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  • HBO preps Israeli, Baldwin duo
    US premium cablenet HBO is developing its own version of an Israeli psychological drama as well as a scripted series set to star 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin.
  • Mip UK sales chief steps down
    The MD of Reed Midem UK is stepping down after April's MipTV market, ending a 30-year career with the event's organiser.
  • Keshet poaches Banijay sales boss
    The head of sales at Banijay International is leaving the company to join the international arm of Israel's Keshet Media Group.
  • UTV in Indian drama first
    Russia's UTV is thought to have become the first national channel in the country to air an Indian TV drama, after picking up one of Star TV's most popular shows.
  • ITV, RSPCA give pets a home
    ITV has commissioned Endemol Shine Group-owned Initial to make a six-part series supported by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • Sky sells extreme shows
    Broadcasters including Australia's Nine Network, DR in Denmark and RTL in the Netherlands have picked up extreme adventure shows from UK-based distributor Sky Vision.
  • C More grows in Nordics
    NEWS BRIEF: Sports broadcaster C More Sport has expanded its carriage in the Nordics by linking up with DTH satellite platform Viasat Norway.
  • Netflix greenlights Pitt project
    Netflix has ordered a drama series from Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content for a 2016 release.
  • Greece revives Fortune
    CBS’s veteran quiz gameshow Wheel of Fortune is making a comeback on Greek TV this month, Star Channel has announced.
  • SNI renews Great American trio
    Global channels operator Scripps Networks Interactive has brought back three entertainment and lifestyle series for its Great American Country network.
  • SPI enters Brazilian pay TV
    Polish distributor-turned-broadcaster SPI International is rolling out nine of its channels into Brazil's pay TV market.
  • Gilligan cop drama goes global
    More than 100 broadcasters across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America have acquired a new CBS cop drama from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore.
  • DirecTV dishes up Food Network
    Scripps Networks Interactive has partnered with pay TV service DirecTV to extend the reach of its culinary lifestyle channel Food Network in Latin America.
  • Awe, RTL grab GRB shows
    Broadcasters across Europe, Africa and the US are amongst those to have picked up lifestyle programming from distributor GRB Entertainment.
  • DRG partners fledgling indies
    UK distributor DRG has signed exclusive first-look deals with three drama indies in the territory.
  • HBO in OTT talks with Apple
    US cablenet HBO is in talks with Apple about the tech giant coming onboard as a launch partner for the planned release of its OTT service next month, according to a US report.
  • Watch takes Marven on cruise
    UK multichannel operator UKTV is coproducing a wildlife travel series fronted by Nigel Marven for its Watch channel with the presenter’s prodco Image Impact.
  • Youku Tudou in drama drive
    Chinese online video firm Youku Tudou has created a TV drama production unit and appointed a new chief operating officer.
  • Red Arrow reels in Real Men
    German distributor Red Arrow International has picked up global sales rights to a Danish health show format.
  • France TV seeks ethnic specials
    France Télévisions is looking for programming to fill its recently introduced Sunday afternoon factual strand that explores the effect of modern life on ethnic tribes.
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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.