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  • Euro, Kiwi nets nab Corus duo
    Broadcasters in Europe and New Zealand are amongst those to have picked up lifestyle duo Masters of Flip and Buying the View.
  • Millimages picks up SK edutainment toon
    NEWS BRIEF: French producer Millimages has acquired worldwide distribution rights to a South Korean preschool series that mixes 3D CGI with live action.
  • Betty in joint effort for ITV
    ITV in the UK has commissioned a three-part observational documentary series exploring the possible legalisation of marijuana.
  • Disney Channel welcomes Fashion Friends
    Disney Channel has taken rights to the first live-action series from Winx Club producer Rainbow in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Sky Vision plots North route to Cannes
    UK-based distributor Sky Vision is taking a raft of titles from True North to next week's MipTV market in Cannes, including a factual entertainment show about property.
  • Eccho ties knot with Turkish comedy
    Scandinavia-based distributor Eccho Rights has picked up the rights to a Turkish comedy series about the culture clash between a woman and her husband's family.
  • Formatzone, Armoza in format first
    Fledgling UK production and content syndication company Formatzone has agreed its first deal with Armoza Formats for an interactive Israeli gameshow.
  • Bravo picks up Hulu's Handmaid
    A broadcaster in Canada has acquired the exclusive rights to Hulu's forthcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic novel The Handmaid's Tale.
  • Seven deadly sins
    With MipTV around the corner, Mark and Jeanne Simon of SellYourTvConceptNow consider the most common mistakes TV producers make when pitching shows.
  • Kickin’ content
    Twenty-one kids' shows worth taking in at MipTV, ranging from a martial arts superhero to a re-imagining of an ancient Chinese myth.
  • Barclays unveils $125m prodco fund
    Barclays in the UK is launching a £100m (US$125m) fund for TV production companies designed to meet the evolving needs of the sector brought on by the emergence of SVoD.
  • K7, Carter go Dutch post Brexit
    Consultancy K7 Media is responding to the UK’s impending exit from the EU by opening an office in the Netherlands under former Endemol Shine Group International co-CEO Gary Carter.
  • Looking Glass acquires Factory titles
    Australia-based Looking Glass International has acquired 55 hours of programming from UK distributor Factory Media and tapped its sales chief to run a new outpost in London.
  • Fulwell, Sony spin Ibiza drama
    Sony and Drop the Mic producer Fulwell 73 are developing a TV drama to be written by Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh that explores the rise of Ibiza as a cultural and music destination.
  • ITVSGE books Salon, Wedding Factory
    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has added international formats The Salon, The Wedding Factory, 35 Days and I'm Sorry I'm Getting Married to its MipTV slate.
  • Parade raids HBO Asia for sales
    UK- and Singapore-based producer-distributor Parade Media has hired a sales executive from HBO Asia.
  • Bad Wolf COO joins financier
    The former chief operating officer at Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner's prodco Bad Wolf has joined a fledgling media finance outfit.
  • Creative chief Varma to leave Toonz
    The chief creative officer at Toonz Media Group in India is stepping down at the end of the month after more than a decade with the media group.
  • C4, AMC give Humans third run
    Channel 4 in the UK and US cablenet AMC have renewed their sci-fi drama coproduction Humans for a third season.
  • A+E visits Viceland ahead of Mip
    A+E Networks is expanding its partnership with Vice Media, picking up more than 300 hours of programming from the Viceland linear channel for international distribution.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Seven deadly sins With MipTV around the corner, Mark and Jeanne Simon of SellYourTvConceptNow consider the most common mistakes TV producers make when pitching shows.
  • Kickin’ content Twenty-one kids' shows worth taking in at MipTV, ranging from a martial arts superhero to a re-imagining of an ancient Chinese myth.
  • Touching distance Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo, of Kabo International, explains why new technology is bringing the industry closer to the elusive Next Big Thing.
  • Novel approaches Book-to-TV series adaptations were all the rage at the SXSW festival in Texas last week, with American Gods, The Son and The Handmaid’s Tale drawing attention.
  • Digital dollars What’s the best way to exploit established and new children's IP online and how can YouTube rights management companies help?
  • Mixed fortunes With virtual reality grabbing headlines, broadcasters looking for a killer app to help bridge the digital divide may want to consider new format Lost in Time.
  • Back to the future Al Roker, host of NBC’s The Today Show, is moving in a digital direction with the launch of Roker Media, targeting live-streaming platforms.
  • Rai adds reach Italian pubcaster Rai TV has revamped its operations over the past year, providing new international opportunities for its commercial arm.
  • Snapchat meets TV Vast Media's Nicole Greiner explores Snapchat’s array of media partnerships in its latest article tracking digital content marketing innovations.
  • Sense of Shame The team behind hit European teen drama Skam reveals how the hard-hitting show took Norway by storm and bagged a remake in the US.