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  • Global opens more Private Eyes
    Canadian broadcaster Global has secured a second run of detective series Private Eyes with an extended 18-episode order.
  • Critical's Case arrives in NZ, Oz
    Australia's Network Nine and Prime in New Zealand have picked up a six-hour show about the murder of a six-year-old beauty queen.
  • Pulse racing for FutureMedia
    CONTENT LONDON: Marisa Clifford, co-founder and CEO of Pulse Films, has joined the line-up for C21’s FutureMedia conference in London on November 30.
  • Scripps extends HGTV in NZ
    Scripps Networks Interactive is expanding the global reach of one of its networks after agreeing a distribution deal in New Zealand.
  • Global nets visit Sky Vision's Zoo
    France 5, MTV Finland and Nine Network in Australia are among broadcasters in 53 territories to have picked up a show about the daily workings of a zoo.
  • NBCU completes DreamWorks deal
    Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has completed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at almost US$4bn.
  • Sony floats Pop onto Virgin Media
    NEWS BRIEF: Sony Pictures Television's flagship UK children's channel Pop has secured carriage with UK pay TV operator Virgin Media, which will launch it on August 25.
  • BBC3 catches London's Night Tube
    BBC3 in the UK has ordered a fast-turnaround documentary about the London Underground's recently introduced Night Tube service.
  • Bravo goes Below Deck again
    Bravo Media in the US has renewed its spin-off from reality series Below Deck for a second season.
  • Showtime gobbles up Tassler drama
    Showtime is developing a half-hour series with Nina Tassler, the former entertainment chief of its sibling network CBS.
  • Yearwood exits Green Door for Bob & Co
    A founding member of Idris Elba’s prodco, Green Door Pictures, has left the firm to work across factual indie Woodcut Media and drama-focused stablemate Duchess Street Productions, both part of UK-based Bob & Co.
  • Canuck comedy drama joins TV5
    Canadian broadcaster TV5 has acquired rights to a French-language scripted series from Israeli distributor Armoza Formats for its international network.
  • Producers lament UK sitcom state
    UK broadcasters' success in satisfying the nation's hunger for sitcoms is "the worst it's ever been," according to one of the genre’s leading producers.
  • TV Land axes Gaffigan show
    Viacom-owned US cablenet TV Land has cancelled sitcom The Jim Gaffigan Show after two seasons.
  • Jam Filled boards Toronto's Arc
    Boat Rocker Media's Canadian animation outfit Jam Filled Entertainment has completed the purchase of assets belonging to recently closed Toronto studio Arc Productions.
  • C4 examines polygamy in the US
    Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a four-part documentary series focusing on a group of fundamentalist Mormons living in the Utah desert.
  • Netflix boards CBC adaptation
    Netflix has joined forces with Canadian pubcaster CBC on a forthcoming adaptation of the novel Anne of Green Gables.
  • RTÉ unveils homegrown autumn slate
    Irish pubcaster RTÉ has launched an autumn schedule that includes a new four-part legal drama and a follow-up to Easter Rising series Rebellion.
  • Italy’s Cattleya set for Drama Summit
    CONTENT LONDON: Marco Chimenz, president of Italian film and television producer Cattleya (Gomorrah, Romanzo Criminale) has joined the line-up for the International Drama Summit.
  • Croatian net makes pitch appeal
    Croatian public broadcaster HRT has opened a pitching round for 21 new shows it hopes to produce, including a local telenovela, as it attempts to close the ratings gap on its main commercial rival.
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