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  • Tales from the crypt
    Producers have realised that archive is about more than merely footage of Hitler and has a place in exciting, contemporary projects.
  • Stillerman: linear still key to making hits
    AMC and Sundance TV exec Joel Stillerman has said that linear television is still the go-to medium for generating hits, while OTT services are “better at generating subs.”
  • Gravitas Ventures mulls sale
    Digital distribution specialist Gravitas Ventures has recruited an LA-based investment bank and wealth management firm to help find it a buyer.
  • Fox's Yguado criticises Netflix model
    Fox Networks Group's exec VP of global programming has hit out at US streamer Netflix, claiming its global rights model is causing "conflict" with international broadcasters.
  • Amazon unbundles HBO, Cinemax
    Amazon in the US has begun offering subscriptions to HBO and Cinemax to its Prime subscribers for an extra US$14.99 and US$9.99 a month, respectively.
  • Lionsgate to double drama by 2021
    US studio Lionsgate plans to double its programming output over the next five years and is looking for further partnerships in the UK and across Europe.
  • BBC4 charts Chernobyl tomb build
    BBC4 in the UK has commissioned a one-off documentary about the creation of a 36,000-tonne steel megastructure to contain the radioactive waste left by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.
  • Super Wings lands in Germany
    A broadcaster in Germany has picked up animated preschool series Super Wings, a coproduction from the US and Asia.
  • ITV's Hill to shake up drama schedule
    ITV head of drama Polly Hill has laid out her priorities as she aims to rely less on serialised drama and give subscription drama channel ITV Encore a clearer identity.
  • Yeti Farm taps animation veteran
    Canadian firm Yeti Farm Creative has appointed animation industry veteran Jay Surridge as its director and executive in charge of development.
  • Seven calls for redundancies
    Australia’s Seven West Media has invited an unspecified number of staff at its Seven Network to apply for voluntary redundancy.
  • Sky Arts takes walk with 7 Wonder
    Sky Arts in the UK has commissioned a factual series about the landscapes that have inspired some of Britain's best-loved paintings from London-based 7 Wonder.
  • Thai net adds Oz kids' content
    A broadcaster in Thailand has acquired a package of children's programming from the distribution arm of Australian public broadcaster ABC.
  • CNBC, Alibaba prep business show
    Business and financial news network CNBC has teamed up with e-commerce firm Alibaba.com and London video agency Hub to create an entertainment show.
  • eOne lays out Canvas investment
    Transatlantic producer-distributor Entertainment One has invested in digital outfit Canvas Media Studios.
  • High Noon rejigs with promotions
    ITV-owned US reality producer High Noon Entertainment has shaken up its creative and development division with a series of promotions.
  • Sky D locks down Wentworth
    German pay TV platform Sky Deutschland has picked up Australian prison drama Wentworth from FremantleMedia International.
  • Netflix offers TV, movie downloads
    Netflix has launched a download option for its content, bringing it in line with global streaming rival Amazon and Google-owned YouTube.
  • Amazon reveals int'l content goals
    Amazon Studios' recently appointed head of international productions has outlined some of his commissioning aims as the US-based streamer grows its reach.
  • London calling
    A year of political shocks was front of mind for the world’s leading drama commissioners and showrunners at C21 Media’s Content London event.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Broader thinking Sayumi Horie of NHK talks about the Japanese pubcaster’s coproduction strategy and new opportunities for international producers.
  • Funking things up Vast Media's Henner Herwig Jürgens examines new youth network Funk, as part of a monthly series from the Berlin consultancy tracking digital marketing innovations in partnership with C21’s FutureMedia.
  • Showrunner diaries The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec tells Clive Whittingham about keeping a drama going for years, the impact of Netflix on the creative process and the social media minefield.
  • Laughing matters It’s easy to talk about the heyday of classic British TV comedies being long past, but is the genre really in a slump?
  • Direction of travel After several years of chasing each other’s commissioning strategies, the big factual cablenets are moving in very different programming directions.
  • YouTube ups the game Virtual reality was the hot topic at Mipcom this year and while Google is among the leading proponents, YouTube’s Susanne Daniels had a different focus.
  • Back to the future MIPCOM: Despite all the headlines about new global digital platforms, the buzz in Cannes seemed to be about local programming and old media.
  • Cannes we fix it? MipJunior saw the children's entertainment industry emerge from a turbulent summer with a newfound sense of social responsibility.
  • Setting up Camp A JV between Blue Ant Media, Smithsonian Channel and Plimsoll Productions is changing the way blue-chip wildlife series are made.
  • On the up As the TV industry prepares for MipJunior this weekend, recent research suggests that reports about the death of linear TV may be greatly exaggerated.