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  • A test of character
    For Sally Wainwright, the writer of numerous hit UK shows, there’s no reason female characters can’t be as complex and flawed as male ones.
  • SBS names TCB distribution partner
    Australian pubcaster SBS has appointed TCB Media Rights to represent its catalogue of in-house food programmes.
  • Fallon arrives on E! in the UK
    NEWS BRIEF: NBCUniversal International Networks-owned entertainment channel E! in the UK has acquired the rights to air new episodes of US talkshow The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • Honor bound for NBC
    NBC in the US has ordered a pilot for a police drama created by one of the executive producers of Fox medical crime drama Rosewood.
  • Fortitude prodco eyes new partner
    UK scripted prodco Fifty Fathoms is on its way to finding a replacement coproduction partner on high-end Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude, following the news that US cablenet Pivot is closing.
  • Antenna gives up Slovenian net stake
    Greece’s Antenna Group is giving up its majority stake in Slovenian commercial channel Planet TV, with Telekom Slovenije, Antenna’s partner in the joint-venture channel, upping its stake following a legal wrangle.
  • Viacom rebrands MTV Hits
    Viacom is turning its US cablenet MTV Hits into a 24-hour music channel aimed at children.
  • CJ E&M, DramaFever link for K-drama
    South Korean media group CJ E&M has formed a partnership with Warner Bros-owned streamer DramaFever to coproduce local dramas for the international market.
  • Viceland adds shows, confirms UK date
    Youth-skewing network Viceland has added a show from rapper Tyler the Creator, a new docuseries and a late-night talkshow to its fledgling schedule.
  • Japanese net hears Other Voices
    A Japanese broadcaster has acquired almost 80 hours of highlights from the live music event Other Voices from Irish distributor Monster Entertainment.
  • Blooming gets Carter
    Netherlands-based production outfit Blooming Media has hired former Endemol Shine Group International co-CEO Gary Carter as an advisor.
  • Insecure star signs HBO deal
    NEWS BRIEF: Issa Rae, co-creator and star of HBO’s forthcoming comedy Insecure, has inked a first-look producing deal with the US premium cablenet.
  • eOne's Watson boards Boat Rocker
    The sales arm of Canada's Boat Rocker Media has appointed the former manager of acquisitions at Entertainment One TV International to its team.
  • Bunim/Murray names co-presidents
    Banijay Group-owned Bunim/Murray Productions has reshuffled its executive team, promoting two of its staff to oversee entertainment and development.
  • Sky1 pushes more Trollied
    NEWS BRIEF: Sky1 in the UK has greenlit a sixth season of its supermarket-set sitcom Trollied from producer Roughcut TV.
  • Endemol Shine rejigs in India
    Endemol Shine Group has shuffled its operations in India, extending the remit of the chief operating officer of its TV division.
  • Homeland exec joins FutureMedia
    CONTENT LONDON: Ran Telem, head of content at VR entertainment specialist Inception, has joined the line-up for C21’s FutureMedia conference in London on November 30.
  • Arte partners with RTÉ Ireland
    Franco-German cultural channel Arte has signed a co-operation partnership with RTÉ in Ireland, following a similar deal with Rai in Italy earlier this summer.
  • CBC, Warner team for Format Incubator
    Canadian broadcaster CBC has launched its Format Incubator initiative for a second successive year, with Warner Bros International Television Production on board as its new partner.
  • CTE grows Mandarin kids' network
    Pan-Asian channels operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment has expanded the reach of its kids' channel in Asia after partnering with two OTT services in Singapore.
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  • Global zeal India's Zee Entertainment Enterprises is having a growth spurt, both domestically and on the global stage, reports Richard Middleton.
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  • Revved up Former SundanceTV exec Christian Vesper tells Richard Middleton why he’s excited by his new role at FremantleMedia and what it says about the global scripted business.
  • CEE shopping list Peter Chalupa of Slovakia's TV Markíza and Henning Tewes of RTL Croatia tell C21 how formats are defining their channels and reveal the types of shows they are currently seeking.
  • A vote for change Will Brexit liberate the UK’s TV sector or will international media giants abandon London for mainland Europe? Raymond Snoddy gauges opinion.
  • Widening horizons Japan’s long-established TV business has been notoriously insular for decades, but this could be changing on the factual side.
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