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  • Fox agrees price for Sky
    21st Century Fox has returned with another bid for European satcaster Sky and has agreed a price per share with the company's directors.
  • Sky, Cinemax return to Strike Back
    NEWS BRIEF: UK pay broadcaster Sky1 and US cablenet Cinemax have ordered a new season of action-drama Strike Back.
  • Natpe flags up int'l buyer growth
    Plans for Natpe Miami 2017 are “pacing well ahead,” with international attendees set to be well represented, according to the US organisation’s head.
  • Fuller adapts NRK teen drama
    Simon Fuller's production outfit XIX Entertainment is preparing a North American version of Norwegian broadcaster NRK's hit teen drama Skam.
  • Vietnam enters Dragons’ Den
    A broadcaster in South-East Asia has become the first in the region to order a local version of Sony Pictures Television’s entrepreneur format Dragons’ Den.
  • Poland drives off with Film.UA reality
    Polish broadcaster TV Spektrum has acquired a driving reality show from Ukrainian producer Film.UA.
  • ABC Oz orders a long story short
    Australian pubcaster ABC has commissioned a comedy/drama series about three siblings who discover their mother is selling their childhood home, forcing them to confront their past.
  • Senior exec departs Foxtel
    The executive in charge of operations, product, wholesale, content aggregation and IT at Australian pay TV platform Foxtel has resigned.
  • NBCU, Celestial delve into paranormal
    Broadcasters NBCUniversal and Celestial Tiger Entertainment have picked up paranormal programming from Singapore's Bomanbridge Media.
  • Vast, Viewfinder bring attorney to TV
    Two US production companies have partnered to develop the autobiography of infamous criminal defence attorney John Henry Browne as a TV series.
  • C5 collars more Dog Rescuers
    Channel 5 in the UK has extended its animal series The Dog Rescuers and ordered a special about cats.
  • Lionsgate finalises Starz acquisition
    US studio Lionsgate has completed its acquisition of cable broadcaster Starz for cash and stock totalling US$4.4bn.
  • Veteran NRK docs editor to retire
    Norwegian pubcaster NRK’s long-serving senior editor of documentaries is to retire next summer, C21 has learned.
  • ITV, Discovery hand New Form $18m
    UK broadcaster ITV and factual giant Discovery Communications have ploughed US$18m into the digital studio formed by Discovery, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer two years ago.
  • C8 puts together couples format
    French pay broadcaster Canal+ Group's DTT channel C8 has commissioned a new version of a dating format created by Vivendi Entertainment.
  • Mattel, Sesame back MR outfit
    CARTOON DIGITAL: US children's companies Mattel and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a fund backed by Sesame Workshop have helped a mixed reality (MR) firm raise US$24m in financing.
  • Doctors race the internet on NPO1
    Dutch public broadcaster NPO1 has working on a local version of a Norwegian format where doctors compete against members of the public with laptops to diagnose patients.
  • Azoomee rejigs acquisitions team
    CARTOON DIGITAL: UK SVoD service Azoomee has recruited a children’s TV veteran as an advisor following the departure of its creative director and head of content Sarah Aspinall.
  • Pigeons & Dragons land at Arte
    CARTOON DIGITAL: Cultural public broadcaster Arte France is gearing up to launch an animated series for young adults from the production arm of French music website La Blogothèque.
  • TruTV makes Greatest Ever renewal
    US cablenet TruTV has renewed its comedic countdown series Greatest Ever for a second run.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Broader thinking Sayumi Horie of NHK talks about the Japanese pubcaster’s coproduction strategy and new opportunities for international producers.
  • Funking things up Vast Media's Henner Herwig Jürgens examines new youth network Funk, as part of a monthly series from the Berlin consultancy tracking digital marketing innovations in partnership with C21’s FutureMedia.
  • Showrunner diaries The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec tells Clive Whittingham about keeping a drama going for years, the impact of Netflix on the creative process and the social media minefield.
  • Laughing matters It’s easy to talk about the heyday of classic British TV comedies being long past, but is the genre really in a slump?
  • Direction of travel After several years of chasing each other’s commissioning strategies, the big factual cablenets are moving in very different programming directions.
  • YouTube ups the game Virtual reality was the hot topic at Mipcom this year and while Google is among the leading proponents, YouTube’s Susanne Daniels had a different focus.
  • Back to the future MIPCOM: Despite all the headlines about new global digital platforms, the buzz in Cannes seemed to be about local programming and old media.
  • Cannes we fix it? MipJunior saw the children's entertainment industry emerge from a turbulent summer with a newfound sense of social responsibility.
  • Setting up Camp A JV between Blue Ant Media, Smithsonian Channel and Plimsoll Productions is changing the way blue-chip wildlife series are made.
  • On the up As the TV industry prepares for MipJunior this weekend, recent research suggests that reports about the death of linear TV may be greatly exaggerated.