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  • Skala takes Novel approach
    Horrid Henry producer Novel Entertainment has tapped former Hit Entertainment exec Christopher Skala to grow its brands in the digital space.
  • BBC1 orders drama foursome
    The BBC has revealed a new drama season based on classic 20th century literature and is partnering with HBO on a JK Rowling project.
  • Treays joins Spun Gold
    London-based indie Spun Gold has hired documentary expert Jane Treays, producer and director of BBC2's Inside Claridge's, to join its programming team.
  • SF replaces MD roles
    Scandinavian film and television conglomerate Svensk Filmindustri continues to restructure following its merger with Swedish prodco Tre Vänner last year.
  • Comedy Central digital show goes linear
    Comedy Central's in-house digital division CC: Studios has had its first show greenlit by the US linear network.
  • BBCWW hires three in Asia
    BBC Worldwide has made a series of changes to its staffing in Asia following the appointment of David Weiland as exec VP for the region.
  • Warner's Register rises
    Warner Bros Television Group's Sam Register has been promoted to the newly created role of president of Warner Bros Animation and Warner Digital Series.
  • AMC/Sundance buys German net
    AMC/Sundance Channel has continued its European expansion by acquiring German pay TV channel Kinowelt TV.
  • Amazon to carry HBO content
    US pay TV broadcaster HBO will allow subscribers to Amazon Prime Instant Video to watch its shows on the VoD service after agreeing a wide-ranging content deal.
  • Nick Jr OTT service enters China
    Viacom International Media Networks is bringing its My Nick Jr connected TV app to China having already launched it in the UK and France.
  • ID doubles BriteSpark crime order
    Investigation Discovery in the US has greenlit a second factual crime series from Argonon-owned BriteSpark Films.
  • Lifetime lands in Lat Am
    A+E Networks Latin America and Sony Pictures Television are partnering to bring female-skewing lifestyle channel Lifetime to Latin America.
  • Bravo attracted to Pretty Faces
    US cablenet Bravo is expanding its scripted programming output by developing a new show to be exec produced by Alias actor Jennifer Garner.
  • Canal+ takes C4's Southcliffe
    Canal+ in France has acquired four-part UK drama Southcliffe, about a small town traumatised following a massacre carried out by one of its inhabitants.
  • Netflix orders first Spanish original
    US-based online streaming service Netflix has greenlit its first original Spanish-language series in the form of a comedy about football.
  • Fact or fiction?
    Documentary channels are increasingly turning to scripted series to tell real-life stories. Andy Fry looks into the implications.
  • TLC adds Lohan, Marsh docs
    TLC in the UK has revealed a slate of new programming and acquisitions to mark its first year on air, including a series about Lindsay Lohan.
  • Canal+ names factual channels chief
    Canal+ has appointed its director of documentaries, Christine Cauquelin, to run its factual thematic channels.
  • Zodiak Rights inks Mocky deal
    Zodiak Rights, the distribution arm of Zodiak Media, has agreed to shop shows from French production company Mocky Delicious Products.
  • Discovery replaces Everest jump
    Discovery Channel is to use the footage it had filmed ahead of its recently aborted Everest Jump Live event to create a documentary about the avalanche that forced its cancellation.
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