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  • UK terms of trade remain unchanged
    Culture secretary John Whittingdale has decided against making changes to the UK’s terms of trade, eight months after ordering media watchdog Ofcom to review the TV rights regulations.
  • A new spin on things
    Examples of successful TV spin-offs from Hollywood movies are few and far between, but this year's LA Screenings could see that trend bucked.
  • Viva la resolution
    Ultra-high-definition programming is big news in factual TV. But how much more does it cost and will it become the accepted standard?
  • Greece’s Mega gets reprieve
    The future of troubled Greek commercial broadcaster Mega Channel looks more secure today after its major shareholders agreed to increase their contributions and allow new investors.
  • BBC Studios names scripted chief
    The BBC has appointed one of its executives to oversee drama and comedy output at its fledgling BBC Studios operation.
  • Coben’s Five heads to Israel
    Israeli pay TV broadcaster Yes has acquired Harlan Coben’s thriller series The Five from StudioCanal.
  • Apple set to make 'big splash' in TV
    Apple's interest in US media giant Time Warner has underlined the tech giant's plans to make a "big splash" in video and TV, according to a leading analyst.
  • UK to remake Argentine drama
    Argentine drama Perfidia is set for a UK remake after Swedish distributor Eccho Rights signed a deal with prodco DLT Entertainment.
  • Hulu, ITV visit brothel drama
    US streamer Hulu has linked up with UK commercial broadcaster ITV on an eight-part drama set in an 18th century brothel.
  • TF1, France TV reach union deal
    French commercial broadcaster TF1 and pubcaster France Télévisions have reached an agreement with unions representing producers and distributors over the distribution of shows.
  • Trace names US CEO
    Global TV operator Trace has appointed a US chief to oversee the launch of its SVoD service in the country.
  • Turner taps IMG exec for unscripted
    US-based Turner Broadcasting has appointed a former AMC and IMG exec to oversee unscripted output at TBS and TNT.
  • Brown Bag recruits for new studio
    Irish animation outfit Brown Bag Films is preparing to hire more than 70 staff following the opening of its new 30,000sq ft studio in Dublin.
  • Lifetime lands on Runway deal
    Lifetime in the US has ordered three more seasons of fashion-reality series Project Runway in a deal that also includes extra seasons of its spin-off shows and the launch of new programming.
  • MGM promotes int'l sales duo
    Metro-Golden-Mayer has promoted two executives in its international television distribution team.
  • Stan secures Showtime series
    Australian subscription VoD service Stan has acquired exclusive Australian rights to Cameron Crowe’s new comedy show and a real-time documentary series focusing on the US presidential campaign.
  • Fox bids farewell to Cornish
    LA SCREENINGS: Veteran Twentieth Century Fox exec Steve Cornish has attended his final Screenings ahead of his retirement after 30 years with the US studio.
  • Propagate to launch distribution arm
    Propagate Content, the LA-based production company owned by Ben Silverman and Howard T Owens, will launch an international distribution arm at Mipcom this October.
  • MTG's Tanzanian net gets new boss
    Scandinavian media outfit Modern Times Group has appointed a new CEO at its Tanzanian channel TV1 to replace the outgoing Ben Amadasun.
  • Unscripted scenes
    The LA Screenings mean talk in Tinseltown was dominated by new scripted series this week, but non-scripted didn’t go completely unnoticed.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Unscripted scenes The LA Screenings mean talk in Tinseltown was dominated by new scripted series this week, but non-scripted didn’t go completely unnoticed.
  • Don’t be idle without Idol Fox has been hit by the loss of a long-running hit. Marc Berman offers his latest report on the US broadcast networks’ upcoming schedules and pilots.
  • A window on the world Zillah Watson at BBC Research and Development offers insights into how the UK pubcaster is pushing the boundaries of virtual reality.
  • When diversity isn’t enough ABC faces challenges, writes Marc Berman as he continues to examine the US broadcast networks’ schedules and pilots.
  • Pilots in the driving seat US programming insider Marc Berman casts his eye over the US broadcast networks’ upcoming schedules and pilots, starting with CBS.
  • In the zone Mark Rowland’s fledgling company Formatzone is steaming ahead with a slate led by a familiar face from UK television.
  • Diverse opinions Broadcasters are under increasing pressure to reflect diversity in all its forms, but are they truly open to projects that break down barriers?
  • Immersive learning Dominic Davenport of Escape Studios believes virtual reality has opened up scope for new forms of storytelling, but warns that new skills will be required.
  • How to revive a hit As expectations around the return of UK motoring show Top Gear and drama Cold Feet go into overdrive, Neil Midgley considers the secret of rebooting old favourites.
  • Waking the giant With Animation Production Day kicking off in Stuttgart this week, Nico Franks examines whether the German toon industry is reaching its full potential.