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  • Greek deal for Argentinean format
    A Greek broadcaster is producing a local adaptation of Argentinean romantic comedy series Graduados (The Graduates) for primetime.
  • C5 reverses on Walking Dead decision
    UK broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) is bringing back US zombie drama The Walking Dead for its 5* entertainment channel, just months after dropping the show.
  • ABC Oz poaches Nine exec
    Australian broadcaster Nine Network's director of development and digital is jumping ship to pubcaster ABC as its new head of content and creative development.
  • HITS expands Asian reach
    Singapore-based broadcaster Rewind Networks is expanding the presence of its fledgling entertainment channel HITS after agreeing a carriage deal for the network.
  • Amazon visits High Castle
    Amazon Studios has bolstered its third cycle of pilots by ordering The Man in the High Castle, a drama based on Philip K Dick’s bestselling 1961 novel.
  • Promotions boost C21 edit team
    C21 Media has promoted editorial staff, Clive Whittingham and Nico Franks, and created a wider remit for website editor Jonathan Webdale, as part of a restructure of its agenda-setting news team.
  • Sparks Fly for Marvista, Hallmark deal
    Marvista Entertainment has picked up the international distribution rights to two forthcoming Hallmark original TV movies.
  • MTV takes more Teen Wolf
    Viacom-owned US cablenet MTV has renewed its supernatural drama Teen Wolf for a fifth season.
  • Oz producers protest local content shift
    Australian producers have accused commercial free-to-air broadcasters of screening “significantly less” first-run local drama, documentaries and children’s programmes on their primary channels.
  • Bad Robots arrive at UK's E4
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a hidden camera show about pieces of everyday technology turning on their users for its youth-skewing network E4.
  • DHX approved for Bell kids’ takeover
    Canadian producer and distributor DHX Media has received final approval for its proposed C$170m (US$160m) acquisition of Canuck kids’ cable networks Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.
  • Sky seals $8bn European buy-out
    UK satcaster BSkyB has completed the buy-out of its sister platforms in Italy and Germany from 21st Century Fox for just shy of £5bn (US$8.33bn).
  • Chernin, AT&T set to buy Fullsceen
    AT&T and The Chernin Group in the US are close to buying a majority share of YouTube network Fullscreen in a deal worth between US$200m and US$300m.
  • RLJ hires Miramax alumni
    Rights management firm RLJ Entertainment has hired Stuart Shaw as MD of its international business.
  • Nick content goes global
    Broadcasters in Canada, Venezuela and France have picked up a mixture of animated and live-action content from kids' channel Nickelodeon.
  • Acquisitions boss exits Eyeworks
    The director of acquisitions at Eyeworks International Distribution has left the company, following Warner Bros' takeover of Eyeworks Group, C21 can reveal.
  • Clerkenwell opens Scotland office
    Clerkenwell Films, the London-based prodco behind E4 drama Misfits, has opened a production office in Scotland to develop more drama projects in the country.
  • Sutherland to star in Sky drama
    Kiefer Sutherland is set to star in a one-off drama commissioned by UK satcaster BSkyB to air on its Sky Arts channel this Christmas.
  • Radical shake-up at Screen Australia
    Aussie programme funding agency Screen Australia is being restructured, with all funding up to A$500,000 (US$472,000) now being given in the form of grants.
  • AMC adds Warner, Endemol veteran
    US cablenet AMC has appointed a former Endemol and Warner Horizon Television executive to oversee operations at the company's network and studio.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

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