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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Bringing up Sons
    History’s Russ McCarroll and producer Stephen David tell Clive Whittingham about the ambitions and challenges of A+E Networks’ latest foray into factual drama.
  • Asian nets enter robotic age
    A trio of Asian broadcasters have picked up a series about the future of robotics, from Australia's Flame Distribution.
  • SVT, Eyeworks start forbidden drama
    Swedish pubcaster SVT has commissioned Eyeworks and a local prodco to make a drama based on a bestselling novel by the author Kerstin Thorvall, first published in 1976.
  • TV4 claims Kingdom
    Swedish broadcaster TV4 has acquired current and future episodes of US mixed martial arts drama series Kingdom for its linear and subscription VoD service.
  • Netflix wins Dutch legal battle
    US streamer Netflix has triumphed in its long-running patent infringement battle with video-on-demand software provider OpenTV in the Netherlands.
  • HBO orders Silverman pilot
    NEWS BRIEF: HBO in the US has ordered a half-hour pilot starring comedian Sarah Silverman and written by the British playwright behind ITV drama Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
  • NBCU appoints Lucky Giant MD
    NBCUniversal International Television Production has appointed a BBC comedy producer to head up its UK-based production firm Lucky Giant, after the exit of the company's founder.
  • Inter Medya bags TRT dramas
    NEWS BRIEF: Turkish distributor ITV Inter Medya has acquired rights to three of local broadcaster TRT’s new scripted shows.
  • Sky rolls out Roku box in Germany
    European broadcaster Sky has rolled out its streaming box developed with US-based Roku to enable German subscribers to use its OTT services.
  • Screen Oz reveals factual funding
    Aussie programme agency Screen Australia has revealed the latest factual shows to receive its funding, which it claims is worth nearly A$4m (US$3.3m) to the local production sector.
  • Hulu takes The Strain from FX
    US streaming service Hulu has landed exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to a variety of FX series, including Guillermo del Toro’s thriller The Strain.
  • Virgin adds 10 int'l channels
    Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media is adding 10 international channels to its cable TV service in the UK, carrying Pakistani dramas, African soap operas and more.
  • Channel 4 boards Night Bus
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a three-part documentary series about the world of night buses in London.
  • eOne rides with Dr Cabbie
    A television series based on the 2014 feature film Dr Cabbie, featuring Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, is in the development in Canada.
  • Romania reels in Israeli format
    A Romanian broadcaster has become the latest to order a local version of Israeli gameshow format I Can Do That!.
  • Syfy UK lands Spielberg’s Extant
    NBCUniversal-owned Syfy UK has acquired exclusive broadcast rights in the territory to Steven Spielberg mystery thriller Extant.
  • Kilar unveils online Vessel
    Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has revealed details of his new paid-for online service that will offer an exclusive window to shows created by YouTube stars.
  • Starz promotes programming execs
    US cablenet Starz has promoted three executives working across the firm's programme planning, branded digital content and on demand services.
  • Arabic Nick nets prep MENA launch
    Localised versions of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr are to launch in the Middle East and North Africa on pay TV network OSN at the beginning of next year.
  • ITV extends Thunderbirds' return
    CITV has commissioned ITV Studios in the UK and Pukeko Pictures of New Zealand to make a second run of Thunderbirds Are Go, the reinvention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic 1960s puppet series.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • An evolving mindset Ghislain Barrois of Spain’s Mediaset tells Andrew Dickens about the changing role of US drama on his channels.
  • Brought into play Children’s toys have historically been a gold mine for creators of television shows. Carsten Kieckbusch tells Richard Middleton about the opportunities they offer.
  • In the public eye C21 caught up with leading format commissioners at the European Broadcasting Union's recent Eurovision Creative Forum, revealing how they are coping with the many challenges thrown up by new digital technologies.
  • Mexican mindset Three of the main international factual channels talk to Clive Whittingham about their commissioning strategies in Mexico.
  • Cashing in on YouTube YouTube is booming but a viable business model for the platform’s contributors remains elusive, writes Tara Conlan
  • Italian renaissance Mob series Gomorra put Italian drama back on the map for international acquisition execs, but was it a flash in the pan or the start of something bigger? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Staying on the ball Cartoon Network in Latin America had a tough summer, what with a World Cup to contend with, but has emerged stronger, Pablo Zuccarino tells Nico Franks.
  • Grey matters Linear TV could become a playground for older viewers as VoD tempts younger people away. Richard Middleton explores how broadcasters are reaching out to the grey market.
  • Delving into the archives Andy Williams, MD at UK production and archive firm ITN Source, tells Clive Whittingham how new development workshops are opening up affordable historical doc opportunities for indie producers.
  • Generating acclaim German drama is on the up as respected names including Ridley Scott heap praise on miniseries Generation War, UFA Fiction’s Nico Hofmann tells Nico Franks.
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