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  • Broadcast body hits back at Abraham
    The UK’s Commercial Broadcasters’ Association has rejected criticism of its members from Channel 4 CEO David Abraham.
  • WE TV takes Sex Box to series
    US cablenet WE TV is moving UK reality format Sex Box to series following a successful pilot of the local version.
  • Sky1 recruits The Flash
    The director of UK satcaster Sky1 says he wants more local dramas to reflect the vitality of US scripted series such as The Flash and Forever, both of which have been acquired by the channel.
  • BBC backs Theroux Scientology doc
    The producer behind Man on Wire, Project Nim and Searching for Sugar Man has joined with Louis Theroux on a feature-length theatrical documentary about the Church of Scientology, funded by the BBC.
  • BBCWW makes China showcase sales
    Four Chinese broadcasters have picked up more than 300 hours of BBC Worldwide content at the UK pubcaster’s annual showcase in Beijing.
  • Turner picks Nordic programme chief
    Turner Broadcasting has appointed a programme director for its channels in the Nordic region, including TNT.
  • TLC puts weight loss to the test
    TLC in the UK has commissioned a two-part documentary that tests a former The Apprentice contestant's controversial views on weight loss.
  • The Bridge 'will be rebuilt'
    More versions of Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge will be made around the world, but only once the existing remakes have come to an end, the series' exec producer has said.
  • UK nets promise more diversity
    Channel heads from ITV, Channel 4, BSkyB and the BBC in the UK have promised to do more to include higher numbers of people from ethnic minorities in their programming.
  • Sky1's Mammy goes global
    Broadcasters in Europe, Canada and New Zealand have acquired a primetime travel show with a twist that's set to premiere on Sky1 in the UK later this month.
  • C4 boss blasts US-led consolidation
    The CEO of UK pubcaster Channel 4 has warned that the wave of US firms snapping up British TV interests could stifle the territory's creativity and has called on government to intervene.
  • DNI orders UK lifestyle slate
    Discovery Networks International has greenlit a slate of UK factual lifestyle content, including a series on relationships with people suffering from extreme medical conditions.
  • Argonon opens Scottish arm
    UK production outfit Argonon and its Remedy Productions factual subsidiary are expanding north to Scotland and opening new offices.
  • BBC4 to put up Eyeworks' Cordon
    BBC4 in the UK has picked up the Belgian thriller Cordon alongside more episodes of Spiral and The Bridge, but its controller says foreign imports on the channel aren't restricted to the crime genre.
  • BBC2 beefs up diversity
    BBC2 in the UK has commissioned what it claims is the territory’s first transgender comedy and a series about the history of black people in Britain, as the pubcaster aims to up its diversity credentials.
  • C4 orders North Korea thriller
    Channel 4 in the UK is searching for an international partner to come onboard a new Homeland-style political thriller from its fledgling international drama division.
  • Buying into social selling
    Entertainment retail has long been ripe for reinvention and now the studios are finally stepping up and having a go, says Gideon Lask, CEO and Founder of Buyapowa.
  • Rattray, Greenbird launch prodco
    Industry veteran Wendy Rattray is launching a new Scotland-based production indie with backing from UK finance outfit Greenbird.
  • Twofour hires from C4, BBC
    UK production outfit Twofour has hired execs from the BBC and Channel 4, and made a raft of internal promotions, as part of international expansion plans.
  • Watch eyes World’s Most Talented
    UKTV has commissioned a travelling talent show for its Watch channel from UK production outfit Renegade Pictures.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Bible studies With production bibles a key deliverable in the format industry, Justin Scroggie and Michel Rodrigue of The Format People argue that buyers should demand more.
  • A call to live-action CMC: Having seen an incentive-led revival in animation, UK producers are now pushing for a tax break for live-action kids’ programmes. Nico Franks reports.
  • Passionate about docs Catherine Olsen, executive producer of documentaries at Canadian pubcaster CBC, tells Clive Whittingham about her long-running international doc strand The Passionate Eye.
  • A whole new affair CEE broadcasters are changing how they buy from Latin American telenovela distributors. Richard Middleton looks at the new relationship.
  • State of turmoil Ukraine’s television business has not escaped the repercussions of months of political upheaval and violence in the country. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • In the driving seat Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett update Clive Whittingham about the progress of their UK deficit finance and coproduction operation, dubbed Drive, a year after its launch.
  • Tax inspection With the UK’s animation sector bouncing back thanks to a new tax break for toons, the country’s producers of children’s live-action are now banging the drum for one of their own. Nico Franks reports.
  • Talent feels VoD vibe Television’s creative cream is rising thanks to online platforms’ demand for exclusive content, says David Housham.
  • What int’l buyers want In the second part of C21’s Sheffield Doc/Fest round-up, Clive Whittingham reports on the programming needs of the international networks that were at the event.
  • Gracepoint well taken Shine America's remake of critically acclaimed and Bafta-winning ITV drama Broadchurch looks set to take all kinds of different twists and turns to the original. Nico Franks reports.