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  • The realities of TV
    In the continued absence of a new unscripted hit, RealScreen delegates have been discussing rights, digital opportunities and derivative programming. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Latina princess to debut on Disney
    Disney Junior’s latest animated series will feature its first Latina princess, who will be introduced to viewers in a one-off episode of hit series Sofia the First.
  • GBI adds digital exec
    US children's content firm Genius Brands International has hired a former Disney Interactive Media Group producer for a newly created position at the firm.
  • Rightster replaces CEO
    Online video distribution platform Rightster has replaced its outgoing CEO with its current chief commercial officer and former senior director of YouTube EMEA.
  • Nick lines up OTT offering
    Nickelodeon will join the likes of HBO and CBS in launching its own direct-to-consumer subscription VoD service, the chief executive of its parent company, Viacom, has revealed.
  • Seventh run of Downton in doubt
    The future of ITV’s flagship period drama Downton Abbey could be in doubt after its creator, Julian Fellowes, failed to commit to a seventh season.
  • BBC goes interactive with Elba
    BBC Taster, the UK pubcaster's recently launched testing ground, has ordered a 20-part interactive show, hosted by Luther actor Idris Elba, exploring questions about mankind.
  • Vodafone, Sky merger forecast
    European satcaster Sky has become a prime takeover target for telecoms giant Vodafone, with a deal possible later this year, a leading industry analyst has said.
  • Episodic drama ‘will return’
    Leading European producers have predicted the return of episodic drama after claiming that serialised programming is beginning to peak in popularity.
  • Falco stays on at Univision
    US Hispanic broadcaster Univision Communications has extended the tenure of its president and CEO Randy Falco, keeping him with the company until January 2018.
  • Fox pilots sport, rock sitcoms
    US network Fox has ordered two comedy pilots, one an adaptation of a sports analyst’s bestselling book and another based on the life of a rock band frontman.
  • BBC bags EPL highlights
    The BBC has secured the rights to broadcast highlights of English Premier League football until 2019, after fellow UK broadcaster ITV failed to bid.
  • Producers warn over tax breaks
    Tax credits for high-end drama productions can cause more harm than good, producers on both sides of the English Channel have warned.
  • Marseille producer calls for TV freedom
    The producer behind Netflix’s first French original series has called on France’s “narrow” TV drama industry to grant more creative freedom to producers in the project’s wake.
  • Netflix gets Expelled
    Subscription VoD giant Netflix has picked up a feature-length film produced by DreamWorks Animation-owned YouTube network AwesomenessTV.
  • Sky explores Reason and Squalor
    Sky Arts in the UK has ordered a four-part drama starring Rhys Ifans based on a novel by visual artist Jake Chapman.
  • Shomi bags SPT dramas
    Canada's fledgling subscription VoD service Shomi has partnered with Sony Pictures Television to make series including Outlander and Justified available to its customers.
  • Relativity, Zig Zag partner on renovation
    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition creator Tom Forman is partnering with UK prodco Zig Zag Productions on his latest format as his company Relativity Television attempts to hang on to more programme rights.
  • MBC chooses healthly options
    The public broadcaster of Mauritius has acquired more than 260 episodes of health and wellbeing programming from a French producer and distributor.
  • SPT Oz poaches Roadshow exec
    Sony Pictures Television is hiring a Village Roadshow executive to drive its sales and distribution business in Australia and New Zealand.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Bringing up Sons History’s Russ McCarroll and producer Stephen David tell Clive Whittingham about the ambitions and challenges of A+E Networks’ latest foray into factual drama.
  • This year’s models Plenty of ambitious new dramas launched this fall season, but the funding models behind them are as varied as their plotlines. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Living the lifestyle Although backed by the famous Playboy brand, Asian pay channel LifeStyle TV is unlike other channels from the adult entertainment giant. Ed Waller reports.
  • Scripps homes in With lifestyle content in high demand across the region, it’s no surprise Scripps Networks Interactive is targeting its channels at Asia Pacific. Nico Franks reports.
  • An evolving mindset Ghislain Barrois of Spain’s Mediaset tells Andrew Dickens about the changing role of US drama on his channels.
  • Brought into play Children’s toys have historically been a gold mine for creators of television shows. Carsten Kieckbusch tells Richard Middleton about the opportunities they offer.
  • In the public eye C21 caught up with leading format commissioners at the European Broadcasting Union's recent Eurovision Creative Forum, revealing how they are coping with the many challenges thrown up by new digital technologies.
  • Mexican mindset Three of the main international factual channels talk to Clive Whittingham about their commissioning strategies in Mexico.
  • Cashing in on YouTube YouTube is booming but a viable business model for the platform’s contributors remains elusive, writes Tara Conlan
  • Italian renaissance Mob series Gomorra put Italian drama back on the map for international acquisition execs, but was it a flash in the pan or the start of something bigger? Richard Middleton reports.
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