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  • Zodiak takes BBC2 to Versailles
    GEITF: BBC2 in the UK has acquired Canal+’s English-language period drama Versailles from distributor Zodiak Rights.
  • Antenna extends Argentinian comedy
    Greek broadcaster Antenna Group is extending its local adaptation of Argentinian romantic comedy series Graduados with an original Greek script for the second season.
  • A+E revisits OJ Simpson trial
    A+E Networks will air two new documentaries about OJ Simpson around the world this year to mark the 20th anniversary of his infamous murder trial.
  • Comedy Central UK eyes local sitcoms
    GEITF: Comedy Central UK is looking to commission more original British sitcoms for the international market as it begins to shift away from acquiring US content.
  • BBC 'slowly strangling itself'
    GEITF: The BBC was said to be “slowly strangling itself” during a heated debate about the corporation’s future here in Edinburgh yesterday.
  • NRJ12 preps The Fall season
    French DTT channel NRJ12 will launch a dozen new shows this fall, including drama series The Fall and a local adaptation of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
  • Core's US TV chief exits
    Core Media Group's head of US television has left the American Idol producer as part of a reshuffle of its management team as the company attempts to refinance its estimated US$300m debt.
  • US has ‘work to do’ on diversity
    GEITF: Bosses from ABC, Showtime and HBO in the US have weighed in on the diversity debate, with some saying they must do more to be representative.
  • Amazon follows Netflix into Japan
    Amazon is launching its video streaming service in Japan just days after Netflix partnered with a telecoms company in the country.
  • DNI lines up Sherpa special
    Discovery Channel in the US and Discovery Networks International are preparing to roll out a doc about the Sherpa community following the avalanche that hit Mount Everest last year.
  • Sundance gets back Behind the Story
    AMC Networks-owned SundanceTV has extended Behind the Story with The Paley Center, its show about the people who make television drama.
  • Rutherford moves into Temple
    LA- and Toronto-based prodco Temple Street Productions has launched a distribution division and has taken on a senior Tricon Films & Television executive to run it.
  • Fincham admits ITV failings
    GEITF: ITV's director of television Peter Fincham was forced to face up to the broadcaster's recent ratings struggles here in Edinburgh yesterday.
  • HBO calls for sci-fi, musicals
    GEITF: Michael Ellenberg, executive VP of programming at HBO, has outlined the Game of Thrones broadcaster's ambitious content strategy at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.
  • BBC1 wins Channel of The Year
    GEITF: BBC1 was named C21Media Channel of the Year at the annual Edinburgh TV Awards this evening as part of the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.
  • Sturgeon seeks BBC Scotland reform
    GEITF: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for BBC Scotland to have more power and said the nation should expect something “truly radical” from the upcoming review of the pubcaster's charter.
  • Vertue’s reward
    Renowned producer Beryl Vertue OBE receives the GEITF’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Andrew Dickens reflects on her career.
  • C5 sees benefits of 'poverty porn'
    GEITF: The UK’s Channel 5 has refused to apologise for the number of shows it airs about benefits claimants and says it will continue to commission them in the future.
  • Edelstein warns against BBC break-up
    GEITF: NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein has launched a staunch defence of the BBC, warning against any attempt to undermine it.
  • Kavanagh bullish on BBC3
    GEITF: BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh has defended plans to make the channel online-only next year.
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  • New kids on the block Rising production values and a handy new tax break have put Spain firmly on the international coproduction map, reports Toni Sekinah.
  • Hungary for growth John Rossiter gives the lowdown on changes in Central Europe after Sony acquired two Hungarian channels.
  • Direct action TVT's Ian Brotherston reflects on the biggest shifts that have taken place in media over the past decade and those that lie ahead in the next.
  • Coming to America Demand for original UK drama is growing in America, but is it anything more than a passing fad? Andrew Dickens assesses the trend.
  • Blue chip off the block Atlantic Productions' Anthony Geffen talks to Clive Whittingham about the blue-chip wildlife genre's renaissance and the struggles of 3D TV.
  • Monkey business A retelling of a Chinese legend provided the country’s film industry with a home-grown animated hit, and there are hopes it could pave the way for more.
  • Hill climbs to the top Polly Hill has risen through the ranks to head BBC Drama, with an estimated budget of US$310m. Maggie Brown assesses her biggest challenges.
  • Korea advice With 4K production booming, government money available and a close relationship with China, South Korea is about more than just drama.