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  • Banijay bags digital firm Shauna
    Banijay Group has acquired a French company that links brands with social media personalities as part of its plans to expand its digital presence.
  • 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.
  • Arcade Cloud takes to Amazon's Twitch
    Omnia Media, the digital producer owned by Canadian factual TV firm Blue Ant Media, has launched its gaming entertainment channel on Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch.
  • Turner, Warner Bros launch SVoD service
    International broadcast group Turner and Warner Bros Digital Networks have launched a multi-territory movie streaming service.
  • Insight agrees China pact for UHD
    Ultra-high-definition broadcaster Insight TV has revealed an arrangement to secure distribution in China.
  • Facebook unveils Pinkett Smith talker
    Facebook has revealed another show for its Watch platform, this time fronted by actress Jada Pinkett Smith (Girl Trip).
  • Watch this space
    Facebook was the buzz of Natpe this week, where the social media giant unveiled its latest originals. Mina Lefevre talks about the company’s ambitions.
  • CBS's Nuñez backs linear TV
    NATPE: Linear TV is “going to be around forever,” the head of CBS Studios International has claimed, with producers still keen to work with traditional broadcasters despite the explosion of the OTT market.
  • Netflix hires Scandi buyer from Viaplay
    Global streamer Netflix has hired the head of content at Scandinavian SVoD service Viaplay as a commissioner for the Nordics, C21 understands.
  • Sanchez: more brand integration ahead
    NATPE: Former CNN host Rick Sanchez has predicted that more brands will enter the TV content space beyond traditional advertising segments.
  • Boxing clever
    Channel 4's Beth Willis explains how the UK pubcaster is adapting to a world in which SVoD behemoths are both partners and rivals.
  • Lack of regulation 'benefits tech giants'
    NATPE: The relative lack of regulation faced by Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google is giving the tech giants a major advantage, a panel of Wall Street analysts told Natpe delegates.
  • US stations face OTT ‘tsunami’
    NATPE: US station groups must prepare for the “tsunami” that OTT is bringing to the industry or risk being left behind, according to Katz Media Group’s Stacey Schulman.
  • Facebook sets Watch strategy
    NATPE: Facebook’s head of global creative strategy outlined the community-focused plan behind the social media giant’s nascent Watch platform here in Miami.
  • Elephant enters the room with Webedia
    European production company Elephant Group has set up a joint venture prodco alongside French digital media firm Webedia.
  • Acorn TV revives Sky show as first original
    Acorn TV, the North American SVoD service dedicated to international television, has ordered its first series by reviving a Sky comedy.
  • Virtually scripted
    Virtual reality offers scope for entirely new forms of storytelling, putting the viewer at the heart of the narrative.
  • Netflix tackles Drug Lords with ITN
    Global streamer Netflix has ordered an eight-part factual series from the UK's ITN Productions about the world’s most infamous drug barons.
  • Verizon gets Blue Ribbon treatment
    US telecoms giant Verizon has ordered two comedy series from Warner Bros’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content for its Go90 digital service.
  • Blinders scribe sees Apple opportunity
    Apple has ordered a futuristic drama from Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content as the tech giant steps up its content push in 2018.
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