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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Back to the future
    Documentary makers might draw on archives to explore stories from history but some are doing it in futuristic ways, as Clive Whittingham finds out.
  • DeGeneres, Warner launch video app
    TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres is launching an app and website that will feature material from her shows and allow viewers to upload their own content.
  • Starz commits $20m for OTT service
    The US cablenet behind hit drama series Boss and Black Sails is joining the race to launch an on demand, OTT offering for viewers in the US and internationally.
  • Ukrainian Sniffer reaches Lat Am
    Broadcasters in Latin America, Europe and South East Asia have picked up a Ukrainian drama that follows the life of man with an extreme sense of smell.
  • DramaFever targets Euro launch
    The co-CEO of US-based video streaming service DramaFever says its takeover by Japanese telecom firm SoftBank will allow it to expand internationally, beginning with Europe and South East Asia.
  • Hulu gets Casual with Lionsgate
    US streaming service Hulu has made a straight-to-series order for a 10-part comedy show that's being exec produced by Jason Reitman, the director behind Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult.
  • E! extends The Soup run
    US network E! Entertainment has extended the run of satirical series The Soup until 2016 after agreeing a deal with the show's host.
  • Sky Deutschland reveals OTT service
    German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has launched a stand-alone OTT service allowing subscribers to access the broadcaster's content on a monthly basis.
  • WE TV cuts The Divide
    AMC Networks-owned US cablenet WE TV has cancelled its first original drama series, The Divide, after one season.
  • C4 votes for UK political spoof
    Channel 4 in the UK is prepping a mockumentary to be produced by Discovery Communications-owned Raw TV about one of the country's fringe political parties.
  • Bell brews up Canuck streamer
    Canada's Bell Media has become the latest North American broadcaster to unveil plans for its own streaming service, which will offer more than 10,000 hours of content to subscribers.
  • NBCU renews Vieira talkshow
    NBCUniversal has renewed its nationally syndicated daytime talkshow fronted by Emmy-winning journalist and presenter Meredith Vieira for a second season.
  • Vice, Rogers launch $100m JV studio
    Youth-skewing multimedia outfit Vice is partnering with Canadian broadcast giant Rogers Communications to launch a studio that will produce for TV, web and mobile.
  • Murdoch urges Netflix, Amazon fight
    Rupert Murdoch has called on the TV industry to work together to come up with a worthy online challenger to Netflix and Amazon.
  • Richie Rich heads to Netflix
    SVoD giant Netflix is rebooting the classic cartoon character Richie Rich with a live action half-hour comedy series to be produced by DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV.
  • Homeland dropped in France
    French DTT channel D8 has decided to drop US drama Homeland from its schedules with six episodes of the second season still to air, following poor ratings.
  • Foxtel, Ten go for Gogglebox
    Australian broadcasters Foxtel and Network Ten have commissioned their first show together, ordering a local version of Studio Lambert's hit format Gogglebox.
  • Sky Deutschland extends Warner deal
    German broadcaster Sky Deutschland will air films including Mad Max: Fury Road and Horrible Bosses 2 after extending its deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution.
  • Euro nets add Attenborough series
    Broadcasters across Europe have acquired the David Attenborough-fronted wildlife series Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates from UK factual specialist Atlantic Productions.
  • Lagardère completes Gulli buy-out
    French media group Lagardère Active has completed its buy-out of free-to-air DTT channel Gulli from joint venture partner France Télévisions.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice Last week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.
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