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  • Netflix orders Dear White People series
    Netflix in the US has ordered a TV adaptation of Justin Simien’s 2014 indie feature film comedy Dear White People for 2017.
  • FX and Brad Pitt start Feud
    FX in the US has made a straight-to-series order for an anthology series starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, to be exec produced by Brad Pitt.
  • Elba opens Green Door for Garanito
    Green Door Pictures, the production outfit from actor Idris Elba, has hired a former FremantleMedia International executive as its new head of development.
  • C4 taps ex-Shine MD
    Channel 4 in the UK has appointed the former MD of Shine TV to head up its factual entertainment output.
  • Antenna expands Greek VoD
    Antenna has launched a third online service in Greece, offering episodes of shows from its flagship ANT1 channel for a fee before they air on linear TV.
  • Hulu lifts curtain on Dawn
    US streamer Hulu has ordered a pilot set in prehistoric times from the creator of Without a Trace.
  • Buccaneer hires Marcella co-creator
    UK prodco Buccaneer Media has appointed a co-creator of ITV crime drama Marcella as executive producer, development.
  • Spanish net joins Globo's Supermax
    Broadcasters in Spain and Argentina have joined as coproduction partners on the first Spanish-language drama to come from Brazilian giant Globo.
  • Drive, Back2Back extend Deadly link-up
    Deficit-financing and sales agency Drive is partnering with Back2Back productions on a second season under the World’s Deadliest banner.
  • Time Inc preps free streamer
    US media giant Time Inc is prepping a streaming service that will offer ad-supported programming about celebrities, pop culture and human-interest topics.
  • Discovery bags Beyond’s Dengineers
    Discovery Family Channel in the US has picked up a British makeover series for children from Beyond Distribution.
  • Presto adds to Home and Away specials
    Australia’s 7Productions will make two further specials spun-off from its evergreen Seven Network drama Home and Away for subscription VoD service Presto.
  • YouTube plots online TV service
    YouTube is planning to launch an online TV service as soon as next year and is said to have already held discussions with the likes of Viacom and 21st Century Fox over the venture.
  • Sonar studies Birth of the Pill
    US producer and distributor Sonar Entertainment is developing a show about the contraceptive pill based on a book by Jonathan Eig.
  • MTV2 adds Lifetime's Lehrer
    Viacom-owned MTV has appointed an exec from Lifetime to oversee the brand and creative output of sibling network MTV2.
  • Don’t be idle without Idol
    Fox has been hit by the loss of a long-running hit. Marc Berman offers his latest report on the US broadcast networks’ upcoming schedules and pilots.
  • Brogden eyes modern Robot Wars
    A leading Tinopolis executive has said modernising BBC2’s forthcoming Robot Wars reboot will be key to the show’s success – but insists the series won’t be too different from the original.
  • Discovery set for staff cuts
    Factual giant Discovery Communications is planning a restructure that will include staff cuts in the third quarter of this year as it attempts to rein in costs.
  • C5 calls back House Doctor
    Channel 5 in the UK is bringing back its daytime home makeover show House Doctor, with a designer from Oprah Winfrey's Home Made Simple series set to host the new version.
  • A window on the world
    Zillah Watson at BBC Research and Development offers insights into how the UK pubcaster is pushing the boundaries of virtual reality.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Committing to crime Clive Whittingham investigates the influence that shows like Netflix's Making a Murderer and HBO's The Jinx could have on the true crime genre.
  • Personal preference Ericsson’s Steve Plunkett argues that while there are still hurdles to be overcome, TV will soon be able to predict what a viewer would like to watch next.
  • Foreign intervention France Télévisions is making inroads into international drama, having broadened the scope of its acquisitions and opened up to foreign coproductions.
  • Stream ticket Netflix’s investment in children’s content has helped turn it into the world’s leading SVoD player. But what’s next for it and others in this rapidly maturing market?
  • Creative crusade Endemol Shine alum Gary Carter is considering setting up his own prodco but is vexed by the shortage of creative formats in such a consolidated industry.
  • Babylon Beta Jan Mojto of German distributor Beta Film reveals why Berlin is providing the backdrop for a boom in domestic drama with international ambitions.
  • Buying power MIPTV: Drama took centre stage in Cannes at a market where buyers felt the heat thanks to Netflix’s deep pockets.
  • Fight for your rights MIPTV: With Netflix now a global player, MipTV saw children's buyers step up their fight for non-linear programming rights in distribution deals.
  • Flowing with the streamers MIPDOC: Netflix, 4K, virtual reality, true crime and the re-emergence of feature docs were all on the agenda down in Cannes.
  • Who needs a next big thing? MIPTV: After two days of MipFormats and on the first day of MipTV, there seemed to be new life and new ideas in the unscripted formats sector, reports Ed Waller from Cannes.