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  • Stretching the schedules
    C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist features 14 shows new on air, four of which twisted ideas of traditional scheduling, with NBC among those experimenting with its Netflix-style binge-viewing release of Aquarius.
  • Emerging talent
    YouTube stars are garnering huge followings and tidy sums of money from lifestyle footage shot by themselves in their bedrooms. But is this a source of talent for linear TV or a threat to its existence? Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Reborn ERT reveals content ideas
    Resurrected Greek public broadcaster ERT has revealed its initial content mission, after the country’s parliament approved its board appointments.
  • ITVSGE hires to boost gaming brands
    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has taken on an executive from UK marketing group Indigo Pearl to oversee the company's digital games business.
  • NBC, Sky catch virus drama
    US network NBC has partnered with Sky in the UK on a drama about a deadly virus from World War Z director Marc Forster and The Imitation Game's screenwriter Graham Moore.
  • Rai eyes English kids' series
    Italian public broadcaster Rai has started developing its own scripted series for children and is looking to produce shows in both English and Italian.
  • Evolution Media picks partner
    US unscripted prodco Evolution Media has promoted a veteran exec producer to partner and has bolstered its creative team.
  • Greek viewers turn to pay TV
    The number of subscribers to pay TV platforms in Greece has climbed sharply despite the country’s recession, new data has revealed.
  • Ghost block haunts Destination
    Discovery Communications-owned US cablenet Destination America has conjured up an eight-hour programming block focusing on ghosts.
  • Fox saddles up Urban Cowboy reboot
    Fox has given a script order to Urban Cowboy, a drama based on the 1980 romantic movie starring John Travolta.
  • Blue Ant spears hunter doc
    Blue Ant International, the distribution arm of Canadian channels operator Blue Ant Media, has added a 4K documentary about the life of an 80-year-old hunter living on a Pacific island to its slate.
  • Mipcom to honour Fox duo
    Dana Walden and Gary Newman, joint chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, have been named Mipcom 2015 Personalities of the Year.
  • Mongol TV bags Bomanbridge drama
    Mongol TV has acquired a raft of South Korean drama series from Singapore-based distributor and producer Bomanbridge Media.
  • China, Oz nets follow Bear into jungle
    Broadcasters including Australia's SBS, Discovery Channel in China and TV3 in Ireland have picked up Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.
  • Promotions come out of Leftfield
    US-based prodco Leftfield Pictures and its parent company Leftfield Entertainment have promoted three top executives.
  • Warner Bros elevates sales chief
    Warner Bros International Television Distribution has promoted its sales director to VP of sales, covering the whole gamut of television licensing activity.
  • Fennessys in Endemol Shine U-turn
    Shine Australia CEOs Mark and Carl Fennessy will take the helm of the Endemol Shine Group in Australia after all, despite initially rejecting the role.
  • Chrysalis hires Warp Films exec
    Fledgling UK drama specialist Chrysalis Vision has appointed a new development executive from Warp Films.
  • UKTV OKs scripted comedies
    UK multi-channel operator UKTV has greenlit three scripted comedy titles as it continues to bolster original commissions on its Gold channel.
  • HBO props up YouTube puppet
    US cablenet HBO has become the latest to tap YouTube for talent after ordering a pilot for a puppet-based half-hour talkshow.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • 2015 Bafta winners Bafta handed out its prestigious annual awards in London this week and C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist gathers together the winners.
  • 15 eye-catching new shows C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist comprises 15 new titles that hit the airwaves last month, from Spike TV's ratings-busting Lip Sync Battle to UK comedy genius Peter Kay's latest vehicle.
  • Point of difference Jana Bennett, former head of TLC and a 30-year BBC veteran, tells Clive Whittingham how she believes her rebranded channel has cut through in a crowded marketplace.
  • English translation A growing number of European broadcasters outside the UK are producing major drama series in English. Is the move paying off?
  • Beta judgment German producer/distributor Beta Film is hoping to capitalise on the TV industry’s love of Nordic remakes by partnering with Norwegian kids’ pubcaster NRK Super. Nico Franks reports.
  • Russian roulette Russia’s once profitable TV industry has undergone huge regulatory changes and suffered a plunging currency. Richard Middleton considers what’s next.
  • Work hard, play hard NBC’s unscripted supremo Paul Telegdy outlines the state of the US reality business and what his development priorities are for next season.
  • VoD hits the high street It seems everyone in retail now has a VoD service. But how long will they last and what’s the potential for distributors and producers? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Craig’s list Phil Craig talks about his plans for Discovery Networks International, a new era of blue-chip factual programming and his open-door policy towards producers.
  • New faces in factual Four US channels are rethinking their requirements in the factual and unscripted space. Clive Whittingham reports on their strategies and wish lists.