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  • C5 swaps catch-up for linear net
    Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK is ditching its catch-up channel and launching a free-to-air network in its place that will air shows from sister stations including the UK version of Spike.
  • A vote for change
    Will Brexit liberate the UK’s TV sector or will international media giants abandon London for mainland Europe? Raymond Snoddy gauges opinion.
  • Widening horizons
    Japan’s long-established TV business has been notoriously insular for decades, but this could be changing on the factual side.
  • 20th Century Fox signs Savage
    Twentieth Century Fox Television has agreed an overall deal with Modern Family and Friends With Benefits director Fred Savage.
  • Vivendi to close Watchever
    French media group Vivendi will close its struggling German subscription VoD service Watchever by the end of 2016, C21 understands.
  • NBCUI nabs BBCWW's Gibbons
    NBCUniversal International has hired BBC Worldwide's recently appointed chief operating officer to work on its digital growth strategy.
  • Disney’s Sherwood among Mipcom keynotes
    Disney’s Ben Sherwood, Participant Media’s David Linde and STX Entertainment’s Sophie Watts have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the Mipcom market in Cannes this October.
  • Amazon Fire adds animé on-demand
    US animé outfit Funimation Entertainment has launched a streaming app on Amazon Fire TV in the US and UK.
  • German pay TV revenues up
    Germany's pay TV and paid VoD market grew by more than 10% last year and is expected to increase by double digits again this year, according to the country's commercial broadcaster association.
  • TF1 poaches France TV alum Thuiller
    France’s TF1 Group has poached journalist and former France Télévisions and Canal+ executive Thierry Thuiller to head its news channel.
  • Ailes out at Fox
    Roger Ailes has resigned from 21st Century Fox amid sexual harassment allegations from staff, with Rupert Murdoch stepping in to replace him.
  • Amazon reveals Dick, Van Damme pilots
    US streamer Amazon has unveiled its latest comedy pilots, which include one based on feminist novel I Love Dick and another featuring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • Al Jazeera takes another crack at US
    Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network is planning to make its English-language international news channel available to US viewers via digital platforms.
  • MTV culls Teen Wolf
    US cablenet MTV has called time on its horror drama Teen Wolf and will end the series after its 100th episode in 2017.
  • Netflix gives Daredevil third run
    Netflix has renewed its original Marvel superhero drama Daredevil for a third season.
  • Lucky 8 plays Turn Card
    Lucky 8 TV, the prodco behind A&E's 60 Days In, has formed a joint venture with married Undercover Boss production duo Courtney and Audra Smith.
  • Comedy Central renews Legends
    Comedy Central in the US has renewed its animated comedy series Legends of Chamberlain Heights ahead of the show's debut later this year.
  • BBCWW names Lat Am sales chief
    BBC Worldwide has promoted an executive to oversee all sales and digital operations for the UK pubcaster's commercial arm in Latin America.
  • RTÉ names interim MD
    Irish pubcaster RTÉ Television has promoted Dermot Horan to the role of interim MD, following the departure of Glen Killane last month.
  • PBS veteran joins Drama Summit
    CONTENT LONDON: Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of US pubcaster PBS’s Masterpiece strand, has joined the line-up for C21’s International Drama Summit.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Lie of the land Vice Canada’s Michael Kronish and Rogers Media’s Nataline Rodrigues lay out their vision for the Canadian Viceland channel.
  • Thinking big and small Multi-platform producer Danielle Lauren looks at the trend for shortform content and explains why people need to take it seriously and start thinking small.
  • Creative resurgence NATPE: C21’s Clive Whittingham and Nico Franks report from Budapest this week on how the European drama scene is changing fast.
  • Generation game The recent crop of gameshow reboots on US network television could pave the way for a new era in the genre, claims Bob Boden.
  • Life in the fast lane Fast-turnaround documentaries are big business. Andy Fry looks into how such shows, and the financing behind them, are put together against the clock.
  • The thrill of escapism What is the secret of a successful Sunday night drama? Sally Woodward Gentle shares her recipe.
  • Better together The UK's imminent European Union referendum gave last week's Annecy International Animation Film Market a distinctly political feel, reports Nico Franks.
  • Testy times Copycat commissioning, the effects of a potential Brexit and the future of UK pubcasting were all hot topics at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week.
  • The complete package As more Hollywood A-listers turn to the small screen, prodcos are increasingly packaging showrunners, actors and literary properties before pitching to networks.
  • Taking your work home With Annecy International Animation Film Market underway, C21 looks at why French producers are turning away from Asian studios and relocating animation work to France.