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  • Cut and thrust
    Patrick Vien surveys the international scene at A+E Networks, whose ambitious factual and fact-based drama projects reflect an evolutionary shift.
  • Raising hope
    Ahead of the launch of Hope Works next week, the instrumental figures behind this hugely ambitious collaborative project discuss its desired impact.
  • BBC3 brings in Football Boss, 21 Again
    The BBC’s youth-skewing online network BBC3 has commissioned two documentaries to boost the factual entertainment pillar that was introduced to the channel earlier this year.
  • Finnish firm reaches Gil's Edge
    A Finnish company has become the latest to acquire Gil Formats' factual entertainment show On the Edge, following its launch on Planète+ in France earlier this month.
  • Banijay enlists 560 Media for rights
    Banijay Rights has joined forces with rights-collection agency 560 Media to exploit secondary rights for its catalogue of more than 20,000 hours of content.
  • Hugh Grant joins HBO's Kidman drama
    Hugh Grant has joined the cast of US cablenet HBO's forthcoming series The Undoing, following the Hollywood actor's TV drama debut in BBC/Amazon show A Very English Scandal.
  • Cartoon Network, Disney adopt Oswaldo
    Cartoon Network and Disney have both acquired Brazil-India coproduction Oswaldo for their international networks.
  • Brazil's ShopTime to adapt first format
    A broadcaster in Brazil has ordered a local version of Israeli quizshow format Upgrade.
  • FuboTV scores FX, AMC dramas
    Sports-focused streaming service FuboTV is expanding its live TV offering via deals with FX Networks and AMC Networks.
  • Netflix goes to war, finds The One
    SVoD giant Netflix has ordered an animated drama series about a true story from the Second World War and a science-fiction drama based on a novel by John Marrs.
  • Syfy teams up with SNL duo for topical toon
    US cablenet Syfy has ordered a late-night animated series from Saturday Night Live producer Broadway Video and Bento Box Entertainment.
  • Patrick Melrose, Witches head to Lat Am
    Broadcasters in Latin America have acquired programming including Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, from the production and distribution arm of satcaster Sky.
  • BBC1 opens up The Recording Studio
    BBC1 in the UK is preparing to air a two-parter that follows ordinary people as they step into a studio for the first time to record a song.
  • AFM anxieties
    This month’s American Film Market saw a diverse array of producers reflect on the challenging and changing landscape for pre-sales on movies and miniseries.
  • C4 picks Roughcut's Petrie for comedy
    UK commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4 has hired a producer from Ash Atalla’s Roughcut Television as a commissioning editor within its comedy team.
  • Fremantle Australia makes two creative hires
    Fremantle Australia has formed an exclusive development and production partnership with one of the country’s top actresses and beefed up its scripted team.
  • Natpe names Tartikoff recipients
    Former NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, actor and comedian Betty White and Happy Days star Henry Winkler are among the latest industry figures set to receive the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award.
  • A+E's Cohan moves into Wheelhouse
    A+E Networks veteran Sean Cohan is joining Wheelhouse Entertainment, the production group set up at the start of the year by former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery.
  • Red Media embraces food shows with Gusto
    Russian pay TV operator Red Media has acquired an array of programming from Canadian producer and broadcaster Gusto Worldwide Media.
  • Day's new dawn
    21ON21 YEARS: Kelly Day of Viacom Digital Studios offers her take on the biggest industry changes of the past 21 years and where things are heading next.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Fear and funding With broadcaster cash becoming harder to secure and budgets fluctuating wildly, Canada’s non-fiction producers are increasingly looking to factual funds to get their projects made.
  • Playing Ball Bunim/Murray Productions is behind one of Facebook’s most popular original series. Julie Pizzi reveals the genesis of Ball in the Family.
  • Vertical thinking Marc Berman offers his take on the new crop of pilots heading into the Upfronts, and finds that this year it’s all about ownership, reboots and female-helmed dramas.
  • Pointing the way Next-generation studio Indigenous Media has joined up with Scandal star Kerry Washington to launch a drama on Facebook Watch.
  • Middle ground Turkish imports plus a lack of local commissioners have made the Middle East a tough place for scripted producers. But there are reasons for optimism.
  • Baring FAANGs As Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google step up their efforts to reach children, should the industry be welcoming, wary or worried?
  • Out of this world Live event shows and rights negotiations with streamers were high on the factual agenda at a soggy MipTV and MipDoc in Cannes.
  • Facing up to Facebook As Facebook steps up its efforts to attract viewers, the industry remains torn on whether mass migration to mobile will sound the death knell for traditional TV.
  • Alive and kicking MIPTV: Live-action scripted programming was top of the agenda for children's buyers in Cannes this week as the genre enjoys a shot in the arm thanks to SVoD. Nico Franks reports.
  • Rights still reign MIPTV: The continuing surge in the quantity and quality of drama didn't stop rights being the talk of the town at MipTV.