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  • Evans reveals new-look Top Gear
    MIPCOM: BBC's global motoring hit Top Gear will include more studio-based action and will move cars back to "the centre of the show,” according to new host Chris Evans.
  • Into the stream
    MIPJUNIOR: The extreme weather in Cannes may have dominated the headlines but there were still plenty of other things to talk about at MipJunior.
  • Warrior conquers Mid East, Indonesia
    MIPCOM: Japan's Tokyo Broadcasting System has sold its Ninja Warrior format in Indonesia and the Arab-speaking market, continuing the sport format's global roll-out.
  • Hitler doc makes Euro presales
    MIPCOM: Distributor Cineflix Rights has pre-sold historical documentary The Day Hitler Died to a number of broadcasters in Europe and Scandinavia.
  • ZDF finds The Missing
    MIPCOM: German pubcaster ZDF has picked up English-language drama The Missing from distributor All3Media.
  • Hit, 9 Story bring back Barney
    MIPCOM: Mattel-owned Hit Entertainment in the US and 9 Story Media Group in Canada have teamed up to revive two well-known preschool properties.
  • Germany’s ‘thriving’ TV celebrated
    MIPCOM: The strength of the German TV industry was praised at Mipcom last night, as more than 320 delegates flocked to the biannual German cocktail event.
  • Cream hires Harkness for US push
    Toronto-based factual prodco Cream Productions has hired a former Temple Street executive to enhance its growth plans in the US.
  • YLE adds Mr Robot, revamps catch-up
    MIPCOM: Finnish pubcaster YLE has acquired NBCUniversal thriller Mr Robot and is looking to revamp its catch-up service YLE Areena this fall.
  • Nine Network looks to Next Year
    MIPCOM: Nine Network in Australia is preparing to launch a local version of UK format This Time Next Year.
  • Disney's Catch caught in UK, Poland
    MIPCOM: Disney Media Distribution has chalked up sales for its latest drama series from Shonda Rhimes’ prodco ShondaLand, with more expected worldwide.
  • Vox preps German Red Band
    MIPCOM: German network Vox is prepping its own version of a Spanish drama format that has already been remade in the US and Italy, with former ITV Germany chief Jan Kromschröder's firm producing
  • 2btube forges global alliances
    MIPCOM: Spanish-language multichannel network 2btube has signed four strategic partnerships with global platforms dedicated to online influencers’ content.
  • Disney opts for emoticon toon
    MIPCOM: Disney is among the broadcasters to have picked up animated series Molang from Paris-based producer and distributor Millimages.
  • BBCWW calls for Brit pitches
    MIPCOM: BBC Worldwide is on the look-out for programming ideas for its fledgling global male-skewing channel brand Brit.
  • Comarex bags Chilean drama slate
    MIPCOM: Mexican distributor Comarex and Chile’s Canal 13 have struck a strategic content partnership.
  • Zorro reboot presales take off
    MIPCOM: French production and distribution company Cyber Group Studios has secured multiple worldwide presales for its latest animated series Zorro The Chronicles.
  • Sky Vision acquisitions boss exits
    Sky Vision, the UK-based distribution arm of European satcaster Sky, is revamping its acquisitions department in a move that has seen its US chief leave the firm.
  • Tandem preps third Follett adaptation
    MIPCOM: StudioCanal-owned Tandem Productions is to adapt Code to Zero, the international bestseller by Ken Follett.
  • Buccaneer sails off with Big Bro exec
    MIPCOM: Buccaneer Media, the UK drama prodco launched by Tony Wood and Cineflix, has hired a Big Brother producer to help it push into unscripted.


  • Season's greetings With the US fall season kicking off, programming insider Marc Berman looks ahead to consider where the new battlegrounds will be.
  • An open Forum Nico Franks reports from last week’s 26th edition of Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, where demand was high for comedy, strong female leads and, of course, karaoke.
  • 2015 Emmy winners HBO stole the night at the 67th Primetime Emmys, clocking up a record haul at the awards, celebrated here in C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist.
  • A new dynasty Paul Buccieri has brought his experience of running ITV Studios in the US to cablenet operator A+E Networks, which is in need of a break-out hit for its History and A&E channels. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Doc discord at TIFF C21’s Canadian bureau chief Adam Benzine reports from the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival, where music documentaries and controversy took centre stage.
  • Crash course in soaps Soap operas are a mainstay on terrestrial channels but what can producers in other genres learn from their longevity?
  • Original thinking UKTV controller Emma Tennant is eyeing new styles of original content as the broadcaster continues to move away from just being about repeats.
  • War of independents The UK indie sector has seen a wave of M&A activity and now faces an expansionist ITV Studios and an unfettered BBC Studios.
  • Drama out of a crisis Ukraine has banned Russian content from its TV schedules as the conflict between the two nations drags on, leaving channels trying to fill schedules amid declining ad sales.
  • The BBC's toughest job BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw explains why the health of her channel is vital to secure the corporation’s future.