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  • Digital catches fire
    Hit Entertainment's milestone partnership with online retailer Amazon to bring Fireman Sam to a new generation of viewers could soon become the norm. Nico Franks reports.
  • Watch conjures up mind magic show
    UKTV’s flagship pay entertainment channel Watch has commissioned a four-part series fronted by psychological illusionist Katherine Mills.
  • Sky takes Attenborough into air
    UK satcaster Sky has commissioned a three-part, 3D miniseries in which Sir David Attenborough explores the evolution of flight.
  • Drama veteran returns to SBS
    Sue Masters has re-joined Australian multicultural broadcaster SBS as its executive producer of drama.
  • Endemol enters Mam Tor pact
    Big Brother producer Endemol has signed an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with fledgling UK drama prodco Mam Tor Productions.
  • MTV recommissions UK originals
    MTV in the UK has ordered a second season of dating show Ex on the Beach, while reality series Geordie Shore is about to get its ninth outing on the Viacom-owned channel.
  • 'Rushed' switchover threatens African TV
    The digital switchover in Africa is severely behind schedule and could result in many homes across the continent losing their TV signal, according to research and consulting firm Ovum.
  • Violence drives US shows out of Israel
    USA Network has become the latest broadcaster to halt production of a show in Israel following the recent outbreak of violence in Gaza.
  • Nat Geo preps Pastore for originals
    National Geographic Channels in the US is reshuffling its management team by moving one of its studio execs to become president of original programming and production.
  • Hollywood's Best go down under
    An Australian broadcaster has acquired a series featuring interviews with Hollywood directors from Prime Entertainment Group.
  • Lonesome Dove rides to Hulu
    Hulu has landed streaming rights to iconic western miniseries Lonesome Dove, 25 years after it originally broadcast on US network CBS.
  • Smiley set for animated kids show
    Two French production companies have partnered with a former head of UK children's channels CBBC and CBeebies for an animation based on the 'smiley' emoticon.
  • ITVBe sets launch date
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has revealed the launch date for its female-skewing channel ITVBe.
  • Hopkins signs up for HBO's Westworld
    US premium cablenet HBO is bringing in Hollywoood actor Anthony Hopkins for his first major TV role for the pilot of its upcoming remake of sci-fi series Westworld.
  • PBS explores Walt Disney
    A four-hour film exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney is amongst the new programming on US pubcaster PBS's slate for 2015.
  • C4 orders Educating Yorkshire special
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a follow-up special to its popular reality series Educating Yorkshire from indie Twofour.
  • Oz cinema chain sets VoD launch
    Australia’s Dendy Cinemas will launch its VoD service on August 6, initially providing up to 1,000 films to rent or buy online, plus US, European and local TV series.
  • Poles apart
    The Polish television industry has grown to epic proportions over the past few years. But what does this mean for players in that market? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Sky fills non-scripted role
    UK satcaster BSkyB has merged the roles of head of factual and head of entertainment and promoted one of its executives to take up the new position.
  • Discovery lines up $1m special
    Discovery Communications will spend US$1m on a special focusing on the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a programme designed to improve the lives of African-American boys and men.
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