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  • New gig for Gould at DHX
    DHX Media-owned licensing agency Copyright Promotions Licensing Group has appointed a new UK MD to replace the incumbent Vickie O'Malley, who is leaving after 12 years.
  • Don't Look Down goes dizzy
    Broadcasters around the world have picked up factual special Don't Look Down from Big Fat Gypsy Wedding producer Firecracker Films.
  • Turner Asia takes WarnerTV control
    Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific is to assume full control of fellow Time Warner imprint WarnerTV in the region.
  • Nova adds fitness to Life channel
    Fledgling Greek lifestyle channel NovaLife has acquired a 60-hour package of content from French producer and distributor Prime Entertainment Group.
  • Lee commits to new ABC deal
    Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, has signed a new multi-year contract to remain at the top of The Walt Disney Company's broadcast network and production arm.
  • NBCU embarks on digital push
    NBCUniversal in the US is to launch a raft of original programming that will premiere exclusively via its digital outlets.
  • Amazon captures the dark knight
    Amazon has added a new Batman series to its Prime Instant Video service in the UK, recently rebranded from LoveFilm.
  • Spain, Germany cook up Bitten
    Multicanal in Spain and TV Gusto in Germany are among the broadcasters preparing to air a 13-part cookery series from UK distributor DCD Rights.
  • CME replaces chair, bolsters board
    Central European Media Enterprises has appointed a former Time Warner Cable exec to replace its outgoing chairman and bolstered its board with additions including Gerhard Zeiler.
  • Host in the Box arrives in Spain
    A Spanish broadcaster has commissioned a local version of a new Endemol format in which a presenter is locked in a wooden box and transported to a mystery location to explore a different side of life.
  • Lifetime spins Dance Moms
    US cable network Lifetime has greenlit a new spin-off to its children's reality show Dance Moms.
  • Celestial Tiger adds to streak
    Asian broadcaster and distributor Celestial Tiger Entertainment has shuffled its exec pack with four new appointments, including a head of distribution.
  • UKTV hires for scripted push
    Multichannel operator UKTV has hired Simon Lupton, a former comedy commissioning editor at the BBC, to build up its scripted entertainment output.
  • Zombie Nation reaches Space
    Canadian cablenet Space has acquired a new zombie drama produced by The Asylum, the US prodco behind the cult thriller Sharknado.
  • ProSieben goes for Guys in Disguise
    German broadcaster ProSieben and French producer-distributor Newen Group have acquired rights to a format that sees a single girl date two secret admirers dressed in animal costumes.
  • O'Donoghue departs ITV
    ITV Studios UK's MD Denise O'Donoghue has stepped down from her position.
  • Pickard exits Zodiak
    Nigel Pickard is stepping down as CEO of Zodiak UK Kids and chair of The Foundation, but will continue as a consultant and advisor on a range of projects for the company.
  • Lyle leaves Nat Geo
    David Lyle, CEO of National Geographic Channels, is stepping down after three years in the role, a day after president Howard T Owens said he was leaving.
  • BBC3's Bennett joins Sky
    Zai Bennett, controller of soon-to-be online-only youth channel BBC3, is leaving the UK pubcaster to take up a new role as director of Sky Atlantic.
  • FYI gets romantic
    A+E Networks’ fledgling lifestyle channel FYI has ordered two hour-long pilots from the UK’s Nerd TV and 44 Blue Productions.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • The eyes of the world With the world’s biggest football tournament coming to its most enthusiastic footballing nation, Clive Whittingham asks how Brazil’s broadcasters are set to react to the mass distraction of their audience.
  • Mip must-haves MipTV this week was all about how traditional media is increasingly investing in the YouTube channels business, both as a means of reaching younger audiences and for sourcing new formats. Jonathan Webdale reports.
  • Is marketing now king? Ed Waller reports on a Cannes week dominated by talk about formats, Israel and the power of marketing.
  • Springer shows bounce Clive Whittingham reports on the hidden documentary gems at MipTV, trends at the event and the odd provocative comment from Jerry Springer.
  • Toon renaissance With Cartoons on the Bay getting underway today in Venice, Nico Franks looks at the possible impact of a promised tax credit for Italian TV animation.
  • Starz ascending Starz chief and MipTV keynote Chris Albrecht tells Kevin Downey how he intends to use the network’s original programming to set it apart from other US cable channels.
  • High life for Discovery Clive Whittingham reports from New York, where live events and glossy dramas dominated the Discovery upfronts on Thursday.
  • Pick of the spring crop High-tech thrillers, a shiny-floor talent show and racial re-adjustment surgery all come under the microscope as Ed Waller puts forward 21 of the shows that could well be going places at MipTV.
  • Beating the slump Diego Londoño runs Fox International Channels' networks in Europe and Africa. He tells Richard Middleton how pay TV has adapted to the regions’ economic troubles and why brands are still king.
  • Playing with fire Moving from journalism to screenwriting is no small feat. Tom Bradby, political editor at ITN News, tells Andrew Dickens about his debut TV project.