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  • Iger talks up Disney/Fox streaming
    Disney's acquisition of major 21st Century Fox assets will help the Mouse House take on rival streaming services, CEO Bob Iger has said.
  • The allure of OTT
    Broadcast networks in the US are fighting for their futures as top showrunner talent migrates to over-the-top platforms.
  • CBC pulls transgender doc after protests
    Canada’s CBC has pulled a controversial BBC documentary about transgender children from its schedule following a social media outcry.
  • Plano A Plano faces up to Tanin format
    Spanish prodco Plano A Plano has acquired the rights to a new factual entertainment format from Tanin Productions & TV in Israel.
  • Armoza's Final Four reaches Portugal, Sweden
    Israeli distributor Armoza Formats has sold its primetime singing competition The Final Four (13x90’/120’) into more territories.
  • BBCWW, ITV roll BritBox into Canada
    BBC Worldwide and ITV are preparing to roll their joint SVoD service, BritBox, into Canada.
  • France 2 backs All Against 1
    France 2 has commissioned a local version of All Against 1, the Banijay Group format that was at the centre of a legal dispute over format theft claims.
  • Network Ten hands Herd COO role
    Australia's Network Ten has appointed director of corporate and regulatory affairs Annabelle Herd as its chief operating officer.
  • Sci-fi drama script rides Fresh Wave!
    UK-based distributor Sky Vision, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative.TV and New York prodco Talos Films have chosen a sci-fi drama as the winner of their Fresh Wave! script competition.
  • Fox gets Caught in Providence
    Fox Television Stations has acquired a syndicated US court show filmed in the courtroom of a judge with a large following on social media.
  • ZDF goes travelling with Talpa
    A broadcaster in Germany has commissioned a local version of a Talpa format in which travel-shy senior citizens explore the world.
  • Sonar tracks Bear & Salmon from Australia
    Sonar Entertainment in the US is developing a preschool mixed-media series alongside the property's Australian creators.
  • Hollywood players back VR studio
    A US-based virtual reality start-up has received investment from companies including Nickelodeon, 21st Century Fox and Warner Bros.
  • Twenty Twenty names MD in reshuffle
    Warner Bros has promoted the creative director of its UK prodco Twenty Twenty Television to MD as part of a company shake-up.
  • A Marvel to behold
    With an array of shows on a myriad streaming services and networks, Marvel Television’s Karim Zreik has a pretty good idea of what viewers want.
  • Korea turning point
    With South Korea now well grazed by international production groups, where is the next Asian IP-exporting hotspot likely to be?
  • Disney agrees $52bn Fox deal
    Disney has agreed to buy a number of 21st Century Fox assets, including its US cablenets and stakes in European pay TV operator Sky and production giant Endemol Shine Group, in a US$52.4bn deal.
  • Fifty Fathoms' Spence adds Tiger role
    Patrick Spence, founder of Endemol Shine Group's UK drama prodco Fifty Fathoms, is to add the director of drama position at stablemate Tiger Aspect to his role as the two companies restructure their operations.
  • Germany's Pantaleon draws up Plan B
    German producer Pantaleon Films has bought the local remake rights to French-Canadian drama series Plan B.
  • Bad Neighbours director strikes Sony deal
    Sony Pictures Television has signed a deal with Bad Neighbours director Nick Stoller to develop television series under his fledgling prodco Stoller Global Solutions.
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  • Promising debut Clive Whittingham reports from the unscripted track of Content London on the state of the indie nation and programming in a ‘post truth’ age.
  • Short change Broadcasters will reap the benefits if they take a chance on shortform drama investment, according to key industry figures at Content London.
  • Lord of the rights One consequence of rising drama budgets is risk-aversity, according to speakers at C21’s Content London.
  • Renaissance studies Key figures in the global formats business found plenty to be positive about when looking to the future of unscripted at Content London, including the arrival of SVoD and OTT platforms.
  • Social gathering Harnessing social media, YouTube controversy and Brexit uncertainty dominated discussions at C21’s Kids Content Futures in London.
  • Shopping around pt1 In the first article in a two-part report, two factual buyers tell Clive Whittingham about the style of programming their channels are looking for.
  • Cracking stacking As viewing continues to shift online, broadcasters are demanding more exclusivity and flexibility when they license US programming. But are they getting it?
  • Moving in-house With more and more independent producers launching sales arms, where does this leave medium-sized distributors, and can the market sustain them all?
  • Forward motion Motion Content Group’s Richard Foster wants to be in the middle of the premium content business, and it’s clear to see why.
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