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  • ITV reports growth as viewing declines
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has reported strong revenue growth for the last six months despite seeing a decline in the share of viewing for its channels.
  • NBCU launches Asian Telemundo block
    NBCUniversal International Television is launching a Telemundo branded programming block on its female-skewing Asian channel Diva.
  • Investor rejects BSkyB's German offer
    Sky Deutschland's biggest minority investor has rejected the offer from UK satcaster BSkyB to buy his stake in the company after claiming the price "significantly understates" the value of the business.
  • Nine gives nod to House Husbands
    NEWS BRIEF: Australia's Nine Network is extending the run of its drama series House Husbands into a fourth season.
  • Screen Oz funds factual flurry
    Government-backed Screen Australia has invested more than A$3.4m in nine new documentary projects for the country’s main broadcasters.
  • DreamWorks adds Disney veteran
    US studio DreamWorks Animation has appointed a former Disney executive to its senior management team to help the feature-film specialist diversify into television and online content.
  • Hulu claims WGN’s Manhattan
    US streamer Hulu has acquired the SVoD rights to WGN America's new drama series Manhattan.
  • Netflix, AT&T agree on streaming
    AT&T has become the latest US telco to sign with Netflix to improve the speed and quality of the SVoD platform’s streaming content.
  • Tricon adds former eOne exec
    Canadian producer Tricon Films & Television has appointed a former Entertainment One executive to the newly created role of executive VP of kids, family and animation.
  • France's TF1, M6 consider closures
    French DTT pay channels operated by TF1 and M6 could close after the country’s regulator ruled they would not be granted the free-to-air licenses they had been expecting.
  • Nickelodeon signs up for High School
    US children's network Nickelodeon has added a show from the executive producer behind Big Time Rush to its live-action line up.
  • GRB claims Chug rights
    US distributor GRB Entertainment has secured the international distribution rights to Kickstarter-funded series Chug, which is set to air on National Geographic Channel this fall.
  • Disney Asia ups Candland to president
    Sixteen-year Disney veteran Paul Candland has been promoted to president of The Walt Disney Company Asia.
  • Passion moves for BBCWW’s Thomas
    UK-based Passion Distribution has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Elin Thomas as its global head of sales.
  • Sky debates with Twofour show
    UK satcaster Sky1 has ordered an eight-part show about a children's debating competition from the production company behind popular documentary series Educating Yorkshire.
  • Cineflix stocks factual catalogue
    UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights has expanded its third-party slate with a series of acquisitions from producers on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Fremantle format powers into Sweden
    Swedish pubcaster SVT has ordered a local version of FremantleMedia format Master Athletes to air in a primetime Saturday slot.
  • Arrow gets extended Nat Geo Wild run
    Nat Geo Wild in the US has greenlit a second season of Animal Fight Night from London-based indie Arrow Media.
  • Liberty revamps Austrian, Swiss operations
    US media giant Liberty Global has appointed the MD of its UPC Cablecom business in Switzerland to lead a newly created Swiss and Austrian division.
  • Digiturk travels with CNN show
    Turkish satellite platform Digiturk has picked up four seasons of a food and travel show that first aired on US newscaster CNN.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

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