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  • First Option drama spotlights Aussie unionist
    Australia’s First Option Pictures has unveiled its maiden project, a TV drama series inspired by the true story of the Australian who became a champion of the labour movement in the US.
  • Indian Dr Foster gets second run
    Disney+ Hotstar in India has ordered a second season of its local adaptation of BBC psychological drama Doctor Foster.
  • Cineflix shops Ordinary Woman S2
    NEWS BRIEF: UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights has added a second season of Russian drama An Ordinary Woman, from 1-2-3 Production and Look Film, to its catalogue.
  • Open TV realises Life Isn’t Everything
    Greek broadcaster Open TV has commissioned a local adaptation of Israeli sitcom Life Isn’t Everything from ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats.
  • CBBC takes second stroll down Scream Street
    UK pubcaster the BBC’s children’s channel CBBC has picked up the second season of stop-motion animated series Scream Street from Coolabi Group.
  • NPACT sets up Covid safety hotline
    US non-fiction producers’ association NPACT has launched an online hotline for the anonymous reporting of health and safety protocol issues in unscripted production during the pandemic.
  • Ex-Jam Media execs form start-up
    A trio of former Jam Media executives, including Chris Dicker and John Reynolds, have set up a production company specialising in children's and family content.
  • WildBrain takes Tom Gates rights
    Canada-based children’s content giant WildBrain has acquired the worldwide distribution rights, excluding the UK, to upcoming kids’ series The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.
  • All3Media America names COO
    UK-based production and distribution company All3Media has hired the former chief operating officer of independent production company Propagate to take up the same role at its US arm.
  • ZDFE has a go at Puzzle Lady drama
    German distributor ZDF Enterprises has partnered with Canadian prodco December Films and Factual Fiction in the UK to develop a mystery drama based on US author Parnell Hall’s Puzzle Lady book series.
  • Elba, Longoria join ViacomCBS film drive
    ViacomCBS's entertainment and youth group has partnered with a host of talent-led prodcos to develop a slate of original movies with BIPOC and female first-time directors.
  • DLT buys into Impatient Productions
    US- and UK-based production and distribution company DLT Entertainment has invested in Impatient Productions, the UK indie set up by comedian Mark Watson and ex-BBC producer Lianne Coop.
  • Look Mom! hires for animated drama push
    Toronto-based Look Mom! Productions, part of Blue Ant Studios, has appointed an animated series creator and director as its creative development director.
  • AMC names scripted co-heads
    US cablenet AMC Networks has promoted development executives Carrie Gillogly and Emma Miller to the new positions of co-heads of scripted series.
  • BBCS to exit All3 JV, set up German arm
    BBC Studios will leave its Tower Productions joint venture with All3Media at the end of the year and set up its own German production arm.
  • Fox extends Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers
    NEWS BRIEF: US broadcast network Fox has renewed long-running adult animation series Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy for two more seasons each.
  • All3Media Int'l partners Two Rivers
    The distribution arm of Discovery- and Liberty Global-owned All3Media has partnered with Scottish indie Two Rivers Media to support development and handle sales of new projects.
  • Change of leadership at Reed Midem
    The president and CEO of Mipcom and MipTV organiser Reed Midem is stepping down to be succeeded by his equivalent at sister company Reed Expositions France.
  • Walter Presents adds first Quebecois series
    Non-English-language VoD drama service Walter Presents has acquired its first Quebecois series in a deal with Montreal-based Encore International.
  • Fuse, OUTtv, Vice work on makeover series
    US broadcaster Fuse Media, Canadian LGBTQ+ network OUTtv and Vice Studios are teaming up on a makeover series for individuals from the trans and gender non-conforming community.

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