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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Mexican remake for Prisoners of War
    Mexican broadcast giant Televisa has ordered a 70-part remake of Israeli drama format Prisoners Of War, which was remade as Homeland in the US.
  • Netflix goes ape with King Kong toon
    US video streamer Netflix has teamed up with former Marvel Studios boss Avi Arad for a new cartoon series based on the tale of giant ape King Kong.
  • Imax helps Herzog head into volcano
    Maverick documentary veteran Werner Herzog is working on a 3D feature doc about volcanoes – one of the first projects to be partly funded by the new Imax Original Film Fund.
  • Int'l nets size up Little Couple
    Broadcasters in Scandinavia and Canada have picked up TLC series The Little Couple from UK distributor Cineflix Rights.
  • FYI engages with Married spin-off
    US cablenet FYI has ordered a follow-up series to its Married at First Sight format, following one of the couples who remained together after the show.
  • Fuji TV prodco hunts coproductions
    A production company recently acquired by Japanese broadcaster Fuji Television Network is heading to Mipcom this month looking for coproduction deals with high merchandising potential.
  • Shiver reveals Secrets for ITV
    ITV in the UK has commissioned a six-part series about Britain’s most famous historical sites from Shiver, the factual arm of its in-house studio.
  • Red Arrow rehires Etspueler
    Germany's Red Arrow Entertainment has rehired an exec from its parent company ProSiebenSat.1 Group to help develop TV formats and consult on the roll-out of its IP abroad.
  • BBC1 adapts Branestawm novel
    The BBC will air an adaptation of Norman Hunter’s Professor Branestawm children’s books, starring comedian Harry Hill in his first BBC1 acting role.
  • Viaplay nabs Nickelodeon shows
    Modern Times Group's VoD service Viaplay has agreed a rights deal for a host of children's shows from Viacom-owned network Nickelodeon.
  • Blinkbox put up for sale
    UK retail giant Tesco is considering shutting down its video streaming service Blinkbox unless it can find a buyer.
  • Sky's Berlin Wall expands in Europe
    Broadcasters across Europe have picked up a factual special about the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • Oz network orders Allen biopic
    Australia’s Seven Network has commissioned a two-part biopic about the late Aussie entertainer Peter Allen.
  • Slingshot develops Stine's Sitter
    David Ellender's fledgling US prodco Slingshot Global Media has partnered with horror movie specialist Blumhouse Productions to develop a novel by Goosebumps author RL Stine for TV.
  • Starz ups acquisition exec
    US cable broadcaster Starz Networks has promoted one of its execs to oversee movie and TV acquisitions across the firm's pay TV and distribution divisions.
  • Comedy Central gets Drunk in UK
    Comedy Central UK has ordered a pilot for an adaptation of Drunk History, which airs on the channel's sister network in the US.
  • SLR in Oz makes factual move
    Australian children’s animation specialist SLR Productions is diversifying into factual programming.
  • Turkey set for Bake Off
    Turkey's Channel 8 is the latest network to remake cookery format The Great Bake Off, as part of a number of deals for Love Productions' formats agreed by BBC Worldwide.
  • Shine founder Murdoch set for exit
    Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, will step down as chairman of the Shine Group she founded if the proposed merger with Endemol and Core Media Group goes ahead.
  • Zodiak builds Foundation in Cannes
    Distributor Zodiak Kids will be bringing a family sitcom about a child whose parents have just split up from UK prodco The Foundation to Mipcom next month.
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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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