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  • X-Files prodco fills French role
    Frank Spotnitz's Big Light Productions, the company behind Fox's X-Files reboot, has hired an executive to oversee its French projects.
  • Forum frontrunners
    C21 looks at the cream of the crop from this year’s IDFA Forum, which saw 17 hotly tipped work-in-progress docs pitched to commissioning editors.
  • ITV asks 500 Questions
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a local version of US quizshow 500 questions for a primetime slot in 2016.
  • MoMedia names development boss
    Endemol Shine-backed digital distributor MoMedia has hired an exec from Greek broadcaster Antenna Group for a newly created role at the company.
  • Asian networks add youth shows
    Broadcasters and distributors from across Asia Pacific have picked up 150 hours of children's programming from the distribution arm of German public broadcaster ZDF.
  • Talpa's Wishing Tree takes root in Greece
    A Greek network has become the second international broadcaster to pick up a feel-good format from ITV-owned Talpa Media.
  • ERT adopts PBS Kids' Betsy
    Rebooted Greek public broadcaster ERT has added four animated children’s shows to the daily schedules of its channel ERT2, including a series from PBS Kids in the US.
  • TVNZ adds BBCWW drama to OnDemand
    Television New Zealand is adding 200 hours of UK drama and comedy content to its on-demand platform, most of it sourced from BBC Worldwide.
  • Atresmedia sails into Panama
    Spanish media giant Atresmedia is expanding its international presence by rolling out one of its drama-focused channels in Panama.
  • BBC2 plays name game
    BBC2 has ordered a six-part comedy entertainment show focusing on people who share the same name.
  • Oz location incentive to rise
    The Australian government has agreed to raise the incentive for foreign film and TV productions that shoot in the country.
  • ZED forges Mona Lisa partnership
    French documentary producer and distributor ZED has signed a distribution deal with Paris-based Mona Lisa.
  • Arte veteran joins Gedeon
    French production outfit Gedeon Programmes has appointed a former Arte France and Tele Images executive to work on its international coproductions.
  • India's Times goes trucking with Blue Ant
    India's Times Group and Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific are among the broadcasters to have picked up factual series from Canadian distributor Blue Ant International.
  • Zorro makes mark in Asia
    Broadcasters in Asia have acquired animated series produced and distributed by France's Cyber Group Studios, including Zorro The Chronicles.
  • BBC3 online move given final approval
    BBC3's controversial move to become an online-only channel has been confirmed by the BBC’s governing body.
  • Rogers invests $1.5m in factual, kids
    Canadian broadcast group Rogers has invested more than C$2m in 13 TV projects via its Documentary and Cable Network funds, including shows for Super Channel and History.
  • Maxdome strikes Paramount deal
    NEWS BRIEF: ProSiebenSat.1 VoD platform Maxdome has picked up a movie package from Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures.
  • 7 Wonder enters kids TV with CBeebies
    CBeebies in the UK has commissioned London-based 7 Wonder to produce a 25-part series that explains the workings of everyday objects to pre-schoolers.
  • Channel 4 puts on makeup shorts
    Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned Brighton-based prodco Factory Films to produce a series of six shorts about makeup and body image.
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