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  • SeriesFest unveils virtual edition line-up
    Denver-based event SeriesFest has revealed the line-up of projects competing in its virtual edition next month.
  • StudioCanal, Nova in first-run rights deal
    French producer and distributor StudioCanal has agreed a deal with Greek broadcaster Nova to give the latter first-run rights to a number of StudioCanal titles.
  • Raydar detects Mackinnon & Saunders series
    UK producer-distributor Raydar Media has teamed with stop-frame animation specialist Mackinnon & Saunders to produce a preschool series aimed at increasing the portrayal of disability on screen.
  • Saudi Whispers catches Netflix's attention
    Global streaming giant Netflix will premiere Saudi Arabian drama series Whispers next month.
  • Foxtel, Discovery bag Blue Ant titles
    Australia’s Foxtel and US broadcaster Discovery are among a swathe of outlets to have acquired factual content from Canadian distributor Blue Ant International.
  • Media Ranch grows slate, adds consultants
    Montreal-based format production and distribution company Media Ranch has acquired two unscripted formats from Ireland and brought in two consultants.
  • Block Out stacks up in Spain, Holland
    Spanish pubcaster RTVE and Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS have both commissioned local adaptations of gameshow format Block Out.
  • Re-voiced Total Wipeout returns to BBC1
    UK pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned Endemol Shine-owned Initial to deliver a six-part new version of gameshow format Total Wipeout.
  • SBS Belgium calls A&E’s Live PD
    Broadcaster SBS Belgium has picked up the first five seasons of US cablenet A&E’s Live PD: Police Patrol and seasons three and four of paramedic series Nightwatch.
  • Gaumont hires for animation & family
    Gaumont has appointed two execs at its animation and family division, including Karen Vermeulen as senior VP of global coproduction, financing and business development.
  • BBC4 picks up Montalbano collection
    UK arts and culture pubcaster BBC4 has picked up the entire Inspector Montalbano collection from UK distributor Videoplugger.
  • Lighthouse options Dawson book trilogy
    Recently launched UK indie The Lighthouse has optioned the global TV rights to Juno Dawson's trilogy of novels Clean, Meat Market and Wonderland.
  • Tune in to C21FM from 10am today
    Today, Insight TV's Rian Bester discusses the 4K broadcaster's focus on acquisitions, Waddell Media's Jannine Waddell explains how the firm finished a wildlife series under lockdown, and Never Ending Story's Anne Roder Botbol reveals how the prodco kept a gameshow on air.
  • Wowow, TV2 Norway recruit Rookie
    Norwegian broadcaster TV2 and Japanese pay TV channel Wowow have both picked up US police drama series The Rookie.
  • BYUtv itches for ABC adventure show
    US cablenet BYUtv has nabbed US rights to an Australian children’s action-adventure series about a science-obsessed teenager.
  • Execs depart in Seven Studios rejig
    Australia’s Seven Studios is shedding staff in a reorganisation following the resignation of Therese Hegarty, CEO of the production house owned by Seven West Media
  • Movistar acquires Millionaire drama
    Spanish pay channel Movistar Series has picked up Quiz, ITV's fact-based drama about a British couple accused of cheating their way to the top prize on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.
  • Arte, Movistar+ board Baghdad Central
    Franco-German cultural broadcaster Arte and Spanish pay TV broadcaster Movistar+ have picked up crime drama Baghdad Central following its premiere on Channel 4 in the UK.
  • Lilium hires ex-Sky Vision exec Pas
    Italian factual outfit Lilium Distribution has hired former Sky Vision and BBC exec Peter Pas to join its international sales team.
  • BBC bags Danish crime thriller
    The BBC has picked up a Danish crime series penned by one of the writers of Nordic noir hit The Killing.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • A pathway back Jeremy Roberts, partner at law firm Sheridans, outlines a detailed roadmap through the legal issues leading towards the resumption of TV production.
  • Crisis breeds creativity JC Mills, president of Cineflix Productions, talks us through his first month at the company, having arrived just as the production lockdown kicked in.
  • Continental drift Elena Lai of European producers’ trade body CEPI considers the impact of Covid-19 on the industry and what the EU should be doing about it.
  • Home box office In a media world disrupted by Covid-19, will the lines between cinema and TV continue to blur and could they offer each other a lifeline?
  • TV in the time of corona Getting production moving after the pandemic will depend on who pays for future lockdowns, argues Jeremy Roberts.
  • Inside access docs Jacqueline Hewer of Brown Bob Films, known for its access docs about the UK’s National Health Service, considers how Covid-19 has affected her business.
  • 5G force 5G has made headlines in recent weeks with conspiracy theorists linking it to Covid-19, but how will the technology change the entertainment industry?
  • The Alleycats' tale Ed Stobart of Northern Ireland prodco Alleycats discusses how formats could continue during lockdown rather than being left on the shelf.
  • Business hat on Richard Tulk-Hart gives his first interview since joining Buccaneer Media, alongside its founder, Tony Wood, to discuss its new international outlook.
  • Listen up With the likes of Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer all carrying kids' content, how are TV producers exploring the trend?