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  • C4 ready for EU implications
    Channel 4 is as “well placed as it can be” to respond to the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, according to its CEO.
  • UK producers react to Brexit
    UK producers’ trade body Pact has described the UK’s decision to leave the European Union as “disappointing” but has insisted there are “no immediate causes for concern.”
  • Life in the fast lane
    Fast-turnaround documentaries are big business. Andy Fry looks into how such shows, and the financing behind them, are put together against the clock.
  • Crozier reassures ITV staff over Brexit
    ITV CEO Adam Crozier has reassured his staff after the UK’s decision to leave the European Union caused the company’s shares to plummet by almost 20%.
  • ‘UK can pull through post-EU era’
    A leading UK distributor has expressed anger at the country’s decision to leave the European Union and expects an economic dip as a result, but believes creativity and business acumen will pull the UK through.
  • Firms fear post-Brexit talent shortage
    The UK's decision to leave the European Union has left some business leaders with concerns about their ability to tap into Europe's talent base in future.
  • Millions wiped off shares by EU exit
    Share prices in major television companies including Sky and ITV have fallen sharply as traders react to the UK voting to leave the European Union.
  • IFTA: EU exit 'devastating' for UK
    The Independent Film & Television Alliance has said the UK's decision to leave the European Union will be "devastating" to the country's creative sector.
  • Brexit threatens vital production cash
    New funding support mechanisms for the UK's production industry must be explored due to uncertainty over the future of vital cash streams for producers following the country's decision to leave the European Union.
  • Scandi buyers ‘disappointed’ by Brexit
    Scandinavian buyers have labelled the UK’s decision to leave the European Union as “disappointing” and said they expect an immediate impact on the country’s TV export business.
  • Toca TV arrives in Canada
    Spin Master-owned app producer Toca Boca has moved into TV with the soft launch of its SVoD service in Canada.
  • eOne exec takes Fox Italian sales role
    Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has appointed an Entertainment One executive as VP of sales for its Italian operation.
  • Poland stocks up at Sky Vision
    Polish broadcasters have picked up 600 hours of documentaries, clip shows and factual entertainment content from Sky Vision, including lifestyle series Great Escape.
  • Blumhouse bags eOne, Endemol Shine execs
    The Jinx producer Blumhouse Productions has appointed high-ranking execs from Entertainment One Television and Endemol Shine Studios as co-presidents of its TV arm.
  • Oz-China Barrier Reef copro set
    Companies in Australia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding to coproduce a TV series about the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Brexit vote to impact UK TV sector
    The UK has voted to leave the European Union, with prime minister David Cameron set to step down as a result and experts predicting an array of 'adverse implications' for the country's TV industry.
  • Rogers gifts Hot Docs cinema cash
    Canuck telco Rogers Communications has given film festival Hot Docs C$4m (US$3.14m) to buy its own cinema in Toronto and committed a further C$1m for a documentary film fund.
  • BBC names entertainment chief
    The creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide has been appointed BBC controller of entertainment commissioning.
  • Nat Geo dives into French docs
    National Geographic has pre-bought two natural history documentaries from French factual producer Saint-Thomas Productions.
  • Troubled Canal+ lines up conman doc
    Troubled pay TV channel Canal+ has greenlit a Shine France doc about a French conman, but fears remain about the future of factual on the loss-making network.
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