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  • Pinch point
    At Natpe this week the age-old battle between US cablenets and factual producers over rights and fees stepped up a notch.
  • India set for Ukrainian first
    India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises has picked up four drama series from Scandinavian distributor Eccho Rights for its entertainment channel Zindagi.
  • ZDFE shops Celts doc
    Australian pubcaster SBS and pay TV firm Goxtel are among the broadcasters to have acquired a specialist factual series about the ancient Romans and Celts from ZDF Enterprises.
  • Ouro smuggled into Germany
    RTL Crime in Germany has picked up an eight-part drama series from Newen Distribution, the sales arm of TF1-owned French production giant Newen.
  • Yo-Kai Watch returns to Lat Am
    NEWS BRIEF: Disney XD in Latin America has picked up the second season of kids’ series Yo-Kai Watch and Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie from distributor MarVista Entertainment.
  • Komixx hires for Aussie expansion
    London- and LA-based children’s indie Komixx Entertainment is expanding its operations into Australia and has hired an experienced local executive to run its office there.
  • Keshet, Mega partner on format
    Chilean broadcaster Mega has partnered with Israel’s Keshet International (KI) to develop a new entertainment format.
  • Sony to put on PJ Masks in UK
    Sony Pictures Television Networks has picked up Entertainment One’s animated series PJ Masks for its children’s channel in the UK.
  • BBC, Amazon prep Pratchett series
    The BBC and streamer Amazon are partnering on a six-part comedy series based on a novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
  • ABC Oz chief departs
    The director of television at Australian pubcaster ABC has stunned the local production community by resigning, following several months of rumours about his position.
  • America’s new reality
    With former reality star Donald Trump being sworn in as America’s 45th president today, top US execs weigh in on what the new era could mean for the country's television.
  • Endemol Shine pairs with Martinez
    Endemol Shine North America is joining forces with multimedia personality and bestselling author Angie Martinez to develop longform and shortform content.
  • Talking 2017 at Natpe
    NATPE: C21 caught up with Natpe delegates in a series of vox pop video interviews to find out what they think the key challenges are in 2017.
  • A different beat
    US Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo has reduced its reliance on telenovelas and is embracing grittier dramas inspired by music and politics.
  • Bakish calls for Viacom integration
    NATPE: Bob Bakish, the recently appointed president and CEO of Viacom, has said the companies within the US media giant must work together more.
  • Esquire moves online only
    Esquire, the US cable network owned by NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, is to go online only.
  • Clan poised for Americas
    NATPE: A new Spanish-language children's channel from Spain's public broadcaster RTVE is set to launch around North and South America in the next few months.
  • Spurlock highlights doc boom
    NATPE: Hit non-fiction miniseries such as The Jinx and OJ: Made in America are driving a boom in longform documentary programming, according to Oscar-nominated director and CNN host Morgan Spurlock.
  • Network notes 'turn off A-listers'
    NATPE: US networks must cut down on notes and provide more creative freedom if they want to attract A-list talent to their shows, according to leading Los Angeles talent agent Dan Erlij.
  • US indies 'on a cliff edge’
    NATPE: The US independent production sector is close to collapse as networks squeeze producers to breaking point, according to leading executives here in Miami.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Broader thinking Sayumi Horie of NHK talks about the Japanese pubcaster’s coproduction strategy and new opportunities for international producers.
  • Funking things up Vast Media's Henner Herwig Jürgens examines new youth network Funk, as part of a monthly series from the Berlin consultancy tracking digital marketing innovations in partnership with C21’s FutureMedia.
  • Showrunner diaries The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec tells Clive Whittingham about keeping a drama going for years, the impact of Netflix on the creative process and the social media minefield.
  • Laughing matters It’s easy to talk about the heyday of classic British TV comedies being long past, but is the genre really in a slump?
  • Direction of travel After several years of chasing each other’s commissioning strategies, the big factual cablenets are moving in very different programming directions.
  • YouTube ups the game Virtual reality was the hot topic at Mipcom this year and while Google is among the leading proponents, YouTube’s Susanne Daniels had a different focus.
  • Back to the future MIPCOM: Despite all the headlines about new global digital platforms, the buzz in Cannes seemed to be about local programming and old media.
  • Cannes we fix it? MipJunior saw the children's entertainment industry emerge from a turbulent summer with a newfound sense of social responsibility.
  • Setting up Camp A JV between Blue Ant Media, Smithsonian Channel and Plimsoll Productions is changing the way blue-chip wildlife series are made.
  • On the up As the TV industry prepares for MipJunior this weekend, recent research suggests that reports about the death of linear TV may be greatly exaggerated.