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  • Digital baked in
    A+E Networks has merged its international and digital businesses and is targeting both as key areas for growth. Sean Cohan tells Clive Whittingham how he’s going to do it.
  • Keo bolsters digital with Feuerlicht
    Keo Films has appointed an exec from UK prodco Somethin’ Else to head up its digital efforts and has also bolstered its exec producer line-up.
  • TBS, Mass Appeal agree content pact
    Turner Broadcasting-owned US cablenet TBS has greenlit an animated factual series and is developing a drama inspired by late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Maker Studios cuts staff
    Disney-owned multi-channel network Maker Studios is laying off around 30 employees as it looks to make “strategic adjustments.”
  • Zee One debuts in Germany
    India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises has launched its free-to-air channel in Germany.
  • VH1, Ice Cube make Hip Hop Squares
    Viacom-owned US cablenet VH1 has tapped rapper Ice Cube to give the classic gameshow format Hollywood Squares a hip-hop makeover.
  • Lifetime to remake Beaches
    A+E Networks-owned Lifetime has greenlit a TV version of 1988 movie Beaches - with Frozen star Idina Menzel attached for the lead role.
  • Jaunt preps e-sports docuseries
    US-based virtual reality outfit Jaunt has linked up with Modern Times Group-owned exports company ESL on an immersive docuseries about the booming world of video game competition.
  • BBC2 makes Debatable move
    NEWS BRIEF: BBC2 in the UK has ordered a new daily quizzer that sees a panel of celebrities debating subjects to help contestants win prizes.
  • Disney Walks the Prank again
    NEWS BRIEF: Disney XD in the US has picked up a second season of Walk the Prank, its hidden-camera series that blends scripted comedy with real-life hidden-camera pranks.
  • Epix claims 360 drama first
    US pay TV network Epix has created what's being claimed as the first cross-platform 360-degree interactive video experience for one of its original dramas.
  • Acorn adds BBC dramas
    US VoD service Acorn TV has taken the exclusive SVoD rights to BBC dramas And Then There Were None and Capital.
  • HBO keeps Ballers rolling
    US premium cablenet HBO has renewed Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson sports comedy Ballers for a third season.
  • Amazon confirms India launch
    Amazon has confirmed it will roll out its Prime Video service in India, with local content part of the company's plans.
  • Canuck nets bring Opie home
    Three Canadian broadcasters have again teamed with The Jim Henson Company and Toronto-based Marblemedia to produce a spin-off from live-action preschool series Hi Opie!.
  • Netflix renews Arnett comedy
    Netflix has renewed its Will Arnett-starring comedy Flaked for a second season.
  • Ovation revisits Tudors
    US arts network Ovation TV has acquired all four seasons of The Tudors in a bid to drive viewers to another of its recently acquired period dramas, Versailles.
  • DreamWorks net enters MENA
    Qatar's BeIn Network has forged a partnership with DreamWorks Animation that will see the latter's animation channel become available across the Middle East and North Africa.
  • FYI falls for Kiss Bang Love
    FYI in the US has greenlit a dating format sold by Germany's Red Arrow International.
  • Shopping format racks up sales
    Broadcasters in Greece and Vietnam have acquired rights to daily makeover format Shopping Monsters from Turkish distributor Global Agency.
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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.