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  • Russian roulette
    Russia’s once profitable TV industry has undergone huge regulatory changes and suffered a plunging currency. Richard Middleton considers what’s next.
  • Work hard, play hard
    NBC’s unscripted supremo Paul Telegdy outlines the state of the US reality business and what his development priorities are for next season. Kevin Downey reports.
  • Zodiak Kids nets join YouTube
    Zodiak Kids has set up two channels targeting preschoolers and other kids on YouTube, with clips from series such as Mister Maker, Totally Spies and Waybuloo appearing alongside original content.
  • Das Erste adapts homecoming tale
    German pubcaster ARD Das Erste is adapting a novel from US-based author Lily Brett about a Holocaust survivor who returns to Germany after six decades living in Australia.
  • Comedy Central Africa deals with it
    Viacom International Media Networks has picked up two seasons of a US hidden-camera show for Comedy Central Africa, which airs in more than 50 sub-Saharan territories.
  • Conde Nast takes virtual reality Jaunt
    Magazine publisher Conde Nast has linked up with Sky-backed Californian prodco Jaunt on two original virtual reality shows.
  • SVT checks into Fawlty Towers
    Swedish pubcaster SVT has acquired the rights to classic BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers.
  • Kids get cooking for Disney Channel
    Disney Channel in the UK and Ireland has commissioned Jamie Oliver's production company to produce a cookery show featuring a Michelin-starred chef.
  • New France TV boss plots revamp
    The new president of pubcaster France Télévisions has named management reform, increasing creativity and digital development as the top priorities of her tenure, which begins in August.
  • French, Belgian indies join forces
    Independent producers Terminal 9 in France and Everlasting Group in Belgium are setting up a joint venture to develop formats and coproductions.
  • Twofour engineers Discovery sales
    A six-part engineering show produced by UK indie Twofour for UKTV network Yesterday has been sold around the world in pan-regional deals with Discovery.
  • Pay TV soars in MENA
    Pay TV revenues in the Middle East and North Africa have rocketed by more than US$180m over the past year, according to research.
  • E! tracks Jenner gender change
    US network E! has confirmed it is producing a documentary series that follows Bruce Jenner from Keeping Up With The Kardashians as he transitions from a man to a woman.
  • I-D delves into sub-cultures for C4
    NEWS BRIEF: UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Vice Media’s fashion magazine I-D to make its first ever TV series.
  • Ten confirms Foxtel talks
    Struggling Australia broadcaster Network Ten has confirmed it is in discussions about selling a stake in its business to dominant pay TV platform Foxtel.
  • Downton writer adapts Trollope
    Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes is penning a new television drama for UK commercial broadcaster ITV based on Anthony Trollope's book Doctor Thorne.
  • FYI gets Seven Year Switch
    A+E Networks' US lifestyle cablenet FYI has greenlit an eight-part reality show from the producers of Married at First Sight.
  • VoD hits the high street
    It seems everyone in retail now has a VoD service. But how long will they last and what’s the potential for distributors and producers? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Craig’s list
    Phil Craig talks about his plans for Discovery Networks International, a new era of blue-chip factual programming and his open-door policy towards producers.
  • BET finds Fox Searchlight exec
    Viacom's BET Networks has hired a veteran production exec from film producer and distributor Fox Searchlight to oversee its slate of original programming.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • VoD hits the high street It seems everyone in retail now has a VoD service. But how long will they last and what’s the potential for distributors and producers? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Craig’s list Phil Craig talks about his plans for Discovery Networks International, a new era of blue-chip factual programming and his open-door policy towards producers.
  • New faces in factual Four US channels are rethinking their requirements in the factual and unscripted space. Clive Whittingham reports on their strategies and wish lists.
  • 21 top picks from MipTV C21 was on the ground in Cannes last week, scouring the Palais des Festival and pounding La Croisette in search of the latest hot shows emerging from MipTV 2015.
  • Total immersion Todd A Kessler, co-creator and exec producer of Bloodline, tells Jonathan Webdale about the latest Netflix thriller and reflects on how TV has changed since The Sopranos and Damages.
  • The waiting game With the benefits of a tax break and VoD launches on the horizon, the Italian kids’ TV market could soon see some real change.
  • Out of left field Courteney Monroe of National Geographic Channels US on re-focusing the networks, authentic unscripted and gauging success in a fragmented landscape.
  • Golden career Swedish entertainment pioneer Annie Wegelius picked up the International Formats Gold Award in Cannes, after 30 years in the business.
  • Restless natives MipDoc last week showed the factual authenticity drive is gathering pace and the mysteries of the millennials still puzzle. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Going beyond YouTube Traditional TV viewing among the youth was declared dead at MipTV this week, so why are multi-channel networks increasingly eyeing a world outside of YouTube?