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  • Murder will out
    Development pain and the success of Netflix's Making a Murderer dominated conversations at this week's RealScreen Summit in Washington DC.
  • Netflix harvests extra Orange
    Netflix has ordered three more seasons of its original comedy-drama Orange is the New Black.
  • Kyriacou lands new ITV role
    ITV Studios has promoted Maria Kyriacou to the newly created role of president of international.
  • Viacom CEO replaces Redstone
    US giant Viacom has appointed CEO Philippe Dauman as executive chairman, replacing 92-year-old Sumner Redstone.
  • Telefe gets Mad About You
    Argentina’s Telefe has become the latest broadcaster to order a local version of comedy format Mad About You.
  • Sky sharpens entertainment focus
    European TV giant Sky will double its investment in non-sports programming over the next five years as it focuses in on entertainment, according to the company's MD of content.
  • ITV prepares The Inspectors
    ITV in the UK has ordered a primetime show that follows law enforcement teams as they deal with misbehaving members of the public.
  • DeLaney boards Boat Rocker
    Newly formed Canadian animation prodco Boat Rocker Media, part of Temple Street Productions, has appointed a global sales and licensing VP to its rights arm.
  • France TV greenlights Zodiak toon
    French public broadcaster France Télévisions has commissioned an animated preschool series from Zodiak Kids Studios.
  • Oz, Mid East catch Danger Mouse
    International broadcasters including ABC in Australia and MBC in the Middle East have picked up the rebooted version of classic kids’ animated series Danger Mouse.
  • USA returns to Colony
    NEWS BRIEF: USA Network has given a second run its alien invasion drama Colony after just four episodes of its debut season.
  • Orchard blossoms with Sundance doc
    US-based distributor The Orchard has acquired North American sales rights to an award-winning show from the feature documentary production arm of A+E Studios.
  • Talpa taps C4 editor for UK
    Netherlands-based production outfit Talpa has appointed a Channel 4 commissioning editor to oversee its development in the UK.
  • Vice eyes Canuck west coast hub
    Vice Media is considering opening a studio on Canada’s west coast after teaming up with Rogers Communications to launch a production hub in Toronto.
  • Foxtel subs up but profits down
    Foxtel had 2.9 million subscribers at the end of 2015, up 7% on the previous year, but the Australian pay TV giant’s profits in that quarter fell by 7% in local currency.
  • Robinson sings with Spike
    US network Spike is partnering with Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions on a gameshow hosted and executive produced by The Office star Craig Robinson.
  • LeBlanc joins Top Gear reboot
    Friends and Episodes star Matt LeBlanc has been named one of the new presenters of the BBC’s revamped version of flagship motoring show Top Gear.
  • Monchhichi taken to series
    A children’s series based on 1970s Japanese plush toy range Monchhichi is moving ahead after Paris-based Technicolor Animation Productions signed a coproduction deal with France’s TF1.
  • Dukes heads to Germany
    NEWS BRIEF: A German media firm has picked up children’s shortform comedy Dukes of Bröxstônia, which is set to premiere on Disney XD in the US this month.
  • Zodiak's Floogals travel
    YLE in Finland, Canal Panda in Portugal and MBC in the Middle East have become the latest broadcasters to pick up an animated series from Zodiak Kids Studios.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Musical differences Bringing a music artist’s story to the screen means negotiating a rights minefield. Here four Oscar-nominated doc makers untangle the issues.
  • Justified faith Getting a show on to a network is one thing but how do you keep it there six seasons? Crime drama Justified’s creator Graham Yost explains.
  • OTT opportunity The US broadcast TV industry should see the rapid growth of OTT in terms of opportunities, not threats, says Creative Artists Agency's David Freeman.
  • Top of his game Harry Friedman, exec producer of CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and multiple Emmy winner, on the secrets of keeping the formats fresh and on the air.
  • Defining a 4K future Mariam Zamaray, former Fox exec and now founder of 4K network Insight, explains why ultra-high definition will succeed where 3D failed.
  • Tweet dreams Kirstine Stewart, Twitter’s VP of media partnerships for North America, discusses the impact of video services such as Vine and Periscope on the platform.
  • Evolving the novela An increasingly competitive Latin American market and shifting viewing habits are forcing telenovela producers to step up a gear, argues Cisneros exec Marcello Coltro. Nico Franks reports.
  • New at Natpe C21 highlights six of the best new programmes that have already created a buzz ahead of their launch to buyers in Miami this week.
  • Syndication nation Live viewing in daytime first-run syndication is solid but the off-net market is softening, reports US programming insider Marc Berman.
  • Going off script With Natpe underway in Miami, reality producer Phil Gurin, a member of the organisation’s executive committee and CEO of The Gurin Company, offers his views on the event’s reality track and the changing unscripted landscape.