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  • Legendary status
    LA SCREENINGS: Feature film outfit Legendary Entertainment has attracted US$250m investment from Softbank for its push into TV and had its first outing at the LA Screenings this week, writes Clive Whittingham.
  • CTV takes its pick of new US drama
    LA SCREENINGS: Canadian commercial broadcaster CTV is adding a host of new US shows to its line-up, including what it believes are the two hottest dramas.
  • Ex-Shine Germany MD resurfaces
    Former Shine Germany MD Axel Kühn has resurfaced at German prodco Tresor TV, as the company's founder prepares to leave after 23 years.
  • Health conscious
    Health and wellbeing television has seen rapid growth recently. Andrew Dickens finds out where the surge is coming from.
  • UK kids tax break proves 'Godsend'
    A UK tax break for producers of children's live-action content has been hailed as a "Godsend" and is already enabling shows to go ahead that would otherwise not have been made.
  • BT lines up Game of Thrones
    BT TV in the UK has signed a deal with HBO Home Entertainment that allows customers to download and keep shows including Game of Thrones.
  • Das Erste explores neo-Nazism
    German national broadcaster Das Erste has ordered a three-part miniseries examining the radicalisation of neo-Nazis during the 1990s and its effect on the country.
  • Sony Germany's Honourable intentions
    Sony Pictures Television Networks has secured the German TV premiere of political thriller The Honourable Woman as part of a content deal with BBC Worldwide.
  • ATV makes People's Choice
    Turkish broadcaster ATV has ordered a local version of Israeli primetime entertainment format The People’s Choice, produced by Endemol Shine Turkey.
  • Ealing acquires GreenAcre stake
    London’s Ealing Studios has acquired a “significant stake” in TV and film company GreenAcre Films as the production hub looks to expand its TV division.
  • BBCWW fills Scannell role
    BBC Worldwide has appointed one of its executives to replace Herb Scannell, the veteran NBC and Viacom exec who's leaving his role as president of the firm's North American division.
  • C4 gives Ricochet food order
    Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned Warner Bros Television Production UK’s prodco Ricochet to make two new series, as well as a fifth run of Food Unwrapped.
  • Hard Sums adds up for SBS
    SBS in Australia has picked up three seasons of a UK mathematics show based on a Japanese format.
  • Exit prompts HBO Europe rejig
    HBO Europe has reshuffled its management team after the senior VP and chief of its operations in Poland left the business.
  • RTÉ to trigger Rebellion
    Irish pubcaster RTÉ is launching a five-part drama series that charts the violent birth of modern Ireland.
  • HGTV, DIY build on lifestyle
    US cable broadcaster Scripps Networks' channels HGTV and DIY Network have ordered five more seasons of existing shows, including one about construction in Alaska.
  • Banijay’s Cuarzo rejigs team
    Banijay-owned Spanish prodco Cuarzo Producciones has appointed a general manager and staffed up its research and development business.
  • MTV takes five
    MTV has commissioned five series, including three new additions to its UK and international schedules.
  • Channel 4 plugs into Voltage TV
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 is continuing to spend its £20m (US$31.4m) Growth Fund by investing in Voltage TV, the factual indie launched by former Dragonfly Film & TV heads Sanjay Singhal and Steven Nam.
  • Epix orders originals
    US pay TV network Epix is set to move into original production after ordering shows including a comedy from Lionsgate and a spy thriller from Paramount.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • 2015 Bafta winners Bafta handed out its prestigious annual awards in London this week and C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist gathers together the winners.
  • 15 eye-catching new shows C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist comprises 15 new titles that hit the airwaves last month, from Spike TV's ratings-busting Lip Sync Battle to UK comedy genius Peter Kay's latest vehicle.
  • Point of difference Jana Bennett, former head of TLC and a 30-year BBC veteran, tells Clive Whittingham how she believes her rebranded channel has cut through in a crowded marketplace.
  • English translation A growing number of European broadcasters outside the UK are producing major drama series in English. Is the move paying off?
  • Beta judgment German producer/distributor Beta Film is hoping to capitalise on the TV industry’s love of Nordic remakes by partnering with Norwegian kids’ pubcaster NRK Super. Nico Franks reports.
  • Russian roulette Russia’s once profitable TV industry has undergone huge regulatory changes and suffered a plunging currency. Richard Middleton considers what’s next.
  • Work hard, play hard NBC’s unscripted supremo Paul Telegdy outlines the state of the US reality business and what his development priorities are for next season.
  • VoD hits the high street It seems everyone in retail now has a VoD service. But how long will they last and what’s the potential for distributors and producers? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Craig’s list Phil Craig talks about his plans for Discovery Networks International, a new era of blue-chip factual programming and his open-door policy towards producers.
  • New faces in factual Four US channels are rethinking their requirements in the factual and unscripted space. Clive Whittingham reports on their strategies and wish lists.