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NEWS & FEATURES

  • All3Media CEO departs
    All3Media CEO Farah Ramzan Golant is stepping down after Discovery Communications and Liberty Global received regulatory approval for their joint acquisition of the company.
  • Euro nets add Cineflix lifestyle shows
    Broadcasters across Europe have snapped up a raft of factual and lifestyle programming from UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights ahead of next month's Mipcom.
  • Keshet brings in BBCWW exec
    Keshet International has appointed a former BBC Worldwide sales executive as its sales manager for Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Int'l nets acquire Flame's Wheels
    Broadcasters in more than 60 territories have acquired motoring series Ultimate Wheels from Australia’s Flame Distribution.
  • Nick, YTV order Max & Shred
    Nickelodeon in the US and Canadian network YTV has ordered a live-action comedy show from Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment.
  • Federation launches int'l operations
    Fledgling Paris-based producer Federation Entertainment, the company behind Netflix’s first original French commission, is launching an international distribution operation.
  • AMC replaces CTK with Sundance
    AMC Networks International is to expand the distribution of its Sundance Channel on Spain’s pay TV platforms by rebranding its film channel CTK.
  • Globosat, Caracol prep US channel
    Brazilian pay TV broadcaster Globosat and Colombian operator Caracol Television have entered a joint venture to launch a Spanish-language channel in the US market.
  • ABC3 Gets Ace
    Australian children's channel ABC3 has acquired animated series Get Ace to air later this year.
  • Starz in your eyes at C21 Drama Summit
    CONTENT LONDON: Starz MD Carmi Zlotnik is set to outline his original programming development strategy at C21's International Drama Summit in November.
  • Endemol, Feel agree first-look deal
    Endemol has struck a first-look distribution deal with London-based indie Feel Films that will see the companies jointly develop and finance a slate of scripted projects.
  • MGM moves for Burnett prodcos
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has taken a 55% holding in the production outfits owned by Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment and has relaunched the United Artists banner to house the deal.
  • Champions head to Germany, Mid East
    Production firms in Germany and the Middle East have licensed Japanese entertainment format Beat the Champions, following a deal with Scandinavian distributor Eccho Rights.
  • Hulu orders JFK drama
    US VoD service Hulu has made a straight-to-series order for a show based on a Stephen King novel about the death of former US President John F Kennedy.
  • TNT escapes with Red Arrow show
    US cablenet TNT has picked up a social experiment show from German producer-distributor Red Arrow International.
  • BBCWW takes Lookout stake
    BBC Worldwide has marked a return to investing in UK indies by taking a significant stake in one of the production firms behind Ripper Street.
  • Hat Trick sells Kerridge’s Pub Food
    UK distributor Hat Trick International has secured a raft of global deals for Outline Productions’ factual entertainment content, shipping titles to the US and Australia.
  • Italy dives in with Dolphins
    The Italian arm of an international production firm has optioned a controversial reality TV format that involves celebrities performing tricks with dolphins, C21 understands.
  • ITV adds mobile trivia format
    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has picked up distribution rights to a German TV show based on a best-selling app.
  • Woodcut adds former BBCWW exec
    New UK factual indie Woodcut Media has appointed a former BBC Worldwide executive as its joint creative director, C21 can reveal.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Playing it safe With French TV networks coming under fire for failing to take risks with drama, what impact will Netflix’s imminent arrival have in an increasingly tough market? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Joiz of interaction Alexander Mazzara, founder of Swiss youth channel Joiz, tells Clive Whittingham about the tricks and challenges of marrying the first and second screens, and the threat this presents to linear broadcasters.
  • OTT: Blessing or burden? Stella Medlicott, chief marketing officer at Red Bee Media, fears that the proliferation of increasingly homogeneous over-the-top TV services may not be good for consumers or the industry.
  • Amazon exploration Amazon Studios, currently preparing a new batch of pilots with big-name European producers attached, is building up a library of original kids’ content. Nico Franks reports.
  • In touch with reality Reality television pioneer John de Mol is looking to breathe new life into the genre with his twist on the social experiment. John Hazelton reports.
  • Centre stage International producers are flocking to the UK to shoot big-budget projects thanks to new tax breaks. But how is this impacting the country’s studios? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Buying into social selling Entertainment retail has long been ripe for reinvention and now the studios are finally stepping up and having a go, says Gideon Lask, CEO and Founder of Buyapowa.
  • Jam today As more digital players than ever get set to attend Cartoon Forum in France next month, John Rice of Irish animation studio Jam Media gives his views on increasing revenues from VoD and app development.
  • The History girl Rachel Job, channel editor for History & H2 at A+E Networks UK, outlines her commissioning and acquisition strategy and budgets to Clive Whittingham.
  • Reasons to be cheerful Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Stuttgart animation studio Film Bilder, discusses how changes in German TV have affected his business, including an increase in VoD players coming on to the scene.
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