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  • Amalia taps Sparkling for new MD
    Studio Hamburg subsidiary Amalia Films has brought in an executive from rival Sparkling Pictures to be its MD as the company’s founder prepares to step down.
  • Netflix tames Dogs of Berlin
    Global streaming giant Netflix has commissioned its second original series in Germany, a gritty police drama from writer and director Christian Alvart.
  • New kid on the block
    Unscripted TV wizard Phil Gurin outlines to Ed Waller his plans for taking IM Global Television into the unscripted and alternative programming genres.
  • Economies of scale
    Netflix's Cindy Holland dicusses the streamer's plans for 30 original unscripted commissions this year and what they will mean for the industry.
  • A&E calls time on drama
    US cable network A&E is returning to its unscripted roots and will move away from drama programming following the end of Bates Motel earlier this week.
  • Mediacorp CEO steps down
    The CEO at Singaporean broadcaster Mediacorp is leaving to join its parent company Temasek after six years in the role.
  • Viacom makes big BET changes
    BET Networks in the US is revamping its schedule for the coming year, taking two shows from Viacom stablemate VH1 and ordering new comedy, late-night and miniseries content.
  • Eurovision returns to Logo in US
    NEWS BRIEF: The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest grand final will air live in the US after cablenet Logo took exclusive rights to broadcast the event for the second year running.
  • Seacrest preps YouTube talent show
    Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America have partnered on a talent competition series that will premiere exclusively on YouTube.
  • TF1 kids' drone show takes off
    French broadcaster TF1 is developing an animated series inspired by drones alongside a trio of local producers, including Cyber Group Studios.
  • Buccaneer, RVK retell Iceland mystery
    UK producer Buccaneer Media has signed an agreement with TV and film director Baltasar Kormákur and his company RVK Studios to create an English-language drama.
  • Brazil ratifies UK copro pact
    Brazil has finally ratified the UK coproduction treaty that could pave the way for new TV and film collaborations between the two countries.
  • Sundance takes Chances for streaming
    AMC Networks-owned SundanceTV in the US has ordered the first original scripted series for its streaming service Sundance Now.
  • CBS promotes Vuong for alternative
    CBS in the US has appointed a head of alternative programming to replace the outgoing Chris Castallo.
  • HBO Europe picks First Draft pair
    HBO Europe is expanding its original programming after selecting two projects from its writing competition First Draft Contest to develop.
  • KI adds to Digital Studios team
    Israel's Keshet International has appointed former executives at Endemol and Shaftesbury Entertainment to new roles at its digital arm.
  • Netflix details ‘modest’ move in China
    Further details have emerged of the programming that streaming giant Netflix will take to China, following its breakthrough deal with local player iQiyi this week.
  • PBS to mark moon landing anniversary
    PBS in the US has partnered with Academy Award nominee Robert Stone on a documentary series about the Space Race for its historical strand American Experience.
  • TriForce kicks off writers' incubator
    TriForce Productions, the UK prodco focused on promoting equal opportunities in the TV business, has chosen six writers to receive development funding for their new projects.
  • German drama gets funding boost
    European funder Creative Europe Media has approved €1.81m (US$1.97m) in funding for German drama, including the remake of Das Boot and the second season of spy thriller Deutschland 83.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • The Afghan Murdoch Saad Mohseni, Afghanistan’s first media mogul, tells Raymond Snoddy how he built his empire.
  • Flyover states Does the TV business’s shock at political events such as Donald Trump’s election victory suggest an industry out of touch with its audience?
  • Niche to their own A host of specialty SVoD services are looking to make their mark in the on-demand space. But can they survive against behemoths such as Amazon and Netflix?
  • 360-degree vision Blend Media boss Damian Collier argues that while 360˚ video and VR aren’t without challenges, immersive content will soon be the norm.
  • Rai's new harvest Italy's recently introduced tax credit system is opening up international copro opportunities, with public broadcaster Rai leading the charge. Gün Akyuz reports.
  • Unscripted Tour guide Amazon Originals' Conrad Riggs discusses the decision to greenlight three seasons of The Grand Tour and his approach to finding globally resonant shows.
  • Pushed to the margins Declining US cable subs mean less cash for shows and programme makers. Producers and broadcasters agree that something’s got to give.
  • Atlantic crossing Can BritBox, the subscription streaming service backed by the BBC and ITV, succeed in the world’s most competitive TV market?
  • French forays France’s international drama producers are changing their strategies as they look to address fast-changing global and domestic demands.
  • Talent spotters Why children’s talent shows are becoming an increasingly familiar anchor in primetime schedules around the world.