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  • Must CEE television
    Central and Eastern Europe is hot at the moment. Here, two leading buyers from the region tell Richard Middleton what type of shows are top of their shopping lists.
  • BBC makes double drama order
    BBC1 in the UK has ordered two dramas including a show described as a multi-stranded, international thriller based on a novel by Sarah Lotz.
  • Sony hires ex-Fox exec Glaser
    Sony Pictures Television has appointed former Fox exec Jeffrey Glaser to head up current programming at its Studios operation.
  • TruTV says I'm Sorry again
    Time Warner-owned US network TruTV has extended its fledgling comedy I'm Sorry into a second season before the first has finished airing.
  • TLC's Cake Boss ready for Go
    NEWS BRIEF: US network TLC is preparing to premiere five episodes of hit franchise Cake Boss via its mobile-focused on demand service TLC Go.
  • BBC2 returns to FX's Crime Story
    BBC2 in the UK has acquired the second instalment of US anthology drama series American Crime Story.
  • RTM stages Turkish drama first
    Malaysian national broadcaster RTM has picked up its first ever Turkish drama series from Scandi-based distributor Eccho Rights.
  • A&E, Spurlock receive Cultureshock
    US cablenet A&E has commissioned an eight-part documentary series from Morgan Spurlock prodco Warrior Poets on the untold stories behind watershed moments in popular culture.
  • Mediacorp names Loke Kheng as CEO
    Singapore media company Mediacorp has appointed a pay TV veteran as its CEO to replace the outgoing Shaun Seow, who is moving to parent company Temasek.
  • Oz court orders piracy shutdowns
    Australia's biggest internet service providers will be forced to block access to 15 streaming sites offering pirated material after pay TV operator Foxtel took its case to the country's Federal Court.
  • ABC fires up live-action Jetsons
    ABC in the US is preparing a live-action reboot of 1960s Hanna-Barbera animation The Jetsons and has tapped Back to the Future's Robert Zemeckis to exec produce.
  • Skai boss exits
    The MD of one of Greece's leading commercial broadcasters is leaving the network after six years.
  • Kosminsky talks up The State copro
    Bafta- and Golden Globe-winning writer and director Peter Kosminsky has praised the coproduction partnership that allowed him to bring his dramatic depiction of life inside Islamic State to TV.
  • Mediacom to carry Kabillion
    US cable firm Mediacom Communications has agreed a deal to carry kids' on-demand offerings Kabillion and Kabillion Girls Rule! on its VoD service.
  • Fremantle names Indian MD
    FremantleMedia has promoted from within to name a new MD at its Indian division.
  • Russia's CTC claims Final Four
    Russian broadcaster CTC has commissioned a local version of singing competition show The Final Four from Israel's Armoza Formats.
  • Discovery hires Google exec in Nordics
    Discovery Networks has appointed a Google executive to head up its digital operations in the Nordics.
  • STV secures biggest BBC commission
    STV Productions in Scotland has received its biggest ever commission from the BBC, after the pubcaster made an extended order for Antiques Road Trip.
  • YouTube adds WGN's Wax for scripted
    YouTube has bolstered its originals team by appointing WGN America's head of scripted television and promoting one of its senior comedy execs.
  • Netflix moves into merchandising
    Netflix has appointed a director of global licensing and merchandising to oversee a push into developing consumer products based on its original content.
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  • Must CEE television Central and Eastern Europe is hot at the moment. Here, two leading buyers from the region tell Richard Middleton what type of shows are top of their shopping lists.
  • Carnival atmosphere Brazilian demand for international formats is changing, while foreign channels are now eyeing IP from the country, says Formata Production & Content's Daniela Busoli.
  • Keep a cool headset VR might be tipped as the next big thing in factual but is the unscripted industry trying to run before the technology can walk?
  • Age old question Does a rise in programming with serialised story arcs and a greater focus on comedy prove preschoolers are more sophisticated than ever, asks Andy Fry.
  • Shopping around pt2 In the second of two articles, more international unscripted buyers talk about the types of programming they are looking to commission.
  • A leap of faith Adam Price, co-owner of StudioCanal-backed SAM Productions, and Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen discuss religion, scripted reinvention and Nordic magical realism.
  • Breaking windows With more Netflix originals becoming available to traditional TV buyers in their second window, how tough is it to sell such shows?
  • Shopping around pt1 In the first of two articles, a trio of international unscripted buyers reveal what's on their commissioning wish lists.
  • Amazon à la carte Is online giant Amazon's latest UK initiative threatening pay TV incumbents such as Sky and Virgin, asks Kate Bulkley.
  • Turkey's still hot Fadi Ismail of O3 Productions discusses his company’s impact on Turkish drama, European copros and Arabic scripted ambitions.