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  • Kilar unveils online Vessel
    Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has revealed details of his new paid-for online service that will offer an exclusive window to shows created by YouTube stars.
  • Starz promotes programming execs
    US cablenet Starz has promoted three executives working across the firm's programme planning, branded digital content and on demand services.
  • Arabic Nick nets prep MENA launch
    Localised versions of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr are to launch in the Middle East and North Africa on pay TV network OSN at the beginning of next year.
  • ITV extends Thunderbirds' return
    CITV has commissioned ITV Studios in the UK and Pukeko Pictures of New Zealand to make a second run of Thunderbirds Are Go, the reinvention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic 1960s puppet series.
  • Viasat forms Ukrainian OTT pact
    Viasat Ukraine has widened its channels’ online reach by signing an agreement with the country’s leading OTT provider Megogo.
  • Netflix inks landmark Dish deal
    Dish Network has become the first major US pay TV provider to integrate Netflix into its set-top boxes.
  • Natpe hires for programming role
    US-based conference organiser Natpe has promoted its VP of event programming to the newly created position of VP of domestic and international programming.
  • Euro nets claim Annihilation
    France 2, Germany's ZDF Info and UKTV are amongst a host of European broadcasters to have pre-bought an eight-part factual series that marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.
  • BBC3 welcomes excluded pupils
    BBC3 has ordered a three-part observational documentary series that will explore life in a UK school for pupils who have been expelled.
  • Toonami grows reach in Thailand
    Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific will significantly increase the distribution of its action and animé network Toonami in Thailand in 2015.
  • A+E hires EMEA sales trio
    International channels operator A+E Networks has hired a trio of senior sales execs to bolster its London-based international content distribution team.
  • Syfy promotes Sharknado exec
    US cablenet Syfy has expanded the remit of the senior VP it credits with being the driving force behind the Sharknado social media phenomenon.
  • Cisneros ups Lopez for pay TV
    Cisneros Media, owner of Venezuelan network Venevision, has promoted Cosme Lopez to the position of senior VP of pay TV channels and services.
  • TV One taps ex-Turner president
    US cabsat network TV One has tapped a cable industry veteran and former president of Turner Entertainment Networks to lead business and creative affairs at the channel.
  • Watershed's creative boss joins OSF
    The creative director at Shed Media Group's Watershed TV is leaving the UK production firm after just six months in the job to join Twofour Group-owned Oxford Scientific Films.
  • Alfred Haber plays with science
    US-based distributor Alfred Haber Television has acquired international rights to a forthcoming science show from National Geographic Channel.
  • ABC Oz preps for Divorce
    Australian pubcaster ABC has co-commissioned a contemporary comedic opera from the makers of Chris Lilley’s Jonah from Tonga and Summer Heights High.
  • This year’s models
    Plenty of ambitious new dramas launched this fall season, but the funding models behind them are as varied as their plotlines. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Endemol, Shine structure revealed
    The structure of the world's first 'mega-indie,' Endemol Shine Group, has taken shape after the deal to create the biggest independent production entity in the TV business was confirmed yesterday.
  • Endemol, Shine sales boss revealed
    Endemol is to combine its global sales arm with Shine International to create a mega-distribution network and has appointed one of its existing top-ranking execs to lead the division.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • An evolving mindset Ghislain Barrois of Spain’s Mediaset tells Andrew Dickens about the changing role of US drama on his channels.
  • Brought into play Children’s toys have historically been a gold mine for creators of television shows. Carsten Kieckbusch tells Richard Middleton about the opportunities they offer.
  • In the public eye C21 caught up with leading format commissioners at the European Broadcasting Union's recent Eurovision Creative Forum, revealing how they are coping with the many challenges thrown up by new digital technologies.
  • Mexican mindset Three of the main international factual channels talk to Clive Whittingham about their commissioning strategies in Mexico.
  • Cashing in on YouTube YouTube is booming but a viable business model for the platform’s contributors remains elusive, writes Tara Conlan
  • Italian renaissance Mob series Gomorra put Italian drama back on the map for international acquisition execs, but was it a flash in the pan or the start of something bigger? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Staying on the ball Cartoon Network in Latin America had a tough summer, what with a World Cup to contend with, but has emerged stronger, Pablo Zuccarino tells Nico Franks.
  • Grey matters Linear TV could become a playground for older viewers as VoD tempts younger people away. Richard Middleton explores how broadcasters are reaching out to the grey market.
  • Delving into the archives Andy Williams, MD at UK production and archive firm ITN Source, tells Clive Whittingham how new development workshops are opening up affordable historical doc opportunities for indie producers.
  • Generating acclaim German drama is on the up as respected names including Ridley Scott heap praise on miniseries Generation War, UFA Fiction’s Nico Hofmann tells Nico Franks.
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