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Jeff Frost is launching US-based scripted prodco Bristol Circle Entertainment, having departed as president of Sony Pictures Television earlier this year.
Finnish production company Intervisio has invested in the year-old indie Take Two Studios and a soon-to-launch podcast company from former Banijay and Warner Television execs.
Paris-based animation and live-action producer Superprod has acquired New York-based The Co-Production Company and made its founder Doug Schwalbe president of its fledgling US arm.
Crazy Rich Asians and Delhi Crime producer SK Global has been acquired by London-based investment firm Centricus.
Alisa Bowen has been appointed president of Disney’s direct-to-consumer service Disney+.
London-based David Kosse is exiting his post as Netflix’s VP of international film.
Fremantle-owned German prodco UFA Fiction is partnering with Hamburg-based Bombero International on a five-part series starring Diane Kruger as Marlene Dietrich.
New York production company Double Nickel Entertainment has picked up rights to adapt a biography about 19th century Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh’s sister-in-law into a miniseries.
BBC Studios has partnered with satellite TV platform Openview to launch BBC UKTV, its first free-to-air channel in South Africa.
US cablenet Epix will relaunch as MGM+ in early 2023 with a host of recently greenlit scripted and unscripted series, including a 1970s crime thriller titled Hotel Cocaine.
Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) president and CEO David Zaslav has addressed recent speculation that the company is an acquisition target, stating that WBD is “not for sale.”
NBCUniversal’s president of content distribution Mac Budill is stepping down from the role and will be replaced by Matt Schnaars, who currently serves as senior VP of content distribution.
Lionsgate says it is leaning toward spinning off its studio business, rather than its cable and streaming business Starz, as had been previously explored by the company.
London- and LA-based production company The Ink Factory has promoted Michele Wolkoff to creative director to replace Katherine Butler, who departed over the summer.
Benjamin Benedict, joint managing director at Fremantle’s German prodco UFA Fiction, is leaving after 18 years to join Leonine-owned W&B Television.
Welsh pubcaster S4C is restructuring its commissioning team with a series of promotions and appointments, including the creation of three new roles.
RTS: Michael Grade, chairman of UK media regulator Ofcom, says big tech and social media platforms need to “shift their mindset” around online harms, and has called for “a new era of accountability.”
Netflix’s planned eight-part live-action adaptation of the long-running Grendel comic book is not going ahead.
US hybrid animation specialist Trioscope has hired veteran exec Joe Snowden as its chief operating officer.
RTS: Tim Davie, director general of the BBC, has restated the case for the UK pubcaster’s licence fee, defended its policy on impartiality and passed comment on the number of senior journalists and talent leaving the corporation.
Chernobyl director Johan Renck and veteran producer Michael Parets are launching a new production outfit called Sinestra with a two-year first-look TV deal in place with Fremantle.
RTS: Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon today said the UK pubcaster is facing a wait and see game with regards to the government’s controversial privatisation plans, following a change of culture secretary and economic strife in the country.
Canada’s Blink49 Studios is partnering with UK prodco Eleven to adapt ML Rio’s novel If We Were Villains for television.
RTS: Gerhard Zeiler, president of international at Warner Bros Discovery, today said his company is committed to producing local content in individual markets despite recent cuts, and also revealed it wants to launch a new streamer in the UK.
Production is underway on Netflix’s new Italian series Supersex (7x60’), produced by Fremantle-owned The Apartment and Groenlandia, part of the Banijay Group of production companies.
Spain’s Secuoya Studios and Caracol TV of Colombia have announced an agreement to co-develop, coproduce and co-finance premium fiction projects throughout the next year.
A group of Australian producers, directors, writers, actors and crew have slammed a recent report released by the main US streamers about their investment in Aussie content as "an opaque delaying tactic."
Former ITV commissioning editor Asif Zubairy has been named non-executive director of Pendragon Works, a new company aimed at developing the written word for film, TV and new media.
New Zealand production funding body NZ On Air has invested in six scripted projects spanning drama and comedy.
Australian drama Vanishing Act, about the disappearance of businesswoman Melissa Caddick, has found buyers in the US, the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and New Zealand, distributor DCD Rights has confirmed.
EQ Media Group Australia & New Zealand has expanded its development division with the appointment of Amy Schaeffer as head of unscripted development in New Zealand.
Danish broadcaster TV2 has allowed a small break in the nine months of TV production stalemate that has crippled the Nordic country’s business.
The distribution arm of Nordic prodco giant Nordisk Film is ramping up its streaming service Nordisk Film+, offering Nordic movie titles and a content section for kids.
Netflix is beefing up its content offerings in Japan, India and Korea with a raft of new greenlights and renewals.
Former 20th Television exec Cheryl Dolins has been appointed senior VP of comedy programming and development at Fox Entertainment, replacing Julia Franz who is moving into a consulting role at the company.
Mediaset-owned Italian network Canale 5 has commissioned a four-part drama from Endemol Shine Italy.
German distributor Beta Film has acquired international distribution rights to Spanish series Fácil (Simple), produced by Destruction and Salvation for Movistar Plus+.
Pay TV group MultiChoice is in production on an epic period drama series in partnership with South Africa’s Bomb Productions.
Australia's Goalpost Pictures has appointed former Screen Queensland boss Kylie Munnich as its new CEO.
Filmmakers Sally Aitken and Aline Jacques have set up an Australian prodco with a slate that includes a coproduction with New Zealand tracking the iconic story of beloved band The Wiggles.
French commercial broadcaster TF1 is to appoint former Canal+ exec Rodolphe Belmer as its new CEO.
US studio Lionsgate has signed a first-look deal with Groundswell Productions, the TV and film company led by American producer Michael London.
Six Danish prodcos, including Piv Bernth’s Apple Tree Productions and Fremantle-backed Miso Film, have joined forces to write an open letter pleading for an end to the country’s production woes.
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan has received a two-season order from Apple TV+ for his latest TV project.
OIAF: The recent uptick in the commissioning appetite for adult animation is likely to sustain in the years ahead, despite the cuts that are taking place across the content sector, according to a panel of execs at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Fremantle-owned UK scripted prodco Euston Films has upped Noemi Spanos to joint MD alongside current head Kate Harwood.
German media giant Bertelsmann has put French commercial network M6 on the open sale market after the proposed merger with rival TF1 collapsed last week.
Ben Stephenson’s new ITV Studios-backed scripted label Poison Pen Studios has hired Mammoth Screen alum Preethi Mavahalli as its first creative director.
BBC Studios has come on board a Nordic noir comedy spoof from David Zucker and Pat Proft, the duo behind Airplane! and The Naked Gun! franchise, and the fledgling Ilkkas' Creative Studio.
Paramount Global’s AVoD and FAST platform Pluto TV will launch in Canada on December 1 with more than 100 channels and 20,000 hours of content.
Jeff Wachtel’s Future Shack Entertainment has optioned the rights to a memoir penned by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s press secretary in the lead-up to the Russian invasion.
HBO is developing a TV adaptation of 1981 sci-fi horror film Scanners from Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg.
Albert Cheng, chief operating officer at Amazon Studios, has been promoted to VP of Prime Video in the US.
Canadian channels operator ZoomerMedia has promoted Beverley Shenken to chief content officer at its TV division.
Television producers Dana Eden and Shula Spiegel of Donna & Shula Productions have teamed up with director Daniel Syrkin to launch a joint production company.
A six-part biopic drama about the true story of a young Portuguese woman who gave everything to the Cuban revolution and Che Guevara has been picked up for international distribution by Keshet International.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to In the Know, the first adult animated comedy commissioned for the streaming service.
The head of Discovery's Norwegian office, Espen Skoland, is leaving the company in the wake of its merger with WarnerMedia.
Fox Entertainment is launching a global content sales division to distribute the growing slate of originals that it generates in-house.
UK pubcaster the BBC has hired Dawn Beresford as director of talent, commissioning.
SkyShowtime has launched in Europe for the first time, going live in the Nordics from today as it targets more than 20 markets, with the Netherlands and Portugal next up.
Lionsgate company Starz has hired Didier Ghez as its new VP of distribution and partnerships for Latin America and Canada.
Montreal-based producer Pixcom has expanded its scripted division with the appointment of Martine Pagé, Isabelle Courval and Véronique Gaudet.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has unveiled a drama telling the true story of how a neo-Nazi plan to kill an MP was foiled by an inside man.
The UK’s new culture secretary Michelle Donelan has used her first broadcast round to soften the government’s stance on the planned privatisation of commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4.
Broadcasters and streamers in Europe, the US, Australia and Latin America have picked up award-winning German cop drama Unbroken (6x45’), which stars Aylin Tezel (Breaking Horizons).
Danish pubcaster DR has commissioned Nordland '99, a scripted crime series from recently launched Danish-Swedish prodco Nevis Productions, which has family ties to London-prodco Nevision.
TelevisaUnivision-owned streamer ViX+ has gone into development on a workplace comedy with Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas Studios.
French businesses TF1 Group and M6 Group have officially abandoned their plans to merge following the French Competition Authority's probe of the deal.
The BBC’s acting director of drama, Ben Irving, is stepping down from the company to join global studio Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content) in the newly created position of creative director of UK television.
France’s Canal+ Group has increased its stake in African pay TV company MultiChoice Group to more than 26%, having almost doubled its interest in the company over the past year.
Italian prodco Garbo Produzioni has acquired an undisclosed stake in Spanish indie Onza.
RTVE in Spain has announced a string of new shows for the upcoming season including Crossfire, a coproduction with the BBC.
Banijay Italy has appointed Vincenzo Piscopo from media group Ciaopeople as chief commercial and digital officer.
Joy Gorman Wettels, previously a partner at LA-based Anonymous Content, has launched her own production outfit and set a first-look deal with Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content).
Fox's AVoD platform Tubi is set to release a scripted film based on the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Florian Zeller is joining forces with Fremantle-owned The Apartment Pictures and Rome’s Fandango on a series adaptation of Stefano Massini’s play The Lehman Trilogy.
Multiple broadcasters and streaming services in Europe, Latin America and Asia have picked up forthcoming epic western drama The English.
Global streamer Paramount+ arrives in Italy today, with local originals starring the likes of Roberto Benigni, Elodie, Greta Scarano and Carlo Verdone.
ABC Signature in the US has picked up the rights to make an English-language version of hit TF1 detective series HIP (High Intellectual Potential) from Newen Connect.

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