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  • Showtime, Sky team for Belushi biopic
    US cablenet Showtime and UK pay channel Sky Atlantic are teaming up on a documentary about the life of US comedy star John Belushi (Animal House, The Blues Brothers), who died in 1982.
  • CBS shops Karaoke to buyers
    LA SCREENINGS: CBS Studios International has added the format rights to the Carpool Karaoke segment from The Late Late Show With James Corden to its offering to buyers this week.
  • Downie exits All3Media’s Maverick
    Mark Downie is leaving All3Media-owned Maverick Television after a nearly a decade at the UK production firm.
  • C5 explores Mercury, Carpenter deaths
    UK broadcaster Channel 5 will explore the deaths of musicians Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter in two feature-length drama documentaries from ITV Studios label Potato.
  • BBC3 spotlights States of Hate
    NEWS BRIEF: Online-only BBC3 has commissioned a one-off documentary examining rising tensions between hard-line American Muslims and anti-Islamic groups in Texas.
  • Stan's Second marks movie first
    Australian subscription VoD service Stan has boarded its first local feature film, a psychological thriller about two female friends whose lives are entwined through a novel.
  • Australia’s Ten and WIN team up
    Australia’s Network Ten and regional broadcaster WIN Corp have signed a five-year programme supply agreement, starting July 1.
  • Netflix targets more int'l drama
    DRAMA SUMMIT WEST: The VP of international originals at Netflix has emphasised the importance of non-English language series to the streamer's global production push.
  • Narcos team eye life after Escobar
    DRAMA SUMMIT WEST: Netflix crime thriller Narcos may not end with the death of Pablo Escobar and could return for a third season, according to the show's creators.
  • HBO's Lombardo set to leave
    HBO is on the lookout for a new programming president after it emerged veteran exec Michael Lombardo is set to leave his position at the premium US cablenet.
  • A&E axes Omen follow-up
    US cablenet operator A+E Networks has cancelled its horror series Damien after just one season.
  • SBS to launch Arabic show
    NEWS BRIEF: Australian broadcaster SBS is launching a daily programme for the country’s Arabic-speaking population.
  • eOne shops ABC drama pair
    LA SCREENINGS: Entertainment One has secured international rights to a brace of new fall season dramas, including the next series from 24 star Kiefer Sutherland and Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell.
  • Climbing the Summit
    New shows and business models dominated discussions at C21's Drama Summit West in LA today, as the scripted industry moves into uncharted territory.
  • US cablenets prep SVoD fight back
    DRAMA SUMMIT WEST: Starz, HBO, A&E Network and BBC America are plotting a new wave of original series in the face of growing competition from streaming services.
  • Endemol Shine replaces Mather
    Endemol Shine Group is replacing Nick Mather at its UK-based central creative team with the division's entertainment and formats chief.
  • Tellem joins Young Pope firm
    Spanish channel operator and production group Mediapro has appointed a long-serving Keshet executive to its content team.
  • Cable fixer
    Scripps Networks Interactive’s Kathleen Finch oversees six channels that are bucking the trend for declining cable ratings.
  • Spain, Italy search for killer
    Broadcasters in Southern Europe have acquired investigative factual series Who’s the Killer? from France’s Newen Distribution.
  • Quickflix wins temporary reprieve
    The administrators of Australian streaming and DVD rental company Quickflix have been given another five months to try to find a buyer for the loss-ridden business, or to recapitalise.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Don’t be idle without Idol Fox has been hit by the loss of a long-running hit. Marc Berman offers his latest report on the US broadcast networks’ upcoming schedules and pilots.
  • 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.
  • When diversity isn’t enough ABC faces challenges, writes Marc Berman as he continues to examine the US broadcast networks’ schedules and pilots.
  • Pilots in the driving seat US programming insider Marc Berman casts his eye over the US broadcast networks’ upcoming schedules and pilots, starting with CBS.
  • In the zone Mark Rowland’s fledgling company Formatzone is steaming ahead with a slate led by a familiar face from UK television.
  • Diverse opinions Broadcasters are under increasing pressure to reflect diversity in all its forms, but are they truly open to projects that break down barriers?
  • Immersive learning Dominic Davenport of Escape Studios believes virtual reality has opened up scope for new forms of storytelling, but warns that new skills will be required.
  • How to revive a hit As expectations around the return of UK motoring show Top Gear and drama Cold Feet go into overdrive, Neil Midgley considers the secret of rebooting old favourites.
  • Waking the giant With Animation Production Day kicking off in Stuttgart this week, Nico Franks examines whether the German toon industry is reaching its full potential.
  • Reality checked The international explosion of Turkish drama is well documented, but can the country’s unscripted sector reach the same heights?