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  • UKTV unveils comic formats, factual orders
    Broadcaster UKTV has revealed a raft of new and returning commissions, with two new formats and three factual shows set to launch across its portfolio of channels.
  • Discovery tells Untold Stories in Spain
    Discovery Networks International has picked up a factual medical show from US distributor GRB Entertainment and renewed an existing title.
  • BBC preps 1918 factual series
    The BBC in the UK has ordered a range of content exploring the events of 1918, including the end of the First World War and the Spanish flu pandemic.
  • Passion, Renowned sign first-look pact
    Tinopolis-owned UK sales house Passion Distribution has signed a first-look deal with factual and factual entertainment production outfit Renowned Films.
  • Starz acquires America to Me
    SUNDANCE: US cablenet Starz has acquired a 10-part documentary series from Hoop Dreams director Steve James that has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week.
  • Fox dealt new blow in Sky takeover bid
    21st Century Fox's takeover of European pay TV operator Sky is again faltering after UK regulator the Competition and Markets Authority found the deal was not in the public interest.
  • BBCWW grows stake in Clerkenwell
    UK-based BBC Worldwide has extended its stake in The End of the F***king World producer Clerkenwell Films.
  • C4 ventures further into Crystal Maze
    UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a new season of its rebooted gameshow The Crystal Maze from Fizz, part of RDF Television.
  • Rogers, Vice axe Canuck joint venture
    Canadian broadcast group Rogers Media and youth-skewing Vice Media are terminating their joint venture, a move that could see the Viceland linear channel cease broadcasting in the country.
  • DR Ultra – Denmark
    SCHEDULE WATCH CHANNEL PROFILE: DR Ultra is preparing for life online in 2020 with a radical shift in strategy.
  • Netflix extends doc series originals
    Streaming giant Netflix has expanded its original documentary series line-up with four shows exploring food, true crime and pop culture.
  • Fremantle's Parkinson swims to Merman
    Merman, the UK production company founded and run by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has appointed an executive from FremantleMedia UK as its head of production.
  • Keshet, Woodcut carve out deal extension
    Keshet International and UK-based producer Woodcut Media have renewed their first-look distribution and development deal for another 12 months.
  • Banff to honour NBCUniversal
    Canada’s Banff World Media Festival will honour NBCUniversal (NBCU) with its Company of Distinction title at this year’s event in June.
  • Harris departs Screen Australia
    Richard Harris has stepped down as head of business and audience at federal funding agency Screen Australia after nearly three years in the post.
  • Facebook Watch – International
    SCHEDULE WATCH CHANNEL PROFILE: Mina Lefevre of Facebook reveals what sort of content the social media giant needs for Watch, its original programming channel.
  • Opportunity knocks
    Factual executives at Natpe in Miami this week were cautiously optimistic about new opportunities in the industry, despite the squeeze on US cable.
  • Lion TV promotes Silverman to VP
    All3Media-owned UK prodco Lion Television has promoted Jennifer Silverman to VP of production.
  • Content chief Jackson to leave BBCWW
    BBC Worldwide’s chief content officer Helen Jackson is to leave the company after 31 years.
  • Insight agrees China pact for UHD
    Ultra-high-definition broadcaster Insight TV has revealed an arrangement to secure distribution in China.
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