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  • Sky in Telefónica phone link-up
    European satcaster Sky has revealed plans to enter the mobile phone market after agreeing a deal with Spanish telecoms operator Telefónica.
  • Pitch battle
    UK satcaster Sky has emerged as a major commissioner of original programming and indies are reaping the benefits. But does the game depend on the pay TV giant keeping possession of the football? Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Greece to resurrect ERT
    The new far-left government in Greece has heralded the immediate closure of recently formed public broadcaster Nerit and the reopening of its predecessor, ERT.
  • China eyes TV classification move
    China's media regulator has revealed it is looking at ways to reform its TV show classification system and could introduce new channels and time periods to air controversial foreign dramas.
  • Bell Media rings drama changes
    Canuck broadcaster Bell Media has appointed a successor to its outgoing director of independent drama production, who is leaving the company to join the team of CTV series Saving Hope.
  • NT1 ventures into Hell’s Kitchen
    ITV Studios France is set to adapt Gordon Ramsay's format Hell’s Kitchen for French broadcast group TF1's digital terrestrial channel NT1.
  • ABC fleshes out pilot roster
    US network ABC has ordered a crime drama pilot from the producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
  • White Queen reigns at Amazon
    Amazon has picked up US SVoD rights to BBC/Starz coproduction The White Queen, marking the first deal between the streamer and Starz Digital Media in the US.
  • NBC heeds Strange Calls
    US network NBC has greenlit a paranormal comedy pilot from the executive producer behind Cougar Town.
  • Aussie toon bumbles to new networks
    A trio of international broadcasters have become the first to acquire Buzz Bumble, an animated series for six- to 12-year-olds commissioned by Nine Network in Australia.
  • OTF adds buyer from Indigo
    European producer and distributor Off the Fence has expanded its acquisitions division by appointing an executive from Indigo Film & Television in the UK.
  • TF1 preps kids' SVoD offering
    French broadcaster TF1 will launch a subscription VoD offering for children called Tfou Max in the second week of February.
  • CBS orders Limitless remake
    US network CBS is moving forward with a TV adaptation of popular Bradley Cooper movie Limitless.
  • eOne exec joins toyco
    Canadian toyco Spin Master has hired the VP of creative affairs at Peppa Pig distributor Entertainment One to perform the same role at its production arm.
  • More Catastrophe for C4
    Channel 4 in the UK has ordered a second run of comedy series Catastrophe before the first season has finished airing.
  • Little Women reach Lifetime UK
    Lifetime in the UK will air the second season of hit reality series Little Women: LA following the show's premiere on its sibling channel in the US.
  • Spike lends family firms a hand
    US cablenet Spike TV is preparing a reality series in which business expert Victor Antonio helps families avoid the economic abyss.
  • Seven catches Suspects
    Australia’s Seven Network has acquired the first four seasons of procedural crime drama Suspects from FremantleMedia International.
  • The Code cracks Oz drama awards
    Conspiracy thriller The Code has been named best TV drama at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards in Sydney.
  • Blue Ant sails down the Mekong
    Canadian broadcast group Blue Ant Media has commissioned a blue-chip wildlife series from renowned filmmaker Peter Ringgaard, the first major deal for fledgling indie Antidote Media.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Bringing up Sons History’s Russ McCarroll and producer Stephen David tell Clive Whittingham about the ambitions and challenges of A+E Networks’ latest foray into factual drama.
  • This year’s models Plenty of ambitious new dramas launched this fall season, but the funding models behind them are as varied as their plotlines. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Living the lifestyle Although backed by the famous Playboy brand, Asian pay channel LifeStyle TV is unlike other channels from the adult entertainment giant. Ed Waller reports.
  • Scripps homes in With lifestyle content in high demand across the region, it’s no surprise Scripps Networks Interactive is targeting its channels at Asia Pacific. Nico Franks reports.
  • An evolving mindset Ghislain Barrois of Spain’s Mediaset tells Andrew Dickens about the changing role of US drama on his channels.
  • Brought into play Children’s toys have historically been a gold mine for creators of television shows. Carsten Kieckbusch tells Richard Middleton about the opportunities they offer.
  • In the public eye C21 caught up with leading format commissioners at the European Broadcasting Union's recent Eurovision Creative Forum, revealing how they are coping with the many challenges thrown up by new digital technologies.
  • Mexican mindset Three of the main international factual channels talk to Clive Whittingham about their commissioning strategies in Mexico.
  • Cashing in on YouTube YouTube is booming but a viable business model for the platform’s contributors remains elusive, writes Tara Conlan
  • Italian renaissance Mob series Gomorra put Italian drama back on the map for international acquisition execs, but was it a flash in the pan or the start of something bigger? Richard Middleton reports.
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