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  • OTT players reveal kids' wish lists
    MIP JUNIOR: Bosses from the new breed of digital buyers, including a UK service due to launch in 2016, have outlined their programming needs as they continue their pursuit of kids.
  • CBS renews Zoo, reboots MacGyver
    CBS in the US has renewed drama series Zoo for a second season as well as commissioning a remake of classic action series MacGyver and a comedy pilot from Tina Fey.
  • Kids’ TV reboots ‘don’t guarantee success’
    MIP JUNIOR: Leading producers in the kids’ TV industry have warned that rebooting classic properties is no guarantee of success.
  • Fourth Wall wins Mip Junior Pitch
    MIP JUNIOR: UK-based design agency Fourth Wall Creative has won the International Pitching Session here in Cannes with a show about a boy's attempt to stop his ice cream melting.
  • Dora and Rosa get Czech success
    MIP JUNIOR: A Czech Republic-based broadcaster is on board an animated fantasy adventure series picked up by UK-based distributor Media IM earlier this year.
  • ABC, Marvel plot comedy
    US broadcast network ABC is adapting Marvel Comics’ Damage Control as a television comedy, and taken a legal drama to pilot, while cancelling Chasing Life after two seasons.
  • Abu Dhabi Media launches kids' net
    MIP JUNIOR: Abu Dhabi Media has launched a new children's channel based on a popular kids' magazine, with original local programming filling the schedule.
  • Tiger Aspect ups drama execs
    Endemol Shine-owned UK prodco Tiger Aspect has elevated two of its executives to lead its drama division, overseeing a slate that includes Peaky Blinders and Ripper Street.
  • Fox International elevates Ford
    MIPCOM: Fox International Channels has promoted Jeff Ford to senior VP of content development for Europe and Africa.
  • All3 shutters German prodco
    All3Media Germany is closing down its Me, Myself & Eye Entertainment production label with the firm's staff moving across to Tower Productions, its joint venture with BBC Worldwide.
  • Universality, risk vital to kids' shows
    MIP JUNIOR: Leading children's TV experts have said producers must focus on creating shows with global themes that embrace risk if they are to succeed.
  • Pinypon dolls get animated
    MIP JUNIOR: Spanish production outfit Anima Kitchent has started production on an animated series based on dolls from toy giant Famosa.
  • Spike content lands on Foxtel
    MIPCOM: Australian pay TV broadcaster Foxtel has picked up multiple programmes that originally aired in the US on Viacom-owned cablenet Spike.
  • De Jesus leaves ITVS for Violets
    MIPCOM: ITV Studios staffer Fernando De Jesus is leaving the company after seven years to be reunited with its former director of formats at his UK indie.
  • ITVSGE hires MGM exec for Asia
    MIPCOM: Japanese broadcasters have acquired more than 1,000 hours of programming from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which has hired a new senior sales manager for the Pacific Rim region.
  • ANT1 seeks shiny floor show
    MIPCOM: Greek commercial broadcaster Antenna is looking for a "big, shiny show" at Mipcom for the 2016-17 season on its main ANT1 channel, according to the company’s head of entertainment.
  • Ten boards aboriginal teen drama
    MIP JUNIOR: Australian broadcaster Network Ten has come onboard a teen drama set in northern Queensland, from the same prodco behind hit series Rake.
  • Mouse House catches magic rabbit
    MIP JUNIOR: Disney Channel EMEA has acquired a forthcoming animated series coproduced by Brown Bag Films in Ireland and Cyber Group Studios in France.
  • Espresso launches production arm
    MIPCOM: UK distributor Espresso TV is rebranding as Espresso Media International and is launching a production unit here in Cannes.
  • Kaleidoscope scores Bobby deal
    MIPCOM: UK-based Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has picked up a feature-length documentary that explores the life story of England footballing legend Bobby Moore.


  • Season's greetings With the US fall season kicking off, programming insider Marc Berman looks ahead to consider where the new battlegrounds will be.
  • An open Forum Nico Franks reports from last week’s 26th edition of Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, where demand was high for comedy, strong female leads and, of course, karaoke.
  • 2015 Emmy winners HBO stole the night at the 67th Primetime Emmys, clocking up a record haul at the awards, celebrated here in C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist.
  • A new dynasty Paul Buccieri has brought his experience of running ITV Studios in the US to cablenet operator A+E Networks, which is in need of a break-out hit for its History and A&E channels. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Doc discord at TIFF C21’s Canadian bureau chief Adam Benzine reports from the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival, where music documentaries and controversy took centre stage.
  • Crash course in soaps Soap operas are a mainstay on terrestrial channels but what can producers in other genres learn from their longevity?
  • Original thinking UKTV controller Emma Tennant is eyeing new styles of original content as the broadcaster continues to move away from just being about repeats.
  • War of independents The UK indie sector has seen a wave of M&A activity and now faces an expansionist ITV Studios and an unfettered BBC Studios.
  • Drama out of a crisis Ukraine has banned Russian content from its TV schedules as the conflict between the two nations drags on, leaving channels trying to fill schedules amid declining ad sales.
  • The BBC's toughest job BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw explains why the health of her channel is vital to secure the corporation’s future.