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  • Viacom grabs 50% of Indian net
    Viacom has increased its presence in India by taking a 50% stake in regional channels network Prism TV for 9.4bn rupees (US$153m).
  • Amazon adds Instant Video MD
    Amazon is bringing in the director of BT's subscription IPTV service to oversee its content in Europe, which now includes a series from the former Top Gear presenting team.
  • Fox shuts door on Knock Knock
    US network Fox has pulled the plug on Ryan Seacrest-hosted reality show Knock Knock Live after just two episodes.
  • Relativity's TV unit to be sold off
    Troubled entertainment company Relativity Media has filed for bankruptcy protection this week and has confirmed it will auction off its television and film units.
  • NBC Universo produces with Mitú
    US Hispanic network NBC Universo is linking up with multichannel operator Mitú to develop cross-platform content for Latino millenials.
  • Viacom appoints banker for M&A
    US media giant Viacom has appointed a former JP Morgan and Bear Stearns executive to oversee the company's M&A activity.
  • YTV jumps into Korman’s Pool
    Canadian kids' TV channel YTV has begun production on an adaptation of a book from young-adult author Gordon Korman's Macdonald Hall series.
  • Mobile to power online viewing surge
    Online video consumption is set to rocket over the next 18 months as viewers increasingly use mobile devices to watch content on the go, according to research revealed today.
  • Discovery acquires CNBC-e in Doğuş deal
    Discovery Communications has entered into a strategic partnership with Turkey’s Doğuş Media Group, which will see it take control of free-to-air channel CNBC-e.
  • Jukin gets $2m Samsung funding
    US online video company Jukin Media has raised US$2m in funding from consumer electronics giant Samsung.
  • Boxatricks, TV2 Norway draw straws
    Boxatricks, the UK indie backed by the creators of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Weakest Link, is to begin production on its first major pilot.
  • BBC raids Voltage, Indus for factual
    Executives from UK prodcos Voltage TV, Indus Films and Nine Lives Media are joining the BBC as part of Patrick Holland's documentary commissioning team.
  • Liberty Global ups ITV stake
    US cable giant Liberty Global has increased its stake in ITV to 9.9%, but has again ruled out making a full takeover bid for the UK commercial broadcaster.
  • Saban hires ex-Nickelodeon exec
    Power Rangers rights owner Saban Brands has followed up its hire of a new CEO by recruiting a former Nickelodeon senior VP of current series.
  • Discovery gets some exorcise
    Discovery Communications has unveiled a raft of new shows for its channels in the US and around the world, including what's being billed as the first live televised exorcism in the US.
  • Taking stock
    Former Parthenon founder and Sky Vision MD Carl Hall talks to Clive Whittingham about the future of the distribution business, the stressed UK market, the BBC, factual funding and the work of his own indie Warehouse 51.
  • ITVS’s Possessed picked for gameshow
    Possessed, the ITV Studios entertainment production label set up by Glenn Hugill, has secured its first commission and made a number of appointments to its senior management team.
  • German mega-merger dismissed
    German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and publishing powerhouse Axel Springer have abandoned plans to merge and create a €14.4bn (US$16bn) media company.
  • Sony takes Scorpion to Italy
    Sony Pictures Television Networks has inked a deal with CBS Studios International to bring five shows to Italian pay TV viewers this autumn, including drama Scorpion.
  • DramaFever adds more K-drama
    US-based video streaming service DramaFever, which is reportedly up for sale, has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Korean distributor CJ E&M.
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  • Going live Producers of kids’ live-action have had a rough ride in recent years, but is the tide turning? Richard Middleton reports on the eve of the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield.
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  • Return to the wild Interest in wildlife programming is growing in France after a couple of primetime docs in the genre made a big impact on pubcaster France 2.
  • Get smart Smart TV may not have taken off as predicted but the future of content remains one in which OTT viewing is key, argues Viewster's Kai Henniges.
  • Novelas rise again NATPE EUROPE: Latin American distributors are predicting revived interest in their content in CEE as audiences look beyond Turkish drama.
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  • 12 things we learnt at Natpe Europe NATPE EUROPE: Clive Whittingham heard from key players and panellists here in Prague and compiled a list of 12 things you should know about the ever-changing format industry.