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  • Direction of travel
    After several years of chasing each other’s commissioning strategies, Clive Whittingham finds the big factual cablenets leaving Cannes in very different programming directions.
  • DogTV goes for walkies
    DogTV, the 24-hour television network created just for dogs that counts Discovery Communications as a strategic investor and partner, is set to launch in several new territories in 2017.
  • Shudder scares in UK, Ireland
    AMC Networks-backed horror streaming service Shudder has launched in the UK and Ireland.
  • AT&T in Time Warner talks
    US telecoms firm AT&T is reportedly in talks to take over Time Warner, owner of HBO, the CNN news network and Warner Bros.
  • ABC welcomes Enemy of the State
    ABC in the US has become the latest to reboot a movie for TV, this time making a pilot commitment for a television version of 1998 feature Enemy of the State.
  • Lat Am Heidi remake finds home
    A pay TV broadcaster in Latin America has acquired a Spanish-language live-action adaptation of classic children's novel Heidi from producer Mondo TV.
  • Digital Media adds kids’ service
    US video aggregator and publisher Digital Media Rights has launched an ad-supported VoD streaming service for children and families.
  • Nick renews sibling comedy
    NEWS BRIEF: Nickelodeon in the US has greenlit a third season of animated series The Loud House ahead of the launch of the second, bringing the total episode count up to 78.
  • AMC Sundance takes Hollywood series
    NEWS BRIEF: AMC Sundance has picked up more episodes of a series that profiles top Hollywood directors from distributor Prime Entertainment Group.
  • BBC3 bags NBCU's Barracuda
    BBC3 has acquired Australian drama Barracuda from NBCUniversal International Distribution.
  • Virgin, Viacom grow content deal
    Liberty Global subsidiary Virgin Media has expanded its multi-year programming deal with Viacom in the UK and Ireland.
  • Freeform stops feeling Guilt
    Disney-owned cablenet Freeform has pulled the plug on its soapy drama Guilt after one season.
  • RTL extends NBCU agreement
    RTL in Germany has expanded its partnership with NBCUniversal International Distribution, securing a deal that will see it take first-run free TV rights to series and films.
  • ORF offloads at Amazon
    Austrian pubcaster ORF's distribution arm chalked up an array of deals at Mipcom this week, including a wide-ranging package with Amazon.
  • Vimeo launches online TV shop
    Online video platform Vimeo has launched its own store for premium US drama in more than 150 countries and has tapped Lionsgate as a partner in the venture.
  • SundanceTV preps classics block
    SundanceTV in the US is launching a daytime programming block featuring classic programmes M*A*S*H, All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • 9 Story opens int'l sales arm
    Canadian children's content firm 9 Story Media Group has launched a new international distribution operation based in Ireland.
  • Discovery takes Korean fathers format
    Discovery Life in the US is preparing to air a Korean format that follows three celebrity fathers as they look after their children.
  • CBS finds Salvation
    US network CBS has ordered a 13-part summer event series from Alex Kutzman, the executive producer behind the new Star Trek TV series.
  • YouTube ups the game
    Virtual reality was the hot topic at Mipcom this year and while Google is among the leading proponents, YouTube’s Susanne Daniels had a different focus.


  • Distinct desires BBC4 editor Cassian Harrison on slow TV, trainspotting and the delicate art of drama acquisition.
  • Facing the future Jason George, CEO of live-streaming and social media specialist Telescope, argues that recent developments suggest Facebook TV is coming to a screen near you soon.
  • Seasonal labour With off-net exploitation on all new platforms such a big earner, US networks are under even more pressure to find hits this fall.
  • Junior highs Nico Franks uncovers 21 shows worth screening at Mip Junior later this month, ranging from a drama about a time travelling ballet dancer to a toon about intergalactic slugs.
  • State of independents UK terrestrials reveal where the country’s remaining small indies fit into their commissioning plans amidst mass consolidation in the sector.
  • International outlook DNI’s Marjorie Kaplan is taking her eye-opening early experiences of life in the UK into her commissioning strategy.
  • Blazing a trail Steven Bawol, founder and MD of Paris-based Helion Pictures, explains how the company managed to shoot a new 12x60’ documentary series for RMC Decouverte largely on iPhones.
  • TIFF on TV’s turf The Toronto International Film Festival’s showcasing of TV titles reflects the latest blurring of content lines in the entertainment business.
  • Production values Toni Sekinah talks to three producers of projects that caused a stir at Cartoon Forum last week about the changes sweeping the animation business.
  • In the running Gotham producer Bruno Hellerm considers if the US showrunner model could ever have a place in the UK.