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  • Turner to enforce Arthur’s Law
    Turner is continuing its focus on in-house productions in Germany with its first original series for pay TV channel TNT Comedy.
  • Facebook orders Sacred Lies, Bear Grylls
    NATPE: Facebook has unveiled three commissions for its nascent Watch platform at NATPE in Miami, including a reality series with Bear Grylls and a scripted adaptation from True Blood exec producer Raelle Tucker.
  • Zig Zag taps ICM for representation
    UK indie Zig Zag Productions will be represented by agency ICM Partners in the US following an agreement between the two companies.
  • CBS lands Burnett library
    CBS Television Distribution has struck a deal with entertainer Carol Burnett to acquire digital multicast rights to all 11 seasons of Emmy-winning The Carol Burnett Show.
  • Sky takes majority stake in Avanti
    Sky Vision, the production and distribution division of European satcaster Sky, has increased its stake in UK prodco Avanti Media to a majority holding.
  • Young at heart
    UK broadcasters S4C and Channel 4 are bypassing their TV schedules to target youth audiences with shortform on Facebook and YouTube.
  • Propagate secures Raine investment
    Propagate Content, the US production company founded by Ben Silverman and Howard T Owens with backing from A+E Networks, has secured investment from global merchant bank The Raine Group.
  • NBCU acquires Outpost for Syfy
    NBCUniversal International Networks has acquired a forthcoming fantasy-adventure series from the creators of Stargate and Stargate SG-1.
  • Hulu lines up Clooney to face down rivals
    US streamer Hulu has ramped up pressure on Netflix and Amazon by unveiling a raft of new originals and acquisitions, including an adaptation of classic novel Catch-22 starring George Clooney.
  • Jefferies wins Comedy Central renewal
    Comedy Central in the US has renewed late-night series The Jim Jefferies Show for a 20-episode second season.
  • Mediawan swoops on EuropaCorp TV arm
    French investment firm Mediawan has acquired the television arm of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp and is poised to buy stakes in two other domestic producers.
  • Telemundo consolidates production units
    NATPE: NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises in the US has set up a division to house its domestic and international scripted units, led by veteran media executive Marcos Santana.
  • Paramount Network preps MLK doc, dramas
    Paramount Network in the US has commissioned a documentary on Martin Luther King and announced a slew of premiere dates for its original dramas ahead of its launch later this week.
  • Asia, NZ nets bag Blue Ant shows
    Broadcasters in Asia and Australasia are amongst those to have picked up programming from Canada's Blue Ant International.
  • Elephant enters the room with Webedia
    European production company Elephant Group has set up a joint venture prodco alongside French digital media firm Webedia.
  • Xilam hires Gaumont alum for Asia Pacific
    French animation studio Xilam has appointed a former Gaumont Animation executive to oversee its sales activities in Asia Pacific.
  • Discovery MENA lands Fo-Fo show
    Discovery Networks has acquired rights in the Middle East and North Africa to a live-action/animated series designed to encourage preschoolers to make healthy choices and have fun.
  • Screen Australia backs history docs
    Documentaries about pivotal moments in Australia’s history, exotic creatures and the blue whale are among 12 projects that have received production funding from Screen Australia.
  • Dopamine taps Secuoya alum for int'l
    NATPE: Dopamine, the fledgling independent studio from Mexican television giant TV Azteca, has appointed a former Grupo Secuoya exec as its new head of international business.
  • Acorn TV revives Sky show as first original
    Acorn TV, the North American SVoD service dedicated to international television, has ordered its first series by reviving a Sky comedy.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Promising debut Clive Whittingham reports from the unscripted track of Content London on the state of the indie nation and programming in a ‘post truth’ age.
  • Short change Broadcasters will reap the benefits if they take a chance on shortform drama investment, according to key industry figures at Content London.
  • Lord of the rights One consequence of rising drama budgets is risk-aversity, according to speakers at C21’s Content London.
  • Renaissance studies Key figures in the global formats business found plenty to be positive about when looking to the future of unscripted at Content London, including the arrival of SVoD and OTT platforms.
  • Social gathering Harnessing social media, YouTube controversy and Brexit uncertainty dominated discussions at C21’s Kids Content Futures in London.
  • Shopping around pt1 In the first article in a two-part report, two factual buyers tell Clive Whittingham about the style of programming their channels are looking for.
  • Cracking stacking As viewing continues to shift online, broadcasters are demanding more exclusivity and flexibility when they license US programming. But are they getting it?
  • Moving in-house With more and more independent producers launching sales arms, where does this leave medium-sized distributors, and can the market sustain them all?
  • Forward motion Motion Content Group’s Richard Foster wants to be in the middle of the premium content business, and it’s clear to see why.
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