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  • Paying the piper
    Clive Whittingham reports on the factual scene at Mipcom, where the focus was on Discovery’s David Zaslav and producers began looking ahead to 2018.
  • AMC launches VR app
    AMC in the US has launched an immersive virtual reality app that it claims will allow users to step into the worlds of series such as The Walking Dead.
  • Imagine names M4's Falvey president
    Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's US prodco Imagine Television has appointed the former chief content officer at Verizon's now defunct shortform mobile service M4 as its president.
  • Nick fires Loud House's Savino
    Viacom-owned Nickelodeon in the US has fired the creator and showrunner of children's animation The Loud House after he was accused of sexual harassment.
  • Gameshow execs say Hello to prodco
    Executive producers and format creators Victoria Ashbourne and Stuart Shawcross have launched new UK production outfit, Hello Dolly.
  • FX aspires to more Better Things
    NEWS BRIEF: US cablenet FX has extended its comedy-drama series Better Things into a third season.
  • Hulu to curtail Casual
    US streaming service Hulu is bringing down the curtain on its original comedy Casual, having ordered a fourth and final season.
  • Red Arrow melts Snowman in Norway
    Germany's Red Arrow Entertainment is to close the Norwegian branch of Snowman Productions and centralise its Scandi production in Denmark.
  • Fremantle puts content into BritBox
    US subscription VoD service BritBox has closed its first third-party content deal, which will make programming from FremantleMedia International available starting this month.
  • ITV Choice lends ear to The Voice
    ITV Choice Global, the UK broadcaster’s network for Asia, the Middle East and Africa, has secured exclusive broadcast rights to air talent shows The Voice UK and The Voice Kids UK.
  • 2C develops with Clark
    US-based 2C Originals, the content division of 2C Media, has appointed freelance editor/producer Mark Clark as its head of development.
  • ORF leads Giallo to Scene of the Crime
    Italian free-to-air channel Giallo and Franco-German cultural broadcaster Arte are among international buyers to have picked up programming from ORF-Enterprise this week at Mipcom.
  • Electus links with Dark Net’s Bartlett
    US-based multimedia studio Electus has agreed an exclusive development deal with Jamie Bartlett, author of The Dark Net, and plans to take as-yet-unrevealed projects to market this month.
  • Discovery's Angelides angles towards Engel
    US prodco Engel Entertainment has hired a former Discovery exec to run its unscripted programming and feature documentary slates as executive VP.
  • NHK, EBS mine ZDF factual library
    Broadcasters around the world have acquired factual and children's programming from the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF.
  • Social firms add friends
    Social media giants Facebook and Snap made waves at Mipcom this week, with both announcing scripted projects for their burgeoning original video initiatives.
  • Spotlight on diversity
    Nico Franks picks out some of the top trends to come out of this year's MipJunior and Mipcom that highlight how the industry is changing.
  • C21's complete Mipcom 2017 round-up
    MIPCOM: Everyone travelling home from Cannes and those who have just got back can catch up with C21’s comprehensive coverage of Mipcom and MipJunior, which runs to more than 180 stories, using these links.
  • Harvey Weinstein scandal rocks industry
    MIPCOM: HBO boss Richard Plepler and actor Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the TV personalities who have been reacting to what they describe as the “abhorrent” Harvey Weinstein allegations in Cannes this week.
  • Xilam promotes production trio
    MIPCOM: French animation studio Xilam has promoted three executives within its production department as it aims to deliver more than 100 half-hour shows by 2020.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Fox’s fresh approach Vast Media’s Nicole Greiner explores how Fox has been building publicity around its fall shows in the latest article tracking digital content marketing innovations.
  • Television industry rocked by double loss The international TV industry was this week dealt a double body-blow with the loss of two pioneers of the global format industry: David Lyle and Annie Wegelius.
  • Banking on 50 Cent Colby Gaines, exec producer of new 50 Cent-fronted BET show 50 Central, discusses the programme and his firm’s scripted ambitions.
  • Insider knowledge Producers of projects that caused a stir at Cartoon Forum this month discuss the changes sweeping the animation business.
  • Script competition tips If you’re planning to enter the C21/eOne Drama Series Script Competition, the message from last year’s winner Philip Lawrence is loud and clear.
  • Tipping point With Kiev Media Week under way, could CEE's format distribution business finally be about to see the long-predicted switch from import to export?
  • Globomedia explores Spanish production house Globomedia has hired a director of research and development to take the company into new genres.
  • Renewed focus Ahead of her keynote at the RTS Cambridge Convention, A+E Networks boss Nancy Dubuc discusses rights, SVoD, cord-cutting and growth beyond linear channels.
  • In fine forum Cartoon Forum director Annick Maes tells Nico Franks about welcoming more new faces to the event and its future in Toulouse.
  • Brave new world Factual producers suffering squeezed margins are looking to SVoD as a potential saviour. But what are platforms looking for and do the deals add up?