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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Full stream ahead
    Following Netflix’s entry into six more European territories this summer, Andrew Dickens assesses its impact on the continent’s television industry.
  • NorthSouth debuts comedy division
    US prodco NorthSouth Productions has hired the development executives behind the series Love & Hip Hop and Wives With Knives and has also launched a new comedy division.
  • Fox TV exec joins High Noon
    ITV-owned reality specialist High Noon Entertainment has hired the senior VP of alternative programming and development at Fox Television Studios to manage its development slate.
  • Zodiak hires BBCWW drama head
    UK-based distributor Zodiak Rights has appointed BBC Worldwide’s head of drama to a newly created position leading its own drama acquisitions.
  • Hopster secures TV distribution
    Subscription-based preschool TV and learning app Hopster has launched on UK satellite platform Freesat and is set for further expansion with Amazon.
  • Mediaset stands up to Televisa format
    Mediaset España has acquired rights to a new music talent format that puts parent-and-child viral video singing success stories on television.
  • C5, MTV prep awards simulcast
    Channel 5 in the UK will simulcast the forthcoming MTV EMA awards with MTV for the first time, following its takeover by Viacom earlier this year.
  • Boomerang flies into Jungle Bunch
    Turner Broadcasting's Boomerang channel has acquired French animated comedy series The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue as it begins to target a family audience.
  • BBC format Tumbles into Romania
    A Romanian broadcaster has become the first international destinations for BBC Worldwide gymnastics competition format Tumble, while a Chinese prodco has also optioned it.
  • Australian channel to launch in Asia
    Broadcasters from Australia and the UK are backing a 24/7 channel dedicated to Australian news, business and sport that is set to launch in Asia next month.
  • GSN retakes Idiotest
    US cablenet GSN has renewed original gameshow commission Idiotest for a second 65-episode season.
  • Sky plays ball with Whistle Sports
    UK satcaster BSkyB has invested US$7m in the US-based online network Whistle Sports and will work with the start-up to create content aimed at younger sports fans.
  • Ross exits new-look Shine, Endemol
    Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin will lead the newly merged Endemol, Shine and Core Media joint venture in the US as current Shine America CEO Rich Ross leaves for Discovery.
  • Seven fronts up with new dramas
    Australia’s Seven Network unveiled two Australian dramas, a spin-off of My Restaurant Rules and a raft of fresh US and UK shows at its upfronts presentation today.
  • Sink or swim
    Dwarfed by its neighbours in terms of output, unsupported by its own broadcasters and overshadowed by the US, is there any hope for Mexico's TV animation industry?
  • MTG moves Mogensen
    Scandinavian broadcaster Modern Times Group has moved a senior exec from its Danish arm to lead content creation at its free TV business across the region.
  • Slingshot strikes Oil
    David Ellender's fledgling US prodco Slingshot Global Media has partnered with UK funding company Nevision to develop a drama set in the Persian Gulf in the 1970s.
  • Seven, TVNZ play Mind Games
    Seven Network in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand have picked up factual entertainment series Katherine Milles: Mind Games from BBC Worldwide.
  • Natpe gets dose of reality
    The 52nd Natpe market and conference in Miami next year will include a day dedicated to reality TV, developed alongside the boss of format specialists The Gurin Company.
  • Wuaki adds Nordic Noir from Arrow
    Spanish online video service Wuaki.tv has agreed a content partnership with international film and television distributor Arrow Films.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice Last week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.
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