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  • Kenya goes for Got Talent
    Kenya’s Got Talent will be the latest adaptation of the FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment format, following a deal with African media group Clouds Media International.
  • Liberty, Ziggo set for EC okay
    US cable giant Liberty Global is reportedly close to winning European Commission approval to buy Dutch cable operator Ziggo for US$13.7bn and merge it with UPC.
  • Spain's Ono agrees fight deal
    Spanish pay TV operator Ono has agreed a carriage deal with an international sports channel that it claims will become the country's first network dedicated to boxing and martial arts.
  • Rogers, Shaw enter SVoD game
    Canadian broadcasters Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have acquired more than 11,000 hours of TV shows to take on Netflix with their forthcoming subscription VoD service.
  • Robin Hood rides around Europe
    Broadcasters across Europe have acquired an animated series about a young Robin Hood, commissioned by TF1, ZDF and DeAgostini in France, Germany and Italy respectively.
  • French reshuffle affects digital future
    A reshuffle in the French government has placed a new minister in charge of the country’s thorny issue of digital regulation.
  • Univision expands UVideos originals
    US Spanish-language network Univision is expanding the original content offering on its online video service with the addition of new scripted series and reality shows.
  • CNBC extends Restaurant hours
    US business news channel CNBC has extended one of its original primetime factual series following positive ratings for its reality programming slate.
  • CBS cooks up Friday Night Dinner
    US network CBS has picked up rights for a local adaptation of UK comedy series Friday Night Dinner.
  • Vibrant TV partners with Hulu
    Fledgling US network Vibrant TV has secured carriage for its 24/7 English-language channel and partnered with VoD service Hulu to promote the new linear service.
  • Nine finds on-demand partner
    Australia’s Nine Entertainment has found a partner for its planned subscription VoD service.
  • Foxtel installs head of drama
    Australian pay TV platform Foxtel has promoted one of its senior executives to the newly created role of head of drama.
  • O’Neill wins Discovery global role
    Discovery Communications has picked the head of Discovery Channel to lead its worldwide production division and take up a position on the board of directors at All3Media.
  • C4 back on Benefits Street
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a second season of controversial documentary series Benefits Street.
  • Jackson resurfaces at Plimsoll
    Plimsoll Productions, the fledgling UK indie launched by former Zodiak USA chief Grant Mansfield, has appointed former Discovery and BBC exec Andrew Jackson as its new exec VP of international production.
  • 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.
  • Fashion Star redesigned for China
    Chinese broadcaster Dragon TV has begun airing its remake of the US series Fashion Star, coproduced with the international arm of LA-based multimedia studio Electus.
  • African VoD debuts with US shows
    US-based smart TV app developer Vonetize has launched a premium VoD service in Africa featuring content from distributors such as Disney, Warner Bros, MGM and Miramax.
  • Amazon Studios boosts kids slate
    Amazon Studios has greenlit five new children's pilots made up of three animated and two live action shows from companies including Brown Bag Films and The Foundation.
  • Fincham predicts US-style pitching rise
    Peter Fincham, director of television at UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster ITV, believes the recent rise in US ownership of UK production companies is making the pitching process more American.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Bible studies With production bibles a key deliverable in the format industry, Justin Scroggie and Michel Rodrigue of The Format People argue that buyers should demand more.
  • A call to live-action CMC: Having seen an incentive-led revival in animation, UK producers are now pushing for a tax break for live-action kids’ programmes. Nico Franks reports.
  • Passionate about docs Catherine Olsen, executive producer of documentaries at Canadian pubcaster CBC, tells Clive Whittingham about her long-running international doc strand The Passionate Eye.
  • A whole new affair CEE broadcasters are changing how they buy from Latin American telenovela distributors. Richard Middleton looks at the new relationship.
  • State of turmoil Ukraine’s television business has not escaped the repercussions of months of political upheaval and violence in the country. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • In the driving seat Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett update Clive Whittingham about the progress of their UK deficit finance and coproduction operation, dubbed Drive, a year after its launch.
  • Tax inspection With the UK’s animation sector bouncing back thanks to a new tax break for toons, the country’s producers of children’s live-action are now banging the drum for one of their own. Nico Franks reports.
  • Talent feels VoD vibe Television’s creative cream is rising thanks to online platforms’ demand for exclusive content, says David Housham.
  • What int’l buyers want In the second part of C21’s Sheffield Doc/Fest round-up, Clive Whittingham reports on the programming needs of the international networks that were at the event.
  • Gracepoint well taken Shine America's remake of critically acclaimed and Bafta-winning ITV drama Broadchurch looks set to take all kinds of different twists and turns to the original. Nico Franks reports.