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  • SBS Discovery lands TruTV series
    SBS Discovery Norway has signed a deal with a Turner Broadcasting-owned distributor to give it exclusive access to US cablenet TruTV's series for the next two years.
  • Beyond moves into Game of Homes
    NEWS BRIEF: Beyond Distribution has picked up global sales rights to renovation competition show Game of Homes, which was ordered last year by Canada's W Network.
  • Former C4 exec takes Retort role
    FremantleMedia UK scripted comedy label Retort has appointed a former Channel 4 deputy commissioner as its head of development.
  • UKTV detects Pinkertons
    UKTV’s Drama channel has secured the exclusive UK broadcast rights to US crime series The Pinkertons, following a deal with Zodiak Rights.
  • French supermarket enters VoD
    France's biggest supermarket chain has launched a VoD service that allows customers to buy or rent shows including The Walking Dead and Gotham and watch them on the go.
  • Zodiak bags Prince doc
    NEWS BRIEF: Zodiak Rights has acquired international rights to new series A Royal Renaissance - Changing Lives, narrated by HRH Prince of Wales and produced by B4 Films, in its first deal with the Scottish indie.
  • FIC installs Iberia MD
    Fox International Channels has promoted its chief operating officer in Southern Europe and Africa to run its Spanish and Portuguese operations.
  • Rainmaker builds up TV team
    Vancouver-based Mainframe Entertainment, the TV arm of Canadian animation house Rainmaker Entertainment, has promoted its director of production.
  • Shine's Sanz returns to Boomerang
    Spain's Boomerang TV Group has revamped its entertainment division with the appointment of a Shine Iberia exec to oversee formats and a promotion for one of its exec producers.
  • SRP hires Nat Geo exec
    US prodco Steve Rotfeld Productions has appointed a former National Geographic Channel executive as its director of development.
  • HBO sticks with Togetherness
    NEWS BRIEF: Premium US cablenet HBO has renewed its comedy Togetherness for a second season after airing only three episodes of the first.
  • Tremendous nabs History's Crawford
    LA-based Tremendous! Entertainment has expanded its development team with two appointments, including poaching the senior manager of development at History Channel.
  • PBS Kids takes to YouTube
    US public broadcaster PBS Kids has launched its first official YouTube channel, featuring hundreds of clips and promotional videos from series such as Arthur and Wild Kratts.
  • APTN explores aboriginal crime
    Canada's Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is working with local prodco Rezolution Pictures on a crime drama written by Jeff Barnaby and Emmy-nominated Sam Egan.
  • Discovery World hunts formats
    Bell Media-controlled Discovery World in Canada is on the look-out for formats and character-driven shows from the centre of the country as it prepares to relaunch.
  • Jane Street goes down food road
    US-based production outfit Jane Street Entertainment has launched a unit focusing on food-related formats within the travel, lifestyle and culinary genres.
  • eOne extends Morayniss reign
    Transatlantic producer and distributor Entertainment One has extended the contract of its television boss John Morayniss.
  • Controversial Carroll doc set for BBC
    A controversial one-off BBC documentary from a fledgling prodco is set to raise questions about the relationship of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll and the girl who inspired the book.
  • Canuck net finds Girlfri3nds
    A French-Canadian broadcaster has commissioned a local version of Israeli distributor Keshet International's dating format Girlfri3nds.
  • Pact to be made Stateside
    UK producers association Pact is to launch a US arm this year and is looking to recruit executives for roles on both coasts.
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