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  • Leap of faith
    While France's digital channels are turning to cheaper factual fare, the country's established broadcasters are becoming more ambitious with traditional docs – and distributors now play a key role in funding them. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports.
  • All eyes on Israel
    With Israeli formats in the global spotlight, Andrew Dickens looks at the potential consequences of international production giants buying into the country's TV industry.
  • Putting pilots to the test
    With the LA Screenings taking place next month, Marc Berman casts a critical eye over the US broadcast networks' scheduling requirements going into next season.
  • Pivot adds 300 hours of originals
    Participant Media’s fledgling millennial-skewing US cablenet Pivot has announced more than 300 hours of original programming development at its 2014 upfront in New York.
  • ABC signs historic China pact
    Australian pubcaster ABC has clinched a ground-breaking deal in China, enabling it to launch an online portal giving Chinese consumers direct access to Australian content and bolster its coproduction activities there.
  • Merchants of Venice
    The Italian animation community was in typically outspoken mood during Cartoons on the Bay last week. But is the government listening? Nico Franks reports from Venice.
  • BBC orders more Shetland
    NEWS BRIEF: UK pubcaster the BBC has greenlit a second run of crime drama Shetland a day after the show's first season ended.
  • AMC/Sundance ups distribution exec
    AMC/Sundance Channel Global has promoted Marco Frazier to become its senior VP of global distribution in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • ITV Studios, Komixx partner in US
    The US arms of ITV Studios and Komixx Entertainment have set up an exclusive partnership that will see them develop scripted content together.
  • Irish indie launches format school
    Irish indie Screentime ShinAwiL, which is behind the local versions of The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den, is launching a new training initiative with some big name TV execs to boost format production.
  • Netflix picks up music doc
    Netflix has continued its push into the documentary space by making a five-part factual series from MTV World available to subscribers.
  • MarVista, Evos develop Darkness novel
    LA-based producer and distributor MarVista Entertainment is partnering with Canadian prodco Evos Media to develop VC Andrews’ novel Daughters of Darkness for TV.
  • Digimon travels the world
    Spanish and Latin American broadcasters have picked up Digimon Fusion, the latest instalment in the Japanese animé franchise.
  • ABC, BBC move Jonah online
    BBC3 in the UK and Australia's ABC will for the first time make all episodes of an upcoming show available on the web before its linear transmission.
  • ETV orders SA travel series
    A South African broadcaster has commissioned a 13-part 'staycation' travel series from local production company Pollen, part of the Hummingbird Group.
  • SBS lands Unplanned America
    Public broadcaster SBS has acquired Australian and international sales rights to a six-part documentary that follows three nationals on a road trip through the US.
  • Carnival, Spotnitz focus on Freud
    The UK-based production outfit behind Downton Abbey has linked up with writers of Star Trek and The X Files on a new European detective drama.
  • Spike renews Eyeworks' contractors
    US cablenet Spike TV has renewed its consumer watchdog series Catch a Contractor for a second season.
  • FX returns to The Americans
    US cable drama The Americans, starring Golden Globe-winning Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, has been commissioned for a third season.
  • Game of Thrones reigns online in Oz
    Game of Thrones was the most popular TV title bought online in Australia last year, as well as the most widely pirated.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • All eyes on Israel With Israeli formats in the global spotlight, Andrew Dickens looks at the potential consequences of international production giants buying into the country's TV industry.
  • Merchants of Venice The Italian animation community was in typically outspoken mood during Cartoons on the Bay last week. But is the government listening? Nico Franks reports from Venice.
  • The eyes of the world With the world’s biggest football tournament coming to its most enthusiastic footballing nation, Clive Whittingham asks how Brazil’s broadcasters are set to react to the mass distraction of their audience.
  • Mip must-haves MipTV this week was all about how traditional media is increasingly investing in the YouTube channels business, both as a means of reaching younger audiences and for sourcing new formats. Jonathan Webdale reports.
  • Is marketing now king? Ed Waller reports on a Cannes week dominated by talk about formats, Israel and the power of marketing.
  • Springer shows bounce Clive Whittingham reports on the hidden documentary gems at MipTV, trends at the event and the odd provocative comment from Jerry Springer.
  • Toon renaissance With Cartoons on the Bay getting underway today in Venice, Nico Franks looks at the possible impact of a promised tax credit for Italian TV animation.
  • Starz ascending Starz chief and MipTV keynote Chris Albrecht tells Kevin Downey how he intends to use the network’s original programming to set it apart from other US cable channels.
  • High life for Discovery Clive Whittingham reports from New York, where live events and glossy dramas dominated the Discovery upfronts on Thursday.
  • Pick of the spring crop High-tech thrillers, a shiny-floor talent show and racial re-adjustment surgery all come under the microscope as Ed Waller puts forward 21 of the shows that could well be going places at MipTV.