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  • Thorogood to leave Scripps
    Nick Thorogood is leaving Scripps Network Interactive as the channels operator prepares to restructure its management team outside the US.
  • A digital direction
    Dave Morgan, CEO of ad tech firm Simulmedia, argues that when it comes to advertising, TV execs can learn from their digital cousins.
  • Elephant gets Tied to Mom
    French production outfit Elephant TV has picked up an Israeli entertainment format from Armoza Formats.
  • ITV Studios unveils MipTV formats
    ITV Studios will launch 14 new formats covering reality, entertainment, quizshows and factual at MipTV in April.
  • MPs criticise BBC’s foreign formats
    An influential report from a group of UK MPs says the BBC's licence fee model could be scrapped and has attacked the pubcaster for spending money on entertainment formats such as The Voice.
  • BBCWW makes digital sales in Israel, SA
    New digital platforms Cellcom in Israel, Woongjin in Korea and VIDI in South Africa have picked up their first shows from BBC Worldwide.
  • Passion shows go global
    Broadcasters across Europe, North America and Asia have picked up a raft of programming from Passion Distribution following the UK firm’s annual showcase in London yesterday.
  • Netflix lines up kids reboots
    Netflix has expanded its line-up of kids’ original programmes with orders for revamps of classic shows including Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse.
  • Netflix loads up for Oz, NZ launch
    Netflix is continuing to acquire both exclusive and non-exclusive Australian and international content for its Australasian service, which launches on March 28.
  • Scripps confirms EMEA exec
    US cablenet operator Scripps Networks Interactive has expanded the distribution side of its business by confirming the appointment of a programme licensing and distribution chief for EMEA.
  • Kudos replaces chief exec with duo
    Broadchurch producer Kudos has appointed two joint chief executives to replace Jane Featherstone, who is leaving the firm in May.
  • Cohen rejects $155m BBC3 bid
    BBC director of television Danny Cohen has dismissed a £100m (US$155m) proposal from UK production companies Avalon and Hat Trick to buy youth-skewing channel BBC3.
  • Turner's Toonami takes off in India
    Turner Broadcasting is launching its kids' channel Toonami in India with local operator Taj Television.
  • NGCI tracks Norway’s truckers
    National Geographic Channels International has commissioned its first long-form series shot entirely in Norway.
  • ITV explores more secret lives
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned two documentaries from Oxford Scientific Films for its Secret Life factual strand.
  • Samsung VoD targets Lat Am
    RIO CONTENT MARKET: South Korean tech firm Samsung is preparing to launch a Latin America-targeted VoD offering that will debut in Brazil next month.
  • Nick reveals OTT service
    Nickelodeon has unveiled details of its new direct-to-consumer subscription VoD service, which will be called Noggin and is aimed at preschoolers.
  • Kids execs target int'l growth
    C21’s latest round of interviews from Kidscreen Summit look at the Chinese market, kids’ migration online and the search for new ideas.
  • Int'l copros key to Brazil TV growth
    RIO CONTENT MARKET: International coproductions will be a key driver for Brazil's TV production industry but agreed treaties must be ratified quicker, according to a leading TV producers' trade group.
  • Sony's AXN preps first Brazilian original
    RIO CONTENT MARKET: Sony-operated AXN Brazil has ordered its first original drama from the production outfit behind the country's hit remake of HBO's In Treatment.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • To Xfinity and beyond Comcast’s Matthew Strauss reveals the thinking behind the Philadelphia-based cable giant’s TV Everywhere initiatives. Marc Berman reports.
  • Next for novelas Globo’s Ricardo Scalamandré explains how the Brazilian drama market is changing and describes the effect this is having on global sales.
  • Fever pitch There's a fierce demand for Asian programming worldwide – and it's not just adults who are lapping it up, the co-founder of VoD site DramaFever tells Nico Franks.
  • Eastern approaches Japanese broadcasters tell Clive Whittingham about their international expansion plans and how foreign players can penetrate Japan’s domestic market.
  • Making some noise Peace Point Entertainment’s Les Tomlin on why an increase in headline-grabbing lifestyle shows means more low-key formats are in demand.
  • More dramatic turns Original drama continues to be the big TV industry story into 2015, and January offered up a number of high-profile shows that make this month’s C21 Hot Properties Playlist, writes Jonathan Webdale.
  • Playing it smart Eric Berger tells John Hazelton how Crackle differs from other OTT services and why it decided to pull out of the UK last year.
  • Window on a new world Jim Packer, president of worldwide TV and digital distribution at Lionsgate, discusses the changing demand for US programmes in a world now awash with digital platforms.
  • Ten online tips Mark Terbeek, a partner at tech venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, based out of New York and Los Angeles, gives his 10 top tips for success in the online and mobile video sector.
  • Bowing to on-demand A successful war against online piracy and a lack of government regulation are leading to a boom for Chinese VoD platforms, but can it last? Clive Whittingham reports.