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  • Finalists announced in format awards
    The finalists in the 2015 International Format Awards have been revealed, following four weeks of online voting by a judging panel made up of the world's leading format commissioners, buyers and financiers. Click through to see the list and screen the entries online or on your iPad with C21Screen.
  • Greece adapts I Love My Country
    Free-to-air commercial net Mega Channel in Greece is launching a local version of Talpa Media gameshow format I Love My Country.
  • UK’s Projector allies with ZDFE
    The commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF has signed a first-look development and distribution deal with UK drama indie Projector Pictures.
  • Buyers slam EC geo-blocking plans
    The European Commission's proposal to ban geo-blocking in Europe has come under fire from programme buyers, who say the plans would cause "enormous problems" for the TV industry.
  • BoPaul aims to make Big impression
    NEWS BRIEF: US distributor BoPaul Media Worldwide is taking a talent show fronted by Cheaters host Tommy Habeeb to MipTV.
  • Passion picks Paley Center doc
    NEWS BRIEF: Passion Distribution is heading to MipTV with a documentary series from the US Paley Center for Media that was picked up last week by SundanceTV.
  • Pogo bounces into Thailand
    Turner Broadcasting has partnered with a Thai free-to-air broadcaster to launch a daily two-hour block of its Pogo-branded programming in the country.
  • Kiwi net TV3 revives dance format
    Auckland-based MediaWorks’ channel TV3 is to revive the local version of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing format after a five-year hiatus in New Zealand.
  • Netflix boosts France TV
    The arrival of Netflix in France last year helped push international sales at distributor France TV Distribution ahead of domestic sales.
  • FremantleMedia falls for beauty format
    FremantleMedia is taking reality, dating and culinary competition formats to MipTV next month, including a German reality series that aims to find the country's most beautiful woman.
  • Dori takes 300 Second Ride
    Israel's Dori Media Group has picked up worldwide distribution rights to a quizshow format from Tel Aviv-based producer Studio Glam that already has the attention of producers in Europe.
  • Cineflix takes mega family to MipTV
    UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights has picked up a US reality series about a family from rural Tennessee that includes 19 children aged between two and 25.
  • Icflix makes Kuwait telco deal
    Middle Eastern VoD service Icflix is continuing to expand in the Middle East after signing a deal with telecoms firm Ooredoo Kuwait.
  • UK kids' TV viewing keeps dropping
    The amount of time children spend online will overtake their television viewing for the first time within the next two years, according to a new report.
  • Adapt or die
    It's the challenge of large multinationals like Disney, Turner and Viacom to ensure they remain flexible enough to keep up with the kids.
  • Netflix Oz signs two more US studios
    Warner Bros and MGM have signed film and TV licensing deals with Netflix’s Australian service, which launched on March 24.
  • M-Net has Family Values
    Broadcasters across Africa and the Middle East have acquired several titles from distributor GRB Entertainment, including a reality series featuring singer Toni Braxton and its spin-offs.
  • Canuck net boards Hawking toon
    A Canadian broadcaster has joined the development of a children's TV series based on books by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy.
  • Retort hires production head
    FremantleMedia UK scripted comedy label Retort has appointed a Vera Productions exec as its head of production.
  • Nerd finds Love
    A more authentic style, and relaxed rights position, could make FYI's upcoming series Find My First Love an interesting test case for US factual production. Clive Whittingham reports.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Battling in Brazil Globo’s director of acquisitions Paulo Mendes tells Richard Middleton how the Brazilian media giant is adapting to a changing economic climate.
  • 13 new titles to catch C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist takes a look at the top titles that were new on air around the world last month and are continuing to generate buzz.
  • A new golden age The internet may have left traditional business models in tatters, but it has also ushered in a new era of creativity, says Fred Seibert, founder of US toon house Frederator Studios.
  • The generation game Nico Franks explores how traditional producers and broadcasters can keep up with 'plurals'.
  • Crisis management A year on from a “creative crisis” being declared in unscripted television, Clive Whittingham asks FermantleMedia’s Thom Beers whether the genre is continuing to suffer and, if so, what the solution is.
  • A digital direction Dave Morgan, CEO of ad tech firm Simulmedia, argues that when it comes to advertising, TV execs can learn from their digital cousins.
  • Caught in the web Talk of the arrival of the long-awaited YouTube Kids app has been on everyone's lips at this year's Kidscreen Summit, but concerns remain over child safety online. Nico Franks reports.
  • Eleven shows to catch in Rio The Rio Content Market gets underway today and C21 will be there, uncovering the latest news and shows you need to know about. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Let battle commence The spate of over-the-top initiatives announced recently by traditional TV channels could mark the start of a new era for television, writes John Hazelton.
  • Talking the talk Unscripted programming in first-run syndication is a big theme in the US TV business this year. Fox Television Stations’ Stephen Brown shares his thoughts about the genre.