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  • Sky Vision lands Big Fish Man
    Sky Vision, the distribution arm of UK satcaster BSkyB, has acquired global rights to a Discovery Networks International survival show.
  • Smithsonian preps for mass extinction
    US factual cablenet Smithsonian Channel is preparing a one-off documentary that explores two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.
  • Nat Geo teams with Earth Touch
    US cablenet Nat Geo Wild has commissioned a series and embarked on three coproductions with factual producer and distributor Earth Touch.
  • M6 stands by Rising Star
    French broadcaster M6 has given its backing to Israeli talent format Rising Star after the UK version was cancelled in pre-production amidst fears over its potential ratings.
  • Dave goes Undercover with comedy
    UKTV channel Dave has commissioned a scripted comedy series about an undercover police officer who infiltrates an Armenian crime family.
  • Oxygen explores Crazy Love
    US cablenet Oxygen Media has ordered a series about the strange things people have done in the name of love.
  • Swedish format Dropped into France
    A French broadcaster has ordered a local version of a Swedish primetime adventure reality show from Zodiak Media-owned Adventure Line Productions.
  • Shine grabs Eyeworks exec for sales
    The international distribution arm of Shine Group has hired a senior VP from Eyeworks to oversee business in North and South America.
  • Duty of care vital, says Benefits Street exec
    Broadcasters and production firms have a “duty of care” to protect the subjects of their factual entertainment shows, says the producer behind controversial Channel 4 doc Benefits Street.
  • Scots 'to face rising BBC costs'
    Scottish viewers could be required to pay more to access content from the BBC if they choose to become an independent country in today's referendum, according to a leading analyst.
  • Int'l nets examine Scorpion's Porn
    Broadcasters including VTM in Belgium, ZDF in Germany and Finland’s YLE have picked up a one-off documentary that examines the effect of pornography on young minds.
  • Discovery to take over The Hub
    Discovery Communications is set to take control of US kids' network The Hub, its joint venture with toy giant Hasbro, according to a US report.
  • Maxx adds One Piece for Yep!
    NEWS BRIEF: Germany’s ProSieben Maxx has acquired animé series One Piece from Japanese producer Toei Animation for its children’s block.
  • Ex-Marvel exec goes green with trash
    Former Marvel Animation president Eric Rollman has linked up with producers in the US and Canada to coproduce an eco-conscious live-action lifestyle series aimed at teens and tweens.
  • GSN travels for Baggage
    US cablenet Game Show Network has ordered a spin-off to dating series Baggage that will see talkshow host Jerry Springer travel the US pairing up couples.
  • Objective co-founder steps down
    The co-founder and director of All3Media-owned Objective Productions, which has been behind comedy series Peep Show and gameshow format The Cube, is leaving the company.
  • UK triumphs at Rose d’Or
    Channel 4 comedy Toast of London was named best sitcom at the Rose d’Or Awards last night, in what was a successful evening for UK entertainment programming.
  • Sky Deutschland rejects BSkyB offer
    Sky Deutschland's board has recommended shareholders in the Germany pay TV broadcaster reject an offer from UK sibling BSkyB to buy their stakes in the firm.
  • Oz prodco hires UK factual exec
    Australia’s December Media is hiring a UK factual producer and executive to head its fledgling non-scripted arm.
  • Irish format scoops Eurovision prize
    An Irish TV show has been chosen as the winner of a formats award at the annual Eurovision Creative Days forum here in Berlin.
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