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  • Vertue’s reward
    Renowned producer Beryl Vertue OBE will receive the GEITF’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award tonight. Andrew Dickens reflects on her career.
  • C5 sees benefits of 'poverty porn'
    GEITF: The UK’s Channel 5 has refused to apologise for the number of shows it airs about benefits claimants and says it will continue to commission them in the future.
  • Edelstein warns against BBC break-up
    GEITF: NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein has launched a staunch defence of the BBC, warning against any attempt to undermine it.
  • Kavanagh bullish on BBC3
    GEITF: BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh has defended plans to make the channel online-only next year.
  • Major UK nets round on SVoD
    GEITF: Some of the biggest names in British broadcasting have come out fighting against SVoD services such as Netflix and Amazon, which are said to be threatening traditional linear TV.
  • Whittingdale: no 'dismantling' of BBC
    GEITF: The UK’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport has insisted the government is not out to dismantle the BBC and dismissed any suggestion of Rupert Murdoch’s involvement in a deal over charter renewal.
  • ITV2 orders diverse comedies
    ITV2 in the UK has commissioned a raft of diverse comedy shows to air this fall in the run-up to the Music of Black Origin Awards.
  • Toca Boca 'up for sale'
    Swedish app producer Toca Boca has reportedly been put up for sale by its parent company Bonnier Media Group ahead of its mooted move into TV.
  • Rovio reveals deep job cuts
    Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment is to cut its workforce by up to 260 people as profits at the Finnish company continue to fall.
  • NBCUI appoints for EMEA hub
    NBCUniversal International has unveiled a regional hub for its distribution and network operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and promoted two execs to oversee it.
  • Blink's Biggest Beasts go global
    National Geographic Channels International has linked up with Channel 5 in the UK and Smithsonian Channel on a two-hour special exploring some of the largest creatures ever to have lived on earth.
  • Netherlands seeks asylum again
    A Dutch pubcaster has commissioned a second season of international Emmy-winning Australian documentary format Go Back to Where You Came From.
  • BT hunts original commissions
    GEITF: BT TV is moving into original drama and entertainment commissioning as it looks to expand on its offering to UK customers.
  • Disney boosts animation ranks
    Disney Television Animation has made several executive appointments to boost the number of shows being developed for its Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney XD brands.
  • 44 Blue bumps up trio
    US firm 44 Blue Productions, the company behind A&E’s Emmy-nominated series Wahlburgers, has made a trio of promotions across its production department.
  • Pilgrim promotes for content
    US-based Pilgrim Studios has reshuffled its management team with the promotion of two execs to senior content-related roles.
  • Fremantle walks on Wildside
    FremantleMedia has acquired the Italian production company behind upcoming Sky, HBO and Canal+ drama The Young Pope, starring Jude Law.
  • Iannucci takes government to task
    GEITF: The writer behind The Thick of It and Veep has attacked the UK government for trying to curtail the BBC and said the nation's "greatest network" needs protection now more than ever.
  • DNI sails into Sydney Harbour
    GEITF: Discovery Networks International has greenlit a six-part blue-chip factual series about Sydney Harbour to air at the end of 2016.
  • Global channels enter Safe House
    France 3 and Germany’s ZDF are among broadcasters across the world to have picked up miniseries Safe House.
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  • China's rising Star Star China Media's Iris Xia on how the Chinese market for formats is changing and what's next for the prodco behind China’s Got Talent.
  • Taking stock Former Parthenon founder and Sky Vision MD Carl Hall discusses the future of distribution, the stressed UK market, the BBC, factual funding and the work of his indie Warehouse 51.
  • New kids on the block Rising production values and a handy new tax break have put Spain firmly on the international coproduction map, reports Toni Sekinah.
  • Hungary for growth John Rossiter gives the lowdown on changes in Central Europe after Sony acquired two Hungarian channels.
  • Direct action TVT's Ian Brotherston reflects on the biggest shifts that have taken place in media over the past decade and those that lie ahead in the next.
  • Coming to America Demand for original UK drama is growing in America, but is it anything more than a passing fad? Andrew Dickens assesses the trend.
  • Blue chip off the block Atlantic Productions' Anthony Geffen talks to Clive Whittingham about the blue-chip wildlife genre's renaissance and the struggles of 3D TV.
  • Monkey business A retelling of a Chinese legend provided the country’s film industry with a home-grown animated hit, and there are hopes it could pave the way for more.
  • Hill climbs to the top Polly Hill has risen through the ranks to head BBC Drama, with an estimated budget of US$310m. Maggie Brown assesses her biggest challenges.
  • Korea advice With 4K production booming, government money available and a close relationship with China, South Korea is about more than just drama.