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  • House gets Turkish makeover
    Turkish broadcaster Kanal D has commissioned a local version of classic US medical drama House MD.
  • 41E examines Roswell Conspiracies
    US animation firm 41 Entertainment announced a second project in the young adult science fiction space with Roswell Conspiracies.
  • Topic shops at Eccho Rights
    Topic, the soon-to-launch streaming service from US-based First Look Media, has continued its content trolley dash around global distributors with a deal for a trio of series from Scandi sales house Eccho Rights.
  • Endemol Shine Boomdog signs film talent
    Endemol Shine Boomdog, the Mexican production unit set up by Endemol Shine North America and local prodco Boomdog, has signed an overall deal with movie producer Gaston Pavlovich to develop TV drama.
  • C4 brings forward Rick & Morty
    Channel 4 in the UK has brought forward when it will exclusively launch the fourth season of sci-fi hit Rick & Morty in response to fan complaints about the previous date.
  • Dramacorp prepares for Great Century
    Sweden-based Dramacorp-Pampas Studios has secured the rights to adapt a second book series from Swedish author Jan Guillou, behind the novels that upcoming TV series Agent Hamilton is based on.
  • Mubi takes The Other Lamb
    Film streamer Mubi has acquired the UK and Irish rights to Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska’s debut English language feature-length title The Other Lamb.
  • WWE sits down with Stone Cold
    Wrestling-themed streamer WWE Network is launching an interview series hosted by former wrestler 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin.
  • Nevins sets MTV docs agenda
    MTV Documentary Films head Sheila Nevins has unveiled details of three non-fiction commissions currently in production for the US cablenet’s newest division.
  • Ehrlich returns to Fox
    Fox has named Gary Ehrlich as president and general manager of its studio operations.
  • Viacom18 launches VOOT Kids
    Viacom18, the joint venture between India's TV18 and US media giant Viacom, has launched a children's version of its OTT service VOOT.
  • CNN picks up Ronstadt doc
    US newscaster CNN has picked up a documentary about the life of musician Linda Ronstadt and will debut it on New Years’ Day.
  • Ovation gets more from All3Media
    US arts-focused network Ovation has acquired further seasons of comedy travel series Travel Man and detective drama Midsomer Murders from All3Media International.
  • GRB acquires OWN titles
    US-based producer and distributor GRB Studios has acquired global distribution rights – excluding the US – to three reality titles from the Oprah Winfrey Network.
  • SBS, Endemol strike drama deal
    Australian public broadcaster SBS and distributor Endemol Shine International have struck a deal for 126 hours of drama for AVoD service SBS On Demand.
  • UKTV visits Restoration Workshop
    UKTV has commissioned an original factual series called Restoration Workshop for its Yesterday channel.
  • C21 Int'l Drama Awards finalists named
    The finalists have been announced in C21’s International Drama Awards, which are voted for by the world’s leading scripted commissioners and buyers.
  • Studio Lambert signs Masked exec
    All3Media-backed production group Studio Lambart has agreed a development deal with the showrunner of Fox’s hit format The Masked Singer.
  • 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?
  • US shows boost ITV Studios
    UK media giant ITV is expecting growth in revenue at its ITV Studios production arm in 2019 thanks to success in the US with shows including reality formats Love Island and Hell's Kitchen.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • 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.
  • Shows on the road C21 compiles a selection of titles likely to make an impact at Mipcom, including a post-WWII thriller set in Chile and a series fronted by William Shatner.
  • North of the border Mick McAvoy at Two Rivers Media reveals how a new focus on the UK’s nations and regions makes it the perfect time to build a new company in Glasgow.
  • Comic timing An influx of representatives from publishing and comic book companies is among the quirks of Cartoon Forum 2019, says Annick Maes.