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  • Nich collars Paw Patrol game, holiday special
    Nickelodeon in the UK has commissioned a Christmas special of Spin Master Entertainment’s preschool property Paw Patrol.
  • Sky's Gomorrah takes cinema bow
    Sky has premiered the third season of gangster drama Gomorrah in more than 300 cinemas across Italy, taking the top spot at the country's box office.
  • BritBox preps Christmas near-simulcasts
    BBC Worldwide and ITV's US SVoD service BritBox is preparing to offer near-simulcast programming as part of its Christmas period plans.
  • Starz drama's diversity praised
    US streamer Starz's forthcoming espionage drama Counterpart has been hailed by cast member Olivia Williams for its diversity.
  • ITV traps Hungry Bear special
    NEWS BRIEF: UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned two-hour special The Greatest TV Moments of All Time from UK indie Hungry Bear Media.
  • Castle creators prep US, Europe copro
    Broadcasters in the US, Germany and France have greenlit a detective series from the creators of Castle to be coproduced by Tandem Productions and ABC Studios.
  • NBCU goes cold on Chiller
    NBCUniversal is set to shut down Chiller, its channel dedicated to the horror genre, at the end of the year.
  • Discovery tackles conservation with VR
    Discovery Communications in the US has produced three educational virtual reality experiences.
  • A+E, CJ E&M execs join Frapa board
    Global format rights protection agency Frapa has appointed two executives from the US’s A+E Networks and CJ E&M in South Korea to its general board.
  • Comcast, Verizon join race for Fox assets
    Shares in 21st Century Fox have soared after it emerged US media giants Comcast and Verizon have joined Disney in attempting to acquire the company's assets.
  • Netflix believes in Messiah drama
    Netflix has ordered Messiah, a religious drama exploring the nature of faith and politics, with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey attached.
  • Orange Smarty finds Foxtel A Place in the Sun
    Australian pay TV broadcaster Foxtel has secured more than 380 hours of lifestyle content from UK distributor Orange Smarty.
  • Sony mines Ouro in CEE
    Sony Pictures Television Networks has acquired the first season of French gold trafficking drama Ouro from Newen Distribution.
  • Amazon wants Carey toon for Christmas
    Amazon has agreed a deal with NBCUniversal to bring an animated film based on Mariah Carey's hit song All I Want for Christmas Is You to its streaming service in the US and Canada.
  • Valkyrien sews up Euro, Aussie sales
    Broadcasters across Europe and Australasia have picked up dramas including Nordic series Valkyrien from distributor and TV finance specialist About Premium Content.
  • Matchbox Pictures wins top SPA award
    NBCUniversal’s Matchbox Pictures was named production business of the year at the Screen Producers Australia annual awards in Melbourne on Thursday night.
  • Jane Street, Optomen opt to link up
    All3Media’s UK- and US- based Optomen Productions has signed a coproduction deal with producer Donna MacLetchie’s Jane Street Entertainment in New York.
  • Jukin taps AOL's Hayden
    US viral video specialists Jukin Media has hired a former AOL Studios exec to head up its original content output.
  • Viasat World prepares for Knightfall
    European pay TV operator Viasat World has acquired A+E Networks’ Knights Templar drama Knightfall along with a slate of the US broadcasters’ factual series and TV movies.
  • Lowinski gets second bite at US
    German comedy drama Danni Lowinski is to get a second go at cracking the US, with 20th Century Fox and Intrigue Entertainment picking up the format and NBC funding script development.
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  • Studios portrait BBC Studios’ head of unscripted Jon Swain discusses his fledgling division’s global aspirations and the opportunities emerging outside drama.
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  • Korea goals South Korean format exports are stable despite losing access to their biggest market. But there are now more pressing concerns about China.
  • Paying the piper Clive Whittingham reports on the factual scene at Mipcom, where the focus was on Discovery’s David Zaslav and producers began looking ahead to 2018.
  • Social firms add friends Social media giants Facebook and Snap made waves at Mipcom this week, with both announcing scripted projects for their burgeoning original video initiatives.
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