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  • Asian streamers stock up at DRG
    Pan-Asian streaming service iflix and Singapore-based streamer iwonder have bought a host of series from NENT Group-owned UK distributor DRG.
  • Discovery, Karga Seven make Contact
    US network Discovery Channel is to air a new series next month investigating whether aliens have made contact with Earth.
  • Global nets bag Bigger Bang’s Revolutions
    International broadcasters including Tencent in China, Telefonica in Spain and KBS in Korea have picked up a six-part factual series on transformative inventions from UK indie Bigger Bang.
  • MipTV in bunker as Mipcom unbundled
    Reed Midem has confirmed radical structural changes to its annual MipTV event, including ending the controversial policy of forcing distributors to attend the market in order to maintain their spot for fellow Cannes conference Mipcom.
  • n-tv – Germany
    SCHEDULE WATCH ALERT: RTL Group-owned n-tv is opening up to bigger-budget factual content opportunities with external partners.
  • Television on standby
    The place of UK pubcasters is being challenged by US streamers, while producers continue to benefit from a production boom. But Brexit looms on the horizon.
  • BritBox 'too late' to challenge Netflix
    Media industry analysts and experts have voiced doubts over the ability of forthcoming BBC and ITV SVoD service BritBox to compete against Netflix, with one arguing it is “too little too late.”
  • Frankie Boyle returns to Scotland with BBC
    BBC2 has ordered a four-part series that will follow comedian Frankie Boyle as he performs stand-up in his native Scotland.
  • Connolly tours US for ITV
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a three-part documentary series that will see iconic comedian Billy Connolly explore the history of Scottish people in America.
  • ATV – Austria
    SCHEDULE WATCH CHANNEL PROFILE: Austria’s ATV has delivered significant growth on the back of an extensively revamped schedule and an expanding local slate.
  • BBC, Back2Back capture heroic moments
    UK pubcaster BBC1 has ordered a series depicting heroic real-life moments caught on camera from Brighton-based indie Back2Back Productions and Belfast's Afro-Mic Productions.
  • Neumeyer handed MTV unscripted role
    US music and entertainment network MTV, owned by Viacom, has promoted Lily Neumeyer to executive VP of development.
  • Ford stands down at NPACT
    John Ford, the general manager of US non-fiction producers' organisation NPACT, is stepping down from his role.
  • A+E expands Banerjee's Asia role
    US broadcaster A+E Networks has promoted Saugato Banerjee to managing director for Asia from his former role of MD for North Asia.
  • Netflix shares slide as US subs falter
    Netflix has seen its first drop in US subscribers and added fewer international customers than expected, causing its stock price to fall.
  • Amazon ventures Inside Borussia Dortmund
    Amazon Prime Video is set to launch a four-part sports documentary series about top Germany football club Borussia Dortmund.
  • DRG sales exec takes Drive seat
    UK production funding and distribution agency Drive has appointed a senior VP from distributor DRG as senior sales executive.
  • C4 names BBC's Street as daytime boss
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed BBC executive Jo Street as its new head of daytime, replacing David Sayer, who announced last month he would be stepping down.
  • Primal Media picks Lime exec Riley
    UK-based unscripted producer Primal Media has hired Ben Riley, the former head of entertainment formats at Lime Productions, as its head of development.
  • Network 10 co-funds LGBTQI doc trio
    Australia’s Network 10 and Screen Australia are funding three documentaries as part of the Out Here initiative, which looks at LGBTQI experiences in rural and regional communities.
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