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  • BBCWW execs reveal Bad Wolf
    Two BBC Worldwide Productions execs have launched an LA- and Wales-based prodco to focus on premium drama.
  • Pickard joins Nevision board
    UK producer and financer Nevision has added industry veteran Nigel Pickard to its board and hired an experienced BBC producer to develop its drama slate.
  • ITVSGE dramas go global
    Broadcasters across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific have picked up US series Aquarius, Texas Rising and Good Witch from ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • Creative Skillset launches UK Census
    UK Government organisation Creative Skillset has launched its first industry-wide census since 2012 in order to address key issues such as diversity in TV.
  • Altice eyes NextRadio
    The owner of French cable, IPTV and mobile phone operator Altice is launching a takeover bid for radio and television group NextRadio with its chairman and CEO.
  • Canal+ runs with Walking Dead spin-off
    French pay TV operator Canal+ has acquired rights to the forthcoming Walking Dead spin-off drama from US cablenet AMC.
  • France TV predicts US$11m loss
    France Télévisions expects to post losses of around €10m (US$11m) this year, twice as much as anticipated, following a cut in government funding.
  • Starz, AT&T carriage goes further
    NEWS BRIEF: US premium cablenet Starz has agreed a deal to extend its carriage with telecoms giant AT&T.
  • Canucks cook in Lambert's Kitchen
    A French-Canadian network has commissioned local producer Media Ranch to adapt Studio Lambert's Gogglebox-style BBC series Life in the Kitchen.
  • Canal+ casualties mount
    The director of French broadcaster Canal+’s free-to-air channels looks set to be the latest senior executive to leave the pay TV firm.
  • Sky preps 'Netflix' interface
    European satcaster Sky is prepping a new set-top box with a carousel-style interface that will allow subscribers to record four shows at once.
  • Crackanory returns to Dave
    NEWS BRIEF: UKTV channel Dave has commissioned a third series of its adult story-telling show Crackanory to air later this year.
  • Red Arrow bolsters drama
    Distributor Red Arrow International has picked a up slew of German dramas that it will add to its catalogue for Mipcom later this year.
  • Stand By Me adds former MTV exec
    Italian production firm Stand By Me has brought in a former MTV and Discovery exec as part of changes to its entertainment and factual division.
  • CHF Media president exits
    The president and co-founder of UK-based production outfit Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Media Group has left the company.
  • C4 gets Married again
    NEWS BRIEF: UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a second season of social experiment show Married at First Sight.
  • Ten Alps makes Chrysalis investment
    UK indie group Ten Alps has made a strategic investment in drama prodco Chrysalis Vision, which will develop longform series for domestic and global markets.
  • Endemol Shine Oz staffs up for launch
    The merger of the Endemol Shine Group in Australia finally has been formalised, sparking a raft of executive appointments and promotions.
  • COO out amid Foxtel restructure
    Australian pay TV platform Foxtel is abolishing the post of chief operating officer as part of a restructure that will see it create a broadband division and a product and operations division.
  • Ten exec chairman departs
    The executive chairman of Australia’s Network Ten has stepped down after the company decided to split the role.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • In the Zone Mike Moriarty of AMC Networks International – Zone on expanding into Africa, UK originals and Russian regulatory issues.
  • Summer sizzlers C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist features 23 shows new on air this summer, including Channel 4/AMC Networks hit Humans and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's first TV lead.
  • 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.