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  • Dogwoof makes it Under the Wire
    London-based documentary distributor Dogwoof has acquired the international rights to feature doc Under The Wire, the latest project from The War on Democracy director Chris Martin.
  • Franses gets Freeform gig
    UK indie Freeform Productions has appointed the former head of Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund to its board as a non-executive director.
  • Baltic nets put on Eccho's Stiletto
    NEWS BRIEF: Broadcasters in the Baltics, including LNK in Lithuania and Kanal 2 in Estonia, have picked up Turkish murder-mystery drama Stiletto Vendetta from Scandinavian distributor Eccho Rights.
  • Heap to step down at ABC Oz
    The head of distribution for entertainment and specialist content at ABC in Australia is leaving after four years with the broadcaster.
  • AMCNI calls for VR from Rooftop
    Netherlands-based Rooftop Immersive Studio has agreed a deal with AMC Networks International in Southern Europe to expand its virtual reality output.
  • StarzPlay arrives in Europe
    Amazon has added a new channel from Lionsgate-owned US cablenet Starz to its Prime Video Channels line-up in the UK and Germany.
  • Amazon picks up Flame, Janson factual
    Amazon has acquired factual programming including demolition show Scrap Kings as part of an agreement with Flame Distribution and Janson Media.
  • CBC bolsters originals for 2018/19
    Canadian broadcaster the CBC has unveiled a 2018/19 programming schedule featuring 17 new shows, including original comedy Cavendish and drama Northern Rescue, which has already been acquired by Netflix.
  • FilmStruck bound for France, Spain
    Turner International’s Digital Ventures and Innovation Group and Warner Bros Digital Networks are set to launch their premium movie SVoD service FilmStruck in France and Spain.
  • Banijay to help release Indian Hostages
    Banijay Asia has joined Indian producer Applause Entertainment for a local remake of Israeli drama format Hostages.
  • Fremantle, Mainstreet in Vivien Leigh biopic
    FremantleMedia, UK production company Mainstreet Pictures and Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer have linked up to develop a drama based on the life of British Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh.
  • Buyer interest in Natpe Budapest grows
    Next month’s Natpe European television market and conference in Budapest is expected to be attended by more buyers than ever before.
  • Propagate, Caracol find US home for La Niña
    LA-based prodco Propagate Content and Columbian broadcaster Caracol Television have confirmed a US remake deal for the latter’s hit drama La Niña.
  • Netflix onboard Northern Rescue
    Canadian drama Northern Rescue (10x60’) has been picked up by global streamer Netflix.
  • Code Black axed by CBS
    US medical drama Code Black has been cancelled by CBS, marking a late casualty of this year’s Upfronts.
  • RTL orders police comedy
    RTL Television has tapped Studio Hamburg subsidiary Amalia Film to produce a comedy series about a police psychologist.
  • Comcast confirms plan to top Fox bid
    US media giant Comcast has confirmed it is preparing a rival US$52bn bid for the 21st Century Fox assets that Disney appeared to be about to acquire.
  • Finland preps Pregnant & Platonic
    Finland has become the second territory to order a local version of Gil Formats' fact ent format Pregnant & Platonic, which has already been picked up to series by the BBC in the UK.
  • Hulu collects STX's Uglydolls for series
    US streamer Hulu has ordered an animated series based on the plush toy line Uglydolls from film producer and entrepreneur Robert Simonds' STX Entertainment.
  • SBS6 samples Talpa Fiction's DNA
    Dutch network SBS6 has ordered a police procedural drama that follows three women involved in the capturing and sentencing of criminals.

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  • Fear and funding With broadcaster cash becoming harder to secure and budgets fluctuating wildly, Canada’s non-fiction producers are increasingly looking to factual funds to get their projects made.
  • Playing Ball Bunim/Murray Productions is behind one of Facebook’s most popular original series. Julie Pizzi reveals the genesis of Ball in the Family.
  • Vertical thinking Marc Berman offers his take on the new crop of pilots heading into the Upfronts, and finds that this year it’s all about ownership, reboots and female-helmed dramas.
  • Pointing the way Next-generation studio Indigenous Media has joined up with Scandal star Kerry Washington to launch a drama on Facebook Watch.
  • Middle ground Turkish imports plus a lack of local commissioners have made the Middle East a tough place for scripted producers. But there are reasons for optimism.
  • Baring FAANGs As Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google step up their efforts to reach children, should the industry be welcoming, wary or worried?
  • Out of this world Live event shows and rights negotiations with streamers were high on the factual agenda at a soggy MipTV and MipDoc in Cannes.
  • Facing up to Facebook As Facebook steps up its efforts to attract viewers, the industry remains torn on whether mass migration to mobile will sound the death knell for traditional TV.
  • Alive and kicking MIPTV: Live-action scripted programming was top of the agenda for children's buyers in Cannes this week as the genre enjoys a shot in the arm thanks to SVoD. Nico Franks reports.
  • Rights still reign MIPTV: The continuing surge in the quantity and quality of drama didn't stop rights being the talk of the town at MipTV.