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  • Building Embankment
    UK feature film financing and distribution specialist Embankment Films is pushing its ‘conversion’ strategy into feature documentaries.
  • Philippines' ABS-CBN closure approved
    The controversial forced closure of ABS-CBN, the biggest broadcaster in the Philippines, by the country’s government has been approved.
  • Sulebakk to replace Payan atop HBO Europe
    The head of WarnerMedia-owned HBO Europe, Hervé Payan, has stepped down from his role to be replaced by exec VP Christina Sulebakk.
  • David Olusoga to deliver MacTaggart
    Historian, academic, broadcaster, writer and producer David Olusoga OBE will deliver The James MacTaggart Lecture at the online Edinburgh Television Festival on August 24.
  • Amazon to adapt New York Times story
    Amazon has acquired exclusive rights to a New York Times story and podcast and is developing the property into a drama series.
  • BBC Studios partners Korea's Channel A
    The production, distribution and commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC is partnering with South Korean cable network Channel A on programme development.
  • CBS merges alternative, specials units
    CBS Entertainment is merging its alternative programming and specials units into one department to be led by head of special programming Jack Sussman.
  • Litton adds CBS alum McDaniel to team
    US educational and informational prodco Litton Entertainment, part of Hearst Television, has appointed former CBS exec Angelica Rosas McDaniel as executive VP of strategy.
  • Fuse brings digital talkshow to linear
    Jennifer Lopez-backed US broadcaster Fuse Media is moving an original digital talkshow to its flagship linear channel.
  • ITV flags up doc maker opportunities
    DOC/FEST: UK commercial broadcaster ITV will turn to the factual community to fill gaps left in its 2021 schedule by dramas hit by the production shutdown, creating new opportunities for documentary makers.
  • Tiger Woods doc teed up at HBO
    US premium cablenet HBO has teamed up with Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions to produce a two-part documentary following the rise, fall and comeback of golf star Tiger Woods.
  • Sillery: Doc pitches must prioritise iPlayer
    DOC/FEST: Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries at the BBC, has urged producers to think more about how their projects will perform on its iPlayer VoD service rather than which linear channel they will suit.
  • BBC orders ‘forensic’ Covid-19 doc
    The BBC has commissioned a raft of documentaries, including one that promises to give viewers the definitive story of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK.
  • Satisfaction acquires SPT France
    Satisfaction Group has acquired Sony Pictures Television's non-scripted business in France.
  • Beyond acquires Seven Studios
    Australian production and distribution group Beyond International has acquired Seven Studios UK in London and purchased Seven West Media’s shares in 7Beyond in Los Angeles.
  • Keith Haring art doc heads to ZDF, SVT
    Broadcasters in Europe including Germany’s ZDF and Sweden’s SVT have acquired documentary Keith Haring: Street Art Boy from factual distributor TVF International.
  • YouTube, Ridley Scott link for Life in a Day
    YouTube is reuniting with exec producers Ridley Scott and Kai Hsiung and director Kevin Macdonald to recreate feature film Life in a Day, 10 years after the original.
  • BBC2 to explore TV with Harry Hill
    Comedian Harry Hill is returning to UK pubcaster BBC2 with a new television review show called Harry Hill’s World of TV.
  • Channel 5 orders South Sudan doc
    ViacomCBS-owned UK terrestrial Channel 5 has commissioned a feature-length documentary focused on a British volunteer surgeon working on the front line in South Sudan.
  • Discovery lands more Aussie Lobster Men
    Discovery Australia has commissioned a third season of a factual show which follows Tasmanian rock lobster fishermen as they ply their trade in some of the world’s most remote and dangerous oceans.

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