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  • Imagina branches out
    Imagina US, the Americas division of European production firm Imagina Group, has begun a push into children's content to fill gaps it has identified in the market. Nico Franks reports.
  • ANT1 names new entertainment boss
    Greek commercial broadcaster ANT1 has appointed a new head of entertainment, who will be joining the channel’s acquisitions team at MipTV next month.
  • Partners in crime
    Red Marble Media's Kevin Fitzpatrick and Stephen Dost talks about ripping up the rulebook in the trendy but usually heavily formatted true crime genre.
  • Fresh TV picks up animated arachnid
    Canadian live-action and animation prodco Fresh TV has acquired the rights to web animator Joshua Slice’s YouTube phenomenon Lucas the Spider.
  • DRG offers BBC, ITV drama for presale
    MTG-owned UK distributor DRG has added more than 200 hours of new content in scripted, factual and formats to its slate for MipTV in Cannes next month.
  • Wildflame buys Green Bay
    Wildflame Productions, the prodco set up by Australia's Flame Group in Wales two years ago, is to acquire fellow Cardiff-based production company Green Bay Media.
  • First African version of Dating Game ordered
    Nigerian broadcaster EbonyLife TV has commissioned a local version of Sony Pictures Television relationship format The Dating Game.
  • MTG to split in two
    Scandinavian media firm Modern Times Group (MTG) is splitting itself into two companies, one of which will be offered up to shareholders.
  • Kids' TV execs flock to Dingle
    Animation Dingle in Ireland has drawn executives from Amazon, Apple, the BBC, Cartoon Network, Disney, Netflix, Nickelodeon and RTÉ to its latest edition.
  • Acorn orders straight-to-series procedural
    North American SVoD service Acorn TV has commissioned London Kills from Suspects scribe Paul Marquess, its first straight-to-series UK drama.
  • Netflix picks up Filipino drama, Python
    Netflix has acquired a drama series from the Philippines by director Brillante Mendoza. The streamer has also added the Monty Python comedy catalogue to its offering.
  • Corus brings docuseries to MipTV
    The production division of Canada's Corus Entertainment is working on a trio of original docuseries and a fashion competition series that will be available at MipTV in Cannes next month.
  • Allen buys Weather Channel for $300m
    Entertainment Studios, the LA-based company founded by television mogul Byron Allen, has acquired The Weather Channel for a reported US$300m.
  • C5 to climb World's Greatest Mountains
    Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK has commissioned a four-part documentary on some of the world’s most iconic mountains.
  • Fox orders Meghan Markle doc
    Fox in the US has commissioned a documentary based on the life of Meghan Markle, as the actor prepares to marry into the British royal family later this year.
  • Turner Lat Am plots US hub
    Turner Latin America is set to launch a production unit in the US focusing on feature-length, English-language projects to supplement the content it acquires from major studios.
  • Robbie, Hoodlum to update the Bard
    Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap Entertainment, Hoodlum and Disney’s ABC Studios International are teaming up on a series that will update 10 Shakespeare plays from female perspectives.
  • Tributes paid to UKTV's Emma Tennant
    Emma Tennant, the former ITV exec who had been controller of UKTV since 2011, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.
  • Int'l nets do early Xmas shopping
    Broadcasters in the US and Europe have pre-bought a forthcoming Christmas special based on a children's book from London-based Meta Media Entertainment.
  • Tribeca to premiere Sweetbitter, Cobra Kai
    Starz’s Sweetbitter, YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai and Paramount Network and Jay-Z’s Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story are among the shows set to premiere at Tribeca in New York next month.
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