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  • Record spins int'l plans
    Brazilian free-to-air broadcaster Rede Record is on the lookout for coproduction partners as part of a new international-facing strategy.
  • Blue Ant set for 4K factual drive
    Canadian channel operator Blue Ant Media is stepping up its production of factual programming shot in 4K ultra-high-definition in a bid to grow its international distribution.
  • Netflix to go it alone in China
    Netflix is likely to enter the Chinese market without a local partner and expects to export locally produced series worldwide once it has launched in the territory.
  • BBC4 feels need for less speed
    BBC4 in the UK is getting into the slow TV genre by ordering a season of shows dedicated to programming filmed in real time.
  • Nat Geo goes Wild for German docs
    US cablenet Nat Geo Wild has acquired two wildlife productions from German firm Studio Hamburg, including The Original Fight Club.
  • UKTV commits to murder series
    UK multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has pre-bought two factual shows produced by BriteSpark Films and focusing on murderers from TCB Media Rights.
  • OCS links with SPT
    French pay TV channel OCS has acquired a variety of TV series from Sony Pictures Television after signing a multi-year volume deal.
  • Visit spotlights London animation
    UK media agency Film London has taken five high-profile animation executives from North America to London this week to promote the city's animation industry.
  • Sohu brings SNL to China
    Internet portal Sohu will remake US entertainment format Saturday Night Live in China and is looking for local comedians to take part.
  • Endemol Shine reveals distribution team
    Endemol Shine Group has confirmed the restructure of its newly merged international distribution arm, and is still looking to bolster its ranks.
  • Flame warms up Asian ties
    Australian distributor Flame Productions has hired a former Screen Australia executive to develop its relationships with Asian buyers, content producers and coproduction partners.
  • Netflix confirms Oz launch date
    Netflix has confirmed its Australian and New Zealand services will launch on March 24, available on all major broadband operators, some smart TVs, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and mobile devices.
  • Bonnier preps Nordic SVoD service
    A new subscription VoD service is being lined up by Scandinavian media group Bonnier to claim a greater share of the region’s booming OTT market.
  • Asian nets bag Bomanbridge shows
    Broadcasters across Asia have picked up shows including Slum Symphony and Talent Hounds from Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media.
  • Stan digs up exclusive drama
    Australian subscription VoD service Stan has acquired the rights to forthcoming drama Dig, from the creators of Homeland and Heroes, and will premiere the series down under.
  • Rodriguez returns to Dusk
    Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is set to direct the first episode of the second season of drama From Dusk Till Dawn when it returns on his US channel, El Rey Network.
  • Smithsonian says goodbye to Spock
    Smithsonian Channel in the US is commemorating the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy by airing special behind-the-scenes episodes of the sci-fi series.
  • MTV has Ex appeal in Sweden
    A Swedish broadcaster has commissioned the first international version of MTV dating format Ex on the Beach.
  • Presto offers free trial in Oz
    Australian subscription VoD service Presto Movies and sibling Presto TV today announced a 30-day free trial, aiming to combat rivals Stan and soon-to-be-launched Netflix.
  • MediaCorp hires digital boss
    Singapore-based commercial broadcaster MediaCorp has hired the CEO of an Australian app company to grow its digital business online and on mobile.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • The generation game Nico Franks explores how traditional producers and broadcasters can keep up with 'plurals'.
  • Crisis management A year on from a “creative crisis” being declared in unscripted television, Clive Whittingham asks FermantleMedia’s Thom Beers whether the genre is continuing to suffer and, if so, what the solution is.
  • A digital direction Dave Morgan, CEO of ad tech firm Simulmedia, argues that when it comes to advertising, TV execs can learn from their digital cousins.
  • Caught in the web Talk of the arrival of the long-awaited YouTube Kids app has been on everyone's lips at this year's Kidscreen Summit, but concerns remain over child safety online. Nico Franks reports.
  • Eleven shows to catch in Rio The Rio Content Market gets underway today and C21 will be there, uncovering the latest news and shows you need to know about. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Let battle commence The spate of over-the-top initiatives announced recently by traditional TV channels could mark the start of a new era for television, writes John Hazelton.
  • Talking the talk Unscripted programming in first-run syndication is a big theme in the US TV business this year. Fox Television Stations’ Stephen Brown shares his thoughts about the genre.
  • Vice News comes of age Launched one year ago, the upstart news network is winning new respect for Vice Media. Pippa Shawley takes stock.
  • Ten shows to look out for in Miami Kidscreen gets underway in Miami on Monday and C21 will be there, uncovering the latest news and shows you need to know about. Ahead of the market, Nico Franks selects 10 titles to watch out for.
  • Seizing the high ground Chet Fenster, managing partner and head of content at GroupM’s MEC Entertainment, argues that individual digital influencers are shaping the next era in media.