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  • Hulu collects STX's Uglydolls for series
    US streamer Hulu has ordered an animated series based on the plush toy line Uglydolls from film producer and entrepreneur Robert Simonds' STX Entertainment.
  • SBS6 samples Talpa Fiction's DNA
    Dutch network SBS6 has ordered a police procedural drama that follows three women involved in the capturing and sentencing of criminals.
  • AMC, Foxtel make Musicwood play
    AMC in EMEA and Foxtel in Australia are among the broadcasters to have picked up music-related programming from UK-based distributor Scorpion TV.
  • Malkovich onboard BBC1 Christie drama
    BBC1 in the UK has ordered its latest Agatha Christie adaptation, which has John Malkovich and Harry Potter's Rupert Grint attached to star.
  • Lifetime renews Kinetic relationship pair
    US cablenet Lifetime has renewed docuseries pair Married at First Sight and Seven Year Switch for seventh and third seasons respectively.
  • Paris Hilton to front Viceland show
    Youth brand Vice Media is preparing a variety of new shows for its global linear channel Viceland, including a series hosted by celebrity Paris Hilton about becoming famous via social media.
  • Nick links up with Norman Lear
    Nickelodeon is developing an animated project from All in the Family creator Norman Lear that will be overseen by recently promoted executive Claudia Spinelli.
  • Life of Latin star Cruz heads to TV
    The life story of the late Latin music superstar Celia Cruz is set to be adapted into a TV series by Endemol Shine North America and Major TV.
  • Elba recreates Hugo’s Hunchback for Netflix
    Netflix has ordered a contemporary retelling of classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with Luther’s Idris Elba set to star, direct and produce the film.
  • Boomerang returns to Scooby, Flintstones
    Turner-owned children's OTT service Boomerang is adding new series based on classic properties Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones to its line-up of exclusives.
  • Int'l nets add Studio Ghibli's Ronja
    Broadcasters in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Taiwan have acquired a 26-part animated series produced by NHK in Japan with Studio Ghibli and The Astrid Lindgren Company.
  • Will Ferrell backs Amazon economy doc
    Amazon has ordered a documentary series offering a comedic take on the global economy from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, with actor Kal Penn as host.
  • YouTube takes second Step Up
    YouTube Premium (fka YouTube Red) has commissioned a second season of dance drama Step Up: High Water, based on the popular film franchise.
  • BBC2 shifts Gere for MotherFatherSon
    Pretty Woman actor Richard Gere is to return to TV after more than 30 years to star in UK pubcaster BBC2's forthcoming drama MotherFatherSon.
  • Viasat World eyes copro shift
    European pay TV operator Viasat World is looking to board projects at an increasingly early stage to secure regional rights for its networks.
  • UKTV draws on Favourite Sketch
    Multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has commissioned an original series for its Gold network that sees comedians talk about their favourite comedy sketches.
  • UK writers' guild blasts gender disparity
    Only 14% of primetime scripted TV in the UK is written by women, helping to create a “self-sustaining loop” of inequality, according to a report published today.
  • Sky1 tracks down Big Beasts with Offspring
    European satcaster Sky has commissioned a three-part factual series for Sky1 in the UK that looks at some of the world’s largest animals.
  • Hulu, Super Channel meet Okine's Other Guy
    US streamer Hulu and Super Channel in Canada have acquired a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama from Australia created by and starring local comedian Matt Okine.
  • Telemundo, Imagen buy Kanal D dramas
    Broadcasters across Latin America have picked up drama series from Turkish distributor Kanal D International.

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  • Facing up to Facebook As Facebook steps up its efforts to attract viewers, the industry remains torn on whether mass migration to mobile will sound the death knell for traditional TV.
  • Alive and kicking MIPTV: Live-action scripted programming was top of the agenda for children's buyers in Cannes this week as the genre enjoys a shot in the arm thanks to SVoD. Nico Franks reports.
  • Rights still reign MIPTV: The continuing surge in the quantity and quality of drama didn't stop rights being the talk of the town at MipTV.