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  • Kudos veteran launches own firm
    Kudos exec producer Derek Wax is launching his own drama-focused production company, which will sit within parent Endemol Shine Group.
  • Netflix takes FX’s American Crime Story
    Netflix has taken the global streaming rights to FX’s American Crime Story following a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.
  • Discovery takes Trinidad to Asia
    Discovery Communications has appointed a former Google exec as its senior VP and general manager of North East Asia.
  • Belgian pubcasters prep copro toon
    Two Belgian broadcasters have partnered with a local studio to coproduce a series that will be pitched at Cartoon Forum in France later this year.
  • Russian net fosters miracle tiger
    A pay TV network in Russia has acquired factual series The Miracle Tiger, which was recently picked up for distribution by UK firm Sky Vision.
  • Freeform tells mermaid tale
    US cable network Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, has ordered a one-hour drama pilot about mermaids that will begin filming in Vancouver later this year.
  • Scripps eats with YouTube’s Hart
    Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Food Network has tapped a YouTube star famous for cooking while intoxicated to front a new travel series.
  • BBCWW names CEE general manager
    BBC Worldwide has appointed a new general manager and VP for Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Retrans fees backed to ease Brexit pain
    The UK government must re-assess its position on retransmission fee reform to stimulate TV production in an “uncertain” post-Brexit era, according to the boss of a leading IP rights-management firm.
  • Sky’s Roach reaches Drama Summit
    CONTENT LONDON: Cameron Roach, commissioning editor for drama at Sky, has joined the line-up for the International Drama Summit, part of C21’s Content London, between November 29 and December 1.
  • AMC grows reach in MENA
    AMC Networks International has linked with Qatar's BeIn Media to launch five channels across 21 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Nichols leaves GroupM
    Simon Nichols is leaving his role as MD of GroupM Entertainment’s Asia-Pacific operation.
  • Seven Oz reviews Yahoo7 JV
    Australia’s SevenWest Media is considering whether to exercise its option to buy out its 50% partner in online platform Yahoo7.
  • ITV strikes Awesome content deal
    UK broadcaster ITV has partnered with US youth media firm AwesomenessTV to coproduce original series for the UK and international markets.
  • Pop picks CW’s Rosenblatt
    US entertainment channel Pop has appointed a senior CW Network executive as exec VP of original programming and development, with incumbent Paul Adler set to leave his role after 16 years.
  • Sony boss keynotes in Cannes
    Sony's president and CEO Kazuo Hirai will provide the opening Media Mastermind keynote at the Mipcom market in Cannes this October.
  • Nat Geo extends Breakthrough
    National Geographic Channel in the US has greenlit a second season of anthology show Breakthrough from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.
  • Newen shops Loopdidoo abroad
    Turner-owned Cartoonito in the UK and Spanish broadcaster TV3 have picked up two seasons of animated series Loopdidoo from France's Newen Distribution.
  • Sky Italia lets kids show Talent
    Sky Italia has commissioned a non-competitive junior version of FremantleMedia's Got Talent format for its free-to-air TV8 channel.
  • ITV picks Potato police programme
    NEWS BRIEF: UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a three-part police observational docuseries from ITV Studios-owned prodco Potato.
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