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  • Nice makes Strong CEO choice
    Nice Entertainment’s Danish production outfit Strong Productions has hired the programme director at rival Mastiff as its permanent CEO.
  • World's Macdonald meets Expectation
    UK-based Expectation, Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks’ fledgling prodco, has appointed a former World Productions exec to oversee its drama output.
  • Greece's Mega sells 20% to investor
    The owner of troubled Greek commercial broadcaster Mega has sold a 19.6% stake in the company to a new investor.
  • Turner's Happos Family grows
    Turner in EMEA has greenlit an extended second season of The Happos Family, its first Boomerang original.
  • Sky, A+E extend European deal
    European satcaster Sky has expanded its partnership with US cable operator A+E Networks.
  • Euro pubcasters agree $111m copro fund
    Continuing their 50 years of collaboration, German, Austrian and Swiss public broadcasters have agreed to jointly spend more than €100m (US$111.78m) on coproductions for the coming year.
  • France's Altice to shed SFR brand
    France’s Altice Group is dropping the SFR name from its businesses in the country in order to build its own name as a global brand.
  • Prank Star lands in Germany, France
    Israeli format Prank Star has been picked up for local adaptation in Germany and France, while an Italian broadcaster has extended its deal for the show.
  • RTÉ, ABC venture into WildWoods
    Irish pubcaster RTÉ and Australian broadcaster ABC have picked up a puppet-based sitcom for children from Belfast-based studio Sixteen South.
  • Komixx claims Muchamore's Cherub
    UK- and LA-based producer Komixx Entertainment has optioned worldwide screen rights to Robert Muchamore's novel series Cherub.
  • eOne eyes growth with film, TV merger
    Transatlantic producer and distributor Entertainment One says it is merging its TV and film divisions in a bid to "underpin future growth."
  • Electus to tell How It Really Happened
    US distributor Electus International has picked up global sales rights to How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.
  • ABC Australia reaches Fever Pitch
    Australian pubcaster the ABC has greenlit a weekly live, hour-long panel show mixing comedy and sport.
  • Oz, NZ net stock up on TVF factual
    Broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand, including pay TV outfit Foxtel and pubcaster SBS, have acquired factual content from London-based distributor TVF International.
  • India's MMTV orders Armoza format
    Indian broadcaster MMTV has commissioned a local version of primetime gameshow Still Standing from Israel's Armoza Formats.
  • German TV welcomes Amazon Channels
    Major TV players in Germany and Austria have welcomed the roll-out of the Amazon Channels streaming service, which has created new ways for established networks to expand their brands.
  • Blue Ant buys Racat Group
    Canada’s Blue Ant Media has acquired David Haslingden’s Racat Group, in a deal that includes kidcaster ZooMoo Networks, Australia’s Northern Pictures and NHNZ of New Zealand.
  • ITV, NFL star Strahan ink overall deal
    ITV America has signed an overall deal with former NFL star and Emmy-winning TV personality Michael Strahan to produce shows for TV and digital platforms.
  • BBC onboard Fever adaptation
    The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss has teamed with cable network BBC America and Annapurna Television to develop a Mary Beth Keane novel for TV.
  • Assmus joins Red Arrow’s Dorsey
    The US reality TV veteran behind unscripted hits Pimp My Ride and The Biggest Loser has signed a deal with Denver-based television production company Dorsey Pictures.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

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