned and operated by Nippon TV, has acquired two international drama series.
  • NENT consults Carter for Studios
    MIPCOM: Nordic Entertainment Group has brought in a former co-CEO of Endemol Shine International to work across its recently rejigged Studios division.
  • WatchIt! adds celeb channel, buys factual
    MIPCOM: French digital distribution outfit Alchimie has launched a celebrity-focused channel and acquired a raft of factual content for its international multichannel SVoD service, WatchIt!.
  • Fremantle sends Brilliant Friend around world
    MIPCOM: Distributor Fremantle has sold Italian-US drama My Brilliant Friend to free and pay TV platforms spanning 56 countries ahead of its release later this autumn.
  • Ovation applauds Sky Vision arts, culture
    MIPCOM: US arts network Ovation has signed a volume factual content deal with Sky Vision, the distribution and production arm of European satcaster Sky.
  • ITV prises A Confession from Martin Freeman
    MIPCOM: UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered six-part drama A Confession from ITV Studios and indie Urban Myth Films.
  • Beta Film, Wildside set on German Moon
    MIPCOM: Germany’s Beta Film and sister prodco Zeitsprung have joined forces with Fremantle-owned Italian prodco Wildside on a new drama about one of Nasa’s earliest moon missions.
  • Tencent joins BBC's Dynasties
    MIPCOM: Chinese streamer Tencent has joined BBC Studios' latest natural history epic, Dynasties, as a coproducer and has unveiled a BBC Earth fan community.

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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.