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  • Fincham, Hincks land Warner Bros exec
    Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks' fledgling prodco Expectation has appointed a Warner Bros exec as its chief operating officer.
  • Red devil?
    Netflix’s quest for world domination may be throwing up plenty of opportunities for the global drama business, but it’s also giving it plenty of headaches.
  • Holland unveils BBC2 vision
    BBC2 in the UK has revealed a new-look schedule with an array of fresh titles across factual, current affairs, arts and drama programming.
  • Playground delves into financial scandal
    US- and UK-based drama producer Playground has optioned the rights to a recently published book by the Wall Street Journal's David Enrich.
  • SVT orders entertainment format
    Swedish public broadcaster SVT has ordered a Saturday night entertainment show based on the entertainment format Versus.
  • Endemol Shine joins JTBC in Korea
    Endemol Shine Group has secured the latest international co-development partnership with a South Korean media outfit.
  • BBC First delivers Zee Café order
    India’s Zee Entertainment has agreed a programming block deal with BBC Worldwide that will see shows from the latter's drama-focused BBC First brand airing in the territory.
  • Hulu in Japan lands MTV first
    Hulu in Japan has agreed a deal with Viacom International Media Networks that will see the introduction of MTV’s first subscription-based OTT linear channel in Asia.
  • ERT programme chief Sasloglou exits
    The director of programming at Greece’s ERT is leaving her role after 18 months with the public broadcaster.
  • Discovery takes Prime Nazis doc
    Discovery Communications has acquired a Holocaust documentary from France- and LA-based Prime Entertainment Group.
  • Globomedia, Écija start scripted prodco
    One of the co-founders of Spain's Globomedia has set up a scripted production company with the Mediapro Group-owned Spanish-language producer.
  • Shorts, box sets added to RTÉ Player
    Irish pubcaster RTÉ is preparing to launch an updated version of its on-demand service offering new shortform content and box sets.
  • Foxtel, Discovery pick Proper content
    Broadcasters in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific have acquired more than 250 hours of programming from Toronto-based factual distributor Proper Rights.
  • Virgin extends Worldbox channels offer
    Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media is adding channels from Poland, France and Russia to its UK-based Worldbox app.
  • Radical Sheep hires DHX exec
    Radical Sheep Productions in Canada has hired DHX Media's director of development as senior director of development and production.
  • AMC ventures further into Badlands
    US cablenet AMC has ordered an extended third season of its martial arts drama Into the Badlands before the second has finished airing.
  • Boat Rocker funding follows MarcoPolo
    Boat Rocker Ventures in Canada has led a US$8.5m financing round in a company that produces early childhood education mobile apps.
  • Netflix makes China move with iQiyi
    Global streaming giant Netflix has made its breakthrough in China thanks to a licensing deal with local player iQiyi.
  • Firecracker hires Mentorn alum Morgan
    Tinopolis-owned UK prodco Firecracker has brought in a former Mentorn Media and Two Four executive to lead its factual slate.
  • Smarty has the answer for Lugsden
    UK-based distributor Orange Smarty has hired an exec from the Argonon Group for its sales team as it prepares to launch a new catalogue of factual formats.
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