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  • Canal+ CEO leaves but puppets stay
    The CEO of Canal+ has been ousted by the French pay TV operator's board of directors as a row over long-running satirical puppet show Les Guignols continues.
  • In the Zone
    Mike Moriarty of AMC Networks International – Zone talks to Clive Whittingham about expanding into Africa, UK originals and Russian regulatory issues.
  • Pickard returns to C21 to helm DQ
    C21 Media alumnus Michael Pickard has returned to the international publishing company as editor of drama-focused magazine Drama Quarterly.
  • Greece’s ERT3 returns to air
    Revived Greek public broadcaster ERT has restored its factual-skewing ERT3 channel to air following the returns of ERT1 and ERT2.
  • Trump rehomes Miss USA
    US cablenet Reelz has picked up the rights to the Miss USA pageant in a cut-price deal after the competition was dropped by NBC amid the furore surrounding comments from Donald Trump.
  • AMC Hungary for greater reach
    AMC Networks has widened the distribution of its flagship channel in Hungary by launching on Digi platforms.
  • Shapiro predicts cable demise
    Cable TV's influence in the US is set to rapidly diminish as the growth of online services takes viewers away from pay TV, according to the showrunner behind Amazon drama Trial.
  • Fremantle cuts Radical stake
    FremantleMedia has sold part of its stake in one of its US- and Europe-based prodcos after deciding the company was not "core" to its ambitions, C21 has learned.
  • Threat to Canal+ puppets sparks exits
    Vincent Bolloré, chairman of Canal+ parent Vivendi in France, has sparked resignations and discontent at the pay TV service by threatening to axe its iconic political puppet programme.
  • NBC Can Do That again
    US broadcast network NBC has renewed I Can Do That, a gameshow based on an Israeli format, for a second season.
  • Pointless deals in France, Netherlands
    Dutch public broadcaster AVRO/TROS has commissioned a local version of Endemol Shine Group’s quiz show format Pointless.
  • BBCWW shuffles Oz/NZ execs
    BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand is combining its heads of programming, acquisitions and channels roles in a management restructure.
  • France 2 rebuilds C4's House
    France 2 has revealed it is adapting a home-transformation format from the UK’s Channel 4 as part of its fall line-up.
  • Disney adapts books and format
    CMC: Disney Junior has come on board a preschool show based on a book series about mini superheroes, while the Mouse House is also moving forward with its scripted push in the UK.
  • UK channels 'must do more for kids'
    CMC: Pressure is mounting on UK public service broadcasters other than the BBC to commission more programming for kids, with Channel 4 in particular coming under fire for not providing enough for older children.
  • Summer sizzlers
    C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist features 23 shows new on air this summer, including Channel 4/AMC Networks hit Humans, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's first TV lead and the Wachowski brothers' premier foray into serialised sci-fi.
  • BBC to axe 1,000 jobs
    The BBC is to cut 1,000 jobs in a bid to make up a predicted £150m (US$234m) shortfall in licence fee income for 2016/17.
  • Endemol Shine boss defends M&A
    Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks has defended foreign investment in UK indies, insisting the M&A activity currently sweeping the industry is not hampering creativity.
  • Zodiak, Allcroft revive Mumfie
    CMC: Zodiak Kids has joined forces with Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends creator Britt Allcroft to revive the characters created for classic kids’ series Magic Adventures of Mumfie.
  • TF1 sets out kids’ stall
    French commercial broadcaster TF1 has unveiled the autumn line-up for its Tfou kids strand, featuring a number of new commissions and acquisitions.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Adding to the script There may be a surplus of drama on the international market, but that won’t stop A+E Networks pushing further into the genre, Joel Denton tells Nico Franks.
  • Going live Producers of kids’ live-action have had a rough ride in recent years, but is the tide turning? Richard Middleton reports on the eve of the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield.
  • Lab assistance FIC’s new Fox Formats Lab initiative aims to cultivate and fund local talent in Singapore – and could spread further afield. Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Return to the wild Interest in wildlife programming is growing in France after a couple of primetime docs in the genre made a big impact on pubcaster France 2.
  • Get smart Smart TV may not have taken off as predicted but the future of content remains one in which OTT viewing is key, argues Viewster's Kai Henniges.
  • Novelas rise again NATPE EUROPE: Latin American distributors are predicting revived interest in their content in CEE as audiences look beyond Turkish drama.
  • Rebuilding the Silk Road in Prague NATPE EUROPE: Chinese companies are trying to "rebuild the Silk Road" by bringing their TV shows to Central and Eastern Europe instead of the textiles and spices of centuries past.
  • 12 things we learnt at Natpe Europe NATPE EUROPE: Clive Whittingham heard from key players and panellists here in Prague and compiled a list of 12 things you should know about the ever-changing format industry.
  • Making history online UK historian and presenter Dan Snow was a late convert to YouTube. He explains to Pippa Shawley how he is building an online empire.
  • TV titles competing at Annecy With the 2015 Annecy International Animation Film Market underway this week, C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist gathers the 29 TV titles in competition.