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  • Capital ideas
    Turning a profit with a children’s TV show is tough, but are the rewards of a global hit tempting venture capitalists?
  • German networks lock down Lockie
    Germany’s national free-to-air children’s channel KiKa and ARD channel Das Erste have picked up the first two seasons of Australian family drama Lockie Leonard.
  • Netflix tracks down Lost in Space
    Netflix is in the process of rebooting 1960s science fiction series Lost in Space.
  • BBC gets $437m for global services
    International audiences are set to see more of the BBC after the UK government said it would invest £289m (US$437m) over five years to expand the pubcaster's services around the world.
  • Netflix picks up IDFA opening doc
    IDFA: Global streamer Netflix has bolstered its factual catalogue by picking up A Family Affair, the opening night documentary from this year’s International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.
  • Natpe adds directors to board
    US market and conference organiser Natpe has elected 10 leading entertainment and media industry executives to its board of directors.
  • Viscardi to develop Nick originals
    Nickelodeon has appointed the co-creator of children's show The Adventures of Pete & Pete to develop series based on the US net's classic properties, including SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • ABC down under reveals 2016 slate
    Factual programmes including studies of Australia's war in Afghanistan and its fight against drugs will air alongside new local comedies on Australian pubcaster ABC next year.
  • Sky, Discovery monkey with TCB factual
    Sky and Discovery in the UK have picked up more than 40 hours of factual programming from distributor TCB Media Rights, including a series about an ape and monkey rescue centre.
  • France wins big at Int’l Emmys
    Canal+ legal drama Spiral won the coveted Best Drama prize at the 43rd International Emmy Awards in New York, in an evening dominated by French productions.
  • DisneyLife streaming comes alive in UK
    Disney has rolled out its direct-to-consumer streaming service in the UK, offering more than 2,000 TV episodes and 5,000 music tracks, ahead of a wider international push.
  • Times Group works on disastrous DIY
    Broadcaster Times Group India has picked up a DIY show exploring failed attempts at home improvement from Singapore-based producer and distributor Bomanbridge Media.
  • Armoza can do that in Netherlands
    SBS in the Netherlands has become the latest broadcaster to order a local version of Armoza Formats' entertainment show I Can Do That!.
  • Blue Ant gets the Cream
    Canadian distributor Blue Ant International has signed an exclusive global output deal with local factual producer Cream Productions.
  • FX returns to Fargo
    NEWS BRIEF: US cablenet FX has commissioned a third season of crime drama Fargo, its spin-off from the award-winning Coen brothers feature film.
  • US fund sells remaining Nine stake
    One of the two US private equity funds that rescued Australia’s Nine Entertainment from near-bankruptcy has sold its remaining shares.
  • C21 drama award finalists announced
    The finalists have been announced in The C21 International Drama Awards, with more than 40 nominees chosen across 10 categories.
  • Newen appoints M6 veteran
    French production group Newen has hired the former programme director at commercial broadcaster M6 as its new content chief.
  • Drama script comp finalists named
    The finalists in the C21 Drama Series Script Competition, produced in association with leading independent studio Entertainment One and Creative England, through their recently launched television drama venture, have been announced.
  • The Asian equation
    A local production boom is driving demand for formats in Asia. Top execs reveal how their markets are changing, what’s working and their export plans.
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  • A new way of wildlife Netflix ordering a blue-chip wildlife series from the makers of the BBC's Planet franchise has put the focus back on the genre. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Self-determination Sebastian Weil, of Studio71, on why the merger of ProSiebenSat.1’s MCN with Collective Digital Studio in the US makes sense as digital dissolves borders.
  • A risky business In order to secure the best shows, distributors are pumping money into projects at an ever earlier stage. But is the increased risk-taking paying off?
  • Payback time The assumption that it’s impossible for animation producers to make money on YouTube is steadily being challenged.
  • Adapting Scripps Scripps Networks Interactive has turned to Discovery alum Phillip Luff to lead its original commissions, mergers, acquisitions and expansion in Europe.
  • Turned off TV Top YouTube talent attracts the young viewers that TV craves. But if they’re already earning millions and in control of their content, why would they move to linear?
  • Epic ambition BBC Cymru Wales head of drama Faith Penhale reveals how the pubcaster tackled the daunting and expensive task of adapting War and Peace.
  • Love at first pitch Broadcasters and producers from North America and Europe were in Canada last week to forge new relationships across the Atlantic.
  • Game on Gameshows are a perennial favourite for daytime slots but US primetime interest seems to be powering a new surge in global demand, writes Richard Middleton.
  • Rise of the screens Shiv Bhaduri, chief product officer at Rightster, argues that as the internet becomes ever more pervasive and consumers ever more connected, television as we know it will disappear.