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  • C5 orders Tourette's doc from BBCS
    UK broadcaster Channel 5, owned by ViacomCBS, has commissioned a documentary about a teacher with Tourette's syndrome from BBC Studios.
  • FilmUA turns to YouTube as prods freeze
    Ukrainian studio Film.UA Group is focusing on its YouTube channels during the coronavirus pandemic, to cope with increased demand for content by viewers stuck at home.
  • Huawei Video lands in Lat Am
    Chinese OTT service Huawei Video has entered the Latin American market with launches in Colombia, Chile and Mexico.
  • Broadening horizons
    Just over a year on from its launch, London-based copro and finance agency Fugitive is expanding into distribution and formats, while adjusting to cope with the Covid-19 crisis.
  • C21FM is live: Turn on, tune in, chill out
    C21FM, the new content community radio station, is now live with music, news and interviews to keep you in the loop. Click through to tune in.
  • Selling the crown jewels
    The distribution business is used to dealing in off-network and off-cable programme rights, but is ‘off-SVoD’ next, as licences for the first batch of streamer originals expire?
  • Warner Bros adds Nick, Freeform veteran
    Warner Bros has hired a former Nickelodeon general manager and current boss of Disney-owned Freeform to lead global strategy for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang.
  • Discovery Lat Am bags Covid-19 doc
    Discovery Channel in Latin America has picked up a standalone documentary special that provides an in-depth look at the global coronavirus threat.
  • Fremantle, Syco dance into China
    China’s Shanghai Media Group has ordered a local version of dance competition format The Greatest Dancer from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and production and distribution giant Fremantle.
  • ACF expects firms to fold during pandemic
    The M&A market for TV production companies has been frozen by the Covid-19 pandemic and “some businesses will fail in the coming months,” according to the head of ACF Investment Bank.
  • C4 to cut $186m from content budget
    Channel 4 is planning to reduce its content budget by £150m (US$186m) as part of measures to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, which also include furloughing 90 employees.
  • TV4 Media promotes for new department
    Sweden's TV4 Media, owner of local broadcaster TV4, has promoted one of its execs to lead a new department specialising in business affairs for scripted content.
  • UK ad revenue 'could drop 50%' amid crisis
    London-based independent media agency Generation Media has warned that investment in TV advertising in the UK could fall by more than 50% as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • ITV2 orders lockdown comedy series
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV2 has ordered a comedy series in which comedian Joel Dommett will broadcast from his home amid the coronavirus lockdown.
  • Bento Box, Princess strike first-look deal
    Fox Entertainment-owned Bento Box Entertainment and Australian prodco Princess Pictures have signed a first-look animation development deal, with all projects to be produced in Australia with local talent and crew.
  • Lifetime spins Married at First Sight
    US cable network Lifetime has greenlit a spin-off from its Married at First Sight format that will be self-shot at home by popular couples from the original series.
  • Disney+ reaches 50 million subs
    Disney+ has reached 50 million paid subscribers globally since its launch five months ago, The Walt Disney Company has revealed.
  • Toonz boards Chapman's preschool show
    Indian prodco Toonz Media Group has boarded a CGI preschool series from UK outfit Keith Chapman Productions. 
  • Network 10, MTV Oz join One World
    Australia’s Network 10 and MTV Australia & New Zealand will join ViacomCBS networks around the world in broadcasting One World: Together at Home, a special in support of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Sundance Now secures Australian drama
    AMC Networks-owned streaming service Sundance Now has acquired the US rights to an Australian drama from Red Arrow Studios International.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Taking formats forward Phil Gurin of Frapa and The Gurin Company talks through the challenges posed to gameshows, shiny-floor reality and live events by the Covid-19 lockdown.
  • Commercial impact Lindsey Clay of UK broadcasting body Thinkbox considers the effect Covid-19 is having on TV channels and what the future might hold.
  • France alters exports Faced with an increasingly globalised marketplace, not to mention a global pandemic, French drama distributors are fine-tuning their strategies.
  • Rules of engagement David Kleeman at research firm Dubit advises content owners to give the millions of children at home more control over IP to boost engagement.
  • Alone, together C21 provides a round-up of the various ways the children's content industry is reacting to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Kids’ TV unites As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the children's TV and animation communities are doing their best to make a distressing situation a bit easier.
  • Uncharted territory From the cancellation of MipTV to travel bans and school closures, the coronavirus outbreak is having a major impact on the children's business.
  • At CEE level Stella Litou of Greece’s Antenna Group says CEE is braced for the impact of international SVoD, and regional collaboration could be the solution.
  • Big Apple pitching Attending DOC NYC as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Adam Benzine discovers less can be more at a tightly curated pitching event.
  • Youngest grows up Youngest Media co-founders Lucas Church and David Flynn outline the UK prodco’s story so far and reveal where they hope to be by 2022.