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  • Third Ransom demanded by Global, CBS
    Global in Canada and US broadcast network CBS are moving ahead with a third season of drama series Ransom.
  • Content Canada reveals founding partners
    C21 Media is proud to announce Bell Media, Lionsgate, CBC, Canada Media Fund, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Group of Funds as its first Founding Partners for Content Canada.
  • Air Crash series descends on Quest, Nine
    Discovery’s free-to-air channel Quest in the UK and Nine Network in Australia have picked up a third season of transport disaster series Air Crash Confidential.
  • SVT hosts Hollywood Game Night
    Swedish pubcaster SVT has ordered a local version of celebrity-led gameshow format Hollywood Game Night from NBCUniversal International Formats.
  • Shiver warms to Channel 4 alum
    ITV Studios-owned UK prodco Shiver has appointed a former Channel 4 executive as its head of factual entertainment.
  • Discovery lets Mad Dog off the leash
    Discovery in the US has greenlit a documentary series about military weapons and tools manufacturer Kevin ‘Mad Dog’ McClung for its flagship channel.
  • Pantaflix in league with Premiere
    The German outfit behind Amazon's hit series You Are Wanted has signed a global content deal with LA-based servicing and digital distribution company Premiere Digital.
  • YouTube sprinkles Sugar on Premium
    YouTube has ordered a show to be exec produced by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine that sees stars meeting fans who have contributed to their local communities.
  • C5 goes on crime spree with Spun Gold
    UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a number of factual crime shows for its 5Star network from UK prodco Spun Gold TV.
  • Starz gets taste for more Sweetbitter
    US cablenet Starz has ordered a second season of Sweetbitter, its half-hour drama based on Stephanie Danler's novel of the same name.
  • Greece's ERT3 walks Road to Calvary
    A broadcaster in Greece has acquired The Road to Calvary, the adaptation of Alexey Tolstoy's epic novel commissioned by Russian channel NTV.
  • HBO orders Whedon sci-fi drama
    US premium cablenet HBO has ordered a sci-fi drama from Joss Whedon about Victorian women who must use their new-found supernatural abilities to change the world.
  • Shudder switches on Channel Zero
    AMC Networks has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to horror series Channel Zero from Universal Cable Productions for its US SVoD service Shudder.
  • Das Erste collars family drama Racko
    German broadcaster Das Erste has ordered a family show about a city dweller who returns to live in the foothills of the Alps after he inherits a farm and its dog.
  • Netflix renews Queer Eye
    Global streamer Netflix has ordered a third season of its hit reality format Queer Eye.
  • C4 sets up Puppy School
    Channel 4 in the UK has ordered a series in which dog owners enrol in a bespoke school to help them learn how to raise a puppy.
  • Sky Vision sells Guide to Cheating Death
    UK-based distributor Sky Vision has acquired sales rights to the second season of factual show A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.
  • Doctor Who regenerates in NZ
    Television New Zealand will screen the 11th season of Doctor Who after securing the rights to the series from BBC Studios.
  • COBA blasts Brexit White Paper
    The UK's Commercial Broadcasters’ Association, which represents firms such as Disney and Discovery Communications, has attacked the government's White Paper on Brexit.
  • AB Moteurs revs up rebrand
    French investment firm Mediawan has linked with broadcaster TF1 to rebrand AB Groupe's motorsports network AB Moteurs.
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