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The WarnerMedia-Discovery merger is on track to close in the second quarter, AT&T CEO John Stankey has told investors.
Dick Wolf’s production company Wolf Entertainment, which is behind mega franchises including Law & Order, Chicago and FBI, is partnering with Universal Studio Group to launch a boutique sales entity focused on distributing the formats internationally.
France- and LA-based producer Gaumont has set up shop in Italy and revealed a slate of local originals, with Marco Rosi joining the company as its general manager in the country.
Today we hear from Universal International Studios interim president Beatrice Springborn about the company’s upcoming slate, relationship with Peacock and scope for global partnerships.
Netflix has commissioned a new political drama thriller, The Diplomat, from Homeland and The West Wing showrunner and executive producer Debora Cahn.
Paris-based Geronimo Stilton prodco Superprod Animation has promoted Virginie Créance to senior VP for animation.
US Hispanic streamer Pantaya is partnering with Mexico-based prodco Corazón Films to create content under a multi-year joint venture.
BBC Studios-backed fledgling scripted producer Brock Media, founded by Animals producer Sarah Brocklehurst, has optioned a memoir by Emma Jane Unsworth and is developing a drama from Succession writer Jamie Carragher.
Paul Heaney’s UK distributor BossaNova has appointed two new executives to fill newly created positions in financial, commercial and business affairs.
UK drama producer Moonriver TV has bolstered its London-based team by hiring Lincia Daniel as an executive producer and promoting Casey Herbert.
Los Angeles-based The Content Group, part of Asylum Entertainment Group, is expanding its creative team with a key promotion and new hire.
Blue Ant Media-owned animation company Look Mom! Productions has named Mia Di Pasquale as its VP of development as part of an ongoing expansion in North America.
Xilam Animation has rejigged its production division with new roles for Dorothée Lanchier, Jean Cayrol, Cécile Hergaux-Essame and Valentin Moriceau.
Middle East and North Africa streaming service StarzPlay is gearing up to launch the first Middle Eastern version of Say Yes to the Dress, in partnership with Discovery.
Australia’s Seven Network has commissioned a reboot of This Is Your Life more than a decade after it last aired in the country.
LA-based Genius Brands has promoted Kerry Phelan to the newly created position of chief brand officer as it looks to expand its franchises globally following a string of acquisitions and investments.
Commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 has launched an initiative to help mentor off-screen disabled talent.
Gangs of London prodco Pulse Films has optioned the rights to adapt British author Moses McKenzie’s upcoming debut novel An Olive Grove in Ends.
Netflix has ordered a second season of reality series Swap Shop from New York-based factual producer Hit + Run.
Struum, the streaming aggregator founded by a team of former Disney and Discovery executives, has added content from wildlife and nature channel Love Nature to its line-up in the US.
The BBC has acquired the shortform comedy drama Cheaters from its commercial arm BBC Studios and the latter's London-based prodco Clerkenwell Films.

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