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  • TCM tastes A Forbidden Orange
    WarnerMedia-owned channel TCM in Spain is producing a documentary about Stanley Kubrick's seminal 1971 film A Clockwork Orange ahead of the movie's 50th anniversary in October.
  • FX orders more New York Times docs
    Disney-owned US cablenet FX has ordered more feature documentaries from the production arm of newspaper The New York Times as part of an ongoing agreement between the two companies.
  • Mash Report revived by UKTV's Dave
    Multichannel broadcaster UKTV has greenlit a reboot of satirical news series The Mash Report for comedy entertainment channel Dave.
  • Baker's mix
    Filmmaker Christin Baker talks about her fledgling prodco’s new slate of projects featuring underrepresented voices.
  • WarnerMedia adds to Cartoonito slate
    WarnerMedia Kids & Family has greenlit one animated series and acquired three European shows for its soon-to-launch preschool programming block Cartoonito in the US.
  • Sky rebrands Sky1, adds new channel
    NBCUniversal-owned Sky in the UK is rebranding its flagship Sky1 channel as Sky Showcase and launching a new service called Sky Max.
  • HBO Go gets On the Job in SE Asia
    WarnerMedia-owned VoD service HBO Go has greenlit a Filipino crime drama for its subscribers in South-East Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  • OTF to shop WaterBear doc originals
    European producer and distributor Off the Fence has added original documentaries from streaming platform WaterBear Network to sales catalogue.
  • Record revenues for German pay TV, SVoD
    Pay TV and SVoD services are more popular than ever in Germany, with revenues generated by the sector topping €4bn (US$4.7bn) in 2020.
  • BritBox tops two million subs outside UK
    BritBox, the joint-venture SVoD service from ITV and the BBC, will launch in South Africa on August 6 after reaching two million subscriptions outside of the UK.
  • MBC puts on Masked Talent
    Korean pubcaster MBC has commissioned a spin-off from hit singing competition format The Masked Singer in which contestants will display their talent while masked.
  • Flexibility 'key to Korean format success'
    South Korean formats' international success has been boosted by IP owners being more open to format changes than their European counterparts, according to the MD of the prodco behind the UK version of The Masked Singer.
  • Hulu expands Vice content deal
    Disney-owned US streamer Hulu has expanded its existing deal with Vice Distribution, adding 50 more hours of Vice programming to its library.
  • Banijay France acquires DMLS TV
    Banijay has acquired French music and entertainment producer DMLS TV as part of the European production and distribution giant's continued expansion.
  • HBO's Days of Abandonment to shoot in Oz
    HBO Films feature Days of Abandonment will be filmed in Sydney and regional New South Wales in Australia, lured by grants from the federal and NSW governments.
  • ABC quizshow debunks fake news
    Australian pubcaster the ABC has ordered a quiz panel show in which the co-hosts and comedians will be asked to call out fake news and misinformation.
  • Paramount+ prepares for 6 Festivals
    Paramount+ and producer Invisible Republic have revealed more details about 6 Festivals, the ViacomCBS-owned streamer's first Australian feature film commission.
  • Tune in to C21FM today from 10am
    Today we hear from Silverprint Pictures creative director Kate Bartlett and director Lee Haven Jones about new ITV crime drama The Long Call.
  • A+E discovers Lost Relic Hunters
    A+E Networks UK has commissioned a spin-off from Lost Relics of the Knights Templar for its History Channel in parts of Europe.
  • Banijay's Survivor returns to India
    General entertainment network Zee Tamil in India has commissioned a reboot of classic reality format Survivor, almost 10 years after it last aired in the country.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • All bets are off Discovery Nordics' Axel Eriksson is in the market for a broader range of formats than ever, thanks to demand from the group's streaming service Discovery+.
  • Spain's gains The boom in non-English-language content has seen foreign investment in Spain soar as international players look to reach Spanish speakers worldwide.
  • New kids on the block While HBO Max's launch in key parts of EMEA may be a way off, WarnerMedia is already changing the kind of kids's content it is looking for in the region.
  • Brought into Play SVT's Markus Sterky discusses the Swedish pubcaster’s strategy to commission for VoD service SVT Play first, plus tackling TV’s diversity problem.
  • Room for remakes? Viewers are becoming increasingly accepting of foreign-language content – but where does this leave scripted formats?
  • Affirming Africa The Annecy International Animation Film Festival, held as a hybrid in-person and online event, put African animation in the spotlight.
  • Wiernik's way Cathrine Wiernik of TV4 discusses the Swedish network’s post-Covid strategy, online-first commissioning plans and shopping list.
  • Great escapism In our second report from Sheffield Doc/Fest, Alisa Pomeroy of C4 and C5’s Guy Davies outline their wishlists for factual programming.
  • The bear awakens Business is booming for Russian producers, with Netflix ordering a lavish local drama and scripted players looking to move beyond Moscow noir.
  • Doc/Fest priorities Clare Sillery of the BBC and Jo Clinton-Davis at ITV reveal what they are looking for from producers and distributors in the first of a series of reports from Sheffield Doc/Fest.