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  • A window on the world
    Zillah Watson at BBC Research and Development offers insights into how the UK pubcaster is pushing the boundaries of virtual reality.
  • Vice, ESPN score production deal
    Vice Media and Disney-owned sports network ESPN have agreed a production and distribution deal that includes two new shortform series.
  • Fox and Leftfield settle reality suit
    US cablenet Fox Business and ITV-owned production outfit Leftfield Pictures have settled their legal battle over a failed reality show.
  • Red Bull hands Servus TV reprieve
    Red Bull Media House has U-turned on its decision to shut down its Austrian free-to-air channel Servus TV.
  • Blink opens in US, adds Discovery exec
    UK factual producer Blink Films is launching a US office and has tapped a Discovery Communications exec to run it.
  • South Africa's Sunrise staffs up
    South African animation outfit Sunrise Productions has made a number of appointments, including a former Discovery Networks exec to lead its business development.
  • Bell gets Gusto
    Canadian broadcast group Bell Media has acquired the Gusto TV brand and will launch a food-centric cooking and lifestyle network this year.
  • Taylor exits BBC Studios
    BBC Studios’ in-house entertainment production chief has become the latest high-profile departure from the UK pubcaster’s commercial production subsidiary.
  • Salata sets up on her OWN
    Sheri Salata, co-president of US-based OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is leaving the company to launch her own firm.
  • Tigress MD's retirement sparks reshuffle
    Endemol Shine UK-owned Tigress Productions has appointed the boss of its sister company Dragonfly's Welsh arm to replace its retiring MD.
  • Disney Junior captures Claude
    Disney Junior EMEA has picked up the latest animated preschool series from Sixteen South, the Belfast-based studio behind Lily's Driftwood Bay.
  • Scandi nets parade Next Top Model
    Broadcasters across Scandinavia have ordered a regional version of CBS Studios International reality format Next Top Model.
  • MacFarlane visits space for Fox
    Fox in the US has made a straight-to-series order for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's first live-action scripted show.
  • Hulu reveals live TV, factual plans
    Hulu has confirmed it will launch an online TV service and a new documentary film arm for exclusive factual titles.
  • MBC drives away with GRB series
    Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC has acquired three automotive series from US sales house GRB Entertainment.
  • Telemundo shakes up scripted team
    The studio arm of US Hispanic net Telemundo has promoted two executives in its management team as part of a restructure under president Luis Silberwasser.
  • TNT partners C4 on Foreign Bodies
    Turner-owned US cablenet TNT has partnered with UK broadcaster Channel 4 on a comedic drama about a group of young adults venturing across China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • History revs up Cars Wars in Asia
    A+E Networks Asia has begun production on a new motoring series for its History channel in the region.
  • MediaWorks CEO resigns
    Mark Weldon has resigned abruptly as CEO of New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks after less than two years in the post.
  • When diversity isn’t enough
    ABC faces challenges, writes Marc Berman as he continues to examine the US broadcast networks’ schedules and pilots.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Committing to crime Clive Whittingham investigates the influence that shows like Netflix's Making a Murderer and HBO's The Jinx could have on the true crime genre.
  • Personal preference Ericsson’s Steve Plunkett argues that while there are still hurdles to be overcome, TV will soon be able to predict what a viewer would like to watch next.
  • Foreign intervention France Télévisions is making inroads into international drama, having broadened the scope of its acquisitions and opened up to foreign coproductions.
  • Stream ticket Netflix’s investment in children’s content has helped turn it into the world’s leading SVoD player. But what’s next for it and others in this rapidly maturing market?
  • Creative crusade Endemol Shine alum Gary Carter is considering setting up his own prodco but is vexed by the shortage of creative formats in such a consolidated industry.
  • Babylon Beta Jan Mojto of German distributor Beta Film reveals why Berlin is providing the backdrop for a boom in domestic drama with international ambitions.
  • Buying power MIPTV: Drama took centre stage in Cannes at a market where buyers felt the heat thanks to Netflix’s deep pockets.
  • Fight for your rights MIPTV: With Netflix now a global player, MipTV saw children's buyers step up their fight for non-linear programming rights in distribution deals.
  • Flowing with the streamers MIPDOC: Netflix, 4K, virtual reality, true crime and the re-emergence of feature docs were all on the agenda down in Cannes.
  • Who needs a next big thing? MIPTV: After two days of MipFormats and on the first day of MipTV, there seemed to be new life and new ideas in the unscripted formats sector, reports Ed Waller from Cannes.