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NEWS & FEATURES

  • FIC nabs Amazon exec
    Fox International Channels has hired an executive from Amazon Instant Video to oversee the distribution of its networks in Europe and Africa.
  • Zodiak Media adds NBCU exec
    Zodiak Media has hired a former FremantleMedia and NBCUniversal executive as VP of the group's global strategy.
  • Singapore duo take TVF content
    Singapore-based networks Okto and tv4me have acquired a raft of content from UK distributor TVF International.
  • Graef takes role at Ten Alps
    UK-based Ten Alps has appointed a renowned documentary maker to support its broadcasting, digital, communications and publishing operations.
  • Discovery goes to war in 3D
    Discovery in the UK has commissioned a four-part series on the First World War using 3D stereoscopic images that have never been broadcast on television before.
  • Denmark's Ink draws up animal toon
    Danish licensing agent Ink Global has partnered with a visual effects artist with experience on the Star Wars prequels to launch an animated series about a group of animal friends.
  • BBC extends W1A, orders tech shows
    The BBC has extended its self-deprecating satire series W1A into a second run and launched a new global YouTube channel featuring digital-exclusive content.
  • RTÉ squares up to MMA doc
    RTÉ Two in Ireland has commissioned a six-part documentary series following Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor and his entourage for six months.
  • ITV backs WIGS digital prodco
    Award-winning producing trio Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet have launched a new multi-platform production firm with backing from UK commercial network ITV and global marketing and media giant WPP.
  • SVT names CEO as Hamilton exits
    Swedish broadcaster SVT has brought in a former journalist and editor from national newspaper group UNT as its replacement for outgoing CEO Eva Hamilton.
  • Nerds & Monsters travel globally
    Broadcasters in Spain, France and the Middle East have picked up comedy toon Nerds & Monsters, produced by US/Canadian firm Slap Happy Cartoons.
  • Rising Star falls in Germany
    RTL Television in Germany has decided to end its remake of the Israeli talent show format Rising Star early following a poor ratings performance.
  • Quickflix blasts Netflix in Oz
    Australian subscription VoD and DVD rental service Quickflix has called on Netflix to start 'playing by the rules' of the Oz market by stopping people from subscribing via Virtual Private Networks.
  • The Returned goes Dutch
    Dutch public broadcaster VPRO has picked up its first French-language drama for 20 years, in the shape of hit supernatural series The Returned.
  • BBC's Cohen joins Israeli comedy event
    Some of the world’s leading TV writers and execs, including BBC director of television Danny Cohen, will gather for a historic comedy event in Israel to discuss how the genre can help improve society.
  • YLE to axe up to 200 jobs
    Finnish public broadcaster YLE is to shed nearly 200 jobs as the corporation looks to modernise its broadcast operation in the wake of a funding freeze.
  • Toumazis joins Airey at Yahoo!
    Industry veteran Tom Toumazis, former chief commercial officer at Endemol, is joining online giant Yahoo!.
  • Sky seals German HBO deal
    Sky Deutschland has extended an agreement with premium US cablenet HBO that gives it the premiere rights to US series in Germany.
  • Al Jazeera grabs Zodiak Kids content
    Al Jazeera has picked up more than 75 hours of programming from distributor Zodiak Kids for its JeemTV and Baraem TV channels in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • TF1, Armoza reveal People's Choice
    French broadcaster TF1 and Israeli developer and distributor Armoza Formats are launching a new primetime format that incorporates the opinions of viewers into the show.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Playing it safe With French TV networks coming under fire for failing to take risks with drama, what impact will Netflix’s imminent arrival have in an increasingly tough market? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Joiz of interaction Alexander Mazzara, founder of Swiss youth channel Joiz, tells Clive Whittingham about the tricks and challenges of marrying the first and second screens, and the threat this presents to linear broadcasters.
  • OTT: Blessing or burden? Stella Medlicott, chief marketing officer at Red Bee Media, fears that the proliferation of increasingly homogeneous over-the-top TV services may not be good for consumers or the industry.
  • Amazon exploration Amazon Studios, currently preparing a new batch of pilots with big-name European producers attached, is building up a library of original kids’ content. Nico Franks reports.
  • In touch with reality Reality television pioneer John de Mol is looking to breathe new life into the genre with his twist on the social experiment. John Hazelton reports.
  • Centre stage International producers are flocking to the UK to shoot big-budget projects thanks to new tax breaks. But how is this impacting the country’s studios? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Buying into social selling Entertainment retail has long been ripe for reinvention and now the studios are finally stepping up and having a go, says Gideon Lask, CEO and Founder of Buyapowa.
  • Jam today As more digital players than ever get set to attend Cartoon Forum in France next month, John Rice of Irish animation studio Jam Media gives his views on increasing revenues from VoD and app development.
  • The History girl Rachel Job, channel editor for History & H2 at A+E Networks UK, outlines her commissioning and acquisition strategy and budgets to Clive Whittingham.
  • Reasons to be cheerful Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Stuttgart animation studio Film Bilder, discusses how changes in German TV have affected his business, including an increase in VoD players coming on to the scene.
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