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  • Fremantle names Indian MD
    FremantleMedia has promoted from within to name a new MD at its Indian division.
  • Russia's CTC claims Final Four
    Russian broadcaster CTC has commissioned a local version of singing competition show The Final Four from Israel's Armoza Formats.
  • Discovery hires Google exec in Nordics
    Discovery Networks has appointed a Google executive to head up its digital operations in the Nordics.
  • STV secures biggest BBC commission
    STV Productions in Scotland has received its biggest ever commission from the BBC, after the pubcaster made an extended order for Antiques Road Trip.
  • YouTube adds WGN's Wax for scripted
    YouTube has bolstered its originals team by appointing WGN America's head of scripted television and promoting one of its senior comedy execs.
  • Netflix moves into merchandising
    Netflix has appointed a director of global licensing and merchandising to oversee a push into developing consumer products based on its original content.
  • ARD forges Father comedy
    German broadcaster ARD Degeto is in production on a comedy about a man in his 60s who finds out he is set to become a father.
  • USA measures up Suits spin-off
    USA Network is looking to create a spin-off from long-running legal drama Suits, with the original show's creator and studio Universal Cable Productions on board.
  • DRG bags more WildBear content
    UK-based DRG has expanded its relationship with WildBear Entertainment in Australia by acquiring distribution rights to more of its factual series.
  • Jetpack gives flight to Boj
    UK sales outfit Jetpack Distribution has acquired the international rights to animated preschool children's series Boj from UK producer Pesky.
  • Greece agrees $530m production rebate
    The Greek government has approved €450m (US$530m) in cash rebates for those producing in the country from 2018 to 2022, in a bid to attract new money to its struggling economy and boost its creative industry.
  • OWN links with Moonlight talent
    OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the US has ordered a drama series from the co-writer and executive producer of Oscar-winning feature film Moonlight.
  • Discovery reveals Icon's Python
    Discovery Channel in the US has ordered a special about the deadly stealth and power of pythons.
  • Amazon, Discovery in German sports deal
    Amazon has struck a far-reaching sports deal in Germany with Discovery Communications that provides subscribers with access to Eurosport's live event programming, including exclusive Bundesliga football matches.
  • MTV Int'l preps public karaoke format
    MTV International has greenlit a music-themed gameshow that challenges contestants with performing karaoke in public places.
  • ABC captures Lost's Carlton Cuse
    US broadcaster ABC has secured the services of Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse by signing him to a four-year overall deal.
  • Gaumont signs Mission: Impossible scribe
    Narcos producer Gaumont has signed a first-look TV deal with screenwriter, producer and director Chris McQuarrie and his producing partner Heather McQuarrie.
  • Amazon catches Moffat's Last Post
    Amazon has taken exclusive rights in the US to a forthcoming BBC period drama written by Peter Moffat (The Night Of) from BBC Worldwide.
  • BBC to stage Hamlet in 2018
    The BBC will air the critically acclaimed stage production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet starring Sherlock's Andrew Scott.
  • Greece's Epsilon 'sold to Savvides'
    Epsilon TV, Greece’s youngest private network, is expected to change hands following reports an acquisition of the company has been agreed.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Carnival atmosphere Brazilian demand for international formats is changing, while foreign channels are now eyeing IP from the country, says Formata Production & Content CEO Daniela Busoli.
  • Keep a cool headset VR might be tipped as the next big thing in factual but is the unscripted industry trying to run before the technology can walk?
  • Age old question Does a rise in programming with serialised story arcs and a greater focus on comedy prove preschoolers are more sophisticated than ever, asks Andy Fry.
  • Shopping around pt2 In the second of two articles, more international unscripted buyers talk about the types of programming they are looking to commission.
  • A leap of faith Adam Price, co-owner of StudioCanal-backed SAM Productions, and Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen discuss religion, scripted reinvention and Nordic magical realism.
  • Breaking windows With more Netflix originals becoming available to traditional TV buyers in their second window, how tough is it to sell such shows?
  • Shopping around pt1 In the first of two articles, a trio of international unscripted buyers reveal what's on their commissioning wish lists.
  • Amazon à la carte Is online giant Amazon's latest UK initiative threatening pay TV incumbents such as Sky and Virgin, asks Kate Bulkley.
  • Turkey's still hot Fadi Ismail of O3 Productions discusses his company’s impact on Turkish drama, European copros and Arabic scripted ambitions.
  • The new age Netflix, Amazon and other on-demand players are adding a whole new dimension to selling unscripted formats, says WhizzKid's Malcolm Gerrie