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  • CNN ends Morgan Spurlock Inside Man
    Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, the investigative series that has aired for four seasons on CNN since 2013, will not be returning, the US network has told C21.
  • Endless Love goes global
    NEWS BRIEF: Networks in Slovenia, Morocco, Mozambique, Angola and Cambodia are among the latest to have purchased Turkish drama Endless Love (Kara Sevda) from distributor Inter Medya.
  • Dave backs Twitter-hosted comedy
    Social networking platform Twitter is to broadcast an original comedy show backed by UKTV entertainment channel Dave.
  • MTV goes free to air in Germany
    Viacom International Media Networks is launching youth entertainment channel MTV free to air for the first time in Germany.
  • Epsilon sets strategy under Savvides
    Greek commercial broadcaster Epsilon TV is set to change its content mission following a takeover of the company last week.
  • Facebook to carry S4C shortform
    Welsh public broadcaster S4C has commissioned a flurry of shortform content aimed at 18-34s that it will premiere on Facebook.
  • Blazing a trail
    Korean broadcaster CJ E&M is perhaps best known for its drama and entertainment formats but it is also making moves into factual.
  • Oddbods goes to Google, iTunes
    Google Play and iTunes have added animation series Insectibles and Oddbods from digital distributor MoMedia to their global transactional video-on-demand offerings.
  • VRV digs Deep Space 69
    Ellation, the video platform backed by US telecoms giant AT&T and media investor Peter Chemin’s joint venture Otter Media, has launched the fourth season of animated series Deep Space 69.
  • BBC, History plan Escape From Homs
    BBC4 in the UK and History in the US have partnered on a new feature documentary based on Paul Conroy’s book Under the Wire, about the war in Syria.
  • New Fox to recommit to ‘old promise’
    Senior 21st Century Fox executives have outlined their vision for the media giant’s new break-off entity following yesterday's agreement to sell Fox's major assets to Disney.
  • Swisscom explores 4KUniverse
    High-definition VoD channel 4KUniverse is rolling out beyond North America for the first time with a launch in Switzerland through telecoms company Swisscom.
  • Baking Show axed over misconduct claims
    US broadcast network ABC has pulled the American version of cooking show The Great British Bake Off following allegations of harassment against one of its presenters.
  • Viasat World sends Epic Drama to CEE
    European pay TV operator Viasat World has secured carriage for its new Epic Drama channel brand across Central and Eastern Europe.
  • BT to offer Sky’s Now TV
    UK telecoms giant BT has entered into a multi-year agreement with Sky to offer the European satcaster’s Now TV service to BT TV customers.
  • Far East buyers turn to Twofour factual
    Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific and A+E Networks Asia are among the Far Eastern broadcasters to have picked up nearly 200 hours of factual content from UK distributor Twofour Rights.
  • The Good Doctor calls on Wowow
    Japanese pay TV broadcaster Wowow has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to US drama The Good Doctor from Sony Pictures Television.
  • Best Baker rises in the US
    Food Network in the US has renewed competition series Best Baker in America for a second season.
  • HBO remains enthusiastic about David
    HBO's Larry David comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a 10th season, having recently been brought back after a five-year hiatus.
  • Iger talks up Disney/Fox streaming
    Disney's acquisition of major 21st Century Fox assets will help the Mouse House take on rival streaming services, CEO Bob Iger has said.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Promising debut Clive Whittingham reports from the unscripted track of Content London on the state of the indie nation and programming in a ‘post truth’ age.
  • Short change Broadcasters will reap the benefits if they take a chance on shortform drama investment, according to key industry figures at Content London.
  • Lord of the rights One consequence of rising drama budgets is risk-aversity, according to speakers at C21’s Content London.
  • Renaissance studies Key figures in the global formats business found plenty to be positive about when looking to the future of unscripted at Content London, including the arrival of SVoD and OTT platforms.
  • Social gathering Harnessing social media, YouTube controversy and Brexit uncertainty dominated discussions at C21’s Kids Content Futures in London.
  • Shopping around pt1 In the first article in a two-part report, two factual buyers tell Clive Whittingham about the style of programming their channels are looking for.
  • Cracking stacking As viewing continues to shift online, broadcasters are demanding more exclusivity and flexibility when they license US programming. But are they getting it?
  • Moving in-house With more and more independent producers launching sales arms, where does this leave medium-sized distributors, and can the market sustain them all?
  • Forward motion Motion Content Group’s Richard Foster wants to be in the middle of the premium content business, and it’s clear to see why.
  • Putting on Make Up Facebook Watch debuted live relationship show Make Up or Break Up in September and has already ordered more episodes from B17's Thumb Candy.