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Noemi Ferrer, the executive director of Danish distributor DR Sales, is set to leave the company at the end of November.
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.
UK prodco Like A Shot Entertainment, part of the Argonon Group, has promoted exec Debbie Akinbola and is moving into original podcast production for the first time.
Broadcasters and streamers from Europe, Australia, Africa and the Middle East have picked up a feature documentary about the cultural impact of TikTok being sold by Vertigo Releasing and Goldridge Media.
Alisa Bowen has been appointed president of Disney’s direct-to-consumer service Disney+.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth and his producing partner Ben Grayson have launched a new multiplatform production company and entered a first-look deal with National Geographic.
BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions has named Nicholas Oakley as senior VP, unscripted development.
Mads Lindemann is returning to Scandinavia-based Viaplay Group as executive producer and development executive for non-scripted.
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.
Amazon Prime Video in Canada has commissioned a feature-length documentary about the life and career of popular Canadian children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs, better known as Mr Dressup.
UK pubcaster Channel 4 and funding and distribution specialist BossaNova Media have partnered to co-finance two history series.
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.”
Blue Ant International is headed to Mipcom with a “significantly expanded slate” following its acquisition of UK-based distributor Drive earlier this year, including programming across crime, specialist factual, documentary, scripted and a trio of projects centring on members of the British royal family.
Warner Bros Discovery has continued to shape its global leadership teams following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, with execs now confirmed in France, Benelux and Africa.
A show about mums fixing their sons’ love lives and a fitness challenge show set on a tropical island headline Warner Bros International Television Production’s Mipcom formats slate.
The documentary-focused joint venture from French production companies Federation Entertainment and Boréales is working on a docuseries about the impact of rising global temperatures on animals and plants.
US cablenet Showtime is set to premiere a docuseries about convicted murderer and former music producer Phil Spector.
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.”
US hybrid animation specialist Trioscope has hired veteran exec Joe Snowden as its chief operating officer.
US streamer Hulu has ordered a true crime limited series based on the 1997 murder of Canadian teenager Reena Virk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beach House Pictures in Singapore has partnered with former Netflix exec Raghav Khanna to launch a non-fiction and documentary prodco in India as part of its continued expansion in Asia.
All3Media-backed LA production company Maverick TV USA has named Helga Eike as its new head of development.
European TV companies Backbone Media and Palatin Media have teamed up to launch a 50/50 joint-venture to publish and distribute free ad-supported streaming TV channels in Europe.