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  • Showtime plots global HBO rivalry
    MIPCOM: US cable network Showtime aims to increase global recognition of its brand in a bid to rival HBO, Showtime president David Nevins told delegates in Cannes.
  • Lagardère hungry for acquisitions
    MIPCOM: Recently rebranded French producer Lagardère Studios is in talks to buy more European prodcos following its acquisition of Spain’s Boomerang TV earlier this year.
  • Canal+ returns to Versailles
    MIPCOM: French paynet Canal+ has renewed lavish Louis XIV English-language drama Versailles for a second season before the first has aired.
  • Nelvana experiments on Mech Mice
    MIPCOM: Corus Entertainment prodco Nelvana is partnering with Oktobor Animation and Playmates Toys on a new animated action-comedy show for children.
  • Gordon makes procedurals a priority
    MIPCOM: Criminal Minds producer Mark Gordon has pledged to satisfy the international market's demand for procedural drama even though the genre is struggling in the US.
  • Kabo to revive French classic
    MIPCOM: French producer and distributor Kabo has picked up the international distribution rights to shelved entertainment format Best Host Ever.
  • Amazon fact ent move 'incredibly telling’
    US streamer Amazon Prime's move into factual entertainment was an "incredibly telling" development for traditional TV operators, according to NBCUniversal International's formats chief Yvonne Pilkington.
  • Evans reveals new-look Top Gear
    MIPCOM: The BBC's global motoring hit Top Gear will include more studio-based action and will move cars back to "the centre of the show,” according to new host Chris Evans.
  • Into the stream
    MIPJUNIOR: The extreme weather in Cannes may have dominated the headlines but there were still plenty of other things to talk about at MipJunior.
  • Warrior invades Mid East, Indonesia
    MIPCOM: Japan's Tokyo Broadcasting System has sold its Ninja Warrior format in Indonesia and the Arab-speaking market, continuing the sport format's global roll-out.
  • Hitler doc makes Euro presales
    MIPCOM: Distributor Cineflix Rights has pre-sold historical documentary The Day Hitler Died to a number of broadcasters in Europe and Scandinavia.
  • ZDF finds The Missing
    MIPCOM: German pubcaster ZDF has picked up English-language drama The Missing from distributor All3Media.
  • Hit, 9 Story bring back Barney
    MIPCOM: Mattel-owned Hit Entertainment in the US and 9 Story Media Group in Canada have teamed up to revive two well-known preschool properties.
  • Germany’s thriving TV celebrated
    MIPCOM: The strength of the German TV industry was praised at Mipcom last night, as more than 320 delegates flocked to the biannual German cocktail event.
  • Cream hires Harkness for US push
    Toronto-based factual prodco Cream Productions has hired a former Temple Street executive to enhance its growth plans in the US.
  • YLE adds Mr Robot, revamps catch-up
    MIPCOM: Finnish pubcaster YLE has acquired NBCUniversal thriller Mr Robot and is looking to revamp its catch-up service YLE Areena this fall.
  • Nine Network looks to Next Year
    MIPCOM: Nine Network in Australia is preparing to launch a local version of UK format This Time Next Year.
  • Disney's Catch caught in UK, Poland
    MIPCOM: Disney Media Distribution has chalked up sales for its latest drama series from Shonda Rhimes’ prodco ShondaLand, with more expected worldwide.
  • Vox preps German Red Band
    MIPCOM: German network Vox is prepping its own version of a Spanish drama format that has already been remade in the US and Italy, with former ITV Germany chief Jan Kromschröder's firm producing
  • 2btube forges global alliances
    MIPCOM: Spanish-language multichannel network 2btube has signed four strategic partnerships with global platforms dedicated to online influencers’ content.


  • Season's greetings With the US fall season kicking off, programming insider Marc Berman looks ahead to consider where the new battlegrounds will be.
  • An open Forum Nico Franks reports from last week’s 26th edition of Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, where demand was high for comedy, strong female leads and, of course, karaoke.
  • 2015 Emmy winners HBO stole the night at the 67th Primetime Emmys, clocking up a record haul at the awards, celebrated here in C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist.
  • A new dynasty Paul Buccieri has brought his experience of running ITV Studios in the US to cablenet operator A+E Networks, which is in need of a break-out hit for its History and A&E channels. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Doc discord at TIFF C21’s Canadian bureau chief Adam Benzine reports from the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival, where music documentaries and controversy took centre stage.
  • Crash course in soaps Soap operas are a mainstay on terrestrial channels but what can producers in other genres learn from their longevity?
  • Original thinking UKTV controller Emma Tennant is eyeing new styles of original content as the broadcaster continues to move away from just being about repeats.
  • War of independents The UK indie sector has seen a wave of M&A activity and now faces an expansionist ITV Studios and an unfettered BBC Studios.
  • Drama out of a crisis Ukraine has banned Russian content from its TV schedules as the conflict between the two nations drags on, leaving channels trying to fill schedules amid declining ad sales.
  • The BBC's toughest job BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw explains why the health of her channel is vital to secure the corporation’s future.