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  • Fox adapts Jack Irish for US
    US network Fox is adapting its own version of the Australian crime miniseries Jack Irish.
  • Starz places The Chair online
    US cablenet Starz will make the first five episodes of its upcoming reality show The Chair available online before being broadcast on the linear network.
  • Horrocks to leave BBC World Service
    Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service Group, will leave the corporation in the new year after 33 years with the UK broadcaster.
  • Trace found in South East Europe
    France-based sports lifestyle network Trace Sport Stars and South East European telecommunications firm United Group have partnered to launch the channel across the region.
  • Plus7 arrives on Xbox in Oz
    Australia's Yahoo!7, the online co-venture between US web firm Yahoo! and broadcaster Seven West Media, has teamed up with Microsoft's Xbox One console to deliver a catch-up TV application.
  • Mexican toon selected for Ottawa
    A Mexican toon studio has been selected to pitch an animated series based on an award-winning short film at a prestigious animation festival in Canada later this month.
  • BBC names new Trust boss
    The BBC has revealed a surprise replacement for Lord Patten following his exit as chairman of the broadcaster's governing body.
  • A+E confirms Vice move
    US cablecaster A+E Networks has agreed to buy a 10% stake in Vice Media in a deal that values the company at US$2.5bn, a Vice spokesman has confirmed to C21.
  • Ukraine's 1+1 on drama prowl
    Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media is on the hunt for event dramas and long-running series to bolster its scripted offering beyond 2014.
  • Rai reveals primetime debutant
    Italian broadcaster Rai has slated a new primetime reality show hosted by The Voice of Italy coach Raffaella Carrà for its flagship network.
  • CMT extends Party Down South
    Viacom-owned US cablenet CMT has confirmed that unscripted series Party Down South will return for a third season in the winter of 2015.
  • HGTV goes house hunting
    NEWS BRIEF: US cablecaster Scripps Networks has ordered a series for HGTV in which house-hunters knock on doors in their ideal location to convince homeowners to sell their properties within 24 hours.
  • Syfy axes Wheaton project
    US cable network Syfy has cancelled its comedy talkshow fronted by Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton after just one season.
  • Getting big in a big pond
    ITV's aim of reducing its reliance on UK ad revenue has seen it become the largest non-scripted producer in the US. Neil Midgley investigates.
  • Serbian prodco launches 2nd music net
    Belgrade-based Grand Production is launching a regional 24-hour cable channel dedicated to pop music, focusing on radio hits from all over the former Yugoslavia.
  • French Top Gear hits the road
    A fledgling French factual channel is set to produce a local version of BBC motoring show Top Gear.
  • SPT appoints Russia boss
    Sony Pictures Television has hired former Disney Russia executive Vadim Sokolovsky to lead its production business in the territory.
  • A&E dismounts Longmire
    US cablenet A&E has axed its most-watched scripted series, Western drama Longmire, after a run of three seasons.
  • Angry Birds CEO plans Rovio exit
    The CEO of Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind the Angry Birds franchise, is stepping down to be replaced by the former boss of marketing at mobile giant Nokia.
  • TVNZ makes digital bet
    New Zealand's TVNZ plans to ramp up investment in digital media after it helped the broadcaster to record a 25% rise in annual profits.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Playing it safe With French TV networks coming under fire for failing to take risks with drama, what impact will Netflix’s imminent arrival have in an increasingly tough market? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Joiz of interaction Alexander Mazzara, founder of Swiss youth channel Joiz, tells Clive Whittingham about the tricks and challenges of marrying the first and second screens, and the threat this presents to linear broadcasters.
  • OTT: Blessing or burden? Stella Medlicott, chief marketing officer at Red Bee Media, fears that the proliferation of increasingly homogeneous over-the-top TV services may not be good for consumers or the industry.
  • Amazon exploration Amazon Studios, currently preparing a new batch of pilots with big-name European producers attached, is building up a library of original kids’ content. Nico Franks reports.
  • In touch with reality Reality television pioneer John de Mol is looking to breathe new life into the genre with his twist on the social experiment. John Hazelton reports.
  • Centre stage International producers are flocking to the UK to shoot big-budget projects thanks to new tax breaks. But how is this impacting the country’s studios? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Buying into social selling Entertainment retail has long been ripe for reinvention and now the studios are finally stepping up and having a go, says Gideon Lask, CEO and Founder of Buyapowa.
  • Jam today As more digital players than ever get set to attend Cartoon Forum in France next month, John Rice of Irish animation studio Jam Media gives his views on increasing revenues from VoD and app development.
  • The History girl Rachel Job, channel editor for History & H2 at A+E Networks UK, outlines her commissioning and acquisition strategy and budgets to Clive Whittingham.
  • Reasons to be cheerful Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Stuttgart animation studio Film Bilder, discusses how changes in German TV have affected his business, including an increase in VoD players coming on to the scene.