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  • BBC3 youth-skewing factual travels
    A slate of youth-skewing factual content that originally aired on online-only UK channel BBC3 has been shopped around the world by distributor Banijay Rights.
  • Lithuania ready to Dance with Stars
    KIEV MEDIA WEEK: Pubcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television has licensed BBC Studios format Dancing with the Stars for a local remake.
  • Life on Duty travels to Italy
    Israel’s Gil Formats has secured a deal in Italy for its primetime factual entertainment format Life on Duty.
  • Euro channels catch The Good Nazi
    DMAX in Germany, TV4 in Sweden and TVNZ in New Zealand are among the channels to have picked up premium factual content from London-based production funding and distribution agency Drive.
  • DCD shops drama into NZ, Canada
    Channel 5 in the UK, Sky in New Zealand and CBC in Canada are among the international broadcasters to have picked up a slew of scripted content from London-based distributor DCD Rights ahead of Mipcom.
  • BBC Studios hires Netflix alum in LA
    BBC Studios has bolstered its LA production business with the appointment of a former Netflix and Endemol Shine exec as general manager, along with a pair of internal promotions.
  • NBCU names streamer, unveils line-up
    NBCUniversal has christened its forthcoming streaming service Peacock and announced reboots of Battlestar Galactica and Saved By The Bell to sit alongside its acquisition of The Office.
  • Big Bang Theory heads to HBO Max
    WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service HBO Max has secured the rights to long-running sitcom The Big Bang Theory as the content war between the big streamers continues to heat up.
  • Netflix secures Seinfeld
    Netflix has secured the global streaming rights to Seinfeld, with all 180 episodes of the classic sitcom to be added to the SVoD giant's platform in 2021.
  • NBCU alum Tiffin joins So Television
    ITV-owned UK production company So Television has hired a former NBCUniversal and BBC Studios executive as its creative director of development.
  • Dutch FilmWorks starts global sales arm
    Netherlands-based distributor Dutch FilmWorks is launching an international sales arm focusing on drama series, feature films, documentaries and kids' programming.
  • Barcroft makes Strong addition
    UK-based producer Barcroft Studios has hired an executive from British digital media group Jungle Creations as its head of commercial.
  • Viacom lines up Facebook Watch slate
    Viacom International Media Networks, the international arm of media giant Viacom, is partnering with Facebook to launch eight original shortform series on Facebook Watch.
  • Arrow lands ex-Raw development exec
    UK factual prodco Arrow Pictures has appointed a former Raw TV producer as a development executive.
  • UKTV preps original comedy for Gold
    Multichannel operator UKTV has commissioned an original comedy series called Sandylands for its comedy channel, Gold.
  • Back2Back invited to Outrageous Weddings
    Australian free-to-air broadcaster Seven Network has commissioned an eight-part factual series about wedding disasters from UK indie Back2Back Productions.
  • Morpurgo adaptation kicks off Cartoon Forum
    CARTOON FORUM: The 30th edition of annual European coproduction event Cartoon Forum has opened with French animation studio Xilam presenting its adaptation of a novel by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo.
  • Quintus appoints trio for digital
    German distributor and media agency Quintus Media has appointed three new senior executives to its top team.
  • Bernth adapts Danish podcast for Netflix
    Danish podcast Equinox 1985 is being turned into a six-part original drama for Netflix by Piv Bernth, the executive producer behind The Killing and The Bridge.
  • Pantaya makes first unscripted move
    Spanish-language streamer Pantaya has commissioned its first unscripted original series, a comedic documentary featuring Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, with Amazon Prime Video picking up the international rights.

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  • Coming of age Beano Studios’ move into live action comes at a time when content for early teens and young adults is high on the agenda.
  • Navigating the maze Channel 4’s rebooting of iconic 1990s gameshow The Crystal Maze was difficult enough, but Nickelodeon has taken it a step further by making it a kids’ show.
  • Who's laughing now? Comedy about personal trauma and childhood experiences has been all the rage in the UK, but the genre is ready to take a new direction.
  • Mammoth undertaking Ben Dowell meets the co-founder of UK drama specialist Mammoth Screen, Damien Timmer, whose eye for detail defines him.
  • The joy of food Tara Conlan finds much to chew on at a Royal Television Society event looking at TV food shows.
  • Existential threats Concerns about ageing audiences, diversity in commissioners and broadcast’s role in democracy were front of mind in Edinburgh.
  • Open for business YouTube may have moved away from scripted commissions, but its EMEA originals chief Luke Hyams explains there’s still plenty of opportunity for producers.
  • Call of duty The duty of care owed by producers and broadcasters to participants in reality shows and factual content has been a hot topic in Edinburgh.
  • Inside the Armoza sale Avi Armoza’s decision to sell his Israel-based formats company to ITV Studios is emblematic of the shifting sands in unscripted, he tells Clive Whittingham.