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  • Zodiak expands acquisitions role
    Zodiak Rights, the international sales division of Zodiak Media, has expanded the remit of its London-based VP of acquisitions to include the US and English-speaking Canada.
  • Studio.TV.Film adds joint MD
    Germany’s Studio.TV.Film, the production outfit behind local kids’ show Löwenzahn, has hired a joint MD to work alongside Albert Schäfer.
  • Fox, Marvel hold X-Men talks
    US network Fox could be about to bring X-Men to television after revealing it is in discussions with comic outfit Marvel.
  • BBC gets Taster for digital
    The BBC has launched a platform to develop ideas for digital shows and emerging technology, with its first offering including exclusive content from Girls writer Lena Dunham and UK comedian Jennifer Saunders.
  • ITV staff close to strike vote
    Staff at ITV have rejected the UK commercial broadcaster’s pay offer for 2015 and have vowed to hold a strike ballot if it’s not improved.
  • Toonz gets NZ base
    India's Toonz Entertainment is following up its acquisition of Spanish children's producer-distributor Imira Entertainment by setting up a base in New Zealand.
  • Int'l networks sail into Driftwood Bay
    Broadcasters in Europe, New Zealand and Asia have joined Netflix in North America in acquiring UK indie Sixteen South's mixed-media preschool toon Lily's Driftwood Bay.
  • Writers sign petition against ITV
    More than 175 prominent comedy writers have signed a petition urging UK broadcaster ITV to enter a collective bargaining agreement covering its nonfiction writer-producers.
  • Root: 'Authentic' factual rules
    Jane Root, former president of Discovery Channel in the US, has said the network's move away from ‘fake’ documentaries is part of a shift towards more authentic unscripted programming.
  • Amazon signs Fremantle kids deal
    Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has struck a programming deal with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, including rights to pre-school animation Kate & Mim-Mim.
  • Austria claims Scripps, Liberty first
    Scripps Networks UK & EMEA has extended the reach of its lifestyle network Travel Channel by launching it on a Liberty Global-owned platform in Austria.
  • CBS boards Rush Hour remake
    US broadcaster CBS is returning to the big screen for its latest project, after ordering a pilot for a TV version of action movie Rush Hour.
  • France 2 seeks scripted family comedy
    French pubcaster France 2 is looking for a scripted family comedy format.
  • History Canada goes to Hell
    History in Canada has greenlit a six-part show following two adventurers as they re-enact a series of real-life expeditions at locations around the world.
  • Cake Boss gets another slice
    NEWS BRIEF: Discovery Networks International and US cablenet TLC have teamed up to order 40 new episodes of the factual reality show Cake Boss.
  • New VoD service targets health
    A former BBC Worldwide Latin America exec has launched a streaming service that focuses on consumers’ heath and wellbeing.
  • WDR beefs up sales team
    German broadcaster WDR has recruited two new members of staff to its commercial division as its targets more international sales and coproductions in children's TV.
  • Brazil spins Wheel of Fortune again
    Brazilian broadcaster SBT has extended its deal with CBS Studios International for long-running gameshow format Wheel of Fortune.
  • Leftfield names first COO
    ITV Studios-owned Leftfield Entertainment has hired the former CEO of Ryan Seacrest Productions as its first chief creative officer.
  • BBCWW bags Taiwanese deal
    Taiwanese broadcaster Elta TV has agreed a far-reaching deal for channels and programming with BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) that it claims will make it home to the most UK content in the country.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • 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.
  • This year’s models Plenty of ambitious new dramas launched this fall season, but the funding models behind them are as varied as their plotlines. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Living the lifestyle Although backed by the famous Playboy brand, Asian pay channel LifeStyle TV is unlike other channels from the adult entertainment giant. Ed Waller reports.
  • Scripps homes in With lifestyle content in high demand across the region, it’s no surprise Scripps Networks Interactive is targeting its channels at Asia Pacific. Nico Franks reports.
  • 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.
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