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  • ATA blasts WGA 'fraud' amendment
    The US Association of Talent Agencies and one of its main members has dismissed an amendment made by the Writers Guild of America to its lawsuit against the ATA as "desperate" and a "publicity stunt."
  • Fernandez to leave Starz
    Marta Fernandez is to leave her role overseeing originals at US cabler Starz, marking the latest departure from the network following the exit of CEO Chris Albrecht in March.
  • UKTV moves for Ultimate factual show
    UK multichannel broadcaster UKTV has commissioned an eight-part series focusing on the 'supersizing' delivery business from local prodco Back2Back Productions.
  • AMC, Channel 4 end Humans race
    Sci-fi drama coproduction Humans has been cancelled after three seasons on Channel 4 in the UK and AMC in the US.
  • Llewelyn-Bowen show lands on Amazon
    SVoD service Amazon Prime has bought an interiors and decorating programme hosted by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen from UK factual entertainment prodco Formatzone.
  • Bravo lines up Indian-ish series
    US cable network Bravo has commissioned a new docuseries following multi-generational Indian-American families living in Miami.
  • Street Cat Bob gets series on Sky Kids
    UK pay TV children's channel Sky Kids has commissioned an animated series inspired by a cat that has already been the subject of books and a film.
  • BBC Studios hires Tinopolis COO Carter
    BBC Studios has appointed Naomi Carter, chief operating officer at UK-based Tinopolis’s factual group, to oversee production of its factual entertainment and events division.
  • Cartoon Network adds comedy, renews two
    WarnerMedia-owned US kids' channel Cartoon Network has added two adventure comedies to its programming line-up and renewed two of its current series.
  • Talesmith's Streib ascends to Tin Roof
    Tin Roof Media, the investment group launched by DHX co-founder Neil Court, has appointed former Talesmith and Lightbox executive Ulla Streib to head its operations.
  • Globo agrees Warner Bros renewal
    Brazilian broadcaster Globo has agreed a multi-year renewal with US studio Warner Bros for a raft of its movies.
  • Content Canada expands, adds screenings
    Content Canada has confirmed the dates for its expanded two-day conference and screenings event, taking place at The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on September 10-11 during TIFF.
  • Disney unveils post-Fox merger slate
    LA SCREENINGS: Disney Global Content Sales and Distribution has revealed the full list of shows it is making available to international buyers at the LA Screenings this week.
  • MipTV, Mipcom founder Chevry dies
    Bernard Chevry, founder of the MipTV and Mipcom television markets, has died aged 96.
  • ANT1 fills general director of TV role
    Greek commercial broadcaster ANT1 has hired European programming veteran Stella Litou to fill the vacant position of general director of TV.
  • C5 goes for Maverick makeover
    Viacom-owned UK terrestrial network Channel 5 has commissioned a makeover format from All3Media-owned production company Maverick TV.
  • Weinstein doc heads to Hulu
    SVoD service Hulu has paid a "seven-figure sum" for US rights to the BBC's feature documentary about the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
  • UKTV adds Endeavor, WarnerMedia dramas
    UK multichannel broadcaster UKTV has picked up a pair of US miniseries from Endeavor Content and WarnerMedia.
  • Curran strikes Tricycle Talent deals
    Kew Media Group co-founder Sara Curran's recently launched 'talent management collective' Tricycle Talent has struck three deals with companies working across media including books, TV and music.
  • APA dismisses WGA demands
    The president and CEO of the US's Agency for the Performing Arts has become the latest to blast the Writers Guild of America for its part in the ongoing stand-off with the Association of Talent Agencies.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Raising The Voice Co-chairmen of NBC George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy discuss how formats like The Voice mean broadcast is still relevant in an age of hype around streamers.
  • Social butterfly NATPE: Nickelodeon's senior VP of social and digital video unpacked the network's social media strategy at Natpe in Miami this week.
  • Powering cable NATPE: Almost a year after taking control of combined Discovery and Scripps channels in the US, Kathleen Finch was at Natpe outlining her strategy.
  • YouTube retunes YouTube is reining in its exploits in the subscription space and refocusing on ad-supported video, says head of original content Susanne Daniels.
  • On the front line Tom Brisley of Arrow Media reveals the background to his first feature documentary with The War on Democracy director Chris Martin.
  • What's 2b in 2019 Fabienne Fourquet of Spanish-language digital content firm 2btube shares her predictions for the year ahead in media and entertainment.
  • 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.