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  • Eleven's Pullen returns to Dragonfly
    Endemol Shine Group-owned factual prodco Dragonfly has hired an executive producer from factual drama specialist Eleven.
  • Channel 4 wakes up to Eleven's Nightmares
    Channel 4 has greenlit a factual drama series telling real-life horror stories from the production company behind Sky’s The Enfield Haunting.
  • Cohen's Access bites into Bad Wolf
    Danny Cohen's Access Entertainment has taken a 24.9% stake in Bad Wolf, the production company launched by former BBC Worldwide execs Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.
  • Ireland toasts animation industry
    Dublin-based Jam Media was the big winner at the third annual Irish Animation Awards, taking home four awards on Saturday.
  • Lumière picks CEOs in reshuffle
    Benelux producer and distributor Lumière Group has promoted two of its senior management team as part of a wider shake-up involving the company's founders.
  • Love Nature falls for ex-Warner exec
    Love Nature International, the joint venture between Canada’s Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks in the US, has hired a former Paramount, MGM and Warner Brothers exec for its sales division.
  • Starz Play, Ooredoo link up on app
    Qatar-based media group Ooredoo TV has launched a streaming app in partnership with MENA-based VoD service Starz Play.
  • TCB hires ex-BBCWW sales manager
    UK distributor TCB Media Rights has appointed a former sales manager at BBC Worldwide to oversee the territories of Italy, Spain, Latin America and Canada.
  • Pulse taps BBC's Aston for unscripted
    Vice Media-owned UK prodco Pulse Films has given a former BBC Entertainment exec a newly created role overseeing its unscripted output.
  • OTF alum to head sales at AMC Studios
    AMC Studios has expanded its executive team by appointing the former VP of sales and coproductions at Amsterdam-based distributor Off The Fence as head of content sales.
  • Bomanbridge bags Beauty's Hero
    Singapore-based sales house Bomanbridge Media has agreed a deal with the production company behind entertainment TV series The Fashion Hero.
  • A+E's Six secures int'l sales
    Companies in China, Germany and the US are among those to have acquired A+E Networks' military drama Six.
  • Bear Grylls gets animated show
    The UK producer behind Matt Hatter Chronicles has partnered with Bear Grylls to create an animated series featuring a young version of the British adventurer and TV presenter.
  • Portfolio serves 4K culinary duo
    Canadian production and distribution company Portfolio Entertainment has added two culinary series shot in 4K to its slate ahead of next month's MipTV market.
  • GRB goes off script in Eastern Europe
    Broadcasters from around Eastern Europe have acquired crime, disaster and paranormal unscripted programming from US producer and distributor GRB Entertainment.
  • 9 Story picks up kids trio
    The distribution arm of Canadian firm 9 Story Media Group has acquired three children's series from companies in Brazil, the US and Canada.
  • Hicks hunts IP to refresh
    The former president of production and development at Nickelodeon has outlined the goals of his new venture set up to purchase and reboot neglected IP.
  • Touching distance
    Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo, MD of France's Kabo International, explains why changing technology is bringing the industry closer to the elusive Next Big Thing.
  • SundanceTV takes Acceptable Risk
    SundanceTV has picked up a six-part drama thriller series due to premiere on Irish broadcaster RTÉ for its global channels.
  • Quebecor gets Back In The Room
    Quebecor Content in Canada and Markiza TV in Slovakia have picked up a hypnotism format from BBC Worldwide.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Touching distance Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo, MD of France's Kabo International, explains why changing technology is bringing the industry closer to the elusive Next Big Thing.
  • Novel approaches Book-to-TV series adaptations were all the rage at the SXSW festival in Texas last week, with American Gods, The Son and The Handmaid’s Tale drawing attention.
  • Digital dollars What’s the best way to exploit established and new children's IP online and how can YouTube rights management companies help?
  • Mixed fortunes With virtual reality grabbing headlines, broadcasters looking for a killer app to help bridge the digital divide may want to consider new format Lost in Time.
  • Back to the future Al Roker, host of NBC’s The Today Show, is moving in a digital direction with the launch of Roker Media, targeting live-streaming platforms.
  • Rai adds reach Italian pubcaster Rai TV has revamped its operations over the past year, providing new international opportunities for its commercial arm.
  • Snapchat meets TV Vast Media's Nicole Greiner explores Snapchat’s array of media partnerships in its latest article tracking digital content marketing innovations.
  • Sense of Shame The team behind hit European teen drama Skam reveals how the hard-hitting show took Norway by storm and bagged a remake in the US.
  • Syndie solutions Sinclair Broadcasting, the largest station group in the US, is diversifying to cope with a changing syndication scene and fragmenting audience.
  • Dance to a new tune Jeff Collins of Dance Moms producer Collins Avenue reflects on a US reality industry that is growing in importance for cablenets while its budgets are cut.