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  • Gloob abducts Pumpkin Reports
    Brazilian children's broadcaster Gloob has pre-bought a forthcoming animated series about an alien invasion that is being made for pubcasters in Italy, Spain and Catalonia.
  • Canal+ appoints documentary boss
    French pay TV operator Canal+ has brought an experienced journalist and producer on board as its head of documentaries.
  • BBC lines up SVT drama remake
    The BBC is set to make a UK version of SVT Sweden’s gangster drama Ettor och Nollor, C21 has learned.
  • California reveals $330m tax credit
    California’s annual film and TV production tax credit funding is set to be tripled to more than US$300m after the state's Senate passed a bill to put the incentive programme into law.
  • Samsung, Imira agree on Smart TV
    Spanish producer and distributor Imira Entertainment has secured a place for its multi-language VoD app, featuring cartoons such as Lucky Fred and Sandra the Fairytale Detective, on Samsung Smart TVs.
  • Weinstein acquires BBC's Esio Trot
    The Weinstein Company has picked up US rights to the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.
  • DCD to sell Matchlight Media
    UK-based producer and distributor DCD Media is selling its Scottish indie Matchlight to the existing management team.
  • Nat Geo revisits Dubai International
    National Geographic Channels International has commissioned a second, 10-part season of Ultimate Airport Dubai, which will air in 170 countries and 45 languages later this year.
  • Lightbox fires up VIMN content
    Fledgling New Zealand subscription VoD service Lightbox has acquired 400 hours of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon content.
  • Denmark's Von Trier makes TV return
    Controversial Danish director Lars von Trier is returning to TV for the first time in 20 years with an English language drama series, produced with Danish pubcaster DR.
  • MTV Lat Am reels in Catfish
    MTV Latin America is readying the first Spanish-language version of online dating series Catfish, which is currently in production in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Asian nets play with Nick content
    Broadcasters in China and Japan have picked up a slate of Nickelodeon animated properties inspired by manga and the martial arts.
  • Kudos takes first look at Parti
    Shine Group-owned drama specialist Kudos Film & Television has expanded its relationship with UK indie Parti Productions by signing a first-look deal.
  • Red Arrow for Real on Israeli format
    Global distributor and producer Red Arrow International has acquired format rights for six territories to gameshow Are You For Real? from Israel's Gil Productions.
  • BBC orders kids' tech shows
    The BBC has commissioned a range of content for its CBBC and CBeebies channels to encourage children across the country to get involved with computing and coding.
  • Trace doubles up in Africa
    Modern Times Group-owned lifestyle network Trace Sport Stars is expanding its reach in Africa by launching in two countries in the region.
  • Fox adapts Jack Irish for US
    US network Fox is adapting its own version of the Australian crime miniseries Jack Irish.
  • Starz places The Chair online
    US cablenet Starz will make the first five episodes of its upcoming reality show The Chair available online before being broadcast on the linear network.
  • Horrocks to leave BBC World Service
    Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service Group, will leave the corporation in the new year after 33 years with the UK broadcaster.
  • Trace found in South East Europe
    France-based sports lifestyle network Trace Sport Stars and South East European telecommunications firm United Group have partnered to launch the channel across the region.
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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.