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NEWS & FEATURES

  • This year’s models
    Plenty of ambitious new dramas launched this fall season, but the funding models behind them are as varied as their plotlines. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Endemol, Shine mega-merger cleared
    Shine Group chairman of Northern Europe Gary Carter and Endemol chief operating officer Martha Brass have been promoted to co-CEOs of international operations at the newly named Endemol Shine Group – following regulatory approval for the mega-merger.
  • Endemol, Shine sales boss revealed
    Endemol is to combine its global sales arm with Shine International to create a mega-distribution network and has appointed one of its existing top-ranking execs to lead the division.
  • VIMN appoints Americas brands exec
    Viacom International Media Networks has named Larissa Zagustin as senior VP and general counsel for the firm’s brands and businesses in Latin America, Canada and the US Hispanic market.
  • BBC names acting daytime boss
    The BBC has named an acting head of daytime following Damian Kavanagh’s appointment as BBC3 digital controller.
  • MipLab opens for business
    MipTV organiser Reed Midem has opened the fifth edition of the MipLab competition for video technology innovation and is seeking entries before the deadline of March 2, 2015.
  • Int'l nets nab VIMN festive shows
    North American, European and Asian networks have picked up festive Nickelodeon specials from Viacom International Media Networks to air during the holiday season.
  • My Entertainment preps Vegas doc
    US-based production outfit My Entertainment has signed a development deal with Las Vegas District Attorney Steve Wolfson for a behind-the-scenes documentary series.
  • CBBC explores cinema with Sheen
    CBBC in the UK has commissioned a factual entertainment series aimed at young cinema fans that features contributions from stars such as Michael Sheen, Ron Howard and Sir Ian McKellen.
  • Esquire preps Netflix-style release
    Esquire Network in the US is to debut an entire series online prior to its network premiere, mimicking the distribution model of subscription VoD sites such as Netflix.
  • Lilyhammer lands in Italy, Korea
    Broadcasters in Italy and South Korea have picked up Netflix-backed Norwegian mobster series Lilyhammer from distributor Red Arrow International.
  • Sonar sounds out drama boss
    US producer-distributor Sonar Entertainment has appointed a former Mandalay Entertainment executive to oversee the company's limited and short-run drama output.
  • Viacom signs SVoD plan with Stan
    Australian subscription VoD service Stan has bolstered its US content offering ahead of its January launch after striking a partnership with Viacom International Media Networks.
  • C5 explores Scotland's great outdoors
    Channel 5 in the UK has commissioned a factual miniseries that documents wildlife at one of Scotland's most famous areas of natural beauty.
  • BBC, Starz rediscover The Missing
    BBC1 in the UK and US cablenet Starz have extended the run of abduction thriller The Missing following its first season finale.
  • Tablet TV ramps up US launch
    UK-based Motive Television is launching a full-scale marketing and distribution operation for its new Tablet Television in the US this week.
  • ABC Spark fires up Recovery Road
    Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark in Canada has landed a scripted drama about a teenage girl coping with addiction and a docuseries from Ryan Seacrest Productions.
  • Polish nets nab factual shows
    TVN and Fokus TV are amongst three Poland-based broadcasters to have acquired factual content from London-based distributor TVF International.
  • CEE to cook up Kitchen Nightmares
    Broadcasters across Central and Eastern Europe are set for local remakes of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and are looking for their own versions of the fiery chef.
  • Discovery replaces Scripps-bound Luff
    Discovery Networks International has moved quickly to replace Phillip Luff as its lead in North East Europe, following his defection to rival factual broadcaster Scripps Networks Interactive earlier today.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • An evolving mindset Ghislain Barrois of Spain’s Mediaset tells Andrew Dickens about the changing role of US drama on his channels.
  • Brought into play Children’s toys have historically been a gold mine for creators of television shows. Carsten Kieckbusch tells Richard Middleton about the opportunities they offer.
  • In the public eye C21 caught up with leading format commissioners at the European Broadcasting Union's recent Eurovision Creative Forum, revealing how they are coping with the many challenges thrown up by new digital technologies.
  • Mexican mindset Three of the main international factual channels talk to Clive Whittingham about their commissioning strategies in Mexico.
  • Cashing in on YouTube YouTube is booming but a viable business model for the platform’s contributors remains elusive, writes Tara Conlan
  • Italian renaissance Mob series Gomorra put Italian drama back on the map for international acquisition execs, but was it a flash in the pan or the start of something bigger? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Staying on the ball Cartoon Network in Latin America had a tough summer, what with a World Cup to contend with, but has emerged stronger, Pablo Zuccarino tells Nico Franks.
  • Grey matters Linear TV could become a playground for older viewers as VoD tempts younger people away. Richard Middleton explores how broadcasters are reaching out to the grey market.
  • Delving into the archives Andy Williams, MD at UK production and archive firm ITN Source, tells Clive Whittingham how new development workshops are opening up affordable historical doc opportunities for indie producers.
  • Generating acclaim German drama is on the up as respected names including Ridley Scott heap praise on miniseries Generation War, UFA Fiction’s Nico Hofmann tells Nico Franks.
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