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  • Red Arrow brings The Weekly to Cannes
    The distribution arm of Germany-based production group Red Arrow is heading to MipTV next month with a slate of new formats, dramas and factual titles, including landmark New York Times series The Weekly.
  • FX wants more Better Things
    NEWS BRIEF: US cablenet FX has renewed its comedy series Better Things, produced by and starring Pamelo Adlon, for a fourth season, produced by FX Productions.
  • Proust work set for TV adaptation
    SERIES MANIA: French producers Cinéfrance Studios, Federation Entertainment and Don’t Be Shy are adapting Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time for television.
  • Henson preschool content goes global
    Spain’s TV3 and Irish net TG4 are among the international broadcasters to have picked up preschool content from The Jim Henson Company in the US.
  • Spyglass zooms in on Whitney for TV push
    Gary Barber has brought a former Miramax and Legendary Entertainment executive into his revived production shingle Spyglass Media as president of television.
  • ZED slates high-end history for Mipdoc
    French producer and distributor ZED will launch two premium documentary series at Mipdoc next month.
  • Propagate rejigs sales after Electus buy-out
    US producer and distributor Propagate is heading to MipTV in Cannes next month with a new slate of unscripted content and an expanded international distribution team.
  • Orange takes on Unpunished
    SERIES MANIA: The coproduction arm of French telco Orange is backing an eight-part AI-focused drama from French firms APC Studios and Make It Happen Studio and Denmark’s Sweet Chili Entertainment.
  • MGM stocks drama, formats for MipTV
    US-based MGM Worldwide Television Distribution is bringing a Ben Kingsley-starring noir drama and its series based on classic film Four Weddings & a Funeral to MipTV.
  • Matter of Flack
    Flack star Anna Paquin plus creator Oliver Lansley and exec producer Jimmy Mulville discuss the long journey to bring the series to the screen.
  • Power struggle
    Richard Gere returns to TV for the first time in 30 years to star with Helen McCrory in BBC drama MotherFatherSon, screening today at Series Mania.
  • Holding out for Hierro
    The Canary Island of El Hierro lends its name to Spanish crime drama Hierro, a ‘southern noir’ story of the hunt for a killer that screens today at Series Mania in Lille. Exec producer Alfonso Blanco reveals all.
  • Netflix's Buñuel speaks out on global rights
    SERIES MANIA: Netflix's documentary chief has defended the streamer's global rights policy as it unveiled more projects out of its fledgling French operation.
  • Ex-Facebook exec Edwards joins TBS, TNT
    A former factual development executive at Facebook Watch has been appointed VP of unscripted series and specials at US cablenets TBS and TNT.
  • Good Karma seeks Country Queen partners
    SERIES MANIA: German producer Good Karma Fiction is seeking international funding and distribution for a drama about a Kenyan woman who must return to her childhood village to save it.
  • DRG marchs Expectation's Brigade to Cannes
    UK-based distributor DRG has unveiled its slate of dramas, factual shows and formats ahead of MipTV, including a culinary format from Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks’ prodco Expectation.
  • Mondo forecasts MeteoHeroes for MipTV
    European producer and distributor Mondo TV is preparing to launch an animated eco-adventure show for children at MipTV next month in Cannes.
  • Italy's Showlab adds Tortuga duo
    Italy-based producer and distributor Showlab has picked up a pair of 2D animated children's show from Brazilian outfit Tortuga Studios.
  • Fremantle alum sets up Finnish formats outfit
    Former Fremantle and Zodiak exec Anssi Rimpelä is setting up a new formats production company based in Finland.
  • BBCS's MotherFatherSon goes global
    Networks and OTT services around the world have picked up MotherFatherSon, the drama produced for the UK's BBC starring Richard Gere.

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  • 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.
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