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  • Facebook falls for Fuller’s Skam
    MIPCOM: An English-language version of Norwegian teen drama Skam (Shame), produced by Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, is to be the latest show to launch on Facebook Watch.
  • Ruptly goes Live with streaming service
    MIPCOM: Berlin-based news agency Ruptly is launching a video streaming platform for live events.
  • Lenny Henry calls for diversity tax breaks
    MIPCOM: British comedian, writer and actor Sir Lenny Henry has called for tax breaks to be introduced to encourage diversity in the TV industry.
  • HBO greenlights twist on late-night satire
    MIPCOM: US premium cablenet HBO has greenlit a 10-part comedy documentary series from UK prodco Avalon Television fronted by comedian and writer Wyatt Cenac.
  • Electus looks to build Complex blocks
    MIPCOM: US-based distributor Electus International has picked up seven titles from digital media company Complex Networks to shop globally.
  • Snapchat video content to be permanent
    MIPCOM: Snapchat’s original concept of disappearing messages will not carry over to its scripted and serialised video, according to its new head of content.
  • Seven hears Criminal Confessions
    MIPCOM: Australia’s Seven Network has picked up true crime series Criminal Confessions as part of its first-look deal with distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • SBS6 adds to Talpa's Human Knowledge
    MIPCOM: Dutch broadcaster SBS6 has renewed Talpa Media’s studio entertainment show Human Knowledge for a second season.
  • FilmRise digs up $110m acquisitions war chest
    MIPCOM: New York-based distributor FilmRise has revealed it has US$110m to spend on new acquisitions and has also signed an exclusive Canadian distribution deal.
  • Newman makes Ingenious move
    MIPCOM: The executive producer behind UK dramas including Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands has joined investment firm The Ingenious Group.
  • Nickelodeon snaps up Korean jelly toon
    MIPCOM: Viacom-owned international kids' network Nickelodeon has picked up a Korean animated series for its pay channels worldwide in a deal with Spain-based distributor Imira Entertainment.
  • WingsMedia joins $250m Asia copro pact
    MIPCOM: China’s WingsMedia has linked up with producers in Singapore and Thailand on a 10-feature film coproduction agreement, the first of its kind between the three countries.
  • Bell Media buys Corus channels
    MIPCOM: Bell Media in Canada has agreed to buy French-language channels Séries+ and Historia from Corus Entertainment.
  • BBC boards Sidney Nolan biopic
    The BBC has bought UK TV and VoD rights to a one-hour documentary that will profile one of Australia’s best-known contemporary artists.
  • All3Media’s Liar covers new ground
    MIPCOM: Swedish public broadcaster SVT has picked up six-part ITV drama Liar from distributor All3Media International.
  • PBS Kids wins digital funding boost
    MIPCOM: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the US has awarded PBS Kids a US$5.6m grant to help fund digital content for children.
  • AMC, Vice partner in Iberia
    MIPCOM: AMC Networks International in Iberia and Vice Media have partnered to bring programming from the latter's Viceland channel to Spain and Portugal.
  • ITVS Finland makes it into Final Four
    MIPCOM: ITV Studios Finland has acquired local rights to Armoza Formats’ primetime singing competition The Final Four.
  • Rainbow seeks licence to thrill
    MIPCOM: Winx Club producer and distributor Rainbow is developing dramas aimed at young adults following its acquisition of fellow Italian firm Iven Group.
  • Aussie screen industry faces new inquiry
    The Australian broadcast TV, streaming and radio industries will be the subject of an inquiry by the country’s senate.
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  • In fine forum Cartoon Forum director Annick Maes tells Nico Franks about welcoming more new faces to the event and its future in Toulouse.
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