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  • Pioneer picks Arrow’s Viner
    Tinopolis-owned prodco Pioneer Productions has appointed Arrow Media executive Thomas Viner to the role of creative director.
  • AMC's Terror goes Global
    US cablenet AMC's forthcoming anthology series The Terror has been acquired for the broadcaster's international service.
  • Huseby buys Nordic World
    Nordic World CEO Espen Huseby has completed a management buy-out of the Scandinavian distributor from Norway's TV2, C21 can reveal.
  • 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.
  • Twofour's Jump reaches Slovenia
    Antenna Group's Slovenian network Planet TV has ordered a local version of winter sports format The Jump.
  • ITV, Syco track down crime doc
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a crime documentary from Simon Cowell’s Syco, the prodco behind shiny-floor talent shows The X Factor and Got Talent.
  • Int'l nets find Dangerous Fortune
    Russian, Polish and Slovakian broadcasters and distributors have picked up an adaptation of author Ken Follett's bestselling novel A Dangerous Fortune from Germany's Global Screen.
  • EU vote slams ITV shares again
    UK media stocks fell heavily again on Monday morning as the repercussions of the country's decision to exit the European Union sank in, with ITV amongst those worst hit.
  • Discovery navigates Brexit uncertainty
    US factual giant Discovery Communications has said it will “work closely” with UK and European Union leaders to shape its future following Britain’s decision to leave the EU last week.
  • ZDF extends Ku'damm tale
    German broadcaster ZDF has ordered a follow-up series to Ku'damm 56, its drama about a woman facing social change in Berlin after the Second World War.
  • DRG fears post-referendum disruption
    The UK's decision to quit the EU has raised a host of concerns for UK-based distributors, according to Richard Halliwell, chief operating officer at Modern Times Group-owned DRG.
  • Bertelsmann ‘regrets’ Brexit
    The majority shareholder of European broadcaster giant RTL Group and FremantleMedia has said it regrets the UK’s decision to leave the European Union but insists it will continue to invest in the country.
  • TVO preps indigenous culture toon
    A Canadian broadcaster is developing a series from the creator of Mike the Knight designed to teach children about the country's indigenous culture.
  • Oz, NZ networks unfazed by UK EU vote
    Australian and New Zealand networks are unperturbed by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, primarily because they acquire all or the vast majority of their UK programming in local dollars.
  • HBO: Thrones unaffected by Brexit
    HBO has reassured Game of Thrones viewers that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will not cause a cut in funding for the popular fantasy-adventure series.
  • IFTA fears for UK prodco futures
    Fledgling production companies could be among the firms hit hardest by the UK's exit from the European Union, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
  • SBS extends Family
    Australian pubcaster SBS has commissioned a second series of its first locally produced multicultural family comedy.
  • C4 ready for EU implications
    Channel 4 is as “well placed as it can be” to respond to the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, according to its CEO.
  • UK producers react to Brexit
    UK producers’ trade body Pact has described the UK’s decision to leave the European Union as “disappointing” but has insisted there are “no immediate causes for concern.”
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Second thoughts The Producers Guild of America’s Produced By conference in LA shared the secrets and challenges of getting unscripted shows to their second seasons.
  • Cutting remarks John Penney at Starz weighs up cord-cutting, looks at the US cablenet’s competition and explains why the future of TV lies in viewer personalisation.
  • Ready, steady, buy! With the spring buying season well underway, key execs at kids' networks around the world reveal what’s on their shopping lists for 2016 and beyond.
  • The direct approach Clive Whittingham reports from Paris, where Discovery’s big hitters have been focusing on sport and direct-to-consumer offerings as targets for expansion.
  • Pitching digital Nico Franks picks 10 projects that stirred debate at European pitching event Cartoon 360, taking in vlogging dinosaurs and a gummy bear in underpants.
  • Daring Deutschland German drama made a global statement last year with Deutschland 83, but will the country’s TV industry support further successes? Richard Middleton reports.
  • A new spin on things Examples of successful TV spin-offs from Hollywood movies are few and far between, but this year's LA Screenings could see that trend bucked.
  • Viva la resolution Ultra-high-definitio n programming is big news in factual TV. But how much more does it cost and will it become the accepted standard?