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  • Fremantle claims Korean quizzer
    FremantleMedia France has picked up a South Korean social reality quizshow format from Asian broadcaster and producer CJ E&M.
  • Dial Square calls up new venture
    David Frank’s Dial Square 86 is backing a new content investment and distribution venture run by former execs from France Télévisions and Zodiak Media.
  • Slovenia signs up for Master Class
    A Slovenian broadcaster is set to air a local version of Israeli children’s singing format Master Class, following a deal with Keshet International.
  • O’Dowd comedies get US remakes
    Two US networks are remaking satcaster Sky’s Moone Boy and Channel 4’s The IT Crowd, the two popular UK comedies starring Irish actor Chris O’Dowd.
  • Zig Zag, GroupM race to South Pole
    Zig Zag Productions, GroupM Entertainment and Sky Vision have signed a distribution deal for a series about a former rugby player’s record-breaking ski attempt.
  • Scripps grows Liberty pact
    Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has extended its carriage deal with cable operator Liberty Global, ensuring its channels' distribution across European markets.
  • Mongol TV lines up new channel
    Mongolian broadcaster Mongol TV will launch a second channel in the Central Asian country next year, with a further three also planned.
  • Falco wakes up to AXN
    Sony will air crime series Falco on its network AXN across Central and Eastern Europe after securing pay TV rights from distributor Red Arrow International.
  • Lat Am partners land on Planet Ripos
    Two Latin American partners have come onboard European-Chinese children's animation coproduction Planet Ripos.
  • NRJ recruits channels chief
    French broadcaster NRJ Group has appointed a new director of television and a programme director for its flagship DTT channel NRJ12.
  • Netflix, DiCaprio ally on wildlife doc
    Netflix has teamed with Wolf of Wall Street star and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio for the release of a feature-length documentary about African gorilla preservation.
  • London Spy recruits BBC America
    BBC America has joined as a coproduction partner on an upcoming five-part thriller created by novelist Tom Rob Smith.
  • Fox curtails Mulaney order
    US network Fox has cut the order for its freshman comedy Mulaney to 13 episodes, down from 16.
  • Lifetime cancels The Lottery
    US cable network Lifetime has pulled the plug on its conspiracy thriller The Lottery after just one season.
  • Azteca tackles Can Do talent format
    Mexican broadcaster Azteca has acquired rights to Israeli shiny-floor talent show I Can Do That! from distributor Armoza Formats.
  • BBC bags dog comedy, Sinatra tribute
    BBC4 in the UK has ordered a six-part comedy about dogs and their owners, while BBC1 will mark the centenary of Frank Sinatra's birth with a one-off special.
  • Blue Ant adds AOL exec
    Canadian channels operator Blue Ant Media has poached an AOL exec to oversee its digital brand strategy.
  • DirecTV crowns more Kingdom
    US satcaster DirecTV has extended its family saga series Kingdom after ordering a further 20 episodes from Endemol Studios.
  • Missing the hits
    Drama was king this week in Cannes as factual players look for ways to grow that don’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice
    This week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king this week in Cannes as factual players look for ways to grow that don’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice This week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.
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