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  • TLC adds Lohan, Marsh docs
    TLC in the UK has revealed a slate of new programming and acquisitions to mark its first year on air, including a series about Lindsay Lohan.
  • Canal+ names factual channels chief
    Canal+ has appointed its director of documentaries, Christine Cauquelin, to run its factual thematic channels.
  • Zodiak Rights inks Mocky deal
    Zodiak Rights, the distribution arm of Zodiak Media, has agreed to shop shows from French production company Mocky Delicious Products.
  • Discovery replaces Everest jump
    Discovery Channel is to use the footage it had filmed ahead of its recently aborted Everest Jump Live event to create a documentary about the avalanche that forced its cancellation.
  • Intrigue preps Korean dramas
    Californian-based production outfit Intrigue is to develop a pair of South Korean drama series after acquiring US format rights from media group CJ E&M.
  • Global, Hubert rework Dotto
    French TV producer Hervé Hubert has linked up with Turkish distribution outfit Global Agency to revamp a US gameshow dating back 60 years.
  • Maker Studios tries scripted drama
    YouTube multi-channel network Maker Studios, which last week agreed a takeover deal with Disney, has partnered with fashion and lifestyle brand Nylon TV on its first scripted drama series.
  • BBC lines up daytime quiz
    The BBC has ordered a new quizshow from Endemol's UK-based production firm Remarkable Television.
  • Aereo under fire at Supreme Court
    Online streaming service Aereo faced a barrage of criticism from chief justices as the latest round in its legal battle with broadcasters began at the US Supreme Court.
  • Chaplin toon travels Europe
    Broadcasters across Europe have acquired an animated series based on silent movie star Charlie Chaplin from Paris-based distributor PGS Entertainment.
  • Portuguese net does the maths
    NEWS BRIEF: A broadcaster in Portugal has acquired The Prime Radicals (52x15'), a Canadian live-action series that shows how kids can use mathematics in everyday situations.
  • BBCWW seeks South Africa format
    BBC Worldwide is looking for a new format to produce locally in South Africa after axing its own version of cookery show Come Dine With Me.
  • Ion takes Rookie Blue
    US channel Ion Television has landed the broadcast syndication rights to ABC cop drama Rookie Blue.
  • Magic show materialises on TV2
    Dogan Media Group's TV2 in Turkey has acquired a new magic series that shows celebrities getting fooled by hidden-camera tricks.
  • Screen Oz funds tsunami doc
    Australian broadcaster SBS and Discovery UK have commissioned a feature-length documentary about the Australian-led forensic operation to identify victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
  • Nine rejigged before SVoD launch
    Australia’s Nine Network has reshuffled its acquisitions and programming departments in the lead-up to the launch of its subscription VoD service.
  • Nine catches Rising Star
    Australia’s Nine Network is negotiating a one-year option for the format rights to hot new international talent show Rising Star.
  • China, UK sign copro pact
    Chinese state broadcaster CCTV and UK producers’ body Pact are set to sign a landmark agreement today that aims to boost the number of coproductions between the two countries.
  • Travel Channel explores pilots
    Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Travel Channel has greenlit eight new pilots from the likes of Eyeworks, Nutopia and My Tupelo Entertainment.
  • PBS lands D-Day special
    US pubcaster PBS will air a factual special about the D-Day landings as part of a month of programming around the 70th anniversary of the Second World War battle.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • All eyes on Israel With Israeli formats in the global spotlight, Andrew Dickens looks at the potential consequences of international production giants buying into the country's TV industry.
  • The eyes of the world With the world’s biggest football tournament coming to its most enthusiastic footballing nation, Clive Whittingham asks how Brazil’s broadcasters are set to react to the mass distraction of their audience.
  • Toon renaissance With Cartoons on the Bay getting underway today in Venice, Nico Franks looks at the possible impact of a promised tax credit for Italian TV animation.
  • Starz ascending Starz chief and MipTV keynote Chris Albrecht tells Kevin Downey how he intends to use the network’s original programming to set it apart from other US cable channels.
  • High life for Discovery Clive Whittingham reports from New York, where live events and glossy dramas dominated the Discovery upfronts on Thursday.
  • Pick of the spring crop High-tech thrillers, a shiny-floor talent show and racial re-adjustment surgery all come under the microscope as Ed Waller puts forward 21 of the shows that could well be going places at MipTV.
  • Beating the slump Diego Londoño runs Fox International Channels' networks in Europe and Africa. He tells Richard Middleton how pay TV has adapted to the regions’ economic troubles and why brands are still king.
  • Playing with fire Moving from journalism to screenwriting is no small feat. Tom Bradby, political editor at ITN News, tells Andrew Dickens about his debut TV project.
  • The cat's whiskers TV series adapted from apps, a reboot of a 56-year-old franchise and a live-action zomcom are just some of the more eye-catching children’s shows that could be worth screening in Cannes. Ed Waller reports.
  • Knowing the format Daniela Matei, FremantleMedia's CEO of Nordics, CEE and Balkans, tells Andrew Dickens about the current state of the formatted entertainment industry in her regions.