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  • Seeing the light
    US distributor Cinedigm believes OTT is the future and is prioritising preschool, kids and tween audiences with its new digital channels.
  • Showtime returns to House of Lies
    NEWS BRIEF: US premium cablenet Showtime has greenlit a fifth season of House of Lies, the comedy-drama starring Hollywood actor Don Cheadle (Flight).
  • Int'l nets unearth Tricon's antiques
    Broadcasters from around the world have acquired a show about an antiques appraiser who travels North America to find collections people have amassed.
  • Bake Off rises again down under
    An Australian broadcaster has commissioned a second local version of cookery format The Great Bake Off, which was first adapted down under on Nine Network in 2013.
  • Owens resurfaces with own prodco
    Former National Geographic Channels president Howard T Owens has set up his own production company with backing from A+E Networks.
  • Tearing out the page
    Digital publisher Beyond The Story supplied content for the new Thunderbirds Are Go. Chief creative officer Kirk Bowe explains how the very essence of storytelling is changing.
  • All3 confirms Neal Street acquisition
    All3Media has acquired Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions, the UK drama indie behind series including the BBC's Call the Midwife.
  • Stan Lee reaches for Sky
    Pay TV channel Sky1 is working with legendary comic book writer Stan Lee on his first TV drama for the UK alongside the producer of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films.
  • Small World bags Ukraine winner
    A format in which professionals teach celebrities to drive has won the pitching competition at the inaugural Format Show Spring Edition in Ukraine.
  • All3 sails for Little Island
    All3Media International has signed an exclusive first-look deal with UK drama indie Little Island Productions and is working with the firm on its new Stephen Poliakoff series for the BBC.
  • Discovery Family collars dog show
    Fledgling Discovery Family Channel in the US has commissioned an original series about an animal expert who is able to transform shelter dogs into stars of the stage.
  • DRG secures HBO drama duo
    UK distributor DRG has taken worldwide distribution rights to HBO Europe remakes of drama series Mammon and Small Time Gangster.
  • Havas hires global content chief
    France-based Havas Media Group has appointed a Euronews and former FremantleMedia exec as its global head of content.
  • BBC searches for new drama boss
    The BBC has officially begun the search for its next controller of drama commissioning following confirmation that incumbent, Ben Stephenson, is moving to LA.
  • ID renews Vanity Fair doc
    US cablenet Investigation Discovery has renewed documentary series Vanity Fair Confidential for a second season.
  • The Bridge links with Korea
    Argonon-backed media consultancy The Bridge has struck a production deal with Korean broadcaster Educational Broadcasting System and Bethel Global Media Content.
  • True execs add Original oversight
    The founders of Endemol Shine Group subsidiary True Entertainment have added sister company Original Media to their responsibilities.
  • Nordic trio try Something Special
    Three Nordic broadcasters are to air local versions of Banijay International disabled sports reality format Something Special.
  • Networks check in at Bangkok Airport
    Broadcasters in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East have acquired BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary series Bangkok Airport from distributor Hat Trick International.
  • eOne adds to Euro sales teams
    The distribution arm of Entertainment One, which shops series such as Peppa Pig and The Walking Dead, has made two hires at its European sales department and has also brought in Shine Group's exec VP of global marketing.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Nerd finds Love A more authentic style, and relaxed rights position, could make FYI's upcoming series Find My First Love an interesting test case for US factual production. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Command economy Dilshan Swaris, media director at planning and buying agency Carat, argues that social media has revived appointment-to-view television and ushered in a new era of ‘television-on-com mand.’
  • At the cutting edge The Latin American children’s video-on-demand landscape is expanding as both local and international players become more active. Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Katz game for Laff Jonathan Katz, CEO and president of Katz Broadcasting, and chief operating officer at Bounce TV, reveals why the time is right for a new broadcast channel offering comedy.
  • Making headlines Brian Hopman, general manager of Latin American and Spanish media markets at Associated Press, on the market’s rapid growth, the effects of citizen journalism and AP’s consumer-facing ambitions.
  • Immersed in the future Inventor and television presenter Tom Lawton argues that innovations, including his own 360º camera and virtual reality, are poised to transform the TV industry.
  • Keeping it in the family New Cisneros Group CEO Adriana Cisneros, reveals how her family’s Venezuela- and Miami-based company is catering for the changing needs of US Hispanics under her leadership. Kevin Downey reports.
  • Calling the Toonz After acquiring Spain’s Imira Entertainment last year, Indian animation group Toonz is setting its sights on growth in Latin America and beyond. Nico Franks reports.
  • The fifth element Alberto Ciurana of Univision reveals his plans for the year ahead and suggests how the network will manage without Fifa football. Kevin Downey reports.
  • Factual warrior Morgan Spurlock has been a digital advocate for over a decade and says audience demands could fuel a factual revolution on TV. Richard Middleton hears from the Super Size Me filmmaker.