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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Greece’s Star Channel adds US trio
    Greek network Star Channel has acquired series from CBS, USA Network and The CW as its latest crop of US shows.
  • Asahi sells home show into Thailand
    TIFFCOM: A Thai broadcaster has bought a home improvement show from Japan’s Asahi Broadcasting to air on its newly launched digital channels.
  • Pop ventures up Schitt’s Creek
    US cablenet Pop has picked up new Eugene Levy comedy Schitt’s Creek from ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • CBS, Weigel plan nostalgia net
    CBS and Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting are linking up to roll out a new channel that will air more than 100 classic TV shows and a one-hour original talkshow.
  • NPO rides with Railway Man doc
    Dutch broadcaster NPO Doc has acquired a documentary about a former British solider and prisoner of war as he journeys again to the Far East to meet his Japanese torturer.
  • 7 Wonder adds factual boss
    Fledgling London-based production outfit 7 Wonder has bolstered its team by appointing a former factual exec from the BBC.
  • FX knocks down The Bridge
    FX has cancelled The Bridge, the US version of Scandi crime series Bron that was produced by the US network's studio and Shine America, after two seasons.
  • Korea takes TV Tokyo toon
    TIFFCOM: A channel in South Korea has acquired hit children's animation show Yo-Kai Watch from Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo.
  • PBS adds Fox exec for digital
    US pubcaster PBS has tapped a former Fox executive to head its digital studios and develop programming across platforms for its channels.
  • TV2 Norway replaces CEO
    Norwegian network TV2 is replacing CEO and chief editor Alf Hildrum with an exec from its parent company, Scandinavian publishing giant Egmont.
  • CBS prescribes medical drama
    US network CBS is developing a new medical drama from two of the creative team behind sci-fi thriller Under the Dome.
  • Reboots are go!
    With the current interest in reviving classic children’s properties showing no signs of abating, is L&M now the horse that’s pulling this cart, asks Andy Fry.
  • Zodiak adds second Endemol exec
    Grant Ross, the former Endemol formats boss who is now at Zodiak Media, has made his first major hire, recruiting a colleague from the Australian arm of his previous company.
  • Screen Oz simplifies copro rules
    Government-backed funding body Screen Australia has axed “complex and inflexible” guidelines to speed up the coproduction process for producers.
  • BBCWW gets first look at Red Planet
    BBC Worldwide has agreed a first-look development deal with Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures that will see it help finance future productions.
  • Azteca adds Argentinean quiz show
    Mexican broadcast giant Azteca has acquired rights to an Argentinean quiz show format from Endemol and is preparing a local version.
  • Lionsgate, Tribeca team for VoD
    US studio Lionsgate and international film label Tribeca Enterprises have joined forces to launch a subscription video-on-demand service in 2015.
  • ProSieben hires Reshet exec for copros
    Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 has appointed the head of drama at Israeli broadcaster Reshet to step up its international coproduction efforts.
  • USA claims more Chrisley
    NEWS BRIEF: NBCUniversal-owned USA Network has ordered a third season of comedy reality series Chrisley Knows Best.
  • Dish, Turner row triggers blackout
    Cartoon Network, CNN and TruTV have gone dark for some viewers in the US after parent Turner Broadcasting System and satellite provider Dish failed to agree a new carriage deal.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice Last week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.
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