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  • Hemsworth, Gal link with Nat Geo
    US broadcaster National Geographic has teamed up with Hollywood stars Chris Hemsworth and Gal Gadot for a pair of unscripted shows.
  • Nippon dramas land in Ecuador, Bolivia
    Ecuadorian broadcaster Teleamazones and Bolivian network Red Uno have picked up dramas Mother and Woman, My Life For My Children from Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV.
  • HBO Max whips up culinary contest
    HBO's forthcoming streaming service HBO Max has ordered a pilot for an original culinary competition series titled Fantasy Food Fight.
  • Tony Jordan drama set for Mid East
    Middle Eastern on-demand service Shahid, part of the MBC Group, is lining up a local version of a thriller from British scribe Tony Jordan.
  • Brazil's Globoplay in US roll-out
    Brazilian streamer Globoplay has signalled the start of its international expansion with a launch in the US.
  • Streamer invasion
    The growth of on-demand is not only changing the way children watch content but also how producers are making it.
  • Netflix bags Studio Ghibli, Sky deals
    Netflix is bringing 21 films from Academy Award-winning Japanese art house Studio Ghibli to its international subscribers and has agreed a new multi-year deal with Sky in the UK.
  • Hulu lines up Steven Martin, Martin Short
    Hulu has commissioned a comedy series starring Steve Martin and Martin Short from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman.
  • Hall to step down as BBC director general
    The director general of UK public broadcaster the BBC, Tony Hall, has announced he will stand down from the role this summer
  • Amazon's Magic casts spell over Nickelodeon
    Nickelodeon has acquired the international pay TV rights to Amazon Prime's live-action series Just Add Magic from producer and distributor Sinking Ship Entertainment.
  • Apple orders first UK comedy
    Apple has added to its line-up of original programming with its first comedy series from the UK and season two renewals for Home Before Dark and Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet.
  • A+E Lat Am takes TCB duo
    A+E Latin America has picked up a pair of factual entertainment titles from TCB Media Rights as part of a string of deals for the UK-based distributor totalling over 130 hours across the region.
  • History orders Abdul-Jabbar war doc
    A+E Networks’ History channel has ordered a stand-alone documentary from NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar titled Black Patriots.
  • Ingenious alum to head BritBox UK
    BBC and ITV joint-venture SVoD service BritBox has hired a former Ingenious Media and Warner Bros exec as MD of its recently launched UK operation.
  • Two Rivers exits Kew Media Group
    UK prodco Two Rivers Media has bought back the stake in the company previously held by troubled Kew Media Group as the latter faces being de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Lifetime preps Jeffrey Epstein doc
    US cable network Lifetime has revealed its programming slate for the year, which includes investigative documentary series Surviving Jeffrey Epstein and six new Smart Justice specials.
  • Epix unveils 2020 development slate
    US premium cablenet Epix has unveiled its 2020 development slate, including a series adaptation of Bernard Cornwell book trilogy The Warlord Chronicles.
  • Discovery Lat Am gets 10 Years Younger
    Discovery Latin America is returning UK makeover format 10 Years Younger to screens after a six-year hiatus.
  • Goalpost options IVF mix-up novel
    Australia’s Goalpost Television has optioned a newly published novel by an Oz author/journalist that is inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up.
  • Navigating Amazon
    The factual commissioning team assembled by Amazon to look for unscripted projects across Europe discuss their strategy.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • At CEE level Stella Litou of Greece’s Antenna Group says CEE is braced for the impact of international SVoD, and regional collaboration could be the solution.
  • Big Apple pitching Attending DOC NYC as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Adam Benzine discovers less can be more at a tightly curated pitching event.
  • Youngest grows up Youngest Media co-founders Lucas Church and David Flynn outline the UK prodco’s story so far and reveal where they hope to be by 2022.
  • Youth in revolt Is the children’s TV industry sufficiently tuned in to its audience’s concerns about the environment, or does its approach need to change?
  • Wheel of fortune Wheelhouse Entertainment president Sean Cohan reveals why he decided to leave A+E Networks after 15 years to join Brent Montgomery’s ‘multiple vertical’ production house.
  • Shaftel's Hit list Rob Shaftel, formerly of ITV Studios America, Leftfield Pictures, Discovery and Spike, talks expanding the international ambitions of his own indie, Hit + Run.
  • Picomedia's next page Roberto Sessa of Italian drama prodco Picomedia discusses the company’s push into international coproductions, with literary IP leading the charge.
  • MIA's rising star Rome’s coproduction and networking event MIA has continued to put Italy firmly on the production map on the back of another year of record attendance.
  • Everything Toulouse Nico Franks looks back on annual copro and pitching event Cartoon Forum, where woodland creatures, series arcs and hard-hitting topics came to the fore.
  • Dramatic days C21 editorial director Ed Waller picks out some of the trends and issues in the drama sector that emerged in Cannes this week.