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  • New senior reporter joins C21
    C21 Media has boosted its editorial team with the appointment of John Elmes as senior reporter, working from the London office.
  • eOne hires ITVS exec for sales
    Transatlantic producer and distributor Entertainment One has appointed an ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec to oversee sales across EMEA.
  • Yes, BYU, MarbleMedia revive '80s format
    Canadian channel Yes TV and BYU TV in the US have greenlit a remake of classic Canuck 1980s factual entertainment format Just Like Mom.
  • Netflix revisits Friends from College
    Netflix has commissioned a second season of its original comedy series Friends from College.
  • Kaboom's Diana tapes doc sells
    Network Seven in Australia, NHK in Japan and Germany's RTL are amongst broadcasters to have picked up a controversial documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • TV4 taps YouTube's Cool Beers
    TV4 in Sweden has recruited a trio of famous YouTubers for a comedy series about young people working in the local council of a small town.
  • Sky finds further funds for Franks' TRX
    UK broadcaster Sky has made another investment in TRX, the online TV rights portal created by Matthew and David Frank, taking the total funds raised to date to £10m (US$13m).
  • RTÉ, Arte doc marks APT first
    Irish pubcaster RTÉ has revealed the first project to come from its coproduction deal with Franco-German channel Arte, which also marks its first copro with American Public Television.
  • Beyblade series bursts into NZ
    A broadcaster in New Zealand has acquired the first season of animated children's action series Beyblade Burst, created by D-Rights and produced by OLM in Japan.
  • Atrium adds Alchemy co-founder
    Drama commissioning club Atrium TV has appointed the co-founder of transatlantic production group Alchemy Television to head up its international sales.
  • Big Light names apprenticeship winner
    Frank Spotnitz's Big Light Productions has selected the first winner of its new apprenticeship scheme, who has emerged from the Serial Eyes postgraduate TV training programme.
  • Digital original trio head to Viceland
    Youth-skewing network Viceland is bringing three digital originals to TV whilst renewing four of its existing series for its fall line-up in the US.
  • HGTV adds to Flip or Flop Atlanta
    NEWS BRIEF: Scripps Networks Interactive-owned US cablenet HGTV has extended the run of its property series Flip or Flop Atlanta just five episodes into the show's first season.
  • AMC picks up Shudder movies
    AMC Networks has picked up a number of films for its thriller- and horror-skewing SVoD service Shudder.
  • Globo's Sun rises in France
    France Télévisions' overseas networks France Ô and Outremer Première have acquired the latest telenovela from Globo in Brazil.
  • VH1 loads up on Drag Race spin-off
    VH1 has greenlit a third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, the spin-off to reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race.
  • Wandering Eye urges prodcos to link up
    A leading Australian kids’ indie is looking to team up with other prodcos around the world to launch a digital channel using their pooled IP.
  • Tulipop brand makes jump to TV
    The owner of Icelandic design brand Tulipop is developing an animated series aimed at seven- to 12-year-olds based on the property.
  • China to cut film, TV investment
    Chinese spending in the international TV and film industry could be curtailed after the country's government laid out plans to cut back overseas investment.
  • Falco, Murdoch hit out over neo-Nazis
    Univision boss Randy Falco has joined TV moguls including James Murdoch in condemning neo-Nazis in the wake of President Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Must CEE television Central and Eastern Europe is hot at the moment. Here, two leading buyers from the region tell Richard Middleton what type of shows are top of their shopping lists.
  • Carnival atmosphere Brazilian demand for international formats is changing, while foreign channels are now eyeing IP from the country, says Formata Production & Content's Daniela Busoli.
  • Keep a cool headset VR might be tipped as the next big thing in factual but is the unscripted industry trying to run before the technology can walk?
  • Age old question Does a rise in programming with serialised story arcs and a greater focus on comedy prove preschoolers are more sophisticated than ever, asks Andy Fry.
  • Shopping around pt2 In the second of two articles, more international unscripted buyers talk about the types of programming they are looking to commission.
  • A leap of faith Adam Price, co-owner of StudioCanal-backed SAM Productions, and Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen discuss religion, scripted reinvention and Nordic magical realism.
  • Breaking windows With more Netflix originals becoming available to traditional TV buyers in their second window, how tough is it to sell such shows?
  • Shopping around pt1 In the first of two articles, a trio of international unscripted buyers reveal what's on their commissioning wish lists.
  • Amazon à la carte Is online giant Amazon's latest UK initiative threatening pay TV incumbents such as Sky and Virgin, asks Kate Bulkley.
  • Turkey's still hot Fadi Ismail of O3 Productions discusses his company’s impact on Turkish drama, European copros and Arabic scripted ambitions.