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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Red promotes two for int'l push
    UK-based Red Production Company has promoted two of its executives as the Last Tango in Halifax producer focuses on international growth.
  • Euro nets return for Best Singers
    Broadcasters across Europe have commissioned new seasons of Zodiak Rights format The Best Singers.
  • Jam hires Millimages' Reynolds
    Irish animation studio Jam Media has poached John Reynolds, group commercial director of French firm Millimages, to oversee the production firm's commercial activities.
  • A&E remakes Mexico's Niño Santo
    US cablenet A&E Network is developing a Mexican scripted series about a faith healer with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.
  • Cartoon Network adds more Hatter
    Cartoon Network has picked up all three seasons of animated series Matt Hatter Chronicles to air in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe.
  • YouTube plans programming drive
    YouTube has revealed plans to increase its original content by investing in new programming and formats from some of the most popular stars on its online service.
  • Corus spotlights hockey wives
    Corus Entertainment's W Network in Canada has ordered a short-form documentary series following the lives of hockey wives, set to air in 2015.
  • Canal+ orders spy series
    French pay TV operator Canal+ is to begin shooting a spy drama from French film director and scriptwriter Éric Rochant that will be partly filmed in Morocco.
  • Fox game for Fantasy Life
    US network Fox has handed a pilot order to a multicamera comedy based on a novel by an analyst at sports broadcaster ESPN.
  • Barcroft TV goes global with MSN
    Online platform MSN is to carry viral video content from UK factual producer and distributor Barcroft Media via a dedicated channel in the US and around the world.
  • Nippon boards Malaysian Railworld
    Japanese broadcaster Nippon Television has linked with Malaysian production outfit Primeworks Studios and broadcaster 8TV on a railway-based travelogue series.
  • Tyrant demands second season
    US cablenet FX has ordered a second season of Tyrant, its political drama from the co-creators of the hit series Homeland.
  • ABC Oz head of factual departs
    The head of factual at Australian pubcaster ABC is leaving the role and plans to return to his native UK.
  • RTÉ finds new formats head
    RTÉ Global, the commercial arm of the Irish pubcaster, has promoted one of its production executives to head of formats.
  • Independent thought
    Avi Armoza, founder and CEO of Israel's Armoza Formats, tells C21 about trends in the industry, his strategic thinking and the fruits of his recent development alliances around the globe.
  • Talpa considers sell-off
    John de Mol’s Talpa has appointed Bank of America Merrill Lynch as advisor after receiving a number of approaches from suitors interested in buying out the Utopia producer.
  • Sky Vision lands Big Fish Man
    Sky Vision, the distribution arm of UK satcaster BSkyB, has acquired global rights to a Discovery Networks International survival show.
  • Smithsonian preps for mass extinction
    US factual cablenet Smithsonian Channel is preparing a one-off documentary that explores two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.
  • Nat Geo teams with Earth Touch
    US cablenet Nat Geo Wild has commissioned a series and embarked on three coproductions with factual producer and distributor Earth Touch.
  • M6 stands by Rising Star
    French broadcaster M6 has given its backing to Israeli talent format Rising Star after the UK version was cancelled in pre-production amidst fears over its potential ratings.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Playing it safe With French TV networks coming under fire for failing to take risks with drama, what impact will Netflix’s imminent arrival have in an increasingly tough market? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Joiz of interaction Alexander Mazzara, founder of Swiss youth channel Joiz, tells Clive Whittingham about the tricks and challenges of marrying the first and second screens, and the threat this presents to linear broadcasters.
  • OTT: Blessing or burden? Stella Medlicott, chief marketing officer at Red Bee Media, fears that the proliferation of increasingly homogeneous over-the-top TV services may not be good for consumers or the industry.
  • Amazon exploration Amazon Studios, currently preparing a new batch of pilots with big-name European producers attached, is building up a library of original kids’ content. Nico Franks reports.
  • In touch with reality Reality television pioneer John de Mol is looking to breathe new life into the genre with his twist on the social experiment. John Hazelton reports.
  • Centre stage International producers are flocking to the UK to shoot big-budget projects thanks to new tax breaks. But how is this impacting the country’s studios? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Buying into social selling Entertainment retail has long been ripe for reinvention and now the studios are finally stepping up and having a go, says Gideon Lask, CEO and Founder of Buyapowa.
  • Jam today As more digital players than ever get set to attend Cartoon Forum in France next month, John Rice of Irish animation studio Jam Media gives his views on increasing revenues from VoD and app development.
  • The History girl Rachel Job, channel editor for History & H2 at A+E Networks UK, outlines her commissioning and acquisition strategy and budgets to Clive Whittingham.
  • Reasons to be cheerful Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Stuttgart animation studio Film Bilder, discusses how changes in German TV have affected his business, including an increase in VoD players coming on to the scene.
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