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  • Mixed fortunes
    With virtual reality grabbing headlines, broadcasters looking for a killer app to help bridge the digital divide may want to consider new format Lost in Time.
  • Spain's ETB captures Gil's Moment
    Spanish broadcaster ETB is remaking an Israeli format that sees individuals reveal their personal experiences and understanding of complex issues such as families, careers and sex.
  • SMG gobbles up Dimsum deals in Asia
    Malaysia's fledgling SVoD service Dimsum has agreed a raft of content deals with Asian operators.
  • Keshet Int'l moves into kids' drama
    Keshet International in Israel has taken distribution and remake rights to scripted shows aimed at children for the first time, following a deal with local broadcaster Ananey Communications.
  • MTV keeps Connection with Armoza
    NEWS BRIEF: MTV Finland has commissioned a fourth season of Israeli distributor Armoza Formats' docu-reality show Connected, which airs on the broadcaster's female-skewing channel Ava.
  • YLE taps Magnify for mental illness format
    Finnish public broadcaster YLE has brought in UK distributor Magnify Media to represent its series Mental, marking the latter's first move into scripted formats.
  • ZDFE to serve up Depardieu food series
    French indie distributor Balanga has sold German-speaking territory rights to two factual series, including a culinary show fronted by Gerard Depardieu, to ZDF Enterprises.
  • Passion parades docs for MipTV
    Tinopolis-owned UK sales house Passion Distribution is leading its MipTV slate with two medical series and a show about dating.
  • Sutikki names DHX alum for UK launch
    The fledgling kids and family division of Bob's Burgers producer Bento Box Entertainment has opened its first office in Europe, tapping the former commercial director of DHX Media to run it.
  • Ollie & Moon visit Italy, Finland
    Broadcasters in Italy and Finland have acquired The Ollie & Moon Show, the animated series about the adventures of a pair of globe-trotting cats.
  • Channel 4 adds One Born spin-off
    NEWS BRIEF: Channel 4 has ordered a spin-off from its factual entertainment show One Born Every Minute for its VoD service All4.
  • Story Lab plays Game of Clones
    London-based investor, producer and distributor The Story Lab has taken distribution rights to UK dating show Game of Clones.
  • Toca Boca to shut down SVoD app
    Spin Master-owned app producer Toca Boca is to close down its SVoD app Toca TV, just under a year after it was launched.
  • Red Arrow takes Cleverman to Mip
    German distributor Red Arrow International has revealed its slate of shows for MipTV in Cannes, led by the second season of drama Cleverman.
  • Boat Rocker and Fisher-Price feel Force
    Canadian firms Boat Rocker and Industrial Brothers have partnered with toyco Fisher-Price to develop a preschool series about a team of fearless animal heroes.
  • Complex, Barcroft team for US originals
    US multi-channel network Complex Networks is partnering with UK digital specialist prodco and distributor Barcroft Media to co-develop programming.
  • Vice, Blackpills make shortform
    Fledgling shortform scripted firm Blackpills is producing content to be distributed across Vice’s digital platforms, including projects with Luc Besson and Zoe Cassavetes.
  • ABC Commercial makes killer deal
    The distribution arm of Australian broadcaster the ABC has picked up the rights to a factual series about the lives of some of the world's most notorious killers.
  • Fincham, Hincks prodco hires for factual
    Expectation, the UK prodco set up by Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks, has hired execs from Channel 4 and Minnow Films to lead its factual output.
  • BBCWW unveils MipTV formats slate
    BBC Worldwide has unveiled its formats slate for MipTV in Cannes next month, led by Gary Barlow-fronted singing competition series Let It Shine.
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  • Dance to a new tune Jeff Collins of Dance Moms producer Collins Avenue reflects on a US reality industry that is growing in importance for cablenets while its budgets are cut.
  • How to tap apps Clare Thompson of media consultancy K7 Media reflects on how broadcasters can use apps to reach younger audiences.
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  • Legends of Lat Am Ánima Estudios is using online platforms such as YouTube and Netflix to bring Spanish-language animation into the digital age.
  • Brazilian beat Carla Affonso of Cygnus Media explains how the Brazilian formats market is adapting to a series of challenging but opportunity-rich changes.
  • Post-truth futures Joy Jones of Associated Press discusses the impact of fake news, citizen journalism and the explosion in digital on one of the world’s top news agencies.