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  • Syndicated success
    Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, the New York-based duo behind Chopped, discuss their new show for syndication, trends in the genre and the impact of streamers on formats.
  • DHX to cut slate, staffing after strategic review
    Canadian children’s content giant DHX Media has concluded a strategic review, resulting in staff cuts, the reduction of its development slate and greater investment in shortform for its YouTube business WildBrain.
  • VH1 to become unscripted net in UK
    Viacom International Media Networks is relaunching VH1 in the UK as a lifestyle and general entertainment channel.
  • Swiss net regains Voice
    Swiss commercial broadcaster 3 Plus Group is bringing back musical competition format The Voice after a five-year absence.
  • Crew recall ‘phenomenal producer’ Bourdain
    TRIBECA: The showrunner, director and producers behind CNN’s Parts Unknown said the late Anthony Bourdain should be remembered as a “phenomenal television producer” rather than a celebrity chef, at the premiere of the show’s final season.
  • ITVS invests in Simon Nye start-up
    Men Behaving Badly and The Durrells creator Simon Nye and former BBC comedy exec Sophie Clarke-Jervoise have launched new indie with minority investment from ITV Studios.
  • Merman gives birth to Mermade
    Merman, the transatlantic prodco founded and run by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has launched a digital arm with former execs from Maker Studios and Channel 4.
  • Nickelodeon takes Atchoo
    Nickelodeon has agreed a multi-territory deal for children’s toon Atchoo across EMEA as part of a raft of international deals secured by Madrid-based distributor Brands & Rights 360.
  • Viacom to Ring changes in production
    US media giant Viacom has appointed one of its production executives to a senior role across its portfolio of channel brands.
  • Rodriguez upped at Fox
    Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has promoted one of its sales executives in Europe and MENA.
  • C5 stages animal fundraiser
    The UK’s Channel 5 has commissioned a three-hour TV event that will raise funds for the country’s animal charities.
  • Screentime revives Wife Swap
    Banijay-owned Australian prodco Screentime is preparing a new version of a UK reality format in which two spouses from radically different families swap places for a week.
  • Matchbox strikes deal for new MD
    NBCUniversal International Studios today named a senior executive from Australian pubcaster ABC as MD of its Sydney- and Melbourne-based prodco Matchbox Pictures.
  • Netflix masters music doc
    SVoD giant Netflix is prepping its latest original unscripted series with a documentary exploring pivotal moments in the lives of musicians such as Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Jam Master Jay and Sam Cooke.
  • Sky bolsters original comedy line-up
    Sky in the UK has commissioned a trio of original comedy series fronted by talent including Idris Elba, David Walliams, Johnny Vegas, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.
  • Turkish drama heads to Costa Rica
    NEWS BRIEF: Costa Rican broadcaster Teletica has picked up two Turkish dramas from distributor Inter Medya: Alas Rotas (Broken Wings) and La Senora Fazilet (Mrs Fazilet & her Daughters).
  • ITV alum Davey leads BBC's Comic Relief
    BBC Studios has appointed the former controller of comedy and entertainment at commercial rival ITV as the new showrunner of its Comic Relief charity night.
  • C4 drops another £100k
    NEWS BRIEF: Channel 4 in the UK has greenlit a 60-episode second season of its quizshow The £100k Drop for its daytime schedule from Endemol Shine-owned Remarkable Television.
  • Ovation goes Inside the Actors Studio
    Arts-focused US cablenet Ovation has become the new home of long-running celebrity interview series Inside The Actors Studio.
  • A+E Networks, RMC flip more Bangers
    A+E Networks in the UK and French factual channel RMC Decouverte have greenlit a second season of motoring series Flipping Bangers.

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  • Fear and funding With broadcaster cash becoming harder to secure and budgets fluctuating wildly, Canada’s non-fiction producers are increasingly looking to factual funds to get their projects made.
  • Playing Ball Bunim/Murray Productions is behind one of Facebook’s most popular original series. Julie Pizzi reveals the genesis of Ball in the Family.
  • Vertical thinking Marc Berman offers his take on the new crop of pilots heading into the Upfronts, and finds that this year it’s all about ownership, reboots and female-helmed dramas.
  • Pointing the way Next-generation studio Indigenous Media has joined up with Scandal star Kerry Washington to launch a drama on Facebook Watch.
  • Middle ground Turkish imports plus a lack of local commissioners have made the Middle East a tough place for scripted producers. But there are reasons for optimism.
  • Baring FAANGs As Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google step up their efforts to reach children, should the industry be welcoming, wary or worried?
  • Out of this world Live event shows and rights negotiations with streamers were high on the factual agenda at a soggy MipTV and MipDoc in Cannes.
  • Facing up to Facebook As Facebook steps up its efforts to attract viewers, the industry remains torn on whether mass migration to mobile will sound the death knell for traditional TV.
  • 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.