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  • 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.
  • BT content chief to join ECB
    The chief of content at UK telco BT is leaving the company to join the England and Wales Cricket Board as its chief commercial officer.
  • DHX creates rights strategy role
    DHX Media in Canada has appointed a VP of rights strategy and a commercial director at its UK-based online network and studio WildBrain.
  • Netflix nears 140 million subscribers
    US streamer Netflix grew its subscriber base by 8.8 million users in the fourth quarter of 2018 to reach 139 million global paying members, but revenues were lower than anticipated.
  • Love Islands spring up in Belgium, Poland
    Belgian broadcaster SBS and Poland's Polsat are the latest channels to have ordered local versions of ITV Studios' break-out format hit Love Island.
  • Drone exec lands at GBI
    US-based kids' producer and distributor Genius Brands International has appointed an executive from a drone-focused company as its VP of business development.
  • UK animation backs People's Vote on Brexit
    A host of bosses at UK animation companies have joined the campaign for a public vote on the final deal over the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union, known as the People's Vote.
  • NBC pilots Bone Collector drama
    US broadcaster NBC has ordered a drama pilot based on the book that inspired 1999 feature film The Bone Collector.
  • BBC to 'reinvent' England offering
    UK pubcaster the BBC is to “reinvent and refresh” its offering across England, resulting in a number of job cuts, and is seeking a deputy to director general Tony Hall after the incumbent stepped down from her position.
  • Nickelodeon taps DeBenedittis for content
    Nickelodeon has hired a Disney Channels Worldwide executive as its exec VP of programming and content strategy.
  • C4 goes back to The Circle
    Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a second season of reality format The Circle, with the new run adding more episodes a weekly live show.
  • Blue Ant carries Smithsonian around world
    Smithsonian Networks and Canada-based Blue Ant Media have agreed a deal to increase the distribution of Smithsonian Channel in Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Lennox named Banff board chairman
    Randy Lennox, president of Canadian broadcast group Bell Media, has been elected chair of the board of directors at The Banff World Media Festival.
  • Viceland goes live from NYC
    Youth-skewing US cablenet Viceland is preparing a two-hour live primetime programme that will broadcast four nights a week from its Brooklyn headquarters.
  • MipTV to honour France
    Event organiser Reed Midem has named France as the Country of Honour at this year's MipTV conference, which will take place from April 8-11 in Cannes.
  • Int'l nets add Twofour shows
    Broadcasters in Canada, Latin America and Europe have struck deals totalling 130 hours with sales outfit Twofour Rights.
  • Montgomery's Wheelhouse staffs up
    Wheelhouse Entertainment, the talent and content company founded last year by former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery, has set up its senior leadership team.
  • Ex-Netflix kids' chief joins Moonbug
    The former director of Netflix's kids' and family content has resurfaced at children's producer and distributor Moonbug as head of the Americas.
  • Police Interceptors head for Sweden
    NEWS BRIEF: Swedish broadcaster TV4 has picked up seven seasons of long-running Channel 5 series Police Interceptors from distributor Raw Cut Television.
  • Dynamic takes home Trophy Boy
    LA-based distributor and financer Dynamic Television has picked up the adaptation rights to Trophy Boy, the critically acclaimed short film from Emrhys Cooper.
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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.