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  • ABC kids boss heads to Canada
    Corus Entertainment in Canada has hired the head of children's TV at Australian public broadcaster ABC, whose departure was announced earlier this week.
  • New digital realities
    John Roberts, chief digital officer at reality pioneer Bunim/Murray Productions, explains the opportunities and challenges presented by new digital platforms.
  • Werner-Autio exits MTV Finland
    MTV Finland's senior VP of programming Kristiina Werner-Autio has left her post after more than two-and-a-half years.
  • EuropaCorp chief stands down
    Christophe Lambert, CEO of French filmmaker Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, has resigned.
  • NBCU preps SVoD reality service
    NBCUniversal International is readying an SVoD service for the UK, Ireland and Australia that will offer on-demand access to an array of reality shows.
  • BBC4 acquires Sweden’s Modus
    UK broadcaster BBC4 is bolstering its international drama line-up with the acquisition of Swedish thriller Modus from FremantleMedia International, C21 can reveal.
  • USA targets Phillippe's Shooter
    USA Network has ordered a TV remake of the 2007 movie Shooter, with Hollywood actor Ryan Phillippe starring.
  • ITV endeavours to continue Morse prequel
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a fourth season of its Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour.
  • Ex-Endemol Shine duo launch prodco
    Two former senior Endemol Shine execs have unveiled a production outfit focused on entertainment formats for TV, video and digital outlets.
  • FYI orders more Kocktails
    US cablenet FYI has ordered a further 15 one-hour episodes of primetime talkshow Kocktails with Khloé.
  • Ghost Brothers spook Discovery net
    Discovery Communications has ordered a new factual series about the paranormal for its Destination America network.
  • Hulu orders RocketJump series
    US streaming service Hulu has ordered a sci-fi anthology series from RocketJump and Lionsgate.
  • D Films ups Robson
    NEWS BRIEF: Canadian distributor D Films has promoted Michael Robson to senior VP of acquisitions and new business development.
  • A&E puts innocents in prison
    A&E Network in the US is launching an original docuseries that follows seven innocent people as they enter a real-life prison.
  • Quickflix seeks restructuring deal with Stan
    Troubled Australian streaming and DVD rental service Quickflix has acknowledged it cannot proceed with a badly needed refinancing unless it concludes a deal with subscription VoD rival Stan.
  • Dallas Buyers Club court case dropped
    The producers of Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club have abandoned their attempts to seek legal redress against Australian broadband users who allegedly illegally downloaded copies of the film.
  • Travelling mouse books set for TV
    A children's author has linked with a marketing expert and one half of the partnership behind LazyTown to turn his books into an animated series.
  • Top Gear gets first female host
    The BBC has revealed further details about the new team fronting its revamped global motoring hit Top Gear, including the show's first female presenter.
  • Wax out at Sprout
    Sandy Wax, president and general manager of US preschool network Sprout, has left the channel she helped launch 11 years ago.
  • Thunderbirds Are Go in the US
    Amazon has picked up 52 episodes of the rebooted Thunderbirds series, originally produced for ITV in the UK by Pukeko Pictures in New Zealand.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • New digital realities John Roberts, chief digital officer at reality pioneer Bunim/Murray Productions, explains the opportunities and challenges presented by new digital platforms.
  • City of drama Brazil might be known for telenovelas but City of God director Fernando Meirelles’ new miniseries suggests changing tastes. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Reflecting change The Kidscreen Summit yesterday highlighted that the more things change in the children's business, the more they stay the same.
  • Original thinking US station groups are embracing creating shows instead of clearing what’s on the syndication market. So what can they learn from the international market?
  • Murder will out Development pain and the success of Netflix's Making a Murderer dominated conversations at this week's RealScreen Summit in Washington DC.
  • Back to basics While VoD tends to dominate discussions in the entertainment industry, Twentieth Television’s Steve MacDonald offers an alternative view.
  • Going the distance Endemol Shine Group's Sophie Turner Laing, fresh from receiving her Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at Natpe, reveals how the parts of the merged company have meshed.
  • Musical differences Bringing a music artist’s story to the screen means negotiating a rights minefield. Here four Oscar-nominated doc makers untangle the issues.
  • Justified faith Getting a show on to a network is one thing but how do you keep it there six seasons? Crime drama Justified’s creator Graham Yost explains.
  • OTT opportunity The US broadcast TV industry should see the rapid growth of OTT in terms of opportunities, not threats, says Creative Artists Agency's David Freeman.