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  • Netflix continues original movie push
    Netflix will begin streaming a feature film about an African warlord and his boy soldiers from the director of HBO's True Detective on the same day as its release in US cinemas.
  • Israeli fund enters Finland
    Israel’s TV Format Fund has teamed up with Finland’s Profict Partners to identify investment opportunities in the Scandinavian country.
  • BBC talent spending down 30%
    The BBC has cut spending on 'top talent' by nearly 30% in five years but the quality of programming could suffer in future as a result, according to a report revealed today.
  • AOL UK names new CEO
    AOL in the UK has hired an executive from Google as its new CEO following the departure of Noel Penzer.
  • Writers Guild warns ITV investors
    The Writers Guild of America East has questioned whether ITV has a sustainable plan for growth in the US market, as the UK broadcaster released strong full-year 2014 results today.
  • PBS adds to Peg + Cat
    US producer The Fred Rogers Company has begun work on the second season of PBS Kids series Peg + Cat, which helps children learn maths.
  • Stan Lee toon joins French SVoD
    Broadcasters in North America and Europe, including French network TF1’s fledgling subscription VoD service, have picked up an animated movie from legendary comic book creator Stan Lee.
  • Alibaba stakes $383m on prodco
    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has made its latest expansion into TV by investing in the Beijing-based production outfit behind local versions of The X Factor and Don't Stop Me Now.
  • Spike TV signs with The Rock
    US cablenet Spike TV has signed an overall deal with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s $7 Bucks Productions and has also ordered a new scripted drama and reality fitness series.
  • Graboff resurfaces at Discovery
    Discovery Communications has moved quickly to appoint an industry veteran to oversee its global production efforts, following Eileen O’Neill’s decision to turn down the role.
  • France TV signs Universal pact
    French broadcaster TF1 has lost its series output deal with Universal Television, after the US major signed up with pubcaster France Télévisions instead.
  • Crime pays for Tricon
    AMC Networks International and CBS Studios International in EMEA are among the broadcasters to have acquired crime and factual series from Canadian producer and distributor Tricon Films & Television.
  • Peace Point wins Ice Racer Showdown
    Canadian producer and distributor Peace Point Rights has acquired worldwide sales rights across all platforms to reality competition series Ice Racer Showdown.
  • France 2 uncovers Secrets & Lies
    Pubcaster France 2 has become the latest broadcaster to pick up an Australian psychological thriller from distributor Cineflix Rights.
  • Lion ups trio to lead genres
    All3Media-owned indie Lion Television has promoted three long-serving execs as part of a senior management reshuffle.
  • BBC, Elba bring back Luther
    Hollywood actor Idris Elba will return to his role as the troubled DCI John Luther for a two-part special for the BBC.
  • MTG promotes content chief
    European broadcaster Modern Times Group has promoted one of its senior acquisitions executives to oversee programming and development across the company's online services and TV networks.
  • Free TV urges Broadcasting Act changes
    FTA broadcast industry group Free TV Australia has called on the country’s government to amend the Broadcasting Services Act in the wake of a prank call that led to a London nurse’s suicide.
  • CBBC thinks up more Ultimate Brain
    UK children's broadcaster CBBC has commissioned Zig Zag Productions to make two more 10x30' seasons of its Japanese gameshow format adaptation Ultimate Brain.
  • NBC takes Israeli format for primetime
    US broadcast network NBC has greenlit a local version of an unscripted Israeli show from Armoza Formats, with singer Nicole Scherzinger signed up to star.
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