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  • Viacom's vision
    Viacom’s Pierluigi Gazzolo reveals what the firm’s recent acquisition of Telefe means for its Latin American ambitions.
  • Latvia to hear Talpa's Story
    A broadcaster in Latvia has commissioned a local version of Talpa talkshow format The Story of My Life.
  • Walter Presents thrown Lifeline
    Walter Presents, the UK-based international drama service that is set to launch in the US, has acquired exclusive US and UK VoD rights to a Spanish thriller.
  • Paramount nets development boss
    Viacom has named a president of development at Paramount Network, its soon-to-launch cablenet that will replace Spike.
  • WildBrain brings in head of strategy
    DHX Media-owned online children’s network WildBrain has hired a lead analyst at Little Dot Studios to oversee digital viewing data around children's content.
  • Croatia's HRT names new chief
    Croatian public broadcaster HRT has appointed one of the country's industry veterans as its new director general following a parliamentary vote.
  • Korea's JTBC bags BBCWW deal
    South Korean media giant JTBC has bought more than 500 hours of factual programming from BBC Worldwide.
  • Kickstarter cat doc seeks buyers
    An independent documentary producer from Australia is seeking broadcast partners for a new film about Japan's cat culture that has exceeded its funding goal on Kickstarter.
  • C4 books check-up with doctors
    Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a documentary series focusing on young doctors working in a local hospital at a critical time for the National Health Service.
  • MBC, Ooredoo unveil channel
    Middle East broadcaster MBC and Qatar-based media group Ooredoo TV have launched their first channel together.
  • Cuppa Coffee brews pet-celeb toon
    Canada's Cuppa Coffee Studios is developing an animated series based on a licensing brand featuring animals masquerading as celebrities.
  • China to stream CBeebies shows
    A Chinese streaming service has acquired almost 300 hours of preschool programming from BBC Worldwide, marking the first time CBeebies content will be officially available on a digital platform in China.
  • A maturing market
    The unscripted TV industry should end its unhealthy obsession with trying to create global format hits to match the successes of yesteryear, according to these reality sector bigwigs.
  • Programming VP leaves Nick UK
    The VP of programming at Nickelodeon in the UK and Ireland is leaving the children's pay TV network after less than a year in the role.
  • Generation game
    Prepare to have your preconceptions about millennials thrown out by the co-founder of The Center for Generational Kinetics.
  • Gaumont's LA shift sparks exits
    Gaumont Television's decision to relocate its sales and distribution activities from London to LA has resulted in a flurry of departures at the company.
  • Rai, RTL drive demand for UK drama
    Rai in Italy and RTL in Germany are among the international broadcasters that have picked up more than 3,000 hours of UK drama in the past three months, according to BBC Worldwide.
  • TNT returns to Animal Kingdom
    Turner-owned US cablenet TNT has ordered an extended second season of its drama Animal Kingdom, which is based on an Australia movie.
  • BBC re-opens Animal Park
    The BBC has recommissioned Endemol Shine Group-owned Remarkable Television to produce new episodes of its daytime series Animal Park.
  • SVT, DR land on Blue Planet II
    Two European broadcasters have picked up blue-chip natural history series Blue Planet II from BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) ahead of its Showcase sales event in Liverpool this week.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Star power The importance of big-name stars, use of local languages and ‘lazy audiences’ were all debated at Berlinale this week.
  • Calling the tune Composer Paul Williams, president and chairman of ASCAP, reveals how the role of music has changed in the television industry.
  • Ahead of the game FremantleMedia North America's Jennifer Mullin, who handles the firm’s unscripted activity, reveals why the future of the gameshow genre is bright.
  • Tech futures Adam Poulter of VoD aggregation firm Vubiquity outlines key trends he’s expecting in 2017 on the tech side of the content business.
  • Facing the music Fragmented viewing platforms, changes to traditional revenue streams and a court case are just a few of the factors shaking up the music licensing space.
  • Exploring Amazon Amazon Studios' Morgan Wandell discusses his mission to take the online giant’s programming above and beyond what he calls “normal TV.”
  • Tailoring Tinker The brains behind pan-European animation network Tinker Group reveal the aims of this ambitious union of producers.
  • Korea advancement DJ Lee of South Korean entertainment giant CJ E&M on how global partnerships are driving the country’s cultural wave to new shores.
  • True Justice Steve Schiffman of Justice Network reveals how the true crime channel is expanding in the US broadcast market.
  • Social upheaval With speculation mounting that Facebook is set to launch its own TV app, the company’s Matt Jacobson reveals how video is the future of social media.