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  • Valkyrien visits Oz, Germany
    SBS in Australia and Deutsche Telecom in Germany have picked up Nordic noir drama Valkyrien from financier and distributor About Premium Content.
  • Hulu closes East Los High
    US streamer Hulu is bringing the curtain down on original drama East Los High after four seasons and will end the show with a one-off special.
  • Hugh Grant joins BBC's Scandal
    UK actor Hugh Grant will return to TV for the first time since the early 1990s to star in forthcoming BBC drama A Very English Scandal.
  • NBC gives its verdict on Trial & Error
    US network NBC has ordered a second season of Trial & Error, which puts a comedic spin on the recent flurry of murder documentaries.
  • Insurrection, Grand Scheme link up
    LA-based production outfit Insurrection Media has linked up with three producers from UK firm Grand Scheme Media to develop and produce dramas for European networks and streamers.
  • DRG signs up with Synchronicity
    Modern Times Group-owned distributor DRG has made its latest drama push by agreeing a sales deal with UK indie Synchronicity Films.
  • Freeform applies for College-ish
    Disney-owned US cablenet Freeform has made a 13-episode order for a spin-off from sibling net ABC's comedy series Black-ish.
  • Starline revs up Cuban Soul
    UK distributor Starline Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights to David Soul’s classic car documentary, Cuban Soul.
  • Foxtel Play axes channels
    Foxtel Play, the low-cost streaming service owned by Australia’s dominant pay TV platform Foxtel, is cutting 19 channels.
  • Universal shows appetite for Little Lunch
    NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has picked up an Australian comedy series for its Universal Kids network, which is getting rebranded from Sprout later this year.
  • CAA teases details of Lee venture
    The co-head of television at Creative Artists Agency has revealed limited details about the company's as-yet unnamed venture with former ABC Entertainment boss Paul Lee.
  • Oz media regulator ACMA shaken up
    Australia’s screen producers have welcomed the government’s move to restructure the media and communications regulator but warned the reforms do not address pressing competition issues.
  • Six new ABC series from DMD
    LA SCREENINGS: Disney Media Distribution (DMD) has six new ABC series on offer at the LA Screenings this week, as well as five from cablenet Freeform.
  • Four new shows for CBS Studios
    LA SCREENINGS: CBS Studios International has a new sitcom and three new dramas on its slate, following the US broadcast Upfronts last week.
  • Cegielski to exit FremantleMedia
    Craig Cegielski, co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America, is leaving the company following a restructure.
  • TNT moves away from acquisitions
    DRAMA SUMMIT WEST: Turner-owned US cablenet TNT is turning its back on acquisitions as it becomes more focused on owning exclusive and original content.
  • Netflix to triple non-US output
    DRAMA SUMMIT WEST: SVoD giant Netflix is aiming to triple the number of exclusive, non-US original series on its service over the next two years.
  • The CW trailer: Valor
    UPFRONTS: Landing the coveted Monday 21.00 slot leading out of superhero hit Supergirl, Valor continues the military theme of the drama pick-ups in this year’s Upfronts.
  • The CW trailer: Life Sentence
    UPFRONTS: Mid-season drama Life Sentence, about a woman who survives cancer, is from Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros and CBS Television Studios.
  • The CW trailer: Dynasty
    UPFRONTS: Filling the Wednesday 21.00 slot from this fall, this reboot of the 1980s hit Dynasty comes from CBS Television Studios in association with Josh Schwartz’s prodco Fake Empire.
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