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  • Telia buys Bonnier Broadcasting
    Swedish telco Telia has bought Scandinavian broadcast group Bonnier for SEK9.2bn (US$1bn), giving it control of channels including TV4 and Finland’s MTV.
  • DMR takes Chinese films for AsianCrush
    US video aggregator and publisher Digital Media Rights has picked up a slew of Chinese movies to air on its OTT network AsianCrush in North America.
  • Beta steps onto Pina's Pier
    Germany’s Beta Film has picked up the international distribution rights to Spanish thriller Embarcadero – The Pier, which is showrun by Álex Pina.
  • RTL names first VoD chief
    German broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has appointed a head of VoD content at its RTL Interactive unit.
  • World in motion
    Noah Media’s football content has put the UK indie on the radar of fans worldwide, and it now hopes to capitalise through a unique distribution model.
  • FNG, Canal+ declare War of the Worlds copro
    Canal+ in France and Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa have teamed up for a new coproduction of HG Wells’ classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds.
  • BBC1 re-examines Jack the Ripper
    BBC1 in the UK has ordered a one-off special about notorious murderer Jack the Ripper, with actor Emilia Fox co-presenting.
  • World Media Rights picks Peacock alum
    London-based indie World Media Rights has hired a former Peacock Productions exec as an executive producer.
  • S4C shows faith in Un Bore Mercher
    Welsh broadcaster S4C has greenlit a second season of Un Bore Mercher, the thriller whose English-language version, Keeping Faith, has become a hit for the BBC.
  • Viacom fires Paramount TV president
    Viacom has fired the president of US studio Paramount Television after allegations she made racially insensitive remarks.
  • DHX picks WildBrain MD
    Canadian children's content giant DHX Media has appointed an MD to run its online network and studio WildBrain in London.
  • Fine Brothers finds Above Average chief
    US digital studio Fine Brothers Entertainment has appointed the former chief of digital comedy studio Above Average as its new CEO.
  • MTG's Nova sale blocked in Bulgaria
    Nordic entertainment outfit Modern Times Group has been dealt a blow in its bid to realign its operations after having the €185m (US$229m) sale of Nova Broadcasting Group blocked by Bulgaria's competition authorities.
  • Tencent embraces Squeeze toon
    Chinese streamer Tencent has picked up a 3D animated comedy from Canadian production outfit Squeeze.
  • Sundance, Shudder discover Sky’s witches
    COMIC-CON: AMC Networks-owned SVoD services Sundance Now and Shudder have jointly acquired European satcaster Sky’s forthcoming original supernatural thriller series A Discovery of Witches.
  • Virgin set to drop channels in UKTV row
    Customers of Liberty Global's UK cable company Virgin Media could be without an array of channels including male-skewing Dave and comedy network Gold as a dispute over VoD rights escalates.
  • Comedy Central adds Fox animations
    Viacom-owned US cablenet Comedy Central has picked up 20th Century Fox’s King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show.
  • Netflix, Atresmedia agree first-look pact
    Global streaming giant Netflix has signed a first-look deal with Spanish commercial broadcaster Atresmedia covering the latter’s original dramas.
  • ProSiebenSat.1 eyes unscripted boost
    German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is targeting a range of factual and factual entertainment programming, including police patrol-focused shows and car-focused docuseries, for its suite of channels.
  • Virgin adds linear nets, VoD quiz service
    UK pay TV operator Virgin TV has added linear kids' and wildlife channels to its bundle, as well as an on-demand service offering quizshows.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

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  • Alive and kicking MIPTV: Live-action scripted programming was top of the agenda for children's buyers in Cannes this week as the genre enjoys a shot in the arm thanks to SVoD. Nico Franks reports.
  • Rights still reign MIPTV: The continuing surge in the quantity and quality of drama didn't stop rights being the talk of the town at MipTV.