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  • AT&T agrees $86bn Time Warner deal
    US telecoms giant AT&T has agreed a deal to buy HBO operator Time Warner for nearly US$86bn.
  • SinemaTV catches Fox film deal
    Turkish broadcaster SinemaTV has renewed its content deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for five more years.
  • TalkTalk chats with Maker Studios
    UK telecoms outfit TalkTalk has acquired hundreds of shortform videos produced by Disney-owned multiplatform specialist Maker Studios.
  • Lachkar out as ESG sets up in France
    Endemol Shine Group has unveiled plans to integrate its local businesses in France, with one of its leading execs in the country leaving as a result.
  • Crave claims Bond
    NEWS BRIEF: CraveTV, the streaming service from Canadian broadcaster Bell Media, has forged an agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that will see it carry an array of James Bond movies.
  • Direction of travel
    After several years of chasing each other’s commissioning strategies, Clive Whittingham finds the big factual cablenets leaving Cannes in very different programming directions.
  • DogTV goes for walkies
    DogTV, the 24-hour television network created just for dogs that counts Discovery Communications as a strategic investor and partner, is set to launch in several new territories in 2017.
  • Shudder scares in UK, Ireland
    AMC Networks-backed horror streaming service Shudder has launched in the UK and Ireland.
  • AT&T in Time Warner talks
    US telecoms firm AT&T is reportedly in talks to take over Time Warner, owner of HBO, the CNN news network and Warner Bros.
  • ABC welcomes Enemy of the State
    ABC in the US has become the latest to reboot a movie for TV, this time making a pilot commitment for a television version of 1998 feature Enemy of the State.
  • Lat Am Heidi remake finds home
    A pay TV broadcaster in Latin America has acquired a Spanish-language live-action adaptation of classic children's novel Heidi from producer Mondo TV.
  • Digital Media adds kids’ service
    US video aggregator and publisher Digital Media Rights has launched an ad-supported VoD streaming service for children and families.
  • Nick renews sibling comedy
    NEWS BRIEF: Nickelodeon in the US has greenlit a third season of animated series The Loud House ahead of the launch of the second, bringing the total episode count up to 78.
  • AMC Sundance takes Hollywood series
    NEWS BRIEF: AMC Sundance has picked up more episodes of a series that profiles top Hollywood directors from distributor Prime Entertainment Group.
  • BBC3 bags NBCU's Barracuda
    BBC3 has acquired Australian drama Barracuda from NBCUniversal International Distribution.
  • Virgin, Viacom grow content deal
    Liberty Global subsidiary Virgin Media has expanded its multi-year programming deal with Viacom in the UK and Ireland.
  • Freeform stops feeling Guilt
    Disney-owned cablenet Freeform has pulled the plug on its soapy drama Guilt after one season.
  • RTL extends NBCU agreement
    RTL in Germany has expanded its partnership with NBCUniversal International Distribution, securing a deal that will see it take first-run free TV rights to series and films.
  • ORF offloads at Amazon
    Austrian pubcaster ORF's distribution arm chalked up an array of deals at Mipcom this week, including a wide-ranging package with Amazon.
  • Vimeo launches online TV shop
    Online video platform Vimeo has launched its own store for premium US drama in more than 150 countries and has tapped Lionsgate as a partner in the venture.


  • Distinct desires BBC4 editor Cassian Harrison on slow TV, trainspotting and the delicate art of drama acquisition.
  • Facing the future Jason George, CEO of live-streaming and social media specialist Telescope, argues that recent developments suggest Facebook TV is coming to a screen near you soon.
  • Seasonal labour With off-net exploitation on all new platforms such a big earner, US networks are under even more pressure to find hits this fall.
  • Junior highs Nico Franks uncovers 21 shows worth screening at Mip Junior later this month, ranging from a drama about a time travelling ballet dancer to a toon about intergalactic slugs.
  • State of independents UK terrestrials reveal where the country’s remaining small indies fit into their commissioning plans amidst mass consolidation in the sector.
  • International outlook DNI’s Marjorie Kaplan is taking her eye-opening early experiences of life in the UK into her commissioning strategy.
  • Blazing a trail Steven Bawol, founder and MD of Paris-based Helion Pictures, explains how the company managed to shoot a new 12x60’ documentary series for RMC Decouverte largely on iPhones.
  • TIFF on TV’s turf The Toronto International Film Festival’s showcasing of TV titles reflects the latest blurring of content lines in the entertainment business.
  • Production values Toni Sekinah talks to three producers of projects that caused a stir at Cartoon Forum last week about the changes sweeping the animation business.
  • In the running Gotham producer Bruno Hellerm considers if the US showrunner model could ever have a place in the UK.