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  • Seven chases down carjack drama
    Australia’s Seven Network has commissioned a drama series that follows two strangers who intervene in a deadly carjacking and are caught up in a chase across the bush in a car full of money.
  • Vice preps YouTube channel for women
    Youth-skewing multimedia outfit Vice Media has launched a YouTube channel featuring investigative journalism and documentaries aimed at women.
  • Asian nets escape with doc series
    Broadcasters across Asia have picked up Peace Point Rights’ documentary series Escape or Die! from Singaporean distributor Bomanbridge Media.
  • A+E Networks UK brings in RTL exec
    A+E Networks UK has appointed an RTL Netherlands executive as its new chief operating officer and promoted Heather Jones to senior VP of content and creative.
  • BBCWW inks first Indian VoD pact
    BBC Worldwide has secured its first on-demand deal in India by linking up with DTH provider Tata Sky.
  • Glee producer to head Chernin TV
    New Girl producer Chernin Entertainment has hired Glee and American Horror Story exec Dante Di Loreto as president of television.
  • China's rising Star
    Star China Media's Iris Xia on how the Chinese market for formats is changing and what's next for the prodco behind China’s Got Talent.
  • WB Australia hires Shine producer
    Warner Bros International Television Production in Australia has appointed a Shine Australia exec to the newly created role of head of entertainment.
  • Thunderbirds episodes are go via fan funds
    Fans are helping to fund new, classic-style episodes of iconic UK children's series Thunderbirds to celebrate the property's 50th anniversary.
  • C5 to Sync with Spike hit
    Channel 5 in the UK has become the latest broadcaster to order a local version of entertainment format Lip Sync Battle.
  • Nat Geo adapts science for China
    National Geographic Channels Asia is planning to make a Chinese version of its factual entertainment show Science of Stupid, once it has found the right host.
  • Bear Grylls to front CITV series
    CITV in the UK has commissioned a children's adventure show in which survival expert Bear Grylls will take kids on a journey into the wilderness.
  • Sky buys Viacom’s MTV Italia
    European pay TV broadcaster Sky Italia has acquired Viacom’s MTV Italia channel for an undisclosed sum.
  • NBCU to invest in BuzzFeed
    NBCUniversal is preparing to invest US$250m in online publisher BuzzFeed and is planning to take a stake in Vox Media, according to US reports.
  • DreamWorks Channel rolls into Asia
    DreamWorks Animation begun the roll-out of its first branded TV network, which arrived in Thailand at the weekend.
  • AMC rides out West with Redford
    US cable network AMC has taken a Western docu-drama from Robert Redford straight to series and has also commissioned a second run of The Making of the Mob.
  • Lagardère's Mezzo makes music in Asia
    France's Lagardère Active has signed a carriage deal with Asian channels operator Lightning International to distribute one of its networks across the Philippines.
  • Proximus preps sharing service
    NEWS BRIEF: Belgian telecommunications company Proximus Group is to launch a new TV and OTT content-sharing service this year.
  • ABC shakes up Family VPs
    ABC Family in the US has promoted from within to replace its departed VP of current programming, while its senior VP of original programming has also stepped down.
  • ITV orders more Scott & Bailey
    NEWS BRIEF: UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned Studio Canal-owned Red Production Company to make more episodes of its crime drama Scott & Bailey.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • In the Zone Mike Moriarty of AMC Networks International – Zone on expanding into Africa, UK originals and Russian regulatory issues.
  • Summer sizzlers C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist features 23 shows new on air this summer, including Channel 4/AMC Networks hit Humans and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's first TV lead.
  • Adding to the script There may be a surplus of drama on the international market, but that won’t stop A+E Networks pushing further into the genre, Joel Denton tells Nico Franks.
  • Going live Producers of kids’ live-action have had a rough ride in recent years, but is the tide turning? Richard Middleton reports on the eve of the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield.
  • Lab assistance FIC’s new Fox Formats Lab initiative aims to cultivate and fund local talent in Singapore – and could spread further afield. Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Return to the wild Interest in wildlife programming is growing in France after a couple of primetime docs in the genre made a big impact on pubcaster France 2.
  • Get smart Smart TV may not have taken off as predicted but the future of content remains one in which OTT viewing is key, argues Viewster's Kai Henniges.
  • Novelas rise again NATPE EUROPE: Latin American distributors are predicting revived interest in their content in CEE as audiences look beyond Turkish drama.
  • Rebuilding the Silk Road in Prague NATPE EUROPE: Chinese companies are trying to "rebuild the Silk Road" by bringing their TV shows to Central and Eastern Europe instead of the textiles and spices of centuries past.
  • 12 things we learnt at Natpe Europe NATPE EUROPE: Clive Whittingham heard from key players and panellists here in Prague and compiled a list of 12 things you should know about the ever-changing format industry.