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  • States of reality
    With drama too expensive for many cablenets and SVoD players taking their audience, unscripted and reality are growing in importance in the US. The problem is paying for it.
  • C4 names entertainment commissioner
    Channel 4 in the UK has appointed an exec producer of Sky1 panel show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo as its commissioning editor for entertainment.
  • Globo's Dreamer arrives in Israel
    Israel’s Viva and Viva Plus channels have picked up a drama about a homeless woman from Brazilian broadcaster Globo.
  • Acorn grows into BBC drama
    US-based subscription VoD operator Acorn TV has joined as North American coproduction partner on an upcoming BBC drama.
  • PactUS, GOVA launch digital hub
    Indie representative body PactUS has forged alliances with multi-platform video network group Global Online Video Association and a law firm to bolster its digital services.
  • Disney's Maker cuts 80 jobs
    Disney is restructuring operations at Maker Studios in a move that will slash its workforce and cut back on the number of creators it supports.
  • France TV adjusts SVoD sights
    France Télévisions is moving forward with its plans to launch an SVoD service later this year but has changed its goals for the project’s content.
  • Canal+ loses half a million subs
    French pay TV operator Canal+ lost nearly half a million subscribers in 2016, according to figures released by parent company Vivendi yesterday.
  • History seals Six return
    History in the US has extended its military drama Six into a 10-part second season before the first has finished airing.
  • Plimsoll's Pets perform tricks on ITV
    ITV in the UK has ordered a show that will see owners training their pets to perform surprising acts.
  • French firm revs Oz motorbike doc
    Paris-based Upside Distribution has taken worldwide sales rights to a feature-length documentary that chronicles the rise of Australian motorcycling legend Wayne Gardner.
  • Buscemi, Tucci team with eOne
    Entertainment One has partnered with Hollywood stars Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, signing a first-look deal with the duo's Olive Productions label.
  • Top execs join Drama Summit West
    Content chiefs at AMC, Netflix, Showtime, Starz and Bad Robot are the first speakers to be announced for C21 Media's Drama Summit West, which takes place in LA on Friday May 19, bringing together the global scripted business to facilitate new productions and partnerships.
  • Sampling Santa Clarita
    Lana Zöllner looks at how Netflix promoted its new zombie comedy, as part of a series of articles from Vast Media on digital marketing innovations.
  • Bake Off's Nadiya cooks up BBC show
    The BBC has ordered factual shows fronted by The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and former footballer Alan Shearer, as well as a doc exploring the downfall of entertainer Bill Cosby.
  • Media Ranch makes date in France
    Endemol France has become the first international buyer to pick up rights to dating format Double Occupancy from Montreal-based producer and distributor Media Ranch.
  • ShowMax adds shortform video series
    A South African SVoD service has tapped an Ireland-based subscription TV firm to produce a series featuring videos from creators in East Africa.
  • Format Awards set for Cannes finale
    This year's International Format Awards will recognise CBS Studios International’s Paul Gilbert for his outstanding contribution to the business at a gala dinner hosted by reality star, singer and model Brooke Hogan.
  • Hulu raises Black Sails
    US streamer Hulu has acquired subscription streaming rights to Starz original drama Black Sails.
  • Netflix acquires Louis CK specials
    Netflix has picked up exclusive worldwide rights to two forthcoming stand-up specials by US comedian Louis CK.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Star power The importance of big-name stars, use of local languages and ‘lazy audiences’ were all debated at Berlinale this week.
  • Calling the tune Composer Paul Williams, president and chairman of ASCAP, reveals how the role of music has changed in the television industry.
  • Ahead of the game FremantleMedia North America's Jennifer Mullin, who handles the firm’s unscripted activity, reveals why the future of the gameshow genre is bright.
  • Tech futures Adam Poulter of VoD aggregation firm Vubiquity outlines key trends he’s expecting in 2017 on the tech side of the content business.
  • Facing the music Fragmented viewing platforms, changes to traditional revenue streams and a court case are just a few of the factors shaking up the music licensing space.
  • Exploring Amazon Amazon Studios' Morgan Wandell discusses his mission to take the online giant’s programming above and beyond what he calls “normal TV.”
  • Tailoring Tinker The brains behind pan-European animation network Tinker Group reveal the aims of this ambitious union of producers.
  • Korea advancement DJ Lee of South Korean entertainment giant CJ E&M on how global partnerships are driving the country’s cultural wave to new shores.
  • True Justice Steve Schiffman of Justice Network reveals how the true crime channel is expanding in the US broadcast market.
  • Social upheaval With speculation mounting that Facebook is set to launch its own TV app, the company’s Matt Jacobson reveals how video is the future of social media.