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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Murdoch urges Netflix, Amazon fight
    Rupert Murdoch has called on the TV industry to work together to come up with a worthy online challenger to Netflix and Amazon.
  • Richie Rich heads to Netflix
    SVoD giant Netflix is rebooting the classic cartoon character Richie Rich with a live action half-hour comedy series to be produced by DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV.
  • Homeland dropped in France
    French DTT channel D8 has decided to drop US drama Homeland from its schedules with six episodes of the second season still to air, following poor ratings.
  • Foxtel, Ten go for Gogglebox
    Australian broadcasters Foxtel and Network Ten have commissioned their first show together, ordering a local version of Studio Lambert's hit format Gogglebox.
  • Sky Deutschland extends Warner deal
    German broadcaster Sky Deutschland will air films including Mad Max: Fury Road and Horrible Bosses 2 after extending its deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution.
  • Euro nets add Attenborough series
    Broadcasters across Europe have acquired the David Attenborough-fronted wildlife series Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates from UK factual specialist Atlantic Productions.
  • Lagardère completes Gulli buy-out
    French media group Lagardère Active has completed its buy-out of free-to-air DTT channel Gulli from joint venture partner France Télévisions.
  • MediaWorks steps up local focus
    New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks is prepping its own versions of The Bachelor and Grand Designs as part of a record investment in local programming for 2015.
  • Tellem exits as Xbox Studios shuts
    Microsoft has closed down Xbox Entertainment Studios, resulting in the departure of Nancy Tellem and Jordan Levin amid widespread job cuts at the US software giant.
  • Belgium enters Seven's Kitchen
    A Belgian broadcaster has picked up five seasons of reality culinary show My Kitchen Rules that was developed and produced for Australia's Seven Network.
  • Bravo nabs NBC digital exec
    US cablenet Bravo Media has appointed an NBC News executive to bolster its digital management team.
  • Mezzo extends Asian roll out
    Mezzo Live HD, the jazz and performing arts channel from French media group Lagardère, is expanding its operations in Asia with launches in Hong Kong, Mongolia and the Philippines.
  • Celestial spreads Chinese movie net
    Pan-Asian channels operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment is extending the carriage of its Celestial Classic Movies channel in Malaysia and Brunei.
  • Lifetime preps Burnett's biblical Women
    A+E Networks' US cablenet Lifetime has ordered a two-hour bible special from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
  • Earth Touch teams with Bomanbridge
    Singapore-based producer and distributor Bomanbridge Media has partnered with Earth Touch to shop the natural history specialist's content to broadcasters in South East Asia.
  • Full stream ahead
    Following Netflix’s entry into six more European territories this summer, Andrew Dickens assesses its impact on the continent’s television industry.
  • NorthSouth debuts comedy division
    US prodco NorthSouth Productions has hired the development executives behind the series Love & Hip Hop and Wives With Knives and has also launched a new comedy division.
  • Fox TV exec joins High Noon
    ITV-owned reality specialist High Noon Entertainment has hired the senior VP of alternative programming and development at Fox Television Studios to manage its development slate.
  • Zodiak hires BBCWW drama head
    UK-based distributor Zodiak Rights has appointed BBC Worldwide’s head of drama to a newly created position leading its own drama acquisitions.
  • Hopster secures TV distribution
    Subscription-based preschool TV and learning app Hopster has launched on UK satellite platform Freesat and is set for further expansion with Amazon.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice Last week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.
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