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  • Lagardère buys Spain’s Boomerang TV
    France’s Lagardère Active has acquired a majority stake in leading Spanish entertainment and drama producer Grupo Boomerang TV.
  • Calling the shots
    Europe’s pay TV giants now have the scale to rival the US cable channels in their drama ambitions, argues Gün Akyuz.
  • ITV expects Animal Births series
    ITV in the UK has commissioned a series about animal births and has renewed a raft of shows from Shiver, the factual arm of its in-house studio.
  • Hulu extends Deadbeat comedy
    US video streaming site Hulu has extended the run of its original supernatural comedy coproduced by Lionsgate and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
  • Huace crazy about Italian drama
    Huace Media Group has agreed what's thought to be one of China's first scripted format deals with Italy after acquiring rights to one of its most popular dramas.
  • BBC drops Buzzcocks
    The BBC has cancelled long-running music panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks after almost 20 years on air.
  • Nat Geo tells Frank’s Holocaust story
    National Geographic Channel in the US is preparing a two-hour special telling the stories of the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank.
  • Dave dives into Money Pit
    UKTV channel Dave has commissioned a new factual entertainment format from Avalon Entertainment-owned prodco Liberty Bell, fronted by comedian Jason Manford.
  • C4 collars another dog series
    NEWS BRIEF: Channel 4 in the UK has returned to London-based indie Arrow Media for a second season of fixed-rig observational doc Dogs: Their Secret Lives.
  • Sky reveals Euro arts push
    Satcaster Sky has unveiled its first major cross-territory initiative since combining its European operations, and revealed plans to merge channels and increase programme budgets in the UK.
  • ITV calls off Weinstein deal
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has reportedly pulled out of a deal to buy The Weinstein Company’s TV division.
  • Loud TV partners with Plum
    Leftfield Entertainment’s Loud TV has partnered with UK-based Plum Pictures as the latter looks to push into the US.
  • Ford sets out FIC focus
    Jeff Ford, the recently appointed MD of Fox International Channels in the UK, is looking to broaden the reach of Fox in the country with more accessible programming.
  • Seacrest to Knock for Fox
    US network Fox has ordered a new entertainment series to be fronted by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
  • CMJ, Bilderfest form copro pact
    Canada's CMJ Productions II has agreed a partnership with German prodco Bilderfest to produce science-related factual programming for international markets.
  • FMI elects The Young Pope
    FremantleMedia International has secured exclusive international distribution rights to a forthcoming drama about a fictional pope, starring Oscar-nominated actor Jude Law.
  • Dynamic pulls in Pivot exec
    US producer and distributor Dynamic Television has appointed a former scripted programming exec at US cablenet Pivot TV as its new senior VP of content.
  • Netflix fond of Fonda comedy
    Netflix has renewed its single-camera comedy Grace & Frankie for a second season, less than a month after the series’ debut.
  • Free Aussie streamer adds pay tier
    A free streaming service from Australian distributor Madman Entertainment offering Japanese content has added a subscription tier as usage figures continue to rise.
  • Kids veteran leaves Endemol Oz
    One of Australia’s leading children’s TV producers is leaving Endemol Australia after 17 years with the company amidst a collapse in the funding models for children’s drama.
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