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  • France 4 closure pushed back to 2021
    The closure of pubcaster France Télévisions children's channel France 4, which had been scheduled for this month, has been delayed by a year.
  • CJ, Global Agency copycat row deepens
    The ongoing format dispute between South Korean company CJ ENM and Turkish distributor Global Agency has seen a new development with the involvement of the Format Recognition and Protection Association.
  • Disney's Mulan to premiere digitally
    The Walt Disney Company is bringing forward the release of forthcoming blockbuster Mulan on Disney+, but will charge viewers US$29.99 to watch it.
  • TV2 veteran Rømer resurfaces at STV
    Independent Scandinavian prodco STV Productions has brought the former veteran head of acquisitions and formats at Denmark’s TV2 on board as a consultant.
  • StarzPlay reveals original int'l drama slate
    Lionsgate-owned global streamer StarzPlay has unveiled a slate of original drama series including local-language productions from Spain and Mexico.
  • TV4, RTL prepare for Emergency
    TV4 in Sweden and RTL in the Netherlands are among the international channels to have picked up Australian observational documentary Emergency.
  • Pulse Films teams with Hertha BSC
    Vice-backed UK prodco Pulse Films and Man on Wire director James Marsh have begun production on a four-part series about Berlin's historic football club Hertha BSC and the city itself.
  • TVSmiths makes date with Armoza formats
    South African production company The TVSmiths has picked up three formats from ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats for local adaptation.
  • Sky goes after more killers
    European satcaster Sky has renewed true crime series How I Caught the Killer for a second season on UK net Sky Crime.
  • Magnolia to renovate Fixer Upper
    Fixer Upper, the DIY show that made stars of Chip and Joanna Gaines, is being revived for the pair’s joint-venture US cablenet Magnolia.
  • Wheelhouse enters TikTok's Hype House
    Brent Montgomery's US production group Wheelhouse has agreed an exclusive partnership with TikTok content-creator collective Hype House.
  • A+E Networks promotes Hinzman
    US channels operator A+E Networks has promoted Sara Hinzman to senior VP of distribution and strategy.
  • Constantin treats Wattpad’s Addiction
    German prodco Constantin Film has acquired the rights to Perfect Addiction, the second novel in the Perfect series published on digital storytelling platform Wattpad.
  • Netflix welcomes Left/Right's Un(Well)
    Netflix is set to debut documentary series Un(Well), from Red Arrow Studios-owned Left/Right, which investigates controversial wellness fads.
  • Tune in to C21FM today from 10am
    Today we hear from Vanessa Shapiro of Nicely Entertainment, Ruth Fielding of Lupus Films and Michael Rose of Magic Light Pictures who discuss why holiday programming remains a fixture and why, for those that offer Christmas-themed movies and specials, it's business more or less as usual.
  • Euro broadcasters pick up Keeping Faith
    Broadcasters in Europe including Hungary’s MTVA and Antena TV Group in Romania have picked up drama series Keeping Faith from Paris-based coproducer and distributor About Premium Content.
  • StarTimes carries DreamWorks in Africa
    NEWS BRIEF: NBCUniversal International Networks has launched its kids’ and family entertainment channel DreamWorks on pay TV operator StarTimes’ platform in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Age of discovery
    Adam Woodgate at Dubit looks at why YouTube is now more influential than TV ads and has overtaken TV in the US when it comes to discovering kids' content.
  • Marcelo, Turner, Hasbro shoot Nerf format
    Turner in Latin America and US toy manufacturing giant Hasbro have teamed up to bring the Nerf House format to Lat Am, with Real Madrid soccer star Marcelo fronting the adaptation.
  • Lat Am firms to miss Mipcom
    HBO Latin America and Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca have become the first Lat Am players to pull out of Reed Midem's Mipcom event this October, C21 understands.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

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  • Building Embankment UK feature film financing and distribution specialist Embankment Films is pushing its ‘conversion’ strategy into feature documentaries.
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